Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
At 4 Star Dental, we are committed to patient education. We want you to be a collaborative member of your care team, so we will always provide the information you need to make the best decisions about your oral health. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Your Overall Dental Health
How often do I need to see a dentist?
If your teeth and gums are healthy, you will typically need to come in twice per year for a cleaning and an exam. If you have any existing oral health issues, we may ask you to come in more frequently to ensure the best possible care.
When should my child start seeing the dentist?
Pediatricians typically handle dental care for infants. By the time your child is three, he should be able to brush his own teeth with help. This is the perfect time to schedule an initial dentist appointment.
I take great care of my teeth and they look and feel terrific. Do I need to see the dentist?
Oral health issues typically have no symptoms at their earliest stages. Seeing the dentist twice per year will ensure that your teeth continue to look and feel terrific throughout your life.
What is nitrous oxide?
Patients who are nervous or are having time-consuming procedures can feel more relaxed with nitrous oxide. We will deliver a carefully adjusted blend of nitrogen and oxygen through a mask over your nose. You may feel a bit silly and slightly “out of it,” but you will be awake and responsive to instructions. Nitrous oxide wears off in just a few minutes, so you can remove the mask at any time if you don’t like how you feel. When your procedure is over, you can safely drive home.
How can I improve my smile?
Every patient is different, so there is no single answer. At 4 Star Dental, we pride ourselves on crafting individualized solutions to meet each patient’s needs. Porcelain veneers, Invisalign, teeth whitening, and dental bonding are some common techniques for improving smiles.
Does dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
It depends on the specifics of your insurance plan, as well as your oral health needs. Our experienced office staff will review your coverage with you and help you understand your out of pocket costs before we begin work.
Should I choose veneers or bonding?
Dental bonding is a chairside procedure in which we apply a composite resin material and then shape it by hand. It is less expensive, but also less durable, than porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers require two appointments, as the thin shells of porcelain are custom-made in a dental lab. Veneers last longer than dental bonding, but they are also more expensive.
Why should I choose veneers instead of teeth whitening?
Many people actually do both. Whitening cannot fix deep staining or scars from previous trauma. In addition, veneers can correct the size and shape of teeth, as well as hiding chips and minor gaps. You might want to have veneers placed only on your most problematic teeth, and have the rest of your teeth whitened to match.
Why are my teeth discolored?
Teeth naturally yellow and darken over time. In addition, staining can be caused by certain medications, excessive fluoride, and such foods and beverages as red wine, coffee, and berries.
Should I have my teeth whitened?
Nearly everyone could benefit from an occasional whitening treatment. However, if you have deep stains or pitting, whitening may not be effective. In that case, porcelain veneers may be the better solution. We will carefully assess your teeth and give you our professional opinion. If you’re ready to get started with a full-service dental office you can trust, call 4 Star Dental today at 630 869-0063 to schedule your appointment.