Straighten Teeth Without Braces

Straighten Teeth Without Braces 

Due to the recent technological advancements you can now straighten your teeth without braces.

You can now straighten your teeth without braces in less than 3 months for normal cases. It is more cost effective than braces and saves one the hassle and embarassement of the metal braces showing in your mouth. We have the latest technology as Dr Huson spends alot of time updating his qualifications and going on several courses regularly at the same time he has worked in the Harley Street Region of London in the UK where he dealt with many celebrities and perfected the art of shaping and making teeth look as natural and straight as possible. We also have an in house lab that helps with designing your teeth so that you can straighten  you teeth without braces quickly

There are three methods in order to straighten your teeth without braces.

The first method is Dental Veneers. This is the quickest method as it can take less than 3 weeks to get done. So if you have less time on your hands and would like to straighten your teeth quickly then veneers is the way to go. 

The second method is clear braces (Inman Aligner or Invisalign). This might take around 6 to 12 weeks or more for normal procedures and visits every 2 weeks to the dentist to tighten the mouth guard. This is also a quicker solution to straighten your teeth rather than traditional braces. Although the disadvantage is that it takes longer than dental veneers to get your teeth straightened and more time consuming with additional visits to the dentist. When the dentist analyses your teeth he needs to see if this procedure can be done on your teeth as this procedure can only straighten your teeth and not correct a strong overbite.  

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Inman aligner treatment

The third method is the traditional braces - this method is the most costly method and you will most probably need to wear braces for over 2 years in order to get your teeth straightened. The look with metal braces in your mouth is also NOT aesthetically pleasing.

The fastest and most cost effective method of the three is Dental Veneers.  Below is a method of both dental veneers and the clear aligner that was used on a recent patient @silveroaksdentalclinic.

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When Sinothando came to us she wanted a quick solution to her long term problem and that was to reduce the gaps between her teeth and get them straightened without any long procedures such as braces. She also had peg laterals. In dentistry this refers to an anomly affecting her lateral teeth (Upper second Inscisors) causing her teeth to look abnormally small and cone shaped compared to being rectangular in shape.

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The solution for sinothando was simple orthodontics to pull the two front teeth together thereby straightening them without braces. Veneers were made to reshape the lateral teeth, again it was a solution to straighten teeth without braces.

She also had minimal surgery called a Frenectomy to relax the muscle in her upper lip which causes the formation of the huge gap in the middle of her teeth. The biggest advantage of Sinothando's procedure is that she didnt loose any tooth structure. Sinoathando loves her new teeth and loves to take photographs of herself showing of her new look. Her family say it has made her look more sophisticated and neat. We are very happy that we have helped her regain her confidence.

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Dental Implants VS Dentures

Dental Implants VS Dentures 

Technology has allowed us today to be more cost efficient and effective. The dental industry is no different. Dental Implants are a more cost effective and a more efficient long term solution to missing or decayed teeth. In this article we compare Dental Implants vs Dentures.

Dentures seem like a more cost effective solution for the short term but considering that dentures need to be changed every 5 years due to the change in gum shape it is actually more expensive in the long term when comparing them to dental implants. Although the quality of dentures have improved over the years they are not an ideal option. Partial dentures might promote infection and decay especially of the surrounding healthy teeth. 

Dentures can shift when speaking and talking and even fall out causing embarrassment. You will need to clean them externally. Whereas with dental implants they act as natural teeth so you just need to brush your teeth as normal and they are permanently fixed to your teeth. If your gums are very unhealthy and you have a weak jaw then dentures might be your only option. Dentures can cause damage to adjacent healthy teeth and gums making the nearby areas more susceptible to decay.

Dentures Vs Dental Implants

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The patient above underwent a dental implant procedure with Dr Roy Richard Huson. You can see the amazing smile transformation. 

Dental Implants look natural just like your normal healthy teeth. The comfort, peace of mind and and confidence makes them an unmatched rival to dentures. They can replace missing or decayed teeth and act as natural teeth that are surgically inserted into your jaw. They are permanent so you can brush your teeth as normal and are not removable making it an ideal option for all patients. It is also a long term solution as they can last a lifetime provided you brush and floss twice a day. Dentists prefer dental implants as they provide a more comfortable, natural looking smile. They will not damage surrounding teeth and prevent decay of surrounding teeth unlike dentures.

