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How to Straighten Teeth at Home Easily Without Braces

Being blessed with naturally straight teeth is something that not all people can boast of.

More often than not, people have teeth that’s a little crooked or perhaps misaligned. And when you want your teeth straightened, the best option is always to see an orthodontist and get braces. But if you want to know how to straighten teeth at home, then we have some helpful information here.

Like many things that you can do by yourself, it is actually possible to get straight teeth without braces.​

straight teeth without braces

Straightening the teeth is possible even without undergoing any orthodontic procedure or the expertise of your dentist – just keep in mind that this is not always the safest and most effective option.

Understanding the Idea Behind Braces

First, you have to understand that the idea behind braces is the gentle applying of pressure. The braces are designed to slowly place pressure on each tooth, eventually shifting it to the position or alignment that the dentist sees fit. Knowing that this is how braces work, you could try actually using your tongue to slowly push your teeth into the direction you want. The idea is to apply the pressure daily for an extended period of time, and if you have enough patience you might eventually see results. 

Of course, applying pressure to your teeth in this way would probably only work if you really develop it as a habit. It would also depend on how many teeth you’re unhappy with. If there’s just one tooth sticking out in the wrong direction that you want to correct, then this could work.

Among other online answers to, how to straighten your teeth at home, we found suggestions to apply pressure using your fingers and in some cases even dental floss. Some people use dental floss to tie the teeth together and again apply pressure to move the teeth around.

You have to be really careful about do-it-yourself home treatments though because if you do it the wrong way, you could cause some long-term problems to the teeth and gums. You can easily apply too much pressure which can make your teeth become loose. 

However, this also does not mean that home remedies don’t work, as some have done it quite successfully. You should always remember that teeth are pretty movable and positions can shift with just the right amount of pressure, so you can really influence alignment. On the other hand, you can actually make things worse.  

Using Something Other Than Braces

Depending on how stubborn your teeth are, sometimes these simple home remedies won’t work as effectively or as fast as you need them to. Sometimes you need the help of some implements. Here are answers to how to get straight teeth without braces:

  • Clear plastic removable aligners -This is something you can buy over the counter * and unlike braces which are permanently stuck on your teeth, you can easily remove these aligners every so often. Because they’re also ‘clear’ and invisible, you don’t have to worry about aesthetics. It’s simply like a mouth guard that aligns your teeth the way you want but doesn't encumber it the way braces do. With aligners, which you can remove during meal times, you can eat what you want when you want to, unlike braces that tend to restrict you.
  • Retainers – If the condition of your misaligned teeth is too severe to be cured by just aligners, but you still don’t want braces, then you can perhaps use retainers *. Retainers work in the same way that braces and aligners do, except instead of all the complicated wiring of braces you just work with one big wire guiding the teeth for the upper jaw and another one for the lower. Retainers should be measured properly and fitted with springs for you to be able to take them home and wear them at your convenience.

Consulting Your Orthodontist

Even if you want to straighten your teeth at home, at your own convenience, and without the use of braces, you have to remember that the best person who knows how to straighten your teeth is your orthodontist. Your dentist will examine your teeth and know what the best option is for aligning it. This does not automatically mean braces, and if you insist for other options you can really ask your dentist.

Getting your orthodontist to check your teeth will also ensure that whatever treatment you choose is not detrimental to your health in the long run. It’s always a case to case basis when it comes to teeth, and this is why you need an expert to look at your situation and give you the best options available.

Even when you opt to go for aligners or retainers, you will need your dentist to check your teeth and confirm whether or not the solution is the best one for your situation. Some measurements will also need to be done, because the aligning systems have to be custom-fit for them to work properly. Of course not all dentists offer all treatments, so you would want to get a second opinion as well.

Maintenance

As part of the human body and because they are always subjected to organic matter because of the food that you eat, your teeth are actually really prone to damage. You also use your teeth to chew your food every day, so even if you already had it straightened or if the aligning methods already worked, you still have to be wary about maintenance.

