Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. 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.

Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

A. 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 such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit 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.

Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. 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.

Q. What if I have an emergency?

A. 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 doctor’s emergency contact number.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. 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.

Q. Can the dentist brighten my teeth?

A. There are several methods advertised for brightening the teeth: in-office, overnight or daily. Only one has been generally accepted as effective.  This is the method of at-home whitening that involves putting gel into a custom tray and placing it over the teeth twice per day for 20 minutes each time.  Over a 1 to 3 week period, the stains and pigmentation are removed; almost permanantly.  Long-term studies have shown that when this method is used, a decrease in brightness is not measurable, even with sensitive scientific instruments, for about 3 to 4 years.  Our advice is to refresh your whitening for a couple of evenings right after your six-month cleaning, and that way you will never see any relapse of yellowing. 
Offices that will offer to bleach your teeth in one sitting may not be disclosing all the details.  First, they use a very powerful peroxide that dehydrates and makes the enamel look very white right away.  But, a yellowing relapse occurs rapidly, so they make custom trays for you to use each day for a couple of weeks.  Sound familiar?  The in-office treatment can add $600 to the brightening fee, and if the results are the same 3 weeks down the road, is the extra $600 really worth it?  You decide. 
Forget the Mall jobs.

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. The whitening strips generally work better on teenagers than adults, because the ingredients are necessarily weaker.  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.

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

A. We have many different procedures that can help these problems. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Veneers can be positioned to close gaps. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.

3302 Old Bridge Rd., Suite F
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
Phone: 703.497.9709
Fax: 703.497.2715

Office hours

Mon-Thu 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.