Why you should trust A Specialist with your smile
Understand the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist and see why it’s so important to have a qualified specialist perform your orthodontic treatment.
The South African Society for Orthodontists
SASO is here to help you understand the orthodontic treatment options available so you can make the right decision for yourself or for your family. SASO will help you find the perfect orthodontist and explain why it is critical that you trust your treatment only to a specialised orthodontist.
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What is an orthodontist and how is an orthodontist different from a dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has spent an additional 3 – 4 years of full time study specialising in orthodontics. Once qualified they limit their scope of work to orthodontics only. They are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic problems. They dedicate their lives to creating beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Dentists focus on oral health and are not trained in the alignment of teeth and jaws. Dentists and orthodontist work closely together to make sure that your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong during your orthodontic treatment.
How much do braces cost?
Every person is different and therefore each person will have their own unique orthodontic treatment plan and therefore their own unique costs. Price is determined by the complexity of your treatment, the treatment option selected and how long it will take to create that perfect smile. We have unpacked all that goes into calculating the cost of treatment cost and revealed the typical cost of orthodontic treatment.
Do I need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist?
No, you do not need a referral. In most cases you will be referred to an orthodontist by your dentist but that step is not needed. If you would like to consult with an orthodontist use our finder service to find an orthodontist in your area. You can then contact them directly and make a booking for an initial consultation.
How do i choose the right orthodontist for me?
Choosing an orthodontist is a big step. This is the person you are going to trust with creating a perfect smile for you or your child. In addition to making sure you are choosing someone who is correctly qualified, you also need to make sure they are a good fit for you and your family. You will be visiting this person regularly for the next 18 months or longer and they will become a trusted friend. Your dentist may have referred you to an orthodontist but it is also quite alright to find your own orthodontist. We recommend you browse our rich and detailed listing of all SASO registered orthodontists and find the one that is right for you.
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