Three Teeth-Straightening Alternatives To Braces

Braces have long been the preferred way to get straighter teeth. Unfortunately, many people aren’t excited about the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires for multiple years. Because of their unsightly appearance and the constant care they require to be kept clean, braces have earned a somewhat bad reputation. Needless to say, many kids and adults have been looking for alternatives to this traditional orthodontics option.

Picture of woman smiling - locateadoc.comThankfully, the field of orthodontics has grown tremendously in the last 15 years and braces are no longer the only option when it comes to getting straight teeth. The following three alternatives are all gaining in popularity:


This product hit the market in the late 1990s and has continued to grow in popularity. Each aligner is custom made based on a series of tests done by the orthodontist. In fact, patients actually wear a series of 24 or more aligners over the course of the treatment in order to gain the best results. Aligners are usually clear and much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.


For those who suffer from slightly misaligned teeth, a retainer offers a more affordable, low-commitment solution. The retainer may only be worn at night time or at home, which means not having to worry about taking it out and replacing it before and after eating.


Veneers are the result of a dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain is permanently attached to the teeth. While this is generally considered appropriate only for those with slight misalignments, the results can be quite incredible.

Further Reading

  • Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has been said to have had cosmetic dentistry and braces to bring that his smile to light. Having cosmetic dentistry done will make someone look more attractive and younger, and help make lasting first impressions. Ronaldo is a hit on and off the field, and his smile is one of the keys to his attractiveness.

  • While the economy is still pulling itself out of a recession, many Americans are holding off on cosmetic work including cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike some plastic surgery procedures that have low-cost alternatives, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and orthodontics come at a hefty price.

  • Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.