DIRECTOR: Rene S. Johe, DMD; Helen Tong, DMD

405 Northfield Ave Suite 103, West Orange, NJ, 7052



  • Dentistry-Orthodontics
  • Dentistry-Pediatric

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Helen Tong, DMD; Rene S. Johe, DMD
Speciality: Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics


Left to right: Drs. Helen Tong and Rene Johe

When families enter the practice of pediatric dentist Dr. Helen Tong and orthodontist Dr. Rene S. Johe, they aren’t met with a traditional dental office. The modern, state-of-the-art season-themed space features a playroom, tactile wall panels, and ceiling-mounted televisions—all intended to create a safe, positive and comfortable environment for patients. “We specifically designed our office to be a fun place for children,” Dr. Johe says.

Encouraging Kids to Be Cavity-Free

An all-digital paperless practice, CreatingSmiles provides personalized care and the most advanced dental techniques for children and adults. The doctors specialize in infant oral health and apprehensive patients, and offer sedation dentistry as well as interceptive and comprehensive orthodontics.

“We’re not just about brushing and counting teeth—our goal is to provide an interactive, enjoyable experience that encourages children to become cavity-free,” says Dr. Tong. “We’re all about having a good time.”    

The Gift of Beautiful Smiles

Both Dr. Johe and Dr. Tong actively educate dental residents in their respective specialties at prominent teaching centers. Dr. Tong teaches at NYU/Lutheran Medical Center and has hospital privileges at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Johe teaches at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, where he completed an extensive program in clinical orthodontics while participating in the prestigious Dental Scientist Award research program. He is a past president of the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists.

“It’s a privilege to bestow the gift of a beautiful smile onto my patients—a gift that has been scientifically shown to boost self-confidence, increase social interaction, and improve long-term success in life,” Dr. Johe says.


"Dr. Tong is friendly and encouraging and makes visiting the dentist fun even for the most uncertain child. She has great toys, animals that allow kids to practice brushing, and a TV on the ceiling to encourage little ones to look up while she is “tickling their teeth!" -Diane, Florham Park

"We love that Dr. Helen cares and takes the time to listen and address our concerns. She truly has a magical approach to making my three children feel comfortable and making it fun for them to always want to keeping going back. My kids actually LOVE brushing their teeth now!" -June, West Orange

"Dr. Johe is a kind, gentle and friendly bedside manner and put my son at ease throughout the braces process! We look forward to seeing Dr. J and his staff each month!" -Krysta, West Orange

"Dr. Johe is the best orthodontist around! He does all of the work himself and is a perfectionist which I love!" -Karla, West Orange