Crooked Teeth Straightening

If there is not enough space in the jaw for all the teeth to be in a straight position, then the teeth get rotated or turned outwards, inwards or sideways in the jaw to make space. This results in irregular position of the teeth in the mouth. This undesired movement of teeth from their ideal straight position is called crooked teeth. On the other side, if there is too much space in the jaw for the teeth, then it results in gaps in the teeth.

So, the size of the jaw should be just enough for the teeth to be in a straight position. It should not be

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too less to cause crooked teeth, and not too much to cause gaps in teeth. Dental braces are used to correct the position of teeth in the mouth, and fill gaps in the teeth.

Read more about dental braces here.

Treatments for Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth can be straightened using:

Dental braces can correct all types of crooked teeth. Dental veneers (Lumineers) cannot correct all cases of crooked teeth. It can only correct mild cases of crooked teeth.

Benefits of Dental Braces

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  • Corrects the position of teeth
  • Fills the gap in teeth
  • Food does not get stuck in the gap
  • You look better when you smile
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Types of Dental Braces

Dental braces are of 4 types: Tooth colored, Lingual, Metal, and Clear aligners.

These are the best type of dental braces.

These are only made of metal, and not recommended.

These are applied to the inside of the jaw and not recommended.

These are only successful in very few (mild) cases, and not recommended.

1. Tooth Colored

It is the best type of dental braces because it corrects all incorrect arrangement or position of teeth, and

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misalignment of teeth. It is not as visible as a metal braces because its brackets are tooth colored. It can correct all mild and severe cases of crooked teeth.

2. Metal Colored

A metal dental braces is same as a tooth colored dental braces, except that it is not tooth colored. It is black in

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color. Therefore, it does not look good but it can correct all incorrect arrangement, position, and misalignment of teeth, as done by the tooth colored dental braces.

3. Lingual

This dental braces is same as tooth colored dental braces and metal dental braces, but these are applied on the inside of the mouth.

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It can only correct mild cases of crooked teeth and cannot correct severe cases of crooked teeth. It also causes bruises on the tongue because the tongue is constantly rubbed by the wire and brackets inside the mouth when talking or eating.

4. Clear Aligners

Clear aligner dental braces are a set of 12-18 dental braces that are given to you on the first visit. You will wear

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these in the next 12-18 months, one after the other. Each dental braces has a slightly better position of teeth from the previous dental braces. So, regular visits to the dentist is not required in this treatment. You can wear one dental braces for some time and then use the next braces and discard the old one.

Procedure for Placing Braces

A dental braces is made of wire and brackets. A dental braces is placed on teeth for 12-18 months, and requires a visit to the dentist every month. On every visit, the wire is slightly more adjusted or tightened compared to previous visit, to slowly correct the position of the teeth.

First Visit: On the first visit, the brackets are glued to the teeth and a wire is passed through the brackets. The wire is slightly adjusted to give a very small correction to the position of the teeth for the first month.

Next Visits: On all next visits, the wire is slightly more adjusted. After 12-24 months, the teeth get the correct position.

Last Visit: On the last visit, after 12-24 months, the brackets and wire is removed from the mouth and the treatment is complete.

Alternatives of Dental Braces

A dental braces is the best option to correct crooked teeth and correct the irregular position of teeth. However, there is an alternative to a dental braces: dental veneers. Dental veneers can be done in only 2-3 days as compared to the treatment of dental braces that takes 12-24 months. However, dental veneers can only correct mild cases of crooked teeth.

Read more about dental veneers here.

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Cost of Dental Braces is - $ 3450 in USA

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The average cost of dental braces is $ 3450 in USA. This amount is usually paid in installments because the treatment takes 12-24 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions​


Question: Is it painful to place dental braces on teeth?

Answer: No, it is a completely painless procedure.

Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.


Question: How many days are required for the complete procedure of dental braces?
Answer: The complete procedure of dental braces takes 12-24 months.

Question: How long do the dental braces last?
Answer: The effects of dental braces last for life-time.


Question: Do I need to visit the dentist more often after the treatment?
Answer: No, you do not need to visit the dentist more often, after the treatment is over.

Question: Do dental braces look like natural teeth?
Answer: Yes, tooth-colored dental braces look like natural teeth.

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