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Dental Cleaning

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

You can expect to book a cleaning twice a year, or every six months. Keeping up with your regular cleanings helps prevent gum disease, brightens your teeth, and freshens your breath for an overall happier, healthier smile!

Are dental cleanings covered by insurance?

Yes, most dental insurance plans will cover two preventive care visits at 80% to 100%, depending on your coverage. Preventive care includes services such as teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, dental exams, and dental sealants. Our office will confirm your benefits during your visit and help you make the most of your insurance.

How often should I see the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly preventive dental visits. This gives your dentist the chance to monitor changes in your oral health, provide timely treatment recommendations, and overall work to prevent concerns before they arise. If you need further visits to begin or complete treatment, we will help you schedule your subsequent appointments at your earliest convenience so you can get that taken care of as soon as possible.

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Generally, no! Getting your teeth cleaned is a very comfortable experience. Our hygiene team takes their time and uses a gentle approach to make sure you feel relaxed and pain-free. Patients who have tender gums or are living with gingivitis (gum disease) may experience some discomfort, but we will do everything we can to mitigate any pain you may feel.


Can teens get ClearCorrect?

Yes, they can! Adults and teens alike can benefit from smile-transforming ClearCorrect aligners. Teens as young as 14 can begin orthodontic treatment with clear aligners as long as their teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment as determined by your dentist. Book a visit now to see how we can help your teen enjoy a straighter, healthier smile without braces.

Is ClearCorrect covered by insurance?

If your dental insurance includes orthodontic coverage, they may cover a portion of your ClearCorrect treatment. Insurance coverage varies, so be to talk to our office about your insurance benefits during your visit. We will confirm your benefits and try to help you maximize your coverage to get the treatment you need.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we do! Our practice has teamed up with CareCredit to help our patients cover all out-of-pocket costs thanks to affordable monthly payment plans.

How much does ClearCorrect cost?

There is no flat rate for ClearCorrect treatment because every patient is unique and requires personalized care to achieve their desired results. The only way to get a total breakdown of all costs is to book a visit to Highland Dental Arts and talk to a dentist today. That said, ClearCorrect is flexible and has different plans that are tailored to individual treatment needs.


What are the pros and cons of getting an implant?

Missing teeth make it difficult to properly eat your food, leading to digestive problems and nutritional deficiencies. After you lose a tooth, your jaw will also begin to shrink, which will cause your facial muscles to sag.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we do! Our office has partnered with CareCredit to provide you with affordable loans that you can pay back on a monthly basis. That way you get the care you need now and back as you go!

How many appointments will it take to get implants?

You will visit our office 3-4 times during your dental implant treatment experience. The full process includes your initial consultation, treatment planning, surgery, and follow-ups to check on your progress.

Do implants hurt?

Getting an implant involves a minor surgical procedure, during which your dentist will insert the implants into your jawbone. Be sure to follow the post-operative care instructions we provide you with to ensure a comfortable recovery.

Same-day Crowns

Do same-day crowns hurt?

Typically, no, the process of receiving a same-day crown is quite comfortable. It requires less of the tooth structure underneath the crown to be shaved down or reshaped, which means less sensitivity or potential discomfort. Additionally, you won’t need a temporary crown because the final crown is created and placed in just one day.

How long do other crowns take?

Traditional porcelain or steel crowns typically take 2-3 weeks and multiple visits to our office to complete. This includes the initial visit, getting impressions taken, fabrication at a third-party lab, and placement. With same-day crowns, the entire process takes place in just a few hours.

Are same-day crowns just as good as other crowns?

Yes, a same-day crown is just as effective as traditional porcelain or stainless steel crowns. You can use a same-day crown to repair a chipped, cracked, broken, or discolored tooth, restoring it to its natural strength and appearance.

How long do same-day crowns last?

The materials we use in our same-day crowns are just as durable as those used in traditional porcelain crowns. This means you can expect your crown to last 10-15 years with good at-home care and regular checkups.


Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are a permanent cosmetic procedure. They need a thin layer of enamel to be removed from your teeth prior to placement and are bonded to the remaining tooth structure. For this reason, only a trained dental professional can make repairs or adjustments to your veneers.

What kind of veneers can I get?

We offer high-quality veneers made from ceramic and porcelain. Each material is chosen for its strength, durability, and lifelike appearance.

How long do veneers last?

The lifespan of your veneer depends on the type you choose, and your veneers will eventually need to be repaired or replaced just like any other dental work. A set of ceramic veneers will last 20 years or more, which is why we recommend it to our patients.

Do veneers hurt?

Generally, no. Patients who receive 2-4 veneers typically experience no discomfort. However, patients who receive eight or more veneers may experience some sensitivity or tenderness in the gums. Your dentist will take every precaution during your veneer preparation and administer local anesthetic or sedation as needed to ensure your comfort.

How long does it take to get veneers?

On average, you can expect the process of getting your veneers to take 3-4 weeks. You’ll visit our office 2-3 times during this time, from your initial consultation to the final fitting and application.


Can I see my results right away?

Yes, your KöR whitening results are visible right away following your treatment. You will be able to enjoy your smile as soon as you leave our office.

How long does KöR Whitening last?

Unlike other whitening methods which fade over time, KöR delivers permanent whitening with easy periodic home maintenance.

Why are my teeth stained?

Over time, your teeth can become dull or yellowed, leading to a loss of confidence in your smile. Coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and acidic foods can dull your tooth enamel. The aging process can also contribute to an overall dimming of your smile. With proper whitening treatment, your dentist can reverse yellowing, staining, and even signs of aging for a more confident and youthful smile.

Does teeth whitening work on crowns, veneers, or fillings?

No, teeth bleaching treatment is formulated to work on natural enamel. The whitening gels can’t penetrate porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin, leading to uneven results. If you have extensive dental work, we will discuss alternatives to whitening that will give you the results you’re looking for.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, it is. We use the highest quality whitening formulas available for safety and consistency, offering professional-strength bleaching without harming your teeth or gums.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Generally, no, teeth whitening is gentle on your teeth. While the process itself is quite comfortable, some patients may experience temporary sensitivity in their teeth while following a whitening treatment. Our dentists take every precaution to prevent sensitivity and use specific strategies to ensure patient comfort at every step of treatment.


Do I need to see an emergency dentist?

It’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible when you experience a dental injury, infection, or other emergency condition. Delaying care will prolong your symptoms, and may even cause your condition to worsen. Be sure to seek assistance from a trained dental professional as soon as possible.

Is an emergency dental exam expensive?

The total cost of your treatment will depend on your case and unique needs. That said, we do everything we can to offer affordable dental care at transparent prices, including all emergency services. We also offer flexible financing options to help you cover all out-of-pocket expenses.

Can you see me today?

We do everything we can to see you! That’s why we try to fit in same-day appointments to get you in as quickly as possible. Walk-ins are accepted as scheduling permits. We can’t guarantee appointment times, so be sure to call us in case of an accident or emergency.

Should I go to the ER for a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can sometimes be frightening and we understand your first instinct may be to go to the hospital. But unless you’re experiencing severe symptoms of uncontrolled bleeding or swelling, you should contact your local dentist right away.

Highland Dental Arts is here to help you smile.