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How to Get Straight Teeth Without Metal Braces

Do crooked teeth make you feel self-conscious about your smile? Maybe you’ve hesitated about getting braces because of the way they would look or feel in your mouth. But these days, people interested in straightening their teeth have more options to consider than in the past. Let’s look at some of the treatment options that could help you enjoy straight teeth.

The Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

If some of your teeth are crooked or crowded together, it can impact more than your smile. The potential consequences of misaligned teeth include:

  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Difficulty cleaning in between teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease
  • Wear and tear on your teeth, which can cause cracked teeth and TMJ
  • Interference with speech
  • Repetitive biting of cheeks

 If you’ve been suffering from any of these issues, or even if you just want a boost to your self-confidence, modern dental care can help you achieve straight teeth.

Option 1: Clear Aligners

Invisalign® is clear mouthpiece that is custom fit over your teeth. Your dentist will create a series of them for you to wear, gradually shifting your teeth into a better position. They’re recommended for teens and adults with mild to moderately crooked teeth.

Clear aligners have several advantages over traditional metal braces, including:

  • They can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth.
  • They’re nearly invisible when you’re wearing them.
  • They don’t contain any wires, which can cut your lips and gums.
  • They don’t take as long as metal braces to begin having an effect.

How long it will take you to achieve straight teeth with clear aligners depends on the severity of your dental issues and the recommendations of your dentist. On average, it takes between 10 months and 2 years. If you had braces when you were younger and only need a mild adjustment for your teeth now, the process can be much faster.

Option 2: Dental Surgery

If you have serious issues with the alignment of your jaw, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery. This option is usually recommended for patients with conditions of the jaw that are too severe to be corrected with braces. Orthognathic surgery can correct problems like:

  • Difficulties with chewing or speech caused by misaligned teeth
  • Overbite (your top row of teeth overlaps the bottom row)
  • Underbite (your bottom row of teeth overlaps the top row)
  • Open bite (your two rows of teeth don’t touch together when your mouth is closed)
  • TMJ

For some patients with multiple dental issues, surgery may be a first step, followed by clear aligners or other solutions to attain straight teeth. If you think you may be a good candidate for surgery, your dentist can review your condition and provide more information about your options.

Option 3: Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’d like the confidence boost of straight teeth but your issues aren’t severe enough to require braces, cosmetic dentistry may be the solution you’re looking for. There are several ways to give your teeth a straighter, more polished appearance, including:

  • Dental bonding. This is a simple procedure in which your dentist will use a resin that matches the color of your teeth to repair chipped teeth, fill in gaps, or realign crooked teeth. It’s a lower cost way to get an even smile.
  • Porcelain veneers. These are very thin layers of porcelain placed over your natural teeth to touch up your smile. High-quality veneers are resistant to stains and chipping, have a natural appearance, and can last for years. They’re a quick and lower-cost way to enjoy the appearance of straight teeth.

Although dental bonding or porcelain veneers will not straighten your teeth, they can correct cosmetic issues without the discomfort or time requirement of braces.

Don’t Try This at Home

If you’ve been looking for a way to straighten your teeth without needing braces, you may have come across online tips or tutorials that claim you can fix your dental issues yourself by making your own braces or using someone else’s devices, such as retainers. This is not accurate, and attempting a DIY approach to dental care can cause serious harm.

Potential consequences of at-home dentistry include:

  • Loosened or missing teeth
  • Dead teeth
  • Weaker tooth enamel
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Damage to your gums
  • Oral infection

There is no substitute for professional dental care. A qualified dentist can diagnose any dental issues you may be experiencing and provide solutions tailored to your needs. So if you’ve been hiding your smile or having trouble enjoying your favorite foods, it may be time to make an appointment to discuss your treatment options.

We Make Smiles Brighter

At LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore we use the latest technology to provide innovative dental solutions in a warm, spa-like environment. Not only do we offer a wide-variety of dental services, we top it off with fun, pampering perks and a poolside view. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.


Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.

Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

Smiling is contagious

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.

Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith

Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.