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Das Damon-Bracket – Ein Review

For many years the damon-bracket was marketed as breakthrough and an historical turning point in orthodontics. After some dozens of quality studies about this bracket now we know that apart from time savings in the dental chair none of the claims hold true. In this review the most important clinical studies are presented and discussed. […]

Interview “Der Spiegel” No. 18, 2018

“Just Have a Look at This Nonsense” The orthodontist Henning Madsen (aged 56) from Mannheim talks about needless orthodontic appliances and profit-driven colleagues. Spiegel: The Federal Audit Office criticizes your over-zealous colleagues. Has this institution the right to judge about the sense of medical treatments? Dr. Madsen: Not with regards to a final judgement, but […]

The Statement on the Federal Audit Office Issued by the DGKFO is Dishonest and Scientifically Intolerable

After, the Federal Audit Office in its annual report had criticized missing care research and proof of benefit for orthodontic treatment in Germany, this caused enormous excitement. The German Society for Orthodontics (DGKFO), the scientific organization of German orthodontists, presented a press release on this issue on  April 26, 2018 in which the DGKFO declared […]

Manual Structural Analysis (MSA) According to Bumann

The Manual Structural Analysis (MSA) according to Bumann comprises a series of manual techniques for the examination of the jaw (temporomandibular) joints (TMJs). Manual techniques (examinations performed with the hands) were developed in the USA, the Netherlands and many other locations of the world. That’s why a variety of manual techniques for the examination of […]

Functional Orthodontics

Functional Orthodontics describes the treatment with Activator-like appliances. It was originally introduced by Viggo Andresen in 1935. Since then, a perplexing number of activator-clones have appeared including the Bionator, the Bite-Former, the Kinetor and the Functional Regulator, amongst others. Apart from Andresen the Austrian Karl Häupl was very much engaged in Functional Orthodontics. Both authors […]

Early Orthodontic Treatment – a Huge Swindle

According to the international gold standard it’s common to start orthodontic treatment when the patients’ early permanent dentition is present. The young patients are at the age of 11 to 12 then and all permanent teeth have erupted. At this time most of the patients can be treated with a single fixed appliance in about […]

Criticism of German Orthodontics on NDR

On January 16, 2018 the TV program “Visite” on NDR (a regional TV channel) reported critically on German orthodontics. Dr. Madsen was available as interview partner and had contacted a patient beforehand who had been treated in a questionable way. Maybe, this kind of report might lead to the future avoidance of senseless early orthodontic […]

Fastbraces – the Next Flop in Orthodontics

In orthodontics it seems to be a fashion that some manufacturers of brackets give unrealistic promises in sales promotion. It’s particular popular to claim that in comparison to other brackets bracket X called for a shorter treatment duration, less appointments, more comfort, minor root resorption and less wires. Fastbraces was developed around 1995 by Anthony […]

Removable or fixed appliances?

Removable appliances can’t really be regarded as an alternative to fixed ones because they show a different clinical effectiveness. Many tooth movements aren’t possible with removables. This holds true for rotation of teeth, except the four front teeth, as well as the lengthening and shortening of teeth. Because of their limited suitability teeth can only […]

The right time for starting orthodontic treatment

Orthodontists often provide their young patients and parents with confusing informations about the right time for starting orthodontics. Some colleagues recommend to start with orthodontics when the kids are at preschool age or at primary school – referring to a developmental stage when kids have their primary dentition. Basically, it’s very simple: The permanent dentition […]