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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.


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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  • gena says:

    Season greetings, I have a problem that occur that I have big front teeth because I use to suck my finger I try to fix them, how to solve this problem !and the other problem to whiten my teeth I used baking soda and lemon and also toothpaste I brush them I am not really sure what tooth color level I am but am hoping you could help

    • Susan says:

      Hi Gena!

      I’m glad you asked this question. Many people have experienced the same issues. The flaring of your front teeth is common because of a series of years where allowing children to thumb suck was in vogue. You aren’t alone.

      One of the things your dentist will tell you is that the size of your front teeth is built into your bones, not because you sucked your thumb. Most dentists will refuse to alter the size of your teeth unless it is causing additional dental problem. The reason for this is because as we age, we naturally wear away our teeth. Having more tooth to wear away allows the tooth to remain healthy longer.

      As for it sticking out, this is a decision you and your dentist needs to make. If your teeth are causing problems, your dentist will recommend braces or retainer to move the teeth back into place. But, if no problems are being caused, your dentist may recommend not doing anything.

      More and more dentists are allowing tooth misalignments to remain if they aren’t causing problems with other teeth, eating, drinking, or talking. Talk to your dentist. For a really simple fix, they may recommend using just simple tooth bands to bring your teeth back into alignment.

      Here’s the tough one: tooth whitening. As we age, the natural tendency for our teeth to discolor is just that, completely natural.

      Many food and drink items cause discoloring: Juices, coffee, tea, alcohol, red and orange foods, processed foods with preservatives, and anything artificially colored (like candy, cookies, or boxed foods). Avoiding these foods lessens the discoloring. Although, you should eat red and orange vegetables because they are healthy.

      There are many types of teeth whitening available. Most are home kits, and some are professional programs done by your dentist. In any event, you should talk to your dentist before trying an at-home remedy. This way, your dentist knows ahead of time what you are doing. If there are any complications, they can take this into account.

      Also, follow their recommendation for whitening. If your teeth are cracked and vulnerable (like mine), at home whitening could make the problems worse. In this case, only professional whitening will work. Your dentist will know and be able to advise you. If they push for an expensive process and you are unable to afford it, state that reason. Most will provide you will cost effective measures. If they don’t, visit another dentist.

  • Chahat Khattar says:

    Hi I had put braces ten years back, but again I think they are coming out, What is the alternate to braces

    • Susan says:

      Hi, Chahat!

      I’m glad you asked.

      Now, I assume you mean that the changes made by the braces are coming out. In nearly all cases, braces are only used for 2-3 years.

      Your teeth will move and change all your life. In order to keep them in the proper place, your jaw and muscles must also be in the proper place. You really can’t tell on your own if the jaw or muscles are out of place, a dentist is required for that. If they aren’t in place, any changes made by braces will become undone as you are noticing.

      At this point, you should consult with your previous dentist or orthodontist about options. They will know what the previous problems were and what the possibilities are for the future.

      In minor cases of an alignment problem, a retainer may be used. They are often used to keep teeth in place. Many people who had braces use a nightly retainer to keep their teeth in place. Of course, if the problem is serious, you may need braces again. Just talk with your dentist and see what your options are.

  • Nay says:

    my teeth seem fine except for the fact that the top teeth do not meet with the bottom teeth. my bottom teeth are perfectly straight but i only have a problem with the upper four teeth. this makes it difficult for me to sometimes bite my food. there is only a slight gap in between the top and the bottom teeth so is it possible for me to have this fixed with retainers only?

    • Susan says:

      Hi, Nay!

      I’m glad you asked this question.

      It sounds like there is some sort of twisting or displacement. Usually, this happens with the lower teeth, since the lower jaw is so flexible, especially while growing. Your issue is with the top teeth and that makes it a bit more challenging to deal with.

      When your teeth don’t meet and cause an issue with biting or chewing, this is considered a serious problem. This is something we definitely recommend you visit your dentist for. They will be able to tell you about the specific bone and/or gum issues that are causing your teeth to have the gap. In some cases, a chiropractor may be able to help realign your jaw so your teeth meet. At this point, the chiropractor and dentist work together to make sure the problem gets fixed.

      Most of the time, it calls for braces. That’s because there are serious issues that need to be addressed with tooth placement. When your dentist starts to pull your teeth back into alignment, you need to make sure that other teeth aren’t displaced. Braces offer a fixed and solid support for your teeth and help your mouth align properly.

      A retainer may possibly be used if the issue isn’t serious. The Invisalign brand is on that really helps, and that requires bi-monthly trips to the dentist. But, you will need to talk to your dentist to find out what solution will work for you.

  • Mohit says:

    My front teeth are coming out but I don’t want brassies 1-should I use aligner
    2-what should I do

    • Daniel says:

      Hello Mohit!

      Thank you for your question.

      I assume you mean that your teeth are pointing out, not falling out of your mouth. If they are falling out of your mouth, you need to get to your dentist as soon as possible to avoid losing your teeth altogether.

      Why are your teeth pointing out? This is a question you and your dentist will cover. Once you know the reasons for your teeth misalignment, you’ll be able to know what to do to fix it. Using an at-home remedy without understanding the cause of the problem could make things worse in the long run.

      Braces aren’t the only options for minor work. Retainers, bands, and implants all have their places to help put teeth back into place. An aligner/retainer is made by your dentist, so you will need to visit one to get this help.

      As for what you should do: visit your dentist. Know what the problem is and what the ways to fix it are. There are other options rather than braces, you just need to ask.

  • shaziya says:

    Hi my front tooth has overlapped with another tooth so I can’t even close my mouth properly. How can I fix this without using braces.

    • Daniel says:

      Hello Shaziya!

      Thank you for your question.

