Buck teeth is an informal name for a condition known as an overbite. The type of misalignment that causes buck teeth can be from the jawbone or the teeth themselves. It’s not a standard type of misalignment and everyone experiences it at different degrees of severity.
When it comes to treatment, there are several approaches to go about fixing buck teeth.
What Causes Buck Teeth
In most cases, you inherit buck teeth and this will usually affect your jawbone or other physical features. But because teeth can respond to any form of pressure by changing position, there are many habits that can cause overbite.
1- Thumb Sucking
Thumb suckling is a very common habit among toddlers. And while it may seem harmless, continuing this habit past the age of 3 will affect the child’s teeth.
Many cases of buck teeth develop as a result of consistent pressure out on teeth from the action of sucking.
2- Extended Use of Pacifiers
Similar to thumb sucking, using pacifiers beyond the appropriate age affects how the teeth develop. Especially as the permanent teeth begin to appear, it’s important that parents help their children stop the use of pacifiers around the age of 3.
3- Tongue Trusting
As we said above, teeth respond very well to pressure. By thrusting your tongue on your teeth, you’re indirectly telling your teeth to grow out with an overbite. This can cause buck teeth at any time of your life. As a child or an adult, this habit will have an impact on your teeth.
4- Having Extra Teeth or A Small Jaw
Having either extra teeth, a small jaw, or both means that your teeth will be overcrowded. Which in other words, applies force pressure on your teeth as they develop. In turn, this pressure could lead to buck teeth.
5- Tumors and Cysts
Cysts and tumors that are present for long periods of time will eventually apply pressure to your dental tissue and impact their positions.
Side Effects of Buck Teeth
Whether your buck teeth bring about side effects or not depends on the extent of your malocclusion. In some instances, having an overbite can be harmless. In other more severe cases you may experience the following:
- Digestive problems as a result of improper chewing
- Speech and pronunciation problems
- Breathing problems
- Gum damage
- Low self-esteem.
Buck Teeth Home Treatment
You can’t treat buck teeth at home and there is no point in trying. The reason an overbite develops is due to improper distribution of force on your teeth. Trying to correct this at home will just cause more issues.
The correct way to treat buck teeth is by visiting your dentist. If dentistry is expensive in your home country, consider Turkey.
At Turkey’s leading dental Clinic; Dentakay you can get affordable but high-quality treatments in Turkey. We also cover your accommodation, transportation, and translation fees in our packages.
Here’s what you consider to treat Buck Teeth
You can opt for Invisalign, metal braces, lingual braces, or ceramic braces to fix buck teeth. The treatment period can vary from six months to 2 years. Typically this is the first treatment your dentist will opt for. It is highly effective in fixing dental alignment but cannot fix other aesthetic issues with your smile.
Jaw surgery is only necessary if you have a severe and stubborn case of buck teeth. You must have tried orthodontics beforehand. This is because most cases of buck teeth respond very well to braces. Even malocclusion from the jaw can respond effectively to braces.
Jaw surgery for buck teeth will have your surgeon making most of the incisions from inside your mouth. After reaching the jawbone, your dentist will either add bone grafts or remove bone tissue from the area.
Veneers are the quickest and also most polishing smile makeover for buck teeth. But they are not for severe cases. Mild to moderate malocclusion can be magically transformed with veneers. If you aren’t suitable for veneers right away, you can opt for the treatment after braces or jaw surgery. At Dentakay we have fixed many cases of misalignment with veneers. You can view more of our work here.