The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium


As your Umhlanga dentists it is our aim is to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible and to set a new standard in individualised patient care. By incorporating the latest in modern technology, a transparent goal-oriented workflow and friendly service – we have everything needed to get you smiling time and again.

Meet Our Family

Having served the Umhlanga 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.

Nerissa Govender

Nerissa Govender

Dental Therapist

As a mother of two beautiful girls, Nerissa has a heart for people and is passionate at what she does. Having been with The CDE for several years, she has become an integral member of the team – not only taking care of her own patient’s oral hygiene and basic dentistry needs, but assisting Dr van Niekerk in all major surgical cases. It is however her prowess in the art of teeth whitening that has earned her the title “Queen of Zoom”. She loves seeing her patients happy with their new smiles, but Nerissa is undoubtedly at her happiest when shopping High Street.
Dr Thinus van Niekerk

Dr Thinus van Niekerk

CDE Director and Dentist

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, scuba diving the reefs on the north coast, or planning his next trip into Africa. As a proud graduate of the University of Pretoria, a devoted Sharks and Springbok Rugby supporter, a believer of Faith and a rooted South African, Dr van Niekerk aims to revolutionise and redefine the dental experience as modern, exciting and life-changing. He is an active member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the South Africn Association of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD), the South African Association for Osseointegration (SAAO) and the South African Dentistry Association (SADA). With an ethos to continually ‘educate to prevent’ and ‘treat to protect’ Dr van Niekerk passionately promotes the profession by changing age-old perceptions.

To all the amazing staff, and the fantastic work of Dr van Niekerk, I want to thank you for the awesome smile I now have. The professional and friendly practise is simply the best. I would recommend their services above all.

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A massive thank you to the team at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium Ballito for the amazing work today. The professionalism displayed by Dr Thinus Van Niekerk, Nerissa Govender and their team coupled with a relaxed and "feel-at-home" vibe makes any visit there a pleasure.

Daymon PnematicatosFacebook

I really loved my appointment! The level of knowledge in the dental field, coupled with the implant and aesthetic dental treatments that Dr van Niekerk offered, made me feel very comfortable.

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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!

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Dental Implants

Mind the Gap

Losing a single tooth can be traumatic and leave you feeling ‘incomplete’ – so restore your smile with a dental implant crown. A surprisingly quick and relatively pain-free procedure that will get you smiling with confidence again. Lost more than one tooth? Or maybe you would like to say farewell to a removable denture? We also specialise in restoring your functional bite and will offer many different solutions to suit your needs and your pocket.

Facial Aesthetics

A Better Version Of You

 We do not believe in simply changing faces, but rather in unveiling and optimising the existing potential locked within. We do this so that our patients may be the best versions of themselves today and preserving it for tomorrow. The industry is continually evolving, with new products and treatments being developed all the time. We go to great lengths sourcing the best products and implementing the latest treatment methods available so that you too may benefit from modern anti-ageing and facial aesthetic technologies. Visit your Umhlanga dentist today to find out what we can do for you.


Embrace Your New Smile

Has your child been screened for possible orthodontic treatment? We believe the impact of well-timed orthodontic treatment on your child’s development is so significant that we offer orthodontic screenings as part of our ‘kids cleaning program’.

Adult Orthodontics is alive. Imagine treatment times of less than 12 months. Consider treatment of complex cases without involving surgery or unnecessary extractions. Imagine yourself smiling with confidence and loving it. Orthodontic treatment may give you the smile of your dreams, but that’s not all – look forward to improved breathing, better aesthetic facial proportions and symmetry, less muscular tension and TM joint problems, and increased oral health with less tooth wear. Visit your Umhlanga dentist today to find out what we can do for you.

Smile Design

Your Greatest Asset

Just like you, we don’t have time for fancy quotes or cliched phrases about the importance of a beautiful smile. The truth however remains – your smile is your brand. Together we will assess your smile and choose the best possible treatment options. We are experts in smile design and are ready to give you the smile of your dreams.

Trusted by international models, actors, musicians, tv personalities and diplomats – our results are a testimony to our commitment to aesthetic excellence. Visit your Umhlanga dentist today to find out what we can do for you.

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