      This is a tough problem.

      Usually, when one tooth overlaps another, there is a bigger problem going on. This is a case for a dentist. A dentist will be able to tell you what is going on in your mouth and why your teeth are overlapping.

      If you are truly having issues with closing your mouth, your dentist may recommend removing the offending tooth. Your ability to close your mouth, eat and talk properly, and avoid mouth and throat problem later in life is considered more important than a single tooth. In this case, your dentist may recommend braces for the rest of your teeth and an implant to remove the gap.

      Your dentist will be able to tell you if you have the time and ability to move both teeth back into place. It’s not an easy process, and it could take quite some time.
      Unfortunately, when dealing with a problem that causes such severe reactions as not being able to close your mouth properly, there aren’t other options. Your dentist would know if retainers would work or any other option.

      This is a complex case where at-home remedies could cause more severe problems later in life.

      Hope this helps.

  • Sara says:

    It worked for me when I was around the ages of 16 to 20. My front teeth were becoming crowded as my wisdom teeth grew in. I eventually had my wisdom teeth removed, but during the time they were growing in and I could feel my front teeth pushing forward, I got in the habit of pressing back on my top front teeth. My top teeth look great. My bottom teeth are crooked, but you can’t see them when I smile anyway, so I’m happy.

    • Daniel says:

      Sara Hi,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is great to hear that this technique has worked for you and you now have beautiful front top teeth. The most important thing is that you are now feeling confident and happy about your smile.

      Once again Thank You for taking the time to share your experience. I am sure reading about it will help many of our readers.

  • Ramin says:

    hello there,
    when i was a kid i broke one of my front tooth and it was fixed….now i am an adult and that tooth is coming forward…the day passes the more it comes forward what should i do…do i need braces? its costly.. what other options do i have?
    Thank you

    • Susan says:

      Hello Ramin.

      Thank you for your question.

      Many kids have broken their teeth as kids. It causes many issues later in life. Oh, if the kids would only take it easy!

      First, did your dentist say braces were the only option? If that’s so, you can apply to several government agencies that help with unexpected medical expenses. Dental schools are also another option. They offer lower cost treatments in order to help their students learn.
      Also, talk to your dentist about payment option. Many will work with you in order to reduce costs.

      If you haven’t visited your dentist to know for certain what is happening, you should do so. Then, you will have information and options.

      There are other options for moving teeth: retainers, implants, partial braces, bands and more. Each of these has different requirements and expenses. Without better information, we really can’t give you more on these options.

  • Rebisha says:


    My Upper front two teeth are big and nowadays its moving front. I put braces two years back, but again I think they are coming out. Is there any possible to cure this.

    • Daniel says:

      Hi Rebisha.
      I’m glad you asked.

      Many people have seen their teeth move after braces are removed.

      It’s typical for your teeth to move slightly in your mouth all your life. Braces take that natural moving process and direct it to make a prettier smile.

      Once the braces are removed, your teeth begin their natural movement. For you, it sounds like your teeth want to flair forwards.

      There are various ways to handle this. One, braces again. Your dentist will let you know if this is required. Generally for smaller issues, dentists are moving to other options, since braces are such a drastic option.

      Second, is a retainer. This one has great success because it helps stop the movement of your teeth. Several types of retainers can be used from a simple nightly retainer to one of the clear retainers that you wear all the time.

      This is a decision you need to make with your dentist.

      The movement could be a phase or something you will need to deal with your whole life. What I do know is that if the braces didn’t fix the problem, you need to revisit your dentist and make him or her finish the job.

      Hope this helps.

  • Samantha baldwin says:

    hi I can’t afford braces what can I do to make them straight ?

    • Susan says:

      Hi Smamantha.

      In today’s economy, this is a very common question.

      First, you need to talk with your dentist about all your options. Are braces truly the only way to fix your problems? What exactly is the issue in your mouth?

      There are many options once you know what you are dealing with. Your dentist will be able to go over many of them.

      For simple fixes, using your fingers or tooth bands can work. However, if there is any problems other than a small gap, this won’t work or could cause bigger problems.

      Various types of retainers are becoming popular. They come in various different price ranges and do many different things. Some of the better retainers actually do the work of braces without the pain or the high cost.

      There are still some things only braces can do. Still, you have options.

      We recommend talking to your dentist about payment options and programs they have access to help defer costs. If there is a medical issue, your medical insurance may be able to pay for your braces.

      There are government programs available for people who require services, so we recommend talking to your local, state, and federal offices to see what can be done.

      There are some dental discount programs, like we describe in this article.

      Finally, you can check out some dental schools. Many of them have clinics for the dentists to practice under the supervision of professional dental teachers. These clinics offer lower cost procedures and equipment.

      Thank you for your question. Hope this helps.

  • roshni says:

    putting pressure on teeth will put teeth inside permanently..

    • Susan says:

      Hi Roshni.

      I’m not quite sure what you are asking here. Yes, putting pressure on any tooth will change the position. However, it’s not permanent.

      Even braces done the best, most correct way will not keep your teeth in one location for the rest of your life. As you grow and age, your teeth grow and move. That’s why adults can have braces and fix their smiles.

      We don’t recommend placing undue pressure on teeth without a dentist’s approval. It could cause further problems, including having your teeth fall out. You should always visit a dentist and talk about safe options before attempting any adjustments of your teeth.

      Thank you for the question and hope this helped you in some way.

  • Tim says:

    I have unstraight teeth now, and I am 14 is it possible my teeth with straighten out on their own, this happened to my brothers, am I’m hoping it will work for me. Thank you for your help

    • Susan says:

      Hi Tim!

      I’m glad you asked.

      It is completely possible that your teeth will straighten out as you mature. At 14, you still have another 8 years to physically mature.

