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How to Fix Buck Teeth
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Treatment Options on How to Fix Buck Teeth

Buck teeth belong to teeth misalignment where front teeth (usually the upper ones) protrude over the others. This teeth misalignment is also known as overbite. It is common both for children and adults. Buck teeth can make chewing difficult. It is because the upper and lower teeth do not touch each other. In addition, it also affects breathing especially in the case of large deformation. People with buck teeth generally resort to mouth breathing. This is caused by strain on their jaws. This can trigger asthma and other health problems.

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Buck Teeth Treatment Options

Not only does buck teeth syndrome cause problems on chewing, breathing, and fractured teeth, it also looks unattractive. In other words, it also deals with aesthetic problem. People with buck teeth often feel ugly and not confident with their prominent, protruding teeth. Even, kids with buck teeth often get bullied. Their friends may call them “rabbit” or “mouse. Of course children will feel sad and embarrassed. Thumb sucking can be the reason that makes children get buck teeth.

Fortunately, buck teeth can be corrected with a number of treatments. Prompt treatment in young ages is recommended because when the jaw structure is still supple that the buck teeth can be corrected easily. Therefore if you are parents and you have kids with buck teeth, it is highly recommended to take them to an orthodontist.

The most common way on how to fix buck teeth is using braces. This dental procedure starts by attaching brackets and bands into the teeth fastened with wires. Braces work by moving the misaligned teeth into the straight position right above the jaw line. It might take time to straightened buck teeth using braces from months to years depending on the level of severity. If you are wearing a brace, you should pay more attention to your oral hygiene. Keep your teeth and mouth clean so no bacteria could thrive.  It might be a little discomfort when wearing a brace for the first time but then you will get used to it.

The second possible treatment suggested by a dentist is invisalign. Sometimes, due to personal and professional reasons, wearing braces is just not an option. Invisalign is the alternative to braces. It uses aligners made of clear plastic that can be removed. They work by putting the teeth into straight line. Many people prefer this treatment to traditional braces because invisalign causes less pain and less force. In addition, oral hygiene maintenance can be performed easier as aligners are removable. However, invisalign only work effectively for mild buck teeth.

For a severe buck teeth syndrome, for example, when the prominent teeth are caused by a protruding jaw, orthodontic braces will not solve the problem. In this case, surgical treatment is considered as the best method. Moreover, it reverses buck teeth faster than other treatment.  The surgery is called a maxilla-facial surgeon. It aims to take the jaw (maxilla) and push it behind. If the protruding jaw already causes massive deformation, your orthodontist may advise you to wear braces after the surgery.

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