As a 49 year old, will braces/Invisalign fix my canted smile? Will braces broaden my smile/palate? (Photo)
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Will Braces Fix a Canted Smile?
You would need to develop your upper dental arch (and probably the lower arch as well) first and then straighten your teeth with braces.
WARNING: many orthodontists will tell you that arch development at your age is not possible or is not stable. This is simply NOT true. We do it every single day in our practice with outstanding results in children, teens and adults as well.
I recommend the DNA appliance which was specifically developed for the adult patient.
DNA Appliance far better choice than Invisalign to orthopedically grow your underdeveloped Maxilla
You are a perfect candidate for expansion. I assume you probably have some sleep problems, either snoring, sleep apnea or UARS.
Cosmetically orthopedic growth develops a full wide healthy smile you would never achieve just by moving teeth.
Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO
Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations
Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management
Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Regent & Fellow, International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics
Board Eligible, American Academy of CranioFacial Pain
Dental Section Editor, Sleep & Health JournalMember, American Equilibration Society
Member, Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences
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