Easter is around the corner and with it comes the cutest holiday mascot, the Easter bunny. Parents across the country know how hard it is to limit their children’s’ intake of candy after the great hunt for the heaps of candy the Easter Bunny leaves behind. And that means a whole lot of chewing! Much like their fluffy holiday candy bringer, many people have Bugs Bunny teeth. This condition can make it difficult for some as it has a direct negative impact on their chewing.

That’s right, the way your teeth are formed can affect your chewing among other health issues. So let’s dive down the rabbit hole and understand what this all means.

WHAT ARE BUGS BUNNY TEETH?

Bugs bunny teeth or buck teeth are also known as an overbite or malocclusion where the teeth are misaligned and prominently protrude out over the lip which can range in severity with the most severe covering the lower lip

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BUCK TEETH?

  1. Thumb sucking
  2. Jaw size
  3. Pacifier
  4. Tongue thrusting
  5. Genetics

A large number of the population have crowded or crooked teeth. Any number of the available orthodontic treatment procedures may have a beneficial impact as they can improve the appearance as a whole as well as a host of other related health risks.

WHAT IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work according to Dental Health. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.

WHY IS TREATMENT IMPORTANT?

An overbite may cause health issues depending on how severe it is and whether it prevents a normal bite. Treatment can be beneficial as it can mitigate the following health and aesthetic issues:

  • Speech impediments
  • Breathing issues
  • Chewing deficiencies
  • Damage to other teeth and gums
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Alterations in the appearance of the face 

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

Braces:
Many orthodontists recommend braces for fixing bugs bunny teeth. Braces are the most common treatment for buck teeth and is one of the earlier treatments administered during early childhood or teenage years. However, adults can benefit from them as well.

Palate Expansion:
Palate expansion is usually used to treat children or adolescents whose upper jaw is too small to accommodate adult teeth. A specialized two-piece device called a palate expander is attached to the upper molars with adjustable screws to gradually widen the palate.

Invisalign:
Minor crowding causing the appearance of prominent front teeth can be corrected using invisible aligners. These are tough, clear plastic ‘aligners’ (moulds) that are used to straighten teeth. Several sets of specially moulded, slightly different aligners are made for each patient. Each set is worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next one.

Jaw Surgery:
This procedure is mainly used to treat severe cases. Mostly common where individuals have skeletal or improper jaw structure. The surgery is set to produce the appropriate relationship between the upper and lower jaw by dealing with the maxilla or mandible bones associated with the upper and lower jaw respectively.

 

In an effort to combat Bugs Bunny teeth, parents steer their kids away from habits that can lead its formation as a preventative measure. For those looking for a permanent fix, a quick hop down to the dental office is in order.

For more information about the best oral hygiene practices, please schedule an appointment at Mathee Dental Studio in Somerset West.