How can braces affect your facial structure?


Adult Braces | Northenden House Orthodontics

When we place a brace on the teeth it will straighten the teeth and move them into the position we are hoping to achieve. But it’s also important to note that you can get some beneficial changes of profile and the position of the upper and lower lips from the realignment of your teeth.


But, just how much does it change your facial structure? If you want to understand just how much the alignment of your teeth affects the appearance of your face why not take a look at our before and after pictures


How Braces Change the Shape of the Face

It is common for the human face to have a certain degree of asymmetry. But for certain people, this asymmetry is particularly pronounced, and it often starts in the mouth. Braces slowly and subtly restore symmetry so that people see your face for what it really is, and not for its one glaring flaw. Here are some common problems that braces change effectively:



When you have an underbite your chin protrudes making it look larger and causing what is often called a “moon face.” When the problem is corrected with the aid of braces, the overall features of the face soften, and the mouth becomes more of an appealing focal point.


Open bite 

An open bite is when the mouth always appears stretched, and in severe cases, it prevents the mouth from completely closing naturally. This is an especially noticeable problem that is even visible in profile because it causes the upper lip to protrude. Braces correct the underlying alignment problem and give the mouth a more natural appearance.



This is one of the most common alignment issues for many people. An overbite can cause the upper lip to jut out while causing the cheeks to look sunken. Braces change the way your jaw and teeth fit together, creating better harmony throughout the lower half of the face.


Crooked teeth 

Even minor issues with the alignment of the teeth can make it embarrassing to smile or laugh. Braces correct spacing and crowding issues so that patients never hesitate to reveal their teeth.


If you would like to know more about orthodontic treatment then please get in touch with us today on 0161 884 1481 or email us at 

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