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Is There a Way to Straighten Teeth without Braces?


Well . . . kind of.  We will elaborate on the details here in this week’s blog.  We know that the reason someone would ask this question is that they do not want to wear braces or aligners or they want a faster result without the long treatment time required for orthodontics.  If orthodontics is not for you, but a beautiful straight smile is, this blog is for you!

Moving Teeth vs. Covering Teeth

The technical answer to the question “Is there a way to straighten teeth without orthodontics?” is no.  Orthodontics means moving teeth, and that is the only way to actually reposition and straighten the teeth.  Moving teeth requires orthodontics.

Moving Teeth

We do have ways to move the teeth without unsightly metal brackets and wires, though!  At Designer Smiles, we have created hundreds of beautiful, straightened smiles with Invisalign’s clear aligner treatment.  This takes care of the esthetic problem caused by braces.  Clear aligners are virtually invisible and removable.  Many people love this way to straighten the teeth without the obvious appearance of braces.

Invisalign does not, however, take care of the problem of the length of treatment.  The average time for straightening adult teeth with clear aligners is about eighteen months.  If you know that wearing aligners for that length of time is not an option for you, you can consider the alternative of covering the teeth.

Covering Teeth

It is important to clarify that covering the teeth does not actually straighten them.  It simply creates the appearance of straightened teeth.  Porcelain veneers are the treatment of choice when we want to change the appearance of healthy teeth.  (Unhealthy teeth with cavities may require full coverage with dental crowns.)  Veneers are able to change the color, shape, and size of the teeth that they cover.  They can also make minor changes in the apparent position!

Benefits of Covering Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

When it comes to the decision between moving and covering the teeth, there are several advantages to consider in covering the teeth.  In addition to creating the appearance of straight teeth, veneers provide the following advantages over orthodontic treatment alone.

Limitations of Covering Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

Covering the teeth and seeing your beautiful straightened smile in under a month sounds almost too good to be true, right?  Well, there are certainly some limitations of which you must be aware when considering this as a treatment option.

More Questions about Straightening the Teeth or Porcelain Veneers?

At Designer Smiles, we are experts at creating beautiful smiles that our patients love.  We use both orthodontic treatment and veneers to deliver the results that our patients are seeking.  Call today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Ann.  She can assess your unique situation and help you determine the best treatment option to accomplish your smile goals.