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Welcome to the practice of Dr Amenah Shaikh. Located in Rondebosch East and

Strand, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic

care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the

courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors.

Whether you're an adult, adolescent or child, we are knowledgeable and

committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve - a healthy, beautiful one!

Orthodontic problems require specialized care. Patients who have dental and facial irregularities should see an orthodontist. Our specific qualifications in the design, application and control of corrective appliances will bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment for optimal facial balance.

Our site provides important information about our practice that will help you become familiar with orthodontics. Our office is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care.

We will make every effort to ensure that your first visit with us is a comfortable and informative experience.

Beautiful Smiles are a Team Effort Your family dentist and your orthodontist work together on your behalf. When you choose an orthodontist who displays this qualification (MChD, Orthodontics), you are being treated by a professional who has completed advanced education required by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa to permit announcement as "specialist in orthodontics."

Creating healthy smiles at any age is what we do.

Our goal is to provide high quality orthodontic service in a warm and personable environment. We strive to provide our service professionally and efficiently to ensure that the orthodontic experience is gratifying to the patient, the parents and the staff.


Your First Orthodontist Visit Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

 Any x-rays (if applicable)  A list of medications you are presently taking  If you have medical aid/ insurance, bring the necessary membership card. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) Broken Appointments: If for some reason you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact our office at 021 696 3876. By doing so you allow another patient to use that time as well as reschedule your appointment. There is a R200.00 charge for appointments missed without prior notice. If it is after hours leave your name and number and a brief message on our answering machine and we will return your call in the morning.

Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning If it is determined that treatment is indicated, diagnostic records will be obtained. These records usually consist of study models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays. Once these orthodontic records have been obtained, Dr. Shaikh will review them and determine a specific treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. Then our office will give you a call or send you an email to review your treatment plan, set up the necessary appointments to begin your orthodontic treatment and set up financial arrangements for you.

Successive Visits Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly.

Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!

Length of Treatment Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient's cooperation and the degree of movement possible.

Dental Care Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.

In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr. Shaikh prescribed to correct your bite. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care. We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist because we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement.

Please contact our office at 021 696 3876 or email us at info@confidentsmile.co.za if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not be ready for treatment. Therefore, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs.

Scheduling Our rooms are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.

We try our best to stay on schedule to minimize your waiting. Due to the fact Dr. Shaikh provides many types of dental services, various circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Please call us at 021 696 3876 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Financial Information Financial Options Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to a beautiful smile.

Payment Options For your convenience, we accept cash, personal cheques and direct bank deposits. Payment is expected as per agreed contract.

Medical aid Schemes / Insurance The fees charged for services rendered to those who have medical aid benefits are the usual and customary fees charged to all our patients for similar services. Your policy may base its allowances on a fixed fee schedule, which may or may not coincide with our usual fees. You should be aware that different medical aid schemes vary greatly in the types of coverage available.

We will prepare all the necessary forms/quotes for your medical aid scheme and whenever possible submit these to your medical aid scheme on your behalf. However, we remind you that your specific policy is an agreement between you and your scheme. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for your total obligation for treatment provided.

Our staff will gladly provide you with a pre-treatment estimate to submit to your scheme so that you will know what your benefits will be.

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We will finance your fee at zero interest. Most orthodontic treatment plans run to completion over 18 – 24 months. We structure a payment plan to suit you over 18 – 20 months at zero interest.

FEES In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional

care, we have established this financial policy:

 We charge all patients according to the National Reference Price List Tariff/Scheme rate.

 To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period from 9-20 months.

 Our treatment coordinator, Manzur, will work out a plan suited to your individual needs.

 In cases of serious delinquency, treatment may be discontinued, although we will make every effort to accommodate patients with temporary difficulties.

We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact Manzur at 021 6963876.

