How To Straighten Teeth Without Braces: Veneers & Crowns

Placing Veneers for Straightening Teeth
03 Oct 2018

How To Straighten Teeth Without Braces: Veneers & Crowns

For the large majority of adults, orthodontics (professional term for braces) is not always the top option for teeth straightening for several reasons. Some reasons range from the social implications of having a visible metal wire, to not wanting to deal with the pain that invariably accompanies braces treatment.

Were you aware that there are ways to straighten and fix crooked teeth without braces or Invisalign? These alternative methods fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry: veneers and porcelain crowns (caps).

What Are Veneers?

Imagine wallpaper or laminates on a table-top or cupboard for example. These are thin layers of material which are able to mask the original surface underneath.

Placing Veneers for Straightening Teeth

Likewise, dental veneers are thin “teeth” made out of porcelain. They are placed over the front of your teeth to alter the shape, size and colour of an existing tooth.

This allows dentists to correct the look of crooked or misshapen teeth. They can place veneers over your original teeth to make them look straight.

Illustration of Placing Veneers on Teeth

More often than not, doing veneers requires some adjustment to your original tooth. This involves the removal of enamel from the original tooth anywhere in the order of 1-1.5mm depending on the final shape/colour change needed.

What Are Crowns?

Placing Crowns for Straightening Teeth

A crown (also known as a cap) is an entire shell of a tooth (front & back). Crowns come in handy when more drastic or extensive changes in colour & shape are needed, which thin veneers are unable to mask. As with veneers, the original tooth requires an adjustment in order to have a cap placed.

Now you know what crowns and veneers are. Here are answers to common questions about them:

Should I Straighten My Teeth With Crowns or Veneers?

A thorough consultation with your dentist would be the starting point here. Tell them what your expectations are and find out if additional work is needed to finish with a nice smile. After all, that’s what we all want, isn’t it?

Most dentists would take photographs and moulds of your teeth to plan and design your smile.

Here are a few people (“before” pics) who have subsequently done or are suitable candidates for simple crowns & veneers

Severe Internal Staining of Teeth

Eg 01: Good teeth alignment and a pleasing smile, interrupted by severe internal staining of teeth

Stained Old Crowns on Teeth

Eg 02: Old crowns which did not give this person a beautiful smile. These can be redone.

Oddly Shaped Front Teeth Which Can Be Easily Corrected

Eg 03: Oddly shaped front teeth which can be easily corrected

Slightly Crooked Teeth Needs Straightening

Eg 04: Slightly crooked teeth 

If you want the appearance of even, straight and white teeth, then veneers or crowns are a permanent option for you.

How Long Does The Crowns or Veneers Installation Process Take?

The process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 visits, depending on the complexity and number of teeth involved.

As they say, “the devil’s in the details”, so do not be surprised if your dentist spends more time in the planning phase (“Smile Design”) or during the final appointment when all the fine-tuning happens.

How Long Do Veneers and Crowns Last?

A veneer or crown is only as strong as the tooth it sits on and its general environment (your mouth). Hence, the better your teeth & gums are kept, the more likely that the veneer will last.

How Do Veneers Or Crowns Feel Once Treatment Is Complete?

You can rest assured that the veneers or crowns will feel completely normal and natural.

How Do I Take Care Of Veneers Or Crowns?

You should brush and floss as usual to keep your teeth and gums clean. Your dentist may also recommend a custom-made night guard to protect your new veneers, especially for very stressed individuals who tend to clench or grind their teeth at night.

Custom Made Night Mouth Guard For Protecting Veneers


Veneers and crowns are great alternatives to braces for teeth straightening, especially when more than a change in alignment & crookedness is needed. These simple cosmetic procedures are fairly painless, relatively quick, and very durable in the long-term.

There is no need to be embarrassed about yellow, crooked teeth anymore. Get your new pearly whites done and bring out a brand new YOU!

Speak to our friendly staff to arrange a professional consultation today, or book an appointment with our dentists now.

Need More Help?

Book an appointment with Dr Chang Fu-Gui and he will be able to advise you on which procedure would be suitable for you.

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Dr Chang Fu-Gui

Dr Chang Fu-Gui is a dentist with The Dental Studio (a subsidiary of Singapore Medical Group). He practices a range of general, family and implant dentistry.

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