Cosmetic Dentistry Durban

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry refers to dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. We are never really born with perfect teeth and Cosmetic Dentistry enhances the look of our teeth. We have the latest technology and an in house lab specifically designed to perfect your smile and improve your confidence and overall wellbeing. 

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Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry in Durban

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth It? 

  1. Cosmetic dentistry corrects aesthetic flaws - If you have stained, misshapen, small teeth, chips, cracks or high gum lines then this can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. .
  2. Cosmetic treatment can help you look younger - Research has shown that cosmetic treatment makes you look 10 years younger. Correcting the discoloration and erosion. 
  3. Cosmetic treatment can enhance your career and improve self confidence -  Research has shown that when you are more confident you take on greater responsibility and leadership. You may also look happier hence greater motivation and dedication to your career. 
  4. Some procedures can help prevent future dental damage - Cosmetic treatments help strengthen teeth through bonding by covering up any fractures or erosion thereby protecting already compromised areas. 

Dr Roy Richard Huson has over 18 years of experience specialising in Cosmetic Dentistry in the UK and working with celebrities in the UK. He worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver who has 

At Silver Oaks Dental Clinic we are continually striving to learn more to give our patients the very best treatment we can. We are one of the few practices in South Africa that are technologically advanced and offer you Cosmetic Imaging via the computer. We can show you how your treatment could potentially look even before it is completed. This gives you time to go over possible changes with Dr Richard Huson before attempting to start your treatment and you will know exactly what you are getting. This leads to a successful, happy patient that smiles leaving this practice and getting the very best cosmetic dentistry treatment in Durban, South Africa. Dr Huson has been using Digital Smile Design (DSD) since it started around 10 years ago.

During April 2018 Dr Huson attended the Advanced Restorative Course hosted by Dr Mark Bowes of the Implant and Aesthetic Academy (IAA). The course focused on brand new digital technologies which are being used in dentistry today. It focussed on Biomimetic Dentistry which is the art of preserving teeth and surrounding tissue in such a way as to mimic nature while still creating ideal aesthetics. Dr Mark Bowes is world famous in Aesthetic and Complex Restorative Dentistry. Dr Bowes has pioneered the development of Digital Smile Design (DSD) in South Africa -  this concept allows dentists to develop a smile which fits the individual patients' Aesthetic and Functional needs whilst providing Minimally Invasive Dentistry.  Dr Bowes is a Digital Smile Design World Master and an Instructor in South Africa, and one of only two on the African Continent. He lectures and teaches DSD both in South Africa and Internationally. Click here to read more about Dr Mark Bowes:

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Latest Technology - Inman Aligner 


Our Case-Of-The-Month for March is Ravin. Ravin had a full dental makeover which included orthodontic aligners i.e Inman Aligner which is similiar to the Invisalign but less expensive and quicker as it is the latest technology. The treatment took about 12 weeks to complete. 

Dr Huson's solution for his top 10 front teeth were clear orthodontic aligners and dental veneers

This first step involved Ravin's active participation. After Dr Huson analysed his teeth he went over possible options with regards to his desired look. He explained to Dr Huson the result that he wanted. Photos and models of his teeth were then taken.

Teeth cleaning and teeth whitening were carried out first by our thorough and accurate oral hygienist. After wearing the clear aligners (which are similiar to the Invisalign) for about 10 weeks to shift the teeth into the best positions for ideal cosmetics.The Inman Aligner straightens teeth quickly and effectively and much more cost efficient than braces. This latest technology make it affordable and easier to use as it is clear and removable. Should you have an important function the Inman Aligner (which is similiar to the Invisalign) is easy to remove and has a clear look so nobody will notice that you are wearing anything unlike braces. Dr Huson then prepared Ravin's teeth for dental veneers. Guided templates and stents were used to ensure that the absolute minimal enamel was removed from Ravin's tooth surface. (Often as little as 0.1 millimeters or often none at all). Dr Huson then removed any evidence of decay and carefully shaped the teeth to correct any chips or gaps. Before trimming of the enamel Dr Huson discussed the various pain free options with him. Dr Huson then made a model or impression of Ravin's teeth. 

