Pediatric Dentistry

By: Shohreh Sharif, D.D.S. & Associates P.C.  10/28/2015
Keywords: Braces, Clear Braces, Invisible Braces

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children see a pediatric dentist by one year of age. Visiting a pediatric dentist by the first birthday enables the child to find a dental home and begin a lifelong of preventive dental care program to minimize tooth decay and cavities. Pediatric dentists can detect early tooth decay, provide parents with information on proper oral and facial development, and determine fluoride needs and more. For a child, a trip to the dentist is a trip into the unknown and can be frightening. Therefore, it is important to ease any stress they may feel with a warm, friendly environment and a staff who are acutely aware of the need to welcome children with warmth and smiles.

Keywords: Braces, Child Orthodontics, Clear Braces, Dental Braces, Dentist Orthodontists, Invisible Aligners, Invisible Braces, Metal Braces, Orthodontic Treatment, Straighten Teeth, Teeth Straightening

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Laser Dentistry

This process is more comfortable for the child because there it generally does not require painful anesthesia. There is also very little to no bleeding or swelling involved during or after the procedure. Rather than cutting, the laser both sterilizes and vaporizes the tissue at the touch. This allows the tissue to heal more quickly and sutures are rarely needed.


Emergency Care

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.


Two Phase Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.



Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.