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How can Braces and Invisalign Change Your Facial Shape?
30 Aug 2022

How can Braces and Invisalign Change Your Facial Shape?

It's common knowledge that orthodontic treatment straightens the teeth and creates a perfect bite, but many people do not know the effect of orthodontic treatments on facial shape. However, the extent of change in your facial shape will depend on the severity and type of malocclusion.

Before your orthodontic treatment, the dentist will create a treatment plan which depends on your facial profile and features while considering how your face will change as you grow older for an attractive smile.

How do braces change the facial shape?

People rarely have a perfectly symmetrical face, but the differences aren't always noticeable. However, facial asymmetry becomes more noticeable when the lower and upper jaw develops at different rates or issues with the jaw's position, such as crossbite, overbite, and underbite

Braces and Invisalign can correct facial asymmetry by realigning the jaw.

  • Angles

These orthodontic treatments do not make your face longer or affect your nose shape. It only seems so because it changes the angle between your nose and lips and, in some cases, the angle between the chin and lip, making the nose and other features look slightly different.

How they work

Invisalign and braces apply gentle but steady pressure that stimulates natural bone remodelling. The tissue and bone breakdown, which is painless and occurs throughout life, allows the teeth to shift in the direction the braces or aligners guide them. As your teeth move, your lips also move in the same direction.

If you have bigger issues, the orthodontist will also fit rubber bands with the aligners or braces to ensure more movement in the lower and upper jaw, helping the bottom and top arches to fit properly. The shifting in your jaw will result in a noticeable difference.

Unique facial features

Face changes after Invisalign or braces are more noticeable for people with moderate to severe skeletal issues. However, changes may be minimal for certain issues, like those with crooked teeth but a normal bite.

Most people may experience little to no facial changes after their Invisalign treatment.

How early intervention affects correcting facial asymmetry

Getting orthodontic treatment early plays a vital role in enhancing facial profile. For certain issues affecting the skeleton, like underbite or overbite, manipulating the jaw is easier. It is also easy to fix and guide the jaw with braces or Invisalign at a younger age when the jaw is still developing.

What happens if growth is complete

Although early intervention is effective in many cases, you can still get braces or Invisalign as an adult to fix an asymmetrical face or jawline.

If jawbone growth is complete and you have a severe malocclusion that affects the skeletal structure, orthodontic surgery may be necessary alongside Invisalign or braces.

However, Invisalign and braces are effective for most orthodontic issues, giving better angles that balance the facial features. Aligning your teeth and enhancing your bite makes your smile wider.

Facial Changes Before and After Invisalign or Braces

Facial changes before and after Invisalign or braces for common orthodontic cases

  • Invisalign or braces for overbite

In an overbite, the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth. Most people have some degree of an overbite, but if the space between the upper and lower teeth is overly large, you may need orthodontic treatment.

The position of the upper jaw in an overbite makes the lower lip and chin look smaller. In most cases, braces or Invisalign correct the jawline; bringing the upper and lower arches together helps increase the lower lip support.

  • Braces or Invisalign for underbite

For an underbite, the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth when closing the mouth. This makes the lower jaw stick out. Invisalign or braces can change facial appearance after correcting an underbite.

Correcting the lower and upper teeth to come together properly will not change the chin position but reduce it.

  • Braces or Invisalign for open bite

In an open bite, the lower and upper teeth do not meet. This orthodontic issue often affects the front teeth and often makes it harder to close the lips together at rest. The upper and lower teeth position sometimes makes biting or chewing foods difficult.

However, correcting open bite with braces or Invisalign closes the space between the lower and upper teeth, allowing the front teeth to close properly. This enhances the appearance of the cheeks and lips and prevents the lower face from appearing overly long.

  • Invisalign or braces for crossbite

In a crossbite, some bottom teeth sit in front of some upper teeth. People with moderate to severe crossbite often shift their jaw to one side to compensate for the jaw structure, creating an assymetric facial structure.

Correcting a crossbite shifts the soft tissues into better alignment, helping to make the face appear symmetrical.

  • Invisalign or braces for other malocclusions

The shape of the face may get distorted by different bite issues or teeth misalignment. Realigning the teeth and jaw using Invisalign or braces can change your smile, making it more attractive. An attractive simile positively impacts your appearance.

Why is visiting an orthodontist for braces or Invisalign treatment necessary?

Although many clear aligners you can order online are available, including general dentists that offer teeth straightening services, braces and Invisalign can improve your facial and dental anatomy. These treatments are more effective from a certified dentist who treat tooth alignment and are necessary even when your orthodontic issues are mild.

Our Invisalign dentists have 17 years of experience and arrive to achieve the most balanced, functional and aesthetic results for all our patients.

How Invisalign changes your facial shape depends on your diagnosis and treatment plan when you visit a certified orthodontist for Invisalign treatment.    

You can get Invisalign or braces at Museum Dental Suites to get your Invisalign treatment from an experienced orthodontist. Our orthodontist uses computerised treatment planning to see the jaws, face and teeth from all angles. This computer software allows for visualising different procedure results and moving each tooth to the ideal position on a virtual, 3D representation of the smile.

Our orthodontist will consider how your tooth movements affect your facial profile and how your lips come together, accounting for natural changes affecting the face as you grow older for a smile that complements all facial features.

Call 0207 183 0886 to schedule a free consultation at Museum Dental Suites with our experienced orthodontist.