What is orthodontics?

If you are feeling self-conscious about crooked or skew teeth just know that you are not alone. We all want straight and perfect looking teeth, unfortunately not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth and that is exactly where Orthodontics saves the day.

With Orthodontic treatment we all can have straight and perfect looking teeth. Braces enables us to move teeth into the correct position and alter jaw size accordingly. Orthodontic treatment is for everyone, young and old.

In younger patients we see much faster results but in older patients there is much more patient reliability which is what is needed for anyone to receive treatment. Regular follow-up visits are needed as indicated by your treating doctor.

Orthodontics is not just for aesthetic purposes but certain malocclusions can cause excessive teeth wear and lead to gum diseases and decay which results in teeth loss even if you are the best in maintaining proper oral hygiene.

Craft a Smile. It Confirms the Heart is Home and renders Wings to the Soul

Prof SM Dawjee (Department of Orthodontics)

Why do I need braces?

Smiles are a large part of our life's. In a big matter it is the show room to our insides, it helps us in determining our identity. Our smiles create perceptions of how we perceive ourselves, how other see us and ultimately how we feel about ourselves. In a recent study done in America on 1000 people (above the age of 18), 72% agreed that people of all ages with healthy and straight teeth are treated better in social circumstances than their counterparts with crooked teeth. Another 50% agreed that people with crooked teeth leave a negative first impression. And first impressions last.

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Apart from the social issues around crooked teeth, certain health issues are also related to malocclusions. Teeth that are straight and spaced evenly in the jaw are easier to clean, resulting in healthier gums and a healthier body. Teeth that are against each other have better function, not only resulting in less food impactions but also better chewing resulting in better digestion.
Aligned teeth creates a better bite.

A better bite is a better relationship between the upper and lower jaw, making the joint sit in a more natural position. This can alleviate any clicking or painful jaw joints.Having less stress, headaches and trauma on supporting jaw tissue as a result of a better bite.

How long should I wear it?

This all depends on various factors, to name a few:

Oral hygiene: The better you clean the better the results can be and less time waste on fillings etc.

Self-control: The better you comply to instructions from your dentist the better and faster the results, especially with active appliances like elastics and bite correctors.

Type of Malocclusions: The type of teeth discrepancy influences treatment time as different corrections takes different times.

Type of Orthodontic treatment: 2 Fundamental differences in type of orthodontic brackets are known, the self-ligating and the conventional ligated bracket.

We use self-ligating brackets, this is shown to have tremendous advantages over the ligating type of bracket.

To answer your question about treatment time, it is patient dependent. Although we do everything to move the teeth as fast and safe as possible it is still dependent on various other factors.

Normally treatment time can be as fast as 10-18 Months.

Below is abstracts out of an article recently published in the American Academy of Orthodontics Journal.
Berger J. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics 2000.

A retrospective assessment of clinical studies relating to the effectiveness and efficiencies of self-ligating brackets as compared with conventionally ligated straight wire appliances.

More than twenty published articles/clinical studies were analyzed.


  • Self-ligating brackets were found to provide greater patient comfort, shorter treatment time, reduced chair time and more precise control of tooth translation.
  • Self-ligating brackets demonstrate dramatically less friction. Such reduction in friction can help shorten overall treatment time, especially in extraction cases. The authors of several studies reported an average of four months reduction in treatment time and a significant savings of chair time in changing arch wires.
  • Self-ligation reduces the risks of percutaneous injury. It also protects the patient from soft-tissue lacerations and possible infections from the cut ends of steel ligatures.
  • Elastomeric ligatures not only show a rapid rate of decay and deformation, but they are often associated with poor oral hygiene. With the elimination of ligatures, self-ligating appliances can significantly improve the hygiene of all patients.
  • Peter
    My teeth were skew and I had a big overbite, after 16 months of treatment it now fits perfectly together and I can do my Grade 11 year with confidence. Thank you Dr and thank you mom."
    Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Tertia
    I always envied the people that had wide open white smiles, something told me that I could also get that. On my routine visit to Dr Verster and Burger they mentioned that it is absolutely possible. So, we started with ortho treatment. Now I show more lips and teeth than ever before, I love it.
    Pretoria, South Africa
  • Cathy
    I always thought I was too old to get this teeth of mine straightened until they showed me photos of people way older than me having braces and showing me the effect it had on their lives. Some even lost weight and now look amazing. I am currently still undergoing treatment but can already see a massive difference and see that my smile is busy enlarging. Can't wait till the end."
    Hoedspruit, South Africa
  • Mark Montano
    We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within a few seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your chances of getting certain opportunities."
    Mark Montano
    Host of TLC's, 10 Years Younger