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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Gerri was fantastic. Great experience!
Margaret S.
Felt like the dentist listened to me and concerns. Didn’t feel rushed
Khale L.
Doctor was very friendly,explained everything,staff was also very friendly!
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The gal who worked on Catherine’s teeth was very skilled at the cosmetic work which Catherine was getting done. She also was very kind and tried to help us visualize what the final product […]
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We were in and out and the staff was Wonderful.
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Madeline M.
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Hannah S.
We always have a pleasant experience & everyone is very nice to my son. I also feel like things are explained well, & I’m asked before procedures are done.
Donovin B.
The staff was friendly and great with my three year old.
Braelyn W.
Everyone seems genuinely caring. It makes you feel much better when your child is not so sure about everything.
Carmen C.
Very helpful!
Frederic D.
Dentist was extremely helpful.
Chelsea C.
Very professional and time efficient. Boys were both comfortable.
Aaron A.
My kids love going to this dentist! I appreciate how patient they are with my children and everyone is very nice. I am very happy with Smile Safari!
Lee W.
Great compassionate care. The hygienist and doctor worked so good with my little ones first dental visit.
King G.
I like the service i get from the place it is wonderful keep it going
Bella U.
Helpful and quick to respond to patients needs.
Lael M.
My daughter was so nervous to have her first filling done. The hygienist that came and got her, was so upbeat, positive and energetic. My daughter came out after the procedure, smiling and talked […]
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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

Saturday by appointment

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
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