Frequently Asked Questions
Please feel free to peruse our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question that is not listed here, please Contact Us and we’ll add it to the page.
The fees involved with your teeth cleaning will depend on many factors. The first being how long it has been since your last appointment. Another being your home care, basic genetics that dictate how much and how difficult it is to remove the deposits, the presence of periodontal disease, diet and other factors. The average New Patient is 3-4 units of scaling/ debridement and ½-1u of polish/stain removal. In some cases, there is a need for more scaling units, or another appointment to finish the cleaning. This will be discussed with you at the time of your Dental Hygiene evaluation and treatment planning before any of the cleaning is started.
New Patient exams with the cleaning is usually 2 hours. This maybe more if it has been several years since your last cleaning or if there is disease present. If you are to add the whitening also with our New Patient Special package we usually suggest a 3 hour commitment for patients with a fair oral condition at the point of the cleaning. If you would like to split the exam and cleaning (usually 2 hours), and the whitening (usually 1-1.5 hours) this can also be done at separate appointments if you wish to do so. We may suggest this at the time of your cleaning if it takes a bit longer than expected for any reasons.
We legally need to perform a complete medical history review and oral assessment in order to properly assess your needs, diagnose your periodontal condition, and to create a treatment plan and goals with you. If you do not wish to have an exam done, or provide a medical history, we will be unable to see you due to legal reasons.
Our regular price for Whitening is $189. Our regular clients receive whitening at a reduced fee. We use the Wicked White system that generally lasts 6 months to a year. This greatly depends on your oral hygiene habits, foods you like to eat and general staining and varies from person to person. To extend your whitening treatment for as long as possible, we offer a “boost” treatment that you can do at home at your own convenience, simply by purchasing our amazing Whitening Pen for $30.
No. Dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of the teeth whitening procedures as in most situations it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
Studies of teeth whitening products using 10% carbamide peroxide showed no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface.
Over 10 years of clinical use of teeth whitening products containing 10% carbamide peroxide have not shown any damage to existing fillings. The issue is not “damage” to existing restorations; rather, keep in mind that existing restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bonding, veneers, and bridges do not lighten. This means that any pre-existing dental work may need to be replaced to match the new tooth shade achieved in the natural teeth, should a bleaching process proceed.
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in most food and water — using this mineral helps prevent tooth decay and strengthens tooth enamel.