Protruding Teeth in Children

Protruding Teeth in Children

What are protruding teeth?
Teeth that protrude outward, which are commonly referred to as “buck teeth,” are a very prevalent type of malocclusion seen by orthodontists.

This type of malocclusion is often labeled with other terms like overbite” or “overjet”. In this situation, the upper front teeth jut out over the lower set of teeth. In a normal bite, the top teeth should fit snugly over the bottom teeth.

A study found that protruding teeth are seen in about 15% of children between the ages of 12 and 15.

How Do Children Get Protruding Teeth?

  • Genetics
  • Thumb sucking
  • Teeth Crowding & spacing
  • Tongue thrusting

Consequences of Protruding Teeth

  • Injury or damage to the teeth following a fall (trauma), sport, etc
  • Soft tissue (lips, tongue) injury
  • Low self-esteem
  • Psychosocial effect
  • Speech affectation

Treatment Options for Protruding Teeth
– Braces
Braces work wonders for malocclusions of any type. Through the application of gentle pressure over time, the protruded teeth are moved into place and bad bites can be corrected. There are several types of braces available. Self-ligating braces are the preferred choice in our practice.

Can Protruding Teeth Be Prevented?
If it’s a genetic cause that accounts for most cases of the condition, it’s can’t be prevented, however, if it’s a result of oral habits like thumb sucking, and tongue thrusting, it can be prevented.

What if My Child Has Protruding Teeth?
Orthodontic evaluation is advised.

Book a consultation with our Orthodontist today.

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