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3 Ways You Can Improve Your Smile Without Traditional Braces

by Andre Daniels

If you don't like your smile but worry about having to wear braces for several months, then you may feel at a loss as to what you can do to correct your smile and make your teeth straighter. Luckily there are a few things you can do to make your teeth better aligned without having to walk around as a 'brace face'. Here are 3 ways you can repair your smile without traditional braces so you can feel confident about the way you look.  

Invisalign braces

These types of braces work similar to the traditional styles, only they are designed to be nearly transparent in design. Worn similarly to a mouth guard over your natural teeth, these braces are worn for several months at a time on your upper or lower teeth (or both), and are specially molded to fit your mouth's shape and design of your teeth. As your teeth begin to shape into proper alignment, your Invisalign braces are refitted to your teeth to continue the straightening process. This type of braces work well for your condition if your teeth are mildly to moderately in need of re-positioning.

Lingual braces

These are braces that are just like traditional braces, but they have a big difference as far as placement. Lingual braces are placed on the backside of your teeth rather than the front, offering a more discreet appearance if you are worried about having braces that will be seen when you smile. Lingual braces are a great alternative for you if you have moderate to severe crooked teeth that need to be fixed and other methods won't work for you. Talk to your orthodontist to see if lingual braces are an option that will benefit you.


Veneers are porcelain caps that are placed on your existing teeth to help improve your smile. Veneers can be used to gill in gaps, make teeth even, and give your smile a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. This is a great option for you if you want to avoid getting braces entirely and want a quick solution to your dental needs. Your orthodontist can address the teeth that are bothering you most, shaping them with veneers to give you a natural smile you can be pleased with.

There are many options available to you if you want to have straighter teeth without having traditional metal braces on your teeth. From veneers to Invisalign braces, your orthodontist can help you choose the best option for you based on the severity of your teeth.