Are orthodontists and pediatric dentists different from my family or general dentist?

Yes, orthodontists and pediatric dentists are certified specialists in their respective fields. After graduating from dental school with competitive grades, they undertake additional residency training, go through the certification process, and are finally awarded specialist licensure. Family or general dentists have completed dental school and are tasked with providing a general scope of dental care for every age.

Do I need a referral?

No, you can self-refer to our practice! Contact our office at any time with queries, questions, or to book an appointment. We also accept referrals from family or general dentists.

When should my children start seeing a pediatric dentist?

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should see a pediatric dentist before their first birthday. Remember, at Glow, we offer complimentary exams for all children under the age of 1.

When is the best time to start a child's orthodontic treatment?

This depends on an individual’s dental growth and development. Generally, we recommend that your child has a complimentary consultation with Dr. Irene around the age of 7.

Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one?

There is good evidence that an electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis than a manual toothbrush. You can still get the same effect with a manual toothbrush, you just need to work harder with the proper brushing technique. If using an electric toothbrush with your little one, always ensure the toothbrush head is the correct size and that they’re comfortable with the vibration.

I’ve heard bad things about fluoride. Is it safe to use fluoride toothpaste when my baby can’t spit it out?

Please check out our section on fluoride here.

Do you have any offers or promotions on dental treatments?

We have ongoing contests, events, and promotions! The best way to know what’s going on is by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Are soothers, bottles, and finger sucking bad for my child?

We talk a lot about habits – and how to make good ones – here.

Can lip and/ or tongue ties impede infant feeding or speech in the future?

This depends on many factors. We see lip/ tongue ties that are obvious and uncomfortable but cause no functional issues with feeding and speech, and we see less obvious ties that do cause functional issues with feeding and speech. That’s why we work closely with lactation consultants, and speech therapists/pathologists to accurately diagnose the ties that need help and treat them accordingly.

How often do I have to come in for orthodontic treatments or adjustments?

After the initial placement of braces or Invisalign setup, we’ll schedule appointments at 6-8-week intervals for braces, and 8-10-week intervals for Invisalign. As you get closer to the end stages of wearing braces, we may shorten your appointment interval to every 4-6-weeks.

How long do braces or Invisalign treatments take?

It depends on the complexity of your case and what you’re hoping to achieve with treatment. Generally speaking, most treatments last 6-36 months. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment typically takes 18-24 months.

Do you accept insurance for orthodontic treatment?

Yes, we do. We also offer a variety of payment plans to meet your family’s needs. Please refer to our financial information page for more details.

Is it essential to fix baby teeth if another set will eventually come in?

Yes. Eventually, all baby teeth get replaced by adult teeth between ages 5-12. If your child develops a small cavity around this transition time, it may be safe to leave the cavity untreated and simply monitor it until the tooth falls out. Bigger cavities in teeth with years of expected life span need to be treated as this can lead to painful dental infections that can affect the rest of the body. They may also damage developing adult teeth.

Is root canal treatment really necessary in baby teeth?

Yes. Root canal treatment is indicated when cavities reach the pulp (the nerves and blood vessels) of the teeth. For deep cavities that need root canal treatment, omitting this process will leave the infection underneath the fillings and crowns which will lead to future infection and/ or abscess. With proper anesthesia and support, this treatment is no more uncomfortable or painful than a routine dental procedure.

How do I care for my braces or Invisalign?

Everything you need to know can be found here.