The thing with our teeth is that they tend to have a ‘memory’ and each tooth will push its way back to where it was originally located. This is why when you’re wearing retainers after braces, you need to keep it on for a period of time. The same goes for other alignment methods and interventions. At the same time, you also need to be proactive about caring for your teeth because it’s not just about straightening – it’s about overall dental care.

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  • Niti Shah says:

    Braces yes or no?
    There is something deeper going on that my small brain cannot understand!
    I use to see High schoolers getting braces in 90’s then the trend went to middle schoolers in 2000’s and now it is elementary kids. Really? How much greed?
    What are orthodontist’s fixing in Elementary aged kids? Their jaw has not even grown.

    • Daniel says:

      Hey Niti!

      Thank you for your question. Braces are something that helped many people, but they are not something for everyone. People of many ages are getting braces, including children and people into their middle ages. This is a decision between them and their dentist. It’s difficult to sit behind a computer screen and try and understand what is happening, but what we do know is the trend right now is to help align the jaw as early as possible so the teeth can grow straight. This may be why you’re seeing elementary children with braces.

  • Heather says:

    My teeth are crooked bad and since I don’t have any dental insurance I can’t get braces and it really freakin sucks cause all my sisters teeth are good and mine aren’t I don’t know how I could get braces or something to fix my crooked teeth

    • Susan says:

      Hey Heather!

      Thank you for your question.

      We’re sorry to hear about your teeth being crooked.

      In many areas, there are dental schools that provide free and low-cost dental treatments, including braces.

      If you are unsure on how to contact one of these schools, call up a local dentist and see what their recommendation is.

      There are also many government agencies that help people pay for dental procedures and many larger cities have a free or low-cost dental clinics.

      Hope this helps.

  • Ishaan says:

    I have two big teeth protruding outside and that really looks awkward.what should i do?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Ishaan!

      This is certainly a problem.

      We recommend talking to your dentist to discover why your teeth are protruding the way they are.

      Then, they can recommend proper treatment in order to straighten your teeth.

      Braces might be an option as well as several other lower cost and easier methods to realign your teeth.

      But, until you know why your teeth are doing what they are doing any recommendation could cause more damage than it helps.

  • Angela says:

    I wore braces for 2 years and then got a retainer and my teeth are still moving slowly moving back to the way they use to be .why is this? Should I switch from a wire retainer to the clear aline nervous type?

    • Daniel says:

      Hey, Angela!

      While uncommon, it is not unheard of for your teeth to move back the way they used to be. It’s possible that your braces were not on long enough for your mouth to have reshaped to where your teeth are supposed to be. Maybe a wire retainer doesn’t provide much tension, which may be why your teeth are moving back. The best retainer is that fix your teeth and won’t let them move to an unwanted position. Talk to your dentist/orthodontist about the best options for keeping your teeth in place.

      Thank you!

  • Roger says:

    Well I wouldn’t say incompetent but sure as hell greedy, they don’t value you unless you could pay. I went to several dentists with medicaid and even though my 2 front bottom teeth teeth are messed and hurt sometimes when I bite, they were not willing to work and lower rates, or help in anyway already knowing you are not able to afford, a cosmetic although in my case, not that reason.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Roger,

      We’re sorry to hear about your troubles.

      Most dentists truly aren’t greedy. With Medicaid, the reimbursement for the amount of work required is often far less than what a small dental office can afford.

      Unfortunately, the government has made the regulations that difficult.

      We recommend looking into a small dental school which may have the resources to aid you.

      And while it may take some travel, larger cities have free and low-cost community dental clinics.

  • Emily says:

    I really need braces but my mum says my teeth r fine but they’re really messed up and she won’t listen to me I really need help

    • Susan says:

      Hey Emily,

      This can be a hard subject to navigate.

      We recommend talking to a dentist. They will be able to discuss your need for braces and any issues you or your mother may have over getting them or not.

      From there, you can have an informed discussion on their necessity.

      Please do not try to straighten your teeth without a dentist, as this can cause further problems and make your teeth worse.

