If you're looking to straighten your teeth but don't want to wear braces, there are options that are relatively fast and won't leave you with a row of metal wired to your teeth. If you don't need to correct a major alignment issue, such as an overbite, chances are that one will work for you. The best part is that no one will see metal tracks, just your beautiful smile.
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Visit your dentist or orthodontist to discuss options and go over the steps and cost associated with each method to straighten your teeth without braces.
Talk with your dentist about Invisalign, a transparent alignment system that acts similar to braces but one that you can remove when you eat or clean your teeth. Because they're transparent, people don't notice them like they do with traditional braces. Invisalign is a set of trays that you wear around your teeth, usually for less than a year. The trays apply pressure that realigns your teeth. As your teeth shift into place, you graduate to a new set of trays about every couple of weeks. Because they're not wired in like braces, you have to wear them as prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist.
Porcelain veneers cover about three-quarters of a tooth. They're made to match your natural teeth and might be crafted to provide the effect of straight teeth.
Your dentist can shave down part of your misaligned tooth and then rebuild it with composite material to look like your natural tooth and contour it to provide the appearance of aligned teeth. This method is called cosmetic bonding.
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