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Children’s Dentistry

We Care About Kids!

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Great Care for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles

Our team strives to make children of all ages feel at ease and enjoy themselves, so bring the whole family along! You can rest assured your child will receive the latest advancements in children’s dentistry, delivered by Dr. de Bruin with caring, thoughtfulness, and compassion.

We encourage the proper dental care habits in children and enjoy teaching them how to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. In addition to routine care, we provide comprehensive orthodontics and physiologic dentistry to address growth and development before concerns become problems.

Building Positive Relationships

One of our goals is to make sure that this and future generations of children grow up without a fear of the dental office. According to our many happy parents, we are doing just that! Our office is a relaxed and happy place that children love to visit. Whether you have an active six-year-old or a scared three-year-old, we are here to help you.

Instilling Good
Habits Early

We strive to create an environment that’s comfortable and fun and teach both parents and kids good oral hygiene habits. It’s important for parents to be involved in their child’s daily dental care to ensure both thorough cleaning and the development of proper dental habits when they’re little.

Easy Prevention of Child Tooth Decay

Even meticulous brushing often may not reach the deep grooves in the back teeth. This results in bacteria, acid, and plaque formation, which will lead to decay that requires a filling or crown. Dental sealants can help! This thin plastic coating is white or clear and bonded into place with no shots or drills or removal of any tooth structure. Applying dental sealants is one of the best preventive things both children and adolescents can do to preserve their natural teeth!

Orthodontic-Options

Starting Early, A Full Range of Orthodontic Options

You trust Dr. de Bruin to handle all your child’s normal dental care. Why not orthodontics? He sees children at the early ages of growth and development, before the child’s growth is mostly complete, to prevent growth and developmental problems. His in-depth knowledge of craniofacial growth and development allows him to recognize and remedy airway problems, growth problems, and teeth and jaw disharmony early, saving you money. Early adjustments by a trained dentist can save thousands of dollars as opposed to seeing a specialist later and avert unnecessary removals of permanent teeth as a teen. Dr. de Bruin can adjust for early crowding of front teeth, crossbites in the back teeth, and disparity of the upper and lower jaws, thus correcting these in less than 6 to 18 months, when done prior to their arrival at the teenage years.

Starting Early, A Full Range of
Orthodontic Options

You trust Dr. de Bruin to handle all your child’s normal dental care. Why not orthodontics? He sees children at the early ages of growth and development, before the child’s growth is mostly complete, to prevent growth and developmental problems. His in-depth knowledge of craniofacial growth and development allows him to recognize and remedy airway problems, growth problems, and teeth and jaw disharmony early, saving you money. Early adjustments by a trained dentist can save thousands of dollars as opposed to seeing a specialist later and avert unnecessary removals of permanent teeth as a teen. Dr. de Bruin can adjust for early crowding of front teeth, crossbites in the back teeth, and disparity of the upper and lower jaws, thus correcting these in less than 6 to 18 months, when done prior to their arrival at the teenage years.

Physiologic Dentistry is for Kids Too!

Kids grow up so quickly! There is such a short window of opportunity to assess growth and development in kids. From birth to age 14 is the time when a child’s face, airway, and posture are developing. Growth and development can be affected adversely by a compromised airway and breathing difficulties that can lead to poor facial development and skeletal and dental problems. Dr. de Bruin can assess and diagnose any problems that may lead up to these problems and can treat them so ideal facial, skeletal, and dental growth can happen to give beautiful-looking faces into teenage and adult years.

Bite issues, headaches, facial pain, and trouble breathing are difficulties that don’t just distress adults. Kids can have these problems too. Dr. de Bruin has been educated in Children’s Physiologic Orthodontics and Facial Growth and Development with several prestigious institutes. This comprehensive training focused on understanding facial development, skeletal misalignment, airway obstruction, and the significance of early intervention with specialized orthodontic treatment. Early discovery and treatment of bite problems and airway obstruction in children is extremely important to prevent these ailments from developing further and initiating additional problems.

Physiologic-Dentistry

Physiologic Dentistry is for Kids Too!

Kids grow up so quickly! There is such a short window of opportunity to assess growth and development in kids. From birth to age 14 is the time when a child’s face, airway, and posture are developing. Growth and development can be affected adversely by a compromised airway and breathing difficulties that can lead to poor facial development and skeletal and dental problems. Dr. de Bruin can assess and diagnose any problems that may lead up to these problems and can treat them so ideal facial, skeletal, and dental growth can happen to give beautiful-looking faces into teenage and adult years.

Bite issues, headaches, facial pain, and trouble breathing are difficulties that don’t just distress adults. Kids can have these problems too. Dr. de Bruin has been educated in Children’s Physiologic Orthodontics and Facial Growth and Development with several prestigious institutes. This comprehensive training focused on understanding facial development, skeletal misalignment, airway obstruction, and the significance of early intervention with specialized orthodontic treatment. Early discovery and treatment of bite problems and airway obstruction in children is extremely important to prevent these ailments from developing further and initiating additional problems.