  • Jay F says:

    Hi, I was just looking at some old photos of me, and well BELIEVE IT OR NOT I had straight teeth at one point in my life. Had I known sucking your thumb in confort would cause so much damage to my teeth that I am so uncomfortable with it and it has caused me years of bullying because of it I WOULD HAVE NEVER SUCKED ON MY DARN THUMB…..
    I don’t make much and my moms a single parent who just lost her fiance, I really wish I could do something to get my teeth fixed, if you know any suggestions, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME!

    • Susan says:

      Hey Jay,

      Many people are unaware of how much sucking your thumb can cause problems. And as a child, you certainly would not have known.

      Thumb sucking is about comfort. Don’t beat yourself up over the past.

      What we can do for the future is recommend talking with a dentist about your options. A dentist would be able to look at your teeth and know if you need braces, or retainer, or a simpler fix.

      Sometimes, your teeth may go back on their own. Since there are financial constraints, dental schools, and low-cost clinics may be an option in order to get a consultation or even have the problem fixed.

  • Wow, very informative. I learned a lot of new things in the
    dental world… thanks again for this post.

  • Violet says:

    I have a pretty noticeable overbite, but my parents feel that I don’t need braces, and won’t take me to an orthodontist. ( they think braces are too expensive)I feel uncomfortable with my overbite, which is why I hate smiling

    • Susan says:

      Hey Violet!

      This is quite a problem.

      On the one side, an overbite can be a problem that can last your whole life, but it is easily correctable with braces. On the other side, braces are very expensive.

      If you feel you’re having issues because of the overbite, whether physical pain, trouble eating, or just feeling uncomfortable, we recommend talking to your parents about visiting a dentist to see what options you have.

      Sometimes, braces are unnecessary. Many dentists and orthodontists will also work with you to help you get reduced cost procedures for people who cannot afford it.

      What we do not recommend is doing something on your own, whether it be seeking out a dentist or orthodontist, or trying an at-home fix.

      You want to correct this the right way, even if you have to wait until you are an adult.

  • Kevin says:

    If I was to use the toungue technique, how long would I have to keep it in place?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Kevin!

      A lot of people use their tongue to push their teeth back in place.

      It requires a great deal of concentration, dedication, and persistence.

      Depending on your age, background, and your level of dedication to this technique, it can take a few days to many years before you can move your teeth into proper place.

      And that is assuming that you do not have a prior issue that is pushing them out of place.

      For example, if you grind your teeth, especially at night, you’ll have several hours of pushing your teeth out of place, which requires at least double the amount of time to put them back in.

      So basically, you’ll be spending your entire day to undo what you did at night.

      We recommend you visit a dentist to examine your teeth. He will be able to tell if this technique may work for you and also show you how to properly use the tongue technique to put your teeth in place.

  • aisha says:

    I have a problem I have a extra teeth in my mouth means teeth abouve teeth I am so worried

    • Daniel says:

      Hello, Aisha!

      Don’t worry! Many people have these problems. Oftentimes, extra teeth can be removed or the baby teeth can be extracted if the adult teeth have grown on top of them. I’ve also had this problem in the past and my extra teeth were removed, 4 in total. Don’t be afraid, today the process of tooth extraction is not painful at all if you’re doing it under proper anesthesia. Even when I perform my deep teeth cleaning at my hygienist, I ask her to put a little bit of anesthetic ointment on my gums. It’s very helpful and eliminates pain. In most cases, your dentist should not recommend braces until you remove those extra teeth. We want to recommend you visit your dentist for final advice. There may be several reasons why your teeth are not in place. It could be serious issues, or something simple. Talking with your dentist will be able to give you solutions and express any issues you have with expenses.

      Thank you!

  • Bigyan says:

    Question: what if front 2 teeth are misaligned from childhood
    Can we push it now also?

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Bigyan!

      This is a good question.

      Most people have teeth that are misaligned from their childhood.

      Fortunately, throughout our lives are teeth can move slightly.

      We can realign our teeth at any age.

      I would talk to a dentist to see what your best options are.

      They would be able to tell you exactly what is causing the misalignment, how to fix it, the cost, and any side effects you may experience.

