Can Braces Change Your Appearance?

Dentist In Kalamazoo, MI

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Your smile says a lot about your personality. If you’ve ever felt embarrassed about your teeth, request an appointment with our dentist. Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate offers a range of options to correct an imperfect smile, from ClearCorrect® to traditional metal braces. As a general dentist, Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate will assess your case and determine if a specialist is recommended.

Since braces move your teeth and jaw, they can change the appearance of your face over time. Continue reading to learn what results you can expect from orthodontic treatment. Our dentist is here to help!

Crooked & Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth affect the appearance of your smile as well as your overall oral health. Metal braces work by exerting enough pressure on crowded teeth to move them into optimal alignment. As your treatment progresses, you’ll notice your teeth starting to move.

Crooked teeth will start to straighten out and go to their proper positions. In addition to straightening your teeth, 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 your chin look small. People with overbites may also have protruding upper lips and sunken cheeks. Thankfully, Dr. Busch-Abbate will be able to use braces and other oral appliances to reposition your teeth and 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 an overbite.


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.

Our dentist 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, our dentist 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 open bite 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 an open bite, our dentist can help their jaw 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 our dentist. 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 ClearCorrect.

Make an Appointment Today!

If you’re interested in straighter teeth, feel free to request an appointment online or by phone at (269) 381-3890 so we can help you get started with braces or ClearCorrect. As your dentist, Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate is here to help you regain confidence in your smile.

Emergency Dental Care

Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.

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