Malaligned teeth or jaw leading to an improper bite, occlusion, and jaw relation is known as malocclusion. Edward angle, also known as the "father of modern orthodontics," coined the term "malocclusion." Some of the causes are a hereditary predisposition, tumors, enlarged adenoids, cleft lip and palate, missing teeth, habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, etc. If left untreated, they can cause temporomandibular joint disorders, speech difficulty, and mainly displeasing esthetics. A dental malocclusion can be corrected with orthodontic therapy, while a skeletal malocclusion needs surgical intervention and orthodontic treatment.

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My orthodontist suggested Herbst appliance to treat my overbite. What are the other available treatment methods?

Query: Hi doctor,My orthodontist suggested Herbst appliance to treat my overbite as I am at the end of the growth phase. However, I feel uncomfortable wearing the appliance. I need your opinion. What are the other treatment methods? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A fixed functional appliance is usually prescribed during the end stage of the growth period. There are other options like Forsus or Advansync 2. These appliances are fixed to the mouth, appear bulkier, and make uncomfortable. You can also opt for elastics (removable), wh...  Read Full »

I have class three malocclusion. Can micro-implants and elastics give the best results in distalizing mandibular posterior teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I want your advice on a case that can be found online, and I have attached that case link. The girl has a class three malocclusion, and I have the same. She proposed a treatment of distalizing the mandibular posterior dentition with a micro implant combined with intra-arch elastics, but s...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have seen the case link that you have posted along. I want to mention initially that the treatment protocols might be the same, but the end results may vary to some extent based on patient-to-patient biological responses. If you careful...  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 fa...  Read Full »

I want to change my tongue posture but have a high-arched palate. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old with braces and want to change my tongue posture. I always had my tongue in the wrong place, so I wanted to place my tongue on the roof of my mouth. I have read that the right tongue posture can fix a recessed jawline, etc. But the problem is that I have a high-arched...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tongue posture is something that is very important for your jaw growth as well as one of the main factors causing malocclusion or malalignment. Tongue posture can be wrong in two aspects: forward than normal posture and lower than normal posture. If it is forward, y...  Read Full »

Can Class II elastics correct my mal-aligned lower teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been wearing braces for about three years now, and I am getting them off in a few months. I am wearing Class II elastics, but I found my lower teeth are tilted: the left is higher than the right. How can I use elastics to correct this?  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Class II elastics are given mainly to correct the anteroposterior relations (meaning front back relations) mainly of molars and canines. Apart from these, they might also be used to settle the occlusion properly as desired. Before proceeding to answer your specific que...  Read Full »

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