Buck teeth (commonly referred to as protruding front teeth) is often caused by malocclusion problems that lead to malalignance in the teeth and can lead to speech impairment and chewing difficulties, among other complications.

Buck teeth may result from various causes, such as thumb sucking, using pacifiers or extreme crowding of the mouth and jaws. Therefore, it’s crucial that they’re addressed early so as not to cause permanent damage to them and their jaw.


Buck teeth (also referred to as malocclusions) occur when the upper front teeth overlap with lower front teeth either vertically or horizontally, as a result of hereditary traits or bad habits formed early in life. This issue could stem from either genetic predispositions or learned habits which develop through childhood development.

Thumb sucking is one of the primary causes of misalignment; when children repeatedly use their thumb or pacifier as an extended source of sucking pressure to their front teeth and distort their natural development, leading them down an unfortunate path toward having buck teeth as adults.

Crowding may contribute to buck teeth by forcing front teeth too closely together or being too large for their jaw, potentially leading to gum disease, compromised chewing or speech and/or affected chewing and speech patterns. Orthodontic surgery may be required in severe cases to correct malocclusion – this involves reshaping jaws and aligning the teeth – so it is vital that any issues with crowding be addressed immediately before they worsen further.


Buck tooth malocclusion refers to an instance of misalignment whereby the upper front teeth overlap with lower front teeth in an irregular fashion. People can experience this condition to various degrees depending on their bone structure and habits.

Thumb sucking or tongue thrusting may cause this condition, leading to protrusion of front teeth from their jaw and difficulty with chewing or speaking, leading to health complications like gum disease or facial damage.

Other causes for buck teeth could include extra, impacted, or missing teeth that can contribute to crowding and shift the alignment of your existing ones. Missing teeth may allow other ones to drift and create the appearance of buck teeth. Cysts or tumors in the jaw or mouth may also change the positioning of front teeth resulting in this condition – something orthodontics can treat through corrective treatment of upper and lower front teeth, so you can smile with pride again!


Buck teeth may be unattractive in appearance and health-wise as well. Buck teeth indicate jaw joint and airway problems which lead to TMJ dysfunction and reduced oxygen supply; they make chewing harder, potentially contributing to gum disease; furthermore they are more prone to trauma, as their exposed position exposes them to being chipped, cracked, or knocked out more readily than with conventionally spaced teeth.

Treating buck teeth depends on its severity and causes. Early intervention – ideally during childhood – often allows for less invasive, more effective solutions than waiting until adulthood has set in before attempting treatment.

Braces are the go-to treatment for protruding front teeth. Braces help align and correct the bite, and may take several months or years, depending on its severity. Other possible therapies for protruding front teeth may include tongue thrust prevention devices like mouth guards or surgery as a last resort.


Buck teeth can be prevented with proper dental hygiene – including regular brushing, flossing, and twice-annual visits to a dentist – along with frequent brushing, flossing, and visits from parents encouraging children to stop thumb sucking and tongue thrusting as soon as possible – this will reduce jaw pain, tooth decay and gum disease, breathing difficulties – leading even in more severe cases to sleep disorders such as snoring or even obstructive sleep apnea!

Treatment options for protruding teeth include traditional braces that use gradual pressure to realign them, invisalign clear aligners which are less visible and more comfortable, or oral surgery in more serious cases of malocclusion. Buck teeth have an impactful negative impact on smile aesthetics, speech impairment and chewing difficulties which have serious ramifications on quality of life – that’s why it is vital to seek professional assistance should protruding teeth arise, no matter their source.

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