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2 Ways to Align Teeth Without Braces

With the holidays fast approaching, your least favorite photo time of the year is at hand. Christmas party photos with co-workers, family photos, and selfies at holiday activities with friends. The photo opportunities are endless, and it puts butterflies in your stomach just thinking about it. You hate photos of any kind because you are embarrassed about your crooked teeth, but the thought of wearing metal braces for years doesn’t appeal to you either. What if you could align your teeth without wearing braces? Your dentist in San Diego explains how this may be possible!


Invisalign is making beautiful smiles possible for busy adults who want to align their teeth with discretion. Instead of using traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. The aligners fit snug and are comfortable to wear so they don’t interfere with any of your normal activities.

In order to achieve the best results, aligners should be worn at least 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. They can be removed easily for eating and brushing, so you won’t experience any changes to your home care routine or diet.

Invisalign is also efficient since most cases can be completed in 12-18 months and it requires fewer visits to your dentist during treatment since aligners can be changed at home.

Porcelain Veneers

You may not have realized that in some cases, porcelain veneers can be used to correct slight misalignment issues. This is because a veneer is a micro-thin layer of porcelain designed to fit over your tooth. They are capable of changing the size, shape and shade of your tooth so you can completely transform your smile.

Treatment with veneers can typically be completed in two appointments over 2-3 weeks. Because veneers are bonded to your tooth, they add strength to your teeth while blending seamlessly with your smile. They are also easy to care for as you’ll be brushing and flossing your teeth as you were always used to.

Don’t miss another photo opportunity! Would you like to learn more about the possibilities for your smile? Give your cosmetic dentist in San Diego a call today to arrange a consultation.

About the Author

Dr. Greg Friedman has been taking care of patients in San Diego for over 25 years. He is excited to add an associate, Dr. Kory Grahl, to his Mod Squad team! Together these dentists provide high quality dental services in a friendly and comfortable environment. We know you’ll love the differences you notice when you choose Mod Squad Dental for your dental care.

Would you like to contact us? We can be reached through our website or by calling 858-682-2394.

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