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Dental Cleaning

Do dental cleanings hurt?

A trained dental hygienist will complete your cleaning, ensuring you are comfortable during the entire process. The hygienist will gently clean and floss your teeth. If you currently have gum disease, some tenderness or bleeding may occur; however, with regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist's office, discomfort can be prevented.

How often should I see the dentist?

You should visit the dentist every six months, or twice a year. In addition to receiving preventive care at our practice regularly, please don't hesitate to contact us if you are experiencing pain or have a dental emergency. Our dentists and team members will be more than happy to assist you!

Are cleanings covered by insurance?

Most dental insurance plans allow you to have 100% coverage for basic preventive care, such as checkups and cleanings. For more in-depth periodontal (“deep”) cleaning, your coverage may be anywhere between 50%-80%, depending on the specifics of your plan. Here at our office, we will work with you to confirm your benefits and help you understand your insurance policy so that can get the most out of what you're entitled to.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Our dentists suggest that you come in for a cleaning and checkup every six months. By doing this, we can keep an eye on your oral health and address any issues as soon as they crop up. However, depending on what your mouth needs, you may have to visit more often than every six months.

Dental Implants

Do implants hurt?

An implant is inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. After the implant is placed and an artificial tooth is put on top of it, you won't be able to tell the difference between that tooth and a natural one. Just make sure to follow our post-operative care instructions to reduce any discomfort you experience while your mouth heals so that you recover comfortably.

How many appointments does it take to get dental implants?

During your dental implant treatment, you will come into our office 3-4 times over the course of many months. This includes an initial consultation, surgical procedure, follow-ups to monitor your progress and any other appointments needed throughout the process.

Do you offer dental financing?

We are happy to announce that our office has partnered with a third-party dental financing service! This allows you to get the care you need now and pay back the loan on a monthly basis.

What happens if I don’t get a dental implants?

It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. When you lose teeth, it becomes difficult to chew your food properly, which leads to digestive issues and poor nutrition. Additionally, your jaw will start to shrink after tooth loss, causing the muscles in your face to sag.

How long do implants last?

When it comes to the longevity of dental implants, the answer is that they can last a lifetime with proper care. However, it is important to keep in mind that each individual case is unique and some people may experience complications that can shorten the lifespan of their implants. The most important factor in determining how long your dental implants will last is how well you practice good at-home dental hygiene. Good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings are the best way to extend the lifetime of your dental implant.


How much does Invisalign cost?

Your dentist will discuss your unique treatment plan with you during your consultation and determine the full cost of Invisalign. This method is comparable to braces in terms of price, making it affordable for most patients. You can also choose from our variety of financing options with monthly payment plans designed to fit within your budget.

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

The cost of Invisalign treatment may be covered by your insurance, but it depends on the type of plan you have. Some comprehensive dental plans consider Invisalign to be part of orthodontic coverage, while others view it as cosmetic. Our team will assess and confirm your benefits so that you can take advantage of what is available through your insurance coverage. We will also present all payment and financing options we have available.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign is practically unnoticeable when you smile or talk. They are also removable, so you can eat and drink without worrying about damaging them or affecting your treatment plan. This makes Invisalign a great choice for busy adults or teens who participate in sports or other physical activities, as metal braces can be cumbersome.

Can teens get Invisalign?

At our office, we also offer Invisalign treatment options specifically designed for teenagers. Many teens can benefit from Invisalign given its convenience and flexibility compared to traditional metal braces. If you're interested in an Invisalign consultation for your teen or tween, be sure to talk to our team.

Teeth Whitening

Do over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments work?

The bleaching gels in store-bought whitening products are weaker than what our dentists can provide. This is why it may take many uses over days or weeks of use to see any visible results from at-home kits. By choosing professional teeth whitening, you will see immediate results in just one hour-long appointment.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

The amount you spend on your cosmetic dental procedure will depend on how extensive the work is. Don't worry, we will go over all of the costs with you and provide a list of payment options before we begin any treatment. We also offer flexible dental financing to fit teeth whitening into your budget.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is a procedure that has both low risks and high rewards for millions of people every year. Our peroxide-based bleaching treatments use ingredients that brighten your teeth while limiting irritation to your sensitive gums.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

No, teeth whitening is not a painful procedure! You may feel some sensitivity in your teeth after the treatment, but this subsides quickly. Your dentist takes every precaution to protect your teeth and gums during the process so that you can minimize any discomfort you may feel.


What are veneers made out of?

We offer high-quality veneers made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin.

What do veneers fix?

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that bond to the front of your teeth. They're an ideal solution for treating a variety of cosmetic dental concerns, such as chips, cracks, worn enamel, discolouration, gaps between teeth and misshapenness. Once they're placed over your existing teeth by our skilled dentists, you'll have a bright new smile that's free from all those common imperfections!

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are created from dental porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin for their ability to resist staining and damage over time. With good at-home care and dental hygiene, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last 10-15 years. Ceramic veneers can last 20 years while composite resin veneers may last 7-10 years.

Do veneers hurt?

Depending on the type of veneer you choose and your unique needs, you can expect 1-2 appointments over 2-4 weeks for your complete treatment experience. This includes a consultation, teeth preparation,fabrication and application. Composite resin veneers may only require one visit, while porcelain or ceramic require additional appointments.


Do I need to see an emergency dentist?

Dental emergencies such as an infection, injury, or other condition should be treated by a dentist immediately. Putting off care will only make your symptoms last longer and could cause your condition to worsen. Trained dental professionals are available to help you, so don't hesitate to reach out for assistance!

Should I go to the ER for a dental emergency?

We understand that sometimes dentist offices can seem daunting, but your local dentist should be your first call. Emergency rooms are not equipped to handle problems with the teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth. Only go to the emergency room if you experience a true medical emergency.

Is an emergency dental exam expensive?

Depending on the severity of your emergency and any other necessary treatments, the cost will vary. With that being said, we pride ourselves in offering affordable dental care without compromising quality. If you're worried about financing, don't be! We have many options available to make sure you can afford the best possible care.

Can I see the dentist today?

At our office, your convenience is always a priority. To make sure we can see you as soon as possible, we offer appointments that are either same-day or next-day. Walk-ins are also accepted as scheduling permits. If you have an accident or emergency, please give us a call so we can accommodate you.

Northern Niagara Dentistry is here to make you smile.