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Can orthodontic treatment cause recession of the jaw?


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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At July 25, 2022
Reviewed AtJuly 25, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I had undergone orthodontic treatment for three years when I was 16 years old, which included braces, elastics, wisdom tooth removal, and one more tooth removal. After the treatment, I noticed that my jawline began to recess. Now I am in my early twenties, and my jaw is much smaller than it was earlier. Can this be due to the orthodontic treatment? Or is it because of some other reason? Kindly help.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern. The jaw cannot be modified with braces, but only the position of the teeth is corrected with orthodontic treatment. From the pictures taken before the treatment, your lower lip appears more protruding outward, which has been corrected and brought inward. Maybe, when the teeth were aligned and brought inward, you feel the lower lips have become more straight or inward. However, from the current image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the facial profile has become more aesthetic, so there is nothing to worry about. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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