Choonara Orthodontics Blog

Invisalign Teen in Johannesburg, South Africa
10/14/2021

Going back to school is a very exciting time full of change and new opportunities. Especially now that school is back in person, seeing old friends and making new ones means more than ever, and we want to be the best version of ourselves we can be! Choonara Orthodontics is ready to help patients in Johannesburg achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of with Invisalign Teen, a radical form of orthodontic treatment that works invisibly, so you can look your best every day at school.

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What to Know About Your Invisalign Treatment
09/17/2021

Lots of people get orthodontic treatment to get straighter teeth and a better-looking smile. However, many don’t want to go through with having metal braces for months on end. It can stifle people’s confidence and can be damaging socially and psychologically. Not to mention the irritation, limitations, and maintenance it takes to deal with braces. Thankfully, there is an alternative called Invisalign. At Choonara Orthodontics, we provide Invisalign treatment to those who qualify, and who are looking for an alternative to braces. However, there are important factors to consider before starting Invisalign.

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Hygiene Tips You Should Know for Braces
07/13/2021

Braces are a big step for anyone who is looking forward to a beautiful, straight smile, but it’s important to care for your braces and practice proper oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment. At Choonara Orthodontics, we work hard to provide customized orthodontic care to each patient and teach them the necessary oral hygiene precautions. Our Johannesburg orthodontist will work with you to ensure you are brushing and flossing correctly and taking extra good care of your teeth and braces.

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What Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces
06/17/2021

At Choonara Orthodontics, it is our priority to make your orthodontic treatment as smooth and as easy as possible. To do so, we provide an individualized treatment plan using specific orthodontic appliances, like Invisalign or braces in Johannesburg. We teach our patients how to best care for their orthodontic appliances to ensure they function correctly and efficiently. One of the easiest ways to do this is by following our “foods to avoid” list while wearing braces. Some foods can be quite tough on your wires and brackets, they may even break your appliances. We want to avoid this at all costs. Simply, follow our tips and you’ll be enjoying your straight, beautiful smile in no time!

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How Often Should I Clean My Retainer?
01/06/2021

Whether you have been using your retainer for a while, or if you are about to transition from braces to using a retainer, there is a lot of conflicting information about retainers. Here at Choonara Orthodontics, your local orthodontist in Sandton, Johannesburg,

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The Best Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist
10/15/2020

Finding an orthodontist near you or an orthodontist near or around Johannesburg should be the most challenging part of beginning the orthodontic journey. Learning more about your orthodontist and your or your child’s orthodontic options shouldn’t be. Read on to see suggestions on what to ask your or your child’s orthodontist.

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Maintaining Your Smile: How to Keep Your Teeth Straight After Braces
08/19/2020

Dr. Sahide Choonara and the entire team at Choonara Orthodontics are committed to offering high quality orthodontic care for your whole family. As your expert Johannesburg orthodontist, our goal is to provide our patients with friendly and calm orthodontic care, and to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

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The Invisalign Process
06/01/2020

Are you about to start your Invisalign treatment or are considering getting it done? Learn all about the Invisalign process and how our Johannesburg orthodontist can get you the smile that you’ve been dreaming of!

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Do Braces Fix Overbites?
04/01/2020

While some of us are born with the blessing of perfect teeth, most people will develop some form of orthodontic problem – also called a malocclusion – at some point in their lifetime. There are a wide range of different malocclusions, and different kinds of orthodontic treatment are best suited to certain types of orthodontic problem.

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How Wisdom Teeth Affect Braces
12/23/2019

At Choonara Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout Johannesburg and surrounding areas achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through quality orthodontic treatment. Often, we opt to treat our patients with braces during their teenage years, as this presents an ideal time to create a healthy smile.

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5 Resolutions For A Healthier Smile
11/28/2019

With the decade coming to a close, many are preparing for the upcoming year with new resolutions for a better year. Some may have trouble deciding what to make a resolution for, but generally, a good start is to strive to make some sort of positive change in your life.

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Surviving the Holidays with Braces
10/15/2019

At Choonara Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer some of the best in orthodontics in South Africa, servicing areas in and around Johannesburg, Sandton, and Randburg. We offer a wide range of effective braces that are sure to put you on the path toward a straighter and healthier smile. Unfortunately, while wearing braces, you’ll have to be more careful about what you eat.

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Most Common Bite Problems
09/20/2019

Do you have bite problems that are causing pain? Learn about the most common bite problems and ways to treat them from your Sandton Orthodontist.

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How To Floss With Braces
How To Floss With Braces
08/27/2019

Braces do many things to improve your oral health, including giving you a straight smile, help with correcting jaw position, as well as improving speech issues and any difficulty with chewing. To ensure you have a beautiful and healthy smile when the braces are removed, it is imperative that you practice good oral hygiene. Braces can trap food, sugar, and liquid after eating, so regular brushing and flossing are very important.

