There is no simple answer, to this deceptively complex question. The frequency of visits is unique to each individual and is dependent on their oral health needs. At Alachua Dental, once a comprehensive oral examination is completed, we are better able to assess our patient’s re-care needs. Some patients need come in only once every six months; others need more frequent re-care. Frequency of re-care visits is dependent on a number of factors, including: patient oral health desires, periodontal (gums and bone) health, restorative needs, and a host of other interrelated things.
Yes! We love to meet new guests and work with them to create a personalized dental plan that will get their mouth and teeth as healthy as possible as soon as possible and meet their dental goals and needs!
There are two ways any dental office can participate with dental insurance.
As a "participant", a dentist has agreed to accept a greatly-reduced fee, in order to be placed on an insurance company's’ “preferred provider” list. The dentist agrees, via contractual agreement, not to bill the patient for the difference between his normal charges and the charges he has agreed to accept from the insurance company. This type of insurance normally requires the patient to see a dentist that the insurance dictates. Not one they might otherwise have selected on their own.
As a "provider", which is the case at Alachua Dental, patients may pay a little more out-of-pocket, but have the autonomy to choose their own caregiver. They are responsible for the cost of their treatment, regardless of whether or not their insurance company pays their claim. Providers are not bound by insurance company directives. At Alachua Dental, we will gladly file your insurance claim for you, electronically. However, your contract with your insurance company is between you and that company.
Dental care is an important investment in your health and well being. So, we offer a variety of payment options to help make our services accessible to everyone. We accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard. We also provide access to outside accounting services that offer additional options, including in some cases, interest-free financing for up to one year.
Of course your initial cosmetic consultation is free. Karen, our office manager, will be available to talk with you about your payment options at that time.
Fluoridated water is very beneficial to teeth, in their developmental stage. During the formation of the tooth, the fluoride is actually incorporated into the tooth structure, thereby strengthening it. Meaning, that for adults, drinking fluoridated water does little or no good. Adults, and some adolescents, benefit greatly from the application of topical fluoride. That is, fluoride that is applied to the outside of the teeth. These types of fluorides are usually found in the gel or liquid form and may be obtained right from your dentist or pharmacist. While not a replacement for proper brushing and flossing, the judicious use of fluoride can be a valuable tool in fighting tooth decay and gum disease. Ask your dentist if topical fluoride is right for you.
Dental x-rays are a powerful diagnostic tool, when used appropriately. The low level of radiation necessary to take an x-ray on today’s high-speed film means relatively little radiation exposure for the patient. Dental x-rays are quite safe and provide the dentist with a lot of valuable diagnostic information. Performing a dental examination, without the benefit of x-rays, is like having only half of the pieces to a jig-saw puzzle. Your dentist might be able to see roughly what your oral health is like, but the complete picture would be impossible to see. At Alachua Dental Center, we take only those x-rays we feel are in the best interest of our patients.
The answer to this question actually goes back to the reason the teeth were stained originally. Factors such as: smoking, smokeless tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine, dark grape juice, all contribute to the eventual staining or re-staining of one’s teeth. The more of theses habits one has, the more the teeth will stain. Avoiding these behaviors will help insure that your newly whitened teeth will look great for a long time to come.
Our most popular whitening system is called Zoom! It is the most popular, because it takes only one 1-hour treatment to see dramatic results. Patients relax in a comfortable environment, wearing headphones and listening to their favorite CD. Then in one hour, they get to see the result. A common reaction is, “Oh, wow! They look great!”. Each Zoom! whitening includes a take-home bleaching touch-up kit.
Another type of cosmetic whitening we offer is a take-home bleaching method. Here, we take impressions of the patient's teeth and make custom-fitted plastic trays that the patient wears for a prescribed period of time. This method usually takes about two weeks to reach peak whitening. If you have questions about which type of whitening system is best for you, please call us to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation. You would be surprised at just how easy and comfortable a smile make-over can be. At Alachua Dental Center, our motto is: Change your smile… change your life.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain, which, when cosmetically bonded to your teeth, are very durable and quite beautiful. Veneers are often used to replace teeth that are cracked, chipped, discolored, are have gaps between them. You would be amazed at how beautiful and natural they can look. My training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) allows me to offer natural-looking veneers, using the latest technology and techniques. Come on in and see what I can do for you!
Not necessarily. There are circumstances which will require our patients to wear braces and other circumstances when we can use the Invisalign method. This is a non-braces alternative to conventional orthodontics. Additionally, another option is to perform “instant orthodontics”, using modern dental therapies such as porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and or composite (tooth-colored filling material). Situations such as tooth rotation, misalignment, gaps in teeth, and other common problems can often be treated with bonded restorations. Contact us for a Complimentary Consultation, to see if “instant orthodontics” may be right for you.