There are several treatment options such a dentures and dental implants. Dentures are cheaper in the short term.

Dental Implants are more expensive in the short term but work out to be cheaper in the long term. They are permanently fixed as natural teeth so that you can chew biltong or that yummy steak like your normal natural teeth. As the saying goes you get what you pay for and Dental Implants is no exception. Dental Implants start from R8500 and for the abutment and dental crown is roughly around R9000. So you are looking at +-R20 000 per tooth. It can get cheaper depending on the number of implants you do and it also depends on the manufacturer you choose. We work with all high end manufacturers. 

The largest benefit of Dental Implants is that you can bite and chew food again, smile and laugh with confidence and not worry whether they will slip or even fall out.

Here is a quick table comparing the two: 

Implant vs Traditional Denture

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Medical and dental tourism in South Africa

Thanks to South Africa’s leading position as a global medical and dental tourism destination, medical tourism is one of the fastest growing - and therefore most important and priority-worthy sub-sectors of South Africa’s already booming tourism industry. This is according to South African Tourism, who notes that the potential for this sector to grow is significant, sensational and still ‘untapped’ despite ferocious and phenomenal growth in the last few years.

At Silver Oaks we have certainly seen the effects of this growth. Because we partner with several safari and similar providers, we are able to help you with a full-service bouquet when it comes to your dental tourism needs in South Africa.

Medical and dental tourism in South Africa has experienced and upward trajectory that exceeds the global year-on-year growth of 15%. By 2015, revenue from medical and dental spend from foreigners in South Africa had leapt from €39m (R582 million) to €64m (R961 million), and has long surpassed R150 million mark.

Tourists from Europe, other African countries and Australasia account for the big jump in revenue and medical tourist numbers for the most part.Dental tourism in South Africa as a stand-alone subsector stands almost shoulder-to-shoulder with medical tourism as a sub-sector.

What makes South Africa such an tour de force in medical tourism globally?

Research by a tourism specialist department in FNB, one of the big five retail banks in South Africa and frequent winner of global banking accolades for its world-leading electronic banking engineering and breakthroughs, ascribes the country’s leading position in worldwide medical tourism to the following factors:

  • South African medical and dental qualification, training and professional body admission standards are on a par with, and in some cases higher and more stringent, than in foreign countries. As a result, South African dentists and doctors are sought after in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in particular.
  • The South African currency means foreigners get exceedingly good value for their medical and dental procedures, while the integrity of adherence to the best of global standards remains in place.
  • The country has great infrastructure. Whether by road or air, the infrastructure is mostly well-maintained and sign posted. The urban metropolises are modern, vibrant and international with a uniquely South African flavour.
  • The food and amenities on offer in general are highly palatable and pleasing to international travellers.
  • There is an abundance of sightseeing options and experiences.
  • Access to neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia is quick and effortless, and under two hours away by plane depending where in South Africa travellers find themselves.
  • English is widely spoken and understood everywhere, as are foreign accents. This is critical when travellers undertake dental tourism in South Africa. There are 11 official languages but English is the language of commerce, work and parliamentary proceedings.
  • Medical technology is on a par with what can be found in the rest of the world. South Africa is no stranger to medical innovation either, with Dr Chris Barnard having pioneered the first heart transplant in Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital.

The impact of dental tourism in South Africa

South African Tourism takes medical as well as dental tourism extremely seriously because of what it is already contributing to the local economy, what vast potential it still has and the treacle down effect to the rest of the tourism industry.

Figures should that the average medical tourist spends an average of 6 days in South Africa. As a result, there are numerous gains for many tourism and tourism-related touchpoints. This means revenue traction for formal and informal tour operators, the hospitality industry and accommodation services, retail, safari and environmental attractions, the transport sector, food, catering and beverage services, and spas and wellness centres.

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South African Tourism is committed to improving both medical tourism and dental tourism in the following ways:

  • Reminding all stakeholders that the success of medical and dental tourism in South Africa rests on the exchange rate, and that pricing structures have to remain competitive.
  • Engaging all stakeholders to keep the quality of services at international standard or higher.
  • Diversifying procedures, in tandem with medical care and hospitality services offered to potential medical tourists.
  • Getting the medical, dental and tourism spheres to form an even more tight-knit triad as partners who work together to offer a premier, effortlessly integrated offering to travellers from abroad.
  • Advising allied businesses how to diversify their product offering so that it benefits their bottom line while still representing value to tourists, with whom they may otherwise not engage economically.

