Common Dental Problems

Early signs for cavities in children's teeth

August 4th, 2023

Cavities, also known as dental caries, are caused by the breakdown of the tooth enamel due to acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. Cavities can be painful and, if left untreated, can lead to more serious dental problems. Here are some early signs that you may have a cavity:

Tooth sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or sweet foods may be an early sign of a cavity.

Toothache: Pain when biting or chewing may be a sign of a cavity, especially if the pain is severe or persists.

Visible holes or pits in the teeth: Cavities often start as small holes or pits in the tooth enamel, which may be visible to the naked eye.

Brown, black, or white spots on the teeth: These spots may be an early sign of a cavity.

Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth: The presence of bacteria in the mouth due to a cavity can cause bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Early treatment of a cavity can help prevent more serious dental problems from occurring

Common Oral Health Issues in Children

July 14th, 2023

As parents, ensuring our children's oral health is crucial for their overall well-being and confidence.
While children's dental care may seem straightforward, various oral health issues can arise during their early years.
Identifying and addressing these concerns promptly can lead to better dental outcomes and a bright smile for years to come.

1. Dental Cavities:

Dental cavities, also known as tooth decay, are among the most prevalent oral health issues in children.
Consuming sugary foods and drinks, inadequate oral hygiene, and irregular dental check-ups contribute to cavities.
Regular brushing, flossing, and limiting sugary treats can help prevent cavities and maintain healthy teeth.

2. Gum Disease:

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is characterized by swollen, red, and bleeding gums.
Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to build up, leading to gum inflammation.
Regular dental visits, proper oral care, and the use of fluoride toothpaste can prevent and manage gum disease in children.

3. Tooth Eruption Problems:

Some children may experience challenges when their permanent teeth start erupting.
Crowded or misaligned teeth can affect their bite and overall oral health.
Early orthodontic evaluation can identify potential issues and enable timely intervention for optimal dental development.

4. Thumb Sucking:

While thumb sucking is normal in young children, prolonged habits can lead to dental problems. Sustained thumb sucking may cause misalignment and affect the proper growth of the jaws. Gentle guidance and positive reinforcement can help children break this habit over time.

5. Tooth Sensitivity:

Children can experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold substances due to weakened enamel, gum recession, or tooth erosion. A child-friendly toothpaste for sensitive teeth and dental sealants can alleviate discomfort and protect enamel.

6. Tongue Thrusting:

Tongue thrusting, where the tongue pushes against the front teeth during swallowing,
can lead to orthodontic issues and misalignment. Speech therapy and orthodontic intervention can help correct this habit.

7. Dental Trauma:

Accidents or falls during play or sports can result in dental trauma, such as chipped or knocked-out teeth.
Wearing mouth guards during sports activities can significantly reduce the risk of dental injuries.

8. Dental Anxiety:

Many children may experience dental anxiety or fear, leading to challenges during dental visits.
A child-friendly dental office, communication, and positive reinforcement can help ease their
fears and create a comfortable environment for dental care.

To ensure your child's oral health remains in top condition, it's essential to maintain regular dental check-ups,
encourage proper oral hygiene practices, and address any concerns promptly.
A pediatric dentist can provide specialized care, guidance,
and preventive measures tailored to your child's unique needs, ensuring they grow up with a happy, healthy smile.

Remember, a foundation of good oral health sets the stage for a lifetime of confident and beautiful smiles.
By taking proactive steps and addressing any oral health issues early on,
you can ensure your child's teeth and gums remain healthy and vibrant throughout their childhood and beyond.

Pros and Cons of clear aligners for children and teens

March 14th, 2023

Clear aligners, also known as clear-aligner therapy, are a popular orthodontic treatment option that can be used to straighten teeth and correct bite problems.

