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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I have been experiencing irritation, swelling, and numbness in my incisive papilla after an orthodontic adjustment. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, After an orthodontic adjustment three months ago, my incisive papilla was irritated, slightly numb, and swollen. I had a cleaning done and an x-ray taken by my dentist. I was suggested better flossing and mouth rinse. The issue is still there, which sometimes gets better, sometimes wor... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. The papilla is red and swollen palatally and looks like it bleeds on the touch. But it is nothing serious. If it does not cause pain or does not continue to grow, then you do not have to worry about it. It is a common ... Read Full »
I am a 22-year-old suffering from gaps in my teeth. Can a orthodontic treatment solve this issue?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old and I am suffering from gaps between my teeth. Some of my teeth are spaced apart approximately seven to eight millimeters, while some are even 15 mm apart. Can this problem be solved with braces? Please help me find a solution to this. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, getting an orthodontic treatment from an experienced orthodontist will be helpful in getting your teeth aligned and achieving a better smile. I will suggest you visit a dentist first and get an oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) and other restorative procedures (ro... Read Full »
I did not wear a retainer after the completion of my orthodontic treatment. Will it cause a gap formation between my teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, Four years ago, I got my teeth straight from a dental clinic using some braces. At the end of the treatment, they asked me to wear some teeth clips so that there would not be any gap formation. But as I have not followed it well there are some gaps in my teeth. So I want to know if th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should have followed your dentist's advice and used retainers a little longer to avoid the relapse you are going through now. For now, I suggest you make an appointment with the same dentist if possible and ask if the relapse can be managed with the help of remov... Read Full »
I have been having braces for the past year and they will be removed in the next month, but I am not satisfied with the treatment. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have my braces for the past year. Next month they will be removed. But I am not satisfied much. Can you tell me something that my dentist should do? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I have reviewed your query. If you are not satisfied then you will have to first make a decision whether you are not satisfied with your dentist or you want your treatment plan to be elongated in the same manner under the same dentist. If tr... Read Full »
I feel spasms in my mouth because of the wires and screws put in after the orthodontic treatment. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My mouth has been wired for the past three weeks. I feel spasms throughout the day and night that cause my gums to rip because of the screws and wires. I cannot sleep because it wakes me up at night. These spasms are both random and involuntary. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you continue the medications as suggested and try to relax till you can see your dentist again. I also suggest you take warm water through a straw and hold it in your mouth for a few minutes. I hope t... Read Full »
I got my braces a year ago and I am experiencing TMJ disorder. What causes this?
Query: Hello doctor,I got my braces a year ago, and before that, I did not have any problem in my jaw articulation. Since my orthodontist gave me elastics to put I have TMJ disorder, my left articulation crack every time I open my mouth or eat or speak (I have decided not to put the elastics so that it doe... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the given history, it can be due to the extra force you gave to open the mouth while on elastics. Based on your age, it can be due to an impacted wisdom tooth. Sometimes, this can be due to any muscle problem too (myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome), mostly ... Read Full »
I underwent a CBCT, as I am planning to undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners. What does the radiolucency in my CBCT suggest?
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Should I wear retainers every night to avoid the relapse of my orthodontic treatment?
Query: Hello doctor, My orthodontist has recommended I wear my retainer every few nights. However, it has been about a year since I have worn my retainer. Recently I tried wearing it, it fits, but it is very tight. How often do I need to wear it, and how long will it take for my teeth to move back so the r... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. After orthodontic treatment, the dentist gives you a retainer to avoid the chances of relapse. Relapse is the tendency of the teeth to return to their pre-treatment position. This commonly occurs in the lower front... Read Full »
I had braces for eight years and was not given any retainers after my treatment due to implant placement and the bad condition of my bottom teeth. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor,I had braces for eight years. I was missing the tooth next to my front teeth on both sides. So once my braces were removed, I had implants done. I was not given any retainers. I was told I would not need them due to my implants and because my bottom teeth were bad. My bottom teeth are w... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Yes, it would have affected your implant, but there is no problem using permanent retainers for the lower teeth if you had given consent. Please upload a picture of your teeth so that I may know if you need an orthodontic appliance or a simple Howley appliance. ... Read Full »
I had braces for protruded teeth, and they relapsed as I did not wear my retainers. Can this be corrected?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a braces treatment for protruded teeth three years ago. The two premolars in the upper jaw were removed. After the completion of the treatment, I was asked to wear retainers. I did not wear them properly. Now, my teeth look protruded again. Can this be corrected? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, the relapse can be corrected. As you have undergone braces treatment previously, I suggest you go for clear aligners and retainers later. I also suggest you consult a dentist to discuss the treatment plan. I hope this helps you. ... Read Full »