Dental protrusion occurs when the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth. This issue favors the chronic wear of the posterior teeth due to the lack of contact with the anterior teeth. Moreover, patients who suffer from this malocclusion report difficulty biting properly with their front teeth, for example, when biting an apple. Also, the patients are usually interpose the lower lip between the upper and lower teeth generating aesthetic problems and speech difficulties in word pronunciation.
The solution to dental protrusion involves the use of orthodontic appliances. Currently, orthodontics offers multiple options to resolve dental protrusion, from aesthetic braces practically imperceptible to the human eye, to the use of transparent alienators or Invisalign brand covers that can be extracted from the mouth during meal times. We also cannot forget the growing use of linear braces that are placed on the inside of the tooth to avoid visibility. All these options can be offered to the patient to treat dental protrusion.
A 15-year-old patient came to the orthodontist because her upper front teeth extended over the lower front teeth, which lowered her self-esteem. After a thorough study of this malocclusion, a treatment was planned using Damon braces that resolved the issue in 24 months of treatment. The patient was fully satisfied with the result of the therapy, as well as with the improvement she obtained with the chewing and pronunciation of the words.