All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry
Big Smiles for Little People

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

As a parent, it can often seem like you have more questions than answers. At All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, we encourage parents to feel free to come to us whenever they have a concern, no matter how small it might be. We are here to support you in helping your child develop and keep a healthy, problem-free smile.

Please take a look at some of the questions parents commonly ask, and don't hesitate to call us at (951) 898-8845 if you have your own.



A pediatric dentist is a specialist who has completed a two- or three-year residency program focused on treating infants and children. Their practice is limited to children through their adolescence, and they also receive training in treating children with special needs.

We Offer Orthodontic Treatment

As pediatric dentists in Corona, CA we are specially trained to evaluate and follow your child’s growth and development and we can treat minor orthodontic problems. If they have more comprehensive orthodontic needs, we are fortunate to have an excellent orthodontist specialist who works with our office.

Together, combining our specialties, we are prepared to provide quality care to meet all your child’s individual needs.

Helping Kids with Special Health Care Needs

One area in which pediatric dentists are specifically trained is in providing treatment for children with special health care needs. We genuinely care about the comfort of all of our young patients, and you will see that reflected in the treatment of our patients with special health care needs. Dr. Nguyen is an experienced pedodontist who is very patient and understands how to approach treatment for children with special needs.

Emergency Dentistry for Kids

Please call our Corona dental office any time you have a dental emergency, If the office is closed, you will hear a recorded message with instructions for contacting the dentist on call.

Your child’s dentist is located at 160 East Ontario Ave., Suite 103 in Corona, CA. We are between Main and Summerset Streets in the same plaza as Wing Stop and next to First Bank. You’ll find a bakery and Chinese restaurant across the street.

In our area, you’ll find family dining and many shopping opportunities. We are just down the street from the local Walmart and Farmer’s Market.

Our family dentist in Corona, CA, offers ample parking and a convenient location for our patients.

Dental treatments include:

  • Preventive dentistry
  • Thorough dental checkups
  • Teeth cleanings, when age-appropriate
  • Fluoride treatments for strong teeth
  • Dental sealants to deter cavities
  • General Dentistry
  • Tooth-colored crowns
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Root canals
  • Orthodontics for all ages
  • Extractions and space maintainers
  • Emergency dentistry
  • Sedation dentistry

We also offer new patients specials for children of all ages and convenient dental hours after 5:00 PM on select days.

Contact Your Dentist in Corona, CA for More Information

Our dentistry for all ages helps children develop healthy smiles from the start, including monitoring little smiles for potential issues and ongoing orthodontic evaluations. If you would like to get started or if you have questions for our dental team, we would love to chat with you today.

Infant Oral Health

Many parents use pacifiers as a tool for comforting infants. If it soothes your baby, it's not wrong to give them a pacifier.

However, the prolonged use of a pacifier as your baby gets older and begins to get their teeth can eventually lead to problems in the future.

Sucking on a pacifier can actually push small teeth forward, changing their alignment and impacting their adult teeth's future arrival and alignment.

As your baby gets older, limiting their use of the pacifier may help them give it up more quickly in the future. Perhaps you consider only letting them use the pacifier for falling asleep at bedtime or using it for other specific times when your child needs comfort.

Prolonged use of a pacifier or finger sucking for comfort can be problematic in the future. However, as long as parents are aware of this, they can help their little one successfully manage the habit and learn other self-soothing tools. 

If you have questions about pacifier use or other aspects of your infant's oral health, don't hesitate to contact your friendly Corona children's dentist at All Smiles today at (951) 898-8845. We're happy to answer your questions or schedule your child's next dental appointment.

At All Smiles Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry, our usual recommendation is to start treating little ones when their first tooth has erupted. But is important to note that oral health does go into effect even before that time. For example, certain habits may form in infancy, impacting their teeth and gums early on.

This is why we recommend gently cleaning your infant's gums with your finger or a soft infant's washcloth daily. While this excises any remaining formula or breast milk from their mouths that might nourish bacteria, it also normalizes the act of touching and examining the insides of their mouths, which helps enormously when they first visit our Corona dental office.

Some Childhood Habits That Threaten Teeth

We understand that many infants develop finger and pacifier habits, but we warn against allowing those habits to remain over the long term. This is because pacifier suction and its constant presence can impact their tooth alignments and how their mouths grow.

For young children who drink more sugary liquids, especially fruit juices or milk, a lack of cleaning their mouths and early teeth may lead to Early Childhood Caries (ECC). Caries is an area of tooth decay that can quickly impact baby teeth. The risk is compounded if your baby uses a bottle at night or during naps.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Lan Nguyen, and Dr. Christopher Chau all agree that children should begin seeing their pediatric dentist as soon as their first teeth arrive, or at least by their first birthday.

