protrusionProtrusion is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward. Sometimes referred to as “overjet” the upper front teeth that protrude beyond normal contact with the lower from teeth are prone to injury. This indicates a poor bit of the back teeth and may indicate that jaw growth is uneven.

More often than not, dental protrusion is caused by jaw position, usually a hereditary factor. Thumb and finger sucking habits can also contribute to protrusion.

Orthodontic treatment for this condition includes braces or other orthodontic appliances, such as spacers. Depending on the severity of your condition, orthognathic surgery may be required.

The key to treating protrusion is early treatment. Protrusion, if left untreated, can cause problems in speech, hygiene and dental function.

Schedule your orthodontic evaluation today.

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