We Value the Opportunity to be your Children’s Dentist
Our specialists, dentists & therapists will strive to care for your children like we would our own.
We advise parents to introduce their child to professional dental care from the age of three. This may include watching a parent have their teeth cleaned, or having their own baby teeth counted and polished with a soft brush. The experience is a positive one and is encouraged with each subsequent appointment.
This process of familiarisation allows your child to grow with little or no anxiety about the benefits of preventative dental care. Having a bad experience at the dentist at a young age often results in a fear of dental care in later years.
If your child is already anxious, patience, time and the soft approach of our experienced team are the solution. We like to call this our “teddy bear therapy”. As part of our calming techniques, we give children a cuddly Dr Rabbit toy to hold during their visit and show them entertaining children’s movies to distract them. In certain instances we may recommend sedation or general anaesthetic for the management of special needs or a highly anxious child. If you really want to motivate your child for a visit to the dentist, we highly recommend you watch the Smile Solutions Tooth Fairy video with your child.
The greatest passion of our resident specialist paediatric dentist, Dr Charmaine Hall in being a kid’s dentist is caring for children and their oral health. Utilising the latest advances in dentistry – including laser, digital x-rays and ozone therapy, and working in conjunction with our experienced therapists – Dr Hall will be delighted to cater for all your children’s dental needs and requirements.
Our Registered Specialist Paedodontist, Dr Charmaine Hall
Dr Charmaine Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from University of Melbourne in 2001, and, since completing her doctorate in Clinical Paediatric Dentistry at the Melbourne Dental School has worked as both a registrar and a fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne.
As a specialist paediatric dentist, Dr Hall provides comprehensive care, with special interests in inherited and acquired developmental conditions, dental trauma, dental treatment for medically compromised children and management of oral disease during early childhood (including early childhood caries).
Dr Hall is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry, the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the Australian Dental Association.
Our Hygienists and Dental Therapists
Registered Specialist Orthodontists – Braces for Children and Teenagers
When it comes to your child’s dental and jaw development, we provide you with expert advice from our five registered specialist orthodontists as well as that of our registered specialist paedodontist (paediatric dentist).
Questions Often Asked about Children’s Orthopaedic Plates and Fixed Braces
When should my child see an orthodontist?
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends a first assessment by a board-registered specialist orthodontist of a child’s jaw development at around the age of 6 to 7 years. This is when the first of the adult teeth typically appear and when some developmental problems may require attention. Treatment for young children is usually aimed at dealing with functional problems that immediately threaten the health of the teeth. A proactive approach may eradicate the need altogether or may shorten and simplify the orthodontic braces treatment required later. The conditions we treat in early childhood are problems of tooth eruption, cross-bites, severe overcrowding, jaw growth problems, snoring and thumb sucking.
Are teeth extractions a necessary part of all orthodontic treatments?
This is the most common question we are asked. Some orthodontists, and even some general dentists who dabble in this highly specialised field, claim to use “new orthopaedic” methods and appliances for treating crooked teeth that do not involve extractions. These are marketed as better than “traditional orthodontics” for the facial aesthetics. Our specialist orthodontists also offer such methods and appliances, but in some cases of overcrowding the best result depends on the creation of additional space extracting one tooth or several teeth. Our orthodontists will consult with you on all of the available options, after which a plan can be tailored to suit your child’s biological needs and meet the expectations of both you and your child.
What are space maintainers?
When a primary tooth is prematurely lost (usually due to decay), adjacent teeth may drift into the space and leave insufficient space for alignment of the upcoming permanent teeth. Our specialist paedodontist and specialist orthodontists will advise you as to whether a space-maintaining device is of value. Space maintainers can be fixed or removable, depending on the individual case.
Can early intervention with orthopaedic plates reduce the likelihood of dental crowding and remove the need for teeth extractions?
If dental crowding is noted in a young child, removable orthopaedic plates can be utilised from the age of six to eight years. To expand the dental arches or maintain premolar spaces so as to avoid the need for dental extractions later on, orthodontic braces treatment may follow. Early intervention care is usually achieved initially with simple removable appliances. But treatment is often continued until all the teeth have erupted, and fixed braces are then used to complete the dental alignment.
Who do I need to see if I suspect jaw growth problems in my child?
In some children a growth imbalance between the top and bottom jaws (the maxilla and the mandible) makes it impossible to bite their teeth together correctly. This is often an inherited problem. To compensate, expansion of either jaw, as well as promoting forward growth, can be useful, and recent studies have indicated that early intervention at the age of six to eight years can be advantageous. At Smile Solutions, our five specialist orthodontists work in conjunction with our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr Patrishia Bordbar and Dr Ricky Kumar, in the effective management of children with jaw problems who may also require orthognathic (jaw) surgery.