A Quick Guide To Braces

Braces: A Quick Guide By HIPP Orthodontics | HIPP Orthodontics

Here at HIPP Orthodontics, your teeth matter to us. We firmly believe that all our patients deserve to get the smile they have always wanted. If you are looking for premier orthodontic care in Cape Town, look no further. As your resident orthodontist, you have our full support. Getting braces is the most traditional form of teeth alignment treatment. Braces can fix crowding or overcrowding, spacing, underbite, crossbite, open bite and overjet. Braces also eliminate problems with eating, speaking, and teeth hygiene.

While most people might fear braces due to appearance and general discomfort, braces today are now smaller, sleeker, and more ergonomic thanks to the advancements in dental technology.

How Do Braces Work?

How do braces work for your teeth? Most people assume that orthodontic devices are makeup accessories used primarily for brightening smiles. While there is some truth to this, it is vital to understand that braces are dental devices prescribed by medical professionals for teeth alignment.

Orthodontic clinics primarily recommend these devices to patients who are experiencing irregular teeth alignment, which is a significant cause of unclear speech, chewing difficulties, uncomfortable bites, and more.

What are the different types of Braces For Teeth?

Once you decide to get braces, it is essential to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of braces are you looking for?
  • Are these braces for a child, teen, or an adult?

At HIPP Orthodontics, we offer various options, ranging from colourful braces, metal braces, ceramic braces, to clear and invisible braces and even Invisalign®. Depending on the nature of your dental problem and your personal preference, HIPP Orthodontics will assist you in selecting the orthodontic device best suited to you.


Colourful/Metal Braces

Orthodontic braces treatments can go on for months, even years. Therefore, we encourage our patients to choose braces' colours that they will be happy with and wear for an extended period.


Ceramic Braces (Aesthetic Braces)

Ceramic braces are the same shape and size as metal braces. However, they offer patients the extra benefit of a discrete aesthetic appearance. The brackets on ceramic braces are a pearl-coloured material that blends in with the rest of the patient's natural teeth.


Retainers For Teeth

Retainers are specific orthodontic devices that assist in straightening teeth and are one of many orthodontic treatment options. Retainers often get used in conjunction with braces. We usually prescribe retainers during the retention phase and reinforce the work done by traditional braces or Invisalign®.



Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses 3-D imaging technology to determine the complete treatment plan and help your teeth get from the initial position using custom-made aligners. Aligners are generally worn for about two weeks and then replaced by the next set of aligners until your teeth reach their final position.

Show off Your Personality With Colourful Braces

Colourful braces let you show off your fun or fashionable side while improving your smile. There's no need to be shy about your braces – show off your personality with a fun and colourful set! Brighten up your day (and everyone else's, too) with braces that reflect your unique style.

Whether you're into playful patterns or cool colours, there's a set of braces out there that will make you shine. The only problem you're left with is deciding which colourful braces to choose!

Fortunately, at HIPP Orthodontics you are not stuck with only one colour of braces for your entire orthodontic treatment so you can experiment with different combinations.

Colourful Braces
Colourful Braces
Colourful Braces

What to Expect Before and After Braces Treatment

At HIPP Orthodontics, we love it when our patients can look in the mirror at the end of their treatment and see the difference. People who began their treatment with gaps, misaligned bites, and crooked teeth, can smile confidently for the first time.

During the initial consultation, we will ask questions about your health and take impressions of their teeth. Depending on the severity of the case, we can perform a clinical exam and take X-rays of the patient's mouth.

If we decide that braces are the right choice, we will begin treatment by fixing them to the patient's teeth. Once a month, you will book an appointment with us to readjust the wires to maintain consistent tension. Depending on the person and their case, the entire braces treatment can take between one and three years.

After the procedure is complete, we remove the braces and thoroughly clean the patient's teeth. We will also take more bite impressions and X-rays to ensure that everything is fine. The patient will also receive a retainer to keep the teeth in their new positions. HIPP Orthodontics is one of the few specialist orthodontists in the Western Cape

Post-Treatment Care for Braces - Do’s and Don’ts


  • Visit us or your dentist for subsequent follow-up appointments and follow any additional suggestions, if any.
  • Avoid sticky food like caramel, toffee or gum.
  • Consume drinks that are non-carbonated and low in sugar.
  • Brush post every meal and avoid leaving food debris in your braces.
  • Request a mouth guard if you participate in regular sports activities.
  • Be patient; treatment duration varies from case to case, and your teeth will take time to adjust accordingly.


  • Avoid chewing on ice or hard food.
  • Avoid biting your fingernails.
  • Avoid consuming large quantities of sugary drinks.
  • Do not forget to floss.

Orthodontic Conditions That Require Braces on your Teeth:

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If you have spaces/gaps between your teeth, you may not be confident in your smile. Missing teeth, smaller teeth or other orthodontic issues can result in spacing problems. Orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign® help to treat this malocclusion and return your teeth to the correct position.

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An overbite or overjet is when your upper teeth stick out too far. Overbite is seen as one of the biggest risk factors associated with trauma to front teeth. Orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign® are effective in correcting protrusion.

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A crossbite is when your upper teeth sit on the inside of your lower teeth. This malocclusion should be treated early so that your jaws are able to grow in the correct direction. The different treatment options for crossbite includes orthodontic braces, palatal expanders and Invisalign®.

