Having a healthy and beautiful smile means having teeth that are strong and straight. That's not the case for everyone, however. Thankfully our Honolulu dental care practice offers a wide array of treatment options, including advanced cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics procedures.
Malocclusion is a common issue that many people face. In the case of teeth that jut out, there are unique considerations for treatment. Let's cover the basics of jutted teeth and what treatments may be considered.
What Is a Jutted Tooth?
In simple terms, a jutted tooth refers to a tooth that stick out further than your other teeth. This can lead to a number of problems.
In terms of dental aesthetics, a jutted tooth can throw off the overall balance and symmetry of your smile. This will make you feel self-conscious about laughing, smiling, and speaking, even around people you have known for many years.
In terms of your overall dental health, a jutted tooth can make it difficult to bite and chew. You may experience pain when eating certain foods, and the overall function of your smile may be thrown off.
These tissues are made worse if you have multiple teeth that jut out of place. Thankfully there are numerous treatments to consider.
Porcelain Veneers for Jutted Teeth
For jutted teeth that mildly stick out and that do not pose a health risk, porcelain veneers may be an ideal option. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that can mask imperfections of various kinds. With a porcelain veneer in place, your tooth will look pristine and perfect.
Orthodontics for Jutted Teeth
Most jutted teeth will require more substantial dental treatment in order to address the issues at hand. This is when orthodontics is the most ideal option. Using braces and other advanced therapies, carefully applied pressure can gradually improve the overall alignment of a patient's smile, leading to straight teeth and an optimally aligned bite.
Typically it's best for orthodontic treatment to be implemented as soon as possible. Children and teenagers are still growing, and making adjustments to dental alignment is easier at a younger age. Adults can still undergo orthodontic treatment, though it may take longer to achieve ideal results.
Oral Surgery for Jutted Teeth
Sometimes the jutting of a tooth or of multiple teeth is too serious for even orthodontic treatment. In these cases, the ideal treatment option is oral surgery. A surgeon can carefully make adjustments to the tooth or the jawbone structure in order to improve the position of the tooth. It's common for this sort of oral surgery to be followed by some form of orthodontic care to help ensure proper alignment following the surgical procedure.
What Treatment Is Right for Me?
The best way to learn about all of your treatment options is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During your visit, we will discuss all treatment options with you in greater detail and help you smile with renewed confidence.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
If you have a jutted tooth or jutted teeth and would like to learn more about your dental treatment options, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We will help you smile with renewed health and greater confidence.