November 15, 2022
Do you have facial asymmetry? If so, you’re not alone. Most people are born with some degree of asymmetry in their facial structure. In some cases, it’s barely noticeable, while in others, it can be pretty pronounced. If you’re interested in bringing some more balance to your facial features, consider orthodontics. At Dudley Smiles, we specialize in correcting teeth and jaw alignment problems that give our clients renewed self-esteem. Keep reading to learn how orthodontics can help!
What does facial asymmetry have to do with your oral health?
Various factors, including genetics, trauma, or improper oral health, can cause facial asymmetry. However, most people don’t realize that a lot of the time, these imbalances are caused by common orthodontic issues. Some examples of problems that Dr. Dudley treats to improve facial asymmetry are:
These result from the lower or upper jaw being too far forward or backward, respectively. Underbites can cause your facial structure to look unbalanced and can even affect your speech, while overbites can affect the appearance of your jaw and make it difficult to chew food properly.
A crossbite is when the upper teeth are closer to the lower teeth on one side than the other. This jaw misalignment can also cause your facial structure to look uneven. If left untreated, it can also put unnecessary pressure on your teeth and result in enamel erosion and other dental problems with time.
Crooked or Misaligned Teeth
If teeth are misaligned, they can do more than affect the appearance of your smile—they can throw off the entire balance of your facial structure! When Dr. Dudley uses orthodontic appliances to help his patients shift their teeth back into place, they are shocked to see the effect on their overall appearance!
How can orthodontics help me achieve a more balanced facial structure?
By correcting the alignment of teeth and jaw, Dr. Dudley can shift the balance of your facial features to create a more symmetrical look. At Dudley Smiles, we offer the following orthodontic appliances to help our patients achieve a more well-rounded facial structure:
Metal braces are the most common orthodontic appliance and can be used to correct all types of misalignments. Dr. Dudley can gradually shift your teeth into alignment by placing brackets on your teeth and attaching archwires to apply pressure.
Clear braces are a perfect choice for patients seeking a more discreet orthodontic option. These modern braces are made of a semi-opaque ceramic material that blends in with your teeth.
Invisalign & Spark Clear Aligners
Invisalign & Spark Aligners are orthodontic appliances made of clear plastic trays that are custom-made for each patient and changed every 1-2 weeks. You can take out these removable aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing, making them an excellent option for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without the hassle of wires and brackets.
Smile confidently with Dudley Smiles!
Whether you want to improve your facial symmetry or boost oral health, Dr. Dudley is dedicated to helping his patients achieve a beautiful and balanced smile. Through orthodontic treatments like metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign, Dudley Smiles can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact our office today to book your free consultation and learn more about your options.