3 ways braces change your appearance
While the most obvious reason people want orthodontic treatment is to straighten their teeth, an orthodontic correction can alter your appearance in more ways than one. The transition your smile undergoes from crooked to straight is the most exciting change that many patients monitor carefully during orthodontic treatment, but there may be subtler changes to your appearance that are less easy to spot.
Here are three ways braces can change your appearance beyond just your teeth:
Your face shape may look different
If you have an overbite or underbite, your misaligned jaw is likely to impact your facial shape. An overbite can give the appearance of sunken cheeks and an undefined jaw, while an underbite where the lower lip protrudes, can make the lower jaw more prominent.
Correcting these bite issues to make teeth align properly can redefine the jawline, helping your features look softer.
Your mouth may appear changed
Depending on the type of malocclusion that is being corrected, you might notice a change in how your mouth itself looks. This is because some conditions – such as an open bite – can make it difficult to close the mouth completely. This can give the mouth a stretched appearance. By correcting the bite you’ll help change the shape of your mouth when it’s closed.
You might look younger
While undergoing orthodontic treatment as an adult can make you feel like you’re back in your teens, it’s actually after your treatment is completed that some people notice a difference. In some cases, correcting the jaw alignment can make the skin under the chin appear tighter, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Braces change your appearance through confidence too!
Depending on the orthodontic issues that are corrected with your treatment you might experience different results to those we mentioned above. However, once your treatment is completed patients often find that they’re more confident and unable to hide their smile.
The fact is that if you tend to avoid smiling because you’re self-conscious about your crooked teeth, then having orthodontic treatment will help put those fears to rest. What better way to embrace your new smile than by beaming confidently at passers-by?
Find an orthodontist near you
An orthodontist will be able to tell you what type of malocclusion you’re experiencing and give you an accurate representation of the type of aesthetic transformation you can expect from your treatment.
If you’re ready to begin your orthodontic journey, you can find an orthodontist near you using our finder tool to search the ASO database for registered specialists in your area.