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Dental Braces

Dental braces are fixed orthodontic appliances used to align or straighten crooked teeth. There are many types of braces, such as conventional metal wired braces, lingual braces, titanium braces, ceramic braces, and aligners.

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Will other teeth shift if I get a tooth removed for braces?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a misalignment and mild crowding of teeth in upper jaw and have bite issues. I have consulted a maxillofacial surgeon and advised tooth removal prior to braces and removed upper left tooth, probably molar tooth, and advised to consult orthodontist for braces. I want to know whe...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern. Yes, there will be shifting of teeth to fill the gaps and release the crowding by removing teeth. So you do not need to worry anything about the issue if your orthodontist consulted. The shifting will not...  Read Full »

Can fixed retainers be worn during scaling and root planing treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have just been told that I have gum disease and 3 mm to 6 mm pockets. And, my wisdom teeth have 8 mm pocket. I have braces on now and I am due to have them off next month. I need to get scaling and root planing treatment to treat my gum problems. Can I still wear a fixed retainer? I re...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you can wear your fixed retainer without any problem. Also, you have to make sure that you use your removable retainer also for the next two to three years without any break. When you have periodontal problems, there is a high chance of spaces opening up between tee...  Read Full »

I took my braces a month ago, do I need to wear a retainer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am just wondering if retainers can be used to realign teeth? I have had braces off for a month and have worn mine religiously but it feels like my teeth are relapsing a little bit despite this. Is this possible? Namely, my teeth before braces were not aligned properly, had spaces, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Once the braces are removed, you have to wear the retainers for at least eight months. You have to wear them literally all the time. Else there are high chances for relapse. And yes your front teeth can be filled using tooth colored composite restoration. You just ha...  Read Full »

Why do I feel that both sides of my teeth do not contact properly after wearing retainers?

Query: Hi doctor,Recently, I removed my braces and got my retainer. After a week, I started to realize that my bite became weird before getting my retainer. When I bit on both sides of my teeth, they did not come in contact at the same time. After getting my retainer too, I still faced the same problem. Wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Kandi Disha Yermal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the description, you seem to have improper occlusal contacts. I want to know about the fit of your retainer. Please mention whether it fits properly. In most cases, it is just the feeling of patients that they feel to have some different contacts during bitin...  Read Full »

My lower first and second molar is missing. How can I get braces?

Query: Hi doctor, My first and second molar is missing from the lower side. How can I get braces? Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Several factors must be considered before proceeding with the discussion of your query. Molars are important teeth not only for orthodontics but also for mastication (chewing), the face's width, and the jaw bone's balanc...  Read Full »

My premolar on the left lower jaw hurts after taking braces treatment. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, It has been five weeks since I got my braces on. During the second week, one of my premolar on my lower left jaw started to hurt in the morning. I cannot bite down as it hurts. It was loose, and it made some popping sensation when I press it or bite. I went in for an emergency and hoping ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When braces are put, and pressure is applied, it is normal to expect some mobility of teeth. It can happen with one or more teeth. Unless there is a previous pathology or treated tooth, it is not of much concern. The tooth might continue to be tender on biting. So, it is ...  Read Full »

Can you help me with the difference between 0.018 and 0.022 brackets to order online?

Query: Hello doctor, I have spaces in the upper and lower front teeth, and I am about to get my braces treatment started. I going to buy braces online, so I want to know what is the difference between 0.018 brackets and 0.022 brackets? Please just clarify my doubt.  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The difference between both the size brackets is the slots in which the wires are held on to in the brackets. There are minor differences in the treatment mechanics between the both. 0.022 brackets can hold larger wires in the slots. The larger slot size can sometimes be...  Read Full »

Can I have Invisalign or other option instead of normal dental brace to correct my teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. I have a baby tooth. My mother also had a baby tooth when she was 19 years old. My doctor advises me to remove the baby tooth. I am not willing to have braces. Is there any option for me to have Invisalign or braces that cannot be seen or do I need to use regular brace...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Dentistry has a lot of development over these years, and there are a lot of options available. First of all, to get your braces, you need to extract your baby tooth. Apart from metallic braces, there are other types of braces also. For example, ceramic braces, it is a t...  Read Full »

Will the glue used to stick the braces to my molars damage my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have braces and have had them for about a year. When I first got them on, they put glue on my molars to prevent me from biting my braces. The orthodontists said the bond would eventually disappear, but the glue is still present almost a year later. Is this normal, and will it damage...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it is necessary to put glue on molars to avoid biting them, which is called raising the bite. Almost 50% of cases need that. It is done mainly in deep bite cases where upper teeth interfere with the lower braces and might cause breakage of lower braces due to co...  Read Full »

My daughter is on braces and having heavy painful jaw. What is the best treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter wears braces for almost three years now. Right now, she often complains of the heavy jaw and is painful. What is the best treatment for this?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The metal fittings over your daughter's teeth would be cause for the heaviness she feels. And the pain she encounters might be for two reasons. 1.Generalized soreness of the gums since there is continuous pressure over it by the tooth movement produced during the tr...  Read Full »

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