The term Overjet refers to top front teeth that stick out and protrude significantly above the bottom front teeth. It is a type of overbite that is sometimes also called “buck teeth” or “protruded teeth.” In severe cases, the lower lip may sit behind the upper front teeth and push them further forward. Protruded teeth can be prone to accidental damage and uneven wear.
In growing patients, an Overjet can be corrected with elastics or functional appliances. In adults, a functional appliance may be necessary, such as a Herbst Appliance or Headgear. In some cases, jaw surgery may be necessary.