Improperly Aligned Teeth

Improperly aligned teeth, otherwise called malocclusion, can cause problems with chewing, biting, and other vital functions. The common malocclusions are crowded teeth, crossbite, open bite, underbite, spacing, and overbite. The causes of malocclusion are cleft lip, cleft palate, prolonged bottle feeding, thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting habit, and enlarged adenoids or tonsils.

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Two of my lower jaw teeth are slightly inward and higher than the other. How to correct it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two of my lower jaw teeth just beside the front two teeth on either side are slightly inward and higher than the other. Is there a dental treatment to rub or cut the upper side of the teeth to lower the height of the teeth so that they can be made equal to the other teeth?  Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are well. Thanks for approaching icliniq. I saw your query. I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) attached. The lower front teeth are not increased in height, and it is just displaced from its position lingually. You can tr...  Read Full »

I noticed recently that one of my middle teeth is out of line. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my braces off a few days ago, and I have been wearing my top retainer faithfully. I got a fixed retainer on the bottom front teeth, but they are only glued on by the two ends, not on each tooth. I noticed recently that one of the middle tooth is out of line from the rest, bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you described the lower retainer is fixed to only two teeth, the other teeth are free to move forward or rotate. It is common in such cases that the teeth do tend to move back to their previous positions. I would recommend you make an appointment with the orthodonti...  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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I have milk teeth at 20 years. Will permanent teeth erupt on removing them?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. My milk teeth or primary teeth did not fall still. Those teeth are a little bit shaky now. If I get it removed, will I get new permanent teeth?  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Over-retained milk teeth till the age of 20 years must have caused misalignment and impaction of your permanent teeth.First of all, you should get a panoramic x-ray done to check whether the permanent teeth buds are present under the milk teeth. If yes, then it has to be ...  Read Full »

On chewing, my upper and lower teeth touches only on my left side. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some problems with my jaw muscles due to clenching or grinding at night. It causes a variety of symptoms such as headaches. When I chew, I feel like my upper and lower teeth touch only in my left side and I seem to have overdevelopment of masseter muscle on the same side. I have c...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and I will try my best to provide you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. There are several reasons for your problem and there are several types of treatment depending upon your cause. If it occurs due to malocclusion or misaligned teeth, th...  Read Full »

Is it correct to remove irregularly placed teeth if it causes problems in jaw positioning?

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted to ask that my one upper tooth is at the back and one is too up. And my front two teeth are forward. My lower teeth are a little misaligned. I have to keep my jaw forward because of my upper teeth, which are at the back. And at night, my jaw pains because all day I have to ke...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your and your mother's concern. First of all, kindly do not experiment with yourself and let experts do the needful. Your experimenting with your jaws by bringing forward and backward can complicate the case more. Though I need a photograph, I can unders...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Does using a removable cross expander help resolve crossbite?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a crossbite problem. I would like to cure it. What should I do? I have read about removable palate expander. Can it be the solution for my problem?  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Crossbite can occur in the front teeth as well as back teeth or even sometimes due to variation in the jaw development. Also, the severity of cross bite that is, the number of teeth involved depends on the success of the treatment.Only a removable appliance could not be e...  Read Full »

Are the upper teeth supposed to flare out or be straight?

Query: Hi doctor,I got a 3D model of my teeth for the proposed treatment plan with clear aligners. I use braces and I need minor changes. In the finished model, my front teeth seem to be flared out at an angle. But now they are straight up and down. The orthodontist told me that they are supposed to be fla...  Read Full »


Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Anterior teeth look flared up in the model and there is increased inclination. If you have a doubt, then it is better to inform a word to your orthodontist. If the patient is not sa...  Read Full »

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