Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
Bonding
 
Does it hurt?
 
In the vast majority of cases, bonding involves no significant discomfort. In fact, freezing is required in only a few situations.
 
How long does it last?
 
Typically we expect bonding to last for 3-7 years. However, many factors impact the life span of bonding. Some of these factors include tooth grinding, habits such as nail biting, extremely hard foods like un popped corn kernels, and tooth decay. All these factors are explained to you during the consultation.
 
How much does it cost?
 
Bonding can cost between $200 to $500 per tooth depending on the amount and type of work that needs to be done.
 
Does insurance cover the cost?
 
Depending upon the type of procedure required and the type of insurance plan, some patients can get almost 50% reimbursement.
 
 
Porcelain Veneers
 
Does it hurt?
 
The placement of veneers often requires freezing. Once frozen the procedure should be quite comfortable.
 
How long does it last?
 
Typically we expect porcelain veneers to last for 10-15 years. However, many factors impact the life span of veneers. Some of these factors include tooth grinding, habits such as nail biting, extremely hard foods like un popped corn kernels, and tooth decay. All these factors are explained to you during the consultation.
 
How much does it cost?
 
Porcelain veneers cost between $1000 and $1200 per tooth depending on the type of porcelain system we decide to use.
 
Does insurance cover the cost?
 
Usually not. Porcelain veneers are usually defined as a cosmetic procedure, and therefore most plans will not cover it. However, there are exceptions to this which can be discussed at your consultation.
 
 
Tooth Whitening
 
Does it hurt?
 
Most bleaching systems can cause some minor tooth sensitivity while the bleach is being used. It usually goes away within a day or two of the end of your bleaching program. Zoom bleaching can cause sensitivity while the bleaching process is being done, and can last for a day or two afterwards.
 
How long does it last?
 
How long bleaching lasts depends largely on the patient. Drinking a lot of tea, coffee, red wine and cola drinks, and smoking tobacco will cause teeth to darken. This is why you had to bleach in the first place! Typically you will want to touch up the bleaching once every 6-12 months. You will be provided with enough touch up material to last for 1 application.
 
Is it safe?
 
Bleaching products have been extensively studied, and have been found to be very safe and effective if used as directed.
 
How much does it cost?
 
Take home bleaching costs $360, while Zoom! Bleaching costs $800. Touch up kits are available for $25.
 
Does insurance cover the cost?
 
As a cosmetic procedure, the answer is generally no.
 
 
Porcelain Crowns
 
Does it hurt?
 
The placement of crowns often requires freezing. Once frozen the procedure should be quite comfortable.
 
How long does it last?
 
Typically we expect porcelain crowns to last for 10-15 years. However, many factors impact the life span of crowns. Some of these factors include tooth grinding, habits such as nail biting, extremely hard foods like un popped corn kernels, and tooth decay. All these factors are explained to you during the consultation.
 
How much does it cost?
 
Porcelain crowns cost between $1000 and $1200 per tooth depending on the type of porcelain system we decide to use.
 
Does insurance cover the cost?
 
A number of dental plans cover crowns anywhere from 50% to 100%, but some plans to do not cover them at all.