Clear aligners can be a beneficial orthodontic treatment option for children because they are nearly invisible and do not have the same aesthetic drawbacks as traditional metal braces. This can help children feel more confident and less self-conscious during treatment. Additionally, clear aligners are removable, making it easier for children to maintain good oral hygiene and to eat a wide variety of foods without restrictions.

Clear aligners can effectively treat a variety of orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, spacing, and bite problems, and they may be a more comfortable and convenient option for some children compared to traditional braces. It is important to discuss with a dentist or orthodontist if clear aligners are a suitable treatment option for a child's specific orthodontic needs.

The pro's and Cons to Clear Aligners:


Discreet: Clear aligners are virtually invisible, so they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

Clear Aligners angled to display their depth

Comfortable: Clear aligners are made of smooth, plastic material that is less likely to irritate the mouth compared to metal braces.

Customized: Clear aligners are made to fit the unique shape of each patient's teeth, which can lead to more precise and effective treatment.

Removable: Clear aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene, which makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.


May not be suitable for severe cases: Clear aligners may not be effective for treating more severe bite problems or misalignment.

Must be worn consistently: Clear aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours per day in order to be effective. This can be a challenge for some patients, especially children.

May cause temporary discomfort: Some patients may experience temporary discomfort when switching to a new set of aligners.

May be more expensive: Clear aligners may be more expensive than traditional braces.

Clear aligners can be an effective treatment option for many patients, but it is important to discuss the pros and cons with a dental professional to determine if they are the best option for your specific needs.

Looking for the best kids dentist near the Paterson, Passaic, and Union City areas?

We are here serving Paterson, Passaic, and Hudson NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatment. We are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.
Paterson(973) 742-4200
Passaic ( 973) 574-1000
Union City(201) 325-8444
Dover (973) 891-4015

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Are braces necessary or cosmetic?

August 19th, 2022

Are braces necessary or cosmetic?

Both. Braces serve multiple purposes
and are highly effective to correct several
pressing and important dental issues to can
carry on for life if not treated.

S1: Correcting bites so you can chew better
S2: Straightening teeth
S3: Help to avoid tooth decay due to misalignment
S4: The beautiful smile you’ll have at the end is a bonus.

Its a common curiosity for parents
to wonder if braces are purely cosmetic.
Braces are not just cosmetic.
They happen to be necessary for several reasons

Common Problems that require treatment with braces:
The top teeth should always come over the bottom teeth.
1. Cross Bite
2. Open Bite (thumb suckers)(extended pacifier)
3. Underbite
4. Overbite/ overjet
Both overbite and underbite signifies that either the
top or lower jaw has not fully developed yet.
These issues can lead to others such as TMJ and sleep apnea.
5. Misaligned or rotated back or front teeth
6. Tooth spacing
7. Tooth crowding
8. Mal-positioned teeth
9. Unerupted or impacted teeth

How can braces benefit your child?
Prevent future issues such as:
Sleep apnea
Night time grinding teeth
Tooth Decay

When teeth are straightened, it is much easier to
brush the teeth and floss. This helps to prevent tooth decay.
Cavities can develop is bacteria stays logged in the teeth.

Braces help with TMJ issues and Sleep apnea

Facial structures can be affected by misaligned teeth and
can also be fixed by braces as the braces restore the
facial appearance while straightening the teeth.

Some may wonder if braces make teeth weak.
braces utilize controlled force to straighten teeth which
includes re-modelling the bone structure around the teeth as well.
This let's us know that they do in fact move but they once again
become firm in their sockets.

Orthodontic treatment is safe and does not make the teeth weak.

Braces can restore your facial aesthetics, smile and
realign your teeth. So they are both necessary
and cosmetic.

Overall, as dental professionals we aim to
identify underlying issues and diagnose and monitor these conditions early ,and can easily fix them with braces, or other orthodontic appliances.
This will help to prevent future decay and discomfort.

