How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
We generally recommend that you visit us at least twice every year. This lets us keep up with your oral health and look for signs of problems before they develop. Depending on your overall health and dental needs, our doctors may recommend more frequent visits.
Who Do You Treat?
We are proud to serve all adults in the Wabash Valley! From ages 18 to 102, we are happy to provide elite care to anyone who wants to experience the next level in dentistry.
What Should I Bring to My Appointment?
Please bring your ID and dental insurance card to each appointment. If you are a new patient, we ask that you arrive a few minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork. If you are a current patient who has experienced a recent life change – such as a marriage, divorce or change of address – please let our receptionist know so we can make the necessary changes to your documents.
How Long Will My Appointment Last?
Appointment lengths vary by patient. In general, you should expect to be here for at least 30 minutes. Some treatments – such as fillings, fluoride treatments, and cleanings – may last less than an hour.
We will always do our best to work around your schedule and keep the appointment time to a minimum.
What Kind of Financing Do You Offer?
We are proud to accept most major dental insurance plans. If you are not covered by insurance, we also accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash. If you think you might be unable to pay for your treatment, we may be able to offer other financing options such as CareCredit.
At Elite Smiles Dental, we do everything we can to ensure you have access to the quality dental care you and your family deserve.
What Does a General Visit Include?
During your twice-yearly visit to Elite Smiles Dental, we will conduct a thorough cleaning and examination of your mouth. Your visit will begin with a cleaning by one of our skilled dental hygienists. While they clean and floss your teeth, they will be looking for anything strange or unusual that might indicate a problem.
After your cleaning, our doctor will conduct an extensive examination of your mouth. He will check your teeth, gums, oral tissues, facial muscles, etc. for signs of problems. If necessary, he may also recommend x-rays to check your tooth structure, bone, and underlying tissues.
How Do I Take Care of My Teeth at Home?
Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and eating a healthy diet are both extremely important for your health. Our doctors recommend brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. When possible, use a soft-bristle brush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Avoid chewing on hard foods like ice. Try to minimize your consumption of coffees, teas, and dark fruits and veggies to keep your teeth healthy and bright.
What Is the Best Way to Prevent Cavities?
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing cavities.
First, brush and floss your teeth twice every day. Additional products like mouthwash kill bacteria and make it easier to keep your mouth clean and germ-free. When choosing a dental product, be sure to look for items that contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that will help strengthen and protect your teeth against decay.
Secondly, avoid eating too many sweet things. Bacteria thrive on sugar.
Finally, continue to visit your dentist at least two times each year. Regular visits will help us keep an eye on your teeth and gums and spot signs of decay early before cavities have time to develop.
Why Won’t My Teeth Stay White?
Even if you take wonderful care of your teeth, they may still be at risk of becoming dark and stained. Several factors contribute to discoloration. Coffee, tea, tobacco, and dark-colored fruits and vegetables can all be responsible for stained teeth. Limiting your consumption of these things may help keep your teeth brighter for longer.
If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, ask us about our professional in-office and at-home teeth whitening solutions!
I Lost/Broke A Tooth – What Should I Do?
If you have experienced some kind of dental emergency, call us right away at (812)-232-6654. We will get you in to see the doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you can come into the office, the easier it will be to save and restore your tooth.
How Do I Learn More?
We have several educational resources available on our website. Visit our services page and click on a topic to learn more.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to call our office at (812)-232-6654. One of our friendly receptionists will be able to answer any of your questions or schedule a consultation.