Treatments for Jutting Teeth: Straightening Your Smile

September 30, 2017 — by Dr.Thomas Tang
Tags: Orthodontics Crooked Teeth Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

A woman smiling with jutting teethNot everyone is born with a perfect smile, but there are many treatments that can make this a reality. Our Brookfield cosmetic dentistry center offers a host of treatments that can improve the overall appearance and straightness of a person's smile, helping them experience optimal dental wellness.

When people have teeth that jut out too far, it can lead to many issues. Let's discuss those problems briefly first and then offer some potential treatment options.

Why Jutting Teeth Are a Problem

When teeth jut out too much, they can cause cosmetic problems as well as issues with your dental health and wellness.

In terms of cosmetic issues, a jutting tooth or multiple jutting teeth can make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. This can lead to a reluctance to smile, speak, or laugh, even around people that you have known for many years. For people who have jobs that involve a lot of public interaction, this can have a negative impact on their career.

In terms of dental health and general wellness, jutting teeth can lead to soreness and discomfort as you bite and chew. Any pain while eating can potentially impact your dietary habits and your overall ability to eat a well-balanced diet. In addition, misaligned teeth is linked to teeth grinding (bruxism), which can lead to fractured teeth, gum recession, and even jaw joint problems such as a TMJ disorder.

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Options

For minor jutting of the teeth, sometimes cosmetic or restorative treatment is all that is needed to improve the appearance of a smile. A porcelain veneer or a few porcelain veneers can mask imperfections in alignment and ensure your smile looks its very best. A dental crown can be used to reshape a tooth that juts out slightly, capping the underlying structure so it looks perfectly aligned.

Both of these treatment options are only recommended when the jutting of the tooth or teeth is purely an aesthetic issue that does not impact dental health or wellness.

Orthodontics for Jutting Teeth

For the majority of patients with jutting teeth, orthodontic care tends to be the best treatment option. By using braces, palatal expanders, headgear, and other equipment, steady pressure can be applied to the teeth in order to ensure proper dental alignment.

While adult orthodontics can be effective, it's generally a good idea to perform orthodontic procedures at an earlier age, such as a person's teens. When people are still growing, their teeth are easier to reposition and shift, and orthodontic treatment times tend to go much faster.

Advanced Oral Surgery Solutions

When orthodontic care alone is not enough to address dental alignment issues, advanced options may be considered. Oral surgery can be performed in order to address issues with the jawbone, the gum tissue, the teeth themselves, and other structures of the mouth. Once the dental surgery is completed, it's typically followed by orthodontic care in order to make final adjustments and improve the appearance of a person's smile.

The exact nature of the dental surgery and follow-up care can vary from patient to patient. During a consultation, we can discuss the details of your oral surgery procedure.

Learn More About Treating Jutting Teeth

For more information about treating crooked teeth, be sure to contact an experienced dentist in Brookfield today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail so you can smile with renewed confidence.