Wired braces are used in fixed orthodontic treatment for the correction of dental malocclusion. Archwires, molar bands, ligature wires, brackets, elastics, separators, coils, hooks, tubes, etc., are some of the components of braces. Braces move the teeth in the desired position as determined by an orthodontist. The constant pressure on the teeth by the braces leads to bone resorption on one and formation on the other side, thereby shifting the teeth' position. The archwires tend to lose pressure, or they become loose with the gradual change in the position of the teeth. Hence regular intervals of tightening of the archwires with an orthodontist are necessary.
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Can I cut the extra orthodontic wire that is poking inside the mouth?
Query: Hi doctor, I visited an orthodontist about two days ago, and they put on two new brackets. But yesterday, one of the brackets fell off, so I clipped the wire with fingernail clippers, and it is not bugging me anymore; it is not pokey. But, in the other three corners of my mouth, they decided to make... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would suggest not cutting out any extra part of the wire. The extra part of the wire bent inwards is kept purposefully to avoid drifting your teeth forwards (called tipping or proclination). The brackets tend to take teeth forward, and to avoi... Read Full »
My kid has trauma due to braces. Should I get the brackets removed?
Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old daughter had braces. Almost 24 hours later she had 103° temperature and the doctor at urgent care said she had trauma from the braces. I then met with the orthodontist and told her that the urgent care doctor said my daughter had trauma due to braces and that my daughter... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Braces for an 8 year old is quite rare. They are still in the development and eruption period. Removing the brackets will not cause further trauma. But it will be a total waste. Ortho treatment initially causes discomfort, but it will be alright in time. I suggest you ... Read Full »
I have metal braces, and the last bracket came off. Will I still get the bands?
Query: Hello doctor,I have metal braces, and the last bracket came off. This is the first time the bracket broke off. And today I am supposed to get bands. Will I still get the bands, although they will fix a bracket back on? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I hope you are doing well. There are no major issues in the bracket coming off in the initial stages and can be easily re-fixed. The patient is new to the braces and is still adjusting. So these things happen. It could also be an error on the orthodontist's sid... Read Full »
Can you help me with the difference between 0.018 and 0.022 brackets to order online?
Query: Hello doctor, I have spaces in the upper and lower front teeth, and I am about to get my braces treatment started. I going to buy braces online, so I want to know what is the difference between 0.018 brackets and 0.022 brackets? Please just clarify my doubt. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The difference between both the size brackets is the slots in which the wires are held on to in the brackets. There are minor differences in the treatment mechanics between the both. 0.022 brackets can hold larger wires in the slots. The larger slot size can sometimes be ... Read Full »
My Teeth Are Yellow.Is Scaling Only A Temporary Process To Clean The Teeth?
Query: Hello Doctor, I am 19 years old. My teeth are yellow from childhood (from 10 years of age). A black layer is formed at the backside of teeth. When I see my teeth it seems very dirty and too much of creamy layer is formed on my teeth especially in lower canines and lower incisors. In the lower teeth... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yellowing of teeth is mainly due to one of the following or a combination of these: Tartar or plaque deposits (soft yellowish deposits) on the teeth. Calculus deposits (calcified hard deposits) on the teeth. Fluorosis - internal discoloration of the teeth due to ... Read Full »
Why do people fix midline misalignment of teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, Why do people fix midline misalignment of teeth (the middle of upper and lower teeth do not line up), apart from appearance as the factor? I had undergone treatment with wire braces and removed them off just yesterday. I noticed that I have a little midline misalignment even after tre... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apart from esthetics there is no other need for the midline alignment of teeth. You can leave it as such if you do not have any functional abnormalities. If the lower front teeth are hi... Read Full »