How to straighten teeth without braces

How to straighten teeth without braces

Feb 6, 2024

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For a long time, braces have been the go-to method for straightening misaligned teeth. Traditional braces use tension and control to gently reposition and correct common issues like crowding, tooth gaps, and an over/underbite. Most patients will wear braces anywhere from 18-24 months, in the most difficult-to-treat cases they may be worn for three+ years. Braces are incredibly effective and require no recovery time after application or removal. As such, they're a wonderful —and with the proper aftercare, permanent solution to misaligned teeth and jaws. The problem is that braces are bulky, expensive, require regular lengthy visits to the dentist, come with dietary restrictions, and can cause quite a bit of discomfort both physically and emotionally, leaving many to wonder what are the alternatives to braces?

In the age of DIY, you can probably find many "teeth straightening hacks" online. Unfortunately, almost all of these are not only ineffective but also incredibly dangerous, potentially leading to permanent and costly damage. So, how can you straighten your teeth without braces?

Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment consisting of thin shells bonded to the front surface of the original teeth to improve appearance. If you're looking for a more cost-effective alternative to braces, veneers may not be the best choice. However, they are a great way to not only fix the appearance of misaligned teeth but also to achieve a desired shape and color. There are a variety of options when choosing veneers. We explored all about the process, materials, costs, and duration here. Dental bonding is a similar process where a resin is shaped over the tooth to fill minor gaps, change the appearance of misaligned teeth, and fix chips or cracks but does not require the dentist to make any permanent changes to your original teeth. Dental bonding is faster and cheaper than veneers but typically does not last as long and will require touch-ups every few years.

Palatal Expanders

Palatal expanders are oral devices placed on the roof of the mouth and attached to the inner surface of the teeth to gradually widen a narrow upper jaw to give the teeth more space for crowded teeth. Since they are placed inside the mouth and attached to the teeth towards the rear of the mouth, they are virtually invisible. Expanders are typically used for individuals aged 5-16 whose adult teeth are either coming in or have not fully settled.

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