geeky1978 wrote:Hi all
I watched a series of videos from Dr John who mentioned a known side effect of braces is a lengthening face as the teeth are loosened during movements causing them to drop down slightly from the upper jaw. Also wearing elastics (from top to bottom) can pull the maxilla down causing further lengthening and cheek flattening.
Also a soft food diet means there will be a significant loss of muscle tone in the cheeks whilst wearing the braces.
The solution to this would be to retain a strong oral posture, tongue firmly on the roof of the mouth for 90% of the time, lips sealed, teeth close together and a strong chewing action to maintain facial muscle strength/tone.
Also watch the orthotropic videos on swallowing patterns and avoid creating a suction within the cheeks.
I noticed that wearing braces for a long time caused me to keep my bite slightly open to avoid discomfort and biting on brackets, so while looking in the mirror I tried to bite down with some pressure and noticed my sunken cheeks "fill up" as the muscles clenched. I'm not sure if doing this will lead to permanent results but it's looking quite good after only 5-10 minutes.
Goodluck and I wish you all the best on your braces journey