ABOUT US Dr Amenah Shaikh EDUCATION Matriculated with exemption at Lenasia Secondary High School (Johannesburg) 1978 B.Ch.D. (U.W.C.) June 1985 Completed Bsc. I at Durban Westville in 1980 and continued with BChD II from 1981 at UWC Completed the degree in five and a half years M.Sc. (U.W.C.) 1990 Completed the prescribed courses, viz., Oral Pathology and Oral Biology in 1986.

Thesis entitled "Gingival Overgrowth associated with Cyclosporin therapy in Renal Transplant patients" submitted and accepted in partial fulfilment of M.Sc. in March 1989.

Statistics - Non Degree(Occasional student) - 1993 MChD (Orthodontics) 2000 Dr. Shaikh is the first woman to graduate with a Specialty in Orthodontics from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.


Dr Shaikh has taught and continues to teach under-graduate dental students, oral hygienists, chairside assistants and community health nurses.

Her teaching duties from 1990- June 1996 had been principally Oral Medicine and Periodontics.

The courses have been taught by means of lectures, seminars and chairside supervision of students where practical.

She has also participated in organising and delivering update courses in Oral Medicine and Periodontics and now she continues to do so in the field of Orthodontics.

Since July 1996 her teaching has been limited to Orthodontics.

Dr Shaikh has since been involved in organising and participating in continuing education courses, at the University of the Western Cape, Dental faculty as well as at Continuing education courses offered by other organisations and institutions when invited.

Presently, Dr Shaikh is employed as Associate Professor /Senior Specialist in the orthodontic department and is involved in teaching both the under graduates and postgraduate students as well as treating complex orthodontic patients.

She is also involved with treating and caring for the Cleft Lip and palate patients at the Red Cross Childrens Hospital as well as the orthognathic patients seen at the local tertiary hospitals.

Additionally, she works in her own private practice as a specialist Orthodontist where she diagnoses and treats patients who require comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

She has a special interest in treating patients who require multidisciplinary treatment, i.e., patients with more complex problems, like loss of numerous teeth, problematic tooth supporting structures, thus requiring treatment from more than one specialist (Prosthodontists, Maxillofacial surgeons, Periodontists) as well as patients with cleft lip and/or palate.


 International Association of Dental Research  National Medical And Dental Association (NAMDA) - served on the executive  Health Workers Association  South African Health Workers Congress (SAHWCO) - executive member  SAHSSO  PPHC Network (SAHWCO representative)  PPHC - AIDS Working group (SAHWCO representative)  South African Medical and Dental Council  Islamic Medical Association  South African Dental Association  South African Association of Orthodontists  She is actively involved in the South African Association of Orthodontists Research Experience Dr Shaikh continues to participate in scientific meetings and forums where she has presented numerous papers of her research projects.

She has also supervised two MRC funded research projects of recent dental graduates who were the recipients of the MRC fellowship programme.

Dr Shaikh has also been actively involved at the university research committee where she had chaired the committee for three successive years.

She continues to assist undergraduate students with their research projects as supervisor for preparation and presentation at various student competitions.

Dr Shaikh has supervised Masters theses whilst she was in the department of Oral Medicine. Since her involvement in orthodontics, she continues to guide and supervise postgraduate masters’ students with their research projects.


What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a unique specialty of dentistry that contributes to the physical and psychological development of people of all ages.

Orthodontics is the specialty branch of dentistry that focuses entirely on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion" which literally means "bad bite."

The practice of orthodontics requires extensive professional skill in the design, application, and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

What is an Orthodontist?

Teeth and sometimes faces are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment;

therefore it is very important that the treatment be properly done. An orthodontist, like Dr. Shaikh, is a specialist who only treats orthodontic problems.

Dr. Shaikh has devoted four years of full-time comprehensive orthodontic training at an accredited University program in addition to five and a half years of dental school and 18 years of lecturing and training both undergraduate and postgraduate students. This advanced training included topics such as growth and development, genetics, biomechanics, and anatomy; as well as clinical skills in the design, application and control of braces and removable appliances.

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