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Why Your Child Might Need Orthodontic Surgery

At Pedodontics, P.C., the majority of bite or teeth alignment issues can be corrected using advanced methods of dental and orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, however, skeletal and dental irregularities aren't so easy to remedy, even with the most up-to-date non-surgical techniques. That's when corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be recommended along with orthodontics by your pediatric dentist in Omaha, NE.

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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Pediatric Dentist

Finding a pediatric dentist can be tough for any parent. We all want our child to be healthy, and that includes your child’s oral health. By starting early, you’ll be able to prevent your child’s teeth from decaying and becoming infected. But what if your child doesn’t have a pediatric dentist to go to? How do you look for one? At Pedodontics, P.C., we have 6 tips to help parents find the right pediatric dentist for their kids. Whether you’re a new parent, just moved, or just looking for a new one, learn how to find the best dentists for your child.

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5 Truths About Invisalign Treatment for Kids

Invisalign is one of the most popular treatments for orthodontics today. And while it remains to be a popular option for teens and adults, it can also work for children as well! Many orthodontists recommend that children start early orthodontic treatment at around 7 years old, and Invisalign can be a great option for children! If you’re a parent who is thinking of having their child start orthodontic treatment, Pedodontics, P.C. can help! Our doctors and staff are here to advise and guide you on what type of treatment plan will work for you and your child. If you’re interested in getting Invisalign for your child, here are 5 things you should know about Invisalign kids.

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How Long Do Braces Take to Straighten Your Teeth?

One of the biggest questions patients ask is how long do braces take to make your teeth straight. On average, it takes about 12 to 24 months, but some patients do require up to 3 years of treatment. At the end of the day, everyone is different and there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. At Pedodontics, P.C., we want everyone to receive a customized treatment plan that works for them and their needs. If you are looking for an estimate as to how long your braces will take, here is what you should take into consideration.

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What is the Right Age for My Child to Start Orthodontic Treatment?

Many parents are curious as to what age they should let their children start orthodontic treatment? Is it necessary? If your child has crooked teeth, chances are they’ll need braces at some point. But the truth is, there is no set age that is the best. Every child is different, and at Pedodontics, P.C., we can make a customized treatment plan just for your child. Our early treatment plan can help your child’s teeth shift as they grow, giving them straight teeth by the time they’re an adult. If you’re a parent that is curious about having your child get braces, here’s what you need to know.

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Should Your Teen Still See A Pediatric Dentist?

There is a common misconception that is frequently passed around in conversations about pediatric dentistry: Pediatric dentists are for children and once your child becomes a teen, he or she should start seeing an adult dentist. Here at Pedodontics P.C., your local pediatric dentist in Omaha, we have a pretty good idea of what pediatric dentists are good for and where their specialties lie—which is why we have put together this guide to teenage dentistry. Find out whether your teeth should still see a pediatric dentist and why our kid’s dentist in Omaha is more than just a kid’s dentist!

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Staying on Top of Your Oral Hygiene This Summer

At Pedodontics, P.C., we are celebrating that summer is here! The season is unique this year because the pandemic is slowly coming to a close and everything is opening back up! Now that more people are itching to meet up with loved ones in person, schedules are changing. For lots of children, that means that summer break is here! And with everything from barbecues to state fairs, there are indulgences everywhere during the summer season. In our office, we strive to educate all of our patients in the Omaha community about oral health and maintenance. Here are some tips to keep you and your family’s oral health strong this year.

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What to Expect on Your Child's First Dentist Visit

As a parent, it can feel intimidating to plan all of the important check ups and milestones for their first years of life, and making sure you time things right is a primary concern. You might also be wondering what questions to ask when you take your child to see the dentist for the first time, and how to ensure that they are comfortable, and receive the proper care.

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Invisible Braces

Pedodontics, P.C. proudly offers quality orthodontic and dental care for children and teenagers in Omaha, NE. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. We feature many types of braces and treatment options to suit your child’s orthodontic treatment needs, from traditional metal braces to clear braces. We want you to know more about our invisible ceramic braces!

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Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment in Omaha, NE

Early treatment refers to orthodontic intervention when primary or “baby” teeth are still present. Our team at Pedodontics, P.C. wants to address orthodontic problems early, making treatment plans easier and more cost-effective for children and their families. The goal of early treatment is to minimize or eliminate the need for a secondary stage of orthodontics.

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Season’s Greetings!

It is hard to believe 6 months have come and gone since our lives were forced to drastically change due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. That being said, we thought it was time to update everyone with how our office has been handling the new “normal” and our plan moving forward as the seasons change.