While this might seem early, it's never too soon to start developing a relationship with a trusted dental team who can help your little one develop good oral habits and a healthy smile for a lifetime.

These first early visits are an excellent time for parents to ask questions about their little one's oral health and development. We also spend a lot of time helping your child acclimate to the dental chair and feel at ease with our dentists counting their teeth and examining their mouths. The more comfortable they feel, the easier their future appointments will be. 

As they get older, we'll incorporate things like teeth cleanings into their appointments. Our dentists may also recommend fluoride treatments and dental sealants as preventive measures for older children.

Are you looking for excellent pediatric dental care in Corona, CA? We invite you to call All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry at (951) 898-8845 to learn how we care for small smiles and book their next appointment. 

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Some parents find that their child has a more successful visit if they remain in the waiting room and allow our pediatric dentists and staff to develop a rapport with their child without dividing their attention between the staff and parents. Other parents, especially those who have very young children, find it comforting to both themselves and the child to join in the visit.

You know your child best, and we always appreciate your input as to how the best way to treat your child. On their first visit, we allow parents to accompany their children into our treatment area; for subsequent visits, we will create a plan with you that best suits you and your child's needs.

With a child under the age of three, we generally prefer you that you stay with them during the appointment. If you accompany your child, we ask that you be a supportive but silent observer. This allows our pediatric dentists and highly trained staff the opportunity to communicate directly to your child and guide him or her through the appointment.

In either case, Dr. Shital and Dr. Rakesh will discuss your child's treatment personally with you, and you are always welcome to ask any questions you have about your child's dental care.

We provide comprehensive dentistry for children of all ages and customized treatment plans to meet their needs. However, most dentists recommend bringing your child in every six months for routine cleanings and evaluations.

This schedule allows us to regularly treat problems early and clear away cavity-causing bacteria—all that the toothbrush can’t get rid of.

Your child’s dental care includes:

  • Thorough visual checkup
  • Comparison of oral changes
  • Orthodontic evaluations
  • Monitoring jaw development
  • Monitoring tooth eruption
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Dental sealants, if needed
  • X-rays, if needed
  • Fluoride treatments, when appropriate

We also talk to you about your child’s oral health, sharing our findings and answering your questions.

Preventive dentistry aims to stop potential issues before they start or catch problems in the earliest stages. This helps save time and money in the long run, and it gives your child the healthiest possible start to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If your child has an oral health condition, your dentist may customize their treatment schedule to address the issue.

Looking for a Corona, CA, Dentist for Your Child?

Our team is always overjoyed to welcome new little smiles into our dental family. If you’re looking to establish dentistry in our area or have questions for the dentist, reach out today.

While we strive for every visit to be completely positive, there are times when a child may react with fear or even tears. After all, they are experiencing a new and different environment filled with unfamiliar faces and strange-looking machines.

Patient, Compassionate Care for Kids

If your child cries, rest assured that we will do everything possible to comfort them, and we always react with empathy. As a certified pediatric dentist in Corona, Dr. Lan Nguyen learns more than the clinical aspects of your child’s dental care. He has also studied children’s behavior extensively and is well equipped to adapt to your child’s unique needs.

Preparing for a Dental Visit with Your Child

You can also take steps at home to prepare your child to help them get interested and engaged in the process. We’ve found it’s a good idea to practice some of the things your child will experience during their visit.

Ask them to open and close their mouth and count their teeth. You can also let them “check” your teeth. Be sure to use encouraging words and avoid using terms like “shot” or “needle.”

Most importantly, Dr. Nguyen will always make every effort to end each visit on a positive note and use positive feedback with your child. If you have any concerns about your child’s behavior or have other questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child first see a children’s dentist at one year.

For children below the age of three, we refer to their first appointment at our Corona dental office as a Well-Baby Visit. During this appointment, our pediatric dentists will perform an examination and counsel you on brushing, diet, and fluoride. We will also be happy to answer any other questions you have at this time.

At the first visit over the age of three, we will examine and clean your child's teeth, and our children's dentist will determine if we need to take dental x-rays. Doing just these things at a first visit helps maintain a positive experience for your child. If a cavity or other problem is detected, we will work to schedule another appointment to treat it. If your child is in pain, we can perform emergency dental treatment to get them out of pain.

What if my child cries during their visit?

