Orthodontics is the treatment of bite misalignments such as open bites, overbites and underbites that cause the teeth and jaw to portray your smile in unnatural ways. Oftentimes, patients experience teeth that are tilted awkwardly, can have difficulties closing their mouth properly and have bites that make it difficult to bite, chew or even speak. These issues can often create social discomfort and lower self-esteem levels, but a beautifully straight smile can fix all of this and more. But, can orthodontics change the shape of your face?
How to Correct a Misaligned Smile
To correct your smile, an orthodontist may recommend treatment options. These options might include braces or Invisalign to move the teeth into the desired position. Additional orthodontic work is sometimes needed in more severe cases. A Herpst appliance or a palatal expander can move the jaw or widen the upper jaw. These treatments will help correct your alignment concerns and create a more natural look for your smile and jawline. The ultimate result is a new smile and, in most moderate to severe cases, orthodontics change the shape of your face - subtly.
How Orthodontics Change the Shape of Your Face
Your orthodontist will likely take before and after photos of your smile transformation. This is for you to see the full effect of your treatment plan. The changes may even be shocking after slow and seemingly imperceptible changes during treatment. Your new face shape is the result of more than just the movement of your teeth. The result of your new teeth and jaw positions will mean that your mouth will actually change as well.
Your teeth are rooted deep beneath the gum line, into the jaw bone. This jaw bone is the foundation of the look of your smile. As your orthodontic treatments work to adjust the bite, your jaw bone will change shape as well. Your orthodontist's plan might widen the roof of your mouth, pull the jaw forward, move it backward, or adjust spaces between teeth. This will reflect in your new, healthier and more natural appearance. So yes, orthodontics change the shape of your face - for the better!
Contact Profile Orthodontics to discuss how orthodontics can benefit your smile and which treatment is the right solution for you.