Everything You Need to Know About Protruding Teeth

Everything You Need to Know About Protruding Teeth

Teeth, much like the humans they’re attached to, are unique.

Some people have naturally straight teeth that are in a curved arch as they contour to the face, others have slight imperfections such as gaps.

In some cases, dental complications are genetic. Other imperfections, including protruding teeth, are a result of your environment and can come with serious consequences in the long run.

Evidence suggests that people, especially children, with protruding teeth are more at risk for financial, physical and emotional problems.

What Causes Protruding Teeth?

In most cases, protruding teeth is caused by thumb-sucking as a child. This once cute habit can have long-lasting (and expensive) consequences. Younger children who suck their thumbs aren’t as likely to face problems. However, when a child’s permanent teeth start to develop, thumb sucking can cause the teeth to grow out instead of down.

Thumb sucking isn’t the only contributing factor to protruding teeth. Some people were born with a jaw shape or position that pushes the teeth forward by putting pressure on them. People with teeth that are large for the size of their mouths and people with too many teeth can also experience protrusions.

Protruding Teeth Can Cause Damage

A 2019 study suggested that patients with protruding teeth are more likely to have them damaged later on in life.

Researchers concluded that there is a direct link between the degree to which the tooth (or teeth) protrude and the probability of damage. The study found that young children up to six-years-old with teeth that protrude more than 3mm (0.1in) are three times more likely to experience some sort of physical trauma than their peers without protruding teeth. Children over the age of 12 with teeth that protrude more than 5mm are 1.8 times more likely to experience dental trauma.

The difference in the level of risk is related to the size of the teeth: children under six still have their primary teeth. Older children have adult teeth.

How to Fix Damage Caused By Protruding Teeth

Braces are the most common method used to fix protruding teeth. Metal brackets and wires are attached to your teeth to gradually move them.

Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces. A set of clear plastic molds are custom made to fit your teeth. While this method costs more, it requires fewer trips to the dentist.

Mouthguards are another way that dentists can get you closer to the smile of your dreams. A custom-made mouthguard will prevent your tongue from pushing up against your teeth. This is most common in children, but it can be carried on into adulthood.

You don’t have to live with protruding teeth. Visit Dr. Andrea Stevens today to get the smile that you want.

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