As a medical tourist destination, South Africa has it all

Most medical tourists to South Africa stay a few days more than they need in order to recuperate, statistics show, because the country as a destination encompasses so much to experience.

The spas and wellness centres combine healing techniques from around the world. Whether it’s tai chi or traditional western therapies those coming for dental tourism in South Africa are seeking, they’ll be sure to find it.

There is no shortage of extreme adventure either. From white water rafting to ziplining, skydiving and the world’s highest bridge bungee jump, microlighting and more, there is ample adventure to get that adrenaline pumping.

On the shopping front, locally made high-end fashion and the like is well made and reasonably priced compared to overseas. Most international designer lines are available here too, sometimes at a cheaper price. Duty-free shopping has the most to offer the international traveller.

As for wildlife and safari’s, the country is home to the Big 5. Besides lion, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and hippos, there are incredible and rare game and bird species at many sights.

The natural splendour of the country is also unrivalled. From majestic Table Mountain and the winelands in Cape Town, the garden route along the east coast, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s tropical paradise-like havens and lush lowlands and highlands to the starkly beautiful Karoo and eastern Free State.

At Silver Oaks we are a premier dental cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice specialising in meeting the medical needs you have as a dental tourist. We have had the pleasure of performing life-altering dental work on travellers from many corners of the globe and can’t wait for you to make us your next pit stop too.

  • We will plan and map out the extent of the work required and make a formal diagnosis.
  • We may then have to build up the bone if it is too brittle to accept an incision straight away.
  • Next comes the actual implant insertion.
  • Then, we give the jaw bone time to heal.
  • Your final denture or visible part of the replacement tooth is now fitted.
  • We like to see you back for a final check up and to provide you with care instructions.

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Dental implants abroad - at Silver Oaks, we’re the specialists

Dental implants abroad - at Silver Oaks, we’re the specialists

Dental implants are one of the most-often requested procedures when medical tourists enquire at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic.

How can you be assured of quality dental implants abroad when you visit our practice?

South Africa is a leading dental tourist destination globally thanks to many factors, including the following:

  • At our spacious and stylish practice at Silver Oaks, you will find technology and techniques ahead of it's times. To maintain our position as leaders in cosmetic dentistry and providers of the best dental implants abroad, we recognise how crucial it is to remain abreast of the newest, safest tools and methodologies as they unfold.
  • We are so confident in our services that we offer a money back guarantee should you not be satisfied.
  • English is commonly spoken and understood, so there is no language barrier. It is also the language of tertiary education training, commerce and parliament.
  • The professional bodies regulating dentists and medical practitioners are well regulated and report to government and allied bodies regularly. There is an emphasis on ethical behaviour and ongoing upskilling.
  • The minimum requirement for a dentist to qualify in South Africa is a 5-year degree. It is a specialist degree which also involves core practical training components. Thereafter, specialisation is required for fields.
  • Air, road and urban infrastructure is good. Offices in urban areas and almost everywhere are modern.
  • The medical tourist experience on a whole is first-class - we have partnered with several game and safari lodges to make your trip supremely comfortable, exciting and memorable.
  • The exchange rate versus the pound, euro and US dollar and Australian dollar has always been and remains highly favourable.

Medical and dental tourism in the whole in South Africa is enjoying interest and priority on many local levels, thanks to how important it is as a subsector. The contribution to the local economy is becoming more substantial by the year, with dental tourism to South Africa remaining on an increasing trajectory.

South African Tourism has therefore committed itself to continue stakeholder engagement to provide the best experience to medical and dental tourists. A key focus is to remind stakeholders that pricing has to remain competitive if the industry is to keep enjoying phenomenal growth.

The cost of dental implants in South Africa

There is no fixed quotable cost per tooth implant as it not only varies from dentist to dentist, but depends on the amount of work required for each person. That said, as with everything, the best quality does come with a bit of a premium and our quality assured best dental implants abroad do too - but it also comes with a money back, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

  • Mini implants cost less than full implants.
  • Usually work on the lower jaw costs more because:

      This is more difficult to access than the upper jaw, so the procedure itself takes longer.

