Protruding front teeth are where the front teeth stick out forward of the lower teeth, also known as ‘buck teeth’. Protruding teeth are more prone to getting hit in falls or being chipped.
Your orthodontist will diagnose the reason for the protruding teeth. It may be due to the upper tooth positions or a small lower jaw. The treatment options available to you will be discussed in relation to your individual circumstances.
In a growing patient (roughly 8-12 years) a fixed or removable functional appliance can be used to help the bite if the lower jaw is small.
If the upper jaw is protrusive and the goal may be to retract the upper teeth.
In non-growing patients protrusive teeth may be corrected by retracting the upper teeth or surgically advancing the lower jaw.