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I think all of us as children worried about monsters in our closets or under our beds, and depending on whether we had an older brother or sister to reinforce those ideas probably impacted how long we had those fears. Children generally choose one of two methods to deal with the great unknown - whether it's monsters under the bed or a trip to the dentist. Some children approach all new experiences with adventure and curiosity, and some are fearful and anxious of what they don't understand.

In reading a recent newsletter on health and well-being, there were some creative tips on helping your child if they are too scared to go to sleep at night. While I read through the ideas, it struck me that many of the same tips apply to our children that may be nervous about their next dental visit. Hopefully they'll help you as you prepare your little one for their professional exam and cleaning, and remember, they work for scaring those monsters away too!

-Talk to your child about how he or she can be less frightened at the dental office and explain how you deal with something when you are afraid. Come up with a story or song to help your child remember it's okay to have a new experience.

-Read stories out loud about children who have fears but conquer them. Also, find fun books about the dentist and teeth - sometimes this will lead to more curiosity about the mouth and lead to less anxiety.

-Make being at the dentist "fun" by having a treat afterwards (keep it sugar free!) or having a fun routine (go to your favorite store for a toy if they make the No Cavity Club).

-Bring a stuffed animal or favorite small toy with you to the dental office to share in the experience. If "Fido" the stuffed puppy gets pictures of his teeth, your little puppy owner will be more likely to join in the fun. Also, you are welcome to bring your own movies in to play during your child's visit.

-Whenever possible, get your child actively involved in finding a solution that will help him or her feel safe and gain a sense of control.

We hope you find this information useful. If you need more information about your child's dental visit, please call us (562) 627-8800 or email us Info@FUNtasticDental.com.

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Dr. Stella, why dental sealants?

Dental sealants have been proven to prevent decay in the pits and fissures of teeth. Most kids need sealants because they can greatly benefit from them. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first permanent molars (at around 6 years of age) and the second permanent molars (which come in around 12 years of age).

Why? Well, basically there are a lot of studies that say placing sealants helps reduce the incidence of cavities. The idea is to seal up the little grooves, which the brush can't reach. Fluoride helps prevent decay as well by strengthening the enamel. Fluoride seems to work best, however, on the smooth surfaces of the teeth. Sealants are for the grooves, so you usually don't use them on front teeth for instance.

Does it mean my child will never get cavities? No, it still can happen, but sealants can reduce the kind of cavities that form in the pits and grooves of the back teeth.

How long do they last? Even with a well placed sealant I have seen cavities form in areas previously sealed. Sometimes the sealant wears off (chewing ice for instance), or sometimes just because someone is very prone to cavities. They say they last from 5 to 7 years if you take care of them-- even adults can get sealants, but they seem to be most effective in the cavity prone years of youth.

What is the material made of that is used? It is basically the same material as used in white fillings without as much filler/reinforcing material. It is a bis-GMA resin with less filler which helps the sealant flow into the grooves better.

Is this easy to do? Sealants are really easy to do. I like to say it's like painting fingernails--you basically just paint it on the tooth--now that can be harder than you think as these teeth are in the back of the mouth. The only thing that can make it harder is if the child has a small mouth, a gag reflex, or a wiggly tongue that makes it hard to get back there and keep things dry.

Do you put them on baby teeth? We can, but not as often as permanent teeth. The enamel in baby teeth is different microscopically. Sealants benefit baby teeth if there are a lot of grooves on a particular tooth. It is often better to simply have regular checkups to catch things early. Also, many cavities in baby teeth are in between the teeth which sealants do not prevent.

- Dr. Bob Stella, DDS

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Iím interested in Invisalign.
Dr. Stella, can you tell me more
about the process?


I am glad to answer this question for you. The process to straighten teeth with Invisalign clear braces is straight forward at Dr. Stellaís FUNtastic Dental & Orthodontics. Also, we offer invisalign to not only teens, but adults too.

Step 1.
Call our office to set up a complimentary Invisalign consultation. Our team is very experienced and happy to answer many of your questions, including payment plans and options to fit your new smile into your budget.

Step 2.
Meet with me or Dr. Sanjideh and the team to discuss your desires and concerns. We can usually quickly determine if you are a candidate to straighten teeth with Invisalign clear braces. We will also give you an estimate of the approximate amount of time it would take to create your new smile. At this appointment all the fees and the entire process will be reviewed, and you can even watch a video of the Invisalign Process if you choose.

Step 3.
Once we have determined you are a candidate and you are comfortable proceeding with the Invisalign clear braces system, the following is what you can expect. Precise impressions and models of your teeth will be taken, along with digital photographs. These will be used to develop the custom plan and the aligners that will be used to straighten your teeth. If time allows, this step can often be combined with your consultation visit as a convenience to you.

Step 4.
We will submit your information digitally to Invisalign. About 7 days after your visit, we will receive a computer simulation of your case in a program called ClinCheck. We will then review the precise movements Invisalign has created for your teeth, to be sure the movements are exactly what was asked for. Once we have approved the ClinCheck simulation, the aligner manufacturing process of the clear braces will begin.

Step 5.
In about 4-6 weeks, your Invisalign custom clear aligners will arrive in our office, and you will be ready to start the process of straightening your teeth and creating your new smile by wearing the Invisalign aligners. You will receive your first two aligners and a special take home package, along with all the instructions you need to make the treatment both enjoyable and comfortable.

Step 6.
You will wear your clear braces all the time during your treatment, but you can remove them to eat, brush teeth, etc. Normally, you can expect to return to the office about once every 6 weeks for a progress check, minor detailing and to receive your next sets of aligners. This visit usually takes less than 15 minutes. Each aligner is custom designed to straighten teeth in a slightly different but progressive manner, resulting in a beautiful, straight smile.

Step 7.
After your Invisalign clear braces treatment is complete, we will make you a set of custom retainers, so that you will be able to maintain that beautiful new smile in perfect alignment over time.

Itís really as simple as that to start to straighten teeth with Invisalign clear braces.

Donít wait any longer.
Call us now for your free consultation, (562) 627-8800.


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Dr. Stella at Info@FuntasticDental.com


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