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Dentistry and Orthodontics

The Division of Dentistry and Orthodontics is aligned with the acclaimed USC School of Dentistry to provide routine and specialized dental and orthodontic care for more than 3,500 children and adolescents annually, including those with complicated conditions such as cancer and hemophilia, cleft lip and palate and other congenital disorders. Our expert staff encompasses board-certified and board-eligible dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons who also have specialized training in pediatrics.

What To Expect During Your First Visit

Programs and Services

General Dentistry

Routine care includes oral examinations, full-mouth x-rays, fluoride treatments, general dental restorations (fillings, crowns, tooth restoration), ultrasonic cleaning and gingivectomy and laser treatment for gum disease.

Pediatric Dentistry

Children with complex and critical medical conditions often need dental care provided under general anesthesia. Our division integrates its care with the Division of Anesthesiology to be able to provide the highest quality dental care for children with special health needs.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Our teams work with patients to intercept malocclusions early in a child's development to improve tooth positioning and minimize the need for future, extensive orthodontic treatment.

Craniofacial Orthodontics

Our team works in concert with our Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery to provide orthodontic care for children who are receiving treatment for cleft lip and palate. Our program incorporates an accredited Craniofacial Orthodontics Fellowship.

Oral Surgery

In collaboration with the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, our division works to provide care for children who need jaw and mouth surgery.

Nasoalveolar Molding

Our nasoalveolar molding program uses tissue and cartilage expansion to smooth the process of cleft lip and palate repair.

Success Stories

Little boy with medium skin tone and brown hair eats lunch with a knife and fork on the cover of the Winter 2011 edition of the Developing Mind Newsletter

The Developing Mind Winter 2011 
See page 2 for an interview with Dr. Polido on oral health and autism.