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Orthodontics

Dr. med. dent. Iris Place

Our surgery specialises in the treatment of tooth and jaw malposition in children, adolescents and adults.

We offer the entire range of modern orthodontics, including braces that are visible, invisible, attached and removable.

Quality and efficiency in treatment are just as important to us as the patient’s wellbeing and satisfaction. In order to achieve these goals, we assess comprehensively important aspects of dentistry, functionality and aesthetics, all with due attention to the individual patient’s needs.

Nature does not always provide beautiful or ideally positioned teeth. Position and form of the teeth and jaws vary from person to person and determine the individual's appearance. 

Not every deviation from the norm needs to be treated. There are, however, misalignments of teeth and jaws that can lead to functional disruptions. These can be conceived as aesthetically unattractive, can make the cleaning of the teeth more difficult, and can, in certain cases, lead to more serious dental problems in adulthood.

Orthodontic assessment and treatment begins with early identification and adjustment in children and adolescents, but also with recognition of misalignment in adults.

 

Specialist in orthodontics?

Orthodontists are specialised dentists whose field is the diagnosis and treatment of teeth and jaw malpositions.

The basic training in the field of orthodontics is part of the degree course in dentistry.

Obtaining the title "Orthodontist (CH)" demands at least one year of professional experience as a dentist as well as the completion of a specialised and structured three-year full-time education at an accredited Swiss University Hospital for Orthodontics. For details see www.swissortho.ch

The Swiss Orthodontic Society guarantees the education and qualifications for "Orthodontist (CH)".

"Orthodontist" and "Surgery for orthodontics" are not trademark titles. Orthodontists from abroad can in some cases have a completely different training.

 

Dr. med. dent. Iris Place, Orthodontist (CH)

Dr. med. dent. Iris Place

Brought up in Adliswil and Langnau

  • 1986 Matura type B, Kantonsschule Wiedikon
  • 1986-1991 Studies in Dentistry at the University of Zurich
    1991 Swiss Federal Diploma at the University of Zurich
  • 1991-1993 Assistant dentist in paediatric dentistry at the Clinic for Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Zurich with Prof. P. Stöckli/Dr. H. van Waes
  • 1993-1994 General dentist in Wettingen (Dr. M. Jäggi und Dr. S. Jäggi)
  • 1995 Promotion to Dr. med. dent. at the University of Zurich for the dissertation "Local Anesthetic in Paediatric Dentistry"
  • 1994-1997 Specialised program in orthodontics at the Clinic for Orthodontics and Paedriatic Dentistry and the University of Zurich with Prof. P. Stöckli
  • 1997-1999 Orthodontist practice with Dr. Stefan Affolter, Orthodontist (CH) in Thalwil
  • 1999 Earned title "Orthodontist (CH)" according to Swiss Orthodontic Society guidelines
  • 1999 Opened own orthodontics surgery in Adliswil

Member of

  • Swiss Orthodontic Society (SGK)
  • Swiss Dental Association (SSO)
  • Zurich Orthodontic Study Group (Zürcher kieferorthopädische Studiengruppe, ZKS)
  • Swiss Society for Aligner Orthodentie (SGAO)

Consultative capacity as orthodontist at the Health Department of the Cantons Zurich and Glarus.

 

Treatment

Preventive orthodontic procedures are usually implemented by the general or school dentist.

More complex orthodontic treatments need to be carried out by an orthodontist specialist. Through the above mentioned further education, the specialist has the fundamental knowledge and experience needed in order to carry out efficient teeth and jaw corrections of the highest quality that lead to good and stable long-term results.

Referral to the orthodontist takes place through the general or school dentist, or directly through the patient’s parents.

 

Treatment procedure

The first step comprises of a clarifying consultation with the orthodontist specialist at which possible misalignment is provisionally assessed. First estimates and statements can be made concerning the nature of misalignment, commencement of treatment, duration of treatment, way of treatment and costs.

The second step in an orthodontic treatment is the preparation of documents. These entail models of the teeth and the jaws, photos of the face and the teeth, special x-rays, and finally assessments of the occlusion, aesthetic aspects, growth patterns, and potential problems that could arise in the future.

At a very comprehensive meeting, the treatment plan is discussed with the patient (and parents) and possible alternatives considered.

At this point, a written cost estimate will be provided. 

The actual treatment phase, which varies in length, is followed by a passive holding phase that aims at fixing the corrected teeth and jaw misalignment.

 

Timing of treatment

Some malformations are already visible in milk teeth and require the treatment to begin early. 

An assessment should basically be carried out between the ages of 7 to 10. Often the referral is made by the general dentist or the school dentist. The latter examines and assesses children at the dental examination organised by the school.

Orthodontic treatments which should influence the development and growth of the jaw and teeth usually take place between the ages of 9 to 14.

Treatment carried out in good time avoids expensive procedures later on and considerably improves facial aesthetics.

Treatments that merely correct a misalignment of the teeth are usually carried out between the ages of 12 and 16 when the last of the permanent teeth grow in.

In cases of extreme deviations or after completion of body growth, that is to say also in adults, misalignments of the jaw can only be corrected by correcting the position of the teeth, if necessary in collaboration with jaw and facial surgery.

 

Costs/Insurance

The costs for orthodontic treatment are determined by the complexity of the misalignment and the desired aesthetic result.

At a first consultation, a reliable estimate can usually be made. Individual treatments are accounted for and billed in detail according to the tariffs set by the Swiss Dental Association (SSO).

It is advisable to take out an appropriate supplementary insurance policy for your child at pre-nursery age.

Numerous governments of patients' place of residence contribute financially to the costs of orthodontic treatments as part of the program of dental hygiene in schools.

The fees can be adjusted individually to patients' financial capabilities.

In serious cases, the "Invalidenversicherung (IV)" can bear the costs. Only orthodontists are authorized to file the orthodontic application IV.

 

Adults

Healthy teeth in a healthy periodontium can be moved in adults in the same way as they can in children. Complicating factors, such as absence of jaw growth and thus incurred damages, require a more specialised treatment plan in which the family doctor or specialists from other fields are involved.

Invisible braces

Even with adults, individualized solutions are provided in accordance with the problems being addressed. We meet demands for less visible braces (ceramic braces in teeth colours, invisible Alinger, e.g. "Orthofolio", "Invisalign") or other invisible braces (Lingualtechnik).