While we strive for every visit to be completely positive, there are times when a child may react with fear or even tears. Be assured that we will do everything possible to comfort them, and we always react with empathy. We will ALWAYS make every effort to end each visit on a positive note and use positive feedback with your child.

If it's time to schedule your child's first dental visit and you live in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, or surrounding communities, call us at (951) 898-8845 to get started.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride in small amounts is safe for your child and actually helps to build and strengthen their developing teeth.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral typically found in drinking water and proven to help strengthen tooth enamel and even reverse tooth decay in some cases. 

Dr. Lan Nguyen and Dr. Christopher Chau recommend fluoride treatments in Corona, CA, for kids who aren't getting enough through their toothpaste and drinking water. A fluoride treatment is quick, non-invasive, and typically covered by dental insurance since it's a preventive procedure.

We can apply professional strength fluoride to your child's teeth during their routine teeth cleaning procedure without having to schedule any additional time from your busy schedule.

At All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, we also offer silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatments that help keep small areas of tooth decay from spreading and further breaking down your little one's tooth.

The silver in SDF kills bacteria, while the fluoride helps rebuild tooth enamel, stabilizing your child's tooth and possibly preventing them from having to endure numbing or drilling during a dental filling procedure.

If you have questions about fluoride treatments for kids, contact our Corona pediatric dental office at (951) 898-8845 for more information.



Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment in our water, air, and soil, and
is essential for the development of healthy teeth. Not only does fluoride strengthen tooth enamel, but it can also help prevent new cavities from forming.

We Offer Fluoride Applications

In our area, most water systems have fluoridated water, so if your child drinks tap water, they are probably getting sufficient amounts. However, if you are on a well or your child regularly drinks bottled water, it’s a good idea to think about fluoride applications at our Corona dental office. This is an easy, non-invasive process that provides significant benefits for your child’s oral health.

If you have concerns or have well water, we can also assist you in getting the water in your area checked for fluoride levels. During your child’s regular six-month dental checkups, we can check to see if we think that they could benefit from additional fluoride.

We also recommend that children brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, so long as they are able to appropriately “spit” it out and not swallow large amounts of toothpaste.

Call Us with Your Fluoride Questions

If your child is due for their six-month checkup, or you have questions about fluoride, please call our Corona pediatric dentist so we can help you.

Dental Sealants

As a parent, nothing is more precious than your child's beautiful smile, and you are always looking for ways to make your little one's oral health care more straightforward and effective.

Dental sealants are an excellent way to protect against cavities for your child's developing teeth. Sealants are a thin coating of plastic that blends with your child's tooth, so it's not visible. The sealant fills in the natural pits and grooves of their molars that tend to trap plaque and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and cavities.

Children often don't have the dexterity or skills to successfully keep their teeth clean with tooth brushing alone, and dental sealants provide an extra barrier to keeping teeth cavity-free.

Our dentists can typically apply dental sealants during one short visit, and your dental insurance benefits often cover preventive sealants. So taking this preventative measure to protect your little one's teeth may be little to no cost for you.

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants in Corona, CA, we encourage you to contact All Smiles Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry today at (951) 898-8845. We're happy to provide more information about how we can help protect your child's precious smile!

Dental sealants are a method the All Smiles Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry team may offer to protect your child's teeth from tooth decay, thereby preventing cavities and potential long-term damage to their teeth and gums. This treatment especially applies to molars and premolars with deep grooves that trap food particles and are susceptible to tooth decay.

A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating we paint into these tiny grooves to smooth the surface and resist bacteria build-up. This treatment is non-invasive and does not require injections or cause any pain. They also may be used with fluoride treatments for a more comprehensive layer of protection for your kid's teeth.

How We Apply Dental Sealants

The process begins with a thorough cleaning by one of our hygienists, so the teeth to be sealed are entirely free of plaque. Then we roughen up their tooth's surface to create a stronger bond between the sealant and your child's tooth enamel. Next, we apply the sealant by painting an even coat on all tooth reachable tooth surfaces, and then we harden it with a special curing light.

How well your child brushes and flosses, especially those back teeth, will influence the lifetime of your dental sealant treatment. On average, this layer of protection may last from one year or even several years, and it may be reapplied when worn.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

As a pedodontist, Dr. Lan Nguyen is specifically trained to treat your child in a way that best suits their age and needs. Dr. Nguyen is extremely gentle and patient with kids and once he gains their trust, it’s often possible to treat them without sedation.

However, just like adults, each child is unique, and we want every little patient we treat to feel comfortable, safe, and secure. We are pleased to offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a mild form of sedation that allows your child to relax and produces no drowsy after-effects. Light or conscious sedation is also available using oral medication to treat an apprehensive child at our Corona dental office. 

