One of the most common reasons for having a flawed smile is poor tooth alignment. Crooked teeth can affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence in a big way, which is why many of those affected seek out the best ways to get a straight smile.

Thankfully, through modern dentistry and orthodontic treatment, the problems that contribute to a crooked smile can be fixed and give you the straight teeth that you’ve always wanted. Your route to the perfect smile can be achieved via cosmetic dentistry or orthodontic treatment, therefore it’s always important to first consult with your dentist to understand the severity of your problem and what will work best for you.

Let’s take a look at three of the most common ways to get a straight smile: Invisalign, braces and veneers.

Invisalign Aligners

How They Work: Invisalign is a tooth positioning system that is virtually unseen, predictable in its results and easily removable for eating, brushing, and flossing. Invisalign aligners are created by using a series of computer generated clear forms that guide teeth gradually into place.

Best Suited For: Invisalign aligners are a very popular option for many people, especially teenagers and adults. They give patients the chance to straighten their smile discreetly, and therefore are a fantastic option for people who don’t want the look of metal braces. Better yet, with proper wear, Invisalign requires less time than conventional braces, meaning fast, discreet results. Along with their discreet appearance, Invisalign offers other benefits including: fewer dental visits, easier to eat certain foods, and greater comfort.


How They Work: Everybody is familiar with conventional braces. Braces are small brackets made of ceramic, plastic, metals or a combination of these materials. They are fixed to the teeth by a dentist and attached with a long wire. The braces are adjusted periodically by your dentist until the desired alignment is achieved.

Best Suited For: Braces are suitable for anyone who wants to straighten their teeth and does not mind the appearance of brackets and wires. They are most commonly prescribed during childhood or early adolescence, although more adults are getting braces more frequently.


How They Work: Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the front and middle teeth. They are designed to reshape, widen, or alter the tooth’s color, creating the appearance of a nearly perfect tooth. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today. Veneers can completely transform your smile for the better.

Best Suited For: Veneers are suited for anyone who wants to immediately cover up discoloration, stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and of course, crooked teeth.

Choosing the Right Treatment

There are huge benefits to having straight teeth including better self-esteem, confidence, better ability to clean the teeth and better alignment for the jaw. Achieving a straighter smile can completely transform your life for the better. If you’re interested in learning more about your options for achieving a straight smile, contact us today for a consultation. The Marx Family Dental team will be able to find what’s right for you!