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Which benefits do orthodontic treatments bring?

 

Orthodontic treatments have both functional and aesthetic indications. Correct jaw positioning and good tooth position, with corresponding tooth pitch, are necessary prerequisites for optimal chewing, swallowing and speech, as well as correct mouth closing and respiration. Beautiful teeth and good tooth position allow us to smile easily and increase our self-esteem.  Top

When should children be examined for the first time?

 

We recommend having your children examined for the first time at the age of 6 to 8. Many orthodontic problems in children can be corrected better and more easily before jaw growth slows down. An early start to treatment may also mean that more complex measures can be avoided. Certain treatments take a long time and, above all, require sufficient jaw growth. If treatment is started too late, the problems may not be able to be corrected optimally or, where required, only in combination with maxillofacial surgery.  Top

Can adults also undergo orthodontic treatment?  

 

It is never too late for orthodontic treatment in adults. There are even patients of retirement age that undergo orthodontic treatment. Especially for adults, there is the possibility of invisible or hardly visible treatments such as lingual techniques or aligners. Orthodontic problems concerning tooth position can also be corrected as well in adults as in children. Complicating factors such as lack of jaw growth may require special treatment planning. Lack of jaw growth, possible gingival atrophy and bone loss in the periodontal apparatus (periodontal diseases) as well as worn, damaged and missing teeth in adults may require certain adaptations to the type of treatment and the treatment result.  Top

As an adolescent and an adult, do I always have to wear «braces»?

 

Today there are different possibilities for invisible or hardly visible treatment. These include, for example, the lingual technique, where brackets are bonded to the inside of the teeth, aligners, transparent plastic splints, and transparent or tooth-colored brackets.  Top

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

 

Treatment duration varies from case to case. Easier correction treatments of the tooth position can be completed within 6 to 12 months. More complex cases, for example when different orthodontic appliances also have to be used, may take several years. Treatments often take 2 to 3 years.  Top

Are orthodontic treatments painful?

 

Orthodontic treatments in dentistry are among the less painful treatments and are minimally invasive. In general, the tension on the orthodontic appliances, generated by orthodontic treatment, is initially perceived as unpleasant.  Top

Who covers the costs of orthodontic treatment?

 

The cost issue has to be clarified in each individual case before treatment begins. General information cannot be given. Basically, compulsory health insurance (KVG, LAMal) only covers the costs for a few treatments. Private supplementary insurance offers limited coverage, especially if there are no pre-existing diseases or if children have been insured up to a certain age. Disability insurance (Invalidenversicherung / assurance invalidité) covers severe cases, but only until the patient reaches the age of 20. Here, too, each individual case must always be evaluated separately.  Top

What happens at the end of orthodontic treatment?

 

The so-called retention is carried out at the end of each orthodontic treatment. The retention is a stabilization phase during which teeth are retained in their new position. This is done by orthodontic appliances, such as retainers on the inside of the teeth or plates. The time required for the stabilization phase may vary. Today, the trend in practice and science tends toward long retention phases.  Top