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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Is it normal for the part of tooth present under the gums usually to be visible outside during orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has been having orthodontic treatment (upper and lower braces) for approximately 2.5 years. He is almost 16 years old now. For the last year, at least one of his bottom incisors has been lifting up and has caused a bump, and a part of the tooth that is usually below the gum line is...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The bump that you see is the root portion of the tooth that is at a greater angle in relation to other teeth. Along with that, the gums will be inflamed and slightly receded. It is common to see this during treatment. It happens when teeth are irregularly placed, to beg...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for midline space between upper front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My upper and lower jaw teeth are misaligned. There is 8mm of midline space in the upper front teeth. What will be the probable treatment for this?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It would have been better if you had mentioned your age. For an exact diagnosis and treatment plan, attach a more detailed history and an intraoral picture of your mouth. If you have 8mm of midline diastema (space between the teeth), you usually require orthodontic ...  Read Full »

Should I get my milk teeth removed before starting my braces treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 14-year-old female. I got braces two years back. My orthodontist told me I did not have to remove my bottom baby teeth the day I got them. But my orthodontist is now telling me that I cannot remove the braces if I do not get that baby tooth removed. My teeth are already straight a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In a general scenario, it is never advised to keep baby teeth. It could be two things by baby teeth: milk tooth, which is shed off as we grow and is replaced by permanent teeth. Another could be an extra tooth (supernumerary tooth) which is an e...  Read Full »

I have metal braces, and the last bracket came off. Will I still get the bands?

Query: Hello doctor,I have metal braces, and the last bracket came off. This is the first time the bracket broke off. And today I am supposed to get bands. Will I still get the bands, although they will fix a bracket back on?  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I hope you are doing well. There are no major issues in the bracket coming off in the initial stages and can be easily re-fixed. The patient is new to the braces and is still adjusting. So these things happen. It could also be an error on the orthodontist's sid...  Read Full »

Will my orthodontic treatment relapse if I do not wear retainers?

Query: Hi, I have had braces, and I was stupid to get them even though my teeth were perfect before. Now I want them to relapse, but it feels like they stay in the same position even though I am not wearing a retainer. Is this possible to have no relapse?  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Retainers are given to hold the teeth into their position after orthodontic treatment. If retainers are not worn, teeth might shift to other positions as it takes about one year for the bone to fully mature (retainers dura...  Read Full »

I have a crossbite. Can this be fixed with braces, or will I have to undergo surgery?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 16-year-old, and I have a crossbite. It is a huge insecurity for me. I did not have a crossbite when I was younger, but my jaw started getting more asymmetrical as I grew. Can this be fixed with braces, or will I have to undergo surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Crossbite is a condition when your teeth come in contact with each other in an abnormal manner. There are multiple types of crossbite - anterior (front teeth) or posterior (back teeth). It could be on one side or both sides. Depending on the condition, the tre...  Read Full »

Is the root proximity caused due to braces a serious issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am scheduled to get my braces removed next week, and I noticed that the tooth between my right canine and incisor is crooked. I spoke to my orthodontist, he said that the tooth was worn and moving it would cause the roots to touch, and if it bothers me, he could try and move it bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Without pictures, it is quite challenging to assess your situation thoroughly. Based on the details provided, if root proximity occurs on correction, it is better not to correct it. Bone health is more important than looks. If root proximity occurs, it could lead to ro...  Read Full »

Is it safe to whiten my teeth while having my braces on using Carbamide Peroxide gel?

Query: Hi doctor, Can teeth whitening loosen the brackets on braces? I want to whiten my teeth with my whitening kit - it is Carbamide Peroxide gel combined with the use of a blue LED-light mouthguard for 10 minutes a day. Can this damage the glue or adhesive that holds brackets to teeth? Kindly advise. Th...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Teeth staining is a common side effect seen during orthodontic treatment, but it is reversible after the treatment. Indeed, Carbamide Peroxide is used for teeth whitening. During the orthodontic treatment, it should not harm the adhesive of the brackets but constant putti...  Read Full »

Why did the doctor apply a glue to my molar to stick braces?

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 ...  Read Full »

I had root canal treatment and braces. What caused my tooth resorption?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a root canal treatment nine years back on my front tooth and then braces four years back for a year. I noted that there is some resorption of the apex of the root. I want an opinion from you on whether this requires any treatment or not. My dentist has not mentioned anything yet...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing in, and I understand your concern. Yes, you are right. I presume there is resorption, or the RCT (root canal treatment) is overextended beyond the apical foramen region. It needs treatment because a periapical lesion is likely to occur and further...  Read Full »

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