Having served the Ballito community for several years we now have a loyal following that includes moms and dads, toddlers and grandparents, some of SA’s revered artists, actors and architects, musicians, athletes and politicians.
Meet Our Team
Being an avid sportsman and outdoor adventure enthusiast, Dr Thinus van Niekerk spends his time away from the surgery either in search of the perfect single track, diving the reefs on the north coast, or planning his next trip into Africa. He is married to Lee van Niekerk and together they have three beautiful children. Anah, Leo and Joah. As a proud graduate of the University of Pretoria, a Sharks and Springbok Rugby supporter, a believer of Faith and a rooted South African – Dr van Niekerk established his Ballito practice in 2012 and his Umhlanga practice in 2014 with the goal to revolutionise and redefine the dental experience as modern, exciting, and life-changing.
Dr van Niekerk and his practices have become synonymous with excellence in dentistry. Always invested in the latest technologies and developments in dentistry, his practices bring cutting-edge world-class dentistry to South Africa. A fully digital workflow and on-site production facility ensures that his patients receive the highest quality in dental care available today.
Dr van Niekerk focuses predominantly on dental rehabilitations often centred around implant dentistry. Dr van Niekerk is passionate about implant dentistry. He completed his post-graduate diploma in implant dentistry at the University of Pretoria lead by Prof André van Zyl. He attended the University of Bern where he met two of his career idols, Dr Daniel Buser and Prof Urs Belser. In 2012 he attended a course at the University of Iceland lead by Dr Bjarni Elvar Pjetursson and Dr Niklaus Lang. In 2019 he visited the Implantology Institute in Lisbon, Portugal where he attended a course lead by Prof João Caramês.
He is a member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the South African Association of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD) and the South African Dentistry Association (SADA). He is an HPCSA registered dentist in private practice.
- Implant Dentistry
- Crowns and Veneers
- Digital Smile Designer
- Damon® Braces
- Invisalign® Dentist
- ClearCorrect® Dentist
- Restorative Dentistry
- Root Canal Treatment
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- EMS® Guided Biofilm Therapy
- Neuromodulator Treatments
- Dermal Fillers
- Aptos® Threads
With her father a maxillo-facial surgeon, her mother a dentist and two siblings who are dentists, Helena always knew that she was born to be a dentist. Coming from a family of dentists has instilled in her an understanding and appreciation for precision dentistry - as it is often in the small details that a smile is made. Dr van der Linden had her own private practice in Johannesburg for seven years and during this time became passionate about digital cosmetic dentistry. She is particularly passionate about using the latest technology to align and redesign smiles. Dr van der Linden is the Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for the ClearCorrect® aligner system in South Africa and recently travelled to Switzerland to represent South Africa. She is the leading provider of ClearCorrect® aligners in South Africa. Dr van der Linden was also the first dentist to provide Invisalign® aligners in South Africa. Today she continues to offer these services in Umhlanga.
Dr van der Linden has a keen eye for detail and understands the balance between perfection and natural aesthetics. She believes in minimally invasive treatment and practices a holistic approach to dentistry and facial aesthetics. She is passionate about building and maintaining long term relationships with her patients.
Dr Meagan Carroll has a special interest in pediatric dentistry and being a young mother herself, loves working with children and families. She is passionate about creating good dental experiences right from the early ages of development and alleviating the fear often associated with dentistry. Root-canal treatments are a deep-rooted passion of hers and she loves how the new era of digital dentistry has transformed dentistry, specifically endodontics. Dr Meagan loves the slow-paced life of the north coast and when she isn’t performing root canals, you’ll find her road tripping through SA on a search for the best foodie spot. Dr Meagan completed her studies as a dentist at the University of Witwatersrand. We are proud to have her as part of our team.
What Patients Say
“I am all smiles today because I was incredibly blessed to have had my teeth whitened by Nerissa at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium using Philips Zoom whitening.”Christy Ann du PlessisInstagram
“Thank you Dr van Niekerk and his incredible team! You are all absolutely amazing, professional and the best in the business. I am so happy to have my smile back!”Candice Lee FloodGoogle
“To all the amazing staff, and the fantastic work of Dr van Niekerk - Thank you for the awesome smile I now have. The professional and friendly practice is simply the best and I would recommend their services above all.”Margot WilliamsFacebook
“A massive thank you to Dr van Niekerk, Nerissa Govender and the team at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium for the amazing work. The professionalism and the "feel-at-home" vibe makes any visit a pleasure.”Daymon PnematicatosFacebook
“I really loved my appointment! The level of expertise in the dental field, together with the implant and aesthetic dental treatments that Dr van Niekerk offered, made me feel very comfortable.”Naseema VarachiaGoogle
“I would just like to thank Dr van Niekerk and his team for the amazing care and support I received during my procedure - I cannot tell you how much it means to me!”Simone GarrattGoogle