Braces for adults How it all started
I have always been happy with my teeth, except with my second tooth in the right upper jaw, which is a little pressed to the rear. The right side of my face is not the favorable one and, therefore, I have always shown its left side on pictures. I have very narrow jaws resulting in the third teeth of my lower jaw are very much pressed forward. Generally, my teeth are very healthy and never caused pains over all these years. In February 2015 I started a new job sitting day in, day out in front of the computer. Just during that time I had strong temporomandibular joint aches and could scarcely open my jaws. Thereupon I was recommended to consult Dr. med. dent Anja Leiß of orthodontics studio Prognath.
I was told that my temporomandibular joint aches had probably been caused by stress and a wrong sitting position in the office – these aches calmed down quickly. At my first call Dr.Leiß told me right after the greeting: “You are totally asymmetric”. Thank you, as if that was not normal with human faces… She described me the various models of dental braces – exterior, interior, Invisalign etc.
My diagnosis was the following one a very narrow jaws meaning that the wisdom teeth had to be extracted. Moreover, I have a double-sided cross bite, being also responsible for my muscular temporomandibular joint.
Why no Invisalign? Jaw operation and more…
I don’t have to explain you in detail all possible braces for adults. Orthodontists can do that better. My jaw is very narrow, which excludes different varieties of dental braces right from the beginning. Invisalign is a fantastic possibility, but none of the consulted orthodontists recommended it. The method can well regulate minor malpositions; it is almost invisible and must only be taken out for meals. However, there are also some drawbacks, as all Invisalign braces are prefabricated in the lab and cost a packet. Orthodontists have difficulties in manually correcting them. My present orthodontist joked that dentists without orthodontic formation prefer Invisalign braces. In my case they dropped out from the first.
A friend recommending me the orthodontics studio already advised me of a possible jaw operation. In case of a necessary operation the health insurance company absorbs all cost of a dental brace. Only the brackets have to be paid. In this case of transparent brackets the cost is about 300€ (no warranty, as the case dates already two years back). The dentist felt this could also be my case.
Before deciding for a jaw operation I wanted to know the result first. For at that time the insurance company gave me a negative reply. As already mentioned, Dr. Leiß also suggested that eventually some teeth had to be extracted. Amongst them also a frontal one, which would not be noticed at all (an acquaintance of my friend did that resulting a front tooth now lying in the middle). These suggestions did not enthuse me and I decided to listen also other opinions.
Orthodontists in Munich and surroundings and in South Tyrol
Last year I called on many orthodontists, as I wanted to collect more opinions and cost estimates. Thinking that a braces for adults would be cheaper outside Munich, I also consulted orthodontists near Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in South Tyrol. Those were the ones I consulted:
- Kieferorthopädie Prognath (München) – Result: See above propositions, eventually a jaw operation including a wisdom tooth operation | Cost: I had not asked for an estimate of costs. – First consultation paid by the health insurance company | Duration: One year with jaw operation, otherwise 1.5 – 2 years.
- Kieferorthopädin Dr. Schönbach (München) – Result: normal firmly built-in brace, minimal abrasion of rear teeth. Wisdom tooth operation beforehand | Cost: starting from 7.000€ with exterior braces / starting from 10.000€ with interior braces – First consultation 43€ | Duration: 5 – 2 years.
- Kieferorthopädie Bavaria Crystal (Garmisch Partenkirchen) – Result: firmly built-in brace, wisdom tooth operation beforehand | Cost: starting from 6.000€ transparent brackets – First consultation paid by the health insurance company | Duration: 1.5 – 2 years.
- Zahnarztpraxis Dr. Bernhard Fries (Mittenwald) – Mainly braces for children and only metal brackets.
- Kieferorthopäde Dr. Florian Zuegg (Meran, South Tyrol) – Result: Exterior braces | Cost: around 5000€ – First consultation included | Duration: 1.5 years
Braces for adults My decision
Ultimately I decided to have my dental brace made by Dr. Zuegg in Meran in South Tyrol. My aunt was already in her mid-thirties, when she got from him braces. Besides three of my cousins get such a treatment from him. On April 4, 2016 I had my first appointment with him. A very friendly, quiet and proficient doctor. Also his team is very nice. In the beginning I ws ready for everything, even for metal brackets. But when Dr. Zuegg showed me his technique for adults, I was very relieved. The braces would be nearly invisible and look quite elegant.
Many of you will consider it very cumbersome to shuttle form Munich to Meran, but thanks to my independent job it is no problem, and for the rest I like to be at home time and again. Every six weeks I have to undergo a control visit, which I can well combine with my other appointments.
Braces for adults First three weeks with braces
In the meantime the first weeks with a dental brace are already over. At present I have also rubber inlays for stretching my jaw. Their unfamiliar pressure on my teeth caused me pains while eating in the first week but it got better. Until now everything is perfectly fine. My friends have also been positively surprised, as the brace is really scarcely noticeable. Likewise, I do not try shamming and laugh in a normal way.