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Tips From Your Sandton Orthodontist
Tips From Your Sandton Orthodontist
07/18/2019

At Choonara Orthodontics, we understand that you want only the best for your child—especially when it comes to his or her smile. That’s why, as your Sandton orthodontist, we’re committed to going above and beyond to provide the superior care your family deserves. If you’ve been considering braces for your child, you may have wondered when is the best time to start treatment. Put your mind at ease with the following information and tips from your Sandton orthodontist.

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Why You Need To Wear Your Retainer
05/29/2019

On the day you get your braces off or finish your Invisalign treatment, we know you'll be excited. After all, you're seeing your gorgeous new smile in its full glory for the first time! But hold your horses – because while you may have finished the active stage of your treatment, you're not quite out of the woods yet. After braces or Invisalign comes the retention phase, and it's vital to ensuring that your new smile lasts a lifetime. As your Johannesburg orthodontist, we at Choonara Orthodontics are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible smile, so here's why it's so important that you wear your retainer.

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When Should My Child See The Orthodontist?
03/21/2019

While many parents understand the importance of their child seeing their dentist for the first time at an early age, it can be a bit more confusing deciding when — or if — your child should see an orthodontist. As your trusted local Johannesburg orthodontist, Choonara Orthodontics is here to help struggling parents understand the importance of early orthodontics and the role it can play in your children’s life for years to come.

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Increasing Your Child's Confidence With Braces
Increasing Your Child's Confidence With Braces
01/19/2019

For children, teens, and young adults alike, having crooked or misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on self-esteem and self-confidence! With the rise of the “selfie” generation and the dominance of social media platforms, having crooked teeth can harm your child’s perception of themselves as they grow older, as well as their peers’ perception of them both in an academic setting and in a professional setting.

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What Type Of Braces Are Best?
What Type Of Braces Are Best?
01/11/2019

Wondering what types of braces are best? As there are many different kinds of orthodontic appliances out there to help correct smiles, our dental team at Choonara Orthodontics in Johannesburg can help you find the best set of braces for your unique personality, lifestyle, and age. From traditional metal braces and ceramic braces to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, Dr. Sahide Choonara and our dental team have put together a detailed list of the various types of braces that can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of; helping you make a more informed decision on what braces are best for you!

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Do I Need Teeth Extracted For Braces?
Do I Need Teeth Extracted For Braces?
01/08/2019

When you visit Choonara Orthodontics in Johannesburg, SA for the first time, you will receive an initial consultation with our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Sahide Choonara! After a mouth evaluation and a few x-rays, Dr. Choonara and our dental team will be able to indicate a course of treatment that best suits your individual needs. In some cases, the first step of your orthodontic journey will include tooth extractions! While we generally try to avoid tooth extractions before administering braces, severe tooth crowding may require the removal of one or more teeth.

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Things To Do In Johannesburg
Things To Do In Johannesburg
01/08/2019

Here at Choonara Orthodontics, our dental team wants you to know that Cape Town isn’t the only place you should visit on your next trip to South Africa! Boasting a population of well over one million people in 29 different townships, our beautiful city of Johannesburg is filled with vibrant street art around every corner and a captivating cultural history; not to mention that it’s the one and only place in the world to explore the vast wilderness of the Cradle of Humankind! Below, our staff has complied a list of five of our favorite pit stops and destinations you should check out as you cross Johannesburg off your travelling bucket list:

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At-Home Solutions For Teeth Whitening
11/14/2018

We all want a brighter, whiter smile. Modern teeth whitening treatments make that easier than ever, but if you aren't looking for professional whitening, there are things you can do at home to whiten your teeth and create a more beautiful smile. As your dedicated Johannesburg orthodontist, Choonara Orthodontics is proud to help patients of all ages achieve beautiful smiles through orthodontic treatment, but we want to serve as a resource for every aspect of dental health. If you're looking for easy ways to whiten your smile at home, we can offer a few tips!

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Propel vs. Metal Braces
09/03/2018

At Choonara Orthodontics, we're proud to help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful new smiles, and we strive to make the treatment process as convenient as possible for patients throughout the Johannesburg area. That's why in addition to offering popular treatment options like braces and Invisalign, we're excited to provide our patients with Propel accelerated orthodontic treatment: an innovative, advanced method for speeding up tooth movement and helping you achieve a new smile faster. But Propel has some important differences compared to traditional braces, and if you're looking to learn more about the difference between Propel and metal braces, we're here to help.

