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Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, is an orthodontic treatment that helps to have a more beautiful smile. It is used for treating patients with mild to moderate misalignment of teeth. Patients having crossbite, underbite and overbite can also use Invisalign. The teeth are aligned by wearing a clear plastic aligner for 20 hours a day.

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Can I get Invisalign treatment for protruding front teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am interested in getting Invisalign treatment because my upper front teeth are protruding, although the issue is not severe. Recently, I have started feeling some discomfort due to this misalignment. Additionally, my teeth are closely compacted. I would like to know if it is possible...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, aligners can be a viable option for addressing protruding upper teeth. The first step is to calculate the amount of space needed for proper alignment and assess the existing space. If the difference is significant, extractions may be necessary to achieve satisfa...  Read Full »

Should I remove my premolars for wearing braces?

Query: Hi doctor,I had braces before but my teeth have shifted not as they used to be but still they require treatment, now dentist suggested it is because of wisdom teeth. It was pushing my front teeth and the orthodontist said it was because my lower jaw and upper are not matching. My lower teeth are als...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have reviewed the photo you shared (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your teeth are shifted and crowding is present. Regarding your dentist's opinion, yes, there are chances that wisdom teeth might...  Read Full »

Please review my CBCT results for undergoing Invisalign.

Query: Hello doctor, As I am planning to undergo orthodontic treatment with invisalign aligners for which my dentist advised me to take cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). I do not understand what they meant by radiolucency. So, it would be great if you can simply explain the term radiolucency. I will be...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Congratulations on your decision to go ahead with invisalign. The report says radiolucency around the tooth root of 36. There is a white cap seen on the third tooth from the left in the lower region, which suggests tooth number 36 has previously undergone root canal ...  Read Full »

My upper front incisors are not straight despite the retainer.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old and have recently completed Invisalign in person with a trained orthodontist and have been wearing my retainer for just under a week. I have two problems which are concerning me. They are fine to wear for long periods of time, but when I remove them, my bite feels of...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Before I answer your queries, I would like to know a few things. When was the scan for retainers done? During the last aligner set or after the last set protocol was over? Did you keep wearing the last aligners till your retainers were give...  Read Full »

When will the discomfort caused by Invisalign disappear?

Query: Hello doctor,I started Invisalign a few months ago for an open bite. I was told to get all of my cavities filled and wisdom teeth pulled before the treatment. Everything was fine till tray eight. I got all 10 cavities and the remaining wisdom tooth pulled out. I woke up one morning and the entire up...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is always advised to get all the fillings and wisdom teeth extraction (depending on the positions) done before we go ahead with the Invisalign treatment. When a cavity is removed and filling is done, exact topography is not restored by the dentist. It will vary fr...  Read Full »

I use clear aligners for more time. Will that overcorrect?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a deep bite and spaced teeth. I started clear aligner treatment four days ago. I was instructed to wear the retainers full time except during eating and to wear the elastic bands for 14 hours daily. My expected treatment time is two years. I have been wearing the elastic bands f...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Clear aligners are expected to be worn around 22 hours a day for a ten-day protocol initially. However, the protocol may be altered depending on how your teeth respond to aligner forces and how snugly fit or loose...  Read Full »

Can my single crooked tooth be corrected, though I have a resin smile design?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a crooked tooth. Is it possible to correct a single crooked tooth? What are the options available to correct a single tooth? A resin smile design was done previously, so how can it be fixed without having to remove the design? Kindly give your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, a single crooked tooth can be corrected, and the best option available for correcting a single crooked tooth is Invisalign. A digital scan of the teeth is performed, and some photographs and a radiograph are taken to check the bone con...  Read Full »

Can Invisalign be used for the upper teeth alone instead of for the upper and lower teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a question about Invisalign, and it is cheaper to get Invisalign for the top teeth. I doubt if Invisalign can be used for the upper teeth alone instead of for the upper and lower teeth.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. Yes, Invisalign only for a single arch is cheaper than both arches. It depends on your malocclusion, the reason for undergoing the treatment, the actual and optimal treatment plan, and your requirement. Once you receive the three-dimensional fac...  Read Full »

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