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Frequently Asked Questions

The more you know about your dental care, the healthier your smile will be, so of course our team is more than happy to answer any questions you might have! We’ve gone ahead and answered some of our top FAQs below, but if there is anything else you’d like to know, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Do you accept child patients?

Yes! Our entire team has years of experience treating children, and many of us are parents ourselves, so we know exactly how to keep little ones calm and cool during their appointments. From check-ups and cleanings to dental sealants to fillings and more, we’ll make sure your favorite smile stays happy and healthy through every stage of development.

Why do I need a dental cleaning even if I brush/floss my teeth?

While brushing and flossing every day is absolutely essential, your tools at home simply aren’t able to clean every single surface in your mouth, which can allow plaque to accumulate and cavities to develop. By getting a cleaning performed by a hygienist every six months, they can target these trouble spots and give your smile an extra boost of fluoride as well to keep them strong and healthy.

One of my teeth really hurts…what should I do?

If you’re dealing with any kind of persistent dental pain, the best thing you can do is contact our office right away. Waiting will only allow the problem to get worse. We can fix most toothaches in a single appointment, and if you’re experiencing a lot of discomfort, we’ll be happy to see you the same day as your call so you can get relief right away.

What is the best way to replace my missing teeth?

While this answer will be different for each patient based on their unique situation, in most cases, we would first recommend dental implants. They simply offer the most natural-looking, durable, and reliable solution when it comes to restoring any number of missing teeth. Dr. Barakat has numerous special qualifications when it comes to implant dentistry, so he’ll be able to let you know if this treatment would be a good fit for you. If not, we have many other options.

How should I whiten my teeth?

While there are many whitening products on store shelves right now, none of them are as reliable or effective as the professional treatments we offer here at NaLa Smiles. The products we use are much stronger, meaning they’re able to better eliminate set-in stains, plus you have the option of getting a complete treatment in-office or using a custom-made take-home kit.

Is it possible to straighten my teeth without metal braces?

Yes! Invisalign is able to correct crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth using a series of thin plastic aligner trays. They have a very subtle appearance, meaning they won’t affect your day-to-day look, and you can simply take the trays off so you can eat and brush like normal. Even better, Invisalign is often able to work faster than traditional braces as well.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Yes, NaLa Smiles is happy to accept insurance plans from a wide variety of providers. We’re in-network with the most popular ones and accept all out-of-network plans as well. Give us a call to learn how we can use your particular plan and receive an estimate on how much you’ll be expected to pay out-of-pocket.

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Patients' Choice Winner logo American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry logo Academy of General Dentistry logo American Board of Oral Implantology Invisalign provider logo Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique logo