The staff at Sterling Dental has compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions provided for our patients’ convenience. Please click on each question to read the answer.
Should I consider Cosmetic Dentistry?
Look carefully at your smile. If you feel it could be better, you should consider Cosmetic Dentistry. Having a beautiful smile goes deeper than appearances. It gives you confidence. It will give you an edge in your everyday activities-improving your professional and personal image.
Can I afford Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry offers many different options. Some patients require treatments that are relatively
easy and inexpensive. Others need more extensive procedures to reach their goals. Questions are always answered and fees are discussed before treatment begins. Financing is also available. DFP allows payment to be extended up to 5 years.
Do you have financing for dental work?
Yes, for qualified applicants we offer financing programs for their dental procedures.
Is Tooth Whitening (bleaching) harmful to my teeth?
Tooth whitening is not harmful to the teeth. It removes stains from the teeth that may be caused by
coffee, teas, tobacco, and food. A small percentage of patients can experience sensitivity after bleaching, but this usually goes away over time. The length of time that bleaching’s effects last varies depending on the individual and his or her cleaning habits.
How long do veneers and crowns last?
The amount of time a veneer or crown (cap) lasts depends on many different factors, including at-home care, a patient’s commitment to follow-up visits with the dentist, and the quality of the crown or veneer.
I have a missing tooth. What can Sterling Dental Do For Me?
You have a few options to choose from. You can opt for a bridge. They fill in the space left by lost teeth, and they use the surrounding teeth to support the missing tooth. Another option is a dental implant. An implant is inserted directly in your jaw bone and will become a permanent fixture in your mouth. If your tooth is gone, but the root is still intact, you can place a new crown on the root if the tooth can be saved.
How do the dentists keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Your dentists at Sterling Dental subscribe to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. They also take time on a regular basis for continuing education, and ensure that their staff does the same. As a team and as individuals, our office makes it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.
I have always received the finest dental care at your office. Do you accept referrals?
We always welcome new patients. We would be grateful and honored to receive your family and friends as part of our family. Most of our patients are referred to us by word-of-mouth, and we consider that to be one of the highest compliments our patients can give.
Do you accept my insurance plan?
Our office accepts nearly all of the major insurance plans. We’re well-versed in the latest coverage
trends, and are more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you prior to any treatments you may undergo.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency when the office closed?
In case of a dental emergency, our message center will provide you with our doctors’ emergency voicemail access number. At Sterling Dental, we make a point to always be accessible.
What payment options do you provide?
We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards. We are also pleased to offer several financing plans, some of which are interest-free. For more information about payment options, click here.
How can I have whiter teeth?
There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile, from at-home bleaching products to our customized supervised treatments. We also offer a one-hour in-office whitening method. The team at Sterling Dental can help evaluate your potential for whitening your teeth, based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. Once you have decided on the most appropriate method, you’ll probably spend anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks undergoing a series of simple whitening treatments. Most patients can safely experience a dramatic improvement.
What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?
We are dedicated to providing excellence in dental care; to giving you sophisticated dental treatments
using the latest technology in a caring environment of competence, enthusiasm and a concern for your well-being. At each visit, we promise to explain everything thoroughly and to take the time to listen to your concerns about your dental experience.
I want my front teeth to look better but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
Our dentists at Sterling Dental have a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth with or without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look.
My spouse snores and keeps me up all night. I’ve heard that a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. If this is true, how do I find out if you can help?
Snoring is tough on any relationship! And, since it can be caused by a number of factors, we encourage you to have your spouse come in for a consultation and analysis with one of our doctors to determine the cause. In some cases, a person may actually stop breathing for short periods during the night -a condition called sleep apnea. In other cases, snoring can be caused by enlarged anatomical structures within the mouth and throat. During sleep, the throat area relaxes, allowing these structures to collapse against one another and obstruct clear airflow. In the latter situation, we can prescribe and fit a special appliance called a ‘snore-guard’, which gently holds the mouth and throat in an open position during relaxed sleep and thus prevents snoring.