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How to get rid of an overbite or "buck teeth" for good

Do your upper front teeth protrude? Or do your upper teeth extend past your lower set? Not sure what to do, or hoping for treatments that don’t include braces? 

Our dentists and orthodontists have had success treating protruding front teeth and can correct your overbite by working with you to formulate a treatment plan that can involve braces or other invisible cosmetic solutions. Book your first consultation using the button below.


What are buck teeth?

what is an overbiteBuck teeth, or as unfortunately some people refer “goofy teeth” are stigmatised terms given to describe particularly large overbites or protruding upper teeth, which is a type of malocclusion where the upper teeth overlap the bottom row of teeth. 

Whilst in some cases, the correction of buck teeth is purely for aesthetic reasons, in severe misalignment cases, treatment is often recommended to realign the smile and prevent future oral problems from arising. 

What causes buck teeth or overbites?

Buck teeth are caused by several factors, the most common being genetics. Aside from that, buck teeth can also form from childhood habits like thumb-sucking.  

The risks of not treating buck teeth

Without interference or treatment in some overbite clinical cases, patients can be at risk for several oral health problems like:

  • Gum disease and tooth decay
  • Speech impediments
  • Bruxism and jaw problems
  • Chips, breaks and cracks are more likely
  • Difficulty breafting
  • Damage to other teeth
Are braces your only option?

When it comes to treating buck teeth, braces are not your only option. Our dentists can use veneers, for example, to straighten and mask buck teeth. In other cases, orthognathic surgery might be the only other solution that avoids braces to realign your jaw and create a more agreeable bite. That said, jaw surgery is a big commitment with a long recovery time, and it’s only recommended in severe cases, where the overbite cause is skeletal. 

Can buck teeth be fixed in adults?

There’s never an exact right time to fix buck teeth, but that said, it’s more difficult to realign buck teeth in adulthood when the teeth have finished developing, which might mean longer treatment times with certain devices. However, buck teeth are a common issue that we see all of the time at our London clinic in both teens and adults and with the help of modern technology, it could not be easier or faster to treat. 

Dental treatments for buck teeth

Whether you choose to embrace your buck teeth as a unique feature or seek treatment to enhance your smile and address functional concerns, Mint Dental Clinic can help you on whatever path you choose. 

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Fixed metal braces

Fixed braces are the tried and tested way to resolve issues with the bite and bring overbites back into alignment by gradually moving the teeth back. Realigning teeth in 12-36 months, modern fixed braces do not have to be silver or metal but are also available in white, ceramic shells that are discreet.

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Invisalign Aligners

Using invisible aligners we can treat your overbite within 12 months. The custom-designed clear plastic trays gradually move teeth back into their natural positions. Patients wanting to avoid metal braces can benefit from Invisalign, which is removable for up to 2 hours a day and more discreet to wear.


Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers, or instant orthodontics, can be suitable for patients exhibiting slightly misaligned teeth, including bucked upper teeth. The porcelain shells are customisable to fit the patient’s teeth perfectly and can restore the tooth’s natural look and shape without actually realigning the smile. 

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Composite Veneers

Composite veneers offer a cost-effective, conservative solution for patients correcting the appearance of buck teeth, with prices from £300 per tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are directly applied to the teeth in a single appointment and can help teeth appear more even and straight.

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