Facial symmetry is one of the most noted ways to perceive attractiveness. Babies prefer people with symmetrical faces. Still, most people have some slight facial asymmetry, be it offset eyes or an uneven brow or jawline, that can be attributed to abnormalities in soft tissue, dental, or skeletal factors. It only makes sense that orthodontic treatment could help facial asymmetry for those whose imbalance is due to dentofacial anomalies.
Here at Sturgill Orthodontics, we know having an asymmetrical face can really take a toll on your confidence and keep you from going after the things you want in life. Some patients find that their imbalance is more than just an aesthetic situation because it leaves them with general discomfort and possibly even troubled sleeping. In others, asymmetry is not a concern and can often be a defining part of their individuality. If your facial asymmetry is a positive in your life, we don’t think you should change a thing. But, if you’re one of the many patients suffering from physical or self-esteem issues from the imbalance in your face, orthodontic treatment may be your solution, and Sturgill Orthodontics has the experience and options to get it done!
Causes of Facial Asymmetry
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Genetic causes of facial asymmetry could be tooth crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and even jaw growth problems. Some facial imbalances can be attributed to thumb- or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, or other incidents that result in bite irregularities.
You may think that if you managed to make it to adulthood with a pretty symmetrical face, you’re in the clear. While that is typically true, and while your bones are no longer growing, your cartilage is, and it can alter your facial symmetry as you age. But there are other reasons you may face asymmetry that you may not have thought about besides genetics and aging, such as uneven muscles, accidents, and infections.
There are also severe health conditions that can cause facial asymmetry that is not likely to be corrected with orthodontics. When there is reduced blood flow to the brain, it can cause a person to suffer a stroke. Drooping of one side of the face after the stroke can often result in a noticeable imbalance and asymmetry. Another medical condition called Graves disease causes fatty tissue to accumulate in the lower face making the lower cheeks and jawline appear too wide for the face as a whole.
Effects of Facial Asymmetry
Studies have found that facial symmetry can affect attractiveness, and humans usually prefer a more symmetrical look. While nobody has perfect facial balance, there are cases where your asymmetry may be more than just aesthetically complicated. When it comes to functionality, facial asymmetry can disrupt the way you speak and eat and even cause jaw or head pains.
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and require additional dental care later in life.
In some patients, facial asymmetry is actually a symptom or side effect of an underlying and undiagnosed issue like sleep apnea or a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. These conditions can have a much more drastic impact on your health than just a crooked smile. At Sturgill Orthodontics, our experienced team can provide specialized care for your unique needs to give you the smile you deserve.
How can Orthodontics help?
There is no doubt that if you have issues with facial asymmetry, you’ve wondered what could be done to help your situation. Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, Dr. Harper, and their skilled team can correct facial asymmetry with advanced options. We can evaluate your facial features and oral health to create a treatment plan that fits your needs! Let’s look at a few ways we can help.
The most common and best-practiced solution to facial asymmetry in the past was jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery. Now, that procedure is reserved for extreme cases and patients who are not likely to see adequate results from orthodontic treatments like braces.
For cases considered typical or mild, such as under or overbite cases, our doctors can utilize traditional braces, clear braces, InBrace lingual braces, or clear aligners like Invisalign to correct your symmetry. Don’t let the prospect of braces deter you from looking in the face of your dreams. Modern technology has made metal braces much smaller and more comfortable, which you can even personalize with colored elastic bands to make the process that much more fun. And for those looking for a more discreet option, clear ceramic braces can make your orthodontic treatment a bit more inconspicuous.
In certain situations where the facial asymmetry is caused by an upper jaw that is too small, a palatal expander is another orthodontic treatment option that uses high-grade metal bands attached to corresponding molars and joined high in the center of the roof of the mouth by a fastener. This appliance is activated with a unique key daily to slowly and carefully expand the upper palate to create the desired symmetry.
In most cases, our skilled team can resolve facial asymmetry with non-invasive treatments, and by utilizing modern orthodontics, you can get the smile you deserve efficiently. It is a partnership between you and our orthodontic team, though. Your efforts in following your treatment plan and making it to your routine appointments while maintaining excellent oral hygiene will help you get your best results.
When your symmetry is an issue, Sturgill Orthodontics has your solution!
At Sturgill orthodontics, getting a straight new smile or fixing facial asymmetry in the Tri-City area is affordable and comfortable. We have two convenient offices located in Johnson City, TN, and Norton, VA, so you don’t have to sacrifice your life for your orthodontic treatment. We care about you like you’re our family, and we promise to give you a perfect smile by making orthodontic treatment within reach!
Get in touch with our kind team today and schedule your FREE consultation to see how our orthodontic treatment options can help your smile or facial alignment. Our team takes pride in doing whatever it takes to achieve your best result while delivering world-class customer service.