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Fluoride & Your Teeth

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay. Most of us have access to fluoride in our drinking water; however, it may not be a sufficient amount.

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How To Support Sustainable Dentist Practices At Home

Our doctor and our team at Pedodontics P.C. as a whole are aspiring to make changes one day at a time by adapting to different resources that support sustainable dentistry. Every little change helps! This is why we’ve decided to ask our patients to stand with us against the effects of climate change and join us in changing our practices in order to leave a better world for the future.

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How To Support Sustainable Dentistry

In an age where the entire world is starting to see the negative effects of our industrial practices, it is necessary for consumers to change our behaviors and actions. Our doctors and our team at Pedodontics, P.C. as a whole are aspiring to make changes one day at a time by adapting to different resources that support sustainable dentistry.

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Can My Child Floss With Braces?

Beginning an orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces is a huge responsibility for your child. They will quickly have to learn how to care for their orthodontic equipment, start forming new daily oral cleaning practices, and must be prepared to change the practice of their pre-existing oral habits. This includes flossing their teeth.

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Delicious Snacks That Are Braces-Friendly

Summertime is full of traveling to fun places with the family for quick weekend getaways, baseball games and soccer matches, and finishing up obligations to prepare for the summer long time-off. It is challenging during these moments to get healthy, tasty and easy snack ideas that align with your child’s dietary restrictions while wearing braces.

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How Do I Know I Need Braces?

In a world where there are so many options available, why choose braces? Luckily, our orthodontists, Drs. Strunk, Dana, and Snyder have made it easy to know why selecting traditional braces is your best choice.

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Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

At Pedodontics, P.C., we believe everyone deserves a healthy smile. That's why we're committed to helping our patients achieve one by providing high-quality dental treatment as well as orthodontic treatment like traditional metal braces. But in addition to in-office treatment, how you care for your teeth at home is fundamental to your orthodontic success, and part of that is using the proper technique for brushing with braces.

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Braces vs. Invisalign

There are more orthodontic options than ever today! At Pedodontics in Omaha, NE, you have the choice of braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth and correct your smile. Both treatment options are an excellent orthodontic choice and, it really comes down to which you prefer and why. Our orthodontist, Dr. Lisa Strunk, and friendly staff will help you choose the best and most appropriate option for you. To do so, we’ve made it even easier. To assist all of our patients in Omaha, NE, we’ve put together a comprehensive pro-con list for braces and Invisalign. Choosing an orthodontic option has never been easier!

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Should I Brush Or Floss First?

Omaha orthodontists and dentists everywhere will give impassioned speeches imploring their braces patients to floss around their braces every day. Too much research confirms the advantages of taking the time to floss as a strategy for avoiding plaque build up which can lead to tooth decay - an act made even more critical for patients with braces. And brushing at least twice a day is a standard for any oral hygiene program. But have you ever wondered if you should floss or brush first? Does it matter? What are the advantages of one over the other? Our exceptional doctors at Pedodontics P.S. offer some food for thought on this question.

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5 Tips For a Smile-Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner is legendary for being the one meal Americans looks forward to all year long. Just thinking about it, you can almost smell the array of foods lining the table — turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie — the list goes on. But what do you do if you happen to be in the midst of a braces treatment on this delicious American holiday? Well, we have some good news and some bad news for you: The bad news is, you will unfortunately need to avoid certain food items until your braces treatment has completed. The good news, however, is that there is still a wide variety of Thanksgiving options available to you! As your trusted provider of orthodontics, Omaha, NE favorite Pedontics P.C. is here to help you navigate the food table this holiday season. Continue reading to learn 5 helpful tips to have a smile-healthy Thanksgiving this year!

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Back to School with Braces

If you’re one of the many who got braces over the summer, or you’re a parent who’s getting ready to send their kids back to school with their brand new braces, it may seem like going back to school is going to be the same as it always has been. However, braces come with a bunch of lifestyle changes that you’re going to need to keep in mind as school starts up again. From oral hygiene to diet, a smile with braces needs some extra attention to ensure that it’s nothing less than perfect when those brackets and wires finally come off in time. To make sure that you’re prepared to go back to school with braces, check out these helpful tips from your local Omaha, NE pediatric orthodontic experts here at Pedodontics, P.C.

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The Best (and Worst) Things About Having Braces

At Pedodontics, P.C., we're proud to help families throughout the greater Omaha area achieve beautiful new smiles through quality pediatric dental and orthodontic treatment. If you've been considering improving your smile through braces, we're excited for you – but there are a few things you should know before starting treatment. Here are a few of the biggest pros and cons of having braces!

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How Young Is Too Young for Braces?

