Teeth straightening allows people with crooked or misaligned teeth to achieve straight, symmetrical smiles and a properly functioning bite. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that corrects malocclusion, the condition of crooked or crowded teeth. While cosmetic bonding and dental veneers use additional material to create straight-looking teeth, orthodontics move natural teeth and their roots. This brings the lips and jaw into alignment and improves the aesthetics of the lower third of the face.

An orthodontist or dentist may perform teeth straightening. A variety of treatment methods allows you to have a customized plan for effective and efficient results.


Teeth straightening can correct misaligned teeth as a result of:

  • Heredity
  • An under or over-bite
  • Aging
  • Tooth loss
  • Jaw-jolting accidents
  • Habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking

Treatment Options

Children and teenagers are not the only age groups who can benefit from teeth straightening. Adults may also benefit from both traditional orthodontics and other forms of treatment. The dentist or orthodontist will recommend a method depending on the extent of misalignment, your budget and goals. Teeth straightening methods include:

  • Fixed orthodontic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Invisalign®
  • Inman Aligners™
  • Damon® System braces
  • Six-Month Smile®


  • Permanent results
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Improves speech
  • Improves tooth function
  • Helps prevent tooth decay and other dental problems
  • Can help with TMJ disorders
  • Can improve malocclusion