While under our orthodontic care, we want to ensure you are getting the most out of your treatment. To do so, we will do a profile and posture evaluation. These evaluations ensure you will have the most beautiful, healthy smile possible.
Your profile is the view of your face and head when viewed from the side. Orthodontists are taught to evaluate a patient’s profile before beginning treatment, as the moving of teeth will change the appearance of your profile. For example, if the teeth are positioned too far forward during treatment, you will not be able to close your lips easily. If you must force your lips together, the chin muscle contracts and the chin is flattened. Evaluating a patient’s profile could also reveal concerns such as improper lip posture or head positioning, or facial asymmetries.
Orthodontists also consider the profile changes as you age and the importance of being able to keep your lips closed when breathing, chewing food, or resting. Concerns you have about your profile will be discussed before beginning your orthodontic care. We also want to ensure that the profile is well-balanced after treatment as well.