What are the Differences Between a Pediatric Dentist & a General Dentist?

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Most families have a pediatrician who looks after their children’s overall health, but not everyone takes their child to see a pediatric dentist. Like a pediatrician, a pediatric dentist specializes in the oral health of children and teenagers.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than their first birthday. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will come in and your dentist can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. From this first visit, it is recommended that your child visit the dentist every 6 months.

Despite the availability of pediatric dentists and the importance of visiting the dentist at a young age, some only take their children to the general dentist, or worse, never take their children to see the dentist at all. And while a general dentist can provide care to your child, there are several advantages that a pediatric dentist can provide.

In this article, we’ll discuss those differences and explain why your child will benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist.

Pediatric Dentists Have More Training

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All dentists will have a bachelor’s degree and four years of dental school training, but pediatric dentists go even further in their training. According to WebMD, “A pediatric dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school.” Some pediatric dentists, including those at Children & Teen Dental, practiced general dentistry before specializing.

The extra two to three years of training focuses on the treatment of developing teeth, child behavior and psychology, making children feel comfortable, children’s physical growth, and the special requirements of children’s dentistry. They also receive training on treating children with special needs.

Pediatric Dentists Have More Experience with Children

Because pediatric dentists work exclusively with children, they will almost certainly have more experience than general dentists when it comes to treating children. This is definitely the case at Children & Teen Dental – our Cumming location alone has treated over 10,000 patients over the last 16 years!

Children have unique needs. For instance, their teeth are more susceptible to cavities, and losing teeth is actually part of their growing process. Not only do they have different dental needs, but children also behave differently than adults. Pediatric dentists have extensive and unique experience in talking with children, dealing with their emotions, and easing their fears. Part of the training process actually involves working in hospitals with children and dealing with extreme dental cases, so no challenge is too big for a pediatric dentist.

Pediatric Dentists are Less Scary

Visiting the dentist can be scary for some adults and even more so for children. But pediatric dentists take extra steps to ensure children feel comfortable while visiting. For instance, we use smaller dental equipment than general dentists would. They are specially designed for a child’s mouth, so they are more comfortable.

We also introduce each piece of equipment, one at a time. This way, your child will know exactly what tool is being used and why. We erase the fear of the unknown and involve the child every step of the way, slowly and without overwhelming them.

Pediatric Dentists Provide More Fun Environments

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Because pediatric dentists focus on treating children, their offices are built for kids. They will find fun games and things to explore that you just wouldn’t see at a general dentist office. Everything from the waiting room to the dental chair is decorated to delight children. Our goal is to help children get excited about their next dental visit!

The Ability to Help with Habits

Most children need lots of help when it comes to taking care of their teeth. While a general dentist doesn’t need to worry about teaching adults how to brush their teeth, pediatric dentists do this consistently with their patients.

Not only can we provide fun toothbrushes and toothpaste, we can work with parents to devise plans that encourage their child to take care of their teeth. Each child is different, which is why we help each child individually with developing great habits that will enable a lifetime of oral health.

Focus on Preventative Treatments

For various reasons, children are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Pediatric dentists can offer several treatments, on top of the training and habit building they provide, that will help prevent tooth decay. These include sealants, fluoride treatments, space maintainers, and more.

Preventing tooth decay is far less painful and easier to manage than reacting to problems as they occur. Since pediatric dentists know exactly what types of mouth problems children deal with, they are specially equipped to help prevent them.

Experience the Difference for Yourself

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If you’d really like to learn the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist, then contact us today and schedule an appointment. Your child’s initial examination will quickly demonstrate the difference to you.

We love meeting new patients and are passionate about giving kids a great experience at the dentist. If you’re in the Cumming, Suwanee, or Hamilton Mill area, then please contact us today and schedule your child’s first appointment.

Sources
FAQs about Pediatric Dentistry
Four reasons to choose a pediatric dentist
What is a Pediatric dentist?
Pediatric Dentistry

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child

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Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)recommends that children first see a dentist before their first birthday?

