Jaw shape and other physical features can be passed down through generations. Childhood habits, such as thumb-sucking or using a pacifier, are other possible causes of protruding teeth.

Protruding teeth from thumb-sucking

When thumb-sucking continues past a certain age or while the permanent teeth are appearing, the sucking pressure can cause the permanent teeth to come in at an abnormal angle.

Pacifier Use

Pacifier sucking can cause an overbite the same way that sucking on a thumb can.


Buck’s teeth are often hereditary, and your parents or siblings may also have similar features.

Extra, Impacted and Missing Teeth

Spacing or crowding can change front teeth alignment and cause the appearance of buck teeth. Missing teeth allow your remaining teeth to shift over time, affecting the position of your front teeth.

Opposingly, not having enough space to accommodate teeth can also cause alignment issues. Crowding takes place when you have extra or impacted teeth.

Cysts and Tumors of the mouth or jaw

Cysts and tumors in the mouth can change teeth alignment and the shape of your mouth and jaw. Cysts and tumors in the oral cavity or jaw can also cause pain and lumps.

Health risks related to Overbite

Overbite health issues depend on its severity. An overbite can cause issues including:

  • breathing issues
  • speech impediments
  • pain when chewing or biting
  • damage to other teeth and gums
  • alterations in face appearance

Treatment Options

Some common treatments for protruding teeth include:

  • Braces
  • Palate expansion
  • Invisalign
  • Jaw surgery

Unless you have severe protruding teeth and they cause discomfort, medically, it is not necessary to go for a treatment. However, if you don’t like your teeth’s aesthetics, you’ll need to see a dentist or orthodontist for treatment, and they will determine the best treatment plan based on your needs. Call 713.766.4389 to schedule an appointment with Pearl Dentistry.

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