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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. Clements a specialist or a general dentist?

Dr. Clements is a general dentist with postgraduate studies in cosmetic, neuromuscular, and implant dentistry. He can perform sedation dentistry as well. Our office offers the most common dental procedures in one familiar, convenient location–you won’t have to be referred to another office for dental implants. Explore our services here.

How can I have my teeth safely whitened?

Teeth whitening is very effective and very safe when done under the supervision of a cosmetic dentist. To ensure your whitest smile, we create custom trays for you to maintain your smile at home. For those patients whose dental enamel doesn’t respond to whitening, they may consider dental bonding or porcelain veneers to restore brightness to their smile.

I am unhappy with the shape of my teeth–can anything be done?

We can reshape teeth that are too small, too large, or just an unattractive shape that you dislike. The best approach is often porcelain veneers, which can whiten and straighten teeth at the same time.

Can I do anything about my metal fillings and crowns?

Yes! Metal fillings and crowns were used when we didn’t have better restorative materials. Now we have advanced composites and ceramics that can replace metal restorations and restore your smile with tooth colored fillings. They can even replace dental crowns on your back teeth!

I am missing a tooth. How can I replace it?

You have three options for replacing a missing tooth. Removable dentures are the least expensive and least functional option. Dental bridges are good, but they require us to put dental crowns on teeth that might not need them. Dental implants are the best option–they look and function like natural teeth. And they support themselves!

How long does cosmetic dentistry last?

That depends on the procedure. Teeth whitening can last indefinitely, if you maintain it regularly. Without repeated applications, though, it only lasts a few weeks if you regularly consume staining foods and beverages.

Porcelain veneers typically last about a decade if you care for them properly and they’re placed by a skilled cosmetic dentist.

Ceramic crowns might last a while longer, perhaps 15 or 20 years, depending on the crown and your bite.

Dental implants can last a lifetime, easily 30 years or more according to clinical studies, with some isolated cases lasting up to 50 years.

I’m nervous. What can you do to help me relax during my visit?

Our office is probably different from any other dentist’s office you’ve visited. You will find that the general atmosphere is much more comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing. We also offer many comforts that can help you feel even more at home. We provide warm blankets to make you cozy and personal headphones so you can listen to music during treatment. If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Clements will recommend sedation dentistry, either  nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation so you can receive the dental care you need and deserve. Talk with us about your concerns, and we’ll make every effort to create a pleasant experience.

Can you do anything to help my jaw pain and frequent headaches?

You may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), often caused by a misalignment of the jaw joints. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Clements will work with you to create a plan of action that restores total oral comfort and function.

Snoring is a problem in our house. Can you help?

Yes! We offer highly effective snoring solutions so that everyone can sleep peacefully and wake well-rested. Remember, snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition–don’t ignore it!

What payment methods do you accept?

Your entire dental experience has been designed by us to be handled without cares. We don’t want anything to stand between  you and your healthy, attractive smile. Dr. Clements accepts cash, check, and all major credit cards. We also work with CareCredit and Lending Club so you can set up convenient dental financing. We will also work with your insurance company.