What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which deals with straightening teeth, correcting bites and aligning the jaws. People seek orthodontic treatment primarily for two reasons:

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has undergone further university postgraduate training to become an expert in this field. They hold a general dental degree as well as a specialist orthodontic degree. Orthodontists do not practice general dentistry – orthodontics is all they do.

To become an orthodontist, you must first graduate as a dentist following a 5 year dental degree. You must then work a minimum of 3 years in general dentistry prior to applying for a university position to undertake a 3 year full-time orthodontic programme. Only 2 to 4 positions at each university are available every year, which makes entry highly competitive. The degree itself is a combination of both clinical training and research leading to a thesis.

Dr Anna Meyer’s award-winning research thesis was on the effects of extracting teeth on the aesthetics of a smile. This research has since been published in a two-part paper in the world-renowned American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics.

Meet Our Orthodontists

Our Practice

We are a boutique practice and pride ourselves in knowing exactly who you are when you walk through the door. Our orthodontists perform all orthodontic treatment in the mouth personally, rather than delegating these tasks to auxillary staff or assistants.

Orthodontics is an art and a science, and we believe a solo operator hands-on approach, with one person carrying out the treatment, lends itself to achieving the best and most efficient outcome for the patient. We believe that this individual focus at each appointment gives the attention each patient deserves.

We keep up to date with the latest orthodontic research and technology, while also respecting treatment methods which have stood the test of time and academic critique. This means that the treatment our patients receive is based on sound evidence.

 

Latest Orthodontic Technology

We are passionate about the digital and technological advances in orthodontics that enables more precision, efficiency and comfort for our patients while enabling us to retain the traditional artistic aspects of orthodontics to obtain the best aesthetic result possible.

To this end, we have equipped our practice with state-of-the-art digital x-ray technology and 3D digital scanning. 3D digital scanning replaces the traditional method of obtaining impressions (taking moulds and making plaster models) for treatment planning and making appliances. This not only allows for more precise results and patient comfort, but reduces the number of appointments needed to make appliances.

We recognise that ever-advancing technology is no substitute for adherence to the sound clinical orthodontic principles that have stood the test of time. Technology is merely a valuable tool to enable specialist expertise to be individually tailored to each patient.