What is Orthodontics?

This is the part of dentistry that deals with the alignment of jaws and teeth. It aims to correct problems associated with discrepancies in the craniofacial complex.

Why should I have my teeth straightened?

Crooked teeth can break easily and can trap food making it difficult to keep good oral hygiene. This may lead to the development of gum disease or tooth decay.

Who can do orthodontics?

A qualified dentist who has spent at least a further three years specialising in the field of orthodontics after having completed the dental degree

Orthodontics for children

Orthodontics for children can be one phase or two phase depending on the problem. This includes monitoring eruption pattern of teeth, space regaining and maintenance and intercepting thumb sucking habits to list a few. Treatment in this age group involves the use on removable and fixed appliances.

Adult Orthodontics

Adult patients present with occlusal problems which are different from younger patients. In most instances your preferred dentist will be contacted to compile a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may include creating space for artificial teeth (i.e. partial denture, crown and bridge, implants…) and correcting the bite. Surgical correction of jaws maybe suggested in certain cases to achieve the perfect smile we are aiming for.

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The amount of time the patient has to be on treatment will differ from patient to patient. This will depends on the type of problem the patient presents with. The duration of treatment may range from 12 months to 24 months.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

You can send an email to info@semorthodontics.co.za or call us on 012 486 2146 or 082 535 6846 to schedule an appointment.