Buck Teeth

Whilst usually not a cause for concern, buck teeth – for many people – are a cosmetic nightmare.

If you’ve tried to embrace your protruding teeth, but have found that they only knock your confidence, many different treatments can help realign your smile and boost your self-esteem.

To find out more about treatment for buck teeth at Elite Orthodontics, or to book a consultation with our expert orthodontists, contact our friendly reception team today!

What are buck teeth?

Buck teeth – also referred to as an overbite or malocclusion – are when the upper and lower teeth overlap, and the upper teeth protrude.

It’s most common in younger patients, and most often occurs naturally as a result of genetics – with the upper jaw being too far forward, the lower jaw too far back, or adult teeth growing in at an angle.

Buck Teeth

What causes buck teeth?

Most people inherit their bucked teeth from one or both of their parents, but it can also be developed as a result of certain habits, natural alignment issues and health conditions, including:

Thumb sucking

Thumb sucking is a common habit for young children, and most grow out of it around the ages of 2-4. However, if the habit continues beyond this age, whilst the permanent teeth are developing, there’s a high risk that they’ll come in at an abnormal angle, due to the pressure pushing the front teeth forward.

Tongue thrusting

Tongue thrusting is another habit that can cause buck teeth.

This habit is described as an “abnormal tongue position and deviation from the normal swallowing pattern” by the AAPD (American Association of Pediatric Dentistry), which again, can cause the front teeth to protrude and result in an open bite.

Some dental issues

Buck teeth can also occur as a result of crowding or spacing between the two front teeth.

Missing teeth can also cause the rest of the teeth to shift into an abnormal position over time, affecting their alignment and causing buck teeth.

Tumours or cysts growing in the mouth

Some patients find their buck teeth are a result of tumours or cysts growing, or persistent swelling in their mouth or jaw.

These types of medical conditions require comprehensive treatment, and it’s recommended that you seek help from your GP, to rule out anything serious and ensure you’re getting the correct treatment.

How can I benefit from buck teeth treatment?

If you’re happy with the appearance of your teeth, and they aren’t causing any medical issues, there’s no need to treat buck teeth.

However, if you’re suffering from low confidence, or your buck teeth are causing speech or breathing issues, chewing deficiencies, damage to other teeth and gums or pain when chewing or biting, you’ll benefit massively from getting your buck teeth treated.

Not only will you see these issues improve, but you’ll also get your confidence back and be able to chat with colleagues, laugh with friends and smile for family photos without being embarrassed by your teeth.

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How braces can transform your smile

What types of treatments are there for buck teeth?

Luckily, there are many treatment options available that can realign protruding front teeth and help you achieve your dream smile.

Some of the most popular treatments include:

Braces for buck teeth

Orthodontic treatment – particularly metal braces and retainers – is the most common treatment for fixing buck teeth.

Braces fix buck teeth by attaching metal brackets and wires to the teeth, to gradually push protruding teeth into the correct position for a more uniform smile.


Invisalign is another popular orthodontic treatment that patients opt for to fix buck teeth.

They work in a similar way to traditional braces, applying constant pressure to the teeth to shift them into a more desirable position, but without the discomfort or inconvenience associated with metal braces.

Jaw surgery

For those experiencing severe complications as a result of their buck teeth, orthodontic surgery may be recommended to treat it.

Why choose Elite Orthodontics to fix buck teeth?

Only an experienced dentist can safely treat buck teeth, and here at Elite Orthodontics, we’ve been treating buck teeth, and helping our patients achieve happy, healthy smiles, for many years.

Our team of fully trained and licenced orthodontists have all the skills, tools and experience to help correct protruding upper teeth, and would be more than happy to discuss treatment plans and offer advice on how to prevent buck teeth. 

To find out more about our range of treatments, or to book a consultation at our practice, give us a call today on 020 7580 5370 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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