  • Snehal says:

    Hey Daniel,
    I had my tooth removed a year ago and now I feel like my lower teeth are going backwards or probably my front teeth are coming out. Either way I can clearly see my face looking different than before the tooth removal. Does that happen? That teeth move backward after one tooth removal? Is there a way to stop that? I am going to get new tooth fixed though but till then what can be done to stop the movement?

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Snehal!

      Throughout our lives, our teeth move ever so slightly.

      When your one tooth was removed, it caused the rest of your teeth to try and fill the gap.

      The way they move will depend on the reason why the tooth had to be removed in the first place. It will also depend on the way your teeth were prior to having the tooth removed.

      It’s not uncommon to have your teeth move like that.

      In order to stop the movement, you would have to talk to your dentist about why your teeth are moving the way they are in the first place. The both of you can then determine the best course of action to make sure your teeth are healthy and functioning properly.

  • Meagan says:

    So are the chances of straightening one tooth with a mouthguard/retainer/etc good enough to buy one?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Meagan!

      For once we can say yes, we believe that if you have only one tooth out of alinement, a retainer from your dentist might be enough to straighten that one tooth.

      It is something you will have to do with your dentist to make sure you get the proper mouth guard or retainer and it is made appropriately to straighten the tooth.

  • dantay lees says:

    im constantly picked on by bullies at school because the say “you have a snaggle tooth” or “no wonder you dont have friends because you are so ugly” i mean i have few freinds but come on man there is no need for an insult to injury i have been trying to push my croked tooth back in and only saw minor improvements and my dentists appiontment is coming up on jan 26 18 and im hoping i can get braces by 2019 (9th grade)

    • Susan says:

      Hey Dantay!

      The beginning of high school is a really tough time.

      Generally, bullies will pick on something that you are already uncomfortable with and once they find a target that makes you so uncomfortable, they will continue on it relentlessly. As hard as it is, we recommend ignoring the comment. Retaliation will only make things worse.

      Do continue with your dentist appointment and you will be able to discuss with your dentist the best course of action to fix your teeth.

      We recommend you read this article on snaggleteeth to see you are not alone with this kind of smile.

  • Los says:

    I have a very slight crooked tooth whats a cheap easy way to fix it

    • Susan says:

      Hey Los!

      Crooked teeth can be a pain.

      We recommend visiting a dentist to figure out why your tooth is not straight and what they recommend as a treatment.

      Many at home treatments could make the problem worse or cause further damage if you don’t know what the problem is.

  • Disha says:

    I have one tooth on the upper jaw that is not in align with the other theeth. I want to ask does finger pressure can fix it and if yes in what time it could do like a year or more.

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Disha!

      This is a curious question. When using the same pressure for a long period of time on specific place, the teeth will move into the desired position. This is how the the braces work. Using your finger as a source of such pressure is a bad idea. You cannot create the equal and constant pressure by your fingers. Sometimes you will press stronger, sometimes weaker. Even if your teeth were moving in that cases, after some period of time when you stopped the pressure, the teeth moved to their initial places back. We do not recommend trying this technique. Also, if you apply the pressure wrong, it could damage the teeth and could make the problem worse. Talk to your orthodentist first and see what solutions they present.

      Thank you!

  • Lia says:

    My teeth have always been super wonky and it makes me nervous when I have to talk in front of people but my dentist says I shouldn’t get braces if I only want the cosmetic appeal. My jaw is really crowded and painful but the dentist won’t do anything about it.

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Lia!

      We recommend getting a second opinion from another orthodontist. If there’s pain, that is a good reason for your orthodentist to recommend braces. Getting a second opinion and having that opinion explained will lead you to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue braces.

  • vyshu says:

    Hi I actually have a problem with my top front right teeth, which was little broken in my childhood and had a root canal treatment after many years of that accident, and nowadays that is changing to black color because its lack of blood circulation and totally turned to a dead teeth it is very annoying situation for me to laugh in front of the people and friends and even I can’t give a fake smile .So plz help and let me know that how can I overcome my problem.

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Vyshu!

