Buck teeth: they look cute on a seven-year-old and on some loveable cartoon characters, but you draw the line when it comes to your own smile.
You’ve had enough of living with teeth that jet out from the rest.
What are your options to fix them?
What Causes Buck Teeth
Protruding front teeth are often simply the result of genetics, a tooth alignment issue. You may have one of your parents to thank for your tooth size and positioning.
But sometimes front teeth just look big because of other reasons. Maybe you moved your teeth while you were young, with a habit like thumb-sucking.
Even many adults have the unconscious habit of tongue-thrusting – pushing their tongue against the back of the upper front teeth. If you do this, then your teeth may look disproportionately gapped and tilted out.
Maybe your front teeth have a big gap between them. This isn’t quite the same as buck teeth, but you still don’t like how it looks. This could be due to your upper lip having a tight attachment to the gums on the front of your mouth.
Options for Correcting Buck Teeth
Braces are usually the best way to correct jetted out teeth. Traditional orthodontics or invisible braces such as a removable clear aligner system could encourage your teeth back into a straight line.
In an extreme case, you may need a little surgery on the bone around the teeth to create the right shape before braces go on.
If your upper lip is too tightly connected to your gums, then the connecting tissue can be gently snipped in a quick procedure.
There is hope! Talk with your local dentist about other cosmetic options for improving the appearance of buck teeth, so that you can smile with confidence.
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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