This section can help you to identify your or your child’s orthodontic problems. The following patients were treated by Dr Pretorius with the latest technology self-ligating braces and demonstrate cases where deviations of the jaw, teeth or muscles were present.
We take pride in showing you our proud results. These were all cases done personally by Dr Pretorius and not just examples from unknown sources. You can therefore feel assured that you can trust our treatment to deliver the smile you have always desired and that will be admired by others. It will be a privilege to be part of your transformation to a new you. Come and see for yourself and be one of our proud before and after results!
1. Dental deviations:
Space deficiency resulting in crowding of the teeth:
Crowding can result in insufficient space within the jaw for all of the teeth to fit naturally. This may lead to displaced, rotated or completely misaligned teeth.
With traditional braces (also called colour braces) a tooth or multiple teeth often need to be removed to create space. This is seldom the case with the self-ligating braces that we use.
These patients were treated with the new technology self-ligating braces without removal of healthy teeth because these systems use the body’s biological forces to create space naturally.
Space deficiency resulting in blocked out teeth:
The self-ligating system that we use in our practice is an innovative way to straighten the teeth quickly and comfortably.
Speaking, chewing and biting functions are performed more effectively by straight teeth than by misaligned teeth. In addition research has found that a super smile is associated with superior intelligence and a higher income.
Excessive space resulting in spacing of the teeth:
There are many advantages to well-aligned teeth. Oral hygiene improves, speech becomes clearer, cleaning your teeth becomes easier, a more pleasant smile appears and a youthful appearance becomes part of you.
Lamelveneers are placed by your dentist after orthodontic treatment to correct the shape of the laterals.
2. Dento-alveolar deviations:
The prominent lips are a result of the front teeth which are positioned further forward. After orthodontic treatment the facial harmony is balanced.
Orthodontic treatment improves the lip support by moving the front teeth into the correct position.
3. Skeletal deviations that can be corrected through growth modification:
Antero-posterior deviations with an underdeveloped lower jaw:
The puberty growth spurt of a patient can be utilized to manipulate the growth of the jaw in order to create facial symmetry and harmony.
The correction of function can aid significantly in the prevention of dental problems and helps to prevent discrimination because of facial appearance.
Antero-posterior deviations with an underdeveloped upper jaw:
An “underbite” is a malocclusion caused by the lower teeth being positioned further forward than the upper teeth.
Through growth modification, the upper jaw can be positioned further forward to correct facial balance. The correction of skeletal deviations will change your life.
4. Skeletal deviations that can be corrected by surgical orthodontic treatment:
Each of these alignment problems negatively impacts the functionality of the teeth and cosmetic appearance of the profile.
Underdeveloped lower jaw:
Surgical orthodontic treatment is indicated for skeletal deviations in cases where growth has been completed.
A traumatic deep bite is associated with the underdevelopment of the lower jaw and may result in long term complications.
Underdeveloped upper jaw:
This skeletal deviation is associated with the flattening of the paranasal (cheek) area.
Dento-alveolar underdevelopment of the bottom jaw:
Reduced lip support of the lower lip is associated with this deviation.
Vertical overdevelopment of the upper jaw.
This deviation is associated with an intensified smile.
An anterior open-bite can be the result of vertical overdevelopment of the upper jaw. Chewing is compromised by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Unwanted habits like tongue thrusting may be as a result of an open-bite and this may cause the open-bite to become worse.
Vertical underdevelopment of the upper jaw
Surgical orthodontic correction can restructure and re-align the jaw, lips and teeth to create a beautiful, even smile in cases like this which is associated with a reduced smile.