For children & adolescents
There are many ways to get a message across to children and adolescents. Big brands try using rap videos, others glamour. But what can you use to explain braces? A constant daily companion - how can we achieve the difficult goal of keeping kids motivated day after day?
By providing a good explanation? But what if the reflection in the mirror tells a completely different story...
We know our responsibility and have developed a methodology that excites, motivates and sometimes simply gives in to your child - but the end goal and your child's health are never compromised.
Orthodontic treatment especially for children and adolescents is not just something that is reflected in our clinic's facilities, it is much more - a matter close to our hearts. Because one thing was true even when we were kids: When something is fun, you look forward to it!
Right time for treatment
As every person is unique, it is not possible to state a generic moment at which orthodontic treatment becomes worth considering.
Our tip: Take your child for a dental check-up once he/she is 4 years old, so that any unusual developments can be addressed as early as possible.
The advantage of identifying faulty growth or misalignment so early on is that we can react in the early stages itself and introduce the necessary treatment. In this way, a lengthy course of treatment can be avoided.
Furthermore, we also recommend that you go in for one more check-up at the latest by the time your child is 7 years old.
Do any of these questions apply to your child?
- Does your child breathe through the mouth?
- Does your child snore?
- Is the tongue visible while swallowing?
- Does your child bite his/her lower lip?
- Are your child's lips frequently open?
- Does your child complain of head, neck or back aches?
- Did your child suck his/her thumb or a pacifier post the age of 4 years?
- Did your child lose milk teeth prematurely due to tooth decay or an injury?
Did you answer "Yes" to one or more of these questions?
Then we should talk. These could be signs of a problem. After a check-up, we can give you a better idea about what treatment is needed.
An early diagnosis is important for the correct development of your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us as lingering functional issues can lead to faulty load bearing and thus improper development.
The jaw is connected to the rest of the body through the temporomandibular joint and the cervical vertebrae. As a result, orthodontic treatment can positively influence posture and head position as also breathing and speech. This can lead to better all-round health.
With the help of orthodontic treatment, you can offer your teeth optimal protection from caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. This is because straight teeth are easier and better to clean, thus ensuring that they remain healthy and strong.
Today's ideal of beauty is defined by pretty, well-aligned, healthy teeth. After all, a glowing smile does not just look good, it also communicates friendliness and thus has an undeniable influence on your self-confidence.
Types of appliances
We have the right appliance for every patient! But which is the right one for you? Here you have some examples of fixed and removable appliances. We will identify the correct appliance for your child by talking to you and then personalising it to meet your expectations.
Removable braces - also known as "loose" or "simple" braces - are orthodontic appliances that are made individually for each jaw (upper and lower). As the plate is made of plastic, the appliance can be personalised with different colours and designs. The appliance is held in place with lateral fixers made of wire.
The appliance can be adjusted with a stainless-steel screw, thus activating the movement of the teeth. There are also some models with a small spring, which can be used to achieve specific tooth movements.
Removable appliances require a good deal of discipline, as the positive change can only be achieved through regular wear. Therefore, the appliance must be worn as often and for as long as possible.
Mini metal brackets are very sturdy and quite comfortable. This is the most frequently-used variant as it offers good value for money.
Ceramic is a very strong material but also lets light through. As ceramic does not stain, the natural beauty of your teeth is plain to see. This makes it the more aesthetic alternative to traditional metal brackets.
This is the high-tech solution for patients who have special aesthetic requirements. In lingual braces, a wire is fitted on the inner side of the teeth (towards the tongue), making it completely invisible. This modality of treatment is the first choice of working professionals. High-quality materials are used to make this made-to-order solution. It is also better for the teeth as the appliance is fitted on the inner side which is not as prone to demineralisation.
What can we do for your child?
Orthodontics offers a range of different treatments to correct tooth and/or jaw misalignments. We look forward to a face-to-face, non-committal appointment with you, where we can present the options that fit your individual case, while also taking into consideration your needs and wishes.
