My ortho is planning to fit a brace to my top teeth to widen the arch. Can Wearing Braces Also Alter Your Face Shape/profile?
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Facial Changes after Braces
The contour of the face and lips rely on two things:
- bone structure (the maxillary and mandibular bones, aka cheek bones and jaw, and teeth)
- facial tissue (the muscles and fat)
Just like people who have taken out the full dentures have their face shortened and lips caved in, protruding and misaligned teeth gives the face an uneven and unbalanced profile.
Braces (orthodontic treatment) not only aligns the teeth for functional purposes but also cosmetically enhances the facial features to give a balanced and even look.
For asymmetrical profiles with elongation and overbite, and depending on severity of the situation, a head gear (also a type of brace) may be used in addition to brackets on the teeth for additional force necessary for the movement to achieve the desired and anticipated results.
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