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Orthodontiepraktijk Amsterdam Zuidoost
Bijlmerdreef 626

 Contact: 020 – 235 85 90

We are every workday reachable by phone from 8:30

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You can contact the TBB (Dentists’ Mediation Bureau):
020 – 303 4500 of
0900 – 821 2230 (44 ct.p.min)



Public Transport

Orthodontists Practice Amsterdam South East is easily accessible via public transport. By bus you get off at stop Florijn, our practice is just 1 minute walk away. We also offer parking space. (paid parking)

Questions about orthodontics

We can well imagine that getting braces brings many questions to your mind.
Below, you can find a summary of the most frequently-asked questions.

  • What do braces cost?

    It’s difficult to say exactly what an orthodontic treatment will cost. This depends the seriousness of the abnormality, the type of braces and the patient’s cooperation. But once you are at the stage of being treated, you will receive a cost estimate. Further, it’s important for you to look at the insurance details to find out the reimbursement your insurance provides. You don’t then get any surprises if you know what you’re up against.

  • Are braces age-limited?

    No, we can still correct the teeth in someone older. The gums must of course be healthy. Sometimes it’s necessary to go to the oral hygienist first before starting an orthodontic treatment. For adults, we also have ceramic, transparent brackets that are less visible than the metal ones.

  • What do I do when I am out of elastics?

    You can of course always come to the practice and collect a packet of elastics. You can also phone or e-mail and we will send you a packet. Certainly don’t stop wearing the elastics!

  • Can I behave normally and take part in sport with braces?

    Of course you can behave normally and take part in sport. You’re better to remove an activator for sport or swimming. Other than that, you should just behave as usual, although you do need to be careful.

  • Can I keep playing a wind instrument?

    You certainly can, though you’ll need a period to get used to it. You might have to apply your lips slightly differently from what you are used to.

  • Are braces painful?

    If you have just received braces, you will suffer some discomfort from your teeth. Particularly eating is very sensitive at the beginning. Nonetheless, it’s important to chew your food as usual and then the pain will subside more quickly. There must of course not be any sharp points on the braces – we can do something about this. The fact that it’s rough is indeed annoying, but you’ll get used to it. After no more than two weeks you’ll be used to it.

  • Do you get cavities in your teeth from braces?

    You don’t get cavities from braces. Though it is harder to keep your teeth clean. In other words, you’ll have to pay more attention to cleaning your teeth and braces. Plaque and food residues build up more easily around the braces. So brushing is the problem if you soon get cavities.

  • Can I eat and drink everything with braces?

    You can eat and drink anything with braces, but it’s not recommended to eat hard or sticky sweets. These could loosen the brackets. You also need to watch out for hard French bread, chicken legs and spare ribs. Many brackets also get loosened by the caps on sport drink bottles. The brackets are bonded to the teeth using adhesive especially intended for the purpose. It’s no use if brackets loosen frequently during the treatment. You also need to be careful with drinks containing gas. This doesn’t loosen the brackets, but it’s not good for the enamel on your teeth. Now and again is fine, but not sweet or acidic drinks all the time. You do need to think about what you’re eating or drinking. It’s also a good idea to wait half an hour after eating before brushing your teeth. Sweetness or acid on your teeth damages the enamel if you brush your teeth straight after eating.

  • How often do braces need a check-up?

    Usually you’ll come once a month for a braces check-up. The braces are then activated. It’s checked whether the treatment is proceeding well and if necessary things are adjusted. It’s also checked that your oral hygiene is good. If this is again not good, your parents will get a letter from us to ask them to keep an eye on things and give encouragement. This also applies to not wearing the elastics very well. Then they’ll also get a letter from us to ask them to keep an eye on things and give encouragement.

  • Do I need to go to the dentist for a six-monthly check-up?

    Check-ups at the dentist go ahead as usual. The check-ups at the orthodontist are only for your braces. If we do find a cavity in between times, you’ll get a letter from us to give to the dentist whom you will have to go to to have the cavity filled.

  • How long does it take to fit braces?

    This depends on the type of braces. Fitting permanent braces takes around 45 minutes per jaw. During this appointment, the brackets are bonded to the teeth and the arches or wires are inserted. Some braces are fitted in two appointments. During the first, 10-minute appointment, elastics are installed between the molars to make room for the bands, which are attached to the first large molars a week later. Fitting the other braces takes from 15 minutes to half an hour. After fitting the braces, a brushing instruction follows, and we tell you what you need to watch out for with food and drink.

  • What do braces do to your teeth?

    Modifying the position of the jaws
    These braces, ‘the activator’, can only stimulate or retard the growth of the jaws when someone is still growing. Girls stop growing somewhat earlier than boys. Once you have stopped growing, the position of your jaw can still be altered, but this has to be done by a dental surgeon. By means of a jaw operation, the dental surgeon can move your upper or lower jaw forwards, backwards, up or down.

    Moving the teeth
    The braces move the teeth by exerting a constant force on them. This is possible using a combination of brackets, wires or arches, and elastics or springs that we fit. For moving teeth, age does not matter. Moving teeth is perfectly possible even in adulthood.

  • Why use braces?

    If there are functional problems, this is naturally a reason for braces. It might also be that by using braces, you avoid problems in the future. Another major reason for getting braces is to look good. Everyone wants straight teeth and a nice smile for themselves or their children. Crooked teeth are harder to brush which greatly increases the risk of tooth decay. Some abnormalities cause problems with chewing or accelerated tooth wear. Other tooth and/or jaw abnormalities can cause speech problems.

  • What is the retention phase?

    The retention phase is the phase of the treatment during which no further active force is applied to your teeth. Your teeth are now in the right position and we want to maintain this right position. We do this by bonding splints to the back of your teeth with adhesive. We prefer to leave the splint or retention wire in place as long as possible. If you notice that a splint is loose, or you think there is a change in the position of your teeth, you should make an appointment to have this looked at. Usually, removable braces are also made to keep the teeth in position. These removable retention braces must be worn at night and can gradually be phased out after one or two years.