Life can be rough and tumble when you’re a kid: The new skateboard trick that didn’t work out just right, a faceplant off the swingset at school, even a hard kernel hiding in the bottom of the popcorn bowl can cause breaks or cracks in little teeth. Thank goodness for composite bonding applied with an artful touch by the experienced doctors here at Children’s Dentistry of Chattanooga. Parents are always thrilled to hear how well dental bonding works and how natural it can look in their child’s smile.
Composite bonding is one of our most customizable restoration and repair methods Composite bonding lets us:
- Repair chips, cracks, and breaks
- Close gaps between teeth
- Perfect and lengthen uneven or short teeth
- Cover white spots or other discolorations
- Protect and strengthen worn or sensitive teeth
- Cover exposed tooth roots
The procedure can be completed in one, comfortable visit. We simply custom-shade the composite bonding material to match surrounding teeth or refine appearance, apply it directly to your youngster’s tooth or teeth, sculpt it to achieve the desired effect, harden the material with our super laser beams, and then polish it so it looks exactly right.
Sometimes teeth can get a little rough or irregular from wear and tear, uneven growth, injury, or after braces. That’s when we offer the convenience of pediatric tooth contouring. This painless procedure allows us to smooth rough edges, reshape pointy or uneven teeth, and make teeth feel smooth and comfortable again. Our doctors use gentle shaping tools, similar to the precision instruments jewelers use, to sculpt your child or teen’s teeth to perfection.
Sometimes, tooth contouring can be combined with dental bonding to achieve just the kind of strength and attractiveness that boosts your child’s confidence to the stars! And because it is so painless, we rarely need anesthesia or sedation – just shape, polish, and get smiling!
Teens need to feel confident to reach their goals – and the appearance of their smiles is a big part of that confidence. Unfortunately, everything your kiddos put in their mouths – from tea to lollipops and berries–can stain and discolor teeth. Plus, wearing braces can cause unevenness of coloration or white spots. A dull, dingy, uneven smile can really be rough on teenagers, causing them to smile less frequently and, sometimes, even avoid social situations.
Children’s Dentistry of Chattanooga can help. We offer Opalescence take-home whitening kits to help bring out the radiance and confidence your child deserves and needs. Each tray is custom-created for the ultimate in comfort and effectiveness. Even the strength of the whitening gel can be adapted to fit your child’s needs. The system is easy to use and in about seven days that dull smile will be up to ten shades brighter!
Children’s Dentistry of Chattanooga takes prevention very seriously. It’s why we emphasize regular checkups and cleanings beginning with the appearance of the very first tooth. Sometimes, though, in spite of our best efforts, cavities happen. That’s when our tooth-colored composite fillings come to the rescue. Unlike metal fillings, composite cavity fillings are smooth and non-irritating to delicate oral tissue. In addition, because they are tooth colored, your little one will never have to feel embarrassed about that cavity. All that shows is a bright, happy–healthy–smile!
Oral surgery may sound a little scary when you first find out your child needs it – but here at Children’s Dentistry of Chattanooga we go out of our way to make pediatric oral surgery procedures go as smoothly, painlessly, and conveniently as possible. Not only do we have a private and comfortable sedation center, for when your child needs a little extra help during more complex procedures (don’t forget to ask for a blanket and a movie!) we’ve also invested in a diode, soft-tissue laser technology. This laser allows our doctors to perform everything from frenectomies to biopsies and gum contouring without the use of a scalpel or stitches. Because the laser heals as it works, there is very little discomfort or bleeding. Kids find the idea intriguing as well! Imagine – a laser beam to fix your smile!
Even extractions and other less-than-thrilling procedures don’t seem so bad when it happens in the fun and friendly atmosphere of our Chattanooga office. Don’t be nervous! Our special approach and modern techniques will have your kids in and out of the chair in no time.