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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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 r...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

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 teet...  Read Full »

What should I do when my dental brackets get loose often?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it normal for a dental bracket to get loose? It always happens on the same teeth. I always have 3-5 loose brackets. At certain times some of the brackets were already loosened before I get home from the dentist.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is common for a bracket to get loose in some particular tooth such first molars as they are the main tooth to hold the wire in the arch but occasionally and not so frequent. But as you are saying that you get 3-5 brackets loose or got loose even in such a short...  Read Full »

Is it possible to correct misaligned teeth by wearing invisible aligners?

Query: Hi. I had braces when I was 20. It's been 4 years since i removed the braces. The problems with my teeth now are 1. I didn't worn my retainers for six months(I've used it only for a month) My bad! 2. During my treatment my dentist puts the elastic band in one side of my upper teeth for two month. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, I understand your concern. Relapse (misaligned and protruded teeth) can be corrected by wearing braces again. However, invisible aligners are ideal for minor corrections only. Since your previous retainers fit you now, the relapse should be minor and can be corrected by wearing invisible ali...  Read Full »

Can I do anything to help treatment with braces progress faster?

Query: Hello! I am almost 19 years old and have had braces for nearly a year. (It was a late start, but I have a collagen deficiency and so I didn't have a problem with the expander or with the rearrangement.) Unfortunately for me, I have a bit of an overbite (I'd estimate it to be just shy of a centim...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ This is your Dentist. I went through your query, as a Specialit I would like to help you in everyway possible. As you have a collagen deficiency issue although that fascilitates easy realignment of the teeth in arch but also there is lack of strength and they might rel...  Read Full »

What to do about gaps between teeth due to not wearing retainers?

Query: Hello, Actually I have had my braces for 2.5years and just before lockdown happened I got my braces removed but due to lockdown I was unable to take my retentions from the clinic as it was closed. Now in these phase of 2months there have been some gap between my teeth, so I just wanted to know if a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ. This is your Dentist - I went through your query , and very sorry to learn about the issue . As a Specialist , I would recommend you to get the retainer as soon as possible. As it will be correcting the gaps you are facing right now. As its an orthodontic correction not...  Read Full »

How will power chains help in closing the gaps between teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, Why my ortho does not put brackets in power chains while missing one or two spots? I have straight teeth and I am in the sixth year with braces. I think instead of closing gaps, this is creating gaps. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushik Arya


Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are different types of power chains that are available for the treatment depending on the interlink space. 1. Short (connects every alternate bracket). 2. Long (connects every third bracket). 3. Closed (connects each bracket). So depending on the stage of y...  Read Full »

As two teeth are already missing in my lower jaw, should I get upper teeth out to get dental braces?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two missing teeth in the left and right side of my lower jaw so I have now 16 teeth upper jaw because I have the wisdom there as well and 12 teeth in lower jaw no wisdom. Can I get the invaslign or just braces will be good and do I have to extract teeth from my upper jaw?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and the attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have two lower second premolars extracted with no third molars in the lower jaw. Little bit crowding is seen in both upper lateral incisors that might be the re...  Read Full »

Can you get braces if you have baby teeth?

Query: im a 14 year old child . My concern is that i only have 24 set of teeth , 1 is growing at the back but i only have 13 baby teeth and 11 are permanent teeth . To be add on , i have doubling rows since three years back, and have gotten it out last year but it is still hasnt come back to its place bec...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ This is your Dentist - First of all you will be needing an OPG, its a full mouth view xray , extraction of the decidious teeths as found in the Xray will be done. Now its turn to see where those impacted permanent tooths are present . Hopefully they will errupt a bit l...  Read Full »

Will a general dentist be able to replace braces and do filling?

Query: Hi doctor, I have fillings on the buccal surface of some of my upper incisors and regular metal braces attached currently. I believe when I chewed some crackers one of my fillings got loosened. I can feel pain and sensation from exposure to water. However, as my braces are still attached I cannot tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Menon


Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have to visit your orthodontist first. The filling has to be replaced soon and it should not be delayed. It might be possible for the orthodontist himself to fill the cavity without removing the braces. If not, then he can remove them and put a new archwire. General d...  Read Full »

Can I get permanent retainer after taking off braces for open bite?

Query: Hello doctor, Should I get a permanent retainer months after braces and use of a removable retainer? Part of my overbite has returned since I got my braces off due to tongue thrusting. Partly because I never wore my retainers as much as I should have. Can I get a permanent retainer at this point? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist, Naturopathy Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, you should wear your retainer regularly. Ideal position of teeth or occlusion which is obtained with the help of orthodontic treatment is maintained by regular use of orthodontic retainer. Use of orthodontic retainer is equally important and is part of ...  Read Full »

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