Dentistry Redefined

The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium

As your Umhlanga Dentist we re-imagine the dental experience and set new standards in individualised patient care. We combine modern technology, an efficient workflow and friendly service to provide world-class dentistry in Umhlanga.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic Veneers

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Damon Orthodontics

Damon Orthodontics

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners

Fine Wrinkles

Fine Wrinkles

Thread Lift

Thread Lift

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

All-On-Four Rehabilitation

All-On-Four Rehabilitation

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.

Meet Our Team

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.

Dr Stacey Lock


Dr Stacey Lock graduated as a member of the Golden Key Society from the University of Pretoria in 2014 and completed her community service in 2015 at Tonga District Hospital, Mpumalanga. Stacey has been working in private practice since 2016, during which time she completed a diploma in Progressive Orthodontics through McGann University (USA).

Stacey has a special interest in Paediatric dentistry and Orthodontics including clear aligners (Invisalign, Clear Correct), braces and myofunctional appliances (Myobrace).
During her spare time Stacey is an avid tennis player, joined by her whole family and inspired by her two brothers that play professionally. Stacey enjoys running with her husband and their beagles and they have recently relocated to the North Coast to start their family.

Stacey’s sister Emma is already a part of the CDE family in Ballito where she practises as an Oral Hygienist. Their passion for dentistry stems from their Grandfather who was a Dental Surgeon (graduated from the University of Witswatersrand) and their mom who currently practices as an oral hygienist. You could say dentistry runs in this family!

Dr Helena van der Linden


DR Helena van der Linden has recently relocated to the North Coast in search of a slower pace of life for her and her property developer husband, Wian, her daughter Talia and her son Max. She is excited to have joined the team of Dentists at the Cosmetic and Dental Emporium. When Helena is not perfecting someone’s smile, she is riding horses with her daughter Tali or spending time with her family and two dogs.

With a maxillo-facial surgeon as a father, a mother who practices as a dentist and 2 siblings who are dentists, Helena has always known that she was born to be a dentist. Coming from a family of dentists, has instilled in her a much-needed patience and precision, which is clearly reflected in her work.

DR van der Linden has run her own private practice in JHB for 7 years and is passionate about digital cosmetic dentistry. Smile makeovers are her favorite, specifically perfecting adult smiles to create a natural look. Helena is the Key Opinion leader (KOL) for Clear Correct aligner systems in South Africa and has recently travelled to Switzerland to represent SA as the KOL. She provides the most amount of Clear Correct cases in South Africa and was also the first dentist in SA to provide Invisalign treatment and has been placing Invisalign for 10 years.

DR van der Linden has a keen eye for detail and understands the balance between perfection and the nature of beauty. She believes in treatment which is minimally invasive and practices an holistic approach to both dentistry and aesthetics. Helena is passionate about building and maintaining long term relationships with her patients in her unique approach to beauty and life.

Dr Eloise Morgan


Dr Eloise Morgan graduated from the Universiy of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Dental Sciences degree. She is passionate about developing young smiles and has a special interest in paediatric dentistry and orthodontics. She is known for her compassionate nature and kind chairside manner towards her patients, not to mention her bubbly personality!

Michelle Nell

Dental Assistant

Coming Soon

Savanah Emanuel

Dental Therapist

Savanah Emanuel completed her studies as a dental therapist at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She now calls Ballito home and practices alongside Dr Netanya Godfrey. We are proud to have her as part of our team.

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.

Emma Kate Du Plessis

Oral Hygienist

Emma graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2009 and has been in private practice since 2010. She is passionate about preventative dentistry and educating patients of all ages to maintain their oral health. She is an active member of OHASA [Oral Hygiene Associate of South Africa] and has completed a wide selection of courses including Laser treatments and Whitening as well as keeping up to date on all new oral hygiene techniques and equipment. She began her career specialising in oral hygiene for Orthodontics and has maintained a strong interest in this field and the maintenance of oral health throughout the Orthodontic process.
Her love of the outdoors means that her free time is spent playing tennis, running, time at the beach with her much loved Pugs and spending time with friends and family. Emma comes from a line of Dental professionals and feels it’s ‘in her blood’. She always knew she would pursue a career in this profession and is dedicated and committed to her patients’ treatment and overall wellbeing. For Emma, Oral Hygiene is the foundation to good general health, and she enjoys working alongside her Dental colleagues to ensure a holistic approach to every patient’s treatment.

Alicia Opperman

Practice Manager

Coming Soon

Lara de Gabriele


What People 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!

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