Does Getting Braces Hurt?


At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we know from our years of orthodontic practice that most patients who opt for traditional braces have some concerns about potential discomfort or pain during their treatment. We take pride in our ability to provide personalized orthodontics for children, teens and adults! We believe that well-informed patients are happier [...]

Selecting a Dentist for a Child with Special Needs


Providing comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental care to patients who have special healthcare needs is an important aspect of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia. Our dentists value the unique qualities of each young smile we treat and seek to ensure maximal health for all, regardless of developmental disability or other healthcare issues. The dental care [...]

PDOVA Celebrates October: National Orthodontic Health Month!


Here at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we have something to celebrate during the month of October that doesn’t involve candy, costumes and trick or treating! October is also known for National Orthodontics Health Month. A month where we can celebrate our dedication to not only to eye-catching smiles but to superior oral health [...]

The Shifting of the Teeth: How Orthodontics Really Works


Many of our current and potential patients, and their parents, consider orthodontic treatment to be for cosmetic reasons. It's true that braces can correct crooked or crowded teeth, or visible overbites or underbites. However, a straight smile goes far beyond just looks! Another big advantage of orthodontic treatment is lasting improved oral health for the [...]

Oral Habits in Pediatric Patients


As a parent, if your child sucks his thumb, uses a pacifier, and/or sucks on his fingers or a favorite object, you probably have some concerns about what the consequences of these habits may be for his or her teeth and jaws as he grows. At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we address concerns [...]

The Hygienic Benefits of Air Flossers and Water Picks


  At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we encourage our clients to use air flossers and water picks in addition to a good oral hygiene routine including brushing and manual flossing. Both air flossers and water picks are designed to clean between and around teeth daily to help you quickly remove stubborn plaque and [...]

4 Surprising Foods That May Contribute to Tooth Decay


At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we emphasize the importance of a healthy diet as well as good oral hygiene as part of a child’s optimal dental health. Parents help tremendously with healthy food choices by making “natural tooth brushing” foods readily available such as: raw celery carrots apples Generally, parents guard against excessive [...]

Why Straight Smiles Equal Healthier Smiles


At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we promote the best oral health with an emphasis on prevention starting with our youngest patients. We encourage parents to teach their children the importance of good oral hygiene. It is important to learn why we all need to brush, floss and gargle to keep germs and plaque [...]

Palatal Expansion: The Benefits to Your Child


  One of the most common orthodontic appliances used in young children here at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, is the palatal expander. Palatal or maxillary expanders perform several functions that make expanding the upper jaw particularly helpful during childhood. What Is Palatal Expansion? Palatal expansion widens the upper jaw or palate to produce a [...]

Wiggly Teeth… When Will My Child Lose a Tooth?


When your child runs up to you, declaring "My tooth is loose!", he or she will likely be thrilled at this sign of growing up. Loose teeth start when your child is between ages four and seven. However, six is the average age the baby, or primary, teeth begin to loosen. Your child's 20 baby [...]

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