Dental Checkups

How often should I schedule a dental checkup?

For optimal oral health, we recommend scheduling a dental checkup every six months. This regularity allows us to detect and address any dental issues early on, keeping your smile healthy and beautiful.

Are dental checkups painful?

Dental checkups are typically painless and comfortable. Our team at Seneca Family Dentistry prioritizes your comfort throughout the entire process.

What if I have dental anxiety?

We understand that some patients may experience dental anxiety. Our compassionate team will take the time to listen to your concerns and provide a relaxing environment to help you feel at ease during your visit.

How can I maintain good oral health at home?

In addition to regular checkups, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and choosing a balanced diet that supports your dental health.

Do you accept insurance plans?

Yes, we accept most major dental insurance plans. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in understanding your coverage and maximizing your benefits.


Is Invisalign suitable for me?

Invisalign is effective for treating a variety of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. A consultation with a dental professional can determine if Invisalign is the right option for your specific needs.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies based on individual cases. On average, treatment can last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the complexity of your orthodontic issues. During your consultation, your dentist will provide a more accurate estimate of the treatment timeline.

Are the aligners comfortable to wear?

Yes, Invisalign aligners are designed for comfort. They are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, ensuring a comfortable fit without the irritation that traditional braces can sometimes cause.

Can I remove the aligners during treatment?

Absolutely! One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. You can take them out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. However, for the best results, it's recommended to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day.

Are there any dietary restrictions with Invisalign?

No, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign. Since the aligners are removable, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging braces or getting food stuck.

How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

Cleaning your aligners is easy. Simply brush them gently with a toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the aligners. There are also special Invisalign cleaning kits available for thorough cleaning.

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

It's possible to experience a slight adjustment period when you first start wearing Invisalign aligners. However, most people adapt quickly, and any speech changes are usually temporary.

How often do I need to visit the dentist during Invisalign treatment?

Your dentist will schedule regular check-ups, typically every 4 to 6 weeks, to monitor your progress and provide you with new sets of aligners. These visits ensure that your treatment is on track and your smile is transforming as planned.

Can I switch to Invisalign if I've had braces before?

Yes, Invisalign can be a great option for individuals who have had braces in the past but have experienced orthodontic relapse. It's best to consult with a dental professional to determine the most suitable treatment for your specific case.

How do I maintain my results after Invisalign treatment?

After completing your Invisalign treatment, your dentist will likely recommend wearing retainers to maintain your newly aligned smile. It's important to follow their instructions to prevent your teeth from shifting back.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

Many dental insurance plans offer coverage for Invisalign treatment, similar to traditional braces. It's a good idea to check with your insurance provider to understand your specific coverage details.


What issues do veneers address?

Veneers are ideal for correcting a range of cosmetic concerns, including chipped, stained, crooked, or unevenly spaced teeth. They are especially effective for front teeth, which are most visible when you smile.

How do veneers work?

During the veneer placement process, a small amount of enamel is gently removed from your teeth to create space for the veneers. The veneers are then meticulously crafted to match the size, shape, and color you desire. Once ready, they are securely bonded to your teeth, resulting in a natural-looking and radiant smile.

Are veneers permanent?

Yes, veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic solution. The process involves removing a thin layer of enamel, which means that once you have veneers, you'll always need some form of restoration on those teeth.

Are veneers noticeable?

Not at all! Porcelain veneers are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable. The result is a beautifully enhanced smile that looks entirely natural.

Are veneers stain-resistant?

Yes, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, making them a great option for maintaining a bright and vibrant smile even after consuming foods and drinks that may cause staining.

Is the veneer placement process painful?

The veneer placement process is typically painless. Local anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort during the enamel removal process. You might experience some sensitivity after the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few days.

How long does the process take?

The process of getting porcelain veneers usually requires a few appointments. These include consultation, preparation, impressions, fabrication, and bonding. The entire process can take a few weeks from start to finish.

Do veneers require special care?

Caring for veneers is quite straightforward. Simply maintain a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. Avoid using your teeth to open packages or biting down on hard objects to prevent damaging the veneers.

Can veneers be whitened?

While veneers themselves are resistant to staining, they cannot be whitened once they are in place. If you're considering teeth whitening, it's best to do it before getting veneers to ensure a consistent shade across all your teeth.

Can I still eat normally with veneers?

Absolutely! Veneers are strong and durable. You can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages without restrictions. However, it's a good idea to avoid extremely hard foods or habits like nail-biting that could potentially damage your veneers.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care, veneers can last for many years, often a decade or more. Regular dental check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene practices will contribute to their longevity.

Can veneers be replaced?

Yes, veneers can be replaced if needed. Over time, due to wear and tear or changes in preferences, you might decide to have your veneers replaced to maintain your desired smile appearance.

Are veneers suitable for everyone?

Veneers are a great option for many individuals looking to improve their smile. However, a consultation with a dental professional is essential to determine if you're a suitable candidate for veneers based on your specific dental condition.

How do veneers compare to other cosmetic options like teeth whitening or bonding?

Veneers offer a comprehensive solution that addresses a variety of cosmetic concerns at once. Unlike teeth whitening, which focuses solely on brightening your teeth, veneers can correct issues like chips, cracks, and misalignment. They also provide longer-lasting results compared to dental bonding.

Dental Implants

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

The dental implant procedure is typically well-tolerated by patients. Local anesthesia and sedation are used to ensure your comfort during the surgery. After the procedure, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and regular dental checkups, dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime. They are designed to be a durable and permanent solution for tooth replacement.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most individuals with missing teeth and good overall oral health are candidates for dental implants. Our dental team will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your medical history to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly, and visit our dental office for routine checkups and cleanings. With proper oral hygiene, your dental implants will remain healthy and functional for years to come.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental implant coverage varies depending on your insurance plan. Our friendly team will work with you to understand your coverage and maximize your benefits.


Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when performed under the supervision of dental professionals, teeth whitening is safe and effective. Our team at Seneca Family Dentistry ensures your safety and comfort throughout the entire process.

How long will the results last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results varies from person to person. With proper oral care and lifestyle habits, the effects of teeth whitening can last for several months to a few years.

Can anyone undergo teeth whitening?

While teeth whitening is generally safe for most individuals, not everyone is a suitable candidate. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals with severe tooth sensitivity, or those with certain dental conditions may not be eligible for whitening. A consultation with our dentists will determine if you are a good candidate.

Does teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

Some patients may experience temporary tooth sensitivity during or after the whitening treatment. However, this sensitivity is usually mild and subsides shortly after the procedure.

How can I maintain my results?

To maintain your bright smile, practice good oral hygiene habits, avoid staining foods and beverages, and consider touch-up treatments as needed.

Emergency Dentistry

When is it considered a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked-out or chipped teeth, lost dental restorations, abscesses, and any situation causing significant pain or jeopardizing your oral health.

Are dental emergencies covered by insurance?

Dental emergency coverage may vary depending on your insurance plan. Our friendly staff will assist you in understanding your coverage and maximizing your benefits.

Can I avoid dental emergencies?

While some dental emergencies are unforeseen, maintaining regular dental checkups and practicing good oral hygiene can help prevent many dental problems.

Can I schedule a same-day emergency appointment?

Yes, we strive to accommodate dental emergencies promptly. Call our office, and we will do our best to see you on the same day.

What if I have dental anxiety during a dental emergency?

Our dental team is experienced in handling dental emergencies with compassion and understanding. We offer dental sedation options to help you feel calm and relaxed during your emergency visit.