NY Smile Creators in Flushing, New York

Dental FAQs

Answers to Your Questions

How do I know when it's time to come in for a checkup?

We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we'll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don't notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we'll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We'll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.

What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

We follow strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.

What are my options to replace missing teeth?

We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants. Learn more about these options on our Services page, then call for a consultation. With digital X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your smile, we can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.

How do the doctors keep up to date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?

Our dentists - and our team - take more than the state's requirement for continuing education each year. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to keep in tune with the latest developments in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry, as well as dental technology. We are passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!

I haven't been to the dentist in years, and I'm ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?

First of all, congratulations on your wise decision to prioritize dental healthcare! Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. We'll never judge you. Our dentists and staff will help you by addressing your oral problems, explaining treatment options, then scheduling a plan of action that suits your needs, timeline, and budget.

How can I improve my smile?

That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. During your complimentary consultation, we'll discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Lumineers, teeth whitening, all-white fillings or crowns, and/or replacement teeth. Invisalign clear braces may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Absolutely. We bet you didn't know that teeth whitening, in some form, has been around since the 1700s. Modern whitening uses safe and effective bleaching gel to melt away stains and discoloration. Choose from Zoom! Whitening in our office or convenient take-home teeth-whitening kits.

What's the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

Lumineers are actually a brand of veneers that requires minimal or no tooth preparation prior to placement. Some patients prefer Lumineers because of the quick application and reduced risk for sensitivity. However, others prefer traditional veneers because of their completely customized design.

How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?

Depending on your unique case, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Invisalign clear braces. Read more about these options on our Services page, then call today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Does my insurance cover that?

Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50% or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. Generally, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. We accept Care Credit to make quality dentistry affordable for all of our patients. We also have great special offers that reduce the cost of services like Zoom! Whitening and dental implants.

Will you care for my entire family?

Definitely! We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child - or you, for that matter - would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer to a trusted colleague. Some children deal with dental appointments better at a pedodontist's office, that's what a children's dentist is called. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced periodontitis or problematic root canals, to specialists for optimal care. As a general dentist office, our preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.

I can't get off work. Do you have extended hours?

For your convenience, we offer late appointments one evening a week, when we're open until 9:00 p.m. Saturday appointments are also available, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call today to schedule an appointment at a time convenient for you.