We hope you’re having a good start to 2018. The beginning of the year is a great time to set up your goals for the next 12 months. For many us, that means eating healthier. But the first of the year is also a great time to change your smile.
Our Decatur, Alabama dental office has a variety of treatments to correct your general dental needs, restorative dental needs, and cosmetic dental needs. Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry has been treating patients of all ages for more than 25 years. You can reach our office today by calling 256-274-8680.
Start Planning Your Dental Treatment For the Year
January is the right time to begin planning your treatment because it’s when insurance companies roll over their annual allotments for cardholders. Most dental insurance companies provide dollars for dental treatments — covering typically half the cost of the treatment and often covering dental cleanings and exams at 100 percent.
There are millions of Americans who have dental insurance, and unfortunately, not all of those people use all of their dental dollars. You pay monthly premiums, and whatever you don’t use, you lose. The dental insurance company isn’t going to return that money to you. It goes back to their bottom line.
We can go ahead and schedule your dental cleanings and exams for the year. It’ll will ensure that you’re taking advantage of your dental insurance while maintaining a healthy mouth.
Enroll in Our Whitening For Life Program
There are millions of Americans who are trying over-the-counter whitening products every year. Some studies estimate that we spend at least $1 billion on whitening products every year. You have whitening toothpaste and even whitening strips. The problem with products like whitening strips is that the bleaching agent is not strong enough and can make your smile uneven.
Our office provides an elite whitening program that can improve the brightness of your teeth by several shades. We design custom trays for our patients and prescribe a powerful bleaching agent that will brighten your teeth. Once you have the trays, you’ll use the whitening trays every day for about two weeks.
You can enroll in our Whitening For Life program with a one-time fee of $99. As soon as you enroll, we’ll get your whitening treatment started. As long as you maintain your regular dental appointments, you’ll receive free whitening touch-ups forever.
It’s Time to End Your Dental Fear
Dental fear is a major problem in our community and around the country. We understand that some people are anxious about the dentist. It’s estimated that between 10 to 20 percent of Americans have dental anxiety. Some people have had bad dental experiences in the past, and others fear the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office. We consider our office a worry-free zone. We don’t expect our patients to sweat through the dental visits or wonder what’s exactly going on in their mouths.
Resolve Jaw Pain in Our Office
Jaw pain or headaches can be mysterious and downright painful. The problem often stems from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is located on each side of the face and is at work each time we open and close our mouths.
Many people have problems with their TMJ whenever they wake up in the morning because of habits like clenching and grinding. These habits put a great deal of pressure on the joint and can inflame or damage the joint and muscles around the joint. Furthermore, people who clench or grind their teeth can increase the risk of tooth fractures or even wear down their enamel.
To help combat this problem, we’re treating patients with a custom oral appliance. The appliance is worn at night — the time when we most often clench or grind — and keeps the teeth from touching while you sleep. People who wear the oral appliance notice an instant change. They no longer wake up with a sore jaw or a headache. It’s a simple way to correct a major nagging problem.
If you’re looking for some big smile gains this year or simply need to see a new dentist, give Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry a call today at 256-274-8680 or use the online form to request a visit.