Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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We are partners with our patients and your input matters to us. After your comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Amanda Matthews explains the details of her findings and the treatment she proposes. At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we encourage you to ask us any oral-health related questions you have. Whether something comes up during your exam, or you have a general concern, our dental team is always happy to find the answers you need.

There are questions that we often hear from our Wilmington, DE patients, and we've shared them below. If you don't find the information you need here, please don't hesitate to call us. We've also filled our website with loads of helpful information, so we hope you'll take a few minutes to check it out.

General Dentistry

For best results, we recommend aligners are taken out while eating or drinking anything besides water. This will prevent the teeth from being bathed in food debris, sugar, or plaque which can result in decay, staining, or gum irritation and recession.

Fortunately, whitening has not been shown to be harmful to your teeth. Whitening, also known as bleaching, does not weaken tooth enamel or make teeth more prone to cavities or bone loss. In some cases, there is temporary sensitivity in the teeth as the teeth are whitening but this is not a lingering effect or a sign that anything is going badly.

Not when they are done correctly. Clear aligners are designed to fit comfortably over the teeth and not rub your gums, tongue, or cheek. There will be some initial pressure on the teeth as each new tray is introduced which goes away in a day or two. This mild pressure is necessary to guide the teeth to their optimal position.

A lot of our cases can be completed in about 6 months to a year! This is far below the typical 2 years needed to complete a full orthodontic case with traditional braces.

At-home whitening is as easy as 1-2-3! Your first appointment is a fast, digital, goop-free impression taken of your teeth. Second, we try in your trays, give you instructions, and answer any questions you have. And third, you wear your trays at night and enjoy your fantastic results! Each appointment in the office is only about 20 minutes. If you choose to boost your whitening with our Kor Max, there is one more in-office treatment which take about 90 minutes.

Our at-home whitening fee is $499 and includes your custom-made trays and gel. If you choose, you can augment your bleaching with our in-office boost. The fee for at-home bleaching with the in-office boost is $750 and includes your trays, gel, and 3 in-office treatments. Our whitening system is based on scientific research to make your teeth as white as possible with no sensitivity or discomfort.

If you talk to any teenagers, you may be most familiar with visible traditional braces which use metal brackets cemented to the teeth and wires fastened to the brackets to move the teeth. These traditional braces have been used for many years and are the way orthodontics has been done for a long time. Luckily, newer technology has made this metal look a thing of the past. Clear aligners are thin plastic trays that fit over your teeth, designed to be virtually invisible, and use tooth-colored buttons to guide teeth to their ideal position. There is no wire tightening, no wires poking your cheek, no brackets falling off on weekends, and the comfortable and clear trays are worn sequentially to gently move teeth to their optimal position.

Special training is needed to plan, design, and implement clear aligners so only select dentists are able to use clear aligners. Also, some patients have more severe cases that are best treated by an Orthodontist. An example of this might be jaw misalignment, severe crowding, and jaw joint issues.

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