Why Orthodontist Pretoria?

For some people, perfect teeth come naturally but most people need a little help to achieve the perfect smile. The help should come from a specialist who is concerned with the treatment of improper bites and correcting crooked teeth. The specialized care of Orthodontist Pretoria provides a variety of services designed to help everyone obtain the best smile possible. Adult braces can be an option as well. The Doctors are knowledgeable and experienced at providing the care recommended for maintaining good oral health.

In order to obtain the perfect set of teeth, an Orthodontist should begin providing specialized care as early as age seven in hopes of controlling the growth of teeth. By age seven, enough baby teeth should have fallen out and permanent teeth grown in place, to allow for an accurate analysis of the mouth and teeth growth. A plan can be made to ensure the mouth adjust properly as permanent teeth grow to attempt to prevent common problems such as overbite or under bite. When abnormalities are discovered at such an early age, there is a better chance of achieving the goal of straight teeth with a balanced facial profile.

What To Expect On The First Visit?

The Specialist will need to do a proper analysis of your mouth and jaw by using x-rays and making molds. Using the knowledge obtained through the analysis, a treatment plan will be developed which will include a set of goals, information needed to achieve the goals, and a recommendation for an appliance, such as braces or retainer, if one is needed. The plan will also explain how to care for the appliance, proper brushing and flossing techniques for healthy teeth and gums. Follow-up treatment will be necessary at regular intervals.

Specialized mouth care should be as normal as seeing a pediatrician but some people require more reasoning than just preventative care.

Here Are Several Reasons To See An Orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced, protrude, or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

Most Common Devices Used by An Orthodontist And How it Works!

Braces are the most common devices used by an Orthodontist. Braces consist of four parts: brackets, bonding material or metal band, arch wire, and ligature elastic (also referred to as an “o-ring”). The brackets, made out of either stainless steel or ceramic, are bonded to the teeth using a bonding material (glue) or a metal band. A metal wire is inserted into dental brackets putting pressure on the teeth. The ligature elastic is used to connect the arch wire to the brackets and is usually changed at every visit. The wires work with the brackets to move the teeth into alignment. Your  Orthodontist  will schedule frequent visits to adjust the arch wire and ligature. This allows the teeth to move slowly reducing the pain associated with the realignment of the teeth.

 Does Oral Health Work?

The best reason to seek specialized mouth care is simply good oral health. Good oral health is vital to good overall health with many diseases being linked to the bacteria associated with gum disease. Why would someone screen for heart diseases during a visit to a specialist for oral health? In recent years, medical researchers have determined the bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease can invade and infect human arterial cells causing the walls of the heart to weaken. Many times when somebody sees a cardiologist for possible heart problems, the cardiologist will visually check for signs of gum disease. If gums appear to be red and swollen or cavities are obvious, the Doctor will recommend seeing a specialist, such as an Orthodontist Pretoria, before tests are run.

Practicing good oral health such as brushing, flossing, and mouthwash can protect against future health problems. Children should have regular visits to a dentist by one year old and start specialized care as young as seven years old. Preventative oral care can help identify markers to important health issues early enough to prevent serious problems.

Braces or Invisalign?

So, you have finally decided to the pull the trigger and get the orthodontic treatment you deserve, but know the question arises:” Normal braces or Invisalign?”.  Below we will give a brief discussion of both so that you have the knowledge to know what is best for you!

Traditional Braces:

The biggest benefit of traditional braces is that they are an effective remedy for most orthodontic problems experienced. The biggest draw back of traditional braces is that they are not inconspicuous at all, but today braces can be made to match your tooth colour to a certain degree which would significantly contribute to hiding the braces. Traditional braces, unlike Invisalign, can not be removed when eating/ drinking and thus extra care needs to be taken to ensure that the braces remain in pristine condition, for example ensuring that no food particles are stuck between the braces etc. Traditional braces will also cause discomfort when first applied as they apply pressure to the teeth, this will however subside within a few days as one gets use to the braces.


The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that it is nearly invisible. The aligners can also be removed when eating or drinking (it is recommended to remove them when eating/drinking), so normal tooth care routine will suffice to maintain teeth. The aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours a day and follow their orthodontist in Pretoria’s advice to achieve the best possible results. Wearing clear aligners will also cause some discomfort initially which will subside with regular use.

Ultimately it would be best to discuss all possible options with your Orthodontic Specialist in Pretoria to determine which treatment would be best suited for your case! Have a look at our blog section to find out more about Invisalign.

How to choose an Orthodontist in Pretoria?

Let’s face orthodontics is an expensive treatment to undergo and with such a price tag attached you expect it to work the first time around, right? Unfortunately, in today’s day and age incompetence is high or some orthodontist use outdated methods etc. Here are a few tips to look at when considering which orthodontist to choose to give you the treatment you deserve!

The first and foremost thing to do is to check if the orthodontist is a registered and thus qualified orthodontist. Remember a dentist is NOT and orthodontist and you should be fully aware of your medical practitioners’ qualifications. You can check that your preferred orthodontist is registered on the website of the South African Society of Orthodontists.

The second thing is to determine if the orthodontist can supply the treatment that you have in mind. Not all medical cases are the same and some cases require a special treatment that not all orthodontists can supply. So, have a look at their website to see what type of treatment they specialize in.

To determine the true quality of an orthodontist you will need to look into references. Ask friends/colleagues/family etc. what experiences they have had with their orthodontist and who they would recommend. This is essentially the best way to find the perfect practitioner for your needs.

Keep location in mind! Once you start with treatment you will need to return to your orthodontist every 6-8 weeks for a period of 6 months to 3 years in extreme cases. Being able to easily access the professional Orthodontist will certainly enhance your experience.

How easy is it to come into contact? When making an appointment for a consultation how easy is to get a meeting? Because this will determine how easy it will be in the future to schedule consultations and adjustments etc. If it is difficult to just find a time-slot for a consultation it will be a struggle for the whole period of treatment. A good orthodontic practice will be easily approachable and will make you feel that you are in safe hands.

The most important tip is to go for a consultation. Go and speak to the orthodontist about options available, recommended treatment, ask about his/her qualifications and any other question you can think of. This consultation will be your best opportunity to get to know who will responsible for your experience over the next few months and you will be able to tell if this will be the doctor for your needs.

A last tip is don’t be afraid to consult the internet to find your perfect orthodontist in Pretoria.

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