When you smile, chances are you are showing a simple smile with flat teeth arranged in a curving arch as they contour to your face. Not everyone has the luck to have flat teeth and occasionally, teeth come in at a variety of angles. Some teeth may even be altered by simple acts like sucking a thumb.

There is new evidence to suggest that protruding teeth in youth can lead to long term issues: financially, physically, and emotionally.

Brunette woman covers her mouth with hands due to being insecure about her protruding teeth. Studies have shown that this issue can be financially, physically and emotionally painful.

The Study

A review titled “The association of overjet size and traumatic dental injuries—A systematic review and meta-analysis”, was published online on May 6th, 2019 in Dental Traumatology. This review suggests strongly that those patients with protruding teeth are more likely to have them damaged worse later on in their lives. This review was undertaken at the University of Adelaide.

The review included 41 studies and more than 50,000 children aged under 19 years. It confirmed a direct link between the probability of damaging their teeth and the degree to which a tooth (or teeth) protrude.

The study specifically notes that young children up to the age of 6 years with teeth that stick out more than 3 mm (0.1 in) have over three times higher chance of trauma than children without protruding teeth. It also presented the idea that children over 6 years with teeth that protrude more than 5 mm (0.2 in) have over double the chance of trauma. And children over the age of 12 whose teeth protrude more than 5 mm had an almost double (1.8 times) chance of dental trauma. The difference in the size required to increase risk is related to the size of the teeth (children age 6 and under have their primary teeth, those older have adult teeth).

Furthermore, the study also raises some concerns about trauma, braces, and long term effects.

Can I Prevent Protruding Teeth?

For most of our patients, the answer is a resounding yes. The easiest way to tell? Come in and see your dentist. From nighttime mouth guards to daily practices, we can help guide you to the perfect smile today. If you suffer from protruding teeth or are just looking to improve your overall smile, we can offer you a host of solutions from Invisalign to traditional braces.

What Can I Do about Damaged Teeth?

But what can you do if your teeth are already damaged? Fortunately, we have the tools to restore your smile. For minor chips that you want to repair quickly, such as in an emergency situation, dental bonding works great. If you are looking for long-term results, we often recommend a veneer to repair a damaged tooth. For more serious cracked teeth, a dental crown will protect and support the damaged tooth or teeth.

If you or your loved one is concerned about their teeth and possible traumas that you have undergone as a child, please visit a dentist, like Dr. Andrea Stevens. Not only can she help you understand what your teeth can undergo safely, but she can also help give you the smile of your dreams. Don’t wait! Contact us at 613.271.7091 today.