Dentistry for Children of West Essex

412 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07006



  • Dentistry-Orthodontics
  • Dentistry-Pediatric

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Left to right: (standing) Drs. Kevin Persily, Angie Yoon, Richard W. Eytel, Philip Lee, Vivian Hwangbo, (seated) Drs. Iva Leroy, Elliot Nash

Dentistry for Children of West Essex has been making children, teenagers and patients with special needs feel at home in their welcoming, kid-friendly office for more than 43 years. The practice recommends establishing a dental home by age one to allow pediatric dentists to develop positive relationships with patients and their parents.

A Team Approach to Dental Care

The practice is proud to be a part of the ProSmile family, and attributes its success to its friendly, caring and knowledgeable team. Dr. Richard Eytel, founder of Dentistry for Children of West Essex, recently retired from treating patients chairside, but remains active in the administration of the practice. He consults closely with all of the associates to ensure his legacy continues on.

The team includes pediatric dentists Drs. Iva Leroy, Angie Yoon, Vivian Hwangbo and Philip Lee, orthodontist Dr. Kevin Persily and general dentist Dr. Elliot Nash. Most of the staff has been with the practice for 20 to 30 years.

A Focus on Prevention

The practice is very prevention-oriented. Their goal is to help prevent dental disease—not just treat it—and to ensure happy, healthy patients who have a positive attitude toward dentistry for the rest of their lives.

They offer silver diamine fluoride to treat early decay and recommend sealants to protect teeth from cavities, as well as offering early orthodontic treatment. The dentists are also able to care for very young children and patients with special needs at a same-day surgery center under general anesthesia.

The office follows CDC, ADA and NJ state COVID guidelines to ensure staff and patient health and safety, including PPE, remote check-in and health screenings.


  • County|Essex

See what parents are saying

"Dr. Leroy is a wonderful and kind and gentle dentist. We are so happy to have her treating our son. Her soft and soothing voice puts my son at ease during each visit. Children seem to be automatically calm and relaxed in her presence. She is so patient with both parents and children and seems to genuinely care about them. " J.C., West Orange

"Dr. Leroy is very patient and reassuring. She has an amazing bedside manner when it comes to children and I highly recommend her. " M.D., South Orange

"Dr. Persily always make my child feel good about visiting the dentist. Dr. Persily takes the time to answer questions, from both the parents and child! " E.L., Livingston

"Dr. Persily has so much great energy and seems to be a big kid at heart. " C.M., Irvington

"Dr. Angie is so gentle and caring. My daughter was nervous about visiting the dentist and Dr. Angie was amazing with her. She and her assistant made the visit a complete joy! " T.C., Verona

"Dr. Hwangbo spends time with patients. Big on education. " N.D., Nutley