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Dental Cleaning

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

It’s important to schedule an appointment with an experienced pediatric dentist as soon as possible after their first baby tooth erupts (usually between 6-12 months), so they can begin learning healthy habits early in life that will help ensure lifelong oral health! At this appointment, the pediatric dentist will review basic oral hygiene techniques with both you and your child while also providing preventive care such as examining their mouth for any potential problems like cavities or misalignment of their bite (occlusion).

How do dental cleanings work?

During a professional dental cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will typically use specialized tools to gently remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and along your gum line. They may also floss between each tooth before polishing them with special instruments that help leave them feeling smooth and looking shiny. In some cases, they might also apply fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and protect against tooth decay.

Are dental cleanings covered by insurance?

Most dental insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost of routine preventive care such as professional teeth cleanings and exams. Additionally, many plans also include coverage for additional treatments such as X-rays or fluoride treatments when necessary. Check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details related to your plan.

How often should I see the dentist?

Adults should visit their dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. However, depending on your individual oral health needs and risk factors, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. For instance, if you are at an increased risk of cavities or gum disease or have other oral health issues, you may need to visit the dentist more regularly for evaluations and cleanings.

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Generally, no, dental cleanings do not hurt. During a cleaning, the dentist or hygienist may use a special tool to remove away any tartar buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. This process may cause a slight sensation due to the pressure that is being applied to your teeth, but it should not be uncomfortable or painful. If you experience pain during a cleaning, tell your dentist right away.


What are the benefits of phase 1 orthodontics?

Phase 1 orthodontics provides several benefits, including:

  • Early correction of orthodontic problems, which can prevent them from becoming more severe in the future.
  • Shorter overall treatment time, as the problems are addressed while the jaw and bones are still developing.
  • Improved oral function and bite, resulting in a more comfortable and healthier smile.

Who is a candidate for phase 1 orthodontics?

Children who are between the ages of 6 and 10 and have orthodontic problems that are likely to become more severe if left untreated are good candidates for phase 1 orthodontics. This can include issues such as crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and jaw growth problems.

What is phase 1 orthodontics?

Phase 1 orthodontics, also known as early interceptive treatment, is a type of orthodontic treatment that is designed to address orthodontic issues in children at an early age. It aims to correct problems such as bite issues, overcrowding, and jaw growth problems while the child’s jaw and bones are still developing.

How do I care for my braces?

To care for your braces, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. You should also avoid eating hard, sticky, or sugary foods and be careful when participating in physical activities to prevent damaging the braces. If you experience any discomfort or problems with your braces, be sure to contact your dentist or orthodontist right away.

Are braces covered by insurance?

Braces are often covered by dental insurance, but the extent of coverage varies depending on your individual policy. Contact your insurance provider for more information.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by applying gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into the desired position. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series, gradually moving towards the final desired position of your teeth.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign is suitable for most people with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, and underbites. Your dentist or orthodontist can assess your specific needs and determine if Invisalign is the best option for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using clear, custom-made aligners instead of traditional metal braces. The aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic material that is worn over the teeth.


What are the benefits of veneers over other cosmetic treatment options?

Veneers offer many benefits over other cosmetic dental treatments, including being quick and non-invasive, customizable, durable and long-lasting, and natural-looking.

Are veneers covered by insurance?

Typically, veneers are considered a cosmetic dental treatment and are not covered by insurance. However, our team offers payment options and flexible financing to cover the cost of your care.

How long does the process of getting veneers take?

The process of getting veneers typically takes two to three visits to the dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will evaluate your dental health and take impressions of your teeth. During the second visit, the veneers will be bonded to the front of your teeth.

Can veneers be whitened?

No, veneers cannot be whitened. If you want to change the colour of your veneers, you will need to have new veneers made.

Can veneers be removed?

Yes, veneers can be removed if necessary, but this will damage the natural tooth structure underneath. Only your dentist can remove your veneers for repair or replacement.

Are veneers painful?

No, veneers are a minimally invasive procedure and typically do not cause any discomfort.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for many years, typically 10 to 15 years.

How are veneers made?

Veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to match the shape, size, and colour of your existing teeth. The process typically involves taking impressions of your teeth and bonding the veneers to the front of your teeth using a special dental adhesive.

What do veneers treat?

Veneers are used to improve the appearance of a variety of dental concerns, including discoloured or stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth, gapped or misaligned teeth, and worn or misshapen teeth.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front of your teeth. They are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile.


Can I eat with my dentures?

Yes, with properly fitting dentures, you should be able to eat most of your favorite foods. It may take some time to get used to eating with dentures, but with time, you should be able to eat with comfort and confidence.

How do I care for my dentures?

Dentures require proper care to maintain their function and appearance. This includes cleaning them daily, soaking them in a denture solution, and storing them in a safe place when not in use. Our team will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your dentures.

Can dentures be repaired or adjusted?

Yes, dentures can be repaired or adjusted if they become loose or damaged. Our team will work with you to ensure that your dentures are always comfortable and functional.

How much do dentures cost?

The cost of dentures varies depending on several factors, including the type of denture, the material used, and any additional treatments or services needed. Our team will work with you to provide a detailed estimate based on your specific case.

How long does it take to get dentures?

The process of getting dentures typically takes several visits to our office, with a total time frame of several weeks. Our team will work with you to ensure that your dentures are made as quickly as possible while still ensuring the highest quality.

Crowns & Bridges

How much do crowns and bridges cost?

The cost of a crown or bridge will vary depending on the type of crown or bridge you choose and your insurance coverage. Our team will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your budget and meets your specific needs.

Will getting a crown or bridge hurt?

Getting a crown or bridge is typically a painless procedure, and we will use local anesthesia to numb the area around your tooth. You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this should resolve within a day or two.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

With proper care, crowns and bridges can last for many years, often 10-15 years or more. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings will help ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge.

How long does it take to get a crown or bridge?

The process of getting a crown or bridge typically takes two or more appointments, spaced several weeks apart while your restoration is being made at a dental lab. The exact timing will depend on the complexity of your case and the type of restoration you choose.


How much does teeth whitening cost?

The cost of teeth whitening will vary depending on the type of whitening procedure you choose and the dental professional you see. During your initial consultation, our team will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

Can anyone get their teeth whitened?

Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. During your initial consultation, our dental professional will evaluate your teeth and discuss your whitening options.

How long does the whitening procedure take?

The length of the whitening procedure will depend on the type of whitening procedure you choose. Some procedures can be completed in as little as one hour, while others may require multiple appointments.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

No, teeth whitening is a painless procedure. However, some people may experience some tooth sensitivity during or after the procedure, which is temporary.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is a safe and effective cosmetic dental procedure when performed by a trained dental professional. Our teeth whitening treatments use advanced technology and are safe for your teeth and gums.


Can dental emergencies be prevented?

To some extent, yes. Regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene, and avoiding hard or crunchy foods can help prevent some dental emergencies.

What if I cannot afford emergency dental care?

At Family Dental Care Tottenham, we accept a range of payment options, including insurance and financing, to make emergency dental care more accessible and affordable.

Can I wait until the next business day to see a dentist for a dental emergency?

Depending on your condition, no, it is important to seek prompt dental care as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can worsen your condition and increase the risk of further complications. Be sure to call our office for assistance. We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs and see you as soon as possible.

How do I know if I have a dental emergency?

If you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or bleeding in your mouth, you may have a dental emergency. Call us immediately for prompt care. We will try to make sure you’re seen as soon as scheduling permits.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency outside of normal business hours?

If you have a dental emergency outside of normal business hours, please please email us at and leave a message. We will try to reach out to you as soon as we can to accommodate your needs.