Q: Why do patients and parents love MVPsmiles so much? A: We believe our success and longevity stems from the “Family First” philosophy that guides everything we do. We work together as one big family; patients, parents and our team. We are focused on building lasting relationships with our patients built on trust — we consider ourselves old school in that regard — and love watching our families grow up right in front of our eyes. Q: What makes MVPsmiles unique? A: We are a team of specialists conveniently providing comprehensive pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in one office. We monitor growth and development and maintain the health of the teeth; by working together under the same roof, we ensure that our patients have the healthiest, most beautiful smiles everyone can be proud of. We also offer orthodontic treatment for adults, so many of our parents are getting smile makeovers with their kids! Additionally, we pride ourselves on using the highest quality materials and the latest tools and technologies because that is what we would want for our families, too. Q: What is the MVPsmiles Rewards Hub? A: Education is one of our core values, and it doesn't stop with the doctors' continuing education. We teach children and parents how to best take care of their oral health, leading with prevention. Our amazing rewards system motivates patients to achieve better dental health (No Cavity Club) and be great students and role models (good grades and community service rewards). We also run many contests and games throughout the year and have an amazing referral program. There are rewards for the entire family. MVPsmiles is a relationship-focused pediatric dental and orthodontic practice that has served Montgomery County with its "Family First" mission since 1975, earning multiple "Top Dentist" honors from theWashingtonian and Bethesda Magazine. They have donated over 10,000 toothbrushes to the local community and constantly look to help with humanitarian efforts in the region.
Dr. Roya Pilcher has been a pediatric dental specialist since 2005. She opened Smile Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Spring Valley, Washington, D.C. in 2009. Her treatment philosophy is inspired by advice from her father, a physician. On the day she graduated from dental school, he told her, “Treat every patient like they are a member of our family.” Based on this idea, Dr. Roya developed the Sequential Approach to Familiarize and Engage (SAFE) technique for pediatric dentistry, which encourages your child to become an active participant in their treatment and promotes a positive attitude around dental care. Dr. Roya grew up in Philadelphia and completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College. After earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, Dr. Roya went on to complete her residency in pediatric dentistry at New York University. In addition to working with families at the bright, fun practice, Dr. Roya is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Greater Washington Academy of Women Dentists. She is past president of the D.C. Association of Pediatric Dentists and Dean’s Faculty at University of Maryland. As a three-time Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) mom, Dr. Pilcher is the founder of The Ava Potter Pilcher Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting positive psycho-social outcomes for families who have an infant in the NICU. Dr. Roya is an avid outdoorswoman and lives with her family and their many animals in a 19th century farmhouse in Maryland.
Thank you for the recognition of my contributions in advancing the field of Pediatric Dentistry. My practice philosophy implements the science behind dental therapies to provide the most conservative and predicable outcomes—all while having fun! Recently, systemic health as a continuum of oral health has received tremendous attention and I am a participant in this trajectory. We are currently at the forefront of advanced cavity management via Silver diamine fluoride (SDF), the Hall Technique, all-white zirconia crowns and lesion sterilization and tissue repair (LSRT). SDF has helped numerous children with cavities by hindering the growth rate, lending to deferred treatment. The Hall Technique allows for a passive fitting of a silver crown by creating space with elastics—how fantastic for children who may not tolerate procedures. Zirconia crowns are a more durable and beautiful alternative to silver crowns! LSRT preserves a dying baby tooth with its partial nerve removal, followed by triple antibiotic putty and full coverage. Of recent attention is the MTHFR mutation, in which traditional treatment approaches in dentistry are modified, making it critical to understand non-invasive treatment alternatives. Dental malocclusions, breathing patterns and tethered tissue management are as critical to your child’s oral health as the management of cavities. The collaboration of myofunctional therapists and pediatric dentists in the release and re-training of facial muscle groups allows for optimal nursing latch and the correction of malocclusions and breathing patterns. In the new year I will provide laser frenectomy releases! Come experience the magic behind Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry! Awards & Affiliations: Bethesda Magazine, Top Dentist 2020 Bethesda Magazine, The Face of Pediatric Dentistry American Dental Association American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Maryland Pediatric Dental Association Alpha Omega Hispanic Dental Association Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences Myofunctional Research Company Spear Study Club of Bethesda-Chevy Chase The Breathe Institute Tongue-tied Academy