The link between diabetes and oral health

The link between diabetes and oral health

In November 2019, a report by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) revealed that South African adults with diabetes soared to 4.5-million people- more than double the figure estimated in 2017.  Diabetes affects the body’s ability to break down and process...

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How veneers can enhance your smile

How veneers can enhance your smile

Everyone wants a gorgeous, white, bright and straight smile. Unfortunately, not all of us have one. Years of smoking and drinking red wine and coffee can leave stains on your teeth. Perhaps your teeth are chipped or cracked, or there’s a gap in your smile. You may...

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Why do we practice slow dentistry?

Why do we practice slow dentistry?

At Smith and Van Lierop Dentistry, we take the utmost care to protect both our staff and patients. You can be rest assured that we will still strive to provide quality dental care whilst following the most stringent hygiene practices. As an extra measure to curb the...

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Dentures in Modern Dentistry

Dentures in Modern Dentistry

Modern dentistry has turned a once-dreaded restoration like dentures into a more comfortable and reliable solution for missing teeth. We create custom dentures to suit each patient. In this blog, we'll take a look at the different types of dentures. We also look at...

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The gum lift explained

The gum lift explained

You’ve probably heard of a facelift, neck lift, and even lip lift, but what about a gum lift? A gum lift is a relatively new dental procedure used to reduce a 'gummy smile' In this blog, we’ll take a look at what a gum lift is and how it can enhance your appearance....

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Improve your smile with adult orthodontics

Improve your smile with adult orthodontics

Contrary to popular belief, orthodontics is not just for young children and teens. More and more adults are choosing to straighten their smiles with adult orthodontics treatments. So, it's never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Why choose adult...

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Getting a pain-free root canal is possible!

Getting a pain-free root canal is possible!

Many of us dread the very thought of getting a root canal treatment. When we think about the procedure, we think about pain, lots of pain. Luckily, at Smith and Van Lierop, we use special techniques to make the procedure pain-free. Armed with a PDD in Endodontics, our...

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Dental Implants – What to expect

Dental Implants – What to expect

Implants - A dental implant is a long-term solution to replace a missing tooth. It consists of three parts- the titanium post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (this could be a crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture depending on the...

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Why we use Emax veneers for our patients

Why we use Emax veneers for our patients

As technology evolves, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve our patients’ smile and oral health. One of these great technological innovations, Emax veneers has changed how we treat patients for the better. They give your teeth the natural translucence and...

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The dilemma of tooth wear

The dilemma of tooth wear

With proper care, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, some amount of wear and tear as we age is normal. Wear and tear of teeth refers to the loss of tooth structure. Wear and tear starts with the loss of the hard, translucent enamel that forms the outer...

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