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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Doylestown, PA

Ask Your Doylestown Dentist

If you have questions about your dental care, instead of searching endlessly on the internet to get information that might not even apply to you, you can just give our dental office a call and ask whatever is on your mind. Dr. Rakowsky and our team love sharing our knowledge to help people live healthier lives. Below, we’ve gone ahead and answered some of our most popular questions. Read over them, but feel free to give us a call if you want to know more!

How often should I visit the dentist?

On average, a person of any age should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. These routine appointments allow our team to catch minor problems early and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth to stop cavities before they even begin.

Why do I need professional cleanings if I brush/floss every day?

Even if you take great care of your teeth at home, everyone has hard-to-reach and frequently missed areas in their mouth where plaque and tartar can accumulate and cause problems. Professional cleanings from our hygiene team can target these trouble spots that your tools at home simply can’t handle.

When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

You should schedule your child’s first dental exam right after their first tooth appears (or no later than their first birthday). This brief exam allows Dr. Rakowsky to make sure your little one’s smile is off to a good start. After this, your child will start