Your Dentist Offers 3 Ways to Straighten Teeth Without Braces

woman with beautiful smileCrooked teeth are unattractive. Moreover, if the misalignment is bad enough, they can actually endanger your oral health. Still, you might shudder at the thought of getting braces. After all, you don’t want to be a “metal mouth” for 18 months or longer while you’re waiting for your teeth to get nudged into their proper places. Fortunately, there are alternatives to traditional metal braces that your cosmetic dentist in Ephrata offers. They can give you the gorgeous, straight, and healthy smile that you’ve been missing.


Invisalign in Ephrata uses a series of clear thermoplastic aligners to apply gentle pressure to teeth, gradually moving them into the right position. It’s required that you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, but you can remove them while you eat — hence, you won’t have to worry about dietary restrictions. Plus, the aligners are difficult to spot. No one has to know that you’re using them, but they will know that your smile is getting more attractive all the time.

These clear non-traditional braces work well for most types of orthodontic issues, and your insurance may cover part of their cost.

6-Month Smiles

Traditional braces may take up to two years to straighten teeth. The average time for Invisalign to work is about one year. 6-Month Smiles, as the name implies, takes an average of about six months.

6-Month Smiles in Ephrata does involve braces, but not the braces people typically think of. They’re barely visible because they use clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. They are often more affordable than other methods that are used to straighten teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

By far, porcelain veneers are the fastest way to get a straighter smile because your teeth won’t actually be moving. Your dentist will simply cover the crooked pearly whites with small, custom-made pieces of porcelain. The veneers may last for 10 years or longer, and they’re resistant to stains. The process usually takes two visits to the dentist. After all is said and done, all of your smile’s flaws will be gone!

This solution is best for people whose crooked teeth aren’t so misaligned that they pose a threat to your oral health. Also, because veneers are considered a purely cosmetic procedure, dental insurance does not cover them. You may have to talk to your dentist about payment options.

What Are You Waiting For?

Straight teeth make it easier to keep your mouth clean, which can prevent cavities and keep your oral health in great condition. Plus, the emotional boost you’ll get from being confident about your smile is priceless.

You don’t have to submit yourself to ugly, uncomfortable, old-fashioned metal braces. Why not talk to your dentist in Ephrata about Invisalign, 6-Month Smiles, and Porcelain Veneers to find out which one is right for you?

About Our Practice

Drs. Sean Moriarty and Suzanne Ahnquist are pleased to help their patients achieve their smiles goals. If you want to discuss your options for getting straighter teeth, please reach out to us at 717-733-1088.


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