Multiple factors:
Child’s medical history,
Not fixing their Smile, timing, and cost can influence long-term effects

Looking for the best kids dentist near the Paterson, Passaic, and Union City areas?
We are here serving Paterson, Passaic, and Hudson NJ,
Dover NJ, and the surrounding communities.
We offer comprehensive oral health
services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatment.

We are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment
to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.
Paterson (973) 742-4200
Passaic  ( 973) 574-1000
Union City (201) 325-8444
Dover   (973) 891-4015

Find reviews and updates on Facebook,
learn more about our practice online,
or give us a call


Orthodontics Paterson NJ

August 14th, 2021

Children's general Dentist Location:

Smile Central Dental
Dentist, Paterson, NJ
Orthodontics, Paterson, NJ


140 Market Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor  (x 21 or x22 )
Children's General Dentistry - 3rd Floor
Treatment - 4th Floor

Phone: (973) 742-4200
Fax: (973) 742-4997

Paterson - Dental Office Manager: Cristal Jimenez
Paterson - Ortho Office Manager: Maria Gutierrez


About Our Practice
Smile Central Dental has always emphasized that outstanding people are the key to our success. Our strength and future growth depend on the contributions made by our team and each person within our organization. To ensure continued success, we feel it is important that all employees understand our policies and procedures. We hold them to that standard and they perform to the highest level. 
Our staff is dedicated to serving our community and providing the very best care.


Mission Statement
Smile Central Dental’s mission is to enhance the life of anyone we come in contact with. We accomplish this by educating both children and parents on the importance of their dental health, eradicating cavities on our beloved patients, and providing all members of our team with an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. All this while proudly serving the communities we are in that have given us the opportunity to do what we love.



Do cavities in baby teeth affect permanent teeth?

August 2nd, 2021

Baby teeth start to develop before a child's first birthday and most children have a full set of teeth by their third birthday. As these teeth typically fall out within 3-4 yrs, it's a common belief that they are not important. This can't be further than the truth.

Baby Teeth erupt chart

A tooth infection/cavity if deep enough can certainly affect the growth of the underlying adult tooth. A dental cavity if left untreated can extend deep in the tooth and to the surrounding teeth and gum area below. A pus-filled infection, an abscess can then form on the underlying permanent tooth that has to erupt eventually. This can delay or prevent the eruption of the adult tooth or can cause discoloration, malformations, and permanent staining of the adult tooth.


Tooth Infection

It is important to understand why good oral health is essential in baby teeth.
Baby teeth...

- Act as space holders for permanent teeth that will eventually erupt
- Help guide the permanent teeth into place
- Help children in chewing food and speaking properly during their critical developmental years.

Cavities in baby teeth affect permanent teeth and can cause several different types of problems.

Harm to Overall Oral Health

Cavities affect baby teeth the same way they affect permanent teeth. If left untreated, it may compromise a child’s overall oral health. The bacterial spread will attack neighboring teeth, and a significant untreated cavity could lead to an abscess and/or tooth loss, not to forget physical pain and emotional distress. Tooth loss due to damaged primary teeth cause problems with jaw structure, growth, and occlusion.
Tooth Loss

Orthodontic Issues

With a significantly larger cavity, there will eventually be tooth loss, giving rise to orthodontic issues. Adjacent teeth may shift to fill the space left behind by the missing /lost baby tooth that becomes a problem when the permanent teeth erupt and there is a lack of space. This can cause teeth misalignment.


Poor Oral Health Habits

Starting your kids early will help them establish good lifelong habits. Instill the importance of good oral health habits with children from a young age. You can lead by example and brush and floss side by side each morning and night.

Preventing cavities and keeping Baby teeth healthy

Remember healthy baby teeth set a solid foundation for strong permanent teeth. Bring your children routinely to the dentist and take care of their teeth at home by following the basic rule of brushing at least twice a day.


