When to start?
Starting at the age of 4, an initial orthodontic check up is recommended, to evaluate if and when treatment should be initiated.
Early preventive treatment is typically very short and can be carried out with gentle removable appliances. It may be the first phase of treatment in order to provide space for developing teeth, to guide jaw growth (in case of crossbites), to lower the risk of tooth injuries, and to correct harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking or dysfunctions of the tongue. Early treatment is meant to make later treatment less complicated and shorter.
At the age of 9-14 years, phase two of the treatment focusses on the correction of tooth irregularities as well as to establish growth harmony between the upper and lower jaws.
After a initial consultation, we use modern diagnostics such as low-dose all-digital x-ray, computer-based data analysis and treatment simulation. With this information, we create a customized treatment plan taking into account growth patterns, functional components, and anatomical characteristics like the facial profile. We will then discuss all treatment options with you to help you make the best choice according to your personal needs. It is our goal to design a plan which can accomplish aesthetic and functional,perfection while minimizing your treatment time.
We also offer mid-treatment care. Should you move to Düsseldorf, we can continue and complete your orthodontic treatment. We closely cooperate with general dentists, oral surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, speech therapists, ear nose and throat doctors and pediatricians.
Our options for kids & teens
We offer several removable braces such as bionators, activators, active plates, Fränkel functional appliances, and stimulating plates.
Following the orthodontic treatment, a small titanium wire will be fixed at the inside of your lower anterior teeth to prevent any relapse. Even if the third molars have been removed, crowding may otherwise occur, especially in the lower anterior region.
In certain cases we need to apply an additional anchor when moving the teeth. Headgears are more or less history. Nowadays we use devices that are invisible and compliance-free such as the Distal jet, Quadhelix or miniscrews. In the latter case, we cooperate with the orthodontic department of the University hospital Düsseldorf.
Clear aligners, e.g. INVISALIGN TEEN®
This modern appliance is removable and nearly invisible. It has been developed especially for teenagers, who want to follow an active lifestyle without restrictions and without visible metal or wires. The teen aligners use the same technology as the adult aligners, and can be taken out for brushing the teeth, eating and so on. They are especially suited when spending some time abroad!
Mouthguard for sports
We offer a special protective mouthguard, which is manufactured in our dental lab and fits perfectly, even if you wear braces.
Answers to the Kids’ questions
Why do I have to wear a removable retainer after my braces have been taken off?
Especially within the first months after treatment, the jaw bone has to consolidate. Therefore you need to wear the retainer day and night, if possible. After a couple of months you may wear it only at night.
Why do I need to see a speech therapist?
It is possible that your tongue has a functional problem, and instead of lying at the palate it pushes against your front teeth. A speech therapist shows you how to achieve the correct tongue position.
What is the fixed retainer for and how long does it remain?
…to prevent the anterior teeth from moving again, as they are likely to revert back into the original malposition, especially in the lower anterior region. The longer you wear the fixed retainer, the better.
Why do I have crooked teeth and tooth gaps?
There are many reasons for malpositioned teeth. Sometimes your jaw is too narrow and your teeth are too big or vice versa. Certain tooth positions or missing teeth may also be inherited. In many cases form follows function, as for example if a child sucks his thumb, the anterior teeth will protrude and the upper jaw will get narrow.
Do you have any questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact us.