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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.

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.

The History of Orthodontic Braces

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.

Ancient Orthodontics

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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

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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 Today

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.

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Roeder Orthodontics Online Services Offered

Many convenient services are offered online to Dr. Roeder’s patients.   

Smile Dash Patient Portal

Patients and parents can login to our SmileDash patient portal and easily.  Below are the features for our orthodontic patients: 

  • View your payment history
  • Access flex spending payments, reimbursements, and tax receipts
  • View your appointment times and dates
  • Review and update your account information
  • Send secure messages to Dr. Jeffrey Roeder
  • View images and documents before your appointment
  • Change or update messaging preferences
  • Set personal reminders for yourself, including text and email appointment reminders

Orthodontext Automated Reminders

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Orthodontext  is an automated treatment reminder system for patients who wish to receive positive reminders about a variety of habits including brushing, elastic wear, retainer wear, etc.  You can set the frequency of the reminders and choose the best days and times to receive the reminders.  Patients experience enhanced  treatment outcomes when they follow recommended treatment guidelines.

Virtual Office Tour

See our office in real-time, by using out virtual interactive tour.

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Treatment Fee Calculator

Do you want to estimate how much you or your child’s orthodontic treatment will cost?  Use our handy fee calculator and adjust what costs will work for your budget.

Consult with a Roeder Orthodontics team member about treatment options and monthly cost estimates to straighten your smile. Call Roeder Orthodontics in Asheville at 828-274-2500.

 

Orthodontic Affordability

Dr. Roeder and his orthodontic team believe in making positive changes towards better oral health.  As a result, Roeder Orthodontics offers flexible financing and payment options for patients around Asheville who are seeking either clear or metal braces.

Different types of braces may vary in cost, and the fee can be dependent on how long you need to wear your braces, and the complexity of your individual circumstances.

Roeder Orthodontics Fee Estimator:

Check out our new web-based fee estimator!  You can calculate how much you can afford monthly, down payment amount, and any insurance credits to find out the approximate number of monthly payments.

For more specific information about costs and financing,  we recommend visiting Roeder Orthodontics at 22 Medical Park Dr, Suite C in Asheville for a free orthodontic consultation.

 What can I expect when determining payment options? 

 Before talking about payment choices, we first want to help you choose an orthodontic treatment which best serves your individual needs and lifestyle.   Your tooth position, (gaps, crookedness, wisdom teeth) all can play a role in determining the optimal treatment path.

  1. You’ll meet one-on-one with a treatment coordinator to review  specific details about your treatment length, your goals, and level of comfort with treatment.
  2. Discuss the cost of the treatment, and all the benefits you receive during and after orthodontic treatment, including free retainer checks for the first year after treatment.
  3. Review the payment or financing options you want to explore, including monthly payments, 3rd party financing, and more.
  4. Help you chose the options that align best with your budget.
  5. For some, orthodontics may not be the affordable choice at the moment. If circumstances change, we are still here to help you manage the process and payment variables.

 Financial services offered by Roeder Orthodontics include:

  • In office payment plans–all with no interest
  • Low down payments and low monthly payments
  • We file your insurance for you so you get your maximum benefit
  • Payment accepted through flexible spending accounts
  • Family discounts for multiple family members
  • Orthodontic financing available through CareCredit.
  • We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover; and payments through PayPal

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Consult with a Roeder Orthodontics team member about treatment options and monthly cost estimates to straighten your smile. Call Roeder Orthodontics today at 828-274-2500.