Markham Dental Smiles
4630 Hwy 7 #2 Unionville ON L3R 1M5 (905) 477-6453

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How to Fix Crooked Teeth

Countless adults and teens grapple with the aesthetic and practical challenges of crooked teeth. It may seem like a minor concern, but crooked teeth can cause more than cosmetic concerns—they can lead to oral health issues if left unaddressed. 

You have several options for correcting crooked teeth, from traditional braces to clear aligners like Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments

Determining the right option for you begins with a thorough consultation with your dentist, where you can discuss your smile goals, lifestyle, and expectations.

The Impact of Crooked Teeth

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, but crooked teeth can cause oral health issues such as:

  • Increased risk of cavities and gum disease due to difficulty cleaning between crooked teeth.
  • Irregular wear patterns and potential tooth loss over time.
  • Oral hygiene challenges that may lead to chronic bad breath.

Understanding these potential problems is the first step toward seeking a solution. The good news is that today’s orthodontic advancements offer more than just one option.

Treatment Options for Crooked Teeth

Your choice for straightening your teeth will depend on the severity of your misalignment, personal preferences, and lifestyle. 

Traditional Braces

Invisalign uses clear aligners as an almost invisible way to straighten teeth. They’re custom-made and removable, making them more comfortable and convenient for eating and cleaning teeth.

Clear Aligners

Invisalign uses clear aligners, which are an almost invisible way to straighten teeth. Custom-made for a comfortable fit, these aligners are removable, making eating and cleaning your teeth more manageable than with traditional braces.

Other Orthodontic Technologies

Other options include: 

Each comes with its own set of advantages and considerations.

At-Home Care for Crooked Teeth

If you have crooked teeth, taking care of your oral health is even more important. A few at-home tips can help keep them healthy and clean.

Brush & Floss Like a Pro

Pay special attention to every nook and cranny in your mouth. Crooked teeth can create tight spaces where food and plaque can be easily trapped. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to avoid damage to the gums and tooth enamel.

Consider Using Dental Aids

Water flossers and interdental brushes can be incredibly helpful for individuals who find it challenging to floss with traditional string floss. These tools can reach areas between teeth that traditional floss might not, helping you achieve a thorough cleaning routine.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

Selecting the most appropriate orthodontic treatment is crucial. Several factors might influence your decision, including:

  • Severity of misalignment: The degree of your dental issues plays a significant role in determining the most effective treatment. Severely crooked teeth may require traditional braces for the best outcome.
  • Lifestyle considerations: Different treatment options will fit into your daily life in different ways. For example, clear aligners are removable and may be more compatible with a busy lifestyle.
  • Budget & insurance coverage: Cost and insurance benefits will also affect your decision. While some orthodontic treatments can be a significant investment, the long-term benefits often outweigh the initial expense.

Don’t Fear Fixing Crooked Teeth

It’s natural to have concerns about orthodontic treatments. While you may experience some discomfort initially or after adjustments, it is manageable. If pain from treatment is a concern, over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontist-recommended remedies can help relieve soreness.

What About Lifestyle Restrictions?

Wearing braces or aligners does require some adjustments, like avoiding certain foods and committing to a strict oral hygiene routine. But the benefits to your smile and health far outweigh the temporary changes.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

Treatment times vary depending on the method and individual case. Your orthodontist can provide an estimated timeline, which may be shorter than you expect.

Maintaining Straight Teeth Post-Treatment

After your teeth are straightened, it’s essential to maintain your new smile. Here are some post-treatment tips.

Follow Retainer Instructions

It is recommended that you wear a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. It’s crucial that you follow this advice to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Continue to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy and maintain your straightened smile.

Schedule Regular Checkups

Don’t skip dental checkups. Your dentist will monitor the health of your teeth and offer guidance on maintaining straight teeth.

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Get Professional Advice for Orthodontic Care

No guide can replace the personalized advice of your dental team. Markham Dental Smiles is here to advise you and provide information on orthodontic treatment options. 

Get in touch with us today to book a consultation, and let us help you choose the right treatment for your smile and lifestyle. 

Visit Our Location

We would love to meet you at our Unionville office. We’re located on Highway 7, right next to the Shopper’s Drug Mart.


Markham Dental Smiles
4630 Hwy 7 #2
Unionville, ON, L3R 1M5

Contact Number

Phone: (905) 477-6453
Email: [email protected]


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 2:30PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: Closed