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Pediatric Dentist Near Me

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At Smiles In Framingham we want to provide the best possible dental treatments including pediatric dentistry to all of our patients throughout FraminghamSouthborough, Ashland, and Wayland.

If your children are in need of visiting a pediatric dentist in Worcester County look no further then Smiles in Framingham.

Pediatric Dentist Near Me In Worcester County MA

What Is A Pediatric Dentist?

pediatric dentist near me worcester county maA pediatric dentist such as Dr. Himelhoch has all of the qualifications of a general dentistexcept they better understand a child’s special emotional, developmental, and medical needs. Pediatric dentists promote the oral health of children, while also serving as an educational resource for parents.

What’s The Difference Between A Pediatric Dentist & A General Dentist?

A general dentist and pediatric dentist are similar, but it’s important to know the difference before making the right choice for your child. A general dentist can treat patients of all ages, while a pediatric dentist has additional skills and training to effectively treat children. At Smiles In Framingham we want you and your children to always feel comfortable knowing their care is in the hands of highly trained professionals.

Does Your Child Need To See A Pediatric Dentist?

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics that a child should have their first visit to a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. It’s important for your child to establish a dental home early on. This allows professionals such as Dr. Himelhoch to build a relationship with young patients early on and guide them to a healthy smile.

Is A Pediatric Dentist Only For Infants?

We understand that infants and toddlers need special dental treatment, but so do teenagers! During a child’s teenage years they can develop bad habits such as eating sugary snacks, smoking, or drinking caffeinated beverages. Habits such as these can cause cavities, tooth decay, and potentially lead to further problems later on.

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Finding A Pediatric Dentist Near Me In Worcester County MA

Dr. Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham are experts in Pediatric Dentistry. If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry in Framingham MA, Southborough MA, Worcester County MA contact Smiles in Framingham and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Deborah Himelhoch at:  (508) 872-0555.

 

What Is An Orthodontist?

At Smiles In Framingham our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care and treatment from the most qualified professionals available throughout Framingham, Southborough, and surrounding Massachusetts areas.

Many people believe a dentist and orthodontist are the same thing but that’s not quite the case. The two professional titles certainly have some similarities, and they do work together, but orthodontics is a specific type of dental care. An orthodontist is a specialist that treats certain types of dental problems.

What Does An Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist such as Dr. Himelhoch is a fully qualified dentist who takes on an additional 2-3 years of orthodontic schooling and gains extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. The American Association of Orthodontists is the overseeing body for this branch of elite dentistry.

The most important job for an orthodontist is identifying, treating, and preventing issues with your teeth and mouth. Orthodontists are experts at treating misaligned or overcrowded teeth, as well as bite problems (malocclusions). Malocclusions can also result when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly, whether from premature loss of baby teeth, developmental abnormalities, trauma, or other causes.

Orthodontic Treatment

If you suffer from any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

  • Overbite – where the upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth
  • Underbite – where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
  • Cross bite – when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
  • Open bite – space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
  • Misplaced midline – when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
  • Spacing – gaps between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
  • Crowding – when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate

Types of Treatments

  • Traditional Braces – made from a high-grade stainless steel with metal brackets and archwires, which put pressure on teeth to move slowly into the correct position.
  • Clear braces – work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material.
  • Invisalign – custom-made removable clear aligners that are virtually invisible and work in increments.
  • Invisalign Teen – clear aligners that are removable and virtually invisible to ensure you still enjoy your favorite foods and social events.

Reasons To Visit An Orthodontist In Framingham MA

  • Achieving a healthy smile – a healthy smile not only looks good, but can also offer benefits such as increasing chewing functionality and improving speech.
  • Boosting confidence – a beautiful smile can provide a dramatic boost in self esteem.
  • Starting on the right path – children can avoid and prevent arising problems when seen at the right age.
  • Preventing future problems – when untreated, many orthodontic issues can become worse over time.

If you or someone you know is in need of orthodontic care or looking to visit with an orthodontist and located in Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, or surrounding areas of Massachusetts please contact us today to take a step in the right direction and schedule a visit. Call now (508) 872-0555.