Kieferorthopädie Dr. Jos van den Hoek | Bern - Düdingen

For children and adolescents

Orthodontics in children and adolescents  

As long as the jaw is not fully developed, i.e. in children and adolescents not beyond a certain developmental limit, the growth of the jaw as well as the position of teeth can be influenced by orthodontic appliances.

The primary goal is to ensure that the upper and lower jaws fit together correctly and a harmonious facial image is created. Hence "orthodontics" also signifies bone positioning.

It is advisable to have your children examined as early as possible in terms of the need for orthodontic treatment, for example, at 6 to 8 years of age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected simpler and better in children before jaw growth has slowed down. The age at the start of treatment for children is usually between 11 and 12 years, the beginning of pre-pubertal growth. However, an earlier point in time should be selected for certain treatments. Your family dentist, school dentist or our orthodontic specialised medical practice will gladly advise you.

Orthodontics for children - orthodontics, Dr Jos van den Hoek

If growth is already complete, and there is misalignment of the jawbone (and not just of the teeth), surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the jaw-related conditions. Tooth position, however, can clearly be corrected throughout life, i.e. also in older adolescents, with orthodontic appliances. There is also the option of using hardly visible devices in older adolescents (such as Lingualtechnik or Aligner).

In addition to orthodontic treatments, we also do simple oral surgery, such as extraction of wisdom teeth or other teeth. More complex cases are solved in collaboration with specialists, e.g. jaw surgeons.

We attach great importance to good cooperation with your family dentist and their regular information about orthodontic treatment.

After orthodontic treatment, stabilisation (so-called retention) is always required and is adjusted to the type of treatment. The teeth, soft tissue and jaw must first become "accustomed" to the new conditions. So that they remain stable, they are held in the correct place with special retention devices (e.g. firmly glued retainers or removable retention plates etc.). But even when retention has been carried out, the teeth may nevertheless move, so that orthodontic treatment may be necessary again.