Are you self-conscious about your facial asymmetry? Do you constantly think about how your teeth are not quite straight? You’re not alone. Facial asymmetry is common, and many people feel self-conscious about subtle imbalances in their appearance. The good news is that orthodontics can be a great way to restore your confidence. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of. First, let’s look at how your oral health is related to facial asymmetry.
Facial Asymmetry & Orthodontics: What’s the Connection?
Facial asymmetry is a condition where your face’s left and right sides don’t match. It can cause facial features to look unequal or disproportionate. In many cases, it is caused by misaligned teeth or bite issues, which lead to an uneven jawline. Since the bones in our face impact our overall structure, this can make your face look asymmetrical, causing feelings of self-consciousness. Some of the most common orthodontic issues that can lead to facial asymmetry are:
This widespread dental issue occurs when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth, causing the jaw to shift, sometimes resulting in sunken cheeks and an uneven facial structure.
An underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper front teeth. This can also lead to facial asymmetry due to the appearance of mild jaw recession.
Crossbites happen when the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together correctly, which results in your jaw becoming unbalanced, leading to an uneven look.
Misaligned teeth can create shorter or longer teeth on one side of the jaw, causing it to appear crooked and resulting in an asymmetrical face.
Gaps Between Teeth
When there are gaps between your teeth, it can cause the jawline to look somewhat lopsided, contributing to mild imbalances.
How can orthodontic treatment help my facial asymmetry?
Regardless of your facial imbalances, the good news is that orthodontics can help achieve facial balance and fullness, resulting in a more natural look. Dr. Diana and Dr. Neil have years of experience treating patients with facial asymmetry caused by orthodontic problems. Some of the changes that our patients see following orthodontic treatment are:
Better cheekbone definition
Treating your bite issues can help bring more definition to your cheekbones, making them look more prominent.
Balances your face
Aligning your teeth and correcting any bite issues can result in a more balanced facial structure, giving you the confidence boost you deserve.
Correcting any issues with your jaw alignment can help create a more balanced profile and improved facial contours.
Adjusting your bite can give you a more even smile, making you look and feel great.
What orthodontic treatments are available for my facial asymmetry?
At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments that can help improve your facial symmetry. The treatment type will depend on your condition’s severity and what works best for you. Some of the options available are:
Invisalign is an excellent option for those who want to improve their facial asymmetry without the hassle of traditional braces. It involves graduated clear, removable aligners customized to fit your mouth and gradually shift your teeth into their desired position.
Clear braces offer a more subtle approach to orthodontics than traditional metal braces. These are made of a transparent ceramic material, which makes them virtually unnoticeable when you smile.
This tried and true treatment continues to be an effective method for straightening teeth and correcting bite issues using metal brackets, archwire, and rubber bands.
Dr. Diana and Dr. Neil will help you find balance with orthodontics.
Many factors can cause facial asymmetry, but luckily, orthodontics can help. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their perfect smile, and we are confident that our treatment can help you too! So contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Diana and Dr. Neil. We look forward to helping you feel like a million bucks!