We are now welcoming new pediatric patients to our comfortable, state-of-the-art office in San Jose!
Are you looking for the perfect pediatric dentist? From preventative care to fillings, orthodontics, emergency care, and more, Destination Smiles is ready to help! Our experienced team of doctors and technicians are prepared to provide almost any dental service your little one may need.
Getting your child started early for their oral health is incredibly important. Whether it’s making sure their teeth are developing correctly or ensuring that no plaque or tartar is collecting on their teeth. Destination Smiles does everything possible to protect your child’s oral health. In addition, Destination Smiles is designed to keep your child as relaxed as possible during routine checkups and cleanings. If you need advice for at-home preventative care or other treatments that may benefit your child, please ask!
The standard silver filling contains mercury. Destination Smiles uses the highest-quality biocompatible, tooth-colored restorations to create healthy, beautiful smiles. Since the composite material adheres directly to the tooth enamel, less preparation is required before using it. This means it is more durable and provides a more natural-looking result for your child’s smile.
From toddlers to teens, Destination Smiles is familiar with the unique needs of every patient. Our goal is to help your children develop great oral habits that will last a lifetime. So join us today and discover how Destination Smiles can help treat your child. We are experienced at treating children of all ages and recommend bringing kids to the dentist once their first tooth erupts or one year, whichever comes first.
Destination Smiles Offers
Complete Pediatric Dental Solutions
We Specialize in Kids and Adults Orthodontics
A new way of fixing crowded teeth by treating the face, orthotropics, was developed to help guide the healthy growth of the upper and lower jaws. Guiding the development of the jaws forward can provide enough space for all the adult teeth while improving facial balance and appearance. Dr. Jeff Kwong believes orthodontics works best for children ages 4-9 as their jaw can easily be corrected. But orthotropic treatment may be helpful for all ages.
Why Is Orthodontics Important?
While Dr. Joseph Fridgen and Dr. Randy Ligh focus on the health of the teeth and gums, Dr. Jeff Kwong focus on the growth and development of the teeth and jaw. The services provided by an orthodontist ensure proper spacing and alignment to allow for not only an attractive smile but a healthier smile. Properly aligned teeth make brushing and flossing easier, reduce the risk of decay, and are less likely to be fractured or damaged during falls or other injuries.
Reason For Orthodontics
- Crossbite – Upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth
- Crowding – Involving extra teeth or poorly positioned teeth
- Overjet (protruding upper teeth)
- Speech, chewing, or biting problems
Bonding & Sealants
Pits and grooves on chewing surfaces can trap food that’s hard to remove with regular brushing. A sealant is a strong, tooth-colored material designed to bond to tooth enamel. Sealants are painted onto the tooth surface to seal these pits and grooves and protect against decay. We recommend applying sealants to children’s teeth once their permanent back teeth are in place.
Is your child involved in wrestling, rugby, football, soccer, or another aggressive contact sport? Dr. Fridgen and Dr. Ligh can design and create a custom mouthguard that will protect your child’s teeth and greatly reduce the amount of dental trauma and treatment they could need, should they be injured.
Extraction (Tooth Removal)
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in situations when the tooth is beyond repair. Dr. Fridgen and Dr. Ligh will never put your child through this procedure unless absolutely necessary. Dr. Fridgen will inform you if he thinks that there is no other treatment that can save the tooth.
Dr. Fridgen uses a crown (often called a cap) to cover the tooth and restore it to its original share and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a preformed crown is placed over the tooth. This means that baby crowns can be placed in a single visit, which is much easier on your little one than the two or more visits you would experience as an adult.
Tooth whitening is an easy solution for people who want to improve the color of their teeth with minimal procedures. Remove stains from orthodontic brackets and other common causes with a painless tooth whitening from Dr. Fridgen. We offer several tooth whitening options, all of which will be more effective than any over-the-counter solution. The whitening agents we use typically lighten your teeth up to ten shades after a single office visit.
Accidents happen. When your child needs emergency care, Destination Smiles is ready to help. Our experienced doctors are compassionate, gentle, and know how to solve almost any pediatric dental crisis. If your child requires emergency pediatric dental care, please call Destination Smiles.
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