How to Fix Crooked Teeth in Adults

The appearance and function of crooked teeth are a common problem for adults, but there are a variety of ways available to improve this dental condition.

While crooked little teeth in small children can be endearing, adults that are working for success in their professional or romantic lives can find that misaligned and uneven teeth are holding them back. Teeth are indicators of health, social status, and stability. And, this matters to Americans: we spend roughly $1 billion per year on purely cosmetic dental procedures.(1) If you’re struggling with teeth that are throwing the rest of your life out of alignment, Old Town Smiles can help. We offer restorative and cosmetic treatments for straightforward results. Dr. Ahmed and the team at Old Town Smiles offer caring, compassionate care in a comfortable environment. 

Call our office in Alexandria, Virginia at (703) 836-7000 to schedule an appointment and learn more about all the services we offer to give our patients sparkling smiles. 

Before and After Photos

About Adult Teeth

Teeth are tell-tale. The development of our teeth is influenced by genetics and environmental factors like diet or exposure to chemicals. Adult teeth are records of the mundane details of daily lifestyle, unexpected and traumatic events, as well as disease and aging.(1) 

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Our teeth are subjected to constant wear and stress over the course of our lives, and as we age, our teeth change. Additionally, the structure of our jawbone changes, becoming longer and narrower.(2) So, even if you suffered through headgear, retainers, and braces as a teenager, you may still find yourself with a skewed smile a few decades later. Or, maybe you never had the chance to receive orthodontic treatment and it’s something that you’ve finally decided to do for yourself. If your teeth have sustained an injury or they’ve just gotten out of line, Old Town Smiles has a host of solutions.

Getting Straight 

Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean, a source of discomfort, and embarrassing. Whether you’re looking to better your entire bite or just fix a few teeth, you certainly have options.


Invisalign offers an effective alternative to metal braces for adults who want long-term teeth straightening. Patients just snap a series of these transparent, fitted trays over their teeth to gently move them into alignment. Invisalign’s customized thermoplastic trays gradually adjust teeth into an attractive smile without the side effects, complications, and awkward appearance of metal braces. 

Instant Orthodontics

For those who aren’t interested in committing to Invisalign or just want to remedy small cracks, chips, or other imperfections, Old Town Smiles offers Instant Orthodontics. This suite of services works with the teeth you have to improve your dental appearance. Our Instant Orthodontic offerings allow you to receive quick cosmetic treatments that can revise your entire smile by improving the surfaces of your teeth.

Cosmetic Solutions

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Chips happen. If you’ve damaged a tooth, you could be left with an irregularly shaped tooth that can throw your entire smile off balance. 

Did you know that dental enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? Enamel serves as the protective outer layer of our teeth. Unfortunately, enamel isn’t indestructible, and it can’t grow back. It can change in opacity or color, and damaged or missing enamel can give teeth an irregular appearance. (3) 

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. While a crown can be used to cover a damaged tooth for preventative measures, it is now commonly used to improve aesthetics. For teeth that have been chipped or worn down, a crown can lengthen a tooth to make its proportions consistent with the rest of the teeth in your mouth. A crown can be customized to match the color of surrounding teeth, and caps the entirety of the damaged tooth.

Bonding Time

If the surface of one or more of your teeth is discolored or damaged, a new front can be applied to the front of it. Dental bonding uses a durable resin that adheres to the front of the damaged tooth to create the appearance of a healthy, intact tooth. This resin can be shaped and color-matched for a customized solution to your dental woes. Best of all, it takes less than an hour! Dental bonding can be used to close unsightly gaps between teeth or correct teeth with irregular shapes.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are customized, durable shells that are adhered to cradle the front and bottom of each tooth. Porcelain mimics the appearance of enamel like no other material, and once fitted over the teeth, can give an appearance of an even, youthful, and pristine set of natural teeth. This cosmetic solution is long-lasting and can address discoloration or misshapen teeth. It can also be used for chipped or cracked teeth. Veneers are a fast, painless alternative to orthodonture, since crooked teeth, gaps, and bite adjustments can be remedied in as little as two weeks.


Looking and feeling your best can have a lot to do with what’s going on in your mouth. If you’ve been living with crooked or irregular teeth, you may not even realize the level of discomfort that has become your new normal. While how others perceive you may or may not matter, enjoying dental health and comfort always should.

Remedying crooked teeth can improve:

  • Self-confidence
  • Bite alignment: no more frequently biting your tongue, lip, or cheek by accident
  • Better sleep
  • Comfort chewing
  • Easier to maintain oral hygiene
  • Readiness to “Say Cheese!”

Crooked Candidates

Contact our office to set up your consultation and find out what Old Town Smiles can do for you.

Whether you want to fix a couple of unruly teeth or need to address your entire mouth, you may be a candidate for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Those with crooked adult teeth due to alignment, wear, chips, cracks, or missing teeth should schedule an appointment for a consultation to determine what course of treatment will benefit them best. Dr. Ahmed will perform a series of exams and screenings at your consultation appointment to determine what the best solution is for your crooked teeth.

Personal Consultation in Alexandria

At your consultation, it’s all about you – and your teeth. 

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Our team will discuss your past dental history, present concerns, and future goals. We will also take digital x-rays and diagnostic photos. You’ll receive a comprehensive exam that includes a cavity check, oral cancer screening, and an evaluation of your bite. Once your comprehensive exam is complete, you will meet with your doctor to discuss your new smile. While you’re here, you can also combine your appointment with a hygiene cleaning and a full mouth periodontal probing to determine if you have any signs of gum disease

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

Speaking of which, when was the last time you went to the dentist? If you have crooked teeth, it can be difficult to floss and maintain the dental hygiene necessary to keep your smile twinkling.

Old Town Smiles focuses on making sure our patients have effective professional teeth cleaning as comfortably as possible. 

Regular, professional teeth cleanings are essential for:

  • Improving gum health
  • Decreasing oral issues
  • Preventing cavities and tooth loss
  • Brightening your smile
  • Freshening your breath
  • Boosting your overall health

At Old Town Smiles, we want our patients to have wonderful dental experiences. We know that dental procedures are anxiety-inducing for some patients and that mouth examinations may be uncomfortable. There’s no need for that! We offer many different sedation options to help provide a relaxing, pain-free dental experience for our patients. Our staff is highly trained and will quickly and effectively administer sedation. You’ll be able to lay back and relax, knowing that you’re taking care of an important part of your body and improving your life.


Because you have so many different options when it comes to correcting crooked teeth, and everyone’s mouth is different, there’s no one set price for achieving straighter teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you want to treat and the services you choose, the cost of your procedure(s) will be unique to you. You may also find that you’ll need a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. During your consultation appointment, we’ll be able to give you accurate pricing for your individual needs. Old Town Smiles offers financing options to help put your beautiful new smile within reach. 


Why are my teeth crooked even though I had braces as a teen?

Chewing, grinding, smiling, talking- this all puts repetitive pressure on the teeth. Additionally, as we age, our jaw bone becomes longer and narrower, which can cause our teeth to crowd and move out of alignment.


  1. Hendrie CA, Brewer G. Evidence to suggest that teeth act as human ornament displays signalling mate quality. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e42178. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042178
  2. Roland J. Teeth Shifting: Why This Occurs and How to Prevent. Healthline. Published November 11, 2020. Accessed April 6, 2021.
  3. Lacruz RS, Habelitz S, Wright JT, Paine ML. Dental Enamel Formation And Implications For Oral Health And Disease. Physiol Rev. 2017;97(3):939-993. doi:10.1152/physrev.00030.2016
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