Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves “Orthodontists” and be registered as a specialist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Orthodontics is part science, part engineering, and part art, and is not merely just “straightening teeth”.
Teeth should be aligned to: optimize their functional biting relationship, to be in harmony with movements of the jaw joint, and to be in an aesthetic balance with the face and the lips.
When you undergo orthodontic treatment, a myriad of factors has to be taken into consideration such as jaw alignment, growth, dental challenges (e.g. missing/malformed teeth), patient factors (e.g. maturity/age factors), logistic factors (e.g. long-distance treatments), and many others. Only a properly qualified Orthodontist is trained to deal with all these factors.
Orthodontists are therefore uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic problems. They dedicate their professional lives exclusively to create healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Orthodontic care is often also part of a comprehensive oral health plan and work in conjunction with dentists and other specialists.
Orthodontists use a variety of appliances including fixed braces, removable plates, clear aligners, lingual braces (orthodontic braces positioned on the inside of the teeth surfaces –hidden), and retainers to move or hold teeth in their correct positions.
Dr J is properly qualified to ensure that harmony and facial balance is achieved.
You do not need to be referred by your dentist to see an orthodontist and you may go directly to an orthodontist of your choice.