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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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Is it good to undergo orthodontic treatment at the age of 18?

Query: Hi doctor,I started using braces from 13 years and wore them for two years. Now, I am 18 years old and I have lost my lower teeth retainer. I am trying to get a new one. I feel like I have a mild overbite and it makes my mouth look weird. I have a developed an asymmetrical face and my jaw has lifted...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the picture, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) there is some asymmetry but it is not so prominent to be easily noted. If you are thinking to wear braces for facial asymmetry, then I do not recommend you. Your age is not so late for using braces. Bu...  Read Full »

I got bad indentation on my tongue from the wire connected to the molar bands. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I got a wire on the roof of my mouth that connected to molar bands, and I have a bad indentation on my tongue from it, and it looks like it is going to bleed soon. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes during mastication, the wires around the molar band get extruded and flared. Usually, they are blunt, but sometimes they can cause trauma. I suggest you, please get it folded or cut so that it remains disconnected from the tongue. If not possible, please have ...  Read Full »

Can midline shift be treated with elastics?

Query: Hello doctor, I have this issue where my midline is shifted. It is not centered as it should be, and like the whole arch (mandibular and maxillary) is shifted as if you just pulled it from one side. It shows in the picture, especially with the back camera, which made me insecure about myself. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can lessen your discomfort. Yes, as per seeing your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you have mid-line asymmetry, but this asymmetry will decrease as age advances. You can ask for a quad-helix or RME (rapid maxillary expansion) appliance 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 »

Why are my teeth still uneven after wearing braces for two years?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to ask a question about my teeth. I currently have braces, and I have had them for two years. I am scheduled to have them removed in the coming month. However, I am worried as I do not think they are ready yet. My teeth are uneven in length, one side is higher up than the ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please be calm. Unfortunately, your picture is not getting opened, so I cannot predict the current situation. But I think if you are wearing retainers and elastics, they will probably give good results. So I suggest you either send the current clinical picture of the c...  Read Full »

Should I get my teeth extracted and get braces?

Query: Hi doctor,I went to a dentist to check my tooth. The doctor told me that I have one tooth in the front that has not fallen. This tooth has got messed up with other tooth. As my face looks small with many tooth inside the mouth, my doctor suggests me to have an extraction of that tooth as well as a f...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you have one tooth with a crown (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and this causes misalignment of tooth. I suggest you get it extracted as soon as possible. As your age is 16 years, you can wait for two to four years to have orthodontic treatment. De...  Read Full »

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