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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 teeth got shifted after some years of ortho treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I got my braces treatment done before 12 years, as my teeth in the upper jaw were outwards than lower ones. Doctor put braces on my upper jaw as the problem was in the upper jaw teeth. But after two to three years teeth starting shifting and now I have developed spaces between teeth ran...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The reason for relapse are many, 1. Dietary habits, eating hard food, putting much pressure on teeth. 2. Not using retainers up to the suggested time. 3. Internal factors such as lower teeth or jaw alignment which might be interfering with upper jaw alignment. 4....  Read Full »

Is my gum recession caused due to over flossing?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I noticed a visible gum recession. Ignore black triangles. Got it after orthodontist told me that is due to my nature of teeth shape. I had braces two years ago. I realized the recession when flossing and brushing my teeth. I am wondering if I have overflossed and hurt my gu...  Read Full »

Dr. Akhil K P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gum recession is caused due to multiple reasons and one of them is gingivitis or periodontitis. The amount of recession as I see in your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is very less and you need not worry about it at all unless you experienc...  Read Full »

I have been wearing the same Invisalign for a year. Is it fine?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been wearing the same Invisalign for the past one year. I cannot afford to get a retainer. Should I just stop wearing them until I can afford to remove my brackets? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Surya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Invisalign is designed to deliver force to move the teeth. Wearing it for long periods beyond the suggested period will damage the periodontal ligament of your teeth and cause tooth mobility. The retainer has to be worn immediate...  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 »

Can I get orthodontic treatment without getting my tooth removed?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 and currently have all teeth (except wisdom teeth) and braces for 10 months. My teeth are straight at this point but a few very small misalignments that will easily be fixed soon. I have an impacted tooth above my right-side second pre molar on my top row of teeth that is faci...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Actually, by book, this is the only way the Orthodontist can make your face look symmetrical. Ideally, only four teeth are extracted as described by your dentist on each side of the jaw in crowded teeth but unfortunately, your fifth one is impacted so it has to go too. ...  Read Full »

My orthodontic treatment has relapsed. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, One of my teeth started moving backward as soon as I started wearing my retainer just at night. It got painful to put the retainer back in, and so I stopped wearing it. I am terrified of orthodontists and dentists, and so did not let my orthodontist know. Now, two of my teeth has moved...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To correct the relapse of orthodontic treatment, there are two options. It depends on how much tooth movement is required. If it is one or two teeth requiring 1 mm or less tooth movement, an active retainer can be given. If it is more teeth or a greater amount of toot...  Read Full »

I fear orthodontic treatment might not help. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I hope you are safe and sound. I am 20 years old, and I am wearing braces for the past eight months. I got my two teeth removed and both of them from the bottom. One from the front bottom teeth, and one from the back of the bottom right canine. My orthodontist now uses rubber bands on m...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the history and picture of the side of teeth (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can tell you that your upper and lower teeth are flared. Also, there is an increased gap (overjet) between your upper and lower teeth. As you said, only your lower t...  Read Full »

I need detailed information on zirconia braces. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My orthodontist just recently offered the option of zirconia braces. I am getting braces in a week, but I cannot figure out for the life of me, what in the world zirconia braces are. I cannot seem to find any information on these. Are they new? Where can I learn more about them to dec...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Zirconia is a type of mineral used to manufacture polycrystalline ceramic braces. Zirconia braces are fairly recent. Similar to other ceramic braces, they have good fracture toughness, which means, it will not break easily as compared to other ceramic braces. However,...  Read Full »

Can removing wisdom teeth create space for crowded teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have high canine teeth due to crowding in my upper jaw. Visually, it appears that space, where my canines should be, is too small for them. However, when I went to an orthodontist, she said that I would need to get my first premolars removed to make room. If I get my wisdom teeth out...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Generally, when space is less for the number and size of teeth present in the jaw, it is advised to remove premolar on each side in one or both the jaws. The reason being, it is more convenient to move the front teeth (smaller) into the space than to push all the back te...  Read Full »

How to straighten teeth that are not in order?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth are not in order. How to correct them?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Improperly aligned teeth are said to be in malocclusion. They cause problems like difficulty in breathing, speaking, eating and might cause dental cavities also. So, orthodontic intervention is necessary. Depending upon the severity of the malocclusion, removable or fi...  Read Full »

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