The model was then sent to our onsite lab technicians, who custom made the dental veneers. After a few days Ravin came back to get the veneers fitted. In the meantime, Dr Huson gave him temporary veneers. These temporary dental veneers match the planned final dental veneers. The reason why we do this is so you can see if you like the fit and feel and ask family and friends for their opinions on the aesthetics of your teeth. 

Ravin came in again to our clinic where bonding was carried out before the dental veneers were permanently cemented to his teeth, Dr Huson temporarily placed the veneers so that Ravin could examine the fit and color. Slight adjustments were made at this stage because we have an onsite lab. Next, Dr Huson prepared the teeth to receive the veneers, the teeth were cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the teeth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement was applied to the veneer and the veneer was then placed on Ravin's tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, Dr Huson applied a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involved removing any excess cement, evaluating Ravin's bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Ravin then came in for a checkup to see if the veneers had taken to his teeth.

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Dental Veneers Before and After

Dental Veneers Before and After

Our patient Miles came to our offices to perfect his smile before leaving to New Zealand. 

Miles was embarrassed to smile and since he had a limited time in South Africa, Dr Huson had to find a quick fix solution. Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have discoloured, uneven, irregularly shaped, worn down, chipped, gaps and misaligned teeth.We had lengthened Miles's teeth and straightened the four front teeth with dental veneers. He also completed the teeth whitening treatment to brighten the appearance of all of his teeth thereby creating a more consistent natural colour throughout. 

We use the highest quality in Porcelain veneers and prefer Emax veneers above Lumineers and composite veneers as the look and feel is more realistic and aesthetically pleasing. We also find that they last a very long time over 25 years to a lifetime if they are properly cleaned and maintained with regular cleanings at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic and checkup’s with the Dr Roy Richard Huson.

The benefit with veneers is that it whitens and straightens your teeth quickly and pain free. You only need three appointments. Miles had looked through some pictures from the internet to see what look he would prefer and after discussing various options with Dr Huson went for something that made the appearance of his smile more apparent and face structure more prominent. 

Our efficient lab technician Costa designed custom made temporary veneers which Miles wore to see if he liked them. When Miles was happy with the temporary ones we replicated that into the final permanent version. Miles came back for another appointment where we fitted and cemented the veneers using a resin cement. His teeth were prepared using custom made templates which ensured the minimal amount of tooth loss. Miles was very happy with the results and the transformation was dramatic and immediate. That is the huge benefit of Veneers in that it is quickand cost effective and doesn't require months of adjustment appointments. The entire process took 3 visits. 

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 Veneers and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Whether you have gaps, overcrowded, deep stained or misshapen teeth, Dental Veneers can be an excellent and conservative way of correcting your smile

Miles Ridl Before and After Picture

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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.
The role of SADA

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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 for over 17 years 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.

A recent smile makeover by Dr Roy Richard Huson.

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Teeth implants cost in South Africa

Teeth implants and veneers - what are they, what do teeth implants cost in South Africa and what are the alternatives?
Accidents happen. Decay happens And unfortunately when it happens in your mouth, you can’t hide it - unless you prefer to look mean in interviews because you never smile or speak with your hand in front of your mouth. Not good options! Dental implants, on the hand are.

One of the questions most patients want answered upfront are: What do teeth implants cost in South Africa? This is a legitimate question. We encourage all our patients to be open and upfront as cost is one of the factors influencing the type of tooth replacement procedure. It is not an easy question to answer though, as the procedure requires special steps, materials, equipment and human resources besides just the dental surgeon. We will return to the factors that influence what teeth implants cost in South Africa later.

We will also look at another popular treatment at our offices - pearly white veneers that totally transform your smile. At Silver Oaks Dental Clinic, we are have seen an exponential increase in requests for veneers in South Africa, from both local and foreign patients.

What are dental implants?

