What Is the Best Way to Straighten Teeth?

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Crooked teeth are not just an aesthetic issue; they can also make you more likely to experience oral health problems. This blog highlights the advantages of straightening misaligned teeth during childhood to prevent further dental issues in the future. We also discuss orthodontic treatment options for kids, teens, and adults.

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Misaligned Teeth

A confident smile displays a positive attitude to the world. Crooked teeth and uneven bites are orthodontic issues that can affect children, teens, and adults. Misaligned teeth make it difficult to brush and floss teeth properly, thus making you more susceptible to gum disease and cavities. Additionally, many people dislike how their crooked teeth look and feel self-conscious about smiling and showing off their teeth.

Orthodontic treatment can straighten misaligned teeth and correct uneven bites to improve oral health and smile.

What Are the Benefits of Getting Your Teeth Straightened as a Child?

Early intervention is the best way to correct crooked teeth, so seeing an orthodontist as a child is crucial. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, we recommend that children have their first orthodontist appointment when they turn seven. During this first visit, an orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth and determine what issues may come up depending on how your child’s teeth have been growing. If necessary, a treatment plan will be made for straightening the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment during childhood is preferable for several reasons. Early detection of crooked teeth in young children can help prevent them from having to wear more cumbersome orthodontic devices when they’re older. The jaw is more flexible when you’re younger, so getting braces as a child can allow for more precise and effective correction. Straightening the teeth and fixing an uneven bite early on can also help prevent speech impediments and oral health problems and make it easier to chew food.

What Are the Orthodontic Treatment Options for Children and Teens?

Children and teens with tooth crowding or an uneven bite are often good candidates for braces.

Traditional Braces

When most people think of orthodontic treatment, metal braces usually come to mind. Traditional metal braces are typically used for children who need extensive correction due to severely crooked teeth or a weak bite. Metal braces are also preferable for kids who are not responsible enough to remember to wear Invisalign® aligners for the designated time.


For teens who have minor teeth misalignment issues, Invisalign® can be a great option. Many teens like the option of having clear dental aligners, as they blend in with the teeth and look discreet.

What Are the Orthodontic Treatment Options for Adults?

While early correction of crooked teeth is often preferable, you can still seek orthodontic treatment as an adult. There is no wrong age to take action regarding your oral health. That’s why Invisalign®  is an excellent option for many adults who hesitate to get orthodontic treatment; they don’t want to wear metal braces for a lengthy period. Dr. Kokani usually recommends Invisalign® for adult orthodontic issues.

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