Whether you’re a new parent or a seasoned pro, you want to take care of your kid’s health. In the same way you send your child to a pediatric doctor who specializes in medical care for children, you should also send him or her to a pediatric dentist for their oral care.

Visiting the dentist in your child’s first year may seem early, but this is a pivotal time as your child’s baby teeth are appearing.

You can get things off to a great start by visiting a pediatric dentist who can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth.

Here are 5 key things to consider when choosing the right pediatric dentist for your child:

1 Do they have Special Training?

Pediatric dentists are uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health. This is because they have an additional two to three years of training, in addition to four years of dental school and four years of college study. Some pediatric dentists (including those at Children and Teen Dental) practiced general dentistry before specializing, giving them a unique perspective.

The specialty training teaches them how to deal with children’s behavior, make kids feel comfortable, and create a pleasant experience. Pediatric dentists also receive training and qualifications for treating patients with special needs.

2 Do they Provide a Fun, Welcoming Environment?

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Many people fear going to the dentist...even adults. That’s why our primary responsibility is to ensure that going to a pediatric dentist is not a frightening experience. We designed our offices to be bright, happy places for both the physical and psychological needs of children. You’ll find an environment that brings about ear-to-ear smiles and radiates a friendly tone.

But it’s not just the building or the decor...the people here are fun and welcoming too! We believe the workplace should be fun, especially for our patients.

We use positive language, even when things might be uncomfortable, to help children have a positive experience. We describe things with words like pinch, wiggle, whistle, and raincoat to describe the dental environment.

We also use a technique called “TELL, SHOW, DO” while treating your child:

  • We will TELL your child what we are going to do

  • SHOW them what we are going to do

  • and DO the procedure

The main goal here is to build trust and establish communication with the child. Sometimes this requires funny voices or nonverbal expressions, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure your child is comfortable with their pediatric dentist.

3 Do they Take a Preventative Approach?

It’s always better to be proactive instead of reactive, and pediatric dentistry is no exception. Waiting until your child already has a cavity that causes pain is too late. Since children are much more susceptible to tooth decay than adults, you want to find a dentist who understands the mouths of children and can recognize problems before they become even more problematic.

At Children & Teen Dental, we offer several treatments that help prevent tooth decay in children. One example is a dental sealant, which forms a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Baby teeth have tiny grooves that make it almost impossible to keep clean, even if your child brushes regularly. Dental sealants help protect those grooves and prevent tooth decay.

Another preventative approach is fluoride treatment. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay and even repairs tiny areas of decay before they become big cavities. We start by examining the amount of fluoride your child already receives through tap water or toothpaste, and if necessary, recommend fluoride supplements.

Dental sealants and fluoride treatment can prevent 95% of tooth decay, providing a healthy smile for your child for years to come.

4 Do they Treat You Like Family?

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It’s important to have a relationship with your pediatric dentist built on trust. Your child’s oral health is important, and you need to know that they are in good hands. Our mission is to be a group of dedicated professionals who believe in building lasting relationships in our communities and with our patients.

That means we treat each patient like family. We treat others the way we want to be treated, and offer personalized care to meet your child’s specific needs. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity, and seek to be completely honest in every evaluation and treatment. And of course, we love making visits a fun experience for both you and your child.

5 How did the Consultation Go?

A child’s first visit to the dentist should be more of a consultation. It is a chance to get to know the pediatric dentist, both for you and your child. This will give you a chance to observe the environment-- does it feel safe and welcoming? Does your child seem comfortable around the pediatric dentists? Does the pediatric dentist seem competent and capable to care for your child’s unique needs?

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist for your child, then look no further! Children and Teen Dental has three convenient locations in Suwanee, Hamilton Mill, and Cumming.

Contact us today for your consultation. Building healthy smiles that last well into the future is our passion, and we love meeting new families. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you and care for your child’s oral health.