      I don’t think that your teeth turning black because of previous root canal treatment and lack of blood circulation as you said. I also have many “dead teeth” as you said but they’ve not changed the color to be black. Do you make regular teeth cleaning? I mean by the professional hygienist, not by you. You have to do that 2 times a year as a minimum. Do you smoke cigarettes? This is also may be a reason for your black teeth. Look for methods of teeth whitening and try them. If it doesn’t help, visit your dentist as soon as possible.

      Thank you!

  • anonymous says:

    Hi, a few days ago I knocked my front tooth on the door frame (accidentally). After knocking my tooth it became quite lose a few days later my tooth was tight on again, but now it is crooked and leaning forwards out of the mouth. Any ideas on how to fix my tooth would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Susan says:

      Hey!

      That sounds like a painful problem. We recommend contacting a dentist as soon as possible. Many times a loose tooth will repair itself, but as you have noticed, it might not align itself correctly as it once did. A dentist would know if there is damage to the roots and structural components that might require having a retainer to maintain the position of the tooth until it heals itself. Fortunately, if you get in to see a dentist fast enough, it will recover in a correct place, and you can avoid expensive fixes, like braces.

  • Khalifa Man says:

    Hello.i need your help .my top teeth is not straighten like I see my friends thiers.the front 4 teeth is not straight and I feel shy when am laughing .please going to cost to fix it .please can u tell me the cost .i will be happy to hearing from u because I love your blog thank u yours sincerely Khalifa

    • Susan says:

      Hey Khalifa!

      Depending on the cause of the misalignment, the cost to fix it could vary widely. This might be something that a dentist or orthodontist corrects with a retainer, or it might be something that requires full-fledged braces. The cost could be anywhere from $100 US to several thousand dollars. This is a question that you should ask your dentist or orthodontist. Then you will know exactly what procedures you will need to straighten your teeth and what the cost of the fix will be. Here we have related article on braces cost. Hope it will help you more.

      Thank you!

  • Khalifa Man says:

    Some turns I feel pains it really sucks ???.contact those docs in my locality and they are not minding me so I want to see the cost so that I can travel to the next town thank u

    • Susan says:

      Hey Khalifa Man!

      As we answered to you previously, the cost could vary widely. It depends on your problem and type of the treatment. It can be anywhere from $100 US to several thousand dollars. You should visit a few dentists or orthodontists in your area, get their advice and price offer and decide where you’re going to make a treatment.

  • SD says:

    Hi, I have the habit of sucking my lower lip when i am asleep. I had this habit every since i was a baby and have never found a way to get rid of it. Due to which my upper two front teeth have started to come forwards ( somewhat like bunny teeth but they are not so protruding ). I am worried if they will start protruding completely and change my smile. I don’t wish to have braces. But would be really glad if retainer or aligners would work for me.

    It would be great to know your advice.
    Regards,
    SD

    • Susan says:

      Hey SD!

      This can be a difficult question to answer. We recommend you talk to your dentist about why you may be sucking on your lower lip. They may be able to recommend a retainer or a mouthguard that will prevent you from sucking in your lip. It will be easier and better for you in the long run to break the habit then fix the problems. But, until you know why the problem exists, it’ll be difficult to break the habit.

  • Zabir Ahmed says:

    Two of my front teeth has not been in the right position so will it be strengthened with braces or can I make it in home

    • Susan says:

      Hey Zabir!

      The braces should help straighten out your front teeth. It may take time, but your orthodontist should adjust any problems, including the placement of your two front teeth. We don’t recommend making your own adjustments at home. You don’t have proper instruments and cannot do it to yourself.

  • neeraj sharma says:

    i want my teeth to go inside . for this i cannot smile properly also .
    please help me
    thank you

    • Susan says:

      Hey Neeraj!

      We’re not exactly sure what you mean, but we recommend speaking to a dentist for properly aligning your teeth. If you have multiple teeth that stick out at odd angles, it may require more extensive dental work then what simple home fixes can handle. There may be other options available to you other than braces that your dentist will be able to recommend. Good luck with your teeth.

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