Braces. Braces work by putting pressure on your teeth to shift them into a more attractive position. Often, braces come in the form of metal, plastic or ceramic brackets glued to the front of the teeth. Of these three types of braces, ceramic brackets are the least noticeable, as their translucent color allows them to blend in with the natural teeth color. Lingual braces are a similar, even less visible option – the brackets are glued to the back of your teeth. Once the braces come off, you will likely have to wear a retainer for a few months to keep your teeth from shifting.
Invisalign. A newer and costlier option is Invisalign, a series of plastic, transparent, removable aligners that squeeze the teeth tightly into place. Like braces, Invisalign shifts your teeth into a straighter position. Note that Invisalign might not work for more complex cases. Ask your dentist if this option will work for you.
Porcelain veneers. Your dentist can cover your existing teeth with veneers, or thin ceramic shells bonded to the front of your teeth to create a natural-looking and beautiful smile. Your dentist will first shave part of your teeth to make room for the veneers and use a mold of your teeth to create veneers. Your teeth will not only be straighter, but whiter.
Tooth Contouring & Reshaping. One of the few instant and inexpensive procedures your dentist can offers. This “sculpting” process usually involves a combination of scraping off a portion of the existing tooth enamel and replacing it with bonding or a veneer. Your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel using a drill or laser, sculpt the sides of your teeth with abrasive strips, and polish your tooth.