At Pedodontics, P.C., we've helped patients of all ages throughout the greater Omaha, NE area achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, the best way to create a great smile is to start the process early – but if you're like most parents, you're not sure just how early that should be. If you've been wondering if your child is too young for braces and when you should bring them to the orthodontist, we can help.

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What's the Best Toothbrush for Oral Health?

We get a lot of questions from patients about how to keep their teeth clean, and one of the most common subjects is how to pick the "best" toothbrush for oral health. We love this question, as it shows a proactive mindset towards oral health—something that's great for healthy teeth and a healthy smile. Although you can use just about any toothbrush to keep your teeth clean and healthy, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites to help you find the right toothbrush for you.

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Orthodontic Resolutions for 2018

blogJan2018As your orthodontist and children’s dentist in Omaha, NE, we at Pedodontics, P.C. want to wish you a Happy New Year! Now, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably taken the time to make a few resolutions for 2018. The year may have already started, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a resolution or two to that list. After all, no one will know – and it’ll be for a good cause! If you want to make your orthodontic treatment with braces so much smoother for the new year, we recommend considering these following orthodontic and dental resolutions.

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Questions To Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist

As a parent, you want to make sure that your child has a bright future ahead of them. A healthy smile is an important factor in that bright future, since it will help keep their body healthy by reducing the risks of things like infection, plus the self-confidence that comes with having a set of perfect looking teeth. To achieve this perfect smile, come to the experts at Pedodontic’s P.C., since we specialize in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. We’ve helped countless families in Omaha and the surrounding areas, helping shape their kids’ futures by creating healthy, radiant smiles.

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Braces-Friendly Summer Recipes

Pedodontics, P.C. strives to be your premier choice when it comes to pediatric dental care and orthodontics in Omaha. We provide high quality and personalized orthodontic treatment for all our patients. Whether you need one of our many types of braces or basic dental treatment, we’ll make sure that you get the utmost in care and also the knowledge to make educated decisions about your oral health. If you do need braces, you’ll have to be prepared for a few changes to your lifestyle, namely the foods you can eat. You’ll have to avoid foods that can damage your braces, such as hard and sticky foods. That doesn’t mean that there still aren’t plenty of delicious foods for you to eat though. For your convenience, here are some braces-friendly foods you can make this summer.

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When Will My Child Lose a Tooth?

Have you been saving up your quarters for the time when the tooth fairy will appear and need your help to leave a little treasure in exchange for that first baby tooth? Or maybe your in-laws have been nagging at you to tie that loose tooth to a string and the other end to a doorknob and yank it out. When it comes to your child losing his or her first baby tooth, the best advice is: patience.

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Hygiene Tips for Braces

When you’re looking for an orthodontist in or around Omaha, NE, it’s our goal at Pedodontics, P.C. to goabove and beyond in providing all of your orthodontic needs. We’re proud to offer a comprehensive selection of both dental treatments and orthodontic treatments, including several types of braces, in order to guarantee a patient’s healthy smile. If you’re wearing braces (or you’re about to wear braces), you’ll notice that several lifestyle changes will have to be made, including your oral hygiene regimen. Since great oral hygiene is the first and most important step toward a healthy smile, we’d like to give you a few hygiene tips when you’re wearing braces.

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Preparing Your Child for the Orthodontist

At Pedodontics, P.C., our mission is to help each of our patients develop a healthy, beautiful smile that will last them a lifetime. We are proud to provide premium quality pediatric dental and orthodontic care to patients throughout the Omaha, NE area, and we work hard to make every visit to our office enjoyable. We know that for some children, visiting the orthodontist's office can be an anxiety-inducing experience. We do all we can to make our office environment welcoming and inviting, but as a parent, there are a number of steps you can take to prepare your child for the orthodontist.

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Braces-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we know that means many of our patients are looking forward to some well-deserved R&R, time spent reconnecting with loved ones, and digging into the delicious foods we all love to enjoy during the Thanksgiving feast. For braces, however, Thanksgiving can pose a serious danger. Many of the foods we love to enjoy on Thanksgiving are hard, sticky, or chock-full of sugars, all of which can damage braces and teeth. To help you celebrate this year's Thanksgiving without damaging your braces, we've put together a couple of Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to delight both tastebuds and orthodontics!

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Teething Information Every Parent Should Know

Teething refers to the process by which primary or baby teeth emerge through the gums and become visible in a child's mouth. This typically starts when children are between six and nine months old although it can start as early as three months and as late as one year. Many new parents anticipate their baby's first teeth with a combination of excitement and apprehension. Teething is often something that parents celebrate even though it can cause a baby some discomfort.

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