You can also read more about this topic on our Pediatric Dentistry FAQs page.

Sources:
Finding a Pediatric Dentist
Four Reasons to Choose a Pediatric Dentist
How to Find a Pediatric Dentist

Trick or Treat? Halloween Candy Your Kids Should Avoid

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Halloween will be here in just a few weeks and your kids are already excited. According to a survey by the ADA, two-thirds (65%) of children think Halloween is the best holiday of the year, and naturally, trick or treating and collecting free candy is one of their favorite parts.

And while some neighbors might pass out small toys or other candy alternatives, odds are your children will bring home candy by the pound. All that sugar can cause a lot of tooth decay, but that doesn’t mean your children’s teeth need to become the scariest part of Halloween.

We’ve brought together a list of candy that kids (and their parents) should avoid this Halloween. We’ve also included a few other tips and tricks to ensure your family members maintain healthy smiles this holiday season.

Treats to avoid

Sticky Candy

Sticky candy should be avoided as much as possible. This includes gummy worms, Tootsie Rolls, and taffy. The more time sugar gets to spend on your children’s teeth, the more time it has to cause tooth decay. This means that the stickier the candy, the worse the effect. Not only that, but we have had some patients visit because an old filling was actually ripped out by extremely sticky candy. This can be a painful and expensive treat.

Dried Fruit

You may think dried fruit is a great alternative to candy, but it is full of sugar and can be just as sticky as taffy! Fresh fruit is much better for your teeth than dried fruit, so stick with that.

Hard Candy or Lollipops

As we said before, when it comes to tooth decay, it’s all about the amount of time the teeth are exposed to sugar. Because hard candies, like jawbreakers or lollipops, spend so much time in your children’s mouth, the sugar gets plenty of time to stick around. Increased exposure to sugar increases the likelihood of tooth decay, so avoid the hard candies.

Furthermore, as the old Tootsie Roll pop commercials famously summarizes that it’s extremely difficult not to bite into hard candies. Biting into hard candies puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on teeth and can lead to chipped teeth or broken fillings. It’s better to avoid the temptation and extended sugar exposure by avoiding hard candy.

Soda

Although soda typically isn’t given out during Halloween, it contains a large amount of acid and sugar that can wear down teeth. During the Halloween season, it’s extra important to drink water instead of soda. Your children will be consuming plenty of sugar with their Halloween candy, and soda will only make things worse.

Other tips for healthy teeth around the Halloween season

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Eat more dark chocolate

You didn’t expect that we would recommend you eat more of a certain type of candy, did you? Several studies indicate that dark chocolate is actually effective at fighting tooth decay.

The reason: compounds in cocoa beans can harden the enamel on teeth and have an antibacterial effect that helps fight plaque.

Although the studies aren’t yet conclusive, dark chocolate is still a much better option than gummies or hard candy.

Eat candy around mealtime

Eating candy is unavoidable around Halloween, but thinking strategically about the timing can help. Most children will attempt to eat candy throughout the entire day, but eating candy around mealtime will help keep the mouth clean. Saliva production increases during mealtime, which in turn helps clean their teeth by removing the sugar and neutralizing the acid levels of their mouths.

Chew sugar-free gum

Like mealtime, chewing gum also stimulates saliva production. Ensure you and your children are chewing gum that has the ADA seal of approval; otherwise the sugar in the gum will offset any benefits that the saliva produces.

Brush your teeth

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It’s always important that kids brush their teeth at least twice per day. During Halloween, take extra care to ensure they brush their teeth before bed and don’t eat candy afterwards.

While late night candy binges might be tempting, allowing that sugar to sit on their teeth all night will cause tooth decay.

Don’t be afraid of visiting the dentist

Halloween is all about being scary, but a trip to the dentist shouldn’t frighten anyone. At Children and Teen Dental, we pride ourselves in creating an environment where kids of all ages can feel safe and welcome. We treat everyone like family and love seeing our patients.

