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  1. How often should I see a dentist?

    The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

  2. What should I expect during my appointment?

    One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment, the fees involved, and help you determine the plan that best fits your needs.

    During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.

  3. What does "painless dentistry" mean?

    Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.

  4. What if I have an emergency?

    Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the Dr. Brown's  emergency contact number.

  5. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

    Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards.

  6. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

    We recommend daily bleaching to whiten your teeth. For this process Dr. Brown and his staff take an impression of your teeth and create custom trays that fit your teeth.  Each day you fill the trays with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear them for the recommended time.

    Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

  7. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

    We have many different procedures that can help these problems. Porcelain and direct composite veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. These can be positioned to close gaps, to fill in areas of your teeth, and correct chipping and shape problems. Both color-matched with the rest of your teeth.