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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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Is it good to undergo orthodontic treatment at the age of 18?

Query: Hi doctor,I started using braces from 13 years and wore them for two years. Now, I am 18 years old and I have lost my lower teeth retainer. I am trying to get a new one. I feel like I have a mild overbite and it makes my mouth look weird. I have a developed an asymmetrical face and my jaw has lifted...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the picture, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) there is some asymmetry but it is not so prominent to be easily noted. If you are thinking to wear braces for facial asymmetry, then I do not recommend you. Your age is not so late for using braces. Bu...  Read Full »

How do you correct a Class 2 malocclusion?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old male. I had a Class 2 overbite issue due to a short mandible. My functional orthodontist started twin block therapy. I have read few medical articles about how they work. Twin blocks cause retroclination of maxilla incisors and proclination of mandible incisors. Person...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I appreciate that you have studied and undergone so many articles about the twin block. Yes, it causes proclination of mandibular teeth and retroclination of maxillary teeth. But the advantage you are having is you are in the phase of active growth, so the movement o...  Read Full »

What could be the painful nodule between canine and premolar while having braces?

Query: Hello doctor, I got braces last year as there were spaces between my teeth. For the last ten days, I noticed a nodule coming out behind the braces between canine and premolar on the left side of the mandible. It is painful only while brushing when the bristles rub against it. Before this, (after my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to See, as per your details, it seems to be gingival polyp due to irritation from braces. But you are saying it is turning pale so it can be lipoma also. I request you to please send a good clinical picture and tell me some more details regarding the nodule to confirm m...  Read Full »

Why are my teeth still uneven after wearing braces for two years?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to ask a question about my teeth. I currently have braces, and I have had them for two years. I am scheduled to have them removed in the coming month. However, I am worried as I do not think they are ready yet. My teeth are uneven in length, one side is higher up than the ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please be calm. Unfortunately, your picture is not getting opened, so I cannot predict the current situation. But I think if you are wearing retainers and elastics, they will probably give good results. So I suggest you either send the current clinical picture of the c...  Read Full »

Should I get my teeth extracted and get braces?

Query: Hi doctor,I went to a dentist to check my tooth. The doctor told me that I have one tooth in the front that has not fallen. This tooth has got messed up with other tooth. As my face looks small with many tooth inside the mouth, my doctor suggests me to have an extraction of that tooth as well as a f...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you have one tooth with a crown (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and this causes misalignment of tooth. I suggest you get it extracted as soon as possible. As your age is 16 years, you can wait for two to four years to have orthodontic treatment. De...  Read Full »

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