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Are you taking new patients?
Dr. Sanchez welcomes new patients. He sees them as an opportunity to make new friends and create long-term relationships and encourages them to join the practice so they can take advantage of the friendly staff, their gentle touch, and state-of-the-art equipment. New patients can call for an appointment or request an appointment online. They can usually get an appointment within a few days if not even the same day.

Do you take my dental insurance?
Our staff will personally call your insurance company to determine what type of coverage you have. Once they have spoken to your insurance carrier, they will work with you to help maximize your dental insurance coverage, so that you can minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. If you have any questions about your dental plan, please don´t hesitate to ask us - we´re trained to help.

Will I need to have X-rays?
Dental diseases can be sometimes detected through visual and tactile examination. However, some parts of the teeth, such as the areas facing other teeth, as well as the attachment apparatus of the teeth and the bone quality cannot be properly evaluated without X-rays. They are prescribed at different time intervals depending on a patient´s age, dental history, present dental condition, risk factors for dental disease, and dietary consideration. Together with a comprehensive examination, X-rays are essential to proper diagnosis and treatment. But with using state of the art technology of Digital Xrays, Dr. Sanchez is able to diagnose disease with a fraction of the radiation that are used on conventional xrays.

Who can benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone can benefit from tooth whitening if they are in good oral health. Our teeth 'yellow' as we age and whiter teeth means a more 'youthful' you. Overall, whitening can deliver phenomenal results, up to 10 shades lighter. However, defective restorations can leak and allow some of the whitening agent to get under them causing sensitivity, and active periodontal disease can be exacerbated and accelerated by the whitening if not treated appropriately before it is done. Overall whitening can have a phenomenal result. For these and other reasons, you should have an evaluation before undergoing the procedure.

What causes tooth discoloration and what can I do to prevent it?
Teeth naturally discolor with age, but many things accelerate the process, such as consuming coffee, tea, cranberry juice, red wine, soda, berries and soy sauce. Smoking, long term use of cetain drugs such as tetracycline and poor dental hygiene also contribute. There are several things you can do to minimize the discoloration, such as:

Drink staining liquids through a straw, thus keeping them off the teeth
Eating crunchy fruits and veggies which act as abbrasives
Brushing immediately after eating, or at least rinsing well.

How should I select a cosmetic dentist?
In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends that you ask for the following items before undergoing treatment:

Before and After Photos - Examine the dentist´s treatment results on other patients to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.
References - Get a sense from other patients as to what type of quality care the dentist provides.

Continuing Education - Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.

As is the case when undergoing any dental treatment, you should consult with your dentist to find out which procedure is right for you.