If your parents didn't invest in your smile growing up, then you may have a mouth full of crooked teeth or worse, a misaligned jaw. As an adult, having crooked teeth can mean a variety of things for you, including a lack of self-esteem or just a less professional appearance overall. To help you get the straight teeth that you want, there are several different options that you can choose from.
One of the most popular options to straighten adult teeth are invisible braces. Invisible braces typically use a set of clear, custom aligners that work to slowly straighten your teeth and move them into the right position. Every couple of weeks, you will switch out one set of aligners for another one (the goal being to move your teeth closer and closer to a perfect position with each new set). The best thing about invisible braces is that most people won't be able to tell that you have anything in, and you can take them out when you eat and brush your teeth. If you work in an industry where you do a lot of client interfacing, then invisible braces may the perfect solution for you because they look more professional and discrete.
Veneers are thin porcelain or composite shells that are glued to the top of your natural teeth (once they have been filed down) and they can be used for a variety of different cosmetic issues including crooked teeth. While veneers won't actually fix crooked teeth, they can be used to create the appearance of a perfect smile by arranging them properly in your mouth and choosing the right size of veneers. One of the unique benefits of veneers is that you can get instant results which means that you won't have to do any waiting around.
Metal braces may be the least desirable option out there, but they also tend to be the most affordable. By using a combination of metal wires and brackets, traditional braces can not only help to straighten your teeth but can also be used to correct alignment issues as well. While their appearance may be a bit juvenile, the amount of money you can save by wearing them may be worth it to you in the scheme of things.
To learn more about all of these options and to land on the best one for you and your smile, reach out to a dentist in your area.