Can Braces Change Your Jawline?
When your teeth are misaligned, overcrowded, or if you have a bite imbalance, braces are an effective orthodontic solution to fix these problems. Orthodontic problems can make your lower facial features and jaw look uneven.
At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, serving Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, and Bensalem, PA, patients want to know if wearing braces can change their jawline. The answer is that it’s possible, if that is a goal for treatment. So, if you’d like your jawline altered, be sure to talk with our orthodontist at your consultation.
Braces Improve Jaw Alignment
Overbites, underbites, and crossbites can occur when the jaw isn’t in a balanced, healthy position. If you have an underbite, your jaw will extend outward. If you have an overbite, your upper arch and teeth will extend forward, and your chin may appear small or weak. With a crossbite, the lower jaw sits more to the left or right, rather than directly below the upper teeth.
Braces straighten the teeth and improve jaw alignment which can change the shape of the jaw.
Braces Create a Sculpted Jawline
When you have an underbite or overbite, your top or bottom jaw may protrude. If you’re like many people who need braces, you probably avoid smiling because you’re embarrassed about your appearance.
Braces can give you straight teeth and your jawline will look more sculpted when it moves into a healthy, ideal position.
Braces Improve Facial Symmetry
When your teeth are unevenly spaced or crowded, your face will not look symmetrical. Furthermore, if your jaw isn’t in the right position, one side of your face may seem lower than the other or perhaps your lips don’t look even when your mouth is closed.
Once you begin wearing braces, you will notice teeth shifting and your face will begin to change as well. Not only will your bite and jaw position be improved, but you may see your face begin to look more symmetrical and attractive, as well.
Braces Help Your Face Look More Natural
When you have orthodontic problems like overbite, underbite, or crossbite, you may find it is impossible to completely close your mouth. This causes a visual problem with your lips and jawline, and it probably gives your face an unnatural look. It may also cause you to have dry mouth, which contributes to bad breath and gum disease.
Braces address bite issues by repositioning teeth and jaws to correct alignment. As your teeth move into the correct position, your jawline and lips will follow suit. In time, you should be able to close your mouth, and your face will have a more natural, esthetically pleasing appearance.
Braces Give You a Better Bite
When you put your teeth together to bite, the top and bottom teeth should fit together. With underbites and overbites, top and bottom teeth may not touch as they should. This is called malocclusion or a bad bite, and it causes issues like tooth wear and breakage, as well as painful TMJ disorder.
Braces can correct your bite, giving you proper occlusion, thus eliminating the potential for tooth damage and other issues related to malocclusion. In addition, braces can also reposition your jawline for a more attractive facial shape.
Schedule Your Free Braces Consultation Today
If your teeth have spaces between them, are misaligned, or crowded, braces can make your smile and face appear more symmetrical, while also correcting bite issues. To find out if braces are the right treatment for you or your child, contact us today at (215) 883-0611, or request your free consultation online.