      The procedure also takes longer because the nerves in this area are intricate so dentists have to proceed very carefully.

  • If like us, your professional has specifically studied further to specialise in tooth replacement procedures, this takes your dental provider up to the level of a   prosthodontist or oral surgeon. Higher rates apply to dental specialists as they do to medical, legal or architectural specialists.
  • The upside is that although the initial cost may be higher, it is largely a once-off cost. Dental implants are permanent. Unlike bridges or dentures, they do not need to be replaced.
  • Dental implants per tooth start at R8000 upwards. The average price for dental implants abroad, as fitted in South Africa, is about R 9000 to R15000 per tooth when sampling a high number of dentists. It is simply not possible or realistic to pinpoint a finite price range for the reasons mentioned above.

What is the treatment sequence for dental implants?

We define ourselves by giving you a highest quality product and experience backed by superior skill and extensive local and international experience. To this end, when you visit us for your dental implants abroad, these are the steps you can expect:

  • We will plan and map out the extent of the work required and make a formal diagnosis.
  • We may then have to build up the bone if it is too brittle to accept an incision straight away.
  • Next comes the actual implant insertion.
  • Then, we give the jaw bone time to heal.
  • Your final denture or visible part of the replacement tooth is now fitted.
  • We like to see you back for a final check up and to provide you with care instructions.dental implants abroad

Dental implants - the advantages

Once your implants are fitted you’ll leave knowing you have a replacement tooth, not a prosthesis. Here are the main advantages and why this treatment is so popular:

  1. Your implant looks, feels and functions like a real tooth. There is little to no impact on your speech, social interaction or ability to chew. People with bridges or dentures often feel self-conscious when smiling or laughing.
  2. There will be no subsequent time out from life or work. Your implants do not need to be refitted or remoulded. There consequently also won’t be another adjustment period.
  3. The cost of your implant is fixed and finalised. As there are no additional procedures there are no additional costs.
  4. A dental implant aligns perfectly to your existing facial features, unlike some other prosthesis. Aesthetically, the implant won’t result in you looking drawn or sunken, especially in the cheek area. This sometimes happens in people who have worn dentures for a long time.
  5. Once the tooth is fitted, your discomfort levels should return to normal. With other procedures, there are often intermittent periods of discomfort, even when the best dentures or bridges are fitted.

We look forward to fitting your dental implants and ensuring that you leave ready to love and live to your full capacity once more!

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Dental implants - the advantages

Once your implants are fitted you’ll leave knowing you have a replacement tooth, not a prosthesis. Here are the main advantages and why this treatment is so popular:

  1. Your implant looks, feels and functions like a real tooth. There is little to no impact on your speech, social interaction or ability to chew. People with bridges or dentures often feel self-conscious when smiling or laughing.
  2. There will be no subsequent time out from life or work. Your implants do not need to be refitted or remoulded. There consequently also won’t be another adjustment period.
  3. The cost of your implant is fixed and finalised. As there are no additional procedures there are no additional costs.
  4. A dental implant aligns perfectly to your existing facial features, unlike some other prosthesis. Aesthetically, the implant won’t result in you looking drawn or sunken, especially in the cheek area. This sometimes happens in people who have worn dentures for a long time.
  5. Once the tooth is fitted, your discomfort levels should return to normal. With other procedures, there are often intermittent periods of discomfort, even when the best dentures or bridges are fitted.

We look forward to fitting your dental implants and ensuring that you leave ready to love and live to your full capacity once more!

Dentistry and dental costs in South Africa

Dentistry and dental costs in South Africa:

Expect world-class dentistry at a fraction of the cost Dentistry in South Africa is on a par with the best in the world. There are two regulatory bodies,, the South African Dental Association (SADA) and the Dental Therapy Association of South Africa. These bodies are part of the World Health Organisation so that South Africa stays abreast with top standards of oral hygiene and surgery according to global standards. Because of a favourable exchange rate making dentals costs in South Africa very affordable, and the high quality of care patients receive, dental tourism has grown exponentially in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

It is estimated dental costs in South Africa for world-class procedures are one-tenth to one-sixth less expensive than in Europe, Australia or the United States. Most dental tourism comes from Europe and other African countries.

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SADA is extremely well regulated and it governs dentistry in South Africa as well as matters pertaining to dental costs in South Africa.

