Pediatric dentist & orthodontic care serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx, NY
Bright Smiles, Happier Kids & Teens
Helping little kids, teens, and young adults across New York on their journey to healthy teeth for life
Love Your Teeth
Improve Your Smile
Ensuring a positive dental experience from day one
Visiting the dentist can be extremely daunting for young kids, especially if it’s not handled with care from the very beginning.
Creating positive memories in a calm, safe, and supportive space is the best way to minimize fear and build confidence around dental appointments from infants to teenagers.
Our clinic is a fun, warm, and caring environment filled with friendly and experienced professionals your little ones will love coming back to.
Help your kids have a positive association with the dentist, so they can look forward to their next appointment and live a lifestyle of healthy teeth!
Finding the right pediatric dentist in New York gives you:
A Healthy, Natural Smile
Smile with confidence knowing that your teeth are healthy & beautiful.
Never worry about visits to the dentist again. You're in safe hands.
Healthy Teeth For Life
Avoid future issues with regular checkups and planned treatments.
About Twinkle Dentist
Founded by award-winning Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Dr. Emille M. Agrait, Twinkle Dentist has been putting smiles on children’s faces in New York since 2009.
We’re committed to providing excellent pediatric dental and orthodontic care and a positive dental experience, so kids can easily maintain a lifestyle of proper dental care and prevention.
Your kids will love our fun, goofy and comfortable decor, and of course our wonderful prize and games areas for being such good sports!
Pediatric dental and orthodontic services
worth smiling about
Primary teeth require entirely different care to adult teeth. Our practice centers around providing expert pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in a way that is fun and inviting for kids of all ages.
We’re passionate about protecting your children’s future by helping them form early habits that will contribute to long-term oral health.
Whether they’re in need of a dental check-up, orthodontics, or a more specialized treatment like Invisalign for teenagers, your child will leave smiling after an enjoyable and stress-free experience!
Establishing your child’s ‘Dental Home’
To ensure they receive consistent, routine oral care, we advocate for children finding their ‘Dental Home’ by their first birthday, as recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
We support children in finding their dental home in our practice by helping them feel secure with our friendly staff and providing them with a fun and engaging experience!
Initial Dental Experience
Your child's first appointment begins with a child-focused and fun introductory experience to try and create a positive association with the dentist right away.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child through this experience and onto their dental examination to support their child and see how our wonderful staff introduces them to the space.
Other children who are not being treated should remain in the waiting area with a supervising adult to allow the child to get the proper attention they need. This is essential for us in earning their trust and forming a lasting bond.
When the time is right, we encourage your child to go into future appointments on their own while you wait for them in reception to help build their confidence.
Don’t worry! We’ll gauge when your child is ready at their own pace so they feel comfortable in doing so.
Entering the examination room on their own allows us to fully gain their trust and make them feel more at ease with us.
This way, our skilled and friendly staff can help your child overcome their anxiety surrounding the dentist, setting them up for success!
You'll be smiling again in no time.
1. Make An Appointment
We are currently accepting new patients. We will get you in as soon as possible.
2. Decide Your Plan
Your dentist will help you create & implement a treatment plan that achieves your dental goals.
3. Smile With Confidence
Regular checkups and planned treatments will give you healthy, beautiful teeth.
Goodbye tears, hello big smiles!
Get ready for the most enjoyable experience of the dentist for you and your child
A pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through their teenage years. Children, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches to deal with their behavior, guide their dental growth and development, and help them avoid future dental problems. A pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet children’s needs of all ages.
It is very important to maintain primary teeth health. Neglected cavities frequently lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth – or baby teeth – are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting normal development of jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back cuspids and molars aren’t replaced with permanent teeth until age 10-13.
Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. But, many toothpastes and tooth polishes can damage young smiles with harsh abrasives, which can wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association, as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to insure they are safe to use.
Use only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) to brush the teeth of a child less than 3 years of age. For children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively on their own. Children should not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
Parents are often concerned about their children grinding their treeth while they sleep (bruxism). Often, the first indication of bruxism is the noise created by the grinding, or, the parent may notice teeth wearing down. One theory is that psychology affects bruxism. Stress due to a new environment, divorce, changes at school, etc. can influence a child to grind their teeth. Another theory links pressure in the inner ear. If there are pressure changes (like in an airplane during take-off and landing, when people are chewing gum, etc.) the child will grind by moving their jaw to relieve this pressure.
The majority of cases of pediatric bruxism do not require any treatment. If excessive wear of the teeth – attrition – is present, then a nightly mouth guard may be prescribed. The good news is that most children outgrow bruxism. The grinding typically decreases between the ages of 6-9 and children tend to stop grinding altogether between ages 9-12. If you suspect bruxism, discuss this with your pediatrician or pediatric dentist.
Developing malocclusions – or bad bites – can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major
orthodontic treatment at a later age.
Stage I – Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6. At this young age, we are concerned with underdeveloped dental arches, the premature loss of primary teeth, and harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking. Treatment initiated during this stage of development is often very successful and many times, though not always, can eliminate the need for future orthodontic/orthopedic treatment.
Stage II – Mixed Dentition: This period covers the ages of 6 to 12, with the eruption of the permanent incisor (front) teeth and 6 year molars. Treatment concerns deal with jaw malrelationships and dental realignment problems. This is an excellent stage to start treatment, when indicated, as your child’s hard and soft tissues are usually very responsive to orthodontic or orthopedic forces.
Stage III – Adolescent Dentition: This stage deals with the permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship.