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La Habra Office : 562-690-1199
Chino Hills Office : 909-393-9911

2250 West Whittier Blvd. Suite 200, La Habra, CA 90631

15944 Los Serranos Country Club Dr #100, Chino Hills, CA 91709


Can Braces Widen a Smile?

damon bracesLa Habra/Chino Hills, CA – Most of us hope for a broad, beautiful, and bright smile to greet the world around us. But some of us are luckier than others in that nature gives us a great palate to start with – patients with wide arches can show off their big, beautiful smiles. But for those of us with narrow arches or small mouths, there is still hope.

“I treat patients all the time who are self-conscious of their smiles because not only are their teeth not as straight as they would like, but they also think their mouths are too small to achieve a big movie-star like grin,” says Dr. Robert Gire, who treats patients throughout the La Habra/Chino Hills areas. “Orthodontic treatment can include arch expansion to broaden a patient’s smile and help them achieve a straight, properly functioning bite.”

Narrow arches can lead to over-crowding and misaligned teeth, which tends to create a poor bite. Over time, this bad bite can do even more damage – an improperly balanced bite will place stress on your teeth and can lead to cracking, chipping and breaking.

Damon Smile braces are a great treatment option for patients who hope to not only get a straighter smile, but a broader one as well. Damon Smile braces are like standard metal or clear braces, except they don’t use elastics to hold the archwire in place. Rather, the brackets utilize a state-of-the-art slide mechanism to hold the archwire. This allows for the teeth to move more freely, with less friction, and more efficiently. Patients who use Damon Smile braces see their tooth move more quickly and comfortably, while the arch is expanded to allow for the teeth to glide seamlessly into their ideal locations.

“Damon Smile braces are known for widening arches by applying a light, gentle force that works within the body’s natural movement,” says Dr. Gire. “This allows for the bone to remodel to widen the arches as the teeth are moved, resulting in big, beautiful smiles.”

Before Damon Smile braces, patients often had to see healthy teeth removed and/or use palatal expanders to make space in their mouths to get the smile they desired. Removing teeth to correct spacing issues tends to maintain or decrease the size of the patient’s dental arches, so smiles that result from that method may still look narrow and flatter. Damon Smile braces creates wider, fuller smiles that create an improved facial aesthetic for patients.

A fuller, wider smile can create better facial balance, smoother cheek contours, and improved facial profiles – all from a set of braces. To learn more about how Damon Smile braces may help you get a “brace-lift,” call Dr. Gire today at 562-690-1199 (La Habra) or 909-393-9911 (Chino Hills).