Why Are My Brackets So High?
At Lucas Orthodontics, our patients often ask us why we place their brackets so high on the front teeth. To put your mind at ease let us first say no, we did not make a mistake! The placement of your brackets is actually dependent on the smile arc of the patient. The smile arc is defined as the relationship of the curvature of edges of your teeth, to the curvature of the lower lip when smiling. An ideal smile arc has the maxillary incisal edge curvature parallel to the curvature of the lip.
Proper bracket placement is necessary in order to achieve your perfect smile. Lucas Orthodontics proudly uses Smile Arc Protection for all our patients to ensure the curvature of your lips is perfect!
Confused? Let us show you!
Perfect smiles are when the edges of the top teeth follow the curve of the lower lip
To achieve this, we place our brackets high as shown in the image below
You are used to seeing brackets placed lower on the teeth which can actually create a flat smile
Flat smile we always avoid