For most people, the best way to straighten teeth without braces is to use clear aligners like Invisalign.
Both are options for children or adults, but the current shape of your teeth will impact which option will be best for you.
While there are different factors and types of clear aligners used as teeth straightening options, they usually have an average cost of around $5,000.
Invisalign is a clear option and involves a series of custom molded aligners that you wear like a retainer over time that helps straighten your teeth.
They’re less noticeable than braces and are replaced on average around every two weeks, taking about a year to straighten your teeth.
Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are removable so you can take them out before eating, brushing your teeth or getting frisky with your significant other.
Orthodontists have a number of treatment options at their disposal. Some fixed, others removable. But all of them essentially work by placing pressure on the teeth and jaws so that your teeth gradually move into perfect alignment. Below are a few of the more common treatment options that orthodontists use. Which one is best for you depends on the specific issues you’re trying to fix and the severity of the problem.
Invisalign / Clear Aligners
These are becoming more and more popular. They are essentially clear trays that are used to slowly move your teeth into proper alignment. See our article on Invisalign for more details.
Retainers are removable devices made of wires or clear plastic. They are mainly used to hold your teeth in place after they’ve already been straightened.