Why should you visit an orthodontist?
Orthodontics is not just the correction of crooked teeth. An orthodontic treatment is used to prevent tooth decay, to preserve the periodontium, to improve the chewing and biting function, to protect against traumatic damage, for example in severe crunching or pressing, the preservation of the temporomandibular joints, the stopping of unfavorable habits such as thumb sucking or nail biting and finally, of course also the aesthetic improvement of the overall appearance – a beautiful smile often says more than 1000 words.
Loose or fixed braces?
Not every clasp style is suitable for solving every problem. Loose braces are often useful, especially in cases of jaw malposition. Malocclusions, on the other hand, are the domain of the fixed brace. Often there is a combination of two types of braces, which sometimes are used one after the other.
Up to what age is orthodontic treatment possible?
Basically there is no age limit. Teeth can be moved at any age. Only jaw misalignments, which are due to growth, can no longer be changed orthodontically in adults. If such a case exists, it is possible to perform a treatment in cooperation with oral surgeons.
Is orthodontic treatment expensive?
Both statutory and private health insurance undertake orthodontic treatment (statutory to 18 years, private usually also to 18 years, in exceptional cases, later). For those insured by law, however, a certain degree of difficulty must be achieved; if the misalignment is below the level of difficulty, the insurance is not liable to pay. It is regulated by the insurance law that the insured person must bear 20% of the total costs as a pledge during the treatment itself. This is intended by the health insurance as an incentive to complete the treatment. After completion of the treatment, the insured will be reimbursed his own contribution from the health insurance. This contribution varies from quarter to quarter, depending on which services we have provided in this period and is moving in an approximate range of 40 – 80 € / quarter. If additional services are required that are not included in the catalog of benefits of the statutory health insurance, these will be charged separately.
Does a bleaching cause damage to the gums or teeth?
Gentle and modern bleaching procedures make teeth whitening possible without long-term damage and loss of substance.
How long will the teeth whitening last?
The result of bleached teeth often lasts for several years, depending on the consumption habits of the patient (coffee, tea, cigarettes, red wine, etc.).
How long will the bleaching treatment last?
With the necessary professional teeth cleaning before and the polish after lightening and fluoridation treatment takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
How often should I have a professional teeth cleaning done?
We recommend a professional tooth cleaning every 6 months.
With which public transport do I come to your practice?
Our motto is:
“There is no “doesn’t work”, we always try to fulfill every request and to give preferred appointments. We will try to create a consistent comfort zone around the patient.”
Dr. Nicola Schmitz, practice owner