      We do recommend you talk with your dentist about your teeth. While it’s one thing to know your brothers’ teeth straightened out as they matured, knowing yours will is another.

      Even if your dentist recommends braces, you don’t need to have them. You could wait or choose to heed their recommendation.

      There are also retainers that are being used to great success to help straighten teeth. They are usually lower cost and much less visible.

      First, though, you need to know why your teeth are not straight, then find out what your options are. If your dentist recommends having your teeth straightened now, we recommend you follow that advice. It will be much easier and cost effective now. If you wait, it could take years and a much higher cost.

      Also, talk to your parents about why they don’t want you to have braces. Then, you can talk to your dentist about options to help alleviate their concerns.

      Hope this is somewhat helpful.

  • Tim says:

    My parents do not want me to have braces of any sort

  • Marvellous says:

    Hi, my four upper frontal teeth are protruded since I was 6, now 30, I want to correct it most possibly without braces cos I am a teacher. Is it possible for it to be corrected, and what are d likely ways of correcting it. I want inexpensive, pain-free and fast procedure. Kindly email me ur reply. Thanks

    • Susan says:

      Hi Marvellous!

      I’m glad you asked.

      Although you requested an email, we feel replying here will help more people out.

      When it comes to correcting your teeth, fast is relative. It won’t be days or weeks to move your teeth, it may be many months to years. Especially in adults, moving your teeth is a long process. Sorry to say that whatever you choose, it won’t be fast. (Unless you completely remove your teeth and use fakes. It is an option)

      You would need to check with your dentist to be sure, but we are going to say that your teeth can be corrected. In today’s dental world, nearly all problems can be fixed or made to look good.

      Most dental procedures have some level of discomfort. However, there shouldn’t be pain. You would need to talk to your dentist if you are overly sensitive to pain and may need painkillers. Your dentist would also prepare you for the level of discomfort and what different pain signals mean for your mouth.

      Now inexpensive is different. As adults, our bodies are pretty much set in their ways. Our teeth do move, but very slowly. Adult braces are for years because the level of change is so slow. Therefore, the doctors’ visits, equipment, and adjustments all add up.

      Braces are the most expensive option. A retainer may also be an option for you. Both will require years and many adjustments. Don’t despair, however. Talk to your dentist about your options. There may be a less expensive option depending on your situation.

      Also, check out some dental schools. They offer lower cost procedures in order to allow the students to practice. This can save you some money.

  • Isabelle says:

    okay, so I have a gap right in between my 2 front teeth that is really really small but annoys the crap out of me. Could the teeth aligners from the stores fix that over night?

    • Susan says:

      Hi Isabelle!

      Many people have gaps between their front teeth. I did! We’re going to assume since it’s only annoying that the gap isn’t causing any problems that your dentist is not recommending braces or the gap isn’t causing issues for you. You are seeing a dentist, right?

      We actually suggest you adjust your thinking to accept this natural part of you. Trying to adjust your teeth to fit your whims could cause bigger problems later on. We don’t want problems for what could easily be lived with.

      If the gap is less than 2 millimeters and your teeth are in perfect alignment otherwise, then store-bought bands may be able to close the gap over several months. The biggest key here is that your teeth must be perfect other than the gap. Otherwise you risk causing further damage.

      We have a post about ways to fix teeth gaps that might be helpful to you as well , you can read it here.

  • Isaac Pest says:

    when i was skating i had a strong fall which removed my front right tooth and i ran very fast to the dentist who put it back well in the gum but after a few months, I had my gum receding of that very part of the tooth which was put back in the gum and then after it came out from the gum slow and now its longer than the other!! do i need braces to put it back in the gums or their is any way it can be fixed!? help me pliz

    • Daniel says:

      Hi Isaac!

      That is a tough question.

      When a tooth comes out of your mouth, that’s a serious issue. You did very well by getting to the dentist right away and keeping up with the dentist over time. Keep seeing your dentist.

      If the gum is receding, there is a problem and you need your dentist.

      Whether this could be fixed with braces is not something we can answer here. We just don’t know why this is happening to you. Without knowing, we can’t offer suggestions.
      We do know braces are often used because they are secure and easily changed. Other methods, such as retainers and invisible braces, may be used. Your dentist will know.

      Thank you for your question and I am sorry I couldn’t provide a more helpful answer.

  • Treeza Lystra says:

    I have completed the course of braces but then also my teeth are not straighten.
    One teeth is stucked out.

    • Susan says:

      Hi Treeza!

      Did the course of braces completely finish? Did the dentist declare that was all your teeth could move? Did your tooth move after the braces?

      These are some of the questions we need answered before we could give you a better answer.

      Here’s what we can offer.

      Sometimes, your teeth will move after braces. This is natural movement of your teeth as you grow. It could mean that you require braces longer or that a retainer is required just to keep them in place.

      Severe motion is not normal and you should contact your dentist if this is the case.

      If your smile was not to your liking, go back to the dentist and find out why. Did your dentist explain that was the best that could happen? Sometimes there just isn’t enough room in a person’s mouth to have all of the teeth perfectly straight without pulling some. Your dentist will know if this is the case.

      Otherwise, you need to talk to your dentist and find out what is happening. If this is natural motion, your dentist will give you the options for keeping your teeth in place. If it is a problem with the course of braces not completing their job, your dentist will explain why.

      Thank you for your question I hope this helps.

  • Kiran says:

    Hi Daniel!
    I’ve long sharp canine and my lateral incisor is slightly backward aligned.I want to fix this asap without braces treatment. What do you suggest to bring it (incisor) upfront or equal to my front teeth. Procelain veneers? and do tell how much time is req to fix this prob
    Thanks 🙂

    • Daniel says:

      Hi Kiran!

      This is definitely a question you need to ask your dentist.

      Your issues are not uncommon and there are several options to have them corrected. But, without more detailed information, we don’t know which would be best for you.

      An overly sharp canine may just require a filing or a cap. Slightly misaligned teeth are often left go and monitored to make sure further movement doesn’t take place. But, if it is causing eating or bite issues, it will need to be corrected.

      As for the time factor, moving a tooth could take months to years. This is not a quick fix. Only your dentist could give you a timeline on how long it will take and what method they recommend for doing it.

      On the other side, fixing the overly sharp tooth could take just a few minutes.

      Again, listen to your dentist. Do not attempt to file your teeth by yourself. Serious damage could take place.

      Thank you for your question. Hope this is of some help.

  • Khushi says:

    My upper teeth are quite front, will retainers be helpful to push them towards inside or is it that I WILL have to put braces ??!!

    • Susan says:

      Hi Khushi!

      I’m glad you asked this.

      Only your dentist can truly determine if you require braces or just a retainer.

      It all depends on the level of displacement and what else is happening in your mouth. If the changes are just minor and you are younger, a retainer is more likely. If there are several teeth that need to be moved, other issues are present, or you are a bit older, braces could be more likely.

      As we age, our ability to move our teeth decreases. We need stronger forms of correction.

      So, really, it depends on what your dentist finds out about the rest of your mouth. If you don’t like what your dentist recommends, get a second opinion. You can also visit a dental school for other options.

  • Sibom chetry says:

    My front teeth is coming out ..like it is in diagonal position instead of straight…qhatcould I do to fix it

    • Susan says:

      Hi Sibom.

      This is a common issue.

      This is definitely an issue you want your dentist to look at. When your teeth are growing, it’s the prime time to do something about them. When you wait, it will take longer to fix.

      We don’t know why your teeth would be coming out at an odd angle. Some of the common reasons are growing over other teeth, bone malformation, pressure against your teeth (from your tongue), and injury. All of these would need to be addressed by your dentist.

      For this, there are no simple home fixes. Simply pushing your teeth back could cause them to become dislodged or loose. If there are other problems, it could make the problems worse. So, please, contact your dentist and see what is happening.

  • Emily says:

    I have a tooth on my top row that comes over another on my top row. Is there any way I can fix this that wouldn’t be costly?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Emily!

      I was in your exact situation.

      There are options with this, but we really recommend you talk to a dentist to see what they say.

      A lot depends on which tooth, how it is growing over, and what’s happening with the other tooth.

      For me, the dentist was required to pull the tooth that was being grown over. This left a noticeable gap and the tooth that was left was a bit out of place. We decided, in the interest of time and money, to leave it go and see what happened. Fortunately, my tooth began to move back into place on its own.

      If my tooth didn’t move, I was looking at braces. They would have been required for the tooth to move back into place.

      Of course, there are other options. Retainers, bands, and crowns could be used in certain situations. You need to talk with your dentist to see what they recommend.

      Whatever your solution, it won’t be quick. Moving your teeth takes many months to years. Just remember, a healthy smile is worth seeing the dentist.

  • Taruna sharma says:

    Hii sir ..my front four tooth looks outward so I can’t even able to close my mouth properly n also I want to know if we take braces treatment then can we remove them for a day or two days

    • Susan says:

      Hi Taruna!

      I’m glad you asked and so polite!

      Braces will probably be the best option for such a severe misalignment. You will need to work with your dentist to have the proper braces and techniques applied to make sure it is done right.
      As for removing the braces, that usually isn’t done. Once a braces treatment is started, it is continued non-stop until the misalignment is fixed. This could be months to years.

      Braces are removed early only during severe pain, medical treatments, or accidents. They are not removed for a comfort day. However, you would need to talk to your dentist to see if this is an option, even if we doubt that will be the case.

      When dentist removes braces, there is a high likelihood that the teeth will move back. Too much back and forth motion will cause damage to the gums and could create loose teeth. This is why dentists avoid the change.

      There are however removable braces called Invisalign . (You can read more about them here.) Invisalign aligners can be removed by the patient during the day for eating, playing sports and brushing. You are still required to wear them most of the time for the treatment to be effective. Those aligners work for very specific cases. Your dentist will be able to conclude if this option can work for you or not.

      Hope this helps.

  • haqsae says:

    My front two teeths are not straight …i don’t want to use braces…is there any other alternative to push those teeths slightly inward..

    • Susan says:

      Hi Haqsae!

      I’m glad you asked this.

      There are other alternatives, as long as you meet certain criteria.

      First, you need to talk to your dentist. You need to know why your teeth are not perfectly straight. For many people, a slight turning of teeth or a small misalignment causes no problems and should not be changed. Forcing your teeth to move when they are set could cause further problems. This is where your dentist will help you decide if a true problem exists or if you should leave it alone.

      When you talk to your dentist, ask for options. There are small bands you can use to adjust your teeth that are cheap and easy to use. They are not fast, however. They work for tiny adjustments when the rest of your teeth are perfectly fine.

      Crowns and bridges are also being used to help straighten out small misalignments in teeth.

      Retainers are a more expensive, but more commonly used, alternative. You will need your dentist for this, since each retainer is made specifically for the change you are looking for. There are several levels of retainers from simple ones used overnight, to custom made, invisible retainers you wear all day.

      Finally, if there are structural problems, you may just need braces. Usually with small adjustments, braces aren’t used, but a small misalignment could signal bigger problems.

      Only your dentist will be able to give you all of your options. We highly recommend talking to your dentist before trying any of the alternatives. This way, you can make sure your smile remains healthy.

  • Chelsea Singgar says:

    Hi! Can I please know how to push one of my teeth forward? I have a tooth next to my right incisor tooth that is pushed backwards on one side, and my tooth next to it is sort of blocking the way lol. I don’t wanna get braces, they’re too costly. Besides, I don’t know whether braces that push teeth forward are made. And also, I grown a weirs tooth. Its like growing on my upper gum, above my upper teeth. Idk how to explain sorry but I hope you would know what I’m talking about. I really wanna have perfect teeth. Thanks in advance!

    • Susan says:

      Hi Chelsea! I’m glad you asked.

      Most dentists are now agreeing that a tooth that is only slightly out of place or twisted is better off left alone. If it is not causing any issues with the growth or position of other teeth, talking, eating, or breathing, dentists are reluctant to change the position because it can cause more problems than it solves. Currently, there are no home treatments for a twisted tooth. We recommend you talk to your dentist about options.

      As for the other tooth that seems to be growing in an odd place, that is something you really will need your dentist for. A tooth that is that far out of position requires extensive adjustment to be put back in place. We can’t even begin to speculate what happened in your case, so we are recommending visiting a dentist to figure out what is happening.

  • Chelsea Singgar says:

    Sorry, I meant *weird

  • Coleen Winton says:

    I see a lot of comments here asking how do you fix a teeth gap. I’m suggesting Orthofill Bands, this is the one that helped me and I have no single regret in using it.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Coleen! Thanks for the recommendation.

      Tooth bands work for some people. You just have to make sure your teeth are perfectly normal prior to using them to close the gap. Plus, the gap needs to be smaller than about 3mm.

      You should also talk to your dentist prior to using the bands. There could be other problems happening in your mouth that would cause the bands to damage your teeth. Some of the risk include creating new gaps, pulling one tooth forward or backwards, or even losing the tooth altogether.

  • Mafas says:

    Hello I have to ask question.
    I don’t know much English but I am trying to explain my briblem.
    My upper jaw teeth are bigger then the lower jaw and mostly I am not using my upper teeth.because my upper jaw has become front then the lower. If say simply ‘like monkey’. What to do I don’t know.
    Pleas give me some suggestion to solve this problem pleas.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Mafas! Thank you for your question.

      When your upper teeth are far in front of your bottom teeth, that’s an overbite. This is an issue that needs to be resolved by a trained dentist/orthodontist. If it is causing problems with chewing and/or speaking, they will recommend braces to fix the problem.

      We would love to help, but with issues this big, you really do need a professional.

  • Damen says:

    Hey I need help with mt two front teeth i i feel like i was about 7 when they were pulled and they were pulled on the same day…and when they grew back they…sorta grew back like this \/ and there’s a piece of my gum in the middle…what do i do? If i rub my bottom teeth on it it stings alitttle….i noticed it yesterday….help..plz I’m 15 now. I also have a overbite or something like that my top teeth rest on my bottom ones please help.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Damen, these are an interesting pairing of problems.

      First, you really need to see a dentist to find out what’s wrong. A dentist will be able to diagnose what the problem is and provide potential solutions.

      Pain is always a sign something is wrong. Your gum should surround the upper part of your teeth, but not come down between them. This overgrowth could be a sign of a bigger problem, or it might just be extra gum tissue. Either way, it shouldn’t be causing pain, so you need to have that checked out.

      As for the overbite/underbite, that needs to be seen by a dentist. Some minor ones may not need any treatment at all. Regular exercises could fix the issue. Others are more severe and require fixing. You will need your dentist to determine the problem.

  • Knija says:

    When I was little I had one of my canines refusing to come out on its own, so it was pulled out of my family’s concern. But that tooth, I don’t think, should have been removed. Because now that I’m older (I’m 15yrs.) my new canine has grown in late, causing it to overlap the one that took its place. And now it’s hurting a bit, but to add to that the tooth beneath the canine is slightly twisted. My issue is with overcrowding. And it sucks, because I can’t afford braces, but my question is: is it possible to apply pressure to your teeth manually? Like something similar to spacers, if I put something small between those two teeth, and slowly give the tooth space to grow back down, and maybe even fix my gigline, would that be a smart idea? (I mean, I would really like to not have any of my teeth falling out because of this canine of mine.) I feel like this is a pretty stupid question but it’s worth a shot asking.
    ~ Thank you

    • Susan says:

      Hey Knija! I’m so glad you asked your question the way you did. It shows a lot of thoughtfulness to a tough problem.

      First, you mentioned pain from your one tooth. This is a serious dental issue and you need to talk to your dentist about why the pain is there. The extraction of your previous tooth could be at fault, if it left a bit of root or a piece of the tooth behind. It really needs to be checked out to rule out serious issues.

      I actually had a very similar issue. My adult canine on my right upper side came in when the baby canine was still in place. It took an extraction to remove the baby canine. Well, because of that, my canine sticks out a bit and it twisted one of the surrounding teeth. My dentist told me I could straighten it out with braces, or learn to live with it because it wasn’t causing any eating or speaking issue. Over time, each of the teeth straightened out on their own, because I was not going to do braces if I didn’t absolutely need them.

      Of course, I didn’t have pain. That’s a whole other issue. But, my story shows that you may not need braces.

      It is possible to apply pressure manually, but very difficult to provide it evenly and consistently. Spacers are used when the rest of the teeth are in perfect position. Otherwise, the spacers could cause your teeth to twist farther out. Plus, if you do it too hard, you could cause your teeth to loosen in their sockets. You wouldn’t lose your teeth now, but in your 20s and 30s you could.

      As for the price issue, many towns have community dental clinics that are low cost to no cost. You could be evaluated there to see what your options are. Also, check out dental schools to see about low-cost procedures to increase the options you have.

      Don’t take chances with your smile. Crooked teeth are not going break a deal, but losing your teeth over idealized beauty is a life-long pain.

  • Devin cokley says:

    i have two teeth behind the teeth it is sopposed to be beside. what do i need to do to fix it.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Devin!

      This is a complicated question.

      First, have you been to your dentist? They will be able to tell you without any question what to do.

      There are many factors that go into why teeth are misaligned. In some cases, the baby teeth did not fall out and the adult teeth are either in front or behind them.

      There may not be enough room in your mouth to allow all of your teeth to be properly aligned. This means the dentist will need to decide which teeth are the ones most likely to be stable and helpful to you and remove the others. This is quite common when it comes to wisdom teeth.

      There may be a jaw problem that forced your teeth to grow in unnatural positions. This is a much more complex topic that your dentist needs to address.

      As you age, your teeth naturally move. Any fix will need to adapt to that change. This is something your dentist will be able to tell you.

      Injury could play a part in why your teeth are in the incorrect place.

      The simplest answer is to remove the offending teeth. But, we don’t think you want that answer.

      We really can’t help you with specifics because we don’t know enough about you to be able to help. Your dentist will be able to tell you why your teeth are not in the correct position and what to do to fix the problem.

      Please don’t try home remedies without consulting a dentist.

      Trying things at home could make any serious problem worse and much more expensive.

  • Vanessa says:

    Hi Daniel,
    I had braces and my bottom jaw is shifting. I have one tooth that is especially shifting crooked. You mentioned we could “straighten our teeth” but how could I use an over the counter plastic aligner to gradually align it back without seeing the dentist? If I get aligners or retainers, wouldn’t they just keep my tooth/teeth from shifting further and retaining their current form? My goal is to try to shift my one crooked tooth back in line with the rest. Thanks in adavance

    • Daniel says:

      Hi Vanessa!

      You brought up something people need to address.

      When you are dealing with moving your teeth and shifting alignment, you need a dentist.

      There are too many things that can go wrong if you try to do the shifting yourself. Other problems could become worse.

      Yes, it is possible to use bands or retainers that you purchase without a dentist, once you know what you actually need. Your dentist will be able to tell you what you need.

      We recommend visiting a dental school to get an opinion. There, they have lower cost procedures and they are much more open to people using home remedies.

      If you do discover you need more extensive work, please follow the advice of the dentist. Your mouth is too important to risk home remedies when a professional fix is needed.

  • Wow, your thought is excellent, but if you are trying to straighten your teeth yourself, it can be very dangerous for your teeth. In my opinion Fast braces are the best for you, but before doing anything you can call any professional.

    • Daniel says:

      Hi, Andrew!

      Yes, agree with you! I always recommend to people first to get advice and consultation from their dentist or orthodontist, even a few professional opinions. Although there are few methods to straighten the teeth at home exist, it may be dangerous to implement them and the damage that may be caused in case something goes wrong is not worth it.

      Thank you!

  • Deepak says:

    Can i used rubber band as a teeth band??

    • Daniel says:

      Hey, Deepak!

      We don’t recommend using rubber bands to adjust your teeth. The tooth bands are made for the mouth and are calibrated to put precise amounts of pressure on your teeth.

      Rubber bands contain chemicals that could make you sick. Some of them may contain chemicals that stain your teeth. They are highly irregular when it comes to pressure applied. Most are also too big for your teeth. You could cause more damage.

      Hope it helps.

  • Mike Kilbert says:

    I have my one teeth with false alignment and I used my tongue to push but still now It not align with my correct teeth. Any solutions apart from this?

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Mike!

      Thank you for your question.

      Did your tooth align with the rest of your teeth at any time? Have you seen a dentist? How long have you been pushing on your tooth?

      If the tooth is not moving, then you need a dentist to do more than just what your tongue can do. Braces will provide consistent, exacting pressure on your teeth to move them into a specific position. Your tongue is convenient, but it provides neither the consistent pressure nor the ability to be precise.

      If the tooth moved through the correct position and is now in misalignment in the other direction, you’ll definitely need a dentist. This could mean the connection between the tooth and the bone is compromised and needs tending. This is one of the biggest problems with trying to do it yourself.

      Either way, you should see a dentist to know why your tooth is not in proper alignment. This way, you’ll also find out the way to fix the problem permanently.

  • neeraj says:

    mere teeth tedhe medhe enhe fix krane ka shi treatment kya h

    (translation: My teeth are deformed. What’s the correct treatment to fix them?)

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Neeraj!

      Let’s see if we can help you.

      There are dozens of treatments for deformed teeth. The treatment depends on of the deformation.

      Braces are often used to move teeth to new positions. Retainers can help reshape a tooth. Surgery is often used for deep bone deformations. Some problems are left alone to fix themselves as we age.

      We would need to know more about your exact problems in order to give a recommendation.

      What we do know want to recommend is visiting a dentist to get an expert opinion on what is happening to your teeth and what the course of treatment is. You have the right to visit several dentists to get the best answer that works for you.

  • Sanga says:

    My lower teeth grows outwards than my upper teeth which changes my face shape.What would I do?

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Sanga! I’m not quite sure what you described.

      If your teeth are growing at an odd angle, then you’ll need to talk to your dentist about options. This is a serious issue and you cannot treat it at home.

      If your facial structure has changed because of it, there we suspect there are several underlying problems that will need to be addressed to know why. Trust your dentist to be able to identify the problem and offer good solutions.

      And if you don’t like that dentist’s solutions, find another dentist.

  • Sunday says:

    Hi,my name is Sunday. I have a gap in front of my teeth and all my bottom are space out. Also, my a) my other teeth next to my big front ones are spaced out,too. I went to an orthodontics to get braces but my insurance didn’t approve of It because they said it is medically not crucial. They said If I had the desire; I had to pay for it but I can’t afford it. It really saddens me to be stuck with my crooked teeth. It just breaks my heart. I don’t know what to do. Please give me some other alternatives to how I can attempt to align my teeth. Thank so much!

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Sunday! Thanks for stopping by.

      We’re sorry to hear an insurance company denied your treatment. We have a couple of recommendations for you.

      First, talk to your dentist. There may be some other therapies that could work. Also, find out whether your dentist thinks this is medically necessary or not.

      Talk to your insurance. It the US, it is illegal and a violation of HIPPA for any person to make a medical decision other than you or your doctor. If your insurance denied you on medical viability, then request to know who that person was and then speak to the HIPPA control officer. Demand to know why your medical file is being reviewed by entities you don’t know of or approve. Sometimes, this will get them to reverse the decision. Sometimes, you’ll need to take it to a higher level of government to respond to the HIPPA violation.

      Don’t try home remedies. If you need braces, home remedies will only make things worse. It could invalidate any insurance payments.

  • Kevin Chan says:

    Hi, I’m 15 and in highschool. I’ve had a tooth that has been pushed pack a bit for a while and I’m looking into alternatives rather than braces. Would another option work or is it to late to fix it?

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Kevin! Thanks for asking!

      First, it’s never too late to fix your teeth. They will move slightly all your life. Using safe methods of adjustment will keep them strong and in your mouth. So, you will need to talk to your dentist about options and why that tooth is out of place.

      Second, there are many options other than braces.

      Retainers and bands are just two of them. Your dentist will know which ones will work best for you. Just know that sometimes braces are needed.

      We don’t recommend you try a fix at home. This could cause more damage to your teeth and may lead to them falling out. Many home fixes are based around the idea that only one tooth is out of place and everything else is normal. Without a dentist, you really don’t know.

  • Ifra says:

    Hey daniel ☺
    Im college student, its really shamful my that My front theets are not in manners two front teeths are in rectangle shaped,cause my two fron teeth I have lost my confidence is there any solution for my front two teeth’s bcz braces are expencise

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Ifra! I’m not sure what you are asking.

      Your front teeth should be rectangular in shape; that is the natural shape. And there is very little that can be done to change the shape of a tooth once it is fully grown.

      Braces will help align teeth to the correct position. If there is a problem with how your teeth are aligned, then braces are a good fix.

      You’ll need to talk to a dentist. Most college campuses have a dentist or work with a dentist to help the student. Many times, this is a reduced cost. We recommend you find out what is going on and the solutions. Once you have that information, you can make an informed decision on how to treat your teeth.

  • Adam. P says:

    I had a root canal on my first molar (top left side) and the crown that was placed was far too big. After one month of grinding my teeth (due to the enormous crown), the crown was finally shaved down back into its original place. However, after having the tooth altered, I noticed all my other teeth have shifted slightly to one side causing a slightly crooked smile… now having the tooth re-placed into its proper place, my lower set of teeth are falling into their original place and clashing with my now shifted top teeth. Will my teeth shift back into their original placement or will they get worse, shift over further and cause an even more noticeable crooked smile? Would a retainer help the situation?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Adam!

      Thank you for your question. We are sorry to hear you had such an unpleasant dental experience.

      We’ll tell you what we think, but only your dentist will be able to tell you fully what will work for your situation. From what you described, it sounds like there was a mistake made during your root canal. That cause the series of other problems which lead to your now shifted teeth.

      It is possible that your teeth will shift back to the original place. It is equally likely that they’ll continue moving out of place. We believe that your dentist will recommend using a retainer or even braces to help return your teeth to where they should be. I know this is not an ideal situation, but it might be one of the better ones in order to help your teeth be in a better situation.

  • Jim says:

    Hi, Doc. Is Invisalign a type of retainer; or, if there is a technical difference in design, not purpose, that distinguishes between aligners and retainers, what is it?

    One more q.: Could an Invisalign pt. compensate for wearing the appliance less than full-time by extending the overall duration of the treatment?

    Thank you!

    • Susan says:

      Hey Jim!

      Good questions.

      Invisalign is a type of aligner, and there are several different purposes that it serves.

      The terms aligners and retainers are being mismatched a lot. In general, the term retainer is used for appliances that are used only to keep the teeth in place after those were already straightened. Invisalign system helps straighten your teeth. There are also Invisalign retainers, which are usually used after the aligners complete their job. Those look similar to the aligners but are designed to keep the teeth in place.

      As for whether it could compensate for another type of treatment is a question for your dentist. We do know many people use Invisalign to realign their teeth and as part of a retaining system to keep their teeth where they belong.

      It is possible that Invisalign could replace other forms of dental appliances. It may not be appropriate for all of them. We do recommend talking to your dentist so you get the full details.

  • Kimberly says:

    I have an overbite I had braces and after my teeth went straight I got retainers that kept the over bite straight and now I have one over bite again because my retainers broke and I wasn’t able to afford to get another pair of retainers but I really don’t want to get braces again and I wonder if I can just get retainers again and just wear them to straighten my teeth

    • Susan says:

      Hey Kimberly!

      I’m glad you asked.

      We would have to say it depends on the type of the size of the overbite. If it is just slight, your dentist may recommend using just retainers. Many of them have come a long way and are much better than braces.

      But, there could be cases where there is more of a problem than just an overbite and you may need braces. This would be something you would need to ask your dentist to see what they would recommend.

      Since there are so many options out there we recommend talking with your dentist to see what yours are.

  • anonymous says:

    Hey everyone, this is not an information portal. Its a few dentists trying to encourage everyone to go to the dentist for any dental problem. There are other blogs and sites explaining how to do some things yourself, safely.