Looking for the best kids dentist near the Paterson, Passaic, and Union City areas?
We are here serving Paterson, Passaic, and Hudson NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatmentWe are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.
Paterson(973) 742-4200
Passaic  ( 973) 574-1000
Union City(201) 325-8444

Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200


My child's teeth don't seem to be straight

January 29th, 2021

Why some teeth do not come in straight?

It’s quite common for children to get adult teeth that are not straight.
The most common factors include extra teeth, missing teeth, large teeth, wide spacing, or inadequate spacing/small jaws. Habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of baby teeth, or a poor breathing airway caused by enlarged
adenoids aggravate the problem, resulting in crowded teeth and/or an abnormal bite.
Crooked Teeth

Regular visits to the dentist

The first primary/baby teeth start to come in at about 6 months of age. As soon as your child first gets their baby teeth, it’s important to get them on their first trip to the dentist. This allows the dentist to help ensure your child’s teeth stay clean,
and they can examine the inbound adult teeth.
Once the adult teeth start coming in, regular dental visits will allow your dentist to notice if some teeth are not coming in straight and they can refer you to an orthodontist or in our case, to our orthodontist department.
Dentist Visit


A children's general dentist can help you identify and correct bad habits that might cause teeth to not erupt straight. One of the most common examples is pacifiers. While it can be a great way to soothe a baby and even provide health benefits for infants, it can also
play a part in teeth erupting differently.
However, One should wean their child of the pacifier by the age of two, otherwise, it can cause teeth to grow incorrectly. Thumb sucking is another big instigator of crooked teeth.
A children's general dentist has extensive experience helping children change habits and they can work with you to create a plan for breaking them and know how to provide the right kind of motivation to cause change.


Keep an eye on growth

Sometimes when children start getting adult teeth, they erupt (break through the gums) in a crooked fashion.
While they might look quite crooked in the early stages of growth, they do most of the time end up aligned in a correct position by the time they’re fully grown.
So even if your child is getting teeth that are initially crooked, there’s no need to panic. Your active role during this period is to have regular visits to your child’s dentist so they can provide timely professional insights about any required treatments.

Visit the Orthodontist

If your child gets a reference for an orthodontist, then you should definitely get a consultation. The sooner they can visit the earlier they can begin treatment. Earlier treatment means it's easier and cheaper to fix the teeth and bite,
by correcting minor issues instead of waiting until they become major issues.
Around the age of 7, adult teeth can start to come in, and that is a good time for a visit to the orthodontist, who can assess if early treatments are necessary to prevent major treatments in the future.
Do you feel that your child's teeth seem to be not straight?
Do you feel they may need braces? Contact one of our offices near you.

To schedule a first consultation or visit, please contact us at
one of our locations:

1. 140 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07505
Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor
Treatment Center - 4th Floor
(973) 742-4200

2. 625 Main Ave
Passaic, NJ 07055
Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
(973) 574-1000

3. 3196 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd
3rd Floor
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 325-8444


Is it Covid or is it a toothache ? Know the difference

December 22nd, 2020

Have a fever? Wondering if it's Covid-19 or Toothache?
Since Jan of 2020, Covid-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Because you may already be aware of the symptoms of covid-19, and that's good, but it can make you panic.

Having a fever can make most people believe they or their children have covid
but having a fever can mean several other reasons such as a dental infection.
Let's read more to have a better understanding of the differences.

Kid with fever

First, here is a list to understand the symptoms of covid-19.
Knowing the common symptoms is very important.

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

If you are experiencing these, stay as safe as possible, practice social distancing, and get tested. It is important to also limit your contact with the outside world to avoid being affected and spreading the virus respectively.


How do we determine if it is a toothache?
Here are the common symptoms of a toothache:

Pain in a tooth
Persistent throbbing or aching in a tooth
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
Sensitivity to pressure when chewing
Swelling in the face or cheek
Tender/swollen lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck

These symptoms create discomfort in the mouth. So self-monitoring for these signs can be very helpful in distinguishing a toothache from covid-19.

