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Fixed retainers do not impair health

Fixed retainers are the standard method of keeping front teeth straight after orthodontic treatment. Without stabilisation, the anterior teeth are almost guaranteed to become crooked again. But does the fixed

Classify orthodontics in a realistic way

Pädiatrix 2009, issue 1, pp. 24-25. This article makes it clear that orthodontics has a secondary importance in medicine and that orthodontic treatments should not be aggressively pushed into the

Commentary on the Articles by Collett, You and Kim et al.

Informationen aus Orthodontie und Kieferorthopädie, 34, issue 4, 2002, pp. 265-68. An article that is particularly important to me because it criticizes the still predominant, year-long treatment with removable appliances.

Evidence-Based Orthodontics

Informationen aus Orthodontie und Kieferorthopädie, vol. 36, 2004, pp. 143-145. Download PDF (429 KB) (German and English)

Letter to the Editor: Mandibular orthopedic repositioning

Mandibular orthopedic repositioning: an expensive and risky over-treatment. Comments on the publication of Toll/Özkan „Aspekte bei der Therapie kraniofazialer Dysfunktionen für ein optimales Behandlungsergebnis“ Kieferorthopädie 2006 Download PDF (81 KB)

Letter to the Editor

Temporomandibular dysfunction: Biopsychosocial model instead of a mechanistic pain model, vol. 22, 2006, p. 21. Download PDF (101 KB) (Deutsch)

Book Review

McNamara, JA (Hrsg.), Growth and treatment: a meeting of the minds. Vol. 41, Craniofacial Growth Series, Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/ Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie, Vol. 66, 2005 Download PDF (English)

Book Review

Dapprich, J., Functional therapy in the dental practice. Quintessenz Publishing, Berlin 2004. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie, vol. 67, 2006, p. 151. Download PDF (31 KB) (German)

Book Review

Okeson, JP, Bell’s orofacial pains. The clinical management of orofacial pain, Quintessence Publishing, Carol Stream 2004. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie, vol. 67, issue 3, 2006, p. 226 Download

Book Review

W Stelzenmüller, J Wiesner. Pain management in the jaw joints. A treatment concept for dentists, orthodontists and pysiotherapists. Thieme, Stuttgart 2004. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie, 2006 Read more

Evidence-Based Medicine in Orthodontics

Quintessenz, 2008, volume 59, pp. 977-984. This article provides a brief overview of the need for treatment and meaningful and meaningless treatment measures for children and adolescents – it’s a

Invisible Orthodontics is Always Possible

In 2010, a “Pediatric-Orthodontic Examination Handbook“ was published in two editions by the Professional Association of German Orthodontists and the Professional Association of Pediatricians. It was supposed to prompt pediatricians

Failures and Problems in German Orthodontics

In our opinion, there is a lot going wrong in German orthodontics: there is simply too much treatment, treatment times are far too long by international comparison, orthodontics for children

Dr. Madsen in Invisalign-course

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment method with removable transparent aligners that we’ve offered since the launch in 2001. The Invisalign® system has been continuously improved ever since. It started with

Yes we Scan, the iTero Intraoral Scanner in our Offices

Since November 2018, both offices in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen (former practice) have been using Invisalign iTero® Intraoral Scanners. The iTero scanner allows us to replace classic impressions with impression trays

Interview with Spiegel Online

November 3, 2013 / In Germany, for many children orthodontic treatment starts too early – and lasts too long. The reason: the little patients are very lucrative. Here you can

Article in the Stern 7/2018

In the magazine Stern from 8 February 2018 an article about dentistry was published. In its section on orthodontics Dr. Madsen is cited and typical patient examples of failures in

Article in the Welt am Sonntag

“Braces – All that glisters is not gold” Article on orthodontics that appeared on 13 May 2018 in the Welt am Sonntag See article (in German PDF)

Orthodontics: too much, too early, too long!

Orthodontics: too much, too early, too long! In Germany, with two-thirds of each year too many children are treated orthodontically. In addition, orthodontic treatments are usually started too early and

The Damon Bracket – A Review

For years, the Damon Bracket has been pushed into the market as a groundbreaking product that has heralded a turn of events in orthodontics. After several dozen quality studies about

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)

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

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

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

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

Removable or fixed appliances?

Removable or fixed braces are not a real alternative because the appliances have very different performance. With conventional removable appliances, many essential tooth movements cannot be performed at all. These

The right time for starting orthodontic treatment

Orthodontists often provide their young patients and parents with confusing information about the right time for starting orthodontics. Some colleagues recommend starting with orthodontics when the kids are at preschool

Removable appliances aren’t cost-effective

For a long time it was claimed that orthodontic treatment with removables is cheaper than using fixed braces. Swedish scientists checked this statement in a cost evaluation study, published in

Hand wrist radiographs in orthodontics are obsolete

Surprisingly the hand wrist radiograph is part of the x-rays basically required in orthodontics. Generations of orthodontists believed to be able to predict the special growth spurt during puberty making

Removable appliances have no effect on jaw growth

Since the 1930s many orthodontists, mainly in Germany, believed to control the growth of the jaws by removable orthodontic appliances. Especially with functional appliances like Activator, Bionator or Twin Block

Randomized controlled studies

For some decades randomized controlled studies (RCTs) have been the gold standard for evaluating therapy effects in medicine. This kind of studies give the most concise and reliable answer for

Do we need a Ceph for Treatment Planning?

For some decades randomized controlled studies (RCTs) have been the gold standard for evaluating therapy effects in medicine. This kind of studies give the most concise and reliable answer for

Can a dental brace damage my teeth?

Can a dental brace damage my teeth? Any brace has the potential to damage the teeth and the periodontium – just like an effective drug that produces unwanted side-effects in

How often should you see an orthodontist?

The number of office visits required for orthodontic treatment depends on the duration of treatment and the length of the ordering intervals. In Germany, orthodontic treatments of adolescents last 3-4

How long does treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment takes between six and twenty-four months provided that it is carried out using the latest treatment methods according to the current state of knowledge. Unfortunately, treatment in Germany

Do braces impede speech?

Do braces impede speech? The human mouth is not primarily designed to accommodate a dental brace – the mouth is better suited to natural functions such as breathing, eating, speaking


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