Also known as a severe overbite or malocclusion, buck teeth are a common issue. They are hereditary and can become worse when an individual sucks their thumb, thrusts their tongue, or overuses their pacifier. Both children and adults may suffer from buck teeth if two or more of their front teeth extend so far out, that they rest on the lip.

Unfortunately, buck teeth can lead to a great deal of embarrassment and low self-confidence. In addition to the aesthetic hardships they bring, buck teeth can also cause chewing challenges, difficulty breathing, broken teeth, and decay. The good news, however, is that buck teeth can be corrected through orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Sims of Sims Orthodontics often recommends Invisalign to patients with buck teeth. These removable, clear aligners are far more comfortable and convenient than traditional metal braces. Patients won’t have to worry about getting poked by metal brackets and wires and can correct their buck teeth with ease.

It’s important to note that Invisalign is not the ideal solution for all patients with buck teeth. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary and involve a maxillo-facial surgeon taking the maxilla and pushing it behind. A surgeon may also take the mandible and push it forward. Sometimes, surgeries for buck teeth need to be paired with an orthodontic treatment.

If you are considering braces or an orthodontic appliance feel free to contact Dr. Sims today. We will discuss the options for buck teeth with you on an individual basis. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Buck Teeth

Are buck teeth genetic?

Yes. Many people are born with a small upper or lower jaw or a jaw that’s uneven. If a patient’s parents, siblings, or other relatives have buck teeth, they may develop them as well.

What habits cause buck teeth?

Buck teeth often occur after a patients has constantly used a pacifier, sucked their thumb or engaged in tongue thrusting. These types of habits obstruct the growth of the front teeth and cause them to flare outward. The good news is that the teeth may realign and stop buck teeth from forming if these habits are stopped early enough. 

What are other names for buck teeth?

Buck teeth can also be called overbites, overjets, or protruding teeth. 

What are the health risks of buck teeth?

In addition to issues with self-confidence, buck teeth can lead to a variety of issues including speech impediments, breathing challenges, tooth and gum damage, chewing deficiencies, and even pain when biting or chewing. These health risks make it important to resolve buck teeth as soon as possible.

Can buck teeth be resolved at home?

Dr. Sims discourages all patients from trying to treat their buck teeth on their own. Changing the alignment of teeth requires applying extreme pressure over time and this cannot be done safely and effectively without any orthodontic experience. 

How should buck teeth be kept healthy?

Before patients undergo orthodontic treatment for their buck teeth, there are certain things they can do to keep them healthy. Practicing good oral hygiene, using a mouth guard, and opting for routine dental exams and cleanings can all help. 

Is surgery needed to resolve buck teeth?

Surgery is typically a last resort for resolving buck teeth. If a patient needs it, they’ll likely need to see an oral maxillofacial surgeon who will push their bones that form on the upper jaw behind or move their lower jaw bones forward.

Schedule an Appointment at Sims Orthodontics

If you have buck teeth and would like to correct them and enjoy a higher quality of life, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office today to schedule an appointment. Call us at 850-477-7715 today.


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