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Overjet Protruding and Orthodontic Correction

Overjet Protruding, an oral condition

What is overjet protruding?

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As with any health professional, the role of the orthodontist is about effective communication and delivering quality healthcare to individuals, families and communities. Since terms and language reflect actual history, we look back on the past, and are taken aback by the bluntness of terms spoken in “less sensitive” days.  For most terms in medicine, there are three categories of nomenclature (names or words for something) that things fall into:

  •  Old Form
  • Common Parlance
  • Worker’s Slang

In this case, the Old Form would make reference to the extent of the vertical (superior-inferior) overlap of the maxillary central incisors over the mandibular central incisors, measured relative to the incisal ridges. Common Parlance would reference the condition as “overjet” or “overjet protruding” or just “protrusion.” But in the Worker’s Slang of less socially sensitive times, we would just call the oral condition “buck teeth.”

It is a misconception that overjet is a form of malocclusion (that is, a misalignment between the two dental arches), but refers instead to the relation between the two parts of the jaw, and how that relationship can be affected, leading to protruding upper front teeth.

Overjet has many possible causes, and often results from a number of these causes:

  • The lower jaw being shorter or less developed than the upper jaw
  • Childhood habits such as thumb and finger sucking which continue after permanent teeth come in
  • Tongue thrusting caused from a muscular imbalance which causes the tongue to protrude through the teeth during swallowing, speech, or while at rest

When and Why should overjet be corrected?

As with all things, it is important to make whatever decision is right for you. At Roeder Orthodontics, we encourage early assessment of conditions such as overjet to prevent the need for more invasive corrections later in life.

Overjet correction can yield many benefits including:

  • Correction of protruding front teeth will improve their function
  • Aesthetically improve the look of the smile, helping boost self-confidence
  • Correction may prevent and reduce permanent wear on other teeth
  • Improves bite function, molar connection as well as incisor connection and dention. (Better connections for a better bites)
  • Can help improve speech impediments caused by tongue thrusting

Even in cases of marginal overjet (with protrusion ranging between 3mm and 6 mm), there is an increased vulnerability of the front teeth to incidental damage or injury from falls, sporting collisions, and other accidents. Overjet correction can reduce this vulnerability, protecting the teeth with proper alignment of the entire jaw.

What are the orthodontic options to correct overjet protrusion?

Traditionally, “headgear” or “functional jaw appliances”  had to be employed for such corrections. Today, in most cases, overjet can be treated simply with braces, with many options available.

Roeder Orthodontics offers traditional metal braces, clear braces for those who want to minimize the appearance of brackets, and ceramic braces with a range of color customization for people who like their smile to colorfully shine. Orthodontics have come a very long way since the days of Edward Angle and thankfully, we don’t use terms like “buck teeth” any longer.

For any questions about overjet protruding or orthodontic treatment, it is important your decisions informed with all the options available. Call us on 828-274-2500 or send us a message to schedule a complimentary consultation at our office in Asheville, NC.

Dr. Jeffrey Roeder will perform an initial examination and present you all possible options, including costs and estimated treatment times based on a cooperative model of communication and following recommendations as advised.

Deep Overbite Malocclusion

A deep overbite is different from other types of malocclusion.  When a person is diagnosed with a deep overbite, there are several parameters measured.  In most cases, it means teeth are lined up improperly, and lapping excessively in the front.  Upper teeth will overlap lower teeth and lower teeth can make contact with gum tissue inside the upper arch of teeth.  An overbite is a common oral condition treated with orthodontics.

In order to prevent gum recession or damage due to deep overbite, metal or clear braces are usually the best choice to realign the teeth and correct the position of the jaw using elastic orthodontic bands and gentle pressure.  In some cases, Invisalign may be a treatment option to correct an overbite. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be recommended.   If that is the case, Dr. Roeder will work closely with your dentist or surgical specialist to ensure the best outcome for your individual needs.

At Roeder Orthodontics, we encourage early assessment of children to help anticipate and prevent the need for more comprehensive or invasive correction later on.  Children can receive complimentary screenings from Roeder Orthodontics and join our Roeder Rookies club.  As a member of the Roeder Rookies, pre-orthodontic patients get periodic checkups and monitoring of their oral condition, along with prizes and rewards to make it fun!

