Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Why do I get cavities
Answer: Cavities occur from a buildup of plaque. The acid and food deposits that reside in your mouth form plaque over time. This plaque then sticks to your teeth. Food sugars also contribute to plaque buildup. Over time, this wears away the enamel of your teeth, causing tiny holes called cavities.
Question: Do adults need fluoride?
Answer: Fluoride can be helpful to your teeth at any age. It acts like a strengthener to your teeth in the same way that calcium does. As teeth age, they become more susceptible to gum recession and sensitivity. The use of fluoride can help strengthen the teeth and help prevent these issues.
Question: What is gingivitis?
Answer: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It causes redness and swelling along the gumline and can be painful. If it is not treated immediately, it can lead to other serious dental issues.
Question: What is gum disease?
Answers: Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It is also known as periodontitis. Left untreated, gum disease can affect other parts of the teeth and jaw. There is no cure for gum disease, but it can be carefully treated.
Question: Who can benefit from whitening?
Answer: Nearly everyone can enjoy the benefits of teeth whitening. Patients with severe discoloration or stains can benefit even more. A thorough examination can help determine the level of whitening that will be best for each patient.
Question: Do many people whiten their teeth?
Answer: Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful white smile? Many people enjoy the benefits of quick whitening as well as professional strength whitening. A pure, white set of teeth can boost anyone’s confidence in their smile.
Question: Is there a difference between store-bought whiteners and in office whitening?
Answer: Yes there is! While store-bought whiteners offer many options like pastes, gels, and strips, they often take a while to achieve the desired outcome. An in-office whitening process will be safer and faster.
Question: What causes tooth discoloration?
Answers: There are many factors that contribute to tooth discoloration. Certain foods and drinks play a large part in tooth decay and stains. Dark drinks such as tea, coffee, wine, and soda have a negative effect on teeth over time. Smoking also contributes to staining teeth.
Question: How long do results last?
Answers: Teeth whitening results last a long time, but we do not promise permanent results. If dark staining foods are continually consumed over time, the whitening process will not last long. Following the instructions from the dentist is the best way to maintain your bright smile.
Question: Is whitening safe?
Answers: Yes. We do everything in the office to keep this process safe and effective for our patients. We encourage our patients to ask any questions about this process so you feel as comfortable as possible.
Question: Will my dental insurance cover this procedure?
Answer: Unfortunately, insurance will not cover teeth whitening as in most cosmetic dental surgeries.
Question: What makes porcelain veneers so unique?
Answers: Porcelain veneers create a “natural” look for your teeth. By bonding them to your teeth, they create a clear, smooth, and flat finish to your teeth. Veneers can change the look and shape of your teeth which is helpful if your teeth are broken or discolored.
Question: How long will porcelain veneers last and will they stain overtime?
Answers: If your veneers are properly maintained, they will last for a long time. Properly cared for, they last approximately between 7 and 15 years. Veneers can be replaced if desired. It is recommended to care for veneers just like you would care for natural teeth. Daily flossing and brushing and avoiding dark staining foods are very important.
Question: When can veneers be used?
Answers: Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure and can be used to correct broken, decayed, or discolored teeth. Some patients receive veneers to help close gaps in their front teeth. Our office can schedule you for an examination to see it veneers are right for you.