When your son or daughter is ready for ongoing dental care, the questions you have about what to expect and what to worry about may be overwhelming. Thankfully, Dr. Ferguson, Dr. Shen, and Dr. Ewing can be your reliable experts! Below, you’ll find plenty of answers to some of the most common questions we receive at our Arlington area practice. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask directly.
We strongly recommend that parents schedule a first visit when their child either reaches their first birthday or experiences their very first baby tooth poking through the gums – whichever comes first. While this visit won’t be like the full checkup that adults are used to, it’s a good opportunity for our dentists to assess your baby’s growing smile and provide helpful instructions for oral hygiene at home. We also offer several treatment options that are well-suited for infants at both locations.
The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children should be screened for orthodontic concerns when they’re around the age of seven. It’s important for parents to remember that the chances of a successful treatment plan are much higher with a younger patient, and we recommend early intervention whenever possible to ensure a healthier, happier smile for your son or daughter down the road.
Like adults, children should start attending checkups and cleanings every six months (twice each calendar year) on average from a young age. By doing so, our doctors can identify damage and/or concerning symptoms at their earliest signs of development.
Yes! Our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Ewing offers several treatment options that cover a wide range of needs, including clear/ceramic braces, Invisalign, Phase I Treatment, and more. During your child’s first consultation, we can discuss their personal needs in depth and help you decide on an option that’s the best fit for them.
We certainly can. Sedation dentistry is available to calm your child and help them maintain a comfortable, safe state of being throughout their treatment. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and general anesthesia are both available upon request; our dentists can help you determine what the best choice is for your son or daughter.
Of course. Children’s Dental & Orthodontics is open to all children, and we have the time-tested skills needed to support and care for special patients with sensory issues, behavioral disorders, autism, and more.
Both of our practice locations work with virtually all major dental insurance plans! We will file claims on your family’s behalf in order to maximize reimbursement and help make quality dental care affordable. Please visit our new patients page or contact your chosen office directly for more information.