Did you know that some forms of orthodontic treatment can change your face? Your smile may not be the only thing that changes. There are a lot of more subtle things that happen during your treatment too. You may not notice them at first, but over time these subtle changes may appear.
If your jaw is different than normal (called an overbite or underbite), your teeth will not line up. If you have an overbite, it can make your lower jaw look undefined and weak. If you have an underbite, it can make the lower part of your face look more prominent. After treatment from orthodontics, some changes to the shape of your face might happen but they are likely to be minor depending on how bad the problem was in the first place.
Orthodontic treatment can change the “jawline” but that might require surgery, braces, or aligners. The orthodontist will also correct a misaligned bite. Correcting your bite is the main goal, cosmetic improvement is a bonus!
Your mouth and lips may also look a little different! Braces change the way your teeth are positioned, which changes how your lips look. This is because the prominence or “fullness” of the lips is directly affected by the forward position and alignment of front teeth. Orthodontists take this into account when you get braces, as part of their initial patient assessment.
Braces not only fix your bite but can change certain features of your face. Most of all, they improve your confidence and that can’t be beat!