published scientific pieces from Dr. Henning Madsen

Dr. Madsen’s publicatons in German and English speaking scientific journals  – from reader’s letters through to book reviews up to scientific articles of multiple pages.


I am very proud of the fact that, in addition my practice, I can still participate in the world of science, and not only as a reader of scientific literature.

It is of course quite difficult for the head of a busy practice to do research himself. You will therefore find amongst my publications discussions of textbooks and courses, reviews, commentaries and literature summaries. It is very important for me to remain staunchly independent and to be able to scientifically justify my views. I am naturally very pleased to be able to make a small contribution to progress within our specialism.

Does my child really need an orthodontic treatment?

In Germany clearly too many children, precisely almost two thirds of this age group, are treated orthodontically. But it is even worse that these treatments are regularly started too early, i.e. before the age of ten years, and many of them are performed with unnecessary and outdated removable appliances. Consequently, orthodontic treatment duration in Germany […]

Orthodontics: aggressive marketing and inefficient treatment

Written summary of a lecture held on the German Congress of Public Health Service (ÖGD-Kongress) in Reutlingen on April 29, 2016. In Germany almost 70% of each birth year are treated orthodontically, which is an extremely high rate in international comparison. It is discussed how German orthodontists contribute to keep this rate so high. Furthermore, […]

Randomized controlled studies

Randomized controlled studies (RCTs) are since some decades the gold standard for evaluating therapy effects in medicine. This kind of studies give the most concise and reliable answer for clinical questions. Unfortunately, dentistry lags behind in that respect, and in orthodontics there are still many conservative colleagues who debate the need for such high-standard studies. […]

Do we need a ceph for treatment planning?

The cephalogram (ceph) is considered to be a part of orthodontic standard diagnostics for decades. However, it was introduced by some respected authors without a scientific validation of the procedure. While most orthodontists still believe a ceph was indispensable, its influence on treatment planning appears to be rather low. Most of the published diagnostic studies found the usefulness of the ceph […]

Orthodontics in Germany: aggressive marketing and inefficient treatment

An article in german language covering two important issues: first unethical promotion of orthodontic treatment by promising health benefits which are mostly unproven. And second some traits of orthodontic treatment unique to Germany, like the enormous treatment rate of 45% of youngsters. Although many cases with rather small deviations are treated, average treatment duration in […]

Letter to the editor about: Kochel J, Meyer-Marcotty P, Witt E, Stellzig-Eisenhauer A. Effectiveness of bionator therapy for class II malocclusions: a comparative long-term study. J Orofac Orthop 2012, vol. 73, p. 91-103 Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics 2013, vol. 74, p. 75-76

Unfortunately, people will always try to produce particularly good study results by just reviewing the very best cases out of a large number of the patients who have been treated. Such ‘cherry picking’ makes it possible to present really good study results. So, studies of this nature are not worth the paper they are printed […]

Myths and Facts in Class-II Therapy. In: Baxmann M Hrsg., Fixed Appliances for Class-II Therapy. Proven Methods and recent developments. Quintessenz Verlag, Berlin 2012, chapter 10, S. 68-76

My chapter for a textbook dealing with modern orthodontic treatment concepts, which came out in one of the most renowned scientific publishing houses in Germany. The term of myth is related to old beliefs in orthodontics that it was possible to control skelettal and facial growth by means of so-called “functional” appliances. In this chapter […]

Quintessence Publishing, Berlin, 2008. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie 2009; Band 70, Heft 6, S. 544-545

Quintessence Publishing, Berlin, 2008. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie 2009; Band 70, Heft 6, S. 544-545 Download PDF (47 KB)

JC Türp, C Sommer, A Hugger (Hrsg.): The puzzle of orofacial pain – Integrating research into clinical management

Band 15 der Serie Pain and Headache. Karger, Basel 2007. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie 2009; Band 70, Heft 2, S. 176-177 Download PDF (46 KB)