Having a compassionate pediatric dentist and orthodontist on your child’s side makes all the difference in their oral health and development. After all, a positive dental experience at a young age sets the stage for a beautiful, long-lasting smile! At Carousel, Dr. Katie Nordeen can provide specialty care in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for your child under one roof.
Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics in Apple Valley, MN
Dr. Katie took a keen interest in children’s oral health early on in her career and quickly recognized how important orthodontics is alongside pediatric dentistry.
“I enjoy being able to look at each patient individually and create a big-picture plan for their bite and smile. Orthodontics is a journey based on planning and following all necessary steps to achieve the best results possible. I love to strategize and envision the ideal smile for each child and take on the challenge of how to get there.”
Dr. Katie completed her orthodontic residency training at the University of Minnesota, making her one of just a few dual-trained pediatric dentists/orthodontists in Minnesota.
Your Child’s Smile Is a Big Deal
Both Dr. Katie and her husband, Dr. Kyle, began their dental careers practicing general dentistry in a rural community clinic in Hayward, Wisconsin. In the public health setting, Dr. Katie and Dr. Kyle saw many children with significant dental needs, many of whom required the expertise of a pediatric dentist. From this experience, they were inspired to pursue specialty training in pediatric dentistry.
Both Dr. Katie and Dr. Kyle set out to obtain their pediatric dental specialty training to meet the dental needs of all children in their community. At Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our goal is to provide dental care while creating a fun, positive experience for children, which in turn lays the groundwork for a positive dental attitude into adulthood.
Both are qualified to provide comprehensive pediatric dentistry under general anesthesia in their Apple Valley office under the care of a board-certified pediatric anesthesiologist. Dr. Kyle can also provide dental treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital setting at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.
Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
The outdated philosophy that straightening teeth is simply for esthetics is behind us. The alignment of both the front and back teeth also affects your bite, facial symmetry, and jaw joint health. Some children have bite problems that develop as early as seven years of age who benefit from early interceptive orthodontics to get them back on track.
Education Is a Lifelong Pursuit
After completing formal specialty training in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, Dr. Katie’s educational journey continues. Learning is a lifelong passion for her, and she is excited to stay up-to-date on all aspects of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Already board-certified in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Katie will complete her board certification in orthodontics in February. Although board certification is a voluntary credentialing process, it demonstrates her commitment to upholding the highest professional standards. She is also looking forward to a continuing education course in temporary anchorage devices, also known as mini-implants, which optimize orthodontic treatment for certain patients.
Dr. Katie’s passion for her career in dentistry shines through most when she sees her patients excited about their beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Katie’s gift for putting children at ease and her gentle nature make dentistry fun and stress-free for both kids and parents. Her goal is to help kids feel comfortable and confident in their dental and orthodontic visits. Her ultimate goal is for each of her patients to have a positive attitude about dentistry and treatment.
Dr. Katie’s Special Hobbies and Interests
As you can imagine, being a mom and running a dental practice take some juggling skills, especially since her two young boys are at that “high-energy” stage (ages 5 and 3), keeping both she and Dr. Kyle on their toes.
Dr. Katie enjoys the outdoors, reading, and watching series on Netflix. She is also a gymnastics fan, as she competed on the Varsity women’s gymnastics team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Katie and Dr. Kyle both come from large families and enjoy spending their free time with them. For Dr. Katie, dentistry seems to run in the family, as her sister, dad and sister-in-law are also dentists. Needless to say, dentistry is a common topic of conversation at family dinners. She feels the non-dentists in her family are really missing out on exciting topics in the field, though they may say otherwise.
Welcome to Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
If you are searching for a children’s dentist or orthodontist in Apple Valley, MN, give us a call. Dr. Katie provides comprehensive orthodontics for children and adolescents in addition to routine pediatric dental care!
We would love to have you come by and meet the dentists and team. You can say hi and introduce your little one to a fun and friendly dental practice that will make them smile.