While metal braces are never an attractive look, they are often an especially unappealing option for adults. Even if you had braces as a kid your teeth may have shifted slightly, something that is normal with age. If you have slightly crooked teeth that have been irking you, or even just one or two teeth that are out of line, there are options for you that are cheaper and less cosmetically invasive than metal braces.
Invisalign- Invisalign is the most popular system of clear invisible braces. These are a great option if you have never had braces before and a great alternative to metal braces. They can be used to fix most crooked smiles and even many bite problems. You are given a series of clear custom-made aligners that you wear all day and switch out every few weeks to gradually straighten your teeth. Treatment time varies but it is usually only about a year before you have a perfect straight smile!
Veneers- Porcelain veneers are a great option if you have one or two teeth that are out of line and keeping you from smiling, or even a lot of teeth that are just slightly misshapen. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth. They are a lot cheaper than braces and are sometimes referred to as "instant orthodontics" since they instantly fix your smile! The downside to veneers: you have to keep up with them and they can never be taken off- once you have them you have to keep them for life.
Snap-on-Smile- The Snap-on-Smile is the most affordable option to straight teeth. This is a removable arch of teeth that fit comfortably onto your actual teeth. It's totally non-invasive, non-painful, and completely reversible since you just snap the Snap-on-Smile in every day and take it out at night. This isn't a permanent option to fixing crooked teeth, but it can hide your teeth under a perfect set.