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How to Properly Brush with Braces
08/06/2018

Oral hygiene is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy smile, and when you're undergoing orthodontic treatment, it becomes even more critical. During treatment with Invisalign or braces, your teeth are more vulnerable to the buildup of food, bacteria, and plaque, making them more susceptible to cavities and dental decay. Thankfully, it's easy to prevent these problems with strong oral hygiene – but you do have to know how to properly brush your teeth with braces. At Choonara Orthodontics, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for our orthodontic patients throughout Johannesburg, so here are our tips on brushing with braces.

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How to Avoid Bad Breath with Braces
07/03/2018

Bad breath is always a potential worry, whether you have braces or not. At Choonara Orthodontics, our team is here to help you find solutions to your concerns and ways to prevent future issues. Our Johannesburg orthodontist, Dr. Sahide Choonara, proudly provides orthodontic treatment to the Johannesburg and Sandton areas. Check out a few of our tips to avoid bad breath with braces and reach out to schedule an appointment with a trusted orthodontist.

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Why Online Braces Programs Put Your Smile In Danger
04/19/2018

Back in the early days of orthodontics, metal braces were the only option if you wanted to straighten your teeth. Today, you have a variety of options to choose from for your orthodontic treatment, from clear ceramic braces and Invisalign to the traditional metal braces that are now smaller and more comfortable than ever before. You can find all of these options here at Choonara Orthodontics in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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10 Truths About Invisalign
02/19/2018

Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces for teenagers and adults who want to improve their smiles discreetly and conveniently. Because Invisalign has received a lot of media attention in recent years, most people are familiar with the so-called “invisible braces” that work to straighten teeth without any metal wires or brackets. But along with the widespread attention this orthodontic treatment option has received, there are also many myths being spread about Invisalign.

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The Pros and Cons Of Propel Accelerated Treatment
12/18/2017

At Choonara Orthodontics, we’re all about giving our patients many options for improving their smiles, which includes Invisalign and several types of braces. But that’s not all! We also want our patients to earn a beautiful smile faster than ever, which is why we offer Propel Accelerated Orthodontics, to shorten treatment times and give patients the smile of their dreams faster than ever!

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National Oral Health Month Recap
10/18/2017

National Oral Health Month was in September, but at Choonara Orthodontics, we want to continue the awareness through October. The purpose of this annual observance is to make people aware of the positive impact oral health, as well as orthodontic treatment, can have.

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Benefits Of Orthodontics
08/22/2017

At Choonara Orthodontics, we know the decision to start treatment is a huge one but the benefits greatly outweigh the costs. Below, you’ll find more information about the benefits of a straighter, healthier smile, and how it can change your life forever.

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What To Do After Your Propel Treatment
06/12/2017

As the only practice in Johannesburg to offer Propel, we want to provide you with as much information as possible on this treatment supplement. Find out more about it below.

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The Dangers of DIY Braces
04/19/2017

Dr. Choonara and the team at Choonara Orthodontics wants to warn former, current and potential patients about the dangers of DIY braces, as they can result in devastating consequences like severe infections of the gums and underlying bone.

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New Year’s Resolution For a Healthy Smile
02/21/2017

As we ring in a brand new year, many of us are making resolutions that can help improve our lives. Our Johannesburg orthodontist, Dr. Choonara would like to encourage you to adopt a few New Year’s resolutions that can help keep your smile bright and healthy all year long.

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Enjoying The Holidays With Braces
12/19/2016

Now that we’re heading into the festive holiday season, there will be many parties and other get-togethers planned where lots of delicious foods will be served. If you’re wearing metal or ceramic braces, this is a time to be extra careful about what you eat. With so many tempting foods available including foods which are hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy, it’s very important to remember that these types of foods can damage or break your appliances. Even though you have to steer clear of these braces-busting foods, you can still have loads of holiday fun as long as you follow these simple tips.

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How Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
11/02/2016

At Choonara Orthodontics, we know how much a beautiful smile means to our patients. On the surface, the purpose of orthodontic treatment is to fix malocclusions (bad bites) and misalignment in both teeth and jaws, which drastically improves your appearance and self-esteem. But did you know that neglecting orthodontic issues in your mouth can also negatively affect overall health?

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Braces vs. Invisalign: Which Is Right For You?
09/12/2016

At Choonara Orthodontics, we use a variety of methods to correct our patient’s bites and teeth. Often times we’re asked: Are braces or Invisalign the better treatment option? The answer isn’t as simple as it seems, as they each offer their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Everyone’s case is different, and it’s important to work with your orthodontist to create the most effective plan for you. Below, we outline some of the differences between our two most popular treatments.

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Welcome To Our Blog!
07/11/2016

The team at Choonara Orthodontics welcomes you to our blog! We appreciate you taking the time to explore our website and learn about our various treatments.

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