Article Summary: If you’re living with crowded teeth or have gaps in between, a crooked smile that makes you self-conscious, or a jaw that doesn’t align when you close it, you’ve probably considered getting orthodontic treatment, only to talk yourself out of it for one reason or another. You’re in good company. Millions of adults deal with these issues daily.

But teeth-straightening has come a long way from the rubber bands and metal brackets of our youth and even the plastic aligner that has been around for over 20 years. To help you debunk some of the myths that might be holding you back from getting the help you need, Allure spoke to a dentist and an orthodontist about the realities of straightening your teeth in 2021.


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