What am I going to look like with braces? Are people going to be able to tell, even when they can’t see my teeth? Everyone has worries about how they are going to look with their braces. Whether it’s metal, porcelain or Invisalign, people want to know how their appearance is going to change. One major concern many people have is how full their lips are going to look after the brackets are placed. It seems to make sense that if you place something on the teeth; it is going to push the lips forward. This theory was tested in an article published in The Angle Orthodontist. Standardized profile pictures were taken of patients with their braces. After they had their braces removed, the same picture was taken. Lip thickness was measured in both pictures. They found no increase in lip thickness with the braces. This is great news! Even though you may feel like your lips are full, they look exactly the same as they did before you had braces. The only way people will know you are in orthodontic treatment is when you show them your beautiful smile! Contact Dunn Orthodontics (Phoenix orthodontists, Litchfield Park orthodontists, Goodyear orthodontists) for a free consultation on all your esthetic options to straighten your teeth.