Is it possible to re-adjust a tooth so that it is straighter in a short space of time in a safe manner.

My right lateral incisor has been slightly twisted since I first got it, but it is a pain to clean. Would it be possible to straighten it safely within a week or so?

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    I appreciate that, and will take any advice with a pinch of salt.
    – Terry
    Mar 31, 2015 at 12:12
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    We're not doctors. We should not be answering this question, and it should be closed as off-topic.
    – Wipqozn
    Mar 31, 2015 at 14:58
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's asking for medical advice. We've deemed those types of questions to be off-topic, mainly due to the strong possibility of causing more harm than good.
    – Sterno
    Mar 31, 2015 at 15:38
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    @Gilles The meta doesn't support your position at all, and I'm not sure how you drew the conclusion that all medical questions are on-topic from it. Shogs post says it was too early to paint a "ban all medical advice" questions, and that we should judge questions on a case by case basis. As our number of medical advice questions grow, then we could form a more structured policy. In this specific case, I'm saying it is dangerous for us to answer this question, and it falls outside our expertise and therefore our scope.
    – Wipqozn
    Apr 4, 2015 at 14:03
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    You're halfway right, @Gilles. I agree that I was wrong and they are not categorically deemed off-topic. But the meta you linked doesn't really say "They're great! Allow them!" either. It's saying we should probably discuss them in meta as they come up. That's probably what I should have done (and should maybe still happen if we want it reopened). I still think this falls squarely in the realm of the type of medical advice we have no business giving.
    – Sterno
    Apr 4, 2015 at 14:11

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This is probably not what you want to hear, but I do not believe it is possible, at least not in a safe and healthy way!

The way that orthodontic braces work is by applying a force to your teeth, such that the teeth loosen slowly over time, and new bone growth forms around the new, slightly altered position, which is also a very slow process.


There is no quick way of straighten a tooth and obviously not in a week. Don't attempt any teeth-straightening on your own as you can risk a pain or further complications without necessary knowledge. This require training and long-term practice. If this would be so simple, orthodontist wouldn't study that topic.

If your tooth is slightly twisted, there is some reason for it. Either you've another tooth either underneath (you can't know that without a proper X-Ray) or next to it or there is no really space for your tooth (and you need a palatal spreader to widen the upper jaw), or there is some potential complication and you can end up with dental extraction.

So make sure that you make an appointment with your your orthodonist before making a decision. There is no better person who can tell you the options than your orthodontist (always be open for a second opinion).

Today, one of the most popular options for realigning teeth (excempt traditional braces) is to use a clear retainer or brace appliance (such as Invisalign, Damon System, etc.). Or you can get a holding arch to prevent teeth from shifting.

If you're looking for any brace-less techniques, the only one is by gently massaging the teeth and gums every day in intended direction. However if you're not confident, please consult that with your orthodontist.

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