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Can straightening my teeth with braces improve nasolabial fold lines?

Orthodontics Aesthetic Medicine Skin, Hair & Nails

I am a 35 years old female. I have nasobial fold lines. Will my nasobial fold lines improve after I straighten my teeth with braces?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

Thank you for your query. It depends on what you mean by improvement of the nasio-labial lines. 

If the nasio-labial line is deepened because there is lack of support from your smile and your teeth are collapsed inwards, then braces may help improve these lines. Braces can be used to straighten your teeth and improve your smile arc which 'should' improve the naso-labial lines. I use the word 'should' as this is very variable between patients. 

However if your naso-labial lines are not due to collapse of the teeth then braces will not help. I will normally refer these to my aesthetic medicine colleagues. 

I hope this helps. Good luck! 


Dr Sylvia Tan
BDS (Hons), MSc (Hons), MFDS RCS, M Ortho RCS

TP Dental Surgeons Pte Ltd
391B Orchard Road
The Penthouse, Ngee Ann City Tower B
#26 - 01 Singapore 238874

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