Dr. Joanne Suarez-Martinez, DDS is all smiles when she talks about the thousands of patients who have benefited from her state-of-the-art, pediatric dental practice throughout the years.
In business since 1999, Joanne recently opened a new office in Old Towne. Colorful murals on the walls, toys in a treasure chest and TV screens on the ceilings are just some of the kid-friendly amenities at Pediatric Smiles of Orange.
Patience, kindness and understanding are the key qualities for success in pediatric dentistry, says Dr. Martinez. “My goal has always been to make sure patients have a really good experience. We want to make it fun and educational. Once they enjoy the experience, the dentistry part is easy. Our staff is terrific with the kids and makes them feel comfortable.”
With a second office in Aliso Viejo, Dr. Martinez offers pediatric dental care for infants, children and teens at both locations. Services include digital radiography, which is a better option for children than traditional radiographs. She also does white composite fillings that provide a strong and durable restoration for the tooth. Additionally, sealants are used to protect teeth and prevent cavities.
“Preventing cavities is top priority,” says Dr. Martinez. “Sealants are a perfect example. The sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to make the grooves flatter and easier to clean. Another material we might apply is Fluoride, which stays on the teeth for four hours for the full effect, yet the patient can eat and drink during that time.”
Families love coming to Pediatric Smiles of Orange. Toys in the reception room help keep kids entertained. The office also has video games and iPads for patients to play with.
Dr. Martinez graduated from the prestigious UCLA Dental School, where she earned her DDS degree. She then received her Pediatric Dentistry certificate from USC. Having practiced in South Orange County for 17 years, she decided to branch out and open a second location in Old Towne. A parent herself, Dr. Martinez understands the importance of compassionate and caring dentistry.
“I am excited to be a part of the Orange community,” she says. “The kids and families here are wonderful. I want to do the same thing that I’ve done at my first office—make it feel homey and provide the best service possible.”
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