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Open Bite

When the upper front teeth do not meet the lower front teeth, this is classified as an overbite. This condition mostly causes discomfort in activities such as chewing and brushing teeth. Most orthodontists consider headgear as the most effective treatment to curb open bites.



If your teeth don’t have enough space in the mouth, they become crowded. A specialist orthodontist like Dr Jacqueline Cupido can help by expanding your jaw and creating room for the teeth to sit. The use of Braces or Invisalign® is effective treatments for crowding.

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If your lower jaw extends beyond your upper jaw and forces your bottom teeth to sit right in front of your upper teeth, this is classified as an underbite. We recommend customized braces to help improve the overall appearance and balance of your teeth.

What Are The Price of Braces in South Africa?

General Fee Information for Braces:

At HIPP Orthodontics, we strive to give every patient a beautiful smile at a fair and affordable rate. The overall price of braces in South Africa is determined on a case-by-case basis and depends entirely on the severity of your orthodontic condition. If you have medical aid, we will assist you with obtaining the correct authorisation.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your or your family’s overall oral health and it is our goal to make the financial portion of your treatment as straightforward and stress-free as possible!

We are of opinion that financial considerations shouldn't stand in the way of a beautiful smile, so we work hard to make orthodontics affordable for you.

Our Practice offers the Following Financial options for Braces Treatment:

  • Interest-free monthly payments
  • Flexible payment plans 
  • Courtesy discount (7.5%) for paying in full
  • Payment by Debit or Credit Card
  • Secure online payment services
  • An automatic electronic monthly debit of bank accounts or credit cards

The Billing Procedure

Orthodontic treatment is typically split into three or more distinct phases depending on the age of the patient or the severity of the case.

In our quest to provide a transparent and easy-to-understand financial payment model we have aligned the billing structure with the three main phases of treatment namely Pre-treatment, Active Treatment, and Post-treatment.

For more information, contact our office at 021 948 6580 or send us an email reception@hipporthodontics.co.za.

Get the smile you’ve always wanted with HIPP Orthodontics today.

[FAQ's] Frequently Asked Questions about Braces

Dr Jacqueline Cupido is the first Specialist Orthodontist to complete her degree Cum Laude in 20 years and is well known and respected in the industry. This specialist degree takes 17 years to master, while normal dentistry degrees take 6 years to complete.

There are only a handful of specialist orthodontists in the Western Cape. Here are a few things you may want to ask, along with some helpful information about patients' and families' most frequent questions.

Our Practice offers the Following Financial options for Braces Treatment:

  • Interest-free monthly payments
  • Flexible payment plans 
  • Courtesy discount (7.5%) for paying in full
  • Payment by Debit or Credit Card
  • Secure online payment services
  • Automatic electronic monthly debit of bank accounts or credit cards

While there is no exact age to start orthodontic treatment, it is recommended that each child visit an orthodontist between the ages of 7-8 to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment.

By age 7, children's teeth and jaws have developed to the point that a trained specialist can discover potential problems associated with erupting teeth and jaw alignment.

No, braces do not hurt when they are applied to your teeth. There will be mild discomfort after the treatment process, which may last for a few days or up to a week.

Whether you are an adult wanting to correct your teeth or a parent who wants to ensure that your child receives the proper orthodontic care, getting braces( for the most part) is a personal choice. If you are happy and feel confident and comfortable in yourself, that is what matters. If you lack confidence or feel any discomfort or pain because of the state of your teeth, getting them fixed can only be a step in the right direction.

At HIPP Orthodontics we offer colourful braces, ceramic (aesthetic braces), invisible Braces (aligners), retainers for teeth, invisalign braces, braces for kids, and adult braces

Yes you can drink tea and coffee as both these substances does not stain braces.

If you have Invisalign aligners, you shouldn’t drink coffee while them in your mouth. If you want to eat or drink anything other than water the aligners will need to be taken out and should be worn for no less than 22 hours.

After your braces are removed, you enter into the retention phase. Everyone who has braces wears a retainer while the teeth, bones, and gums adapt to their new position (eeth naturally want to return to their original place, particularly in the first few months after active treatment has finished).

Teeth also move with age, but retainers help to reduce the amount of movement and keep the teeth where we want them. The best way to look after your braces is to follow a regular oral care routine daily. Some of these steps include brushing regularly, using floss and mouthwash, using an oral irrigator like Water Pik, and regularly checking your teeth in the mirror to avoid missing any stray food particles (or worse). If you look after your tooth, they will look after you.

Please don't panic; it is not unusual for a braces bracket, band, or wire to come loose over time; the general wear and tear of regular meals can occasionally wear down and loosen the mechanism.

Schedule an appointment with us, and we will re-tighten your braces again; you should be doing this once every couple of months, anyway.

Orthodontic treatment refers to the phase after your braces get removed as the retention phase - or simply retention. Everyone who has undergone braces treatment wears a retainer while the gums, bones, and teeth adapt to their new straight position. Wearing a retainer helps to reduce the amount of movement and keeps the teeth in place.

Simply call our practice at 021 948 6580 or schedule an appointment! Or by email reception@hipporthodontics.co.za. We will be happy to schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you may need.