Dr. Vidhi Vatsala

Last Modified: Mar 19, 2023


Table of Contents

  • 01.Clear Aligners
  • 02.Conclusion

Not everyone is graced with flawlessly straight teeth. But the science and Orthodontist are giving incredible opportunities to fix your misaligned teeth and get a perfect smile. Teeth straightening solves multiple issues like gaps between teeth, jaw pain, periodontal disease and crowding.

Teeth straightening can be done by different methods. But, before choosing any option it is necessary to understand the problem you want to solve with teeth straightening. Let’s take a look at the options one has to fix their teeth alignment.
Clear Aligners

The most popular method of teeth straightening is aligners. It treats most cases of malocclusion like crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, teeth gaps and open bites. Clear aligners are invisible and make them the most demanding orthodontic method to fix misaligned teeth. You can remove and wear your teeth aligners anytime. Usually, it takes 3 to 18 months to fix misaligned teeth with aligners.

Traditional Metal Braces

Most recognize and effective orthodontic treatment for teeth straightening. A metal bracket and archwire, held together by rubber bands, apply pressure on crooked teeth that makes teeth shift gradually from their place.

It is one of the oldest and most reliable treatments as it solves many smile problems. Usually, metal braces take 18 to 36 months to fix your teeth.

Lingual Braces

It is not a popular option like metallic braces and clear aligners. The brackets are positioned on the back of your teeth to fit the shape of your teeth and the arch of your mouth,

It is a bit of an uncomfortable method to fix misaligned teeth but a discrete form of orthodontics.
They usually take 6 months to 3 years for teeth alignment, just like traditional braces.

Orthognathic Surgery

Jaw corrective surgery is to fix severe jaw misalignment. It is often recommended for people of skeletal maturity. It helps with all major issues that contribute to eating and sleeping along with TMJ disorder.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces use the same equipment and method as metal braces to fix teeth alignment. But, unlike metal braces, ceramic braces use clear brackets that make them less visible. To attach the archwire, experts use white rubber bands for minimal visibility. A great option for people who feel embarrassed with metallic braces.

Ceramic Braces take 18 to 36 months for teeth straightening.


After the teeth straightening, your teeth will try to shift back to their original position. However, retainers keep your teeth moving and protect that perfect smile after braces. As per the condition, retainers are both temporary and permanent.

Usually, orthodontics suggest wearing retainers for 4 to 6 months.


Headgear is a combination of braces to correct teeth position along with influencing the growth and jaw shape.

Commonly used by patients with problems like overbite, underbite, overjet, open bite or crossbite. Typically headgear takes 1 to 2 years if worn for 12 hours a day to resolve the jaw issues.

Palate Expanders

An early orthodontic treatment to widen the palate of the mouth. Usually, it is a treatment for children who are impacted by crossbites or crowded teeth. It even enhances breathing abilities. Palate expanders are both temporary and permanent depending on the problems it is used for.
It is a method to solve children’s mouth problems and the treatment takes 3 to 6 months to solve all issues.


A cosmetic treatment that places thin shells over the front of teeth to improve the size, shape and colour of your misaligned teeth. It is done for aesthetic appeal.


Teeth straightening should not be your primary concern as there are numerous options available to correct your misaligned teeth. However, Clear Aligners is the most popular and comfortable way to fix them. Book your appointment today and bring that smile back.


Dr. Vidhi Vatsala

Mar 19, 2023