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Can buck teeth be fixed?

Buck teeth, better known as an overbite, happens when the upper teeth protrude more than 2 millimetres beyond the lower teeth. Our orthodontists from Village Orthodontics discuss how we can help fix this condition.

What causes buck teeth?

Protruding front teeth may be a family trait. This is because genetics can influence jaw and tooth sizes. 

However, childhood habits can also cause teeth to shift out of alignment. These habits can include the following:

  • Prolonged pacifier use
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Irregular crowding or spacing of teeth

How can orthodontics fix buck teeth?

The good news is that buck teeth can indeed be fixed with orthodontics. Your specific treatment plan will vary depending on many factors, such as jaw size and the severity of your buck teeth, but the most common treatment options are:


This is the most common orthodontic treatment for buck teeth. By exerting gentle yet steady pressure on your teeth, braces correct your tooth alignment.


When used correctly and worn consistently, patients can benefit from this treatment option. However, the use of plates alone is becoming less common in modern orthodontic practice. Thus, patients are normally selected very carefully.

Jaw Surgery

For those with a severe problem, jaw surgery may be required. This surgery can successfully realign the upper and lower jaw bones.

Can Invisalign clear aligners help with buck teeth?

Yes! Invisalign clear aligners can correct mild to moderate buck teeth. Your orthodontist will create clear plastic trays to precisely fit your teeth, and you will move onto a new set approximately every two weeks as your teeth align. Your orthodontist can determine whether clear aligners are an appropriate option for you.

Can I fix buck teeth on my own?

It is impossible to find home remedies for buck teeth. An orthodontist can diagnose and treat buck teeth to realign them and protect the mouth and jaw. Your orthodontist will design a treatment plan that should keep your beautiful smile straight for years.

Are you concerned about you or your child's protruding front teeth? Schedule an appointment in one of Village Orthodontics's many locations to discuss your concerns with one of our orthodontists.

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Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or your child, we have an orthodontist waiting for you at one of our seven locations across Ontario.

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