Meet the Smile Zone

Established in 2006

Dr. Vikash Naidoo and his devoted team have offered professional care in a warm, family-oriented atmosphere. Committed to advancing patient care and dental possibilities, Dr. Naidoo ensures that the latest technology is seamlessly integrated into his practice, serving the South African community with excellence.

At The Smile Zone, we’re not just your typical dental practice – we’re your partners in achieving a smile that lights up Johannesburg and Fourways! With a blend of expertise and enthusiasm, we’re dedicated to bringing you a dental experience that’s both professional and unforgettable.

Specialising in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, and cutting-edge treatments like Teeth Whitening using the latest Zoom technology, as well as Invisible Braces with Invisalign and Active Aligners, we’re committed to enhancing your natural beauty and confidence.

But that’s not all. Our smile artisans use state-of-the-art 3D CEREC technology to craft personalized smile designs, ensuring that every curve and contour is just right for you.

Step into The Smile Zone, where innovation meets charm, and let us help you discover the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Learn more about CEREC below…

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Time reduction by 90%
5 year success rate 95%
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What is

CEREC Technology?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or CEramic REConstruction. CEREC is a revolutionary dental technology that allows for the creation of ceramic dental restorations like crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays in a single appointment. Using CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology, CEREC enables dentists to design, mill, and place high-quality, custom-made restorations in just one visit, eliminating the need for messy impressions and temporary restorations. This technology offers patients convenience, precision, and aesthetically pleasing results.

Benefits & more Info

We offer personalized in-office or on-site training tailored to dentists’ specific needs. Dr. Naidoo, an ISCD-certified CEREC trainer, provides basic, intermediate, and advanced sessions. SADA CPD accreditation ensures CPD points for each session. 

Our Team

Dr Vikash Naidoo

Dr Vikash Naidoo

Head Dentist & Founder
Dr Martinette Engelbrech

Dr Martinette Engelbrech

Senior Dentist & Paediatric Specialist
Chloe Prince

Chloe Prince

Oral Hygienist
Mandy

Mandy

Practice Manager
Teresa

Teresa

Receptionist
Volnah

Volnah

Head Dental Assistant
Nthabiseng

Nthabiseng

Dental Assistant
Shongerai

Shongerai

Dental Assistant
Bhule

Bhule

House Keeping

Welcome to The Smile Zone, where our commitment to your oral health is matched only by our passion for personalised care. Meet our dedicated team, each member bringing a unique blend of expertise, compassion, and enthusiasm to ensure your dental experience is exceptional from start to finish. Our esteemed doctors lead our team with years of experience and a commitment to staying at the forefront of dental advancements. With a gentle touch and a comprehensive approach, they ensure that every patient receives tailored treatment plans designed to achieve optimal oral health and stunning smiles. Our amazing team are a skilled group of dental hygienists and assistants. With meticulous attention to detail and a friendly demeanour, they ensure that your appointments are comfortable and efficient. From routine cleanings to complex procedures, they work seamlessly alongside our doctors to deliver top-notch care. At our front desk, you'll be greeted by our warm and welcoming administrative staff. Whether scheduling appointments, answering questions about insurance, or providing guidance on treatment plans, they are dedicated to making your experience smooth and stress-free. Together, our team embodies a commitment to excellence in dentistry and a genuine care for our patients' well-being. We strive to create a welcoming environment where you can feel confident in the quality of care you receive. Your smile is our priority, and we look forward to welcoming you to our practice family.

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FAQ

Choosing between crowns and fillings depends on various factors including the extent of tooth damage, location of the damage, and patient preference. Here are some reasons why crowns might be chosen over fillings:

1. **Greater Structural Support**: Crowns provide more extensive coverage and support to a tooth than fillings. They encase the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline, offering better protection for weakened or damaged teeth.

2. **Severe Damage**: Crowns are often recommended for teeth with significant decay, large cavities, or fractures that cannot be effectively restored with fillings alone.

3. **Longevity**: Crowns are generally more durable than fillings and can last longer, particularly when used to repair extensively damaged teeth. They can withstand greater biting forces and are less likely to fracture or wear down over time.

4. **Cosmetic Considerations**: Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as covering discoloured or misshapen teeth, improving their appearance and restoring a natural smile.

5. **Protection After Root Canal Therapy**: Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy are often weakened and more susceptible to fracture. Crowns are frequently placed on these teeth to provide additional protection and support.

6. **Prevention of Further Damage**: Crowns can help prevent further damage to a weakened tooth by providing a strong and durable outer shell that reinforces the underlying tooth structure.

However, it’s important to note that crowns typically require more tooth preparation than fillings and may involve the removal of more healthy tooth structure. Additionally, they are usually more expensive than fillings. The choice between crowns and fillings should be made in consultation with a dentist, who can assess the specific needs of the tooth and the patient’s preferences.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or dental prostheses, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. They are made of biocompatible materials like titanium, which fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable foundation for the replacement teeth.

The process of getting dental implants typically involves multiple visits over several months, and it generally follows these steps:

1. **Initial Consultation**: During the first visit, your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your dental and medical history, perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, and may take dental X-rays or CT scans to assess the bone density and structure of your jaw. They will discuss treatment options, and expected outcomes, and address any questions or concerns you may have.

