Braces are the bane of many a teenagers' life, with traditional wire tracks a rite of passage for most people.
That may be about to change however, as orthodontists develop new, less obtrusive ways of straightening teeth, Best Syndication reported.
So-called instant orthodontics is one method favored by those looking to neaten up their pearly whites, particularly people who decide to realign their teeth later in life.
The process involves putting porcelain veneers over the crooked teeth, giving the impression of straight teeth.
Invisalign is another option. This actually involves moving the teeth, but using a series of clear trays rather than metal braces.
The orthodontist uses a computer to design trays to a person's specification, which are then worn for a minimum of around eight hours, either during the day or at night. The trays are changed every fortnight or so as the teeth move into alignment.
Overall the process generally takes between six months and a year.
In 2005 US scientists suggested that the way our eating habits have developed over time could be the reason why so many people have crooked teeth and require braces.
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