The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers)
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Braces in South Bend, IN

It is never too early to keep an eye on your child’s oral development. Your child’s pediatric dentist in South Bend can identify malocclusion, crowded or crooked teeth or bite problems, and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth. Early treatment can prevent more extensive treatment later.

Malocclusion is often inherited. Dental injuries, the early loss of primary teeth or such habits as thumb sucking, fingernail biting or lip biting may also lead to problems. The dentist may be able to help your child avoid oral habits that could create future problems.

Braces can enhance your child’s smile, but the benefits far surpass appearance. Braces can straighten crooked teeth, guide erupting teeth into position, correct bite problems, and even prevent the need for tooth extractions. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Different appliances work in different ways to benefit your child’s dental health. Some are fixed; others are removable. Your dentist will explain which appliance is best for your child, what the treatment can do and how long it will take.

As with any dental treatment, the more a child cooperates, the better the results. First, careful brushing and flossing keep the appliance and your child’s oral health in top shape (removable appliances should be brushed each time the teeth are brushed). Second, regular dental check-ups, besides appointments related to the braces, protect your child from tooth decay and gum disease. (It is sometimes beneficial to increase the frequency of dental cleanings). Third, prompt contact with your dentist when an appliance breaks will keep treatment on-time and on-track.

Your child will be able to eat a normal diet except for sticky foods like gums and caramels, and hard foods like peanuts, ice chips and popcorn. Some appliances alter speech, but most children adapt quickly and speak clearly within a day or two. Generally, children can safely run, jump, swim and play with an their appliance. However, these activities should be reviewed with your South Bend pediatric dentist.

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Everyone was so kind and sweet to my kids. It was a breath of fresh air.
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Great service
Mark D.
Very friendly and did excellent with my son.
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Felt like the dentist listened to me and concerns. Didn’t feel rushed
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Staff are amazing
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Because they treat my daughter very well and she isn’t afraid to be there
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Mark M.
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Caring , fun and goofy doctors . Experience overall was great
Andrea G.
Everyone we came into contact with were very pleasant and friendly. I was very relaxed in Your environment and felt welcomed from the start to finish
Brooke G.
Staff always so kind and explains everything with details step by step of they are going or did to my child
Daniel A.
Dr.Reed was so patient and caring while pulling my 3yr sons tooth along with her two assistants they talk to him and made sure he was relaxed and calmed him when he was anxious. I couldn’t have […]
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Love the dentist she is very personable and considerate. Great outgoing personality. (Female dentist not the male)
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We were in and out and the staff was Wonderful.
Sophia V.
Cause i love the effectiveness that yall give every patient and nothing is rushed and everyone recieve the amount of attention needed
Ronald J.
Dr. Lauren was so nice and gentle with Terry, the dental assistant was so nice also. I can tell the dentist’s really take pride in their work and I love that.
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First time great experience…everyone is really nice and professional I loved it wouldn’t go anywhere else i was afraid my kids were going to be scared but they treated them with lots of kindness […]
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Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (574) 367-7146
Fax: (574) 245-7502
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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