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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.

Colorful Smiles – Designed by You

Asheville Braces with Color

Roeder Orthodontics offers Clarity Advanced Braces with Colors. Adults and Teen patients enjoy the chance to customize the color of their smile, and make it even more spectacular.

From subtle to shiny, choose one or more colors for a cool, hot, funky, or fresh look. Choose your own adventure!  Check out the free Braces Color Tool, which allows you to see which color choices and combinations you like best.

Some patients enjoy coloring their braces to match upcoming holidays, their favorite sports teams, to show school pride, or to match a specific occasion.

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Actual Patient of Roeder Orthodontics

For more information about Asheville orthodontic options, or to schedule an free appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Roeder and his team, contact us at 828-275-2500.

Straighten Up In The New Year

Roeder Orthodontics wishes you a Happy New Year!  For our current patients, we thank you for your loyalty and dedication to healthy teeth and outstanding smiles.

For those who are considering orthodontic treatment, RO offers a range of treatment options  for adults and teens.  For children, pre-orthodontic treatment, known as Phase 1 Treatment, can ensure teeth  alignment, dental arch development  and proper bite in the years before traditional comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

Clarity™ Advanced Ceramic Braces

Clarity™ Ceramic Braces work just like metal braces, but they blend naturally with your teeth for a discrete look.  They are resistant to staining and easy to clean.  Because they are small and smooth, they reduce rubbing and potential discomfort.

Another advantage of Clarity™ Advanced Braces is they can be customized with colored bands to add a special look to your smile.  Chose one color, or many, depending on the look you’d like!

Invisalign

Invisalign™ uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign™ aligners are designed with 3D computer imaging technology to predict and shape your teeth into an optimal position for an outstanding smile and bite.  Roeder Orthodontics also offers Invisalign Teen™; a specialized system just for teens desiring treatment using Invisalign™.

Damon System Braces

Damon™ Braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable, and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties, which attract and collect plaque, Damon™ Braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment. Plus, the Damon System is available in clear brackets for patients who want a great smile without sacrificing aesthetics.

Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, which reduces the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allow the teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably. As a bonus, treatment time with the Damon System is typically much faster than with conventional braces.

If you are unsure which orthodontic treatment option is right for you, we encourage you to come in for a consultation to meet Dr. Roeder and his orthodontic team.  We’ll review your treatment options, talk about payment options, and give you a tour of our office.  Call RO at 828-274-2500 or send us an message.  We hope to hear from you in 2015!