(703) 549-1331 • 1421 Prince Street Suite 140 Alexandria, VA 22314

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

Look carefully at your smile. If you feel it could be better, you should consider Cosmetic Dentistry. Having a beautiful smile goes deeper than appearances. It gives you confidence. It will give you an edge in your everyday activities-improving your professional and personal image.

Do you have financing for dental work?

Yes, for qualified applicants we offer financing programs.

I’m nervous about dental procedures. Can I be asleep?

We can do several things for you, including a safe and light sleep. We use safe oral sedation and your health is never in any danger. We also have Nitrous Oxide and use stereo headphones. The combination of light sedation, headphones, and Nitrous Oxide often has patients so relaxed they fall asleep during our procedures.

What is Instant Orthodontics?

Instant orthodontics is a procedure that straightens teeth using bonded porcelain veneers or crowns instead of braces. In just a few appointments, both gaps between the teeth and crowding can be corrected.

Is Tooth Whitening (bleaching) harmful to my teeth?

Tooth whitening is not harmful to the teeth. It removes stains from the teeth that may be caused by coffee, teas, tobacco, and food. A small percentage of patients can experience sensitivity after bleaching, but this usually goes away over time. The length of time that bleaching’s effects last varies depending on the individual and his or her cleaning habits.

What can be done about my dull and discolored teeth?

Teeth whitening is a dream-come-true if your teeth are stained and dull. In little over an hour, your teeth can be up to eight shades whiter. You can even opt for the weekend treatment and have your teeth around six shades whiter before you head to work on Monday. The procedure is completely pain free and absolutely safe. If you want a brighter smile, contact us today.

How can I get rid of my “gummy” smile?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be a candidate for a procedure called “Crown Lengthening.” This is sometimes referred to as gum contouring and can be as simple as trimming the gum tissue or may be as advanced as contouring gum tissue and the bone around the teeth.

I have a missing tooth. What can you do for me?

You have a few options to choose from. You can opt for a bridge. They fill in the space left by lost teeth, but they also help support the surrounding teeth. Another option is a dental implant. An implant is inserted directly in your jaw bone and will become a permanent fixture in your mouth. If your tooth is gone, but the root is still intact, you can place a new crown on the root.

I need a lot of dental work, but going to the dentist scares me. How can you help me?

Our office is now offering a service called “Conscious Sedation.” It’s totally safe and effective in treating patients who may be apprehensive about dental treatment. Before we begin working, you’ll take a pill that causes relaxation and sleepiness. This makes it possible for us to provide comprehensive care with fewer appointments, no pain, and very little memory of the dental experience. If you’d rather not be sedated, you can bring your favorite CD or video. Watch your favorite movie or listen to a CD while we work to make your smile perfect.

Before I begin a procedure, can you show me what my finished smile can look like?

We routinely use dental imaging to help our patients visualize their final smiles. By simply asking the right questions and taking digital photos of your current smile, we’ll be able to produce a computer generated image to simulate how your new smile will look. The final product always looks better.

Do you accept referrals?

We always welcome new patients. Most of our new patients come to us as referrals from our existing clientele. We’re eager to help the families and friends of our patients.

Do you accept my insurance plan?

Our office accepts nearly all of the major insurance plans. We’re well-versed in the latest coverage trends, and are more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you prior to any treatments you may undergo.

What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

In case of a dental emergency, our message center will provide you with one of our doctor’s emergency voice mail access numbers. Our doctors makes it a point to always be accessible.

What payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards. We are also pleased to offer several financing plans, some of which are interest-free.

What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

We are dedicated to providing excellence in dental care; to giving you sophisticated dental treatments using the latest technology in a caring environment of competence, enthusiasm and a concern for your well-being. At each visit, we promise to explain everything thoroughly and to take the time to listen to your concerns about your dental experience.

I want my front teeth to look better but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

We have a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look.

My spouse snores and keeps me up all night. I’ve heard that a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. If this is true, how do I find out if you can help?

Snoring is tough on any relationship! And, since it can be caused by a number of factors, we encourage you to have your spouse come in for a consultation and analysis with one of our doctors to determine the cause. In some cases, a person may actually stop breathing for short periods during the night – a condition called sleep apnea. In other cases, snoring can be caused by enlarged anatomical structures within the mouth and throat. During sleep, the throat area relaxes, allowing these structures to collapse against one another and obstruct clear airflow. In the latter situation, we can prescribe and fit a special appliance called a ‘snore-guard’, which gently holds the mouth and throat in an open position during relaxed sleep and thus prevents snoring.