FAQs

Answers to our most frequently asked questions.

 
Phone: 386.418.3636      |    Address: 14601 NW 140th St., Alachua, FL     |    Mail: PO Box 1478, Alachua, FL 32616

Questions

How often should I go to the dentist?
Are you accepting new patients?
I have dental insurance? Do I pay you directly, or does my insurance company pay you?
What financing options do you offer?
I have fluoride in my drinking water. Is that enough to keep my teeth strong?
My dentist likes to take x-rays at my check-up visits. How safe is this?
If I cosmetically whiten (bleach) my teeth, how long will the effects last?
What type of cosmetic whitening (bleaching) systems do you use?
What are porcelain veneers, anyway?
Do I have to wear braces to straighten out my teeth?

 

 

Answers

How often should I go to the dentist?

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.

Are you accepting new patients?

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!

I have dental insurance? Do I pay you directly, or does my insurance company pay you?

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.

What financing options do you offer?

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.

I have fluoride in my drinking water. Is that enough to keep my teeth strong?

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.

My dentist likes to take x-rays at my check-up visits. How safe is this?

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.

If I cosmetically whiten (bleach) my teeth, how long will the effects last?

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.

What type of cosmetic whitening (bleaching) systems do you use?

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.

What are porcelain veneers, anyway?

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!

Do I have to wear braces to straighten out my teeth?

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.

 

Testimonials

My life was given back to me. I now have confidence and self-esteem. I feel I stayed home and missed out on a lot in life, because of my old smile. While my job has me in the public eye, children, as well as adults, made comments about me. Now, I feel I am viewed totally different. Along with the self-esteem and confidence, I am totally pain free. My own family is now so proud of me that they ask me to smile all of the time. Dr. Marc and his staff really made me feel like I was being catered to. They truly care about me.

S.C.
Fort White, FL