    • Susan says:


      We have been called many things, but never dentist.

      In fact, not a single one of us is a dentist here. While we all do use our dentist, none of us are paid by the dentists to promote them.

      We speak to people all over the world to get them to do what is best for their health.

      Sometimes, you can fix a problem on your own. But like we have said several times before, home fixes can make the problem worse if you don’t know what is going on. That is why we recommend seeing a dentist.

      Once you know properly what is going on, you can take the right steps to fix it. We don’t want you to become another statistic of a home remedy gone wrong.

  • lora says:

    i have the same problems with my teeths sometimes i cant even laugh .. i dont have enaugh m0oney to pay tha braces , in my country they cost to much .. im really sadd.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Lora!

      This can be a real tough situation.

      We recommend you talk to several people to see what your options are.

      The first one will be the dentist who was recommending braces.

      Next, you can find the nearest dental school and see if they have a low-cost program available to help you get the braces.

      Finally, contact your local government office, because many of them have programs that can help people pay for necessary medical and dental procedures.

      Hope it helps.

  • Lindy says:

    Hey i just wanna ask, i have all my teeth aligned except for my right lateral incisor which sucks really bad. Its pushed backwards, is it really possible if I use my tongue or hand to make it align on daily basis?
    how long will it take?
    please please reply ASAP because i really want to get it straight really quick

    • Susan says:

      Hey Lindy!

      This is a good question to ask. Technically, it is possible to push your tooth back into alignment if you do it on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time and very consistent work to be able to accomplish this.

      You run the risk of disrupting the alignment of your other teeth, so if you are going to try this method, you do want to make sure you have a dentist making sure the rest of your teeth remain in good condition.

      Unfortunately, there is no fast way to align teeth. Braces are the most drastic way, and they still take about two years to work.

      The only fast way we know of creating a perfect smile, is to remove the teeth altogether and replace them with dentures or other prosthetics.

  • taylor says:

    is it mandatory to visit the orthondontist if you have retainers. And can you straighten teeth with retainers just by wearing it as a home remedy.

    • Susan says:

      Hi Taylor!

      We’re glad you asked.

      It is not absolutely mandatory to visit an orthodontist to obtain or use retainers. It is in your best interest to do so, because there are problems that can occur that only an orthodontist can help with.

      We strongly recommend you talk to a dentist or orthodontist prior to using at home retainers. There are some issues that only they can handle. They will also be the only ones that can fit a retainer to your teeth properly. Fortunately, once you reach a certain point with your retainer, seeing your orthodontist becomes an infrequent occurrence.

  • Unknown says:

    I have a question about home remedies for crooked teeth…Do they work, and if so which ones should I use?
    (I’ve a crooked left tooth, on the top rank of teeth. The base is straight, but the tooth bottom part is out. (I get teased about it, because a lot of people I know have great teeth…and according to them I don’t. I don’t have the time or money for braces though. I wanted to try a home remedy, but I don’t want to ruin my teeth more in the process.)

    • Susan says:


      Home remedies are generally not recommended unless coming directly from the dentist.

      Recently, there have been deaths associated with using home remedies, particularly two deaths in Thailand from teenagers trying to make homemade braces.

      We do have recommendations for home remedies, but all of them are processed with seeing a dentist first.

      And you are absolutely right to be worried about ruining your teeth if you try a whole process and it doesn’t work. The chances of causing more damage is very high.

      Our recommendation is to talk to a dentist about using home remedies and see what they recommend.

  • nemes says:

    hi..can i ask a question..im 25…i have a crooked teeth, front of my lower teeth..before, i noticed it was only a tooth, but now it’s a teeth, my 2 tooth were crook..can i wear a retainer or it should be a brace?.thanks.,

    • Susan says:

      Hi Nemes!

      Thanks for asking.

      It sounds like you’re having a progressive problem as you are getting older.

      The issues you mentioned may be solved by both braces or a retainer.

      It is something a dentist will have to decide.

      They will also be able to determine the cause of the issue.

  • Humboldt421 says:

    What is the feasibility of an open source software and 3d printed mold being used to create sets of retainers to do teeth straitening? If the software could be used to somehow scan the teeth or process photos of the teeth? There must be a way to import the scans from your dentist then create your own solution? I was just thinking of all the innovators in impoverished paths of life and how this could provide a cheap solution for those uninsured but still of technical means.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Humboldt421!

      You are thinking along the lines of what many of the cutting-edge dental solutions companies are.

      Some of the larger companies are in the process of using 3D printing to create retainers and braces.

      Currently, we are unaware that any of the printed molds have been approved for use.

      As this becomes available, we will update our information.

  • Lily says:

    i have a problem with my canine teeth that pointy and feel weird and creepy while laughing otherwise have really straight and white teeth

    • Susan says:

      Hey Lily!

      Congratulations on having straight and white teeth. This is something many people on this website strive for.

      Your canine teeth are supposed to be pointed.

      The degree that they are pointed can vary. Certainly, they are not supposed to look like a vampire’s teeth.

      Your canines should not extend beyond the neighboring teeth in length, width, or depth.

      We recommend visiting a dentist and making sure your teeth are as they should be, or if there is a solution to help bring your teeth into proportion.

  • Mimi says:

    Hi, is it possible to only put braces on the upper row of teeth because my lower row of teeth is already straight and i have visited the dentist and he says that i will have to pluck out a MINIMUM of 5 teeth if i want to put on braces.Do you think i should still put on braces?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Mimi!

      This is odd.

      It is quite possible to only use braces on either the upper or lower row of teeth. It’s actually rather common.

      What you should get a second opinion on is the removal of certain teeth in order to use braces. That is rather uncommon.

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