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Fixing Buck Teeth


Fixing Buck Teeth (or protruding teeth) can be a challenge but there are some very creative solutions available to the patient that can get results very fast. Sometimes these solutions can be a little bit shocking. But once the patient realizes that they have three choices and need to pick one, they generally want the protruding teeth corrected as fast as possible. Fixing buck teeth depends on each patient’s particular situation.

Dr. Sam Muslin has practiced for over 30 years and did braces in his practice for over 20 of those years. He can provide a clear and concise series of choices for his patients because of his experience in orthodontics and reconstructive dentistry. This patient asked how to fix protruding teeth and the solutions were much quicker and easier than she expected. One of the problems with protruding teeth is that they push the lips up and the jaw bone is also moved too far forward. This patient was able to get all of those structure problems solved with some innovative treatment by this dentist.

Fixing Buck Teeth - Before and After
“I don’t like the gap between my teeth and it is getting larger every day”! “It is making me crazy and I want it gone”. Her buck teeth were corrected without braces.

Buck Teeth Correction without Braces

The term "Buck Teeth" describes teeth that are too far forward. The buckteeth and the upper jaw bone have moved forward and as a result the spaces between the teeth get larger and larger. The lip is also pushed up because of the teeth. The teeth actually push the lip up as they tip forward. The bite correction process is slow and the patient seldom notices the changes until they finally see a photo of themselves and decide to fix the protruding teeth now. Buck teeth can be a result of tongue thrusting and bone loss around the teeth. When a patient looses bone, the teeth can move more easily and generally the tongue will push the teeth forward.

Sometimes when there is gum disease and bone loss, simply extracting the front two teeth and combining that with a little bone grafting can solve the gum infection, bone loss and the teeth problems in one procedure. The patient will walk out with a temporary bridge that stays in her mouth all of the time while she heals and then about a month later, a permanent porcelain bridge is made. The patients will look better after the very first day of treatment. It becomes a win win solution as the infection is gone, the buck teeth are gone and the patient looks a lot better instantly. They also speak more clearly when the protruding teeth are fixed.

Spaces Between Teeth

The patient may never have had spaces and then spaces between her teeth began to appear. The gaps or spaces between the teeth were small and there are too many other things going on so many patients do not take action. Some patients have small spaces and as they get larger, the patient begins to see the problem but doesn't realize how much their upper lip is moving and how their speech is not as clear any more.

Diastema and Speech Problems

Spaces between the teeth are referred to as a diastema. The spaces actually begin to change the way a patient talks. The "S" sounds are not as crisp and the patient begins to use their tongue to try to speak more clearly. The more they use their tongue, the bigger the spaces become. (Read more about the Open Bite which can also effect the clarity of speech.)

Buck Teeth Close-up Before Treatment Buck Teeth Close-up After Treatment
The angles of her upper two teeth are not in alignment with her other teeth. In these before and after photos showing the outcome of buck teeth treatment you can see that small changes can make big differences in appearance and clarity of speech.

Instant Braces

This patient wanted to fix her buck teeth fast and without braces. She did not have time for braces in the traditional sense so she looked for alternatives and found Dr. Sam Muslin and "Instant Braces". As she said, "Hey, if this guy can fix my teeth fast then he is the man"!

She learned that in just one visit, she would walk out of his office with temporary straight white teeth and no gaps. The idea sounded great and to finally fix her teeth with instant braces was very appealing. She said, “In one visit, are you kidding me, do you do it all yourself”? Answer is yes.

The Diagnosis

The reason her teeth had moved so much is that she had a gum infection and her previous dentists were not successful in treating the infection. Her teeth had lost too much bone and Dr. Sam Muslin explained that it would work in her favor. He explained that her lip was too high and the bone was too far forward. He would remove her two infected teeth and let the bone shrink back so her lip would lie in a more natural position.

The key to this patient’s treatment was getting the upper jawbone to be much less prominent. The treatment is quick and painless and with his method, Dr. Muslin’s patients generally do not need any pain medication. This may be hard to believe but this patient gave him permission to tell her story because everything went very well. She says, “I mean Very Well”!

Protruding Teeth and Lips

Buck teeth make the smile look gummy. Too much of her gums are showing and her lips are also raises up too much because her upper jawbone is too prominent. The lips begin to move differently when the patient has buckteeth. Many of these patients cannot get their lips over their teeth. She now has a much more relaxed upper lip and a more natural appearance.

Before and after Buck Teeth treatment.
Before and After Buck Teeth Treatment: The gummy smile is gone, the long protruding teeth are fixed and her lips lays more naturally. She speaks more clearly and presents herself more professionally.

The removal of the front teeth along with a bone graft and new temporary teeth were completed in just one visit. She walked out of the office looking far better than when she walked into the office. Additionally, the bone infection was completely removed and she was much more healthy. After she healed, her lips were much more naturally positioned, her speech was crisp and clear and she “looked more elegant and refined”. (Dr. Muslin said that!)

Healing and Looking Good

It took about 1 to 2 months for her to completely heal and the new porcelain bridge was placed. Dr. Sam Muslin was able to set the replacement teeth into the sockets to provide a completely undetectable and natural look. When teeth are extracted, the temporary teeth need to be shaped just like she never lost a tooth.

When the shaping is correct, the gums will heal around the temporary tooth and it will look just like a natural tooth. We have all seen fake looking bridges, but there is a method to help the work look completely natural. Dr. Muslin says, “The goal, if teeth are going to be extracted, is to have healing to such a level that the treatment is indictable”. Nobody knows what she did but everyone knows she looks very good. She said, "I really appreciate the high quality dentist and am glad that there is someone that could provide this level of care so fast and pain free".

For those patients interested in Fixing Buck Teeth or Face Lift Dentistry ®, please contact Dr Sam Muslin