While the body is still growing, braces work better and even faster

Orthodontics is prophylaxis  - Straightening teeth and jaws doesn't just improve appearance. It is a long-term investment in health and can help prevent dental problems and tooth replacement.

For teenagers, treatment usually begins in the second mixed dentition phase (ages 9-12) and can continue until the completion of puberty.

This period is characterized by the change of teeth and increased growth of the facial skull, which makes it possible to correct jaw misalignments and misaligned teeth particularly effectively.

But which brace is the right one?

Depending on the misalignment of the jaws and the timing of the change of teeth, treatment is either with the classic loose / removable braces, with fixed bracket appliances or with transparent splints of Invisalign®.

Thus, treatment with removable / loose braces usually takes place between the ages of 9-12, as this is the time when the upper transition from the milk to the permanent dentition takes place and children grow strongly in the face.

With puberty and the eruption of all permanent teeth, the focus of treatment is then on correcting the position of the teeth. Now the treatment is done with brackets and other fixed appliances.

Loose braces - removable

They always consist of a plastic body into which a metal bracket and, depending on the type of brace, screws, thrust springs or similar are incorporated. The braces are adjusted by the orthodontist by specifically polishing the plastic body and bending the wires.

Depending on the type and the time in the course of treatment, braces are usually applied in the afternoon and at night.

Especially if you want to stimulate or decelerate the development of the upper and lower jaw, the treatment is done at this time with removable appliances.

Depending on the type of braces (i.e. active plate, double advancement plate, bionator, twin block, Frankel function regulator, etc.), they can widen the jaws and make room for permanent teeth, and guide the erupting new teeth into the right position.

Loose braces can influence not only the position of teeth, but also correct the jaws in relation to each other, harmonize the masticatory muscles and improve lip closure.

 Often a loose brace is used as a pre-treatment and then a fixed bracket appliance is inserted.

Brackets / fixed appliances

Brackets are mass-produced small locks with slots that are glued to the teeth. A wire is pulled through the slots and then attached with small wires or rubber rings.

 This wire causes the desired movement. To create space in the dentition for tooth movement or to add to the force of the bracket braces, additional elastics, transpalatal archwires, orthodontic mini-implants or palatal expansion appliances may be necessary.

 The duration of treatment depends on the need for correction; usually it is between 18 and 30 months. With brackets, it is generally important to take extra time for oral hygiene.

 Brackets and archwires are available in different materials and colors.

Stainless steel brackets - metal

The brackets are made of silver metal. They transfer the forces to the teeth very safely, are easy to remove and are less expensive.

We at Zahnspange-Mitte use very small brackets as a standard, on which the glue is already applied very thinly and is only hardened with light. This way there is no plastic residue around the bracket for plaque to adhere to.

Their only disadvantage is that they are visually more conspicuous.

Ceramic brackets - tooth-colored

The brackets are tooth-colored, only the archwires are made of metal. They are therefore visually less conspicuous.

However, the disadvantages of ceramic brackets are that they are more susceptible to repair during treatment and often need to be replaced, and that they can damage neighboring teeth if they come into contact with them.

Treatment with ceramic brackets is more expensive.

Lingual brackets - completely invisible

In the lingual technique, metal brackets are glued to the inner surface of the teeth and moved with the help of metal arches - this makes the brackets invisible from the outside and the treatment practically invisible.

The brackets are made individually for each patient and the wires are specifically shaped by a mini-robot. This customized treatment is supported by digital techniques and achieves the treatment result with very high accuracy.

However, the treatment with lingual technique is much more expensive.

Invisalign Teen® - the almost invisible braces

Invisalign® therapy consists of a series of individually manufactured, highly precise plastic braces (aligners), which, due to their clear design, remain almost invisible and therefore inconspicuous.

The delicate design means a very short adaptation period, so your pronunciation is not affected and, unlike a fixed appliance with brackets and wires, you can remove the aligner to eat or take care of your teeth.

The desired treatment result is simulated using the latest computer technology: then we orthodontists plan the intermediate steps to gently move teeth into the desired position. Tooth misalignments are thus gently and comfortably corrected.

Depending on the degree of difficulty, the patient receives 12-50 aligners and after every two weeks of wearing the patient changes the splint, which should be worn for about 20 hours a day.

The Invisalign® splint therapy has a very wide range of indications and in the braces center we can decide whether this treatment method would be the right one in your case.

Treatment with Invisalign braces is paid only by private health insurance companies.

A note on the durability of the treatment result

Unfortunately, the corrected teeth have a lifelong tendency to return to their original position. That is why every patient needs a retainer after the completion of orthodontic treatment.

We recommend fixing a thin wire on the inside of the front tooth, a retainer and additionally wearing a removable brace at night to secure the position of the side teeth as well.

More on permanent stabilization

Start with a preliminary consultation

Start with a preliminary consultation

To ensure optimal and effective treatment, a consultative preliminary discussion and a comprehensive assessment of the patient's condition is a prerequisite.

A suitable and individually tailored course of treatment can only be determined for you after an exact diagnosis has been made and your individual wishes have been expressed. The necessary means of treatment and their costs will be arranged especially for you.

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Where to find us

You will find us in Berlin-Mitte - in the former Scheunenviertel between Hackescher Markt and Rosenthaler Platz.


Mulackstr. 24

10119 Berlin

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Our opening hours

We are open on all weekdays for our patients; please note that different opening times apply on Tuesdays.

Mon 08.15 -12.30 / 13.30 - 17.30 

Tue 08.15 -12.30 / 14.30 - 19.30 

Wed 08.15 -12.30 / 13.30 - 17.30 

Thu 08.15 -12.30 / 13.30 - 17.30 

Fri 08.15 -12.30 / 13.30 - 17.30 

Sat We take a break

Sun We take a break

Ways of contacting us

Book an appointment? Questions about the treatment? Simply contact us directly here - we will reply promptly.

Of course, you can also reach us by phone at +49 30 420 260 0.

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