It’s core functions are:
1. Communication. Members are kept up-to-date with seminars, dental education, jobs calendar events and more. It also keeps open the lines of communication between the public and the dental body.
2. Intellectual input. It assists the profession to be NHI-ready - dental care at government grassroots levels are not as high as in the public sector due to a lack of funding, but is considerably higher than at the same level in other countries. The adoption of an NHI-like system is being mooted for a phased roll-out. It will essentially mean that private dentists will have to provide subsidised care to those within a certain radius who cannot afford it. It has been argued that this will raise private dental costs in South Africa. It is not foreseen though that costs will ever rise so sharply as to affect dental tourism. It will not phase out private care though. Other roles here include monitoring statutory gazettes and circulars, submitting SADA input to government and briefing dentists, and bringing dentistry into industry debates and meetings.
3. Regulating private and public cover. Again, this has implications for dental costs in South Africa. Private care cannot become a law unto itself. The standards, equipment and techniques are superb and dentists deserve great rates. But if left unchecked, as with any industry, the costs could spiral to such an extent that even medical aids or medical insurance would not be able to keep up. The role here is advisory more than regulatory, with legal input also given.
4. Advocacy and representation. SADA puts the democratically reached opinions of members to government bodies, NGOs, the public, organisations and agencies. It gives dentists a united voice in influencing public policy, and formulating and promoting sound National Oral Health Policy. 
5. Legal and ethical advice. Members are kept up-to-date with health-related regulations and other important legal and ethical matters.
6. Public awareness. SADA helps drive awareness of dentistry in South Africa and abroad. Locally, the public is encourage to treat dental care as they would care for the rest of their body, and to get checkups regularly. The public is made aware of how the industry subscribes to only the highest standards of excellence. 
7. Education. SADA oversees educational grants, webinars, workshops, further training and a fully accredited scientific dental journal, the SA Dental Journal.

Dental procedures and practices offered in South Africa

You can get any routine, orthodontic, paediatric, surgical or cosmetic dental procedure in South Africa that you could anywhere else in the world. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in South Africa, the biggest demand from a tourism point of view is for veneers and smile makeovers and tooth implants. There is strong demand for this too at local private level, but in public grassroots level it is mostly about routine care and fixing cleft palettes.

You cannot buy any illegal dental services in South Africa. The industry is tightly regulated.

Dental Tourism in South Africa works both ways

There are over 4 500 registered dentists in South Africa who are able to cater to the needs of the ever-expanding dental tourism industry, so there is no skills shortage. South Africa has become a preferred dental tourism provider because patients who may have gone elsewhere for cheaper dentistry, found that there were risks involved. These are:
● Bleeding gums
● Loose implants
● Ulcers
● Cysts
● Infections


In the long run, these risks can erase any cost savings. However, the standards of dentistry in South Africa along with the affordable costs of dentistry in South Africa have remained in tact. There have been no reported cases of medical tourism ‘fails’ in this country. Practitioners know that should something like that happen, they would be struck off the roll. It would affect their livelihoods permanently.

State of the art medical care received in most of the country includes:
● Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC)
● The Wand - a pain-free, scientifically computed anesthetic injection system.

It’s not surprising that standards of excellence pervade - the route to becoming a dentist in South Africa is tough and a five-year degree minimum is required. Training and further exams and board exams are required, depending on the speciality chosen. Also, as per SADA, all members are required to undergo continuous learning and upskilling.

This has also made local dentists incredibly valuable abroad, with many having been actively recruited by European countries in the past, after passing relevant foreign board exams. This means dental tourism works both ways with local dentists leaving to solidify experience abroad or being actively lured into short-term or other contracts abroad. Dr Roy Huson has worked in the UK under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver. His skills and qualifications set him apart.

So good is the reputation of dentistry in South Africa, that most medical aid insurers operating in the dental tourism field are happy to cover in whole or in part dental costs in South Africa. You can enjoy your dental experience in South Africa without fear or hesitation in comfort and privacy. The country is a haven of modern facilities, safari and other adventure or holiday experiences, and no communication barrier exists.

Prices for dental implants start from R10 000 and can go up to R22 000 per tooth 

Prices for dental crowns/dental veneers start from R5500

A recent smile makeover by Dr Roy Richard Huson.

Click on the smile gallery to learn more: http://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/smile-gallery

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