Welcome to Dr LM Pretorius’ Frequently Asked Questions section. Click on one of the questions below to view the answer.

What is Orthodontics?

What is an Orthodontist?

What is a malocclusion and why should it be treated?

What does orthodontic treatment with Dr LM Pretorius offer you as a patient?

At what age should my child be checked by an orthodontist?

Do I have to be referred by my dentist in order to get my consultation appointment with Orthodontist?

How long will I be in braces?

How often are appointments?

Do braces hurt?

Are there things I can’t eat?

Can I still play sport?

Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

How much does it cost?

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Are all types of braces the same and does the type of bracket influence the result of the orthodontic treatment? And which will be the best for me?

What makes Self-ligating braces like the Damon® System different?

What problems can orthodontics treat?

Can adults have braces?

Did you hear about Invisalign and need to know how that works?

Do I need to keep up my regular 6 monthly visits with my dentist?

Do orthodontists clean teeth?

Do I have to floss and brush more than I used to?

Is orthodontic treatment possible when there are still baby teeth present?

Can orthodontic treatment be performed although I have some absent teeth and crowns?

Is jaw surgery always necessary?

Will surgery improve my looks?

Will smoking have an effect on recovery, should I need jaw or gum surgery?

How does smoking effect orthodontic treatment?

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed before orthodontic treatment?

Can my dentist do orthodontics or should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

What causes orthodontic problems?