Orthodontics

Orthodontics are offered as part of Dental on Gray’s wide selection of dental treatments and involves the use of appliances to bring teeth and jaws into correct and proper alignment

Dr Luzaan Van Zyl (picture on the left) leads the Orthodontic department at Dental on Gray in Knysna, specialising in mainly Interceptive and Progressive Orthodontic treatments. Dr Luzaan expanded her Orthodontics last 2 years ago and can now also do LINGUAL BRACES 

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LINGUAL BRACES (INVISIBLE BRACES)

We all desire a healthy, beautiful, “million dollar” smile but for many the conventional way of metal braces is somewhat an obstacle – especially if you work in a certain industry or maybe some of us just feel a bit conscious of our image to wear the conventional braces.

Lingual braces are somewhat the same as the conventional braces in that the achieve the same outcome and they don’t take shorter or longer than the braces we are used to – they have one difference: They are fixed at the back of the teeth or on the side which makes them (nearly invisible) to a person standing in front of you. 

It is important to know that not everyone are good candidates for these type of braces and that depending on your bite, Dr Luzaan may advise you otherwise.

Here is a short Q & A for all the question we get on a daily basis about the Lingual Braces: 

  • Will it give me a lisp?: In short, Yes. A bit at first, but your tongue should adjust in no time and you will sound like yourself as soon as you adjust to the feeling of a few wires behind your teeth
  • Is it more expensive than conventional braces?: The wires on conventional braces are bent in a uniform horseshoe shape, but some brands of lingual braces can be robotically bent to fit the contours of a particular patient’s mouth. However we always discuss all costs to our patients priorly. 
  • Are Lingual Braces more uncomfortable than normal braces?: All braces are uncomfortable at first, but your mouth adjusts to the feeling very quickly. 

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Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive Orthodontics is simply the early diagnosis and treatment of malocclusions (crooked, crowded or protruding teeth that are not properly aligned) in an attempt to prevent further need for treatment in later years. This may not completely eliminate the need for fixed braces or retainers, but it can drastically minimize the duration and difficulty in correcting the malocclusion during the further phases of orthodontic treatment

Progressive Orthodontics (Fixed Appliances)

This is the most common form of Orthodontic treatment, which typically consists of bands, wires and brackets that are bonded and fixed to the teeth. These are then gradually tightened to create tension that will in time’ gently move the teeth in to their correct position. Fixed appliances come in both metal and ceramic brackets. Metal brackets are often stronger and therefore the duration of treatment may be reduced in comparison to its counterpart. Ceramic brackets are tooth coloured, allowing them to be more aesthetically pleasing

Why should I consider having orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatments are most commonly considered by patients for its cosmetic and aesthetic attributes, providing a beautiful smile and filling the face for a more youthful appearance. It also provides physical and functional attributes that can drastically improve quality of life. Aligned teeth and jaws help with easier cleaning for better oral health, improve speech clarity, help with chewing and digestion and help avoid the wearing down of teeth with age

When should I bring my child in for their first Orthodontic Consultation?

Your child should come for a general orthodontic consultation around the age of 6 or 7 years of age, when their permanent teeth have started to erupt. Early orthodontic treatment can prevent the need to treat more complicated cases later, as they are still in the process of developing and their growth is able to be used as an advantage

What can I expect from my first orthodontic consultation?

  • A complete intra – and extra-oral examination
  • A panoramic and cephalmetric x-ray will be taken.
  • Impressions for models will be done.
  • Intra  – and Extra Oral photographs will be captured too
  • Dr van Zyl will then work on a complete diagnosis treatment plan and quotation

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

(Left is an X-ray of an extreme overbite she fixed last year)

Get in Touch

Dental ON Gray 
15 Gray Street, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa 
Tel: (044) 382 1535 
E-mail:  info@dentalongray.co.za

Dental ON Gibb
30 Monk’s View, Gibb Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: (044) 533 2044
E-mail: info@dentalongibb.co.za

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 : 00 – 17 : 00

Weekends: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

ER: 044 382 1535