Meet Dr. Choonara

Your Local Johannesburg Orthodontist 

When it comes to choosing an orthodontist for you or your child, you want to ensure you pick someone with the expertise to achieve incredible results. At Choonara Orthodontics, our patients travel from all around South Africa, from local areas such as Randburg and Johannesburg, to surrounding Sandton and Midrand. Dr. Choonara and his team are not only committed to creating individualized treatment plans to each patient, but also to using cutting-edge techniques and tools to deliver exceptional results. 

Along with being one of the most experiencd orthodontists in the country, Dr. Choonara’s practice is the only one to offer Propel Accelerated Orthodontics. He also is a Diamond Provider of Invisalign, making him the best choice for one of the world’s most popular treatment options. Learn more about Dr. Choonara by reading his biography below. 

Dr. Sahide Ahmed Choonara

Dr.jpgDr. Choonara spent the first 10 years of his life in Brazil before moving to South Africa, the homeland of his mother.

He completed his undergraduate dental degree (BDS) at the University of the Witwatersrand. During his undergraduate studies, Dr. Choonara received numerous awards and distinctions including the Rousseau Viljoen Award in Oral Medicine, The Community Dentistry prize and a distinction in Orthodontics.

On a postgraduate level, he has completed the FCD Part I examinations at the College of Medicine (S.A), and received a Dip. Odont in Orthodontics at the University of Pretoria. He completed his specialty training, MChD (Orthodontics) Cum Laude also at the University of Pretoria. Dr. Choonara was awarded Academic Honorary Colours at a specially convened ceremony at the University of Pretoria in 2010.

Dr. Choonara has maintained his academic interests by being continually involved in dental education. After graduating as a dentist, Dr Choonara ran a successful general dental practice in the south of Johannesburg. His academic journey began when he was invited in 2001 by the then Head of Department of Orthodontics at University of the Wiwatersrand, to join the department on a part-time basis to teach undergraduate students and be involved in the Cleft Palate clinic. Dr Choonara took up a position at the University of Pretoria as a lecturer in the Department of Orthodontics in 2003. He served as a course coordinator for the undergraduate Orthodontics curriculum and was instrumental in the implementation of an outcomes based curriculum at the University. Amongst many other accolades, he has received the Lecturer of the Year award, as voted by the 2004, final year dentistry students at the University of Pretoria. He currently serves as a Postgraduate Consultant at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pretoria.

Dr. Choonara has presented numerous courses and lectures in Orthodontics across the country and internationally. He has also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for both the European Journal of Dentistry and The Angle Orthodontist.

Dr. Choonara feels that it is important to stay on the cutting-edge of orthodontics in order to offer the most advanced treatments. In this regard, both he and his staff continue seeking knowledge by attending international courses and conferences on an ongoing basis. Through his clinical experience, Dr. Choonara has learned the proper use of traditional metal braces, Invisalign®, clear braces and self-ligating braces like the Damon® system, In-Ovation® C, and Speed™ appliances. He also makes extensive use of intra-oral scanning and computerized treatment planning to help individualize the orthodontic treatment and care for his patients. He holds the distinction of being the first South African Orthodontist and only one of a select few worldwide to have been invited and hosted at the Invisalign treatment planning facility in Costa Rica.

His professional affiliations include being a member of the South African Dental Association, having previously served as the Secretary of the Gauteng South branch, and as a member of the Ethics committee of the same branch. He is also a member of the South African Society of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists and American Association of Orthodontists. He also serves as an Associate member of the College of Dentistry of South Africa.

Aside from his professional duties, Dr. Choonara has served as a board member of his local community organization. He is also an avid road cyclist and enjoys competing in various races across South Africa. He is married and has three children whom he considers to be his greatest achievement!

Questions? Contact Our Johannesburg Office Today!

If you have any additional questions about Dr. Choonara, our treatment options or anything in general, feel free to call our office at (011) 678-8090. You can also find any additional contact information by visiting our contact us page.  You can also complete our online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!