How may I distinguish an orthodontist from a dentist?
Use our Orthodontics Locator to find accredited Orthodontists in South Africa.
Orthodontists included in this search are all South African Society of Orthodontists members. SASO membership is the best way to confirm a doctor's status as an orthodontist.
I have a stud in my tongue or lip. Will this interfere with orthodontic treatment?
Be very very careful - tongue-piercing jewelry may contribute to breakage of braces and possibly cause tooth and gum damage from contact with the stud.
I see ads for perfect teeth in only one or two visits to the dentist. Will that give me straight teeth?
Teeth can only move approximately 1mm per month. Quick-fix veneers only temporarily cover crooked teeth. Teeth straightened by an orthodontist are normally good for life.
I don't want braces that show. What are my options?
In some cases, brackets may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces).
Some of today's wires are made with advanced titanium or plastic materials that exert a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more comfortable for patients. Another option may be the use of a series of plastic tray aligners (Invisalign) instead of traditional braces to correct some problems. Many teenagers are employing coloured elastics on their braces as a fashion statement.
Do teeth with braces need special care?
Yes. Importantly, clean, healthy teeth move more quickly. Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy foods, or hard objects, such as pens, pencils or fingernails. Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment.
Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.
Can I pay for my children's orthodontic treatment in instalments?
May I play sports while wearing braces?
Yes but you should always wear a protective mouth guard in contact sports.