Teeth Alignment

Problems with teeth alignment and jaw length discrepancies can result in malocclusion or improper bites. Teeth alignment problems can result from hereditary and environmental factors. Braces are used to straighten crooked teeth.

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Are the upper teeth supposed to flare out or be straight?

Query: Hi, I just received a 3d model of my teeth for a proposed treatment plan with clear aligners. I used to have braces and the changes I need are very minor. In the finished model, my front top teeth flare out at an angle, where as now they are straight up and down. The orthodontist said they are supp...  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist, Naturopathy Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.Com, I have gone through your attachments, anteriors are flared up in the model and yes there inclination is increased. If you are having doubt with that then it is better to have word with your orthodontist. Definitely if patient concern is not there then orthodontist have...  Read Full »

When talking or smiling, my upper teeth is barely visible. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an inquiry regarding my upper teeth. I recently have noticed then when I am talking or smiling, my upper teeth barely show at all, so it looks odd when I talk because you can only see my bottom teeth. I was wondering what caused this? Because they were not like that when I was yo...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. 2. The possibilities for your upper teeth not visible during talking or smiling are a short upper lip, short upper teeth, and most rearward upper teeth. 3. The imbalance between any of the above is the...  Read Full »

Will dental aligners cause white contour around the gingiva?

Query: Hello doctor, I currently have aligners on and since I started the treatment I noticed a little white contour around my gums lower teeth, they lift a little bit. Is it something to be alarmed about?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, your gums are absolutely fine and nothing to be alarmed for. They are minor issues due to the realignment of the contour of your gums. Do continue to use aligner. When you remove your aligner please apply Rexidine M forte gel (if you feel any discomfort). It i...  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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. By 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 »

Is it necessary to wear retainers after removing braces to prevent relapse?

Query: Hi doctor, I am just wondering if retainers can be used to realign teeth? I have had braces off for a month and have worn mine religiously but it feels like my teeth are relapsing a little bit despite this. Is this possible? Namely, my teeth before braces were not aligned properly, had spaces, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Menon


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Once the braces are removed, you have to wear the retainers for at least eight months. You have to wear them literally all the time. Else there are high chances for relapse. And yes your front teeth can be filled using tooth colored composite restoration. You just ha...  Read Full »

Are elastics compulsory to correct overbite?

Query: Hi doctor, I was informed by my dentist that I have a problem with my bite and I use elastics along with my braces. I feel it uncomfortable. I force my teeth to stay how they really are. I have no problem with my jaw and I am very unhappy about the way I look with elastics. My teeth do not fit toget...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are happy with your current bite, then you can definitely tell your dentist to keep your bite as it is and that you do not want elastics. He will modify his treatment plan accordingly and will stop when the teeth are stabilized properly. But, if there is some occlu...  Read Full »

One of my front teeth is lower than the other. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, One of my front teeth is lower than the other and my orthodontist told me I am getting my braces off tomorrow. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please ask your dentist to take this into consideration. If there is only 0.5 mm difference or very negligible then ask him to level it off by slicing the tooth a bit. But if it is prominently below the level of occlusion then he must reposition the bracket and give it so...  Read Full »

How to correct disordered teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have disordered tooth alignment. What can be done to correct them?  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I had taken a look at your X-ray. You have got all the permanent teeth which are to be present at this age, and this is perfect. The haphazard alignment is something widespread and can ...  Read Full »

My 16 year old daughter's baby teeth have not fallen off still. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 16 years old, and her baby teeth have still not fallen off. Just in the past two years, it had slowly started to be pushed out and now the permanent teeth are finally erupting. It seems red in the middle, but there is no pain or discomfort. Will the teeth eventually com...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Dentist, Oral Implantologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. The problem is over-retained milk teeth. As your daughter is 16 years of age and still the milk teeth have not fallen, then there is a possibility that it will not fall on its own. Rather, it will disturb the alignment of the erupting permanent teet...  Read Full »

My teeth are crooked after using retainers only at night. Should I get braces again?

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 move...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

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