Aesthetic appeal correlates strongly with a balanced facial profile. When you have an overbite, the imbalance of the chin and lips are pronounced, which generally makes a face look weak, stressed, and prematurely aged. Turning to a surgical solution should not be your first choice as treatments such as chin augmentation and dermal fillers only mask the real problem. Before considering facial plastic surgery, your jaw should be in the right position in order to gain the ideal shape to your face and smile by correcting your bite. A cosmetic surgeon cannot do this.
This patient’s face was physically getting shorter because of her worn down teeth and her deep overbite. She is experiencing premature aging because of her bite. The bite will determine the shape of the face, the size appearance of the chin and the aging factor.
After years of research and consultations with several dentists and oral surgeons she decided that she was not willing to undergo jaw surgery or wearing braces. She had suffered with a deep overbite and short teeth that did not meet properly her entire life. She told us “I have to move my jaw backward to chew otherwise I have no contact”.
Over time clicking, popping, clenching and grinding begin which only exacerbates the problem of having an overbite. Many patients who have been closing their jaw into unhealthy overbite positions for years will also report frequent headaches and even a “locked jaw” feeling. When you take a bad bite and then layer on the damage caused by sliding the jaw into unhealthy positions, it can be a nuisance at the very least and intolerable at the very worst.
Some people will even suffer with digestive problems because they cannot chew food properly. They are forced to swallow food that is not broken down far enough because chewing is either impossible or too painful. Other patients are not sleeping as well because their jaw is forced back. The good news is that the majority of these symptoms can be dramatically reduced and sometimes even eliminated once the jaw is ideally positioned for proper chewing.
From a cosmetic standpoint a miss-aligned bite can negatively impact your face and profile. For this patient, the bad bite caused her entire lower face to be too short which squished her lips together. When the lower face is too short, the lower jaw will be in a weak position. Additionally, the chin will be too close to the nose. This can cause you to look much older unnecessarily. By fixing the bite issue she now has fuller lips, a better shape to her jawline, and much better profile and balanced proportions to her face.
The best part about the FaceLift Dentistry® Treatment which she chose is that her entire face looks better from every angle. She does not have to smile or talk to look younger, rejuvenated, and beautiful because the treatment improved her entire face. People often get sidetracked when they are considering cosmetic dentistry because they focus only on the smile. Sure, having a great smile is critical but why not improve your entire face at the same time?
Because we all have a survival instinct within us, we shove our lower jaw into unhealthy positions to try and make the teeth contact. Forcing the jaw too far to the side, front or back can lead to jaw joint damage and of course jaw muscle fatigue or pain.
If you want to improve your bite, face, and profile, then Face Lift Dentistry ® treatment could be the best choice. Combined with VENLAY® Restorations and JawTrac® Alignment, you can have your jaw position idealized and your bite corrected for a younger face and better profile balance, all in one comprehensive treatment plan.
Unlike plastic surgery, the outcome is predictable, and there is very little, if any, discomfort during treatment.
So often we see patients that have had work done elsewhere, and they have had their good teeth ground down for veneers or for a bite reconstruction. This is concerning because the perfectly healthy tooth enamel is now gone forever. The health of the tooth has been irreversibly compromised and it could have been avoided in most cases. Even so, the Face Lift Dentistry® Method works great on patients that unfortunately had their teeth drilled down and patients that already had jaw surgery and braces.
Dr. Muslin strives to avoid any tooth grinding at all so that the healthy tooth structure is not compromised. If he can achieve a dramatically improved look that appears totally natural without any surgery or braces, no drilling down of healthy teeth, in as little as four weeks, with no patient downtime, why choose any other path?