"Orthodontics is always a journey. We would be happy to go on this journey with you - and your children."
My work as an orthodontist at the Seehofer dental practice
Dr. Gabriele Gündel is a specialized dentist for orthodontics - for children and adolescents as well as for adults. The focus of her work is always the holistic well-being of her patients.
The position of the teeth and jaws is the result of various influences of the soft and hard tissues surrounding them and an indication of the functional state of the body with regard to breathing, swallowing and lip closure. If the position of teeth and jaws are in balance and work harmoniously together, a face appears well-proportioned, aesthetically pleasing and the rows of teeth fit perfectly into the overall picture.
The innovative treatment approach pursued by Dr. Gündel therefore always takes into account the interaction of the structures in the body. It also involves close interdisciplinary cooperation with therapists from other medical disciplines such as ear, nose and throat specialists, speech therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists.
A specialist with diverse expertise
Having completed the master's degree course in "Lingual Orthodontics" at the Medical University in Hanover, Dr. Gündel is an expert in the field of orthodontics with invisible braces (WIN). She is also certified for treatment with invisible aligners from Invisalign. Both appliances allow a discreet treatment of malpositioned teeth without aesthetic restrictions at school, training or work.
Furthermore, Dr. Gündel is one of the few experts in the field of passive orthodontics with self-ligating bracket systems (Damon) and individually manufactured bracket appliances (Insignia). The treatment concept using these low-friction brackets makes it possible in many cases to avoid tooth extractions due to lack of space. This means that all teeth can keep their place in the jaw. This technique also makes it easier to correct teeth that are displaced in the bone.
"It is always astonishing to what extent space can be created for displaced teeth with light forces, low-friction mechanics and taking into account biological limits and healthy oral musculature. - Dr. Gabriele Gündel
Further training for orthodontics
In order to guarantee her patients the best and most modern treatment, Dr. Gündel continues to undergo extensive further training.
"Constant further training is a must in order to counteract the "ravages of time" and always be able to offer your patients the best possible treatment". - Dr. Gabriele Gündel
At the same time, as an expert for invisible braces and passively ligating treatment devices, she gives her own lectures at scientific conferences. Nationally and internationally, she also offers courses and seminars on the treatment concepts of "invisible braces" and "self-ligating bracket systems".
Dr. Gündel's main focus of activity, recognised by the Chamber of Dentists, is temporomandibular joint diseases, neck and headaches (CMD). She also has many years of experience in the treatment of temporomandibular joint diseases. Her treatment concept for CMD (Craniomandibular Dysfunction) includes special finely adjusted splints, which are individualized in cooperation with manual therapists, speech therapists and osteopaths.
After successful splint therapy, the patient then has several subsequent treatment concepts (orthodontic or prosthetic) at his or her disposal.
Contemporary orthodontics in Munich
Taking impressions as part of an orthodontic diagnosis and treatment is one of the less pleasant stages on the way to beautiful teeth.
As an alternative, the orthodontic team of Dr. Gündel works with modern scanners, which create a three-dimensional image of the dental arches within a few minutes (the so-called scan). This can then be used several times over. It is used to diagnose and illustrate malpositioned teeth and is also the basis for the production of various individual treatment appliances (WIN, Insignia, Invisalign).
What does specialist dentist for orthodontics mean?
For the qualification as a specialist dentist, a 3-year full-time training course is required. This follows 5 years of study in dentistry and 1 year of general dentistry. The further training as a specialist dentist takes place at a university clinic or in an orthodontic specialist dental practice recognized by the Chamber of Dentists on the basis of the respective expertise. During these 3 years, the students are thoroughly engaged in the subject areas of orthodontics and patients are diagnosed and treated exclusively under the supervision of the orthodontist.
Following this time, an examination lasting several hours is taken before an examination board of the Chamber of Dentists, which always includes university lecturers.
Only this examination entitles the holder to bear the title "Specialist dentist" for orthodontics.
"Orthodontic treatment is very complex and often takes several years, especially in childhood. The growth of the young patients often has to be accompanied for a longer period of time and modified by different treatment steps. It takes a trained professional view and a lot of experience to make correct prognoses and plan goal-oriented treatment steps. An orthodontic treatment belongs in competent "professional hands"." - Dr. Gabriele Gündel
Dr. Gündel is authorized to train future orthodontists and passes on her experience to young colleagues with great commitment.
What does Master of Science Lingual Orthodontics mean?
A master's degree in dentistry is usually taken part-time at a university dental clinic. It includes as a main focus the development of a scientific problem (similar to a dissertation) and the writing of a related scientific paper, the master thesis.
The prerequisite for participation in the Master's program in Lingual Orthodontics is the successful completion of further training as a specialist in orthodontics and the completion of a special application procedure.
Dr. Gündel completed her master's degree at the Medical University in Hanover and during this time she exclusively treated patients with lingual treatment appliances. In her master's thesis she dealt with questions concerning the improvement of patient comfort and effective treatment methods.
"The joy of our patients regarding the invisibility of lingual brackets and the aesthetic correction of their malpositioned teeth is a constant incentive for me to make treatment with this technique public and to continuously refine our technique". - Dr. Gündel
Areas of expertise
Outside of her professional activities, Dr. Gabriele Gündel has been committed to the non-governmental organisation ZONTA for years. The organisation is a worldwide association of working women who are committed to improving the lives of other women professionally, economically, politically, legally and in terms of health. In the Munich area, Dr. Gündel is involved in the ZONTA project against poverty among women in old age.