How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find early signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We follow strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health problems, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create a host of problems and significant oral damage, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
Yes! Flossing loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing gum disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, we will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral healthcare routine easy.
I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn’t! Your smile is unique, and we won’t compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Lumineers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we’ll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile. We offer digital imaging for smile previews, as well.
My smile is missing teeth. What are my options for replacement teeth?
The closest prosthetic to natural teeth, dental implants are composed of a small titanium post implanted into the jaw and an esthetic crown. Because this structure imitates nature, dental implant patients enjoy a strong, comfortable, fully functional smile that lasts a lifetime. Learn more about dental implants in our patient library, then call for your consultation.
I want straighter teeth, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
Depending on your unique case, Dr. Wei may suggest porcelain veneers or Invisalign clear braces. Read more about these procedures in our services area.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and coworkers that we give you every time you visit.
I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. By offering nitrous oxide, oral medication prior to your visit, noise cancelling Bose headphones, DVD movies, and the STA system which provides more precise pain-free injections. Our Midtown Manhattan dental office can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve!
What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit about 90% less radiation. Detailed images are immediately available for viewing on chairside monitors in our treatment rooms. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they’re earth friendly!
Does Dr. Wei accept dental insurance?
Yes. All major PPO dental insurance plans accepted. We are preferred providers for most major insurance carriers, and we also file out-of-network claims. Even though dental insurance is a private arrangement between you and your company, we will file your claim, handle all the paperwork, and help you get maximum insurance benefits. Please ask us about your insurance when you call to schedule your consultation. After your initial comprehensive exam, Dr. Wei will discuss treatment options with you. Once the two of you determine which options will accomplish your goals and work with your unique situation, we’ll create a treatment plan and estimate your portion of the bill. Please prepare to pay your copay or deductible at your visit. Your insurance provider should cover the balance. However, if your provider does not pay their estimated portion, we will adjust your account accordingly and let you know. Please understand that insurance does not cover all treatments. For your convenience we accept cash, personal checks, major credit cards and we work with some third party patient financing companies. Also, ask us about our easy financing options such as CareCredit, an interest free flexible monthly payment plan you can apply for right in our office!
What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?
Our goal is to make you comfortable, both in the operatory and with the financial arrangements for your dental care. Dr. Wei accepts cash, checks, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Care Credit, and he offers some customized payment options. Your dental health is vital to your overall health, so we do our part to make financial arrangements convenient for our patients.