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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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How to treat crowded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got all four wisdom teeth taken out. But my bottom jaw of teeth is still crowded. I have also read somewhere that drilling out teeth as the answer is a mutilating act against your body, even wisdom teeth. So I would like your thoughts about getting my teeth less crowded and str...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there is still crowding after wisdom teeth extraction, you need to get braces from an orthodontist. I need to see a picture of your inside mouth to suggest a treatment plan. Sometimes, the orthodontist may suggest extracting premolar teeth just behind the canines...  Read Full »

I have gaps in my teeth. Should I wear braces for both jaws?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding my teeth. I have gaps in my teeth. My bottom teeth are all straight and aligned, but my two front teeth are gapped. Does this mean I will have to start braces on my bottom teeth even though they are straight?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No. If your issue is just the front spacing, you may only get braces on the upper. Be specific about the issue with your orthodontist, but if there are some alignment problems in the lower, they may insist on the lower too. Thank you.  Read Full »

Is it fine to Remove only upper wisdom teeth for a treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I have retained baby teeth with teeth crowding and unerupted wisdom teeth. I consulted an orthodontist, and he suggested extracting two teeth from the upper and lower arch for correction. But, he told me to extract my upper wisdom teeth instead of removing another two teeth from the up...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Orthodontists decide the required extractions for treatment based on the amount of tooth material you have on both the upper and lower jaw. Sometimes even if the upper jaw has less number of teeth than the lower, the size would be greater and thus would compensate fo...  Read Full »

How much does compensation orthodontics increase overjet?

Query: Hi doctor, How much can the overjet be increased by decompensation of incisors inclination in a class two patient treated with compensation orthodontics? I have attached my current angles list for your reference. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Overjet is usually better if it is between two to five millimeters. If you already have a five-millimeters overjet, we have to determine whether any increase is required. So, please post the pictures of your face fro...  Read Full »

I have oral spasms after an orthodontic procedure. Kindly 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 »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

Please suggest procedures other than braces to get an adorable smile.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old female. I had started my treatment with braces in the age of 14 and it continued for around three years. Then, I used retainers for some time. I was told by my doctor that I have a small jaw and extracted four of my teeth. After getting the whole treatment done when I l...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to By looking at your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that your orthodontic treatment was not successful. Now it seems that you have more problems in your lower jaw. So, it is better to correct lower teeth only. You should either try to ...  Read Full »

Can I have jawline recession following an orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hello doctor,I had undergone orthodontic treatment for three years when I was 16 years old, which included braces, elastics, wisdom tooth removal, and one more tooth removal. After the treatment, I noticed that my jawline began to recess. Now I am in my early twenties, and my jaw is much smaller tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The jaw cannot be modified with braces, but only the position of the teeth is corrected with orthodontic treatment. From the pictures taken before the treatment, your lower lip appears more protruding outward, which has ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my lip malalignment after treatment with invisalign?

Query: Hello doctor, I finished my invisalign treatment two and a half years back. Then I started wearing the retainer every night to make sure my teeth did not keep moving. However, less than a year after finishing the treatment, I noticed my lips did not align properly anymore. The centers of my top and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Clear aligners (invisalign) do not have the strength to alter the height of your occlusion, which may cause your lip not to touch. It may be an acquired habit or previous anatomy because of mouth breathing. Sometimes changes may occur gradually. There can be many diffe...  Read Full »

Why have I developed crossbite after ortho treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had braces before two years. During that time, I had a jaw expander for my upper teeth as they were too crowded. I was wondering if my dentist is giving me false information because she is scared as she will ruin my teeth. From my picture the lip piercing side is my left side and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to looking at the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that the tooth is slightly tilted. It is definitely due to the pulling force of the elastics to close the spaces and bring the teeth into alignment. The slight inward tilt is normal in the ...  Read Full »

My orthodontist had fixed something underneath my molars. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my top braces on my teeth a week ago, and today I had a visit to my orthodontist as the wire was too long and poking my gum, so she cut it. However, without informing me, she put something underneath the molars on each side. I am unsure if it is wax or something else, as it is to...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It could be a bite block given on the occlusal surface of molars to get an open bite to correct some irregular alignment of teeth you might be having. The dentist will remove it when the bite is corrected in the nex...  Read Full »

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