Your Teeth Are Meant for Chewing Food
Understanding beavers’ special adaptations for chewing wood can help you understand why they can chew on wood, but you shouldn’t. Our teeth are meant for chewing food only. Using your teeth for chewing other things, such as fingernails, pen lids, even ice or unpopped popcorn kernels can badly damage them.
If your teeth are chipped or worn from chewing on objects, though, we can help restore them, with porcelain veneers or dental crowns, depending on the state of wear.
Buck Teeth Beavers
Sadly, many children with large front teeth that stick out often get called beavers for having teeth like a beaver. Buck teeth occur when the top front teeth overjet which makes them look larger than usual. So what causes buck teeth? The condition is often caused by mouth breathing, thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting during adolescence. Buck teeth are also genetic, caused by environmental factors, caused by missing, extra or impacted teeth, or even from tumors or cysts in the jaw.
Unlike beavers, humans shouldn’t have teeth that stick out. To address the issue of beaver teeth or buck teeth, at Contemporary Dentistry we offer orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign. Invisalign can correct your buck teeth so that nobody can ever call you a beaver ever again. Without orthodontic treatment for buck teeth, you can damage your front teeth or suffer from the effects of bite problems such as TMJ.
To learn more about orthodontics or reconstructive dentistry in Rochester, NY, please call (585) 244-3337 today for an appointment with a Rochester, NY dentist at Contemporary Dentistry.