Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is done to align teeth that are crooked or improperly positioned. They are used to close gaps between teeth, straighten crooked teeth, improve biting or chewing, prevent excessive tooth wear, and correct improper bite. The appliances used for orthodontic treatment are either removable or fixed.

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My malpositioned premolar was fixed with braces, but the molar next to it got displaced instead. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had braces for almost three years, and everything was fine, except for one tooth of the lower jaw on the right side (the second premolar tooth), which was inwards, towards the tongue. The orthodontist did not do major work on that tooth for some reason and kept it until the end ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to explain that if we apply a force, there is an equal and opposite force generated. This is what happened with your molar and premolar (in your own description). These are the usual side effects of braces. However, we can try to minimize the effects. At this po...  Read Full »

I am in the last month of my orthodontic treatment. How do I cross-check if my teeth are correctly aligned?

Query: Hello doctor, I am in the last month of my orthodontic treatment and wanted to check if my teeth are properly aligned before removing the braces. I am not satisfied with the treatment and wanted to check my tooth alignment. How do I cross-check if my teeth are correctly aligned?  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. An important assessment to check the alignment of the teeth is self-assessment. You should check yourself in the mirror and see the various features, such as how your teeth look and how your smile looks now, and compare them with how they used to look before the trea...  Read Full »

I got braces on my lower teeth, and my orthodontist placed a bite block on the right side jaw, causing discomfort and speech problems. Is it normal to have a bite block only on one side?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, the dentist put braces on my lower teeth. Unfortunately, one of my lower teeth hit on my upper teeth. For that, the doctor inserted a bite block. It is understandable, but he only put a bite block on the right side, leaving me to chew on the left side. There are discomfort a...  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. No, it is not normal to place bite blocks on only one side of the mouth. At times when only one tooth requires some separation, we should still fix bite blocks on both sides to provide balance and maintain the integ...  Read Full »

I have been using a retainer for years, but my new retainer does not reach my gums. Will it be effective in keeping my teeth straight?

Query: Hello doctor, I had braces ten years ago. I have been using a retainer after my treatment. Recently I got a new retainer from a dentist, but it does not reach my gums. Will this still be effective at keeping my teeth straight?Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Based on your treatment history, your teeth would have settled by now in post-orthodontic changes. After completing treatment, it takes approximately 10 to 12 months for your oral cavity to adjust to new positions and for any changes to come into the best-settled positio...  Read Full »

I am in the middle of my orthodontic treatment. Can I drink soda with braces?

Query: Hello doctor,I have braces and am in the middle of my orthodontic treatment. Can I drink soda with braces? Is there any way to drink soda without damaging my teeth?Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no strict restriction on consuming soda with braces, but certainly, you can avoid it if possible. Not for orthodontic reasons but for your teeth' health. You are advised to take extra care of the oral cavity during orthodontic treatment for obvious reasons,...  Read Full »

Can I do anything to help treatment with braces progress faster?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old and using braces for a year. I have collagen deficiency and so I did not have any problem with the expander or with the rearrangement. I have a bit of overbite. It just started now and I want to get off my braces as soon as possible. I am constantly putting my jaw forwa...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have collagen deficiency, it facilitates easy alignment of teeth in the arch. As there is a lack of strength, they can relapse if the braces are removed earlier. So consult your dentist and ask him for having braces for some extra period of time. Constant pushing...  Read Full »

I put on braces last month for my upper teeth. They want to extract four teeth. I want a second opinion.

Query: Hi doctor, I put on braces last month for my upper teeth. I notice that if I am put on an expander, I will not need extraction. They want to extract four teeth. I want a second opinion. How long does it take for an expander to work? I only have 17 months left on my duty station.  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hope you are doing well. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Orthodontics has changed a lot since its inception about 120 years ago. Previously, it was a non-extraction protocol that was in the trend, followed by extraction protocols in the 19...  Read Full »

I have been given a nighttime retainer after over a year of Invisalign treatment. My teeth hurt when I wear them at night. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been wearing Invisalign for a little over a year and a half. I have always had a big gap, and I made it clear I want to keep my gap but make it smaller. Since ending treatment, I have been given a night retainer. However, during the day, my teeth shift and putting the retainer back...  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hope you are doing well. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. In orthodontic therapy, there are two phases, first is the active phase, wherein all the tooth movements are done, and alignment is achieved based on case requirements. Second is ret...  Read Full »

My overjet correction before seven years was not favorable. Is there any treatment option available now?

Query: Hello doctor, I had braces for overjet correction some seven years back, but that was not so favorable. Recently I went to another dentist to correct the overjet. But my dentist told me that since I do not have enough space in my upper jaw, I would be unable to correct my overjet forever. Is there a...  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. You had your initial treatment at the age of 12 years (7 years ago). That time three premolars were extracted, and space closure was done after leveling and alignment. Please answer the following questions. 1. Wer...  Read Full »

I broke one of my teeth brackets, which does not have an elastic tie. Will my teeth get shifted?

Query: Hello doctor, Today I broke my bracket. It is one of my top right back teeth. I am about eight months into my treatment. I have a minor case, and everything is now assumably straight (just some unevenness). The bracket that broke does not have an elastic tie on it (same as the brackets in the same...  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Breakage of the bracket during orthodontic treatment is not an unusual occurrence. It sometimes happens due to multiple factors involving patient and doctor-related factors. Towards the back side of the teeth, molar tubes hold the wires ...  Read Full »

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