TENDER SMILES 4 KIDS
WELCOME TO TENDER SMILES 4 KIDS
We look forward to meeting you! Like pediatricians, our complete pediatric dentistry and orthodontics offices specialize in treating children from infancy through adolescence, including patients with special care needs.
We are honored that you chose us! Some people say “Why go to a pediatric dentist?” Our response is “You take your child or children to a pediatrician for their medical care; they deserve a pediatric dentist for their dental care.” You’ve made a very wise choice for highly preventive dental care for your child!
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Laser Lip and Tongue Tie Frenectomies
Tender Smiles 4 Kids was one of the first pediatric dental practices in the area to incorporate laser dentistry into pediatric dental services. Soft tissue lasers are commonly used to release tethered oral tissues, including lip and/or tongue ties, to improve feeding and swallowing problems in both infants and children. They may also be used to remove excessive tissue (often to facilitate orthodontic treatment) and tethered oral tissues in adolescents, teenagers, and adults.
Laser Lip and Tongue Tie Frenectomies
Children and adults with special needs often require specific techniques and skills to help them feel comfortable receiving dental care. Our offices are experienced in treating children with special needs and we are dedicated to helping these children maintain oral health, knowing that oral health is an important factor in overall systemic health.
Orthodontists diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. By limiting their practice to orthodontics, our orthodontists can provide specialized treatment for a wide variety of malocclusions (misaligned aligned teeth and/or jaws) for both children and adults!
Pediatric dentistry refers to dentistry for children. It is important to take care of a child’s first teeth, their primary teeth, because they aid in speech development, allow food to be properly chewed, and maintain space for permanent teeth. It is also important to develop good lifelong dental habits early on.
At Tender Smiles 4 Kids, we believe it is our responsibility to establish the technical and emotional foundations for a lifetime of excellent dental health. Tender Smiles 4 Kids is a kind and considerate pediatric dental facilities serving many areas in NJ including but not limited to Somerset, Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, and Mercer counties. Our team stays current with the latest diagnostic and treatment procedures for young patients.
MEET OUR DOCTORS
Dr. Max Sulla, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Max Sulla is a gentle, caring pediatric dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry with a strong emphasis on getting to know each of his patients. In addition to his technical proficiency, Dr. Max is a careful listener and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your child’s individual needs.
Dr. Liya Ostrow, Pediatric Dentist
Known as Dr. Liya, she emigrated from Russia in 1991 at the age of ten. She was a Summa Cum Laude graduate in 2003 from Hunter College in New York. That same year she relocated to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania Dental School where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree, Cum Laude.
Dr. Cherish Im, Pediatric Dentist
Cherish Im, also known as Dr. Cherish, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. While attending high school, she developed an interest in dentistry and began working as a dental assistant. She then continued her education in Ontario and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science from McMaster University in 2006.
Dr. Rhoderick Blasco, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Rhoderick Blasco (also known as Dr. Rod) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College with a BA in Chemistry and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook University on Long Island.
Dr. Smita Lad, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Smita Lad was born in India and moved to the United States in elementary school. She worked as a dental assistant in high school to explore her passion for dentistry. She graduated with honors in Biology from Rutgers University and earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Scott Michels, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Scott Michels, affectionately known as “Dr. Scott,” joined the Tender Smiles 4 Kids team in July of 2015. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Dr. Scott first realized his aptitude for helping children while working at a summer camp for children with physical disabilities.
Dr. Siddhi Shah, Pediatric Dentist
Siddhi Shah, also known as Dr. Sidd, was raised in Clifton, NJ. Spending a lot of time running a summer camp, tutoring, and mentoring – Dr. Sidd had always been passionate about working with children and was so happy she was able to combine that world with dentistry!
Dr. Daniel Weidberg, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Daniel Weidberg grew up in Toronto, Canada. He received his Bachelors of Science from Touro College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Dan’s warm demeanor and calming presence makes even the most anxious child feel comfortable.
Dr. Madeline Badalaty, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Badalaty has been providing excellent pediatric dental care since 1988. A graduate from Mater Dei High School, Middletown, she pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton, majoring in biology.
Dr. Jean Gong, Orthodontist
Dr. Gong could not ask for a more rewarding or enjoyable career than being an orthodontist. She enjoys getting to know her patients and seeing the positive changes that orthodontics provides. A healthy bite leads to a beautiful smile.
Dr. Raymond Kim, Orthodontist
Dr. Kim loves practicing orthodontics and looks forward to coming to the office every day. He is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date treatments available to his patients and has extensive experience utilizing either braces or Invisalign.
Recognized as a dental educator in our community, Tender Smiles 4 Kids provides dental education programs for both public and private nursery, parochial and elementary schools, as well as parenting groups. Our practice is associated with many pediatricians and other dental specialists in the area in order to provide your children with the best quality dental health care.
Contact our office if you would like to schedule a dental program or if you would like to establish a partnership with our team.
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