They are metal holders, posts or frames that that are surgically inserted beneath the gums, into the jawbone. These implants act as replacement ‘roots’ to hold or anchor the new tooth that will be formed. In the long run, the implants fuse to the jawbone. As a result, they provide a much more stable base for a replacement tooth. Dentures and bridges remain good options but for ease of convenience, teeth implants are tops.
Are there any barriers to receiving a dental implant?
Yes, there can be. These barriers are not insurmountable though - they simply mean that there will be more steps to the procedure.

The most important requirement is that a potential tooth implant recipient has a disease-free gum line and a healthy jawbone. If not, a bone graft could be required first. This is certainly one of the factors affecting what teeth implants cost in South Africa.

There could be another issue in the form of bone height. This needs to be assessed when a tooth implant in the upper jaw is required.

If the upper jaw is too close to the sinuses, a sinus lift may be required. This is another factor impacting costs.
Other factors affecting what teeth implants cost in South Africa
What else besides a bone graft or sinus lift will typically affect your teeth implant cost in South Africa - or anywhere, really? Here are the main ones:
1. The number of implants. Implants are usually charged per tooth.
2. The materials being used. Usually, these are titanium or titanium alloy. As a dentist we have to use biocompatible materials that will be well-received by your jawbone and won’t cause any allergies.
3. X-Rays and other mouth scans. These are performed before we proceed so we can be aware of any potential complications that may arise during surgery. It also helps us assess the bone density and health of your jawbone.
4. Location. If you have your implants done in the most expensive cities in the world, one of the big costs that has to be absorbed is renting office space. Just like with other retailers, these and other costs are factored into the costs of treatment procedures themselves.
5. Your dental surgeon’s experience and qualifications. It is true that you get what you pay for! You wouldn’t want a rookie dental surgeon or dentist not specialised in surgery to operate on your mouth. Yet, unfortunately, that is what some people still opt for as it is ‘cheaper’. In the long run, it is more expensive, as you’ll likely need a surgeon to correct technical issues relating to the implant.
Teeth implant costs at Silver Oaks
We try to keep costs as affordable as possible, without sacrificing expertise, the comfort of patients, or quality of the results. Costs are about R9000 a tooth, but again, that is a very generic figure as it depends on the manufacturer you choose. All our manufacturers are internationally recognized and meet European Standards.

Below are some of the examples of dental implant smile makeovers done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic under Dr Roy Richard Huson.

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Getting veneers in South Africa

Your smile definitely is worth a thousand words - let’s just hope they’re words of admiration and not anything else! When fitting veneers in South Africa, the procedures are exactly the same as overseas. In fact, we pride ourselves on using cutting-edge, approved technology and practices to such an extent that we’ve often innovated with better, newer treatments or procedures long before they’ve become mainstream.

We have built up our leading reputation over many years of study, overseas experience and the best of local experience. As a result, we take maintaining the good regard for our work very seriously. We push ourselves by subscribing to the philosophy that we are only as good as the last procedure - this means excelling all the time, every time. And it means getting the best veneers in South Africa.
What are veneers?
Veneer treatments fall into the realm of cosmetic dentistry. They are thin white layers of porcelain designed to cover the front of your tooth. Veneers can greatly enhance appearance.

Below are some of the examples of veneer smile makeovers at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic by Dr Roy Richard Huson.

In what cases are veneers a good option?
We will not be able to offer you veneers if your tooth is damaged too badly. The remaining tooth needs to be sufficiently strong to have a veneer ‘glued’ on.

Veneers in South Africa are for you if:
● Your teeth are stained or discoloured
● Your teeth are ground down (but not too far down)
● Your teeth are chipped or damaged
● Your teeth do not have an even shape around the edges, have craters or bulge
● You have a gap between your teeth - we could then attach veneers that close the gap or align the teeth better.

We use the latest digital technology and have to outsource very little. We’re aware that most of our patients are time-scarce - and if you’re here on dental safari, you want to have enough time to enjoy your safari after all! So typically a veneer procedure takes three visits, but we are able to cut this down, depending on your needs and also the state of your ‘original’ teeth.

Speak to us so we can gladly assess and let you know. Although we are time-aware, we will never sacrifice client safety, or the integrity of a procedure. We look forward to welcoming you and seeing you walk away with your new, perfect smile!

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