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DIAGNOSIC

The planning diagnosis can be made on the same day following the consultation or at another appointment. The initial dental and orthodontic findings are now supplemented by jaw impressions, photos of the face and teeth, and X-rays if necessary. Based on their evaluation, an individual treatment plan will be created for you or your child, which we will discuss with you in detail at the following appointment.

TREATMENT PLAN

At this appointment we will discuss the evaluation of the jaw situation with you using the created 3D models, photos and X-rays, as well as the individual treatment and cost plan, and clarify any open questions.

TREATMENT DURATION 

The duration of an orthodontic treatment depends very much on the position of the teeth at the beginning of the treatment and on the goal.

The aim of early treatment in children is to eliminate individual deviations, such as the transfer of crossbites by widening the dental arch. Early treatment is usually completed after 1 to 1.5 years.

Full treatment for adolescents usually lasts 3 to 4 years, with the stability of the treatment result usually only being checked at 3-month intervals in the last year (so-called retention phase). The duration of the treatment phase with fixed braces is usually 1.5 to 2 years. Depending on the initial situation and the goal of the treatment, it can be much faster in the case of a slightly pronounced misaligned tooth, in some other cases it can take longer.

During treatment with fixed braces, check-ups take place approximately every 6 weeks, while patients with removable braces are usually called in for check-ups every 3 months.

RETENTION

Regardless of whether orthodontic treatment has taken place or not:  Teeth do not stay in the same place in the jawbone for life, but are subject to changes like all other tissues of the human body: These can be called "tooth migration" are perceived as aesthetically disturbing over the years and decades of life, and also have negative effects on the condition of the jawbone.

This natural tooth movement also occurs with removed or missing wisdom teeth. The sole removal of those third molars is therefore not enough to reliably prevent the gradual development of crowding in the front teeth.

If teeth have been straightened as a result of orthodontic treatment, appropriate retention measures should therefore be taken for permanent retention. The standard in this case is to attach a small holding wire (so-called retainer) to the inside of the front teeth. The retainer is not visible from the outside and fulfills its task of keeping the teeth permanently in position without the patient having to do anything.

In addition to the fixed retainers, removable retention devices serve to stabilize the posterior teeth. These removable braces are worn at night, especially for the first 2-3 years after the brackets of the fixed braces have been removed.

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