The first of the year is a great time to re-evaluate things in your life. Do you need so much clutter in your house? Do you need to focus more on your health? These are all questions millions of Americans are asking themselves this month.
At 7 O’Clock Dental, we are here to help you maintain a healthier mouth. And, for many of us, the first of the year, is the perfect time to do that. That’s because most dental insurance companies operate on a calendar schedule, meaning your benefits are renewed at the beginning of the year.
Here is something most people who have dental insurance do not know: Your dental insurance benefits are only good for 12 months, and most Americans with dental insurance typically are given $1,000 to $1,500 to use on preventive and restorative care. Unfortunately, most dental insurance companies do not rollover at the end of the year. The money goes back into the insurance company’s bottom line. I don’t want that to happen to again this year, so knows the time to plan ahead. Today I have three ways you can improve your smile this year. Before you commit to treatment, check to see if your insurance covers the procedures.
1. Regular cleanings and exams. This is the first line of defense to make sure you do not have substantial dental problems. During your dental exams, we check for signs of gum disease and dental decay. We also clean and polish the teeth. The cleaning allows us to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth to reduce the risk of gum disease. We also polish the teeth to make it harder for plaque and harmful bacteria to stick to the surface of the teeth.
We recommend that patients have two cleanings a year. What’s great is that these cleanings are often covered 100 percent by dental insurance providers. Additionally, your insurance company may cover treatments like fluoride varnish. Fluoride is proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay and can be rendered on patients of all ages.
2. Block out the tooth decay with dental sealants. Sometimes no matter how hard we try to avoid cavities — brushing twice a day and visiting the dentist for cleanings — they still happen. We can block out the cavities with a short, noninvasive procedure dental sealants. The sealants are clear and are applied to the biting surface of the tooth. These dental sealants will not last forever, but they are a great line of defense.
Dental sealants can be placed in a matter of minutes and do not require the use of local anesthesia.
3.Brighten your smile with teeth whitening. Sometimes all a smile needs is a little more brightness to it. As a dentist, I often treat patients who have dingy teeth. Almost everyone I meet wants more beautiful, whiter teeth. It’s hard to be confident with your smile when your teeth are dingy or even unhealthy looking.
That’s why we offer one of the best whitening systems available. KoR whitening that can improve the brightness of your teeth by almost 16 shades. That makes KoR one of the strongest whitening systems on the market. We begin this treatment with an in-office whitening session. Then we’ll provide custom whitening trays and a whitening gel for you to wear at home. You’ll wear the whitening tray overnight for a few weeks. You’ll start to see results almost immediately.
KoR whitening can even remove the heaviest stains — those caused by medicines.
Schedule an Appointment With Us Today
At 7 O’Clock Dental, we can want to work with you to improve the health and function of your teeth. This year can be the year you change your smile once and for all. Call our office today at 504-266-0664 to schedule an appointment.