Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to visit the dentist two times each year if my teeth don’t hurt?
The American Dental Association and our team recommend visiting at least every six months in order to maintain the optimal level of oral health and preserve healthy, natural teeth for life. During each visit, we take time to carefully examine your smile, answer your questions, and develop a treatment plan that meets each patient’s individual needs.
Does professional teeth whitening actually work?
Absolutely. Dr. Gillis fully understands the underlying causes of dental stains and discoloration, and can make recommendations to help you achieve your goals. Additionally, the professional whitening agents we use are able to brighten even the deep set stains compared with the less concentrated whitening products available from your local grocery store or pharmacy.
I get nervous at the dentist. Can you help?
We’d love to help. We strive to ensure every patient experience is relaxed and comfortable, but we know that some patients need a little more help relaxing than others. That’s why we’re happy to offer sedation dentistry services, but we always start by getting to know you so we can help you learn to look forward to visiting our comfortable, state-of-the-art practice.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up below the gum line irritating the soft tissue and causing discomfort. Eventually, the gums become inflamed, discolored, and may bleed. Over time, sores form, breaking down the connective fibers that connect teeth to gums holding them in place. For this reason, advanced gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among US adults. We screen for periodontal disease as part of every checkup, and offer treatment options whenever necessary.
Is ClearCorrect just clear materials that work like regular braces?
ClearCorrect uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays that fit over teeth applying pressure to them, gradually shifting the smile into its ideal alignment. There is no need for traditional brackets and wires. Simply wear your alignment trays for a pre-determined amount of time each day.
Do you take my insurance?
We are happy to process and file claims on your behalf for any dental insurance plan, but we are not in-network providers for any benefit plans. Please feel free to talk to us about your insurance coverage, and how we can help you maximize your benefits in paying for the cost of care.
What payment options do I have?
We’re happy to accept payment at the time of service in the form of cash, credit, or check. We also work with CareCredit, a medical and dental lending company that offers low or no interest payment plans for qualified patients. Contact us anytime with question. We’re happy to help.