How To Fix An Increased Overjet

big front teeth with braces on at orthodontist

An increased overjet, often referred to as “buck teeth”, is one of the most common orthodontic concerns patients present with when they visit Dr Anthony Hopkins at Oasis Orthodontics.

This type of malocclusion means that your top front teeth stick out past your lower teeth, and sometimes even past the lower lip.


What Causes An Increased Overjet?

There can be many causes for an increased overjet, including having a smaller lower jaw, a discrepancy between tooth size and jaw size (large teeth with a small jaw) and even some habits such as prolonged thumb sucking.


Is An Increased Overjet Bad?

One common question we hear from patients and parents when someone comes to visit our practice with an overbite, is, “What happens if I don’t correct my overjet? Is it bad to not start orthodontic treatment?”


When a patient asks these questions, our specialist orthodontist Dr Hopkins always provides honest and professional advice that is specific to the cause of your bite. In some cases, treatment may be recommended sooner, particularly if there is an increased risk of trauma to the teeth or self-image concerns.


How Do You Correct An Increased Overjet?

In most cases, orthodontic treatment with metal or clear braces, or clear aligner treatment such as Spark will be recommended. Both braces and clear aligner treatment work by gently shifting the teeth over a prolonged period of time to bring them into proper alignment, closing any gaps between the teeth and then bringing your upper and lower teeth into proper alignment. The type of treatment recommended and duration of your treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your increased overjet as well as the severity of your case.

When you book your initial consultation with Oasis Orthodontics, Dr Anthony Hopkins will provide you with a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan that is suited to your specific needs and age. You can book a consultation today or phone our clinic on (08) 6169 1699.

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