Teen with toothache


When to visit the dentist for emergencies

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If you feel your child has a toothache, please call the dentist right away.
Your child may have an infection. Infection can spread through the face and even the
body if left untreated.



1. 140 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07505
Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor
Treatment Center - 4th Floor
(973) 742-4200

2. 625 Main Ave
Passaic, NJ 07055
Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
(973) 574-1000

3. 3196 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd
3rd Floor
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 325-8444



Common Orthodontic Problems

January 18th, 2020

Common Orthodontic Problems

The way your teeth align and meet together is known as occlusion. Typically, the upper teeth rest above the lower teeth when your jaw is closed and the top surfaces of the molars line up. However, teeth do not always match up. Malocclusion of the teeth is a misalignment problem that can lead to serious oral health complications.
The following problems all classify as Malocclusion of the teeth.


Common Orthodontics Problems

1. Underbite

An underbite, clinically called prognathism, is the malocclusion or
"bad bite" that happens when lower teeth overlap the upper teeth.
Severity can vary between a mild underbite, where the two rows of teeth almost meet;
and a situation wherein the teeth don't meet at all because the gap is so wide.
It can give the impression you're expressing emotion that isn't intended,
and it is, therefore, a common social issue that many are eager to eliminate for good.

The main cause of an underbite is a misalignment of the lower jaw, which is usually present at birth.

The problems associated with an underbite depend on how pronounced it is. If the gap is wide, it can cause:

Eating difficulties

Challenges with speaking
Chronic jaw or joint (TMJ) pain, as well as head- and earaches
Tooth decay from excessive wear of the tooth enamel
Chronic mouth breathing, halitosis, bacterial infections, sleep apnea, snoring, and other nighttime breathing difficulties.


2. Crossbite:

Is when some of the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth rather than the outside. This can form for a variety of reasons. Although a crossbite can be genetic, reasons such as prolonged use of a pacifier or thumb-sucking, delayed loss of baby teeth, and oversized tonsils or adenoids can be the source of a crossbite. Basically, the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth rather than the outside.

Thumb Sucking can create Malocclusion issues

3. Overbite:

It is also called "deep Bite", The upper teeth protrude further than the lower teeth and may completely cover them. Although this can hereditary, an overbite can be caused by a malformed jaw. Underdeveloped lower jaw or an overdeveloped upper jaw can result from the pressure of certain habits children may develop such as thumb-sucking and prolonged bottle-feeding or tongue-thrusting. Chewing on foreign objects can also form an overbite.


4. Overjet:

Overjet although mistaken for an overbite, refers to a horizontal issue while overbites refer to Vertical issues.
Overjet can be genetic, however, in many cases, it is due to childhood habits.
Much like the habits that cause Overbites, these habits include, thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, or prolonged bottle or pacifier and can cause the front teeth to splay out over time.

5.Upper Front Teeth Protrusion:

The protrusion of the upper front teeth often is caused by finger and thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting. It is commonly confused with an overbite. The pressure placed on the front teeth causes the teeth to become pushed forward.

Orthodontic treatment can be used to adjust the angle of the teeth and align with the lower teeth of the jaw.



Crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss well which makes things easier for plaque, tartar, and other harmful bacteria to build up. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.


7. Spacing:

Spacing also called Diastema, refers to gaps or space between teeth which causes the teeth to not fit normally in the jaw. They are most noticeable in the two upper front teeth but can be from anywhere in the mouth. In children, gaps may disappear once their permanent teeth grow in. Some gaps happen to be large and are a cosmetic issue, but some gaps are small and barely noticeable.


Diastema can be caused by multiple factors and can be determined by genetics.
Jaw bone size and teeth size
Some cases include the size of the jaw bone and the size of teeth and results in teeth being spaced too far apart. An overgrowth of the tissue that borders the gum line and the teeth can also result in a gap.

Bad Habits
Bad habits can also be the culprit for spacing. The pressure that thumb-sucking involves can cause the teeth to pull forward.

