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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What happens if braces are placed for protruded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old, and I had irregularly arranged teeth and protruded upper teeth. I had braces without extraction. Now, my first premolars and canines flared up. Should I go for extraction and then put on braces again to correct my teeth arrangement? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have gone through your query and attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity).Yes, there is flaring of teeth. This is due to excess tooth material than the available space to pull the teeth into proper alignment. Space can be created by extract...  Read Full »

Is it possible to correct crowded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has crowded upper and lower teeth. So, I have been to two orthodontists yesterday, and I got different opinions from both of them. One said we do not need to remove any teeth, however, his upper teeth will come little forward and will not cause much deformation in his face. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your state of confusion. I have seen the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It can be quite difficult to decide. So, I will give you information about both line of orthodontic treatments and the reason behind them. Your son has mild ...  Read Full »

My upper teeth are protruding. Does it require braces again?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been wearing braces on my upper teeth for two years to fix the gap due to the extraction of an extra teeth between my incisors. Now I have noticed that my upper teeth are slightly protruding and I cannot close my mouth. Now, my orthodontist is asking me to get braces on lower tee...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When treating with braces, it is usually a good practice to put them on both arches, upper and lower despite the apparent need for minor changes or few teeth in one arch. This is because as the teeth are aligned and moved in one arch, their relative position changes with ...  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 m...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi,Welcome to 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 sugg...  Read Full »

Is it possible to accommodate dental braces in regions with severe bone loss?

Query: Hi doctor,Most of my teeth were grafted in my bottom. I underwent surgery as my gums were not so thick to have braces and I had severe gum recession. I want to know how much bone is necessary to wear braces. If the bone loss is severe, what are the other options to restore it? How to control my gum ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shamaz Mohamed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your need to have orthodontic treatment using braces. For having braces, it is important that you should not have any gum diseases. Gum diseases like periodontitis cause bone loss and hence it can be prevented by undergoing gum treatment. It includes gu...  Read Full »

My daughter has crooked teeth with overbite. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 15 years old. She has crooked bottom teeth and overbite. Also, her molars have overlapped at the back, so that the baby tooth is still on top of the adult tooth. Otherwise, her teeth are fine. But,  she is not happy with her smile. Does she need braces?  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding your daughter's dental health. First of all, I would like to advise you to consult good orthodontist for the diagnosis of the crooked tooth and needful treatment of the same teeth by taking the x-ray of the same tooth. If the baby ...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I had my braces for two and a half years. Before lockdown, I removed my braces. Due to lockdown, I was unable to have my retainers. Now, I have developed some gaps between my teeth in these two months. I want to know whether anything will help me. Though my dentist has taken an impressio...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. I suggest you get your retainer as soon as possible. It helps in correcting the gaps that you are facing now. As it is an orthodontic treatment, nothing can be done at home. Maintain your oral hygiene. Use Betadine mouthwash for gargling. ...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I had braces when I was 20 years old. Now it has been 4 years since removing my braces. I did not wear retainers for six months. I used it only for a month. During my treatment, my dentist used an elastic band on one side of my upper tooth for two months. This resulted in a misaligned ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Relapse can be corrected by wearing braces again. Invisible aligners are ideal for minor corrections. Since your previous retainers fit you now, then your relapse can be minor and it can be corrected by wearing invisible aligners. Kindly c...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old and using braces for a year. I have collagen deficiency and so I did not have any problem with the expander or with the rearrangement. I have a bit of overbite. It just started now and I want to get off my braces as soon as possible. I am constantly putting my jaw forwa...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have collagen deficiency, it facilitates easy alignment of teeth in the arch. As there is a lack of strength, they can relapse if the braces are removed earlier. So consult your dentist and ask him for having braces for some extra period of time. Constant pus...  Read Full »

Can you get braces if you have baby teeth?

Query: Hi doctor,I am asking questions for my child. She has only 24 teeth. She has 13 milk teeth and 11 permanent teeth. Some teeth have fallen and she has some growth of permanent teeth. But it has not reached its own position due to lack of space. Her teeth look crowded. She needs orthodontic treatment ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is necessary to do OPG (orthopantomogram). It is a full mouth X-ray and extraction of deciduous teeth can be done after seeing this X-ray. It is necessary to see whether your child has any impacted permanent teeth and it can erupt a bit late. But if they do not h...  Read Full »

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