Dr Heike Börnert
Heike graduated in 1996 from University of Leipzig, where she studied for a further five years to become a specialist in orthodontics. During her training she was involved in multidisciplinary treatments of patients, including patients born with cleft-lips and cleft-palates. Her dissertation continued this work and won the Carl Zeise Award in 2001 for the best doctorate thesis in her year. Since moving to the UK in 2003, she has worked as a locum consultant at King’s College Hospital, Royal Surrey Hospital and at several private practices.
She especially enjoys the treatment of complex cases in adults and children and works closely with other dental specialists to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient. Heike is experienced at using all types of orthodontic appliances and has a special interest in treating patients with less visible and more discreet appliances like lingual braces, which are fitted onto the back of a patient’s teeth.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and two children, and likes to get creative at her local pottery studio.
Orthodontic treatment aims to improve the alignment of patients’ teeth, jaw and facial features.
Misaligned teeth are not only an aesthetic problem. They can also be difficult to clean, raising the risk of decay and gum disease.
Jaw problems may arise if your teeth do not meet properly and your bite is misaligned. This can cause trouble with chewing and eating.
Orthodontics for Children:
The earlier your child’s first orthodontist appointment, the better their oral health will be – allowing them to have a life-long confident smile.
The best age to first see an orthodontist is between six and seven years old, when their permanent teeth start to come through. The focus at this stage will be on improving any existing misalignment (malocclusion) and preventing future deterioration.
Orthodontics for Adolescents:
At the age of ten and twelve years children are in their mixed dentition. This growth phase, which comes before the onset of puberty, is the best time to correct the bite with a functional appliance.
Once the bite is corrected, treatment with fixed appliances usually follows to make your child’s teeth perfectly aligned. Treatment time will depend on the degree of misalignment. Once the orthodontic treatment is completed, patients will need to wear a retainer which can be removable or fixed at the back of their teeth.
Orthodontics for Adults:
Adult orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and confidence, as well as the health of your teeth and gums.
Although more challenging than children’s orthodontics, it is never too late to see an orthodontist. We would be delighted to help you, so please do get in touch. Most adults prefer to be treated with discrete, non-visible appliances, such as braces fitted at the back of the teeth or clear aligners. Alternatively, traditional fixed appliances may be used.
Radiography and Diagnostic:
30a’s diagnostic equipment is second to none, helping us to help you. Our 3D CBCT scanner and our wireless intraoral scanners generate high-quality images, allowing our specialists to offer the most comprehensive diagnoses and subsequent treatment plans.
We choose our technology based on your well-being. For example, we use digital radiography, rather than normal x-rays, because it lowers radiographic exposure by a fifth.
Removable appliances can be plates with active elements (springs or screws) to move teeth or widen the jaws, or functional appliances (twin block, activator, Fraenkel appliances), which influence the jaw position and aim to harmonize the orofacial muscular system. Removable appliances can be removed for eating, cleaning and when doing sports activities.
Fixed appliances are grouped into brackets and bands, which are attached to the teeth and auxiliary appliances. These in turn are fixed to the bracket system (Herbst appliance, headgear, face mask). The brackets can be made out of metal (silver or gold) or ceramic (clear/white). Traditional brackets are fitted on the outside of patient’s teeth. For more discreet treatment braces can be almost invisibly fitted on the back side of patient’s teeth. With any fixed appliance teeth can be moved in all directions at any age, bone and gum structure permitting.
A clear aligner is a popular appliance, not just for adults but also for children, who want a more discreet and almost invisible way of straightening their teeth. The aligner can be removed for eating, teeth cleaning and contact sports, but should be ideally worn 22 hours per day.
There are several forms of treatment for sleep apnea and associated snoring conditions. In mild cases, weight-loss and the use of mandibular advancement devices can be wholly successful. In moderate and severe cases, mandibular advancement devices or nasal continuous positive airway pressure masks (CPAP) are normally prescribed. Alternatively, bimaxillary surgical advancement of upper and lower jaw can be performed.
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