Do you want to achieve a straighter smile?

If you suffer from crooked or misaligned teeth, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance – so much so that you refrain from smiling and avoid social interactions at all costs.

However, orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws, usually through various appliances and treatments.

Wearing braces or clear aligners will help to straighten your teeth – but one thing that often surprises patients is that they can subtly alter the shape of your face, too.

But how will braces change your face?

Read on to find out more about facial-driven dentistry in London.

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How do braces work?

Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position.

Though every patient is different, metal braces will typically need to be adjusted or tightened every 4-8 weeks to ensure they are successfully moving your teeth.

Invisible braces move your teeth in a similar way to fixed braces – but without the need for wires or brackets, providing a more discreet solution for straightening teeth.

Take Invisalign treatment, for instance. You’ll simply need to wear a series of clear aligners, which will be trimmed to your gum line for maximum comfort. Each aligner must be worn for 2 weeks (for at least 22 hours a day – removing them only to eat, drink, brush or floss your teeth) before it’s swapped for the next in the series.

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Jawline changes after braces

Most patients seek orthodontic treatment to improve their smile, but the realignment of your teeth and jaw will have a subtle effect on your overall face shape, too.

• Underbite – If your lower jaw protrudes, wearing a brace will help to correct the imbalance and make it appear more symmetrical with the rest of your face. This will give your features a softer and more natural look.

• Overbite – When your top teeth protrude over your bottom teeth, it can give the appearance of an undefined lower jaw and a weak chin. Correcting an overbite with braces can give the face a more symmetrical appearance – not to mention a stronger chin and jawline.

• Open bite – If you have an open bite, your front teeth sit in front of the lower teeth and lean outward. In some cases, they can be seen between the lips and they make it hard to bite and chew food. Using a brace to correct an open bite will often bring the most noticeable changes to your facial features. Your upper jaw will appear less forward and you’ll be able to close your mouth properly.

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Change in crossbite face shape

A crossbite is a form of malocclusion where some of your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth when your mouth is closed. Patients with moderate to severe cases often compensate by shifting their jaw to one side – creating unwanted changes in the facial structure.

As experts in orthodontics in London, the team at E11even Dental have helped many people to fix a crossbite using braces or clear Invisalign aligners – moving the jaws into a more desirable position. Our treatments can effectively improve the symmetry of your face while helping you to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

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Invisalign and face shape change

Perfectly tailored to your mouth and existing teeth, Invisalign braces are considered an effective treatment option for most orthodontic concerns. They also have the potential to create permanent changes in your facial anatomy, which can positively impact your self-confidence.

By aligning the teeth and improving your bite, the clear aligners can make your smile look wider. This can help to lift the skin around your mouth and provide you with a more youthful appearance, almost like a non-surgical facelift!

Something else to bear in mind when considering Invisalign in London is that, after straightening your teeth with invisible braces, your lips may appear plumper than usual. This is a result of them adjusting to the new alignment of your bite.Can braces change your face shape - elleven Dental Wellness

Find out more about our orthodontic treatments

If you’re wondering how braces can change your face, we encourage you to contact our dental practice in Harley District.

Orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign and conventional braces, are perfect for those eager to correct crooked teeth, improve their bite and create facial symmetry.

Facial-driven dentistry techniques can diminish smile lines and the appearance of wrinkles while giving the lips a fuller look.

We also offer Digital Smile Design in London, which helps patients not only achieve their dream smiles but preview the finished results as well. That means you can get an idea of how your teeth and smile will look after wearing braces before you even start treatment.

For more information about facial-driven dentistry and how the team at E11even Dental can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.