2. **Treatment Planning**: Based on the evaluation and diagnostic images, a personalized treatment plan will be developed. This plan will outline the number of implants needed, the type of restoration (such as a crown, bridge, or denture) to be placed on the implants, and the timeline for the procedure.

3. **Implant Placement**: The next step involves the surgical placement of the dental implants into the jawbone. This is typically done under local anaesthesia, although sedation options may be available for patients with anxiety or those undergoing more extensive procedures. During this procedure, small incisions are made in the gums, and the implants are precisely positioned in the jawbone. In some cases, temporary restorations may be placed on the implants immediately after surgery.

4. **Healing and Osseointegration**: After the implants are placed, a period of healing is necessary to allow the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone. This process, called osseointegration, usually takes several months. During this time, temporary restorations may be worn to maintain aesthetics and function.

5. **Final Restoration**: Once osseointegration is complete and the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, the final restorations (such as crowns, bridges, or dentures) are fabricated and attached to the implants. This may involve taking impressions of your mouth to ensure a precise fit and natural appearance of the replacement teeth.

While the entire process of getting dental implants typically requires multiple visits over several months, advancements in implant technology and techniques have enabled some dentists to offer “same-day implants” or “teeth in a day” procedures for select cases. These procedures may involve placing implants and attaching temporary restorations in a single visit, but they are not suitable for all patients and all types of implant cases. It’s important to consult with a qualified dentist or oral surgeon to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.

We do not do traditional braces, only Invisalign and Active Aligners.

Crowns and veneers are both dental restorations used to improve the appearance and function of teeth, but they serve different purposes and involve different levels of tooth preparation. Here are the main differences between crowns and veneers:

  1. Purpose:

    • Crowns: Crowns, also known as dental caps, are used to cover and protect the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gumline. They are typically recommended for teeth that have extensive decay, damage, fractures, or large fillings. Crowns provide strength, support, and durability to weakened or compromised teeth.
    • Veneers: Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are primarily used to correct cosmetic issues such as stains, discolouration, chips, cracks, minor misalignment, or gaps between teeth. Veneers can enhance the shape, size, colour, and symmetry of teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
  2. Amount of Tooth Preparation:

    • Crowns: To place a crown, a significant amount of tooth structure needs to be removed to accommodate the restoration. This involves shaping the tooth into a smaller size to make room for the crown. As a result, crowns are more invasive and require more tooth preparation compared to veneers.
    • Veneers: Veneers require minimal tooth preparation as only a thin layer of enamel (usually less than a millimetre) needs to be removed from the front surface of the tooth to make space for the veneer. This preserves more of the natural tooth structure compared to crowns.
  3. Thickness and Coverage:

    • Crowns: Crowns are thicker and provide full coverage of the entire tooth above the gum line. They encase the tooth like a cap, providing maximum protection and support.
    • Veneers: Veneers are thin shells that cover only the front surface of the tooth. They are designed to be translucent and mimic the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Veneers are more conservative in terms of tooth preparation and provide a more minimalistic approach to smile enhancement.
  4. Functionality:

    • Crowns: Crowns are primarily functional restorations that restore the strength, integrity, and function of damaged or weakened teeth. They are suitable for both front and back teeth and can withstand biting forces.
    • Veneers: Veneers are primarily cosmetic restorations intended to improve the appearance of teeth. While they can provide some reinforcement to the teeth they cover, they are not designed to withstand heavy biting forces like crowns.

Yes, same-day ceramic restorations are possible with advancements in dental technology such as CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) systems and in-office milling machines. These systems allow dentists to design, fabricate, and place ceramic restorations like crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers in a single dental appointment, eliminating the need for multiple visits and temporary restorations.

Ideally, oral hygiene practices should be performed at least twice a day, including brushing teeth and flossing. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are recommended every six months for most people.

A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between two natural teeth or dental implants. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) that are attached to crowns or wings on either side, which are cemented onto the adjacent natural teeth or implants.

Here’s how a dental bridge works:

1. **Preparation**: The adjacent natural teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the crowns or wings of the bridge. In some cases, dental implants may be used as abutments instead of natural teeth.

2. **Impressions**: Impressions or digital scans of the prepared teeth and surrounding structures are taken to create an accurate model of the mouth. These impressions are used by a dental laboratory to fabricate the custom bridge.

3. **Fabrication**: The bridge is fabricated in a dental laboratory, typically using materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials. The artificial teeth (pontics) are designed to match the colour, shape, and size of the natural teeth for a natural appearance.

4. **Placement**: Once the bridge is ready, it is carefully checked for fit, aesthetics, and bite alignment. The bridge is then permanently cemented or bonded onto the prepared abutment teeth or implants, filling the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth.

A dental bridge is recommended when:

– One or more teeth are missing, and there are healthy adjacent teeth or implants that can support the bridge.
– The gap left by the missing tooth or teeth is causing functional or aesthetic issues, such as difficulty chewing, speech problems, or self-consciousness about the appearance of the smile.
– The surrounding teeth are structurally sound and suitable for supporting a bridge.
– The patient is not a candidate for dental implants or prefers a non-surgical option for tooth replacement.

Dental bridges can restore chewing function, improve speech clarity, prevent shifting of adjacent teeth, and enhance the appearance of the smile. However, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices to ensure the longevity of the bridge and the health of the surrounding teeth and gums. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for monitoring the bridge and addressing any issues that may arise.

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