Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question for us? Want to know if it’s time for your next checkup or if we’ll accept your dental insurance? Below, you’ll find answers to these questions and more of the most common ones our patients ask us every day. If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, we’d be happy to, so please don’t hesitate to call us today! We’re always ready to talk dentistry and make sure you completely understand your dental care.
How Do I Know When it is Time to Come in for a Checkup?
We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we'll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don't notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential issues. At your hygiene appointments, we'll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth, and we'll also make sure that your gums are healthy and strong.
When Do You Like Children to Have Their First Dental Visit?
Most children respond well to a dental visit around the age of three, though the American Dental Association recommends that children have their first visit around one year of age. You can bring your child with you to your own appointments so they can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. Otherwise, we'd like to begin teaching your children how to care for their teeth and gums when they reach age three or four. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.
I Have Chronic Headaches. Can You Help?
Chronic headaches may be a symptom of a misaligned bite, bruxism (grinding), or TMJ disorder. We can carefully examine your occlusion (bite), jaw, head, and neck to determine the underlying cause of your pain. Oftentimes, we can correct the problem with a custom nightguard. Call our office if you have more questions about headache relief with non-surgical therapies.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the complex relationship between the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves involved in the occlusion (bite) and chewing. With neuromuscular dentistry techniques, Dr. Amy Crary focuses on correcting the misalignment of the jaw to restore proper function.
How Can I Improve My Smile's Appearance?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-porcelain restorations, and/or replacement teeth. Orthodontics may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your approval.
How Can I Make My Smile Brighter?
We offer custom-made take-home trays with professional whitening gel for safe and effective teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home. Home whitening yields excellent results – up to eight shades or better! Two weeks of use produces optimal results, but if your teeth reach the desired shade before then, simply discontinue treatment. You can also opt to get a complete in-office treatment that takes less than an hour.
Are There Differences Between Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners and Professional Teeth Whiteners?
Over-the-counter whiteners are not as efficient as professional-grade treatments. The whitening kits you buy at the drugstore are not customized to fit the shape of your teeth, making them messy and ineffective. In addition, they typically only whiten two to three shades. With professional whitening, you have more options. We offer home teeth whitening kits that are custom-designed for maximum comfort and efficiency. Each night for a week or two, you’ll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to mouth trays and wear them for a certain amount of time. Within just a few days, you’ll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, your smile will be eight shades whiter or more.
Do You Accept Insurance?
Yes! We are in-network providers for Delta Dental, Florida Blue, Eagles, and Cigna PPO, and we will also file claims for all other dental insurance plans.