Contact us to schedule your child’s appointment at any of our convenient dental offices located nearest to you.

For more useful tips on keeping you and your children’s mouth healthy, read these 10 tips for a healthy mouth from the ADA.

Should Children Brush Their Teeth at School?

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It can be important and sometimes necessary for kids to brush while at school. Typically, pediatric dentists will recommend that kids brush their teeth 2-3 times per day—morning, night, and another convenient time throughout the day. This would mean that brushing at school may not be necessary since they can brush their teeth when arriving at home after school.

If your child has braces, however, it may be necessary to brush after eating lunch at school. At minimum, though, he or she may need to rinse their mouth after eating or snacking at school.

Just remember that, for healthy teeth and gums, toothbrushing and flossing is very important. Proper oral care can help to prevent cavitiesthroughout the childhood years. And brushing at school may be necessary for some kids to achieve healthy smiles.

Important things to remember if your child brushes his/her teeth at school

– If your child is too young to brush on his/her own, be sure an adult supervises/helps with toothbrushing.
Be sure your child stores the toothbrush in a clean environment to minimize exposure to germs.

– The school nurse may be able to help with toothbrushing. Ask the school nurse if your child can do so in his/her nurse “office” so your child can have some privacy.

– If your child has orthodontic braces, be sure to discuss the need for brushing at school with the school nurse and anyone else in charge at the school.

Before your child starts brushing at school, be sure to get permission from them…

Check with your child’s school to see if brushing is allowed

Your child’s school and school district may or may not allow tooth brushing at school. It is always best to check with your kid’s school to see if he or she can brush/floss while at school. If your child absolutely needs to brush, your child’s dentist may be able to write a “doctor’s note” to submit to the school in order to justify toothbrushing during school hours.

If brushing isn’t allowed at your child’s school, follow these tips during the school year in order to minimize cavities

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If the school does not allow your child to brush his or her teeth at school, there are things you and your child can do to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Tips for kid’s to have healthy teeth and gums:
– Have your child eat foods that are a part of a healthy diet. Limit sugary foods and beverages as much as possible. When consuming sugary foods/beverages, your child should brush his or her teeth as soon after consumption as possible.
– Your child should drink water while at school during lunch and snack time instead of sugary beverages.
– Be sure your child brushes his or her teeth before leaving for school in the morning.
– Be sure your child brushes his or her teeth when arriving at home after school.
– If he or she has orthodontic braces, they can rinse their mouth with water in the school’s bathroom or the nurse’s “office” after drinking and/or eating.

If your child needs a checkup appointment, call us today.

Throughout the school year (or any time of the year for that matter) if you suspect that your child has cavities or is need of a routine checkup, call Children and Teen Dental. We provide many pediatric dental services to fix common dental problems that kids experience.

Just call us to schedule your child’s appointment…and we look forward to meeting you and your family!

Summer Dental Care Tips for Kids

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Even though it’s the summer and the kids have off until next school year, their dental care should never take days off. Consistent brushing and flossing is a very important routine on a daily basis for kids and adults.

And even if your family goes on vacation, be sure that your kids keep on brushing and flossing. Actually, there are several oral care tips to keep in mind when traveling and vacationing.

So join us to learn more…

7 Tips to keep up with kid’s oral care habits during the summer

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1 There may or may not be more distractions for your kids throughout the summer— from swimming in the pool, to playing ball outside, road trips with the family, and more. Even though the kids may be pretty distracted, you (as a parent/guardian) shouldn’t be too distracted that your kid’s oral health goes downhill.

Throughout the summer, you may or may not need to remind your kids more often to brush and floss.


2 On day trips, road trips, and vacations, be sure to keep the toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss handy. If you keep these items in easy-to-reach places, it’ll be easier to stick your hand in your suitcase and pull out what you need to brush and floss.

Be sure you have a big enough supply for the entire family to brush and floss during vacation, day trips, and road trips.

