Frequently Asked Questions

Will we take direct assignment from your insurance company?

Your insurance policy is a contract between you the patient and the insurance company. However, we do appreciate that you may want to receive your reimbursement from them promptly. Though we DO NOT accept direct payment from the insurance company, we CAN transmit your claim electronically whereby you will receive a cheque in 3-5 business days. You may pay at the time of treatment by means of visa, mastercard, interact, cash or cheque. In specific situations, financial arrangements can be discussed.

What is the difference between the bleach for teeth purchased in the store, as opposed to the material you get from the dentist? How often can I bleach my teeth?

It’s important that a tooth bleaching agent is constituted not to damage or cause sensitivity in the teeth. Several over-the-counter products are fine and do provide some whitening but many people find the limited area to be covered and the cost of repeated purchases over a long period of time don’t result in cost savings over in-office treatment techniques.

There are several bleaching options provided by dentists, including lasers, quick-bleach, and high-intensity light/oxidation methods. These techniques, while fast and effective, tend to need frequent re-treatment. The custom tray bleaching agent combination has proven to be very successful and well-accepted, giving a very high satisfaction rate with our patients. This technique does not require frequent re-application of the bleaching agent and is effective within seven to ten days. The initial kit will last up to two years.

Is there anything I should know about dental treatment and pregnancy?

Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect oral health, so it’s a good idea to visit your dentist regularly. Moreover current research has confirmed that your oral health can have an impact on your pregnancy. Elective treatment is generally delayed until after your delivery date. Maintaining good oral health is very important during pregnancy. For most patients hygiene appointments can be scheduled at any time during the pregnancy.

Is there a relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease?

An article published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Periodontology confirms the relationship between the long term impact of chronic periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. By simply brushing and flossing daily, you may be able to decrease the risk of a potentially lethal condition.

Did you know…

  • 57% of 6-11 year olds have or have had a cavity
  • The average number of teeth affected by decay in children aged 6-11 and 12-19 is 2.5
  • 96% of adults have a history of dental cavities
  • 6% of Canadian adults no longer have any natural teeth
  • 73% of Canadians brush twice a day
  • 28% of Canadians floss at least five times a week

Source: Canadian Oral Health 2007-2009/Canadian Health Measures Survey