How often should I visit the dentist?

How often you go for dental examinations depends on your oral health needs. For most people, visiting the dentist every six months is enough to keep their teeth and gums in optimum health. Twice a year, dental checkups are often recommended, but you may need more frequent visits if you have a history of gum disease, cavities, or are prone to tartar or plaque buildup.

Smokers may also need more frequent dental exams. The goal of regular checkups is to catch problems at the onset, while they are still easier to manage or treat. Your dentist is the best person to help you determine the best dental checkup schedule for you. Call The Waterford Dentist today.

How can I get a quick smile makeover?

A smile makeover can be as quick as a teeth whitening touch-up or as extensive as a full-mouth reconstruction which requires several procedures and treatment schedules. The procedures involved in the makeover will depend on your treatment goals, budget and preferences. For some patients, a whitening touch-up is all they need for a brighter, more beautiful smile. Others want to repair cracked or chipped teeth, close gaps between teeth, fix alignment or change teeth shape.

The first step is to consult with your dentist. This is the best way to clarify your goals and expectations. Each condition or issue may have several treatment options. Missing teeth, for example, can be replaced with dentures, dental bridges, dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Thanks to modern dentistry, it's now possible to come in for your appointment in the morning and leave the dental office later with beautiful replacement teeth.

I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?

Many Americans, adults and children alike, have some form of dental fear or dental phobia. The first step to overcoming the condition is talking to your dentist about it. From your discussion, your dentist will be able to work with you to find the best way to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

We offer several Sedation Options for stress-free dental appointments. They include nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Learn more about these options by calling us.

What’s the best orthodontic solution for me?

There is a wide range of orthodontic solutions available to fix crooked teeth. From traditional braces to ceramic braces, short term braces and clear braces, patients have a variety of options to suit their budget, goals, and preferences. Some patients want shorter treatment periods so Short-Term Orthodontics would be a good option to consider. Others may have treatment goals that can be addressed Dentofacial Orthopedics.

The good news is that we offer several solutions for a better, more beautiful smile. Visit our Comprehensive Orthodontics page or call us at (248) 674-0495 to learn more.

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