# Superscript missaligned to subscript

So this is my (simple) problem, I would like to have the superscript (number 2) in a better position compared to the first case which looks really awful to me. A first solution was to add the parentheses but it seems too bad in a long equation to have much of them.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\begin{document}
\begin{align}
\dot{\theta}_{M}^{2} && (\dot{\theta}_{M})^{2}
\end{align}
\end{document}

• Does \dot\theta_M{}^2 look better to you? – Sergei Golovan Dec 29 '17 at 9:12
• I would like to have the number 2 exaclty above the letter M – it8 Dec 29 '17 at 9:15
• Then you can just shift the superscript a bit: \dot\theta_M^{\,\,2} – Sergei Golovan Dec 29 '17 at 9:30
• This is very good, you should post it as a possible answer. Thank you – it8 Dec 29 '17 at 9:34

$\dot{\theta}_{M}^{2}\qquad \dot{\theta}\!_{M}^{\makebox*{\scriptstyle M}{\scriptstyle 2 }}$