Gum Disease
This infection damages the gums and tissue with inflammation and can lead to tooth loss and gaps between the teeth. Signs of gum disease include red and swollen gums, bone loss, loose teeth, and bleeding gums.


8. Openbite

An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not meet when the mouth is closed. When a person closes their jaw, the teeth will have a gap or opening.

What causes an open bite?
It can be passed down by genetics.
The problem normally corrects itself around the age of four and doesn’t persist into adulthood, however, a child may develop an opening in their bite when they have a mix of baby and permanent teeth and too much bone growth. A lisp can develop as well as other speech impediments.

Temporomandibular joint problems may also be the culprit. The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that allows your mouth to open.

Other causes are prolonged pacifier or thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting ( pushing the teeth with the tongue ). Tongue thrusting happens when you push the tongue through the teeth during swallowing or while speaking

Types of Open bites
Anterior open bite is defined as the front teeth not connecting properly when the back teeth have already made contact the opposite is a posterior open bite, where the back teeth don’t touch when the front teeth are closed.

An open bite can be noticed by the following:
Self-consciousness if your smile isn’t how you would like
A lisp or other speech impediments
Increased wear on the back teeth
Difficulty eating some foods



Treating an open bite in early childhood increases the chances of being able to fix an open bite without surgery. Ask your dentist about the options available.


Age Treatment
0-4 Tongue thrusting and open bit are normal. No need for intervention.
Restrict thumb sucking and pacifiers.
7-10 A tongue crib can be worn if tongue thrusting persists.
A dentist can recognize if adult teeth are coming through in an open bite speech therapy for tongue thrusting can start.
11-17 Braces can be fitted to correct an open bite.
Tongue thrusting treatment and therapy will still be successful.
18+ Jaw surgery can happen now that growing has finished. Untreated open bites in adults nearly always need surgery.
Options can include braces and Invisalign. Veneers become an option at this age too.


Open Bite braces will pull teeth back from protruding forward and can place them into proper alignment. The course of treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years and will need to be followed up with retainers. The job of the retainers is to make sure that the teeth do not go back to their old position.

Dentist checkup

Treatment for tongue thrusting

Tongue therapy:
Exercises for the tongue and therapy can be offered through a speech therapist.

Appliances like a tongue crib:
A bit like a retainer, a tongue cradle or crib attaches to your molars and puts a barrier across your mouth so the tongue can’t push forwards.

If a person stops the habit of tongue thrusting, it will not correct the misalignment, but it will make sure the bite problem won’t get worse or relapse after braces treatment is finished.

9. Dental Midlines not Matched

There are two midlines of the teeth between your two upper front incisors and the second between the two bottom center teeth. These lines should form one straight midline all through the center. When these lines do not line up it is clear to see there is a misalignment with the teeth and jaw or tooth size discrepancy.


How is Malocclusion Diagnosed?

We typically break this down in three phases.


The planning Phase:

Check the mouth and teeth.
ask questions about your child's past health.
X-rays will be taken.
photographs of the face and teeth may be taken.
A plaster model of the teeth may be made.

The Orthodontist will make a diagnosis using the diagnostic tools mentioned above. They will develop a customized treatment and recommend custom devices for the gentle movement of the teeth into proper alignment.


Phase 2: Development/Active Phase

This is the part where you are wearing braces or aligners.

Types of braces that may be used:
Traditional fixed braces: individual dental brackets connected by an archwire.
Lingual braces: These are also fixed but fit on the inside of the teeth to make them less visible.

During this phase, you will need to regularly see your orthodontist. The number of times you need to see your orthodontist will greatly depend on the kind of treatment you're receiving and the attributes of your orthodontic issues.


Phase 3: Retention Phase

A very crucial part of orthodontic care is the retention phase.
When the teeth have been correctly aligned, removable devices and fixed braces will be removed.
Your orthodontist will create retainers for you to wear after your braces are removed.
Retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back to their pre-treatment positions.