Correcting deep bite through orthodontic treatment starts with a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation, including panoramic digital x-rays and digital photographs.  We offer low-dose radiographs at Roeder Orthodontics, and our initial consultation is always free.  After an evaluation, we Dr. Roeder and his team will discuss your treatment options, cost, payment plans if desired, and the expected treatment time based on cooperative treatment between patient and team.

Call us today at 828-274-2500 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roeder.  Roeder Orthodontics is located in Asheville, NC and we serve patients throughout Buncombe county, including Black Mountain, Fletcher, Canton, Weaverville and beyond.

Open Bite Malocclusion

An open bite is an oral condition wherein the upper front teeth do not make contact with the lower teeth when the jaw is closed.  As a result, it creates a visual illusion that the mouth is never closed, showcasing the openness in-between the teeth.  Open bites are typically not a common condition, but they do exist.  For some, the concern is purely aesthetic, but others may experience trouble biting, chewing, or eating certain foods, as well as problems with speech or other functions of the teeth and mouth.

Dr. Jeffrey Roeder encourages assessment of open bites because the severity of the condition can have additional impacts on the function and pressure of the joints of the jaw.  If there is too much pressure, or tension on neuromuscular structure, strain, headaches, or pain in the region can result.

What are the causes of an open bite?

 There are several factors which can continue to an open bite:

  • Thumb sucking – the force of suction and pressure causes front tooth movement
  • Tongue thrusting – the repeated force of the tongue applying pressure to the back of the front teeth creates open bite
  • Speech conditions – like lisping can contribute to open bite
  • Jaw alignment – if the top and bottom jaw aren’t aligned, the bite can be misaligned
  • Genetics – lineage plays a large role in the development of physical characteristics

In most cases, Dr. Roeder treats open bites with traditional orthodontic options.  In moderate to severe cases, there may be additional steps to treatment, including jaw surgery.  If surgery is needed to correct the condition, Dr. Roeder and his team will work closely with an oral surgery specialist to coordinate and ensure comprehensive care.  Read more about how Roeder Orthodontics works closely with other dental and medical specialists for a multi-disciplinarily approach.

For questions about orthodontic treatment options, call us at 828-274-2500 or send us a message to schedule a complimentary consultation.  We’ll perform an examination, and look at all the options, including cost and treatment time estimates for orthodontic treatment at our office in Asheville.

Tooth Crowding – It’s crammed in here!

Similar to the capacity signs in elevators and public spaces, your jaw also has a limit for tooth spacing and overlap.  Once beyond capacity, your oral health can reach a point where balance and proportion become an issue.

Tooth crowding happens when there isn’t enough room in the jaw for all the teeth.  As a result, teeth become malaligned and overlap, due to various factors such as tooth and jaw size, or late or early loss of primary teeth.

Reasons to consider Dr. Roeder to remedy crowded teeth:

  • Lessen the chance for dental decay
  • Decrease opportunity for gum disease
  • Create balance and harmony of the bite
  • Make oral maintenance easier for you

With tooth crowding, there are going to be several assessments that Dr. Roeder will make in order to determine the best course of action for you.  In some cases, expanding the arch to make more room for the teeth is the best course of action.  In rare cases, Dr. Roeder may recommend tooth extraction, or jaw surgery.

Here’s an actual patient who came to Roeder Orthodontics for treatment of crowding.
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If you are considering orthodontics for your child, teen, or for yourself, we encourage you to visit Roeder Orthodontics for a free initial consultation.  In assessing your personal circumstances and learning about your lifestyle choices, we’ll be able to find an orthodontic system, like Damon, Clarity, or Invisalign to best suit your needs.

 

Announcing Updated Roeder Rewards!

Hello to all of our patients! We are announcing changes to our Roeder Rewards Scale. Below you will find updated material and additional information on how you can earn, save, and get actual gift cards for real stores.  Patients can earn rewards and help treatment on schedule! A win-win for everyone!

Visit our page on the Roeder Rewards program for more information.  We want to express our thanks to our patients for their outstanding participation and assistance in helping make their orthodontic treatment the best it can be. Please Contact Roeder Orthodontics with any questions you may have about our rewards program.

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