In some cases, when orthodontic problems are not too big, teeth can be straightened even without braces. There are various options and patient should discuss them with their dentists before choosing, so that the outcome is optimal.
One option is using so called Invisalign (so called invisible braces) instead of actual braces. This system uses a series of retainer-like mouthpieces to shape the teeth. Also, other types of retainers and removable orthodontic appliances can be used instead of braces. Results usually take about a year to obtain, but these less invasive options only works when the misalignment of teeth is minor.
Other option includes crowns veneers that cover all the imperfections on the patient’s teeth and visually “straighten” the teeth. Crowns and veneers come in porcelain and composite, each with its own advantages and drawbacks. In order to choose the best fit, a patient needs to consult with a specialist.