We focus on providing care to all of our patients in a compassionate, professional, and fun environment. Our team is committed to providing each of our valued patients and their families with outstanding customized care. We are devoted to making every dental experience rewarding and enjoyable.
In order to streamline your first visit at our office, please download the new patient forms (available below), fill them out as thoroughly as possible and return them to us prior to your scheduled appointment.
In order to streamline your child's first visit at our office, please review our office policies:
After reading our office policies, please fill out the appropriate forms below:
If you are coming for a pediatric dental exam, please complete the Pediatric Dental Patient Registration and General Consent Form and return them to us prior to your scheduled appointment:
If you are coming for an orthodontic evaluation, please complete an Orthodontic Patient Registration form prior to your scheduled appointment:
A Central States Health Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Boon-Chapman Benefit Administrators
City of Austin
Dental Health Alliance (DHA)
Lincoln Financial Group
Mutual of Omaha
Principal Financial Insurance Group
Sun Life Financial
New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?" The answer is "the First visit by their First birthday." That's the view of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatricians agree. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should be seen by a pediatric dentist by their first birthday to determine their risk for early childhood cavities.
The first visit at age one is similar to a well-baby check at a physician's office. We will thoroughly examine your child's mouth and address the following:
Review your child's medical & dental history
Respond to your questions and concerns
Talk with you about your child's overall oral health, including:
Their bite (how your child's teeth will come together)
Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks
Oral habits such as finger/thumb sucking
Factors that affect the risk of cavities, such as diet, hygiene practices, fluoride use and whether others in the family have had cavities
How to prevent trauma to your child's mouth
Show how to clean your child's teeth and give you a chance to practice
Give specific advice about home care, including hygiene, diet and use of toothpaste and other fluorides
Tell you what to expect as your child grows and develops in the coming months
Suggest a schedule for follow-up care
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting an orthodontist by age seven.
By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
Create more space for crowded teeth
Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Here are a few problems to watch out for in growing children that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:
Early or late loss of baby teeth
A hard time chewing or biting food
Finger or thumb sucking
Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Click here to see: Problems to Watch Out For in Growing Children
At Petite Dental, we offer a complimentary new patient orthodontic exam. At this appointment you can expect to meet Dr. Sint and his team. His staff will give you a tour of the office, begin taking orthodontic records (photos and x-rays, as needed) and then listen to your major concerns. Dr. Sint will complete a thorough exam and then discuss whether or not your child could benefit from Orthodontic treatment and when would be the best time to start at no charge.
If your child is not ready for Orthodontic treatment yet, they will automatically become a member of the “Petite Dental Ortho Kids Club,” our free growth and development monitoring program. Members receive a complimentary orthodontic evaluation every 6-12 months with x-ray updates, as needed, in order to make sure no problems are developing. At the very least, you'll get to enjoy the relief that comes with hearing "Nope, your child doesn't need braces."