Buck teeth is an unfortunate social term given to upper front teeth, which overlap the lower front teeth, often referred to in dentistry overbite or overjet.

The best way to fix buck teeth with and without braces

As cosmetic dentists and orthodontists, we employ unique dental methods to realign buck or protruding teeth with invisible devices in under 12 months. If your buck teeth are not caused by a skeletal problem, we can use simple treatments, some orthodontic-based and other non-orthodontia cosmetic solutions, to realign minor bite problems in as little as one appointment.

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How to fix buck teeth in around 12 months

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Orthodontic consultation

Suppose you’re thinking of correcting your buck or protruding teeth. In that case, you’ll need to begin with an orthodontic consultation, which costs £150 (or free with a treatment coordinator to discuss your treatment options).

The orthodontic consultation with a dentist will consist of a full smile evaluation, which will assess your facial profile and the position of your facial features, like the lips and chin-to teeth ratio. 

This will also be followed by a 5D scan of your smile, assessing the shape, alignment, and enamel health.

We can then accurately visualise the results and see what is possible to achieve with each straightening system.

Guide to buck teeth

Causes of buck teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Pacifier use in childhood
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Genetics
Overjet vs overbites

The two malocclusions are often mistaken for each other, and they are very similar, however, overbites are defined by a vertical misalignment and an overjet is defined by horizontal misalignment. Therefore, buck teeth can fall into the two categories, but is more commonly associated with overjets than overbites, this is because overjets point and protrude the teeth diagonally. That said, it’s possible to suffer from both conditions simultaneously.

Can you push back the front two teeth only?

Everything is possible. For example, with Invisalign, your custom-made aligners can be manufactured to focus on certain areas of your smile, where your set of aligners will focus on gradually moving the misaligned teeth into the correct and natural position.

How long do braces take?

Fixed braces can take anywhere from 12-36 months to straighten buck teeth, but it will depend on the extent of your overbite and overjet and how much movement is required. The same can be said for invisible braces like Invisalign. It typically works within 12 months, but in severe cases, patients should expect longer.

Do buck teeth require metal braces?

While Invisalign can treat severe overbites and overjets successfully, very complex and severe cases might straighten faster and easier with metal braces, making the treatment more of a success. But again, it will depend on your unique case.

What can happen if you don’t fix buck teeth?

There are certain associated risks of buck teeth, which without treatment can cause several problems with your oral health like tooth decay and gum disease, difficulty breathing or speaking, bruxism and jaw issues, teeth are easier to chip, crack or knock out and damage to other teeth.

What age is best to fix buck teeth?

It’s possible to fix buck teeth in adulthood and treatments for misalignment are available to patients of any age. However, buck teeth corrections are far easier to achieve the younger you are, especially in your teen years as the teeth are still developing and easier to move. That said, more and more adults, are beginning to opt for invisible straightening methods to realign their overbites and overjets as they do not have the same stigma that metal braces have.

Do you need to see a specialist?

Specialists and orthodontists are often involved in buck teeth cases where the issue is skeletal, which requires more advanced jaw surgery to realign the smile. This type of surgery is no walk in the park, with long recovery periods, but it is worth it if you feel like your buck teeth are holding you back or impacting your quality of life (like eating and speaking) and you want to avoid the associated risks in the future.

Do you need to correct buck teeth?

Some patients choose to embrace their smile imperfections and that’s entirely ok. Mostly buck teeth are corrected for aesthetic concerns, as many patients feel self-conscious or embarrassed of their smile, which impacts their daily life. There’s even an entire Quora feed that’s dedicated to people asking “if buck teeth are attractive” and it’s very sad that this is the world we live in.

However, we always want our patients to feel confident and happy with their smile – whether it’s something we can help them with cosmetically, or with orthodontics, or if it’s a journey they would rather take on their own.

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