Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at my first appointment?
At your first dental appointment, our team gets to know a little more about you including your medical history, your dental history, and any changes that you would like in your smile. At this appointment, our team will evaluate your dental health an make recommendations on how to maintain or improve your at home care. If it is time for new x-rays, our team will decide what type of radiographs are appropriate and inform you of your options. Our team will determine the health of your gums and prescribe appropriate treatment to maintain the health of your bone and gums. If any cavities are found, our dentists will recommend proper treatment. We use the latest diagnostic techniques and procedures to ensure you have a healthy smile for life.
What dental insurances are accepted?
Most dental insurance carriers are accepted at our office. We understand that managing escalating healthcare costs on tight budgets can a major burden for our patients. That's why we work diligently to ensure our patients are getting the most value out of their insurance benefits through prevention and maintenance rather than delaying treatment until it requires expensive out of pocket treatment. When necessary, we have several payment options that will assist reducing the immediate cost of treatment. Schedule a free consultation with our team to see what options are available with your dental insurance.
What age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends parents find a dental home for their children by the age of one. The reason for bringing children to the dentist at one year old is to acclimate them to the dental office and allow our team to identify dental issues before they become serious. The dental office can be a scary place for some patients, so we work hard to ensure our patients of all ages have a comfortable experience at each visit. If children learn that there is nothing to be afraid of, they are more likely to take care of their teeth and continue to visit the dentist as they get older.
How can I whiten my teeth
We have many options today to whiten teeth. The best way to whiten teeth is using take home whitening trays that will whiten teeth slowly. If you try to whiten your teeth too quickly, your teeth can become sensitive. It is important to remember that dental fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers will not whiten while your natural tooth structure will. If you have dental work on your front teeth, we recommend having a cosmetic dental consultation prior to attempting to whiten your teeth
How can I straighten my teeth
Every smile is unique and presents its own sets of challenges. We have many ways to straighten your teeth depending on your desires. If your teeth are crowded, braces or Invisalign clear aligners are often the best choice of treatment. If you have a small space in between your teeth we may be able to correct the issue with bonding or porcelain veneers. No matter what your smile looks like or what your end goal may be, our team is well trained to help
Do my children need to visit a Pediatric Dentist?
Dental specialists are an important part of our oral healthcare team. In certain situations it is recommended for children to visit a pediatric dentist, however in many cases a family dentist can be a great option. As a family dental office, we are able to treat our patients throughout all phases of life. This means that children will never "grow out" of our office, but rather establish a dental home for life. Our dentists are well trained in identifying issues with baby teeth that may cause issues for adult teeth and their spacing. When necessary, our dentists may recommend visiting an orthodontist or pediatric dentist for specialized care.