Buck teeth, also known as a malocclusion or severe overbite, is much more common than we think. In many cases, buck teeth are a hereditary condition. But, it can also be worsened by prolonged thumb sucking, bottle feeding or the overuse of a pacifier.
Throughout history, buck teeth have been the cause of bullying and embarrassment. Studies have shown that the most common cause of bullying is a person’s smile.
Causes of buck teeth
More often than not buck teeth are hereditary so feel free to blame your parents. But not always. In some situations, your habits can contribute to buck teeth.
Besides genetics, some habits can cause buck teeth. You might have buck teeth if you:
- Thumb Sucking – Its common for babies and toddlers to suck on their thumb but that can cause problems – like buck teeth. It’s best to try to break that habit before a child turns 4.
- Used a pacifier – A pacifier is really just a different version of a thumb. Sucking on a pacifier can also cause buck teeth. Again try to nix this habit before the child turns 4.
- Teeth alignment issues – Crowded teeth or impacted teeth, can sometimes create buck teeth.
- Missing teeth – If you are missing teeth your remaining teeth can shift given enough time.
- Tongue thrusts – Pushing your against your front teeth too often can cause buck teeth. The tongue is quite strong so even this simple action can gradually push the teeth forward over time.
What problems are associated with buck teeth?
The most common symptoms of buck teeth are
• Chewing difficulty
• Breathing difficulty
• Broken teeth
• Wear or decay
• Unhappiness over appearance
Is there a way to get rid of buck teeth?
You do not need to suffer from problems that are associated with buck teeth. They can be corrected.
You can fix buck teeth at every stage of life even in adulthood. In fact, treatment approaches are often simple and fast. The first step is determining the severity of your malocclusion. The orthodontists at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists can evaluate your condition and provide a treatment plan that is effective and affordable.
Children with buck teeth may benefit from early orthodontic intervention. Young children (age’s six to ten) with severely protruded upper front teeth, commonly called “buck teeth,” are at increased risk for dental trauma and may benefit from an orthodontic correction. According to a study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial active children who play organized sports or love the playground and who have severely protruding teeth may benefit from early intervention by an orthodontist,” said Morris N. Poole, DDS, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). The study found that approximately one in three children who were treated for severely protruding teeth were less likely to experience dental trauma (such as a chipped, broken, or knocked out permanent tooth).
If your child is being bullied because of protruding buck teeth, or you are ready to take control of your smile contact our office in Cincinnati or Loveland, OH to schedule a complimentary consultation. The Team and Doctors at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists will then make a recommendation of treatment to correct the problem.
We offer the very highest levels of orthodontic care with leading-edge orthodontic treatments. Call us…you will be glad you did.