Understanding how much the alignment of your teeth affects the appearance of your face can be surprising – just look at before and after pictures of people who have had braces.
The cosmetic benefits of having your teeth realigned through braces may be the reason most people venture out on an orthodontic journey, whether for themselves or for their children.
Part of the reason that people wear braces is to correct or prevent larger oral health problems, but an even bigger reason is that braces change the appearance of the entire face. Braces allow your facial symmetry to be restored by realigning your teeth. A few common problems that can be corrected with braces are:
Overbite causing the upper lip to stick out and cheeks to look sunken, an overbite makes people appear to have no chin and an undefined jawline. An overbite is one of the most common alignment issues people experience. Braces ensure your bite is in alignment by adjusting the way your teeth fit together and will establish a fitting jawline for patients.
Underbite causes a person’s chin to stick out and leads to the jaw looking too big in relation to their face. The bottom lip protrudes over the top lip and causes their features to look unnatural, or like a “moon face.” With the aid of braces, the overall features of the face look softer and more natural.
Open Bite with an open bite, the mouth always appears stretched and teeth look larger than they are. In some cases, people with an open bite are unable to close their mouths naturally. Braces will correct the alignment problem and provide the mouth with a more natural look.
Crooked Teeth braces correct any minor issues with alignment and spacing of the teeth that make it embarrassing to reveal the teeth by smiling or laughing. Once completed, you will be enjoying a smile worth showing off.
In some ways, the health benefits of braces are also cosmetic benefits. For instance, after wearing braces, teeth and gums are easier to clean effectively. That helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and a host of other issues that can make you self-conscious about your smile. Healthy teeth are attractive teeth.
Children between the ages of 7-10 are examined by an orthodontist to assess whether early orthodontics could aid in correcting already present issues. Early orthodontics can often reduce the need for further treatment in some patients. The most common time to see braces on someone is during adolescence. This is mainly because most traditional orthodontic treatments require one to have their full set of adult teeth to achieve ideal dental alignment and facial balance.