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.
There was a point in time that adults and teenagers shied away from the idea of orthodontic treatment or having to get braces. However, due to today’s advancements in technology people of all ages are choosing orthodontic treatment to achieve a new and beautiful smile.
Did you know that archaeologists have found something similar to braces on ancient mummy remains? Some mummies found had crude metal bands around their teeth, which were believed to provide pressure in order to move teeth. While more modern orthodontic braces were not invented until the 1800’s, people’s preoccupation with aesthetic smiles can be dated back to the ancient Egyptians. In current times, orthodontists use a variety of techniques like ceramic braces and clear aligners to fix misaligned teeth.
The Basic Invention of Braces
In the 1800s, dentists created and improved the methods and techniques used to align and straighten teeth.
1819: Christophe-Francois Delabarre invented the very first wire crib.
1843: Dr. Edward Maynard was the very first dentist to use elastics as a technique to improve improper jaw adjustment.
1850: E.J. Tucker elaborated more on Maynard’s idea of gum elastics, and used rubber tubing for small bands that would fit more properly in the mouth.
1893: Henry A. Baker devised a method known as the “Baker anchorage.” This method combined Tucker’s rubber tubing with the wire crib. Which in return, eliminated the need to remove numerous teeth in order for alignment.
1894: Eugene S. Talbot was the first dentist to incorporate X-rays into different types of orthodontic treatment.
The term “braces” wasn‘t coined until the early 1900s and during that time dentists used a variety of materials such as ivory, copper, zinc, or even wood to align or correct oral problems. However, the use of gold in early orthodontics became the preferred treatment method. Gold is soft, and easy to adjust when exposed to heat. For patients who could not afford gold, their options were limited to silver, ivory or wood, which were much less flexible. 2
In the 1970s, modern orthodontics took a giant leap forward with the adoption and wide-spread use of a dental adhesive which could affix dental brackets directly on the teeth. Stainless steel brackets became the new standard because of the flexibility of the material and the reduced cost to orthodontists and patients.
Braces are now considered a routine dental procedure for children and adults. The overall idea of modern day braces is to beautify people’s smiles and to improve their dental hygiene and health. For those who are image conscious, there are more options than ever, including clear braces, and invisible aligners, such as Invisalign.
At Roeder Orthodontics, we use the newest advances in technology for orthodontic treatment including.. Invisalign, Damon Braces, Clarity Clear, and Clarity Braces with Color. Call us today at (828) 274-2500, or stop by our office in Asheville for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Roeder.
Credits and References:
- 1. Image & Information Courtesy of www.christopherjamesclark.com
- 2. Timeline Courtesy of www.davidevansdds.com
Over the past several decades, orthodontic treatment has changed drastically…for the better! Patients have more choices and flexibility than ever before. People who thought a straight teeth and a healthy smile were out of reach are surprised to learn they too can smile with confidence, and that orthodontics can be a wise investment for the future.
Common misconceptions surrounding orthodontics include:
Misconception #1: Braces and orthodontic treatment are just for kids.
Truth: Over 1 million Americans over 18 years old currently have braces. (1)
In fact, there are more options than ever for adults to get orthodontic treatment with clear braces, or Invisalign. These treatment options are discrete, so others may not even notice when someone is wearing them. Adults can benefit from braces, including increased confidence to smile, and enhancing the ability to floss and maintain better overall oral health.
Misconception #2: The only way to get straight teeth is to use “traditional” metal braces.
Truth: Dr. Roeder has a variety of treatment techniques to help his patients achieve their goals.
Choices include using Invisalign “invisible aligners” or using a variety of different clear and nickel-free metal bracket systems. Each option is evaluated and recommended based on the patient’s individual needs and desires.
Misconception #3: It will take several years to get a perfect smile.
Truth: The average treatment time for most of Dr. Roeder’s patients is 18 months.
In some cases, it can be as little as 9 months! Treatment can take longer depending on treatment complexity, patient cooperation, missed appointments, broken brackets, or other unforeseen events. Recent innovations in orthodontics can accelerate tooth movement, and decrease treatment time, and minimize discomfort.
Misconception #4: I would have to wait until all of my child’s permanent teeth come in before having orthodontic treatment.
Truth: Having your child evaluated by an orthodontist early can save time, expense, and possible extraction of permanent teeth.
Early intervention, called “Phase I” treatment, is designed for young children who will benefit from early treatment.
Misconception #5: Braces are unaffordable.
Truth: Braces are an investment in your future oral health.
Roeder Orthodontics offers a free consultation, in-house payment plans, patient financing, and will bill your insurance company for you. Straight teeth make it easier for individuals to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and may prevent future costly dental repairs to teeth.
Don’t let fears of the unknown delay your visit to Roeder Orthodontics! Call 828-274-2500 to schedule your free consultation. We serve patients throughout North Carolina, including Asheville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Waynesville and surrounding communities.