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Recommended Teeth Straightening Treatments
Name Description Cost
Braces Dental braces are perhaps the most common form of orthodontics for repositioning and straightening teeth. (If a crooked smile is caused by crowding, one or more teeth may have to be pulled to...more On average, braces cost $6,000.
Damon braces Damon braces largely eliminate the need to extract permanent teeth, and the brackets are designed to be held together by wire without the need for elastic bands. Damon braces are also smaller...more Damon braces cost between $3,800 and $8,000 depending on the length of treatment, the...more
Invisalign Invisalign is a series of clear, custom made bite trays used to shift overcrowded, widely spaced, and moderately twisted teeth in place over time. The aligners work similarly to braces....more Invisalign costs between $3,000 and $5,000.
Lingual braces Lingual braces are fastened to the insides - or the "lingual" side - of your teeth and are hidden from view. Like traditional braces, lingual braces use a system of brackets and wires to...more Lingual braces cost more than traditional front-of-mouth braces. That's because lingual...more

Secondary Teeth Straightening Treatments
Name Description Cost
Veneers Dental veneers are custom designed covers that are bonded to the fronts of teeth. Dental veneers can make even out the appearance of teeth that are different lengths, but cannot shift or...more Porcelain veneers last 15 to 25 years and cost $500 - $2,500 per tooth. Resin veneers last...more

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
Dental crowns Dental crowns are permanent tooth-shaped caps bonded to the fronts of broken and crooked teeth. Although dental crowns can be made of tooth-like porcelain, metal crowns are much more durable and are more commonly utilized. For this reason, crowns are more commonly applied to less visible teeth placed further back in the mouth.
Dental implants Dental implants are structures that replace missing teeth and are not an appropriate way to straightening existing teeth.

Treatment options: When overcrowding is a problem, a dentist may recommend removing one (or more) teeth, giving the rest enough space to spread out. Once extracted, braces can pull the rest of the teeth in line. Braces make use of metal or plastic brackets that are glued to the fronts of your teeth, and then wires and rubber bands systematically straighten them over time.

An alternative to braces is a less evident product called Invisalign, which uses a series of transparent bite trays to align the teeth. Invisalign may not work for teeth that grow in at different heights or those that are severely rotated.

Dental veneers can provide more immediate results to fill in spaces and even out teeth that grow at different heights. The treatment bonds shells made of porcelain or a less durable composite material ($800-$2,500 or $250-$1,500 respectively) to the exterior of the tooth. The pearly covers can be adjusted by shade, shape, and height.