Braces have been used for a long time been used to straighten teeth by people with misaligned or slightly crooked dental structure.
However, not everyone likes having braces (and their metallic appearance) installed on their teeth. Besides, experts explain that metals and mouth don’t always go together.
And this brings us to our million-dollar question;
“Is it possible to straighten your teeth without necessarily installing braces on your teeth?”
Answer: YES, It’s 100% possible!
Below, I’ll share with you some proven methods that you can use to straighten your teeth (and your smile too).
How To Make Your Teeth Straight Without Braces
Before I introduce you to these methods, I’d like to suggest that you first seek the help of a professional orthodontist on the best approach to straighten your teeth, other than the braces.
Trust me; they know better, and they’ll recommend a method that best befits your problems.
Here are the top alternatives to braces:
Invisalign (clear aligners)
This refers to a sequence of invisible/clear plastic aligners that act as a great alterative to the fixed metallic braces when it comes to teeth straightening.
Available over the counter, these aligners are easily removable when necessary- like during meal times.
Also, note that they’re clear and invisible so nobody would even note you have them on.
Lingual braces are also entirely invisible. They’re custom-made braces to ensure they excellently follow your unique teeth contours. And unlike the traditional braces, they’re attached to the inner surfaces of your teeth.
However, because these braces are installed near your tongue, you might have a hard time getting used to them. Also, they might temporarily affect your speech as well as eating.
What if you’ve got severe teeth misalignment and still don’t want to go for the metallic braces?
Well, in that case, I’d recommend you to consider using retainers. They work just like the braces and output impressive teeth straightening results.
Unlike the braces which comprise of a network of brackets and wires, retainers involve one big wire guiding your teeth (one for the upper jaw and one for the lower jaw).
Keep in mind that retainers come in removable and fixed options, so you can decide which ones to use.
Teeth Straightening At Home Without Braces
In addition to the above alternatives, you can also try the following DIY method for teeth straightening:
- Applying pressure to your teeth using your fingers. Or you can tie your teeth together with the help of the dental floss and then apply some pressure to easily move the teeth around.
However, you need to be very careful when performing this home treatment as making a slight mistake might lead to long-term problems with your gums and teeth.
For instance, you should not apply too much pressure as this can make the condition even worse. You should also ensure you apply the pressure to the affected teeth only.
When done right and patiently, this home remedy for misaligned teeth also works and produces real results!
Braces have enjoyed extensive usage in teeth straightening for decades. For your professional image, however, you’d want to look for something more hidden than the metallic braces. Plus braces might not be suitable for your oral health.
With that in mind, you’d want to look at the teeth straightening alternatives I’ve listed in the above post. Just like braces, these options will also give you excellent results.
Remember to ask for expert advice from your orthodontist on which option best fits your needs.