On a typical office visit, your child will receive a dental cleaning and guidance on proper oral hygiene techniques. We conduct comprehensive examinations, including digital x-rays, and then diagnoses problems to prevent them from becoming serious. This ensures your child receives the best care available to them and best dental experience.
Many organizations believe in treating dental disease, but at Kids Dental & Orthodontics it is our practice to teach dental health care for the best long-term benefit. Early detection is critical in the process of promoting a healthy oral cavity for life. Prevention is still the number one form of treatment by eliminating problems before they occur.
Sealants help protect the chewing surfaces of healthy back teeth and are made of clear or shaded plastic. Fitting your child with sealants is a simple and painless visit to the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that the majority of cavities occur on teeth in the back of the mouth, which is a place sealants will protect. Evidence shows that children with sealants end up with 50% less tooth decay.
Many parents wonder when to bring their child to the dentist for the first time. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an initial dental examination by a child’s first birthday. This allows for an evaluation by a dentist where they may create an individualized preventive program to be followed. Make your appointment today to begin educating your child on proper oral healthcare habits.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help children relax during many dental procedures. It's often referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate as often times your child is awake, with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. There are various levels of Sedation Dentistry:
Regardless of which type of sedation your child receives, typically they’ll need a local anesthetic -- numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
As a full service children’s specialty practice, we offer complete care for all of our patients, including Orthodontics. Orthodontists are required to complete an additional two to three years of specialty training following dental school. Orthodontics is the area of dentistry focused on correcting your child’s facial growth and development. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation by their seventh birthday. Please call us today to receive a complimentary exam and consultation for your child.
Orthodontic treatment uses braces, retainers and other appliances to correct any abnormalities. Braces will help us to provide your child with their best smile and it will positively impact their life forever.
The goal of Phase I is to develop your child's jaws to make room for the future eruption of permanent teeth, while improving the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. This type of correction will often prevent dental trauma, later removal of permanent teeth, or even jaw surgery. The treatment time for Phase I is usually between 9 - 18 months. After this, patients wear retainers and receive check-ups every four to six months, while the remaining permanent teeth erupt.
The goal of Phase II or Full Treatment is to position all of your child’s permanent teeth to maximize their appearance and function. This is best accomplished with full braces or another method, like Invisalign, and usually takes between 18 -30 months. Due to the improvements made in Phase I Treatment, Phase II Treatment requires less patient participation (no headgear and less rubber bands), often eliminates extraction of permanent teeth, and reduces the time spent in full braces.
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