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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.

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.

 

How Braces Can Work at Any Age

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, Roeder Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from Dr. Jeffrey Roeder.

Can Braces Work For Adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Metal braces
  • Damon System® brackets
  • Invisible braces
  • Rubber bands for bite correction
  • Headgear and other appliances

By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

  • What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
  • What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?

Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Jeffrey Roeder, we’ll need to take some X-rays and molds of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call our office today 828-274-2500!