Your orthodontist will advise you how long you need to wear your retainers.


How Is a Malocclusion of the Teeth Treated?

Most people with mild malocclusion will not require any treatment. However, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist if your malocclusion is severe
Depending on your type of malocclusion, your orthodontist may recommend various treatments. These can include:


braces to correct the position of the teeth
removal of teeth to correct overcrowding
reshaping, bonding, or capping of teeth
surgery to reshape or shorten the jaw
wires or plates to stabilize the jaw bone



How Can Malocclusion Be Prevented?

Most cases of Malocclusion are hereditary so preventing it may be difficult.
Early detection of malocclusion will cut down the length and severity of the disorder. Start your child's visits at 12 months old and keep up with regular checkups twice a year. For young children, limit pacifier and bottle use to help reduce changes in the development of the jaw.


An Overview:

The treatment of malocclusion of teeth in children typically results in the correction of the problem. The duration of treatment can be reduced with early treatment in childhood and can also be less expensive. Treating malocclusion early will result in a better outcome and faster.


If you think your child requires dental braces to correct an alignment issue call (973) 742-4200 to schedule an appointment. ( Orthodontics ext: 21 )

Serving Paterson, NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatment. We are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.

Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200


Written by RP, CRM, SCD

3 Factors Orthodontists Consider When Giving Children Braces

December 18th, 2019

Dental braces are a way orthodontists correct alignment issues. As your child’s adult teeth begin to erupt, you may discover crooked teeth, an overbite, or other irregularities that may be signs that your little one needs corrective treatment. If you’re wondering whether your child is too young for braces, here are some guidelines orthodontists use to decide whether they’re ready.

3 Factors Orthodontists Consider When Giving Children Braces

1. Permanent & Baby Teeth

Orthodontists recommend an evaluation when they are close to having all permanent teeth - there is still some value to capitalizing on space created when the last baby teeth are loose. Since baby teeth will be lost, correcting them is ineffective. The last baby teeth come out around the ages of 11 and 12. If you notice misaligned bites, gaps, crowding, and other alignment issues, your child may benefit from this treatment.

2. Existing Dental Problems

Braces can’t be used until other oral health issues are resolved. Extensive decay, oral trauma, and gum disease are all conditions that can progress if left untreated while braces are on. To avoid further issues, an orthodontist will address oral health before implementing braces.

3. Ability to Care for Braces

Your child will need to be diligent about brushing and flossing if they have braces since food is more likely to get stuck between wires and brackets. If you or an orthodontist feels that they haven’t yet developed adequate dental care practices, braces may be a treatment for the future. Their dentist can help them build healthier habits so that when it’s time for braces, you can be confident they’ll keep their teeth healthy.

Dentist teaching a little girl to brush her teeth


If you think your child requires dental braces to correct an alignment issue call (973) 742-4200 to schedule an appointment. ( Orthodontics ext: 21 )

Serving Paterson, NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatment. We are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.

Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200


How sugary drinks harm your teens teeth | Teens and sugary drinks

February 15th, 2019

How sugary drinks harm your teen's teeth
| Teens and sugary drinks

The number of teenagers who consume soda today has nearly doubled from what it was several years ago. Sodas and other carbonated beverages typically contain an excessive amount of sugars and acidic flavorings that erode tooth enamel, which can ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Sipping soda through a straw can reduce the contact these beverages have with your teeth, essentially minimizing the damage. In addition, drinking water after soda helps to rinse your mouth and reduce your risk of cavities. To help keep your teeth strong for your lifetime, limit your intake of carbonated beverages.

Teens and Soda | harm teeth

Exploring the two main effects sugary beverages have on your teeth

When soft drinks encounter tooth enamel( the protective layer on your teeth) the acids begin and continue to reduce the hardness of the enamel. As you drink more sugary drinks, the acids tend to do more damage.

