Nick Wenger, a Consultant Orthodontist at Treliske in Cornwall, said: “Research shows that if your top teeth stick out by as little as than 9mm, there’s a 45 per cent increase in the rate of trauma: this could include chipping or fracturing of the teeth, including the possibility that they can become non-vital and turn grey. Abscesses and infections can occur, and if you lose the teeth altogether, it can cost a huge amount of money to replace them in the long term.”
He added; “A child who knocks his or her front teeth out faces a lifetime of dental treatment, along with all the psychological and financial implications that go along with that. It can happen easily and it’s devastating for young people if they hurt or lose their teeth, especially the front ones. Children can go from having a really nice broad smile to feeling really sensitive about their mouth. Even children with naturally prominent teeth can feel very self-conscious and embarrassed. Sometimes they’re bullied, and it affects their self-esteem and development, both psychologically and physically.”
Parents can easily get referrals from their family dentist for children who have overcrowded teeth or teeth that stick out of position to have the problem treated using standard orthodontic braces. Dr Wenger young people who have untreated sticking out teeth that most of the injuries he sees are caused by sports, like skateboarding or horse riding and that it is essential that they wear protective gear, such as gum shields, if they have yet to start orthodontic treatment or are currently wearing braces.