Tell me about the work you do. As an orthodontic specialist, I diagnose, treat and prevent irregularities of teeth. Did you always want to be involved in dentistry? Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor of some sort (either a medical doctor or dentist) or lawyer. After matric, I only wanted to do dentistry, although I had a chance to do medicine at the University of Transkei. You recently moved into private practice from academia - what precipitated this move, and how different are they? My contract as a registrar ended in December, then I had to move to private practice as it was always the plan when I started in January 2013. I am still involved in academics at the University of the Witwatersrand as periodical (working certain hours per month). What are the most common problems that you work with? We deal with malocclusion (maligned teeth) on a daily basis. The extent of work to be done differs from one case to another. For example, crooked teeth, a smile that is not pleasing (too g...

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