What are braces for?
Generally speaking, braces can effectively correct protruding or inclined teeth. These can make minor corrections to your jaw alignment. However, the main reason for braces is definitely not to change the shape of your face.
Read more about these 6 signs that you might need braces.
What is a braces face?
You might have heard the term “brace face” before when simply referring to somebody who wears braces. But sometimes it could sometimes refer to changes you might see in your cheeks and lips during or after braces.
Some of these changes might be seen because of:
When it comes to metal braces, extraction is required to make space for the teeth to shift prior to treatment. These might make your cheeks appear “less full”
Invisible braces/clear aligners, on the other hand, use Interproximal Reduction (IPR) instead. Rest assured that it is a non-invasive procedure that does not damage your teeth and there is no pain!
Your bite readjusting
In cases of an overjet, your lips will often be raised. But after getting braces, your lips are likely to follow the contour of your newly adjusted bite.
Do braces change face shape?
The answer is neither yes nor no. Clear aligners or braces do not directly change your face shape but do help correct minor jaw misalignments once the teeth have been straightened to the desired position.