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Kid-Friendly & Parent-Approved

In 2009, after much hard work and thought, Dr. Kristin Elliot and Dr. Reena Shah opened the doors of Growing Smiles. They have been able to put their personal touch on most everything at Growing Smiles. As mothers themselves, they felt that it was important to create a safe, kid-friendly, and cheerful space.

Choosing a dentist you can trust with your children is a big decision. You want a practice that is both clinically skilled and exceptional with your child’s unique personality. At Growing Smiles in Chicago, we take pride in providing kid-friendly, parent-approved dental care that exceeds even the highest expectations. As parents ourselves, we understand the importance of working with children, not against them, to effectively cultivate a co-dependent relationship built on trust and compassion.

Meet the Doctors
Kristin McCullough Elliot, DDS Reena Shah, DDS

Healthy Smiles & Happy Visits

“Growing Smiles is the place to go for excellent care, personalized attention, and a friendly environment! Both Dr. Kristin and Dr. Reena are very sweet and excellent clinicians. I wouldn't consider taking my children anywhere else. My kids actually look forward to going to the dentist and taking care of their teeth! All thanks to the treatment they receive at Growing Smiles! In addition, we have never had to wait to be seen.”

Kennedy F., Logan Square

“The whole staff is friendly, patient, and skilled at seeing things from the child's perspective and meeting them there for explanations, questions, and treatment. Dr. Elliot takes the time to discuss and explain things and also to get to know each family member, making the whole experience feel personalized and welcoming. I am so happy to have found Growing Smiles after a negative experience elsewhere.”

Erica H., Lincoln Square

“My daughter was literally smiling ear to ear walking both in and out of the office. The bright, clean space immediately appealed to her, as did the warm and friendly staff. Getting cool sunglasses and watching Disney was icing on the cake! She is already excited about her next appointment and getting to be a member of the Thumb Club. Thanks Growing Smiles!”

Ava K., South Loop
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Featured Services

Preventive Dental Care for Small Smiles

Your child deserves a great support system as they learn to care for their growing teeth, and our doctors and our team members are here to provide that important assistance with quality preventive care. In-depth check-ups will reveal any potential problems or developmental concerns that need treatment as soon as possible, and gentle cleanings will give little smiles a nicely fresh feeling while getting rid of pesky plaque. Fluoride treatments, dental sealants, nightguards, and much more are also available!

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All-Digital X-Rays for Safe & Effective Treatment

At Growing Smiles, our doctors are proud to invest in the latest technology that makes dental care safer and more effective for your kids, and this includes digital X-rays. This system captures high-resolution images and displays them in a matter of seconds, allowing us to view your son or daughter’s smile in perfect detail without the use of a darkroom or any hazardous chemicals. Better yet, the amount of radiation used during the process is reduced by up to 90%.

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Prevent Cavities & Decay with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Many parents remember the days of having their cavities treated with noticeable, dark-colored amalgam fillings – thankfully, our pediatric practice offers a much-improved alternative here in Chicago. With tooth-colored fillings, your child’s cavities can be treated quickly, comfortably, and seamlessly. The high-quality material we use is precisely shaded to match their natural enamel, allowing them to smile with complete confidence while enjoying a healthier, happier smile.

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No More Fear or Anxiety with Nitrous Oxide & Anesthesia

Every child deserves to feel comfortable and at ease during their dental appointments, even if they need a little extra help to reach that point. That’s why our doctors offer sedation dentistry as a helpful and safe addition that can relax even the most frightened or overexcited little patients. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative gas that’s available here in office, while general anesthesia can be administered by our capable on-staff doctors at Lurie Children’s Hospital for severe cases.

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Here When You Need Us Most Dental Emergencies Welcome

Sudden dental injuries or severe pain can be frightening, especially when they’re happening to the youngest members of your family. In these emergency situations, don’t hesitate to contact Growing Smiles right away for the support and guidance you need most. We’ll find a time to see your son or daughter as soon as possible, providing first aid tips in the meantime that can help stabilize their condition. Our goal is to provide real and lasting relief that helps them smile brightly again in record time.

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Complete Protection with Custom Mouthguards

At Growing Smiles, mouth guards are only made for teenagers with full permanent dentition. Unfortunately, we cannot have a growing child fit for a mouthguard given the fact it could interfere with normal growth and development. Rest assured, teeth have intrinsic mechanisms to withstand the pounds and pounds of pressure caused by grinding.

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Active in Our Community

We are committed to helping friends and neighbors in and around Chicago smile – both at our practice and beyond its doors. Our four doctors are on staff at Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. We are committed to the community we live in and support local schools. One of our main goals is to help spread awareness and knowledge, and we devote a lot of time helping children understand the importance of healthy oral hygiene.

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