Being a teenager is tough enough without crooked teeth or bulky braces. What’s worse, the pain of a crooked smile doesn’t fade with age. Countless middle-age moms cringe when they see their adolescent children reliving the same painful smile that’s plagued them for years. The rest of the world notices, too: A new study confirms that straight teeth make people seem happier, friendlier, healthier — even more popular and trustworthy. (See the results in the graphic below.) If you’ve got a crooked smile, don’t despair. Now there’s a new way to straighten out your smile permanently with an FDA-approved method that’s nearly invisible and comparable to braces.
Invisalign uses clear, nearly invisible braces (called aligners) to straighten teeth — without any clunky metal or wires. (Remember the days when kids called a braces-wearer metal mouth? Thank goodness, your kids won’t have to hear it.) Using Invisalign, you can expect to straighten teeth in about a year if you suffer from overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite, or underbite. Of course, total time varies, depending on the severity of the case.