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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Below, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common dental questions Dr. McVety and our team have received over the years. We believe that patient education is extremely important, because in our experience, an informed patient is usually a healthy one as well! Have a question that isn’t on this page? If so, give us a call any time!

How often should I visit the dentist?

This answer can be different for every patient depending on their particular needs, but for the average person, two dental visits each year consisting of checkups and cleanings are recommended. These help Dr. McVety catch and treat small issues early so they don’t have the chance to become major headaches later on!

How can I get rid of the space between my front teeth?

Dr. McVety can offer two solutions to this very common problem. One is porcelain veneers, in which thin pieces of ceramic are placed over the teeth in order to eliminate the gap. Or, he can physically change the spacing between the teeth using an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign. Either way, the result will be the same: no more gap! Which approach is best for you? Give us a call today to find out.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth?

Rather than trusting some underpowered whitening treatment from the store, Dr. McVety can provide you with professional strength whitening that’s guaranteed to make coffee, wine, and tobacco stains disappear. You can either get a complete treatment in-office or use a custom-made kit we’ll design just for you. Whichever one you choose, you can easily make your smile 6-8 shades whiter!

Can you fix my “gummy” smile?

Many patients have an overbearing gum line that actually throws their smile out of proportion, making their teeth appear too short and stubby. Thankfully, Dr. McVety can quickly and painlessly take care of this problem with a soft tissue laser, which uses a focused beam of light to remove any excess tissue, naturally increasing the length of the teeth.

What is the best way to replace missing teeth?

This answer can differ from patient to patient depending on their specific situation, but for most, Dr. McVety would highly recommend dental implants. This state-of-the-art replacement is the only treatment that restores a tooth both above and below the gum line, creating the next best thing to a natural tooth. And, unlike with other practices, you can actually get the entire procedure completed here at Casco Bay Smiles, saving you from having to run between different offices. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, contact us today.

Can Casco Bay Smiles help with a dental emergency?

Yes. If you or a loved one is experiencing a lot of dental pain due to a toothache or injured tooth, go ahead and give us a call, and we’ll be ready to help. We’re happy to accept emergency patients and even schedule same-day appointments so we can get people out of pain as quickly as possible. Even if you’re unsure whether or not you need immediate care, give us a call, and we’ll let you know what you should do next.

Will Casco Bay Smiles accept my insurance?

If your plan allows you to pick your dental care provider, then yes, we will accept your insurance! We’re able to work with a long list of the most popular providers, and our team will make the process of maximizing your benefits nice and simple. To see how we can use your insurance to help you save, contact us today.

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