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Will Braces Change My Face Shape?

Austin, TX – A straight, dazzling smile is often associated with confidence and attractiveness. For individuals with misaligned teeth, braces offer a solution not only for dental health but also for aesthetic concerns. But many wonder if braces can do more than just straighten teeth. Can they actually change your face shape? Dr. Silvana Gonzalez and her team at Pure Smiles Orthodontics explain. 

First and foremost, braces are primarily designed to correct dental misalignments. They are highly effective in straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps, and aligning your bite for better oral health. Braces work by applying consistent pressure to shift the position of your teeth over time. While this process can have a significant impact on your smile, it doesn’t fundamentally alter the shape of your face.

However, there are certain scenarios in which braces may indirectly influence your facial appearance. Here’s how:

1. Improved Profile: Correcting bite issues, such as an overbite or underbite, can improve your facial profile. An overbite, for example, can make your chin appear less prominent, while an underbite can have the opposite effect. By aligning your bite, braces can help bring balance to your facial features.

2. Lip Position: The alignment of your teeth can affect the position of your lips at rest and when you smile. Braces can help correct issues like buckteeth or protruding teeth, which may impact the position of your lips. As your teeth are realigned, your lips may naturally settle into a more harmonious position.

3. Improved Jaw Function: Braces can help address issues with your jaw joint, which can contribute to discomfort and affect the shape of your face. By improving jaw function, braces may indirectly alleviate pain and prevent changes in facial shape due to jaw misalignment.

4. Increased Confidence: While not a physical change in your face, the newfound confidence you gain from a straighter smile can make you appear more attractive and self-assured, which can influence how others perceive your facial aesthetics.

It’s important to note that braces alone cannot change your bone structure. If you’re looking for a significant change in your facial shape, orthognathic surgery may be necessary. This surgical procedure involves repositioning the jawbones to correct significant structural issues that braces alone cannot address.

Braces are an excellent solution for improving your dental health and achieving a straighter smile. While they can indirectly influence your facial appearance by correcting bite issues, lip position, and jaw function, they do not alter the fundamental bone structure of your face. If you’re concerned about your facial shape, it’s essential to consult with an orthodontist who can assess your specific needs and recommend the most suitable treatment, which may include braces, surgery, or a combination of both. In the end, the goal is to help you achieve a healthier and more confident smile, which can undoubtedly enhance your overall facial appearance.

Dr. Gonzalez and her team at Pure Smiles Orthodontics have years of experience treating patients using a variety of treatment options and can help you transform your smile. If you’re ready to begin your smile journey, call Pure Smiles Orthodontics today at 512-215-2520.