The next layer behind the enamel is the dentin. The acids can and will damage this layer which will then develop cavities. This develops over time as people who drink soft drinks regularly.

Some of the most common soft drinks and even drinks marked as "healthy" have loads of sugar in them.
Lots of Sugar
Energy Drinks
Chocolate Milk
Fruit Punch

Better Choices
Unsweetened Tea
Plain Sparkling Water
These have little to no sugar.

Don't sip:
The longer you take to drink your drink, the more time the acids and sugar have to damage your teeth. Drinking at a faster but safe pace will allow the harmful acidy beverage less time to damage your teeth.

Use Straws and drink in moderation:
Using a straw when you drink soda may help avoid cavities and tooth decay,
but the straw needs to be in the right place. Using straws is a helpful method of drinking
beverages like soda because the straw sets passed the teeth.
They will not completely help prevent cavities however, this is why drinking in moderation is also advised. The less harmful and sugary drinks are consumed,
the better the chance to preventing cavities.

Rinse your mouth with water afterward:
Flushing your mouth with some water after drinking soda will help wash away any remaining sugars and acids, and stop them from attacking your teeth.

Brushing Tip, Wait before you brush:

brushing immediately after drinking a soft drink or sugary beverage is not a good idea.
This is because the teeth that are recently attacked by acid are vulnerable and can
easily be damaged due to the added friction to the acid.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is highly recommended.

Give Kids a Smile Day! - Smile Central Dental - Feb, 1st, 2019

January 31st, 2019

Give Kids a Smile Day! - Smile Central Dental - Feb, 1st, 2019

Announcement post!

We are happy to announce that we will be participating for our 15th year in the "Give kids a smile" movement. On Feb, Friday, 1st, 2019, we will be providing free dental services to those who need it and may very well not have insurance. 

Give Kids a smile day!

Cited from the American Dental Association:
With the support of the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than five million underserved children have received free oral health services over the last 13 years. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.

All locations are participating.
1. 140 Market Street, Paterson, NJ
2.  625 Main Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055
3.  3196 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Union City, NJ 07087
Please Contact Jessica Hidalgo at
or call to schedule. Phone numbers can be found at the header of our website next to your desired location.


For those who have questions about dental health, dental problems, kids dentistry, braces, and treatment and need to schedule consistent visits with a dentist in the North Jersey area, give us a call at one of our locations nearest you.


Common dental problems for kids

December 28th, 2018

Your child has had teeth for a very short while, however, they face
many common dental problems that adults encounter.
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to examine and manage
dental issues in the mouth and jaw.

Acting fast on developing issues can spare your young ones the
unnecessary pain and save time and money.

Tooth decay is extremely common among children. It is caused by bacteria and plaque
acids that attack and destroy tooth enamel. Attention to diet and strict oral hygiene
can help prevent decay.

Thumb sucking is not usually a cause for concern unless it persists after the development of permanent teeth. At this stage, it could affect dental health.
A kids’ dentist can work with your child to find a solution.

Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is an inflammation of gum tissue that can progress
to bone damage and tooth loss. It is often caused by poor oral hygiene.
Your dentist can help reverse early stages of gum disease and improve your
child’s oral hygiene habits.


Bad breath can affect people of any age. Potential sources of mouth odor include
poor dental hygiene, inflames gums, and dry mouth. It may also be related
to medical issues.


An over-retained primary tooth is a baby tooth that remains in position while
a permanent tooth is trying to erupt into the same space. It could indicate
impaction or a congenital abnormality. Early diagnosis ensures a
better outcome.


Tooth grinding is common during childhood development. It can damage primary or
permanent teeth and can even cause pain. Your kid’s dentist can treat the problem
with a custom night guard.


Proper oral care provides early prevention to dental problems and creates
good oral health for a lifetime. If your child does not have a dentist or has not been seen
in a while, call us and schedule a visit. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We are always willing to help.


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