Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does Dr. Richardson keep up to date on all of the current dental techniques and materials?
A. Dr. Richardson has studied under many of the top dentists in the world. He holds memberships in a variety of dental associations and continues to network with peers and pursue continuing education in the latest dental techniques and tools. In addition to learning about dentistry, Dr. Richardson shares his knowledge with other dentists through lectures and seminars. Read more about Dr. Richardson on our about us page.
Q. Can you show me a preview of how my smile will look before I choose to undergo treatment?
A. Absolutely! In fact, this is one of our areas of expertise. We routinely use cosmetic imaging to help our patients visualize the results of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry work. With today's advanced digital technology, we are able to generate graphic images to let you preview how beautiful your smile can be.
Q. Do you accept referrals?
A. We welcome your referrals! Referring us to your friends and family is the finest compliment that we can receive. It's helpful if new patients complete a patient evaluation form prior to the first visit; we also appreciate receiving their recent records and X-rays ahead of time, if possible.
Q. What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?
A. While the popular makeover television shows have made some dental enhancement brands household words, we believe that dental work is not one-size-fits-all. We work with world-renowned labs and state of the art ceramists to custom make our veneers, crowns, and other aesthetic options. We also create a spa-like environment to help you achieve maximum comfort during your procedure.
Q. What payment methods do you accept?
A. We understand dentistry can be an investment in your health, so we offer many creative financing options, such as CareCredit. Ask our friendly patient care coordinator for specifics when you call for your appointment.
Q. How can I make my teeth white?
A. Our in-office Zoom! teeth whitening is one of the simplest, safest ways to immediately improve the impact of your smile! We also offer take-home whitening trays to touch up your professionally whitened smile or as a cost-effective alternative. Dr. Richardson and our team can educate you on ways to maintain your bright, white smile.
Q. Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials... Can you tell me more about these procedures?
A. We are always happy to educate our patients about the aesthetic treatments we offer. We offer informative and interesting pages on cosmetic and restorative procedures. As you browse our site, make notes on the treatments you are most interested in and then give us a call. We will never perform a procedure without making sure you are completely comfortable with all of your options.
Q. I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces. Can you help me?
A. Dr. Richardson has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. Porcelain veneers, also called instant orthodontics, bring uniformity and beauty to virtually any smile. For front teeth impacted by a bad bite, Invisalign provides near-invisible orthodontics. When you call our office for an appointment, tell us your concerns, and we'll provide you information on all of your options.
Q. Where can I learn more about some of the products you use in dentistry?
A. We use many different products to enhance our patients' smiles. You're welcome to visit the website of some of the manufacturers of the products we use. Here are a few with links to their sites: Captek, Ivoclar, and Zoom!.
Q. What if I need to cancel an appointment?
A. We realize that emergencies and unanticipated interruptions occasionally occur, but we want to respect your time, as well as that of other patients. We request that you give us at least two business days notice so that we can serve other patients or work in emergency appointments.
Q. Do you accept my insurance plan?
A. We are more than happy to work with any insurance company as long as the company gives you the opportunity to select any dentist. We offer to file insurance claims for you. Our patient care coordinator can provide detailed information to you about insurance and other financing issues.
Q. What kind of power toothbrush does Dr. Richardson recommend?
A. We recommend the Sonicare power toothbrush because it gently removes up to 15% more plaque than a manual brush and significantly reduces your risk for gum disease. The sonic wave technology is gentle on teeth and gums and has been proven to alleviate teeth sensitivity, which often results from harsh or aggressive manual brushing. In addition, the Sonicare power brush removes tough coffee and tobacco stains, leaving your teeth up to 2.5 shades whiter in the first two weeks.
Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a free consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.