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Now there are treatments available (non-surgically and without the use of a CPAP) to dramatically correct the way we breathe, fix facial deficiencies/deformities and improve our overall health.

Treatment:

The science of physiological orthodontics is about understanding ideal physiological function and its attendant structure, analyzing the dysfunction that caused the malocclusion, and addressing treatment at correcting both structure and function as close to ideal as possible. Early orthodontics is about doing it sooner rather than later to improve the quality of life and hopefully prevent neurobehavioral and learning disorders.

TRADITIONAL orthodontics may only address limited tooth and smile esthetics. Some may wait until growth is complete or nearly complete to initiate treatment. In contrast, early orthodontics utilizes growth in its favor. By age four 60% of facial growth is done. By age six 80% of facial growth is complete. By age 11 or when the second molars have erupted, 90% of facial growth is completed. Orthodontic treatment between the ages of 6 and 11 often results in a catch-up of growth to normal by the age of 12. Treatment over the age of 12 virtually ensures there will be relapse.

Physiologic Orthodontic Treatment:

Treatments for kids with airway problems will vary depending on the age of the child. First, a proper diagnosis of the cause of the compromised airway is imperative. A diagnosis could be any series of complications that include enlarged tonsils and adenoids, allergies, poor tongue posture, and tongue-ties, just to name a few. If the airway is not open, the child is doomed for improper growth, poor facial development, health complications, and sleep-disordered breathing. An airway-centered dentist or ENT doctor are two professionals that can help with the diagnosis.

If the child is younger than six years old, proper tongue posture and nasal breathing with the lips sealed is what will help the child grow and develop properly. If these things are in place, the airway will be open, and the child will breathe normal and healthy.

If the child is six years or older, a growth guidance appliance followed by protraction orthodontics (braces that bring teeth forward) is indicated to correct the improper facial and jaw development from a compromised airway. The child must have the “six-year molars” erupted so the appliance can be attached to adult/permanent teeth for anchorage. This appliance will remodel the jaw bones with the sinuses and turbinates to bring the facial features forward and help open the airway. This type of orthodontic (and orthotropic) treatment will help develop beautiful, healthy faces.

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Orthodontic-Treatment-02

Before and after treatment of the Growth Guidance Appliance. The next step is Functional Orthodontics to close spaces by bringing the teeth forward and maintaining the open airway.

X-ray showing the airway opened after Growth Guidance Appliance therapy.

Now there are treatments available (non-surgically and without the use of a CPAP) to dramatically correct the way we breathe, fix facial deficiencies/deformities and improve our overall health.

Treatment:

The science of physiological orthodontics is about understanding ideal physiological function and its attendant structure, analyzing the dysfunction that caused the malocclusion, and addressing treatment at correcting both structure and function as close to ideal as possible. Early orthodontics is about doing it sooner rather than later to improve the quality of life and hopefully prevent neurobehavioral and learning disorders. TRADITIONAL orthodontics may only address limited tooth and smile esthetics. Some may wait until growth is complete or nearly complete to initiate treatment. In contrast, early orthodontics utilizes growth in its favor. By age four 60% of facial growth is done. By age six 80% of facial growth is complete. By age 11 or when the second molars have erupted, 90% of facial growth is completed. Orthodontic treatment between the ages of 6 and 11 often results in a catch-up of growth to normal by the age of 12. Treatment over the age of 12 virtually ensures there will be relapse.

Physiologic Orthodontic Treatment:

Treatments for kids with airway problems will vary depending on the age of the child. First, a proper diagnosis of the cause of the compromised airway is imperative. A diagnosis could be any series of complications that include enlarged tonsils and adenoids, allergies, poor tongue posture, and tongue-ties, just to name a few. If the airway is not open, the child is doomed for improper growth, poor facial development, health complications, and sleep-disordered breathing. An airway-centered dentist or ENT doctor are two professionals that can help with the diagnosis. If the child is younger than six years old, proper tongue posture and nasal breathing with the lips sealed is what will help the child grow and develop properly. If these things are in place, the airway will be open, and the child will breathe normal and healthy. If the child is six years or older, a growth guidance appliance followed by protraction orthodontics (braces that bring teeth forward) is indicated to correct the improper facial and jaw development from a compromised airway. The child must have the “six-year molars” erupted so the appliance can be attached to adult/permanent teeth for anchorage. This appliance will remodel the jaw bones with the sinuses and turbinates to bring the facial features forward and help open the airway. This type of orthodontic (and orthotropic) treatment will help develop beautiful, healthy faces.
Orthodontic-Treatment-01
Orthodontic-Treatment-02

Before and after treatment of the Growth Guidance Appliance. The next step is Functional Orthodontics to close spaces by bringing the teeth forward and maintaining the open airway.

X-ray showing the airway opened after Growth Guidance Appliance therapy.

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