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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

If you have questions about your dental care, that’s great! It simply means that you want to learn more about looking after you and your family’s oral health, and like all things, knowledge is power when it comes to keeping you and your loved ones’ teeth looking and feeling great. To quickly boost your dental IQ, we’ve answered some of our most popular questions below. If there is anything else you’d like to know that we haven’t covered here, feel free to give us a call anytime—we’re always happy to talk to you!

How often should I visit the dentist?

For the average healthy person, our dentists (as well as the American Dental Association) recommend that they should attend at least one checkup and cleaning appointment every six months. These routine visits are the best way to make sure small problems are caught and treated early before they can turn into major issues that require more extensive care.

When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

Dr. Tong recommends that a child should attend their first dental appointment as soon as they can after their first teeth come in, or no later than their first birthday. This visit will just consist of a gentle exam, and then Dr. Tong will go over the best ways you can take care of your brand new smile.

I/my child is really nervous about visiting the dentist…can you help?

Certainly! Comfort is always one of our top priorities, which is why we offer a number of sedation services specifically designed to help anxious patients feel more relaxed while in the dental chair. Our team even includes a dedicated dental anesthesiologist to ensure our sedated patients get exactly what they need.

How should I replace my missing teeth?

This answer is different for every patient depending on their particular needs, but in most cases, our first recommendation is dental implants. In short, they simply offer the most complete, natural-looking, and longest-lasting results of any tooth replacement available today. Plus, unlike other dental offices in Tappan, we can actually perform the entire procedure in one convenient location! To learn more about this treatment, you can read our full page about it here.

Is it possible to straighten my teeth without metal braces?

Yes! With Invisalign, all a patient has to do to correct their misaligned teeth is wear a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners. They have a very subtle appearance that blends into any smile, and you can even take them off whenever you want to eat or brush. It’s the most discreet way to get the smile you’ve always wanted, and we offer it right here at Smile More Dentistry.

I don’t have dental insurance. Is there another way I can save on my dental care?

Yes! When you sign up for our Oral Health Savings Plan, one flat-fee is all that’s needed to completely cover your routine dental care for 12 months. You’ll also receive considerable discounts on a long list of restorative treatments. Basically, our plan offers many of the same benefits as traditional insurance, but for a smaller price and with less red tape! To learn more about our plan and sign up, contact us today.