Who is SASO?
The South African Society of Orthodontists (SASO) is the only governing body for the orthodontics profession in South Africa. Patients can rest assured that SASO members have the proper academic history and credentials to practice orthodontics.
SASO has no financial interest in any orthodontic companies, services or techniques.
What is the role of SASO?
The society is dedicated to the advancement of orthodontics in South Africa, a field of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. We promote patient education about the benefits of quality orthodontic treatment as well as increased public awareness of orthodontics, and support the upholding of standards amongst our members.
Why Is SASO Important?
SASO is recognised by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA). The society encourages good relationships with the wider field of dentistry, health authorities and allied professionals such as medical doctors, speech therapists, and physiotherapists. It supports initiatives to further the education and knowledge of its members, and keeps abreast of scientific evidence, new techniques and products in order to best service the public. SASO is the representative body of Orthodontics in South Africa and is a specialist group of the South African Dental Association (SADA). SASO is also a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO). SASO is thus the acknowledged voice of orthodontics in South Africa.
How is SASO Governed?
SASO is governed by a committee. New office bearers are elected to this committee every second year by the SASO members at the SASO AGM. Every member and committee member is a specialist orthodontist, registered and in good standing with HPCSA. The executive of SASO and sub-committee chairpersons meet regularly to manage the affairs of SASO.
The History of SASO
The inaugural meeting of SASO was held on 10th March 1964 and today the membership numbers in excess of 120 qualified orthodontists working throughout South Africa