Orthodontics

Orthodontics and beauty

orthodontics and beauty

What do you know about the effects of orthodontics on your beauty? Orthodontics can easily affect your appearance and help you experience a different life. Orthodontics can give you a unique appearance without any oral or dental defect.

Effect of orthodontics on the beauty of facial profile

The effects of orthodontics are more prominent when you see a profile view of one’s face. Although orthodontic treatments make no change in the forehead or nose, the orthodontist should examine and evaluate all aspects of one’s face, including the forehead and nose. Orthodontics can significantly affect the appearance and shape of lips and chin. The orthodontist should make sure that all components of the facial profile are well balanced and coordinated.

a beautiful lady who shows her orthodontic teeth with her finger

Medical science proposes many methods to measure a balanced facial profile. A cosmetic orthodontist measures the facial profile to see whether the nose, lips, or chin are balanced. It should be noted that the components of the facial profile change as the patient gets older. For example, the eyes, nose, and chin enlarge with increasing age. It is vital for all humans to easily shut their lips when breathing, chewing, or resting.

Effects of orthodontics and beauty on dental protrusions

با تThe following figure displays a patient with dental protrusions. The mouth remains open (due to the difficulty of bringing lips together or nasal breathing), and the tongue falls inside the mouth, causing a muscular balance between the tongue, lips, and cheeks. These conditions can change the position of teeth over time, negatively affecting facial beauty.
This patient’s beauty has been negatively affected by the position of his/her upper and lower teeth. Because of slight dental protrusions, the lips cannot easily come together. When the patient forcibly brings the lips together, the chine muscles get out of their normal position. The lips abnormally overlap the chin when teeth do not fit together correctly. Cosmetic orthodontics can help such a patient to easily and naturally bring his/her lips together without applying an extra force. A patient with properly aligned teeth will no longer need to move his/her chin to fit teeth together abnormally. Therefore, the orthodontic treatments performed for such a patient pursues the following three objectives:
1- Moving upper teeth backward to provide enough space for the lips to come together easily
2- Providing appropriate conditions for the chin movement and rest
3- Aligning the teeth

The procedure of cosmetic orthodontics

Some teeth may be extracted based on the orthodontist’s diagnosis. The gaps created between teeth by tooth extraction will be closed by using orthodontic appliances. The front teeth are then pulled back to pave the ground for achieving the ultimate goal of cosmetic orthodontics.

before and after the effect of orthodontics on the beauty of teeth

In this case, cosmetic orthodontics aimed to close the gap between teeth on both dental arches and pull teeth backward to help the patient usually bring his/her lips together. The orthodontic treatment of crowded and protruded teeth helps this patient to effortlessly bring his/her lips together without any pressure on the chin muscle. This therapeutic result directly improves the patient’s facial profile and beauty.

Orthodontics and beauty FAQ

1-Can orthodontics also affect the beauty of the nose?

Suppose a patient with a protruded maxilla and forward teeth. In such a patient, the nose is slightly forward. Therefore, orthodontic treatments make the nose go backward and look better.

2-Can cosmetic orthodontics correct maxillomandibular abnormalities?

Removable orthodontic appliances are used to move the jaws. If the patient timely visits an orthodontist, the orthodontist can correct maxillomandibular abnormalities using removable orthodontics without needing a surgical procedure.

3-How orthodontics affects the beauty of the chin?

Removable orthodontics can be used for most patients with abnormally protruded or intruded jaws to correct these abnormalities and return the chine to its natural position.

4-How orthodontics affects the beauty and form of lips?

Crowded and malpositioned teeth usually deform the lips leading to an abnormal appearance. For example, patients with missing teeth usually do not have prominent lips. The orthodontic alignment of teeth can make the lips look more prominent and beautiful. The opposite is also true, and the lips are abnormally forward with an unpleasant appearance in patients with protruding teeth. The orthodontic treatment of protruded teeth can, therefore, restore the usual beauty and form of lips.

5-Is cosmetic orthodontics covered by insurance companies?

Some insurance companies pay the cost of orthodontics partially or totally. Although the main objective of cosmetic orthodontics is to improve patients’ beauty and appearance, it can also significantly improve their oral health. You can check the terms of your contract with the insurance company to get more information on the reimbursement of cosmetic orthodontics.

6-If a patient needs nose surgery, maxillofacial surgery, and orthodontic treatments, which order of treatments will produce the best therapeutic outcomes? 

To achieve the best and most favorable therapeutic results, the patients are recommended first to receive orthodontic treatments and then undergo maxillofacial surgery and nose surgery.

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About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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