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Teeth Straightening Without Braces: The Truth Behind The Myth

3rd February 2022
Teeth straightening without braces Hammersmith - Blythe Road Dental Practice
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Many myths and misleading DIY instructions surround the subject of teeth straightening. In reality, there’s no way to straighten your teeth naturally—at least, not without harming yourself.

This intricate procedure should be entrusted to experts like ourselves. Here are some of the straightening options available at our clinic:

Teeth Straightening Options


Dental aligners are a special set of invisible retainers used as an alternative to traditional braces.

One such aligning product goes by the name of Invisalign. It’s custom-made from plastic and easily removed for brushing, eating, drinking, or socializing.

Their working principle is simple. They apply pressure to specific teeth and move them into the desired position. Invisalign is worn at least 22 hours a day for optimum results. Moreover, the set is replaced every two weeks, and the process continues for about 12-24 months.

Some of the benefits of this procedure are:

  • Highly effective on mild orthodontic problems.
  • No dietary restrictions whatsoever.
  • Unlike traditional braces, oral hygiene can be easily maintained.
  • Transparent nature saves you from unwanted social anxiety.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are an easy way to straighten the teeth without braces. They are made from ultra-thin porcelain, which renders them invisible. Teeth straightening isn’t their only function. They are often employed to change the shape or even the color of the teeth.

Dental veneers are merely cosmetic adjustments. Hence, they’re only suitable for minor orthodontic problems.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a quick fix for minor orthodontic problems. It consists of a special material called resin, molded into the desired shape. The newly sculpted shape is then incorporated into the tooth for adjustments.

This procedure is only suitable if only a few teeth are slightly misaligned. The whole process can be completed in about 30-60 minutes per tooth.

DIY Braces

A quick Google search will enlist thousands of potential teeth fixes that don’t require dental procedures. Not only such DIY fixes are a waste of time, but they also pose severe health risks and can cause irreversible teeth damage.

That’s why it’d be an ill-advised decision to follow such DIY procedures blindly.

Conclusion: The Potential Risks

An attempt at DIY braces is ill-advised, but that doesn’t mean dental practices are risk-free. Ensure that your dental practitioner discusses the risks and complications associated with your desired treatment.

At the Blythe Road Dental Practice, we make sure you understand your treatment procedures and the associated risks. And our working environment ensures your treatment with minimal risks involved.