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Different Treatments for Crooked Teeth

Did you know that crooked teeth are more likely to result in unwanted bacteria? If your teeth are misaligned, your beautiful smile isn’t the only thing that is put at risk. Luckily, there are many different kinds of crooked teeth treatments available today. Some of them are even invisible! Learn more about the different treatments for crooked teeth, and which procedure is right for you!

Why do crooked teeth need treatment?

The most obvious reason for treating crooked teeth is for appearance’s sake. Crooked teeth can make a person’s smile look less than perfect. But there are other reasons to seek treatment for crooked teeth.

Crooked teeth can cause problems with a person’s bite. When teeth are not aligned properly, it can cause the bite to be off, which can lead to pain and discomfort when eating. Crooked teeth can also make it difficult to clean them properly, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.

In some cases, untreated crooked teeth can even affect a person’s speech. If the misalignment is severe enough, it can cause a lisp or other issues with pronunciation.

Treatment for crooked teeth comes in several forms, many of which will be discussed below. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the alignment of the teeth. However, in most cases, orthodontic treatment is successful in correcting the alignment of the teeth and giving the patient a straight, beautiful smile.

What are the kinds of treatment for crooked teeth?

There are a number of different kinds of treatment for crooked teeth Most of the treatments discussed below are relatively noninvasive. However, for more severe cases of crooked teeth, surgical intervention may be required.  

dentist recommending crooked teeth treatment

Metal Braces

There are many reasons why you might need metal braces for teeth. If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or have gaps between them, braces can help. They can also be used to treat certain medical conditions that affect the jaw or bite.

Braces work by gently shifting the teeth into their proper position. This process takes time, and consists of having wires and brackets installed in the patient’s mouth. These apply constant pressure on the teeth to move them into their ideal positions.

This treatment is ideal even for severe cases of tooth misalignment. However, they can be uncomfortable, and very conspicuous.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are one of the most popular options for patients looking to achieve straighter teeth, with less of the noticeable metal mouth appearance. Unlike traditional metal braces, clear braces are made of a translucent material that is far less noticeable on the teeth. This makes them a great option for patients who are concerned about the appearance of their smile during treatment.

Clear braces work by gradually shifting the position of the teeth over time. They are typically worn for 12-24 months, depending on the severity of the bite issue. Clear braces are an effective and popular treatment option for patients with mild to moderate misalignment issues.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a type of braces that are placed on the tongue side of the teeth. They are less visible than traditional braces, and can be an option for people who are looking for a more inconspicuous way to straighten their teeth.

Lingual braces work by using brackets and wires to apply pressure to the teeth, which moves them into alignment over time. The treatment process can take anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the severity of the misalignment.

Like all forms of orthodontic treatment, lingual braces require regular maintenance and care. Braces must be brushed and flossed daily to remove food particles and plaque buildup. It is also important to avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage the brackets or wires.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, sometimes called invisible braces, are a popular orthodontic treatment option that can be used to correct a wide range of dental alignment issues. Unlike traditional metal braces, clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them a great choice for both adults and teenagers who want to uncover their smile without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment.

Clear aligners work by gradually moving your teeth into proper alignment using a series of custom-made, clear plastic trays. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next tray in the series. As you progress through the treatment, your teeth will gradually shift into their new, corrected positions.

Your orthodontist can help you determine if clear aligners are the best treatment option for you.

What are the advantages of invisible braces?

There are a number of advantages that come with clear aligners as opposed to other types of treatments for misaligned teeth. One of the biggest advantages is that they are nearly invisible, meaning that most people will not be able to tell that you are wearing them. This is in contrast to metal braces, which can be quite noticeable.

Another advantage of clear aligners is that they are removable, which means that you can take them out for eating and cleaning your teeth. This is not possible with braces, which can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean and healthy. 

Clear aligners also tend to be more comfortable than braces, as there are no wires or brackets that can rub against your gums or cheeks.

Finally, clear aligners usually have a shorter treatment time than braces, often taking around 6-18 months to achieve the desired results. This is due to the fact that they exert a gentler force on the teeth than braces do.

Why ALINA should be your choice for treating crooked teeth

If you’re looking for the best way to treat various tooth misalignment conditions, ALINA may be the right option for you. Our team of experts has more than 25 years of experience in uncovering beautiful smiles, and only we can provide: 

  • Better materials – Every tray of ALINA aligners is crafted from space-age materials approved by the FDA, so they’re crystal clear and safe to use.
  • Better technology – ALINA uses proprietary AlinaSmile technology to bring out your ideal smile in the most efficient, painless way. 
  • Better results – With over a million satisfied patients across the US, UK, and Canada, we know how important it is for you to feel confident with your smile—and we promise we’ll do everything in our power to help you get there!

We know that every person’s smile is unique, and we’ve developed ALINA treatment plans with that in mind. To learn more about ALINA, visit our How ALINA Works pages.

Are you ready to achieve your ideal smile? Book a consult with one of our experts today.

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We guarantee the quality work and support in your journey to your perfect smile. If at any time during your treatment that you’ll need adjustments, we’ll be there to help you get back on track.




Dr. Kristine Mae Bonaobra

Dr. Kristine Mae Bonaobra

graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Dentistry in 2016. She has practiced at several different clinics throughout the metro, including DentPro Dental Services and BrightSmile Avenue Dental Clinic. She completed her Orthodontic Preceptorship Course for General Dentists from DACI Inc. in 2018, and completed the Postgraduate Program in Esthetic Dentistry from the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED), graduating in 2021 with an Award of Merit. Dr. Bonaobra is an Associate Member of both the International Association for Orthodontics and PAED.

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