Shaping smiles his passion

2018-05-30 06:01
Dr Vuyani Dubula, an orthodontist in Kimberley. Photo: Boipelo Mere

Dr Vuyani Dubula, an orthodontist in Kimberley. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Dr Vuyani Dubula, an orthodontist, has been back in his home province – the Northern Cape – since 2017.

Dubula was born and bred in Colesberg, where he attended primary and high school before proceeding to the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, Cape Town.

There he completed five years’ of undergraduate study, and after that he worked for four years.

He then went back to university to commence four years’ of further study, specia­lising in correcting crooked teeth.

Dubula says many children come to his practise with crooked teeth and he uses various procedures to correct it, including jaw relation.

He says any person of any age who wants his or her smile improved, can consult him.

According to Dubula, the state of the teeth will determine if braces is needed to straighten the jaw relation of patients of any age.

“Although most of my patients are children, the oldest patient I have treated while I was in Cape Town, was born in 1948. That was in 2015,” he says.

Dubula says his passion for teeth developed during his university years and that led to his decision to specia­lise in the field of jaw fixing.

“Seeing the end results after fixing somebody’s teeth or gums fascinates me.

“The duration of treatment of each case differs. It depends on the severity of each case,” he says.

His objective remains to restore patients’ smile, and he opened, in addition to his office at the Kimberley Hospital Complex, a private practice in New Park, Kimberley.

“I saw the opportunity and decided to bring more services to people.

“This will allow me to address the needs of walk-in and private patients, who can also schedule an appointment after school hours for their children who are attending school.

“I will still attend to the scheduled patients at the Kimberley Hospital Complex as usual.”

Dubula emphasises the importance of maintaining dental health to avoid dental crisis.

He says it is a myth that people experience more dental problems in the winter.

“Vulnerability of teeth or gums are not seasonal. Look after your teeth 24/7.

“Sensitivity of teeth is formed by cavities that are usually unattended to until it is too late.

“In many cases the pain is triggered by cold or hot liquids that the person is drinking.”

Thumb-sucking children are identified as being at risk.

“Due to their fingers always being in the mouth, their front teeth are at risk of being pushed forward.

“Also, when the baby teeth are not falling out, and the permanent teeth are already growing, it can become a problem. This can cause the child’s teeth to get crooked, because the teeth do not have enough space to grow and the jaws can not accommodate all the teeth.”

He emphasises the importance of parents taking their children to the dentist as soon as they detect a problem with their teeth, so that proper measures can be taken to intercept the problem.

According to him seven out of ten cases can be treated or intercepted at an early age to avoid treatment as an adult.

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