We are also pleased to offer the services of a licensed anesthesiologist who is on staff and trained to safely administer sedation dentistry for your child. This means that we can provide IV sedation or even general anesthesia to address multiple dental problems in one visit.

Approaching your child’s treatment in this way allows us to provide all the care they need at one time, minimizing the number of visits they need to make to our office.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry for children, please let a member of our Corona dental team know. Your child’s comfort and safety are our highest priorities!

Nitrous Oxide & IV Sedation

IV sedation is not only safe for children, but sometimes it's the best way for an anxious or special needs child to get the dental treatment they need.

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation delivers a sedative intravenously to provide the highest level of relaxation possible for children who need extra assistance getting through their dental procedures. It's most ideal for these patients:

  • Children with severe dental phobia or anxiety
  • Those with bad gagging reflexes
  • Patients who have physical or mental special needs
  • Children with complex dental treatment plans that require multiple procedures

During IV sedation, our licensed in-office anesthesiologist delivers the medication through an IV while constantly monitoring your child's heart rate and vital signs throughout their procedures. So even though they're semi-conscious, your child will feel like they've slept comfortably throughout their appointment.

Your child's comfort and safety are always our top priority at All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry. IV sedation in Corona, CA, is an excellent way for kids to receive the dental care they need without causing unnecessary distress or discomfort.

If you feel your child might benefit from sedation dentistry in Corona, contact us at (951) 898-8845 to learn more about our dental sedation options. 



Orthodontics for All Ages

Invisalign® is an alternative to the conventional metal bracket and wire braces that repositions teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners that we design to work with your unique smile. Compared to metal braces, clear aligners are almost invisible because they’re made from a unique transparent polymer that is also molded to your teeth.

Each tray moves your teeth slowly towards the final result you will see in the original planning. Invisalign clear aligners are also comfortable and removable, so you can brush and floss without damaging wires or brackets.

Clear Aligners Work Best in Certain Cases

Numerous studies have shown that Invisalign is effective for certain and generally more minor misalignments that don’t involve severe malocclusions, which are bite misalignments. However, because traditional braces use brackets that run along a wire, they may exert more force than is required to solve even the most complex cases. 

Overall, we would avoid calling one option better than the other. Each option is an effective method for straightening the teeth, and our experience with both helps us determine which might meet your needs. We encourage you to clearly and completely discuss your smile goals and other priorities so that our team can provide the best solution for you.

Invisalign for Adults & Teens

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on straightening teeth with unattractive and unhealthy misalignments. Traditional orthodontics relied on metal brackets and wire braces that mechanically manipulate tooth alignment when your orthodontist tightens the wires. In contrast, Invisalign® is a more modern method of straightening teeth through a progressive series of custom-made, clear aligners for you.

Invisalign Treatment Time Is Predictable

The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on your particular case and needs, but most patients' average treatment time ranges from 12 to 15 months. All Smiles Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry, we offer both traditional braces and clear aligners, so we can offer whichever option is most appropriate for you.

Generally, we will recommend the Invisalign system if you have more straightforward alignment issues and not a severe malocclusion that might respond better to the traditional approach.

What helps make Invisalign predictable is the careful digital planning we will use when mapping out your treatment. Then, your aligners are created using this precise plan, and you will change your aligner approximately every two weeks. If you follow our instructions and wear your aligners as directed, then your treatment will follow its path to your newly aligned smile.

You will need to wear a retainer to protect your new smile!

Invisalign works best for teens or adults who can be compliant and wear their aligners consistently for at least 22 hours per day.

Smaller children may have difficulties wearing the trays for long periods or keeping track of them when removing them for eating or brushing.

Invisalign can often be a good option for phased orthodontic treatment plans. For example, children with severe crowding or bite complications like an overbite or underbite may be able to benefit from early orthodontic intervention. This could include braces or an expander for bite correction.

Phase one typically occurs when a child is around seven or eight years old. Phase two orthodontics often includes more tooth movement when a child is 12 or 13 years old. Invisalign might be ideal for a child entering phase two since they won't need as much tooth alignment, and they're older and more willing to follow the rules for a successful outcome with Invisalign.

Our dentists initially evaluate children around seven or eight years old for orthodontic treatment. Then, they can discuss options so families can make the right decisions regarding orthodontic treatment and care.

If you're interested in learning more about Invisalign in Corona, CA, for your teen, contact All Smiles today at (951) 898-8845 for more information. 

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