Thank you for choosing our clinic for your treatment after the first consultation appointment.
We then carry out a first diagnosis that includes a check-up of the temporomandibular joint, jaw models and x-ray images. This is the basis for your individual treatment plan, which takes into account your personal needs and expectations.
Only then does treatment begin.
We offer a wide range of modern treatment options, which include removable and fixed appliances.
The kind of treatment suitable for your child depends on the individual tooth and/or jaw misalignment and is only determined after a comprehensive evaluation of the entry records.
Your wishes and expectations are naturally taken into account.
Most young children are prescribed removable (loose) appliances. These can be personalised with different colours and/or glitter. Furthermore, we also build a tiny micro-sensor into the appliance that helps your child remember to wear it.
We recommend treatment options that would provide efficient and beneficial results while also complying with your major needs.
We are here for you!
To become an orthodontist, you have to do a 4-year specialisation after your dentistry degree, where you acquire special knowledge about how to treat misaligned teeth and jaws.
You are licensed to practice as an orthodontist only after you have passed a corresponding exam.
Crooked teeth do not only present aesthetic concerns, they are also more difficult to clean. Misaligned teeth are more prone to gingivitis and caries.
Furthermore, a good bite is important - after all, you use your teeth and jaw every time you eat. Even if some misalignments might not look that bad, they worsen over the course of life.
With children and adolescents, there is still scope to influence jaw growth. It is therefore best to correct such misalignments during childhood and adolescence.
When you come to us for the first time, we will have a look at your teeth to see if the teeth in the upper jaw align well with those in the lower jaw.
If we conclude that you need to undergo some treatment and that you are sufficiently advanced in terms of secondary dentition (by checking how many milk teeth you still have), we will start compiling the necessary preliminary documents.
This includes photographs of you and your teeth as also x-rays, impressions of your teeth and a short temporomandibular check-up. On the basis of this information, we can carefully and precisely formulate a treatment plan for you.
Once we are clear about the course of treatment, your appliance will be fitted in the second or third appointment. This can be a simple appliance, a double appliance or - if you already have all your permanent teeth - possibly even fixed braces.
You will receive clear instructions on how to wear and take care of your appliance. At every appointment, we will check to see that your appliance fits well and if the teeth have moved.
The treatment will be successful only if you are very particular about wearing your appliance!
The duration of your treatment depends on the severity of your misalignment. Tooth movement and jaw growth are slow processes, which is why treatment usually spans a number of years.
Treatment with removable (loose) appliances requires a high level of discipline from patients - they have to wear the appliance regularly to have the best chances of success.
The minimum wearing time prescribed by us must be followed. Otherwise the treatment could stretch over a very long period or might even have to be terminated due to reduced perspectives of a successful outcome.
A longer treatment duration does not just mean longer restrictions on your quality of life, it also usually implies significantly higher treatment costs.
All our appliances have a modern micro-sensor, which uses a special technology to measure at regular intervals for how long the appliance has been worn and to then store this data.
At every check-up, we read the micro-sensor fitted in your appliance in the read-out station and then evaluate the treatment optimally based on actual duration for which the appliance was worn and the progress made. We can then also make corrections, if necessary.
We also look at how well the appliance sits and make small adjustments as required.
It is good to protect your child's teeth during dangerous sports.
The best protection is offered by a flexible tooth protector made on the basis of an impression of the individual's jaw.
If you are wearing a fixed appliance, we can make special mouth protectors for you, to ensure that the tooth movement that is crucial to the treatment is not hindered.
Oral hygiene: An important pre-condition for an optimal result
During orthodontic treatment, patients must have impeccable oral hygiene. At our clinic, the steps and checks for good oral hygiene will be explained to you at every appointment. Do not forget to bring your toothbrush!
We also recommend regular professional cleanings at your dentist/pediatric dentist, especially when your treatment involves fixed braces. You also want to have a regular dental check-up, at least twice a year.
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