How Can Braces Change My Face Shape?

Do you know that Braces or Clear Aligner do more than just correct your teeth’s alignment? However, they also take into account other orofacial anatomies, such as the lips, jawline, and overall facial profile. As a result, many people wonder if braces can alter the structure or shape of their faces. So, do braces change the shape of your face? The answer is yes and no all at once! Continue reading to learn more!

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Age is an important factor!

Changing of face shape is possible for growing children with interceptive orthodontic treatment. Braces will have a stronger effect on altering the shape of the patient’s face the younger they are. 

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Can Braces change face shape in adult?

While braces might be able to help you achieve that perfectly proportioned face when you’re an adolescent, it might not have the same effect on adults.

That’s because facial bones are mostly done growing by the time we reach adulthood, so there may not be enough malleable cartilage to make any long-lasting changes. Don’t worry – braces can still improve facial imbalance & discrepancies

Overbite/ underbite?

The majority of your underbites (lower jaw protrudes ahead of your front teeth) and overbites (opposite of underbites) problems can be successfully treated with braces, frequently in conjunction with orthodontic elastics and/or bite-correcting springs. However, you should schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to determine the best course of action for your unique situation. Your orthodontist will take x-rays during your evaluation to identify the type and severity of your malocclusion and develop a treatment plan to guarantee that your overbite is fixed safely, effectively, and with the most cosmetic benefit possible. People who have these problems often report that after getting braces, their facial structure feels and appears more natural.


When the mouth is closed, the teeth cannot come together, creating an open bite. An open bite can readily be corrected with braces by bringing the teeth together to create a more vertical bite. As a result, your mouth can seal completely and properly after treatment.

How Long Do You Need to Wear Braces to Get Results?

If you’ve heard the phrase ‘instant gratification’ before, you may be disappointed to learn that braces won’t give you the same immediate results. And if the physical changes that come with wearing braces sound too good to be true, that’s because they are.

Realistically, it takes anywhere from 6 to 24 months for a person in adult age wearing braces to get visible results. That’s a lot of commitment and a lot of time. You must also keep in mind that different face shapes require different approaches. However, with patience and consistency, you can begin to see some changes over time.

So if your goal is to achieve facial symmetry, don’t expect a miracle within a few weeks or even months – your best bet is to just sit back and brace yourself for that ‘after’ shot!

Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to increase awareness of and knowledge about common oral health issues. It is not meant to be a substitute for dental or other professional medical advice, nor is it meant to be used in the diagnosis or treatment of any disease or symptom. If you have any concerns about a medical condition or a course of treatment, you should speak to your dentist or another licenced healthcare professional.

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