Orthodontics in Zug

Crooked teeth can not only be aesthetically disturbing, but also impair eating, speaking and proper teeth brushing. In the long term, a crooked tooth can cause significant damage, because if teeth bite badly together, they wear down irregularly, which can lead to fractures or even loss of teeth. In addition, problems in the area of ​​the jaw and the jaw joints can occur. An orthodontist can identify and treat problems early on in cooperation with our practice. We work together with various orthodontist in the Zug region.

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With early orthodontic treatment, crooked teeth can be effectively regulated and therefore, more complex treatments can be avoided later. Especially with children, fixed or removable braces are often sufficient to permanently correct misalignments.

The ideal time for the first visit to the orthodontist is 8 or 9 years of age of the child. In individual cases, earlier treatment may also be indicated.

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Cooperation of different specialists

The full professional title in Switzerland is “Specialist Dentist in Orthodontics” and requires a completed degree in dentistry. In addition, the prospective orthodontist must have completed a year’s work as a general dentist, followed by four years of specific orthodontic training.

The training path makes it clear that orthodontics emerges from dentistry. Therefore, every dentist is also trained in orthodontics to recognize problems in the development of the tooth position of children and, if necessary, refer the patient to an orthodontist for the actual treatment. In some cases, minor orthodontic treatments may also be carried out by the dentist himself, e.g. fitting the patient with a spacer or a retainer in the context of pediatric dentistry.

But not only dentists and orthodontists work closely together to offer patients a holistic therapy: In the case of jaw-joint problems, also physiotherapists are also regularly called in – after all, the jaw has the strongest muscles in the human body. Problems in the jaw can also spread to other parts of the body. Chronic headaches can sometimes be caused by a diseased jaw.

Orthodontist for children – regular visits are important

Children should visit their pediatric dentist in Zug in regular intervals, even if they do not complain about any noticeable problems. Because the earlier tooth misalignments are detected, the more effective and gentle the therapy. If the time window in which certain corrective measures have to be taken is missed, serious jaw problems might occur in adulthood, possibly making therapies significantly more complex and time-consuming.

Typically, a visit to the dentist is due at the following times:

In infants, it should be checked whether the jaw system survived birth well. In rare cases, extensive therapeutic measures are required, e.g. in the case of cleft lip and palate syndrome or obvious orofacial malpositions.

When the milk teeth erupt, the dentist should check the child’s teeth and gaps.

By the time the child is around 3 years old, the primary teeth are usually complete. In the case of pronounced tooth misalignments, early treatment is particularly effective.

The mixed dentition goes through two phases, the first from 6 up to 8 years of age and the second from 9 to 12 years of age. In each of these phases, your dentist should check how well and “straight” the permanent teeth are growing. In the event of corresponding problems, he can initiate early, effective treatment.

From the age of 12 years up until adulthood, most orthodontic therapies are performed on the now permanent teeth. Among other things, also a decision is made as to whether wisdom teeth need to be removed.

After the age of 18, adults usually only consult an orthodontist for acute problems. Typically, this is the result of missed diagnoses and therapies that should have been carried out in childhood. Jaw syndromes in adulthood are often summarized under the term of “craniomandibular dysfunction” – a clinical picture whose therapy often requires complex interdisciplinary cooperation between physicians, dentists and other therapists.

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