Protruding Teeth: Causes and Impact

Protruding teeth, or malocclusion, occur when the upper front teeth extend forward or angle outward compared to the lower front teeth, resulting in a visibly crooked appearance when viewed from the side. This condition is often termed an "overbite."

One prominent symptom of protruding teeth is a gap between the upper front teeth.

In cases of a deep bite, the lower front teeth exert pressure on the upper front teeth or the jaw area from behind. Over time, this pressure can lead to issues such as spacing or crowding, ultimately causing the development of protruding teeth.

These protruding teeth can significantly impact both the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth and jaw, with the severity of the condition determining the extent of the impact.

Causes of protruding teeth(Overbite)

  • Prolonged use of bottle feeding in early childhood

    The use of bottle-feeding for longer can gradually move front teeth forward.

  • Thumbsucking or sucking on a pacifier

    When you suck your thumb (or another foreign object like a pencil), it strains your teeth' alignment. The cause of the childhood habit remains unknown.

    Scientists say that the repetitive nature of thumb sucking serves the sedative process of the brain. But thumb-sucking does not help your oral health; thumb-sucking may damage the teeth.

  • Improper alignment of the teeth

    Your teeth are supposed to align and be symmetrically on the upper and lower jawline. If you are experiencing any pain in the jaw or sometimes in the neck, this can indicate a misaligned bite.

  • Tongue thrusting

    When a person pushes the tongue between the upper and lower teeth, this practice creates a gap between the permanent teeth by moving the teeth outward.

Protruding teeth repair before after

With periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, tooth support is weak, and tooth flare can occur prematurely. You must first see a periodontist and treat gum disease before engaging in orthodontics and cosmetic dental care if you have gum disease.

How do you fix a protruding tooth?

Achieving a swift and radiant smile is a breeze when you begin with a solid foundation of healthy gums. The key to expediting your journey towards Quick Straight teeth or the 6-Month Smile lies in the robust health of your gums. These innovative treatment pathways are specially designed to swiftly align your teeth, outpacing the timelines of traditional orthodontics and delivering results faster than ever before.

Veneers and crowns for protruding or misaligned anterior teeth

These dental restorations can quickly correct cosmetic dental concerns, often in a fraction of the time required for traditional orthodontic treatments. In addition to realigning teeth, veneers and crowns can also be used to customize the color and shape of your teeth, giving you creative control over the appearance of your smile.

Long-lasting results, no retainers, no extractions

Unlike braces or Invisalign, veneers and crowns are permanent restorations that do not require additional treatment after they are placed. This makes them a good option for people who want a beautiful smile without worrying about ongoing maintenance.

If you are considering veneers or crowns for protruding or misaligned anterior teeth, we can help you decide which option is right for you and discuss the details of the procedure.

Outpace Traditional Orthodontic Treatments

With either option - veneers or crowns, you can achieve beautifully aligned teeth by addressing gaps resulting from outward tooth movement and optimizing tooth angles. By leveraging the effectiveness of Quick Straight Teeth or the 6-Month Smile, you'll fast-track your journey to rectifying protruding teeth, outpacing traditional orthodontic treatments.

Veneers and crowns are efficient, practical solutions for enhancing teeth' appearance. These procedures boast significantly shorter completion times than traditional orthodontic treatments while delivering enduring results. Moreover, they offer the advantage of customization, ensuring that your smile radiates a natural and captivating charm, harmonizing with your teeth's original color and shape.

Our techniques for veneer and crown placement prioritize the protection of your gums and teeth. They are executed with minimal discomfort, eliminating the need for tooth extraction. As a result, you can swiftly and comfortably embrace a dazzling smile without compromising your oral health.

Read the story of a patient who had flared teeth problems and decided to take the fastest flared teeth treatment option.

  1. Orthodontic treatment (No extraction treatment)

    There is no need to extract the teeth if there are a gap between the flared teeth, so traditional braces or Invisalign can fix the open bite.

  2. Extraction method

    If there is no space and the teeth are crowded and spread out, a combination of dental appliances and extractions is necessary to treat the open bite. Pulling out the two upper teeth just behind the canine and pulling back the front teeth to make room for the teeth to bring back to the proper position is the option most cosmetic dentists would proceed with the treatment. Then, wear braces to adjust the front teeth' position.

  3. Slenderizing or shaving method (Enameloplasty)

    If you have crowded teeth, teeth slenderizing can fix the teeth flare. With a dental microscope, remove small amounts of tooth enamel to change a tooth's size, shape, length, or surface so that there will be more room in the mouth. There is no removal or extraction of the teeth to make room for the teeth to bring back to the proper position.

What is Enameloplasty?

Enameloplasty is also known as tooth recontouring. It's a safe and conservative way to make your teeth look straighter and more even. There is no harm in doing that. However, knowing exactly where to change your teeth' shape to improve your smile requires good skill and attention to detail.

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Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 419 dental professionals worldwide (Only four in Houston) as of 2022 who have achieved this prestigious honor.