Will Braces Change How I Look

 Grand Rapids MI

While braces are obviously designed to move teeth into better alignment, your orthodontist is also able to correct any bite issues so you can smile with confidence. Orthodontic treatment not only changes the appearance of your smile, but can help bring your jaw forward for a better profile. Keep reading to learn how you could look after orthodontic treatment. For more information, call your local orthodontist.

Crooked Teeth

Crowded teeth affect the appearance of your smile and oral health. Metal or ceramic braces work by exerting enough pressure on teeth to move them into optimal alignment. As your treatment progresses, you’ll notice your teeth start to move. Crooked teeth will start to straighten out and go to their proper positions. Fixing a crooked smile will also help you practice good oral health. It’s much easier to brush and floss teeth when they don’t overlap.


An overbite can make you look as though you don’t have a chin. People with overbites also tend to have protruding upper lips and sunken cheeks. Thankfully, your orthodontist will be able to use teeth braces and other oral appliances to bring your jaw forward. So much of your appearance depends on the underlying jaw bones and teeth. You might be surprised by how different you could look after we’re able to correct overbite teeth.


An underbite can make your chin stick out or make it look as though your jaw is too big for your face. You may also have an underbite if your bottom lip sticks out farther than your upper lip. Your orthodontist will be able to come up with a plan to straighten teeth and move your jaw back so you can achieve a natural-looking profile. While most of our patients come to us for straighter teeth, many don’t realize their jaws also play a role in how their face looks.

Open Bite

Do your teeth look larger than they actually are? If so, your orthodontist may diagnose you with an open bite. An open bite can also make it difficult to close your mouth naturally. You’re more at risk for an openbite if you have tongue thrust or sucked your thumb as a child. The sooner we can treat an open bite, the better. If your child has open bite, their orthodontist can help their jaws grow more evenly and encourage them to break bad oral habits like thumb sucking.

If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. It’s never too late to straighten your teeth. For example, adult braces can be used well after high school so you can get the smile you’ve always wanted. If you think you would feel uncomfortable with metal braces, we also offer clear aligner treatment through Invisalign.

Our team at Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics is dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile through dental braces. To schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontists in Kentwood or Grandville, call (616) 455-4800.