The new school year is fast approaching! If you haven’t done all the back-to-school shopping yet, you’ve probably already started thinking about what your kiddos will need. But have you considered their smiles? According to research, a healthy, good-looking smile can boost overall self-confidence. And we all want our kids to be confident in themselves! Not only that, but ensuring your child’s smile is healthy can prevent them from missing school due to oral health problems.
Silver Leaf Dentistry can help get your kids’ smiles ready for school, from preschoolers on up. Give us a call today at 720-504-2539 to get your kids in as soon as possible. First, though, take a look below at what our Longmont, CO family dentist can do to boost your children’s smiles.

Back-to-School Dental Cleanings & Exams Make Teeth Shine

Our patients tell us every day that they like that feeling after a dental cleaning, when their teeth feel smooth and clean! That’s because home brushing and flossing – though important – can’t achieve the same level of clean that we can.

When you bring your kids in for their biannual checkups, we’ll make sure their teeth are super clean! They just have to sit back and relax with cartoons or their favorite TV show while we work. We’ll also take X-rays to make sure we catch any hidden problems, like tooth decay.

We might recommend dental sealants and fluoride treatments during their checkup. These inexpensive bacteria-fighting preventive treatments can help keep their teeth free from cavities. Most insurances cover them, too.

We also provide nutritional counseling. About half of all kids have a cavity by age 11, so we’re happy to pass along tips for foods that can improve their smiles (and bodies!)

Athletic Mouthguards Keep Teeth Where They’re Supposed to Be!

Don’t assume that a store-bought mouthguard is all your kid needs to protect their teeth during sports. If your kids are participating in school athletics this year or even activities like horseback riding, a custom mouthguard can offer superior protection. If your kid wears a helmet or any protective gear during an activity, why not consider keeping their smile safe from harm, too? We’ve seen too many accidents simply because parents just haven’t thought about mouthguards before. Ask about one for your active kids at the next visit, or set up an appointment for a fitting today.

Get Your Teen’s Wisdom Teeth Extracted Before School

Wisdom teeth come in around ages 17-21. If your teen has time for the procedure before school starts back, they can recover without missing school. If not, consider requesting a Friday or Saturday appointment. If you aren’t sure whether your teen needs their wisdom teeth removed, call us for an exam.
Many general dentists in Longmont refer out wisdom teeth extraction. Thanks to Dr. Wallin’s extensive training and experience, he can safely perform this procedure in our office. Parents especially love having to deal with only one office. No need to go through the paperwork and insurance procedures all over again.

Invisalign Provides an Embarrassment-Free Route to Straighten Your Teen’s Smile

There’s no getting around it: teens are self-conscious. Although preteens and younger teens usually have no problem with braces, older teens can be embarrassed by them.

If Dr. Wallin thinks your teen could benefit from orthodontic care, Invisalign clear aligners could be a good choice for them. Silver Leaf Dentistry teens have said they love Invisalign because:

  • There are no metal brackets or wires to be seen, since the system uses clear aligners.
  • There are no diet restrictions because the aligners should be removed while eating.
  • There is no chance of getting food stuck in brackets and wires.
  • They can see their teeth slowly but surely moving while they’re wearing Invisalign.
  • The aligners don’t interfere with events like prom or with photos since they’re nearly invisible.
  • They can often finish treatment in about a year or a little longer.

We only recommend Invisalign for older teens who can be responsible with wearing the aligners as directed. They must be worn 20-22 hours a day to work effectively, and they have to be changed out by the schedule we provide.

Boost Their Oral Health & Confidence – Call Today!

Are your kids’ smiles ready for school this year? Make an appointment with our family-friendly team today! If we can’t get you in before school starts, our Longmont, CO dentist office is open Fridays and Saturdays. We’re also open two days a week at 7 a.m. and stay open two days until 7 p.m. It’s all for your convenience. Call 720-504-2539 or use our online form.