Hans Peter Bimler

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Hans Peter Bimler
Born(1916-12-10)December 10, 1916
DiedJune 28, 2003(2003-06-28) (aged 86)
Known forDeveloped first Roentgenphotogramm in the world, developed Bimler Appliance and Bimler Cephalometric Analysis
Medical career
Sub-specialtiesorthodontics otolaryngology

Hans Peter Bimler (December 10, 1916 – June 28, 2003) was an American orthodontist who was known for developing the Bimler appliance. He also developed the first Roentgenphotogramm in 1939.[1][2] Hans also developed the elastic bite former during World War II.


He was born to Walter Bimler who was a dentist in Silesia, Germany. Hans enrolled himself in the medical faculty in Breslau, Germany in 1935. Then in 1939, he went to Vienna, Austria to study under Artur Martin Schwarz. Two years later, due to WWII, Hans returned to Germany to work with his father. He also was part of German military. He was once captured by the British army and later released as a prisoner of the war. After he was released, he specialized in otolaryngology and worked in Hamburg for Schuchardt. Hans developed the Roentgenphotogramm in 1939 and presented his findings to European Orthodontic Society in 1939 in Wiesbaden, Germany. This roentgenphotogramm showed a picture where skull, teeth, soft tissue, x-ray and a photograph was superimposed on each other. After the WWII, Hans and his family moved to West. Bimler eventually developed the Bimler Cephalometric Analysis.[3]

As a surgeon during WWII, he treated a patient who lost part of his mandible, and Hans ended up using an appliance which allowed rest of the mandible to inserted into the appliance. Therefore, this eventually lead to the development of the Bimler Appliance.[4]

In 1953, he married his wife Erika. They had a daughter named Barbara Bimler who is also an Orthodontist. He died on June 28, 2003.

Bimler Appliance[edit]

Hans worked with the Activator appliance in his father's office. He did not like the rigidity and the bulkiness of this appliance.[5] Therefore, slowly Hans started testing out a new type of appliance where he slowly replaced acrylic with wire made of stainless steel. His appliance came to known as the "Elastic Oral Adaptor" or the "Bimler Appliance".[6][7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Memorial To Dr. Hans Peter Bimler". www.iaortho.org. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  2. ^ Bimler, Barbara (2002-01-01). "Hans Peter Bimler at age 85". International Journal of Orthodontics (Milwaukee, Wis.). 13 (1): 19–20. ISSN 1539-1450. PMID 11921839.
  3. ^ Phulari, Basavaraj Subhashchandra (2013-06-30). History of Orthodontics. JP Medical Ltd. ISBN 9789350904718.
  4. ^ Treatment Effects of the Bimler Functional Appliance on Class II Division 2 Malocclusion. ProQuest. 2007-01-01. ISBN 9780549369417.
  5. ^ "Bimler appliance - Oxford Reference". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Cephalometric Changes Observed Following Long Term Use of the Bimler Functional Appliance in Class II Division 1 Malocclusions. ProQuest. 2007-01-01. ISBN 9780549402671.
  7. ^ Bimler, H. P. (1973-01-01). "Dynamic functional therapy. The Bimler appliance". Transactions. European Orthodontic Society: 451–456. PMID 4533658.
  8. ^ Nord, Vernon A. The Bimler Appliance: Construction and Adjustment.