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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I noticed recently that one of my middle teeth is out of line. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my braces off a few days ago, and I have been wearing my top retainer faithfully. I got a fixed retainer on the bottom front teeth, but they are only glued on by the two ends, not on each tooth. I noticed recently that one of the middle tooth is out of line from the rest, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you described the lower retainer is fixed to only two teeth, the other teeth are free to move forward or rotate. It is common in such cases that the teeth do tend to move back to their previous positions. I would recommend you make an appointment with the orthodonti...  Read Full »

Is it possible to correct crowded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has crowded upper and lower teeth. So, I have been to two orthodontists yesterday, and I got different opinions from both of them. One said we do not need to remove any teeth, however, his upper teeth will come little forward and will not cause much deformation in his face. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your state of confusion. I have seen the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It can be quite difficult to decide. So, I will give you information about both line of orthodontic treatments and the reason behind them. Your son has mild ...  Read Full »

Can extraction for orthodontic treatment cause asymmetrical teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got braces, and one tooth was extracted. Now, I feel my teeth are very asymmetric. I had crowded teeth before treatment. I am attching the pictures. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclniq.com. I understand your concern and shall surely try to help you. First of all, I would like to know since when have you been under treatment? That is a real factor in seeing before and after pictures. I saw the attached pictures (attachments are removed to protect the p...  Read Full »

My upper teeth are protruding. Does it require braces again?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been wearing braces on my upper teeth for two years to fix the gap due to the extraction of an extra teeth between my incisors. Now I have noticed that my upper teeth are slightly protruding and I cannot close my mouth. Now, my orthodontist is asking me to get braces on lower tee...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. When treating with braces, it is usually a good practice to put them on both arches, upper and lower despite the apparent need for minor changes or few teeth in one arch. This is because as the teeth are aligned and moved in one arch, their relative position changes with ...  Read Full »

My premolar on the left lower jaw hurts after taking braces treatment. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,It has been five weeks since I got my braces on. During the second week, one of my premolar on my lower left jaw started to hurt in the morning. I cannot bite down as it hurts. It was loose, and it made some popping sensation when I press it or bite. I went in for an emergency and hoping m...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.When braces are put, and pressure is applied, it is normal to expect some mobility of teeth. It can happen with one or more teeth.Unless there is a previous pathology or treated tooth, it is not of much concern.The tooth might continue to be tender on biting. So, it is sugg...  Read Full »

I have milk teeth at 20 years. Will permanent teeth erupt on removing them?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. My milk teeth or primary teeth did not fall still. Those teeth are a little bit shaky now. If I get it removed, will I get new permanent teeth?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Over-retained milk teeth till the age of 20 years must have caused misalignment and impaction of your permanent teeth.First of all, you should get a panoramic x-ray done to check whether the permanent teeth buds are present under the milk teeth. If yes, then it has to be ...  Read Full »

Does orthodontic treatment cause loose and bleeding gums?

Query: Hi doctor,The gum in front of my central incisors is loose. Unlike the gums of the other area, it can separate from the teeth if I touch it with a brush. After my braces, the central incisors of my lower jaw keep bleeding and is very smelly. My orthodontist told me that I have bleeding gums. The foo...  Read Full »

Dr. Nisha Ashokkumar Agrawal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query, and I am concerned about the same. As per your complaints and the picture you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), you need professional cleaning by the dentist called scaling. After scaling and removing the irritants...  Read Full »

What to do when milk tooth disturbs the growth of adult tooth?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a milk tooth that has not fallen. An adult tooth grows through my gums. My milk tooth is loose and causes pain. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to extract your milk tooth within its shedding time by consulting your local dentist. This gives a clear path for the permanent tooth to erupt. Now, you need to extract your milk tooth and you may require an orthodontic procedure to correct your misalignment of...  Read Full »

When is the extraction of permanent teeth needed in orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has overcrowding and overbite issues and has been recommended to get teeth extracted for braces. But, I am very nervous about removing permanent teeth and their long-term side effects. What can I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and OPG (orthopantomogram) attachment (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is crowding, but I cannot predict the severity of crowding from OPG. Clinical examination and photographs are necessary. One has ...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to wear retainers the entire day?

Query: Hi doctor, I have completed wearing braces and now, I am wearing my retainer. It has been a year now or two since I started wearing them. My orthodontist told me to wear my retainer once every two days. What can I do if my retainer seems to be tighter than usual? Do I need to wear it continuously...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A tight retainer is advised when the tooth shows shifting. Please mention whether your retainer got activated recently by your dentist. You must wear your retainer as long as possible throughout the day. I suggest you try to eat with your retainer. It causes discomfort ...  Read Full »

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