3 Pack an emergency kit for dental emergencies. Items to include in your dental emergency kit: gauze, a small container with a lid, advil/tylenol, and a handkerchief. Include your dentist’s emergency contact information, too. (source: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/article/oral-health-tips-for-summer-0714)

4 If you experience a dental emergency, visit our webpage: http://www.childrenandteendental.com/tips-on-handling-some-dental-emergencies/. 
This page gives you tips on how to handle the most common dental emergencies. The information could be very useful while you’re vacationing or going on day trips or road trips.

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5 If your kids love to swim (as most kids do), make sure you teach them how to be safe while in the water and near the pool. Make sure they don’t run really fast on slippery surfaces or dive into shallow water—doing so can cause oral injuries/trauma.

6 Even though the kids are on school vacation, make sure they continue to eat healthy and drink a lot of water. Eating healthy includes a good diet of veggies and fruit.

7 Last but not least, don’t forget to teach your kids not to slack off on their dental care during summer break! Educating your kids on how to practice routine oral care is extremely important.

Traveling to Alabama, Florida, or Georgia for the summer and need a dentist?
If your travel plans take you to Alabama, Florida, or Georgia this summer and you end up needing a dentist for oral problems, call Children and Teen Dental.
You’ll see that we have offices in:

Cumming, GA
Hamilton Mill, GA
Suwanee, GA

At Children and Teen Dental, you’re more than a patient… you are family.

Are digital x-rays safer for your child

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Dental x-rays are a very important piece of dentistry. They are a diagnostic tool to help us detect and pinpoint problem areas so we can further analyze them and create an accurate treatment plan.

But are dental x-rays safe? Are digital x-rays safe for kids and teens? How are digital x-rays different than the x-rays back in the day?

We’ll talk about these questions (and more), so join us!

Why do we use digital x-rays at Children and Teen Dental?

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We love staying ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating the latest dental technology. Doing so helps us offer the best dental experience and the latest dental procedures to our patients.

That’s why we use digital x-rays in our office—not the old, film x-rays used a long time ago. Now, the images are saved electronically and we can view them together at your appointment by looking at the computer screen.

That means all of your x-rays are kept in digital format on our computers so we can monitor your oral health quickly and efficiently. Digital x-rays are an incredible, valuable tool we use at our offices every day.

Our dentists will most likely take a few types of digital x-rays so we can get the overall picture of your kid’s dental health. Different types of x-rays include:

  • Bitewings — These are very common digital x-rays that help dentists detect cavities between the back teeth.

  • Periapicals — The roots of the back or front teeth can be shown in this type of x-ray.

  • Panoramic x-ray — The entire jaw area and all of the teeth are shown in a panoramic x-ray.

  • Cone Beam CT — This x-ray is taken much less frequently than the other types of x-rays. It produces three-dimensional (3D) pictures.

(source: The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging)

So just how safe are digital dental x-rays for my kids?

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We want you to know that we are very careful when it comes to taking x-rays on your kids. We minimize the exposure of radiation as much as possible.

In fact, digital x-rays use 80% to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. That means the radiation exposure is “extremely small,” and that digital dental x-rays “represent a far smaller risk than undetected and untreated dental problems” (source: from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ).

  • We want to catch dental problems early on rather than later down the road before they turn into huge (more costly, more invasive) issues.

  • Digital x-rays are the preferred option by our pediatric dentists and they are safe.

  • We make sure your kids are as safe as possible.You want your kids to be protected and safe. Well, good news—we want them to be safe and protected, too.

How do we do that?

During the x-ray process, we place a lead body apron and a thyroid collar (to protect the thyroid gland) on top of your child’s body and neck before we take the x-ray. This helps protect them against radiation exposure.
Digital x-rays are exceptional at restricting the x-ray beam only to the specific area of interest (instead of exposing other areas of the body or head). We only take x-rays on the areas we need to.

All in all, taking digital dental x-rays is a quick, easy, and safe process that helps tremendously in your child’s treatment plan. And digital x-rays offer so many benefits.

Benefits of digital dental x-rays

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  • Digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are safe for kids, teens, and adults.

  • We need x-rays to show us areas of the mouth that we cannot see with the naked eye. Such aspects include jaw

  • formation, tooth decay, cracks, fissures, and plaque buildup. This allows us to make a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your child.

  • X-rays provide our dentists with a baseline so we can identify and compare future dental problems (source: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays).

  • We capture high-quality pictures that are viewed immediately on the computer screen. We can enlarge the image, if necessary, as well as manipulate other aspects (color, brightness, contrast, etc).

  • Digital x-rays are fast! You don’t have to sit in the dentist’s chair for a long period of time while we take the x-rays AND we don’t have to wait long to view them on the computer (the images show up on the screen almost immediately).

  • We don’t have to worry about hazardous waste disposal like we did with traditional film x-rays. Everything is electronic!

Ready for your dental appointment? Call us!

If you are ready to schedule your child’s teeth cleaning appointment or if your child needs other dental work done, call Children and Teen Dental. We have several office locations in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Beyond Healthy Smiles: The True Reasons We Do This

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If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, you certainly don’t have a shortage of options. A quick Google search and you’ll likely find dozens, if not hundreds, of good candidates.

However, is “good” really good enough for your child? We don’t think so.

So why choose Children & Teen Dental? What makes us truly different than other practices?

We could run off the “standard list” of features (you know, the ones you see all of the time—state-of-the-art office, convenient hours, a kid-friendly office, caring staff, et cetera), and while these things are certainly true about our practice, it still doesn’t hit the point of WHY. .

It’s about love…we genuinely love and care for kids.

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It’s love. That four letter word that gets thrown around all too often (do you really “love” that outfit, or “love” your TV? Probably not.). Simply put, we genuinely love our patients. We’re extremely passionate about your child’s well-being and we care how your kids feel.

We know going to the dentist isn’t on your list of favorite things to do, and your child may be resistant to going, as well. That’s okay. We understand. We get it because no matter what, everyone at our office is on your side—we’re all on the kid’s team.

While dental cleanings and other treatments may be what our office does, it isn’t who we are. Our office is about kids’ hearts, and it always will be.

It’s about trust…parents trust we are doing what’s right for their child

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The pediatric dental field is broken due to a lack of trust between patient and provider. The reason for this is quite simple—it has become big business. I’m sure you’ve seen the chain dental offices around town. For some of them, it’s about profit, NOT people.

Your child, or any child for that matter, will not take a back seat at our practice due to profit. Sure, we’ve got to make money so every member of our team gets paid and can feed their families, but money will never be the core focus of anything we do in regards to treating any child.

We treat each and every child and parent with grace because at any given time, you simply do not know what difficulties another human being is going through. At our office, it isn’t about the treatment and it certainly isn’t about the doctor. The kid’s and parent’s voices matter. You have a say at Children & Teen Dental.

It’s about confidence…because every child needs more confidence in this world

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One of our goals each and every day is to be a positive addition to your child’s life, not a subtraction. Even at a young age, peer groups can put unnecessary pressure on a child, making them experience feelings of “self doubt” and “not being good enough.”

We fight this worldly view with positive interaction. We want children and their parents to remember how we treated them 5, 10, or even 20 years after their last treatment. Our goal is to leave a lasting legacy with each and every child, inspiring self-belief and an abundance of self-confidence in the process.

Our process for treating kids not only gives them the dental treatment they need for a healthier smile, but also boosts their self-esteem in the process, which is something you cannot put a price on.

So what now?

Maybe you were expecting us to highlight the technology we use, and how it’s superior to any other pediatric dental practice on the market, but that’s not why you should choose us.

While the Children and Teen Dental team are some of the most experienced dental professionals you’ll find anywhere, and they utilize the latest advancements in technology and treatment, that’s not the heart of our practice. That’s not why your child will love coming here.

The real question is…what if?

What if your child loved coming to their pediatric dentist and didn’t fight you over it every time?
What if they received amazing care from a talented team of pediatric dentists?
What if they left our practice laughing instead of crying?
Most importantly, what if you and your child genuinely knew you were loved and cared for deeply by every person at our office?

Love. Trust. Confidence. Those are the differences you and your child will experience at Children & Teen Dental. If you like what you’ve read so far and think our office could be a great fit for your child, please give us a call today, or contact us here to schedule your child’s new patient exam.

You’ll see the difference. We guarantee it.

Dental Solutions for Crooked Teeth: What Options are Available for Your Child?

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As an adult, crooked teeth can be an embarrassing problem. They can hinder your social life, self-confidence, and even impact your career.

So if you’re a parent reading this article, we want to say thank you for recognizing the need to straighten your child’s teeth while they are still young, which will set them up for a more fulfilling life when they reach adulthood.

Your first question is probably something along the lines of “I know my child needs some form of orthodontic treatment, but what option is the best?”

While each situation is different, after treating thousands of children and teenagers, we have a good idea of what treatments and/or appliances will likely help your child straighten their crooked teeth.

Common treatment options for crooked teeth in teens and adolescents

Here are some of the most common teeth straightening options we offer for children and teenagers at our Suwanee and Cumming dental and orthodontic offices.

Traditional braces:

You’ve seen traditional metal braces, which consist of standard metal brackets, and are ideal for children and teens with severe alignment issues. In addition to metal braces, you can also consider clear ceramic braces, or self-litigating braces for your child.

To learn more about these specific options, visit our page on traditional braces.

Invisalign Teen (clear braces):

Invisalign Teen is an incredible option for responsible teenagers who want the teeth straightening power of braces, but are more concerned with their appearance. These braces are actually a clear set of aligners, and are best suited for patients with mild to moderate issues.

The key to Invisalign Teen is compliance. Your teenager must be willing to comply with all Invisalign Teen guidelines, otherwise the treatment will not be as effective as it can be.

To learn more about Invisalign clear braces, click here to visit our Invisalign page.

Positioners:

Positioners are used toward the end of orthodontic treatment. They are typically worn for 4-8 weeks, and help complete the final shifts in your child’s teeth.

Retainers:

Retainers guard against regression. After all, after you’ve spent significant money on your child’s teeth, you don’t them want to “lose progress,” so to speak.

Every situation is different, and our orthodontists are Children & Teen Dental will tell you and your child how long they should wear a retainer after their treatment.

Headgear:

This type of treatment gently pulls your teeth to help correct a moderate to severe overbite or underbite. In many situations children and teens do not want headgear, but it’s a common treatment that has stood the test of time.

If your child suffers from an underbite or overbite, they’ll thank you a few years from now that you were able to provide them with headgear orthodontic treatment.

Separators, Spacers, and Bands:

Separators or spacers are part of a larger orthodontic treatment option, and are used in order to create space between teeth so elastic bands can be placed. It’s important to note that we recommend staying away from sticky foods when wearing spacers or separators.

Herbst appliance:

The Herbst appliance is typically worn by younger patients for a period of 12-15 months, and it helps to straighten crooked teeth by correcting an overbite (it moves the lower jaw forward, and upper molars backwards).

Palatal Expander:

A palatal expander is used to widen your upper jaw with gentle pressure. It works be gently pushing your upper molars, but any pain that is felt is minimal.

To learn more about the palatal expander, as well as all of the other appliances mentioned above, visit this page.

Where should you go from here?

Now that you have a good idea of the most common orthodontic treatment options we offer and Children & Teen Dental, it’s time to schedule an appointment for your child.

Many parents think they need a referral from their family dentist, but that isn’t the case. In fact, you can contact us right here to book your appointment today at our location nearest you.

If your child has crooked or misshapen teeth, and you’re looking to fix this problem in order to give them a better, more fulfilling life with more self-confidence moving forward, give us a call today.