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Protruding teeth: Hi. I am 28 years old and I have had this problem since I was very young.

My front upper 4 teeth protrude at an angle and are somewhat pointed. However, I can still close my mouth.

I don't know if this is a case of overbite, but whatever it is, I really want to get them fixed, even if it is to remove them and have implants. Sometimes they hurt.

I met with a dentist once who said my jaws were too big for my teeth and advised that it is too late to have metal braces on. However, I find it rather discomforting whenever I look into the mirror. I have a social problem because of this.

What options do I have to correct them and can you suggest any dentist in the UK who can handle this? .... London England United Kingdgom UK

Answer:
Protruding teeth from very young age suggests that there was not enough room in the arch for the teeth to fit nicely.

The problem should have been corrected with braces and/or surgically to correct the alignments and disproportionate jaw sizes.

It is understandable that this is causing you discomfort.

What are your options?
It is certainly not too late to have braces at 28. People in their 50's and 60's are going for orthodontic braces with excellent outcome.

You need to be seen by an orthondontist along with maxillo-facial surgeon and obtain opinions as to what can be done. Fortunately, these days these sort of treatments produce excellent results.

I would also suggest that you get a second opinion. Obtain copies of x-rays and casts from first orthodontist to take to second one.

To undergo any dental treatment it is crucial that the rest of the teeth are and gums are in top condition. Get all necessary fillings and cleaning done and start taking care of your gums.

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