Registered Specialist In Orthodontics – BDS, MSc Dent (Rand), MS Orth (Ohio State)

GDC No: 2661

Dr Robert Katz specialises in crafting beautiful smiles for his Child and Adult patients. He is highly experienced and works with other dental specialists to provide his patients with excellent long lasting results. Robert has expertise in all orthodontic treatment systems from the traditional to the new computer assisted invisible systems.

After receiving his dental qualification in 1985 in Johannesburg South Africa, Robert worked as a General Dental Practitioner. In 1986, Robert went to the Ohio State University in the United States, and in 1990 graduated with a Masters Degree in Orthodontics. Robert is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, British Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve their appearance and function. Straightening teeth can also help the long-term health of the,, by spreading the biting pressure over all the teeth correctly and evenly.

There are many different types of orthodontic appliances to help straighten teeth. The most common is the fixed braces on the front surfaces for the teeth, they now come in either metal or ceramic (tooth coloured). There are braces that fit on the inside of the teeth called Incognito™ they straighten your teeth in the same way except they are not visible. If you want your orthodontic treatment to be less obvious, there are removable braces called Invisalign® . Invisalign® are thin plastic trays which fit over the teeth. They are made by a computer which designs the trays to the measurements required to move the teeth into the correct position.

How do I know what’s the best option for me?

Your restorative dentists will help diagnose whether you would benefit from braces, they will then refer you to Dr Katz for an initial assessment. During this appointment Dr Katz would take measurements of your bite and jaw function. Special x-rays called OPG and Ceph will be required to help with a full clinical diagnosis. Once Dr Katz has all the records he will explain your options for treatment, outlining the pros and cons to help you make the right choice. We will then present you with your treatment plan and one of the administrative team would be able to start scheduling your appointments.

Why should I have Orthodontic Treatment?

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten or move your teeth them into a better position. This improves their appearance and your smile, the way the teeth bite together, whilst also making them easier to clean.

In some patients the upper front teeth can stick out and look unsightly. These ‘prominent’ teeth are more likely to be damaged, but orthodontic treatment can move them back into line. For other patients, the way the upper and lower jaws meet can cause teeth to look unsightly which leads to an incorrect bite. When the teeth don’t meet correctly, this puts strain on the muscles of the jaw, causing jaw and joint problems and in some cases headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help you to bite more evenly and reduce the pressure and tension.

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