Are you considering orthodontic work, or simply curious what you would look like with straight teeth?
Well, there's a really simple way to find out, with Invisalign's SmileView virtual teeth straightening app. It's designed to show you what you might look like after aligner treatment.
All you need to do is upload a selfie and wait a minute for your straight teeth simulation to be generated. Give it a try now!
If you'd like to know more about how clear aligners could work for you, find an Invisalign doctor near you and book an appointment to get started.
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What would I look like with straight teeth?
Having a “perfect” smile can make a big difference to your confidence and oral health, but not everybody is born with perfectly straight teeth. Some common causes of crooked teeth include:
- Jaw development problems
- Childhood habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Gum disease
If any of these things have affected your teeth, you might find yourself wishing you could fix your teeth in photos occasionally, or hiding your teeth when you smile.
Orthodontic work is a very effective way to straighten teeth, whether you have mild crowding or a more severe problem like a crossbite, where the top teeth sit inside the bottom teeth instead of outside.
The teenage years are a great time to get braces because the mouth and jaw are still developing, and tooth movement can be easier. But these days, more and more adults are deciding to get their teeth straightened too. Those who are put off by the idea of metal braces have a variety of other options to choose from.
A tool like Invisalign's SmileView is an ideal way to see what you would look like with straight teeth. Getting this virtual makeover might help you decide whether to go ahead with getting braces or aligners.
Invisalign's teeth straightening app
Invisalign's ‘perfect teeth' photo editor, called SmileView, gives you an idea of how you could look with straight teeth. It's designed to give you a rough smile simulation in just a minute, without you having to visit one of their dentists. Click below to give it a try – all you need to do is upload a grinning selfie.
If you're interested in finding out more about this treatment, you can read our full Invisalign guide. This explains more about what to expect during treatment and gives an idea of costs in the UK.
You might also want to visit an Invisalign provider near you to get a personalised treatment plan. This will include a 3D smile simulation to show your expected tooth movement during your treatment, as well as before and after images. Invisalign have a large network of providers around the UK, so there should be one near you. Many of them offer a free initial consultation.
Ways to get straighter teeth
As we mentioned earlier, fixed metal braces are now only one of many ways to fix your teeth and get a smile you're confident to show off. Let's look at the options in more detail.
Invisible removable braces
Removable braces like Invisalign are becoming increasingly popular, especially among adults and teens. The reasons for this are obvious:
- Invisalign aligners are suitable for around 90% of cases
- They are easier to clean than fixed braces
- You can remove them for 2-4 hours per day
- They are very hard to notice
Treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners which fit snugly over the teeth and put pressure in just the right places to gradually shift teeth into better alignment.
You have to keep the aligners in for 20-22 hours per day, and you can't eat or drink anything except water while wearing them. This gives you a limited window of time to eat and then clean your teeth and aligners before having to put them back in. This may sound inconvenient, but on the other hand you're able to brush and floss as normal – no risk of food getting stuck in your braces.
The traditional style of braces uses a bracket and wire system to pull teeth into alignment. You may picture metal “train track” braces, but there are other less obvious styles available as well. These include clear ceramic braces, designed to blend in with your tooth colour, and lingual braces, which are hidden behind your teeth.
Your new, straight teeth should end up looking the same whichever kind of braces you choose, but if you have a severe malocclusion then you may not be a good candidate for certain types. An orthodontist will be able to assess your teeth and let you know your options.
An alternative way to make your teeth look straight is to get veneers. These are like thin covers which don't alter the position of your natural teeth, but instead give them a better aesthetic appearance.
Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers, since they can really only cover up slight crowding or gaps. Treatment usually involves removing some healthy tooth enamel too, and veneers will need to be replaced every 10 years or so. There is also the risk they won't look very natural, especially if you're going for a bright white shade. For all these reasons, we'd recommend you consider the options carefully when deciding on the best way to get a smile makeover.
What will my teeth look like after braces?
Many orthodontists, including those who work with Invisalign, have advanced software which lets them plan your treatment step by step and show you what your teeth should like afterwards.
Any smile visualisation they show you is only a projection, since orthodontic treatment is not always 100% predictable. However, your orthodontist will monitor your treatment throughout and make extra adjustments as needed.
Sometimes, people's teeth take longer to move than expected, and this can prolong the treatment time. Still, the end result should be teeth that are properly aligned and come together correctly when you bite. We have a separate page featuring some before and after braces photos so you can see the kind of transformation possible.
Not only do straighter teeth look better in many cases; they are also easier to clean. So, by getting your teeth straightened you're also setting yourself up for better oral health in the future.
Using a teeth straightening app to fix teeth in pictures
What if you're not considering braces but just want a teeth straightening app that works as a teeth editor for photos? Invisalign's SmileView app will do this, provided you have a photo of yourself smiling straight at the camera.
However, it's not intended for this purpose. If you want to fix your teeth in multiple photos then you may be better off downloading a ‘fix my teeth' app which gives you a virtual teeth makeover on as many photos as you like.
Wondering what you'd look like with straighter teeth is one thing, but if you're considering treatment to fix your teeth then we recommend you book an appointment with a dentist or orthodontist. This allows you to:
- Discuss the different treatment options available to you
- Get a personalised quotation and treatment plan
- See a 3D smile simulation (if available)
- Understand any potential complications
- Check for any other dental work that should be completed first
If you're interested in Invisalign clear aligners, you can check for providers near you and book an appointment here. Most dentists offer two or three different types of braces, so if you decide against aligners you will still have other options.
If you're tired of using a photo editor to fix your teeth in pictures, it's worth considering orthodontic work at almost any age. Teeth straightening can make a big difference to your self confidence and your oral health into the future.
British Dental Journal: Increase in adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Consulted 31st December 2020