For some, as a child, trips to the dentist may have been few and far between, meaning you never received the orthodontic treatment you needed in your younger years. However, as an adult, the thought of having traditional braces is not an exciting one.

If you’re an adult with crooked or crowded teeth, you’ll be pleased to know traditional braces are not the only option. Thanks to advances in dental treatments and technology, there are now alternatives to braces for adults. Want to know more? Read on to discover the right solution for you. 


The appearance of the teeth can be an insecurity for many. In fact, 40% of people in the UK are unhappy with their teeth. Thankfully, there are many treatment options out there that can help you improve the appearance of your teeth and feel more confident in your smile.

Retainers, for example, are a simple alternative to braces. While these are typically used to maintain the correct position of the teeth after treatment with braces, retainers can be used to straighten the teeth if you only need a small amount of correction. Retainers are often removeable, inexpensive and easier to wear than braces, making them a great option for anyone with minor orthodontic concerns.


Another alternative to traditional braces is porcelain veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin, custom made shells of tooth-coloured porcelain that cover the front surface of the teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.

Though they are a pricier alternative, dental veneers are permanently bonded to the fronts of teeth that may be crooked, misaligned, chipped, discoloured or are gapped. One of the many advantages to veneers is the results they show in a short amount of time, with many celebrities opting for this treatment to achieve their dream smile.

Composite Bonding

Dental teeth bonding is also a procedure that can be used to improve shaping and spacing issues that braces can treat. Composite bonding uses tooth-coloured resin to treat the effected teeth, improving its proportions and appearance.

Resin is sculpted to a desired shape, and, to ensure results are natural, the composite perfectly matches the colour of your teeth. Composite bonding is a fast treatment too, offering results straight after you’ve received treatment! Though treatment is subtle, composite bonding can make a great difference to the appearance of your teeth, giving you the confidence to display those pearly whites.


If you have mild orthodontic concerns, then aligners could be the perfect treatment for you. For example, the Inman Aligner by Ten Dental is a great way to treat your front teeth. The treatment involves attaching a clear bar to the front teeth with a coiled spring behind it which works to squeeze the teeth into alignment.

As the aligners are clear, this treatment offers a more discreet solution to traditional braces. What’s more, treatment time ranges between 6-16 weeks, giving you fabulous results in a short period of time. Inman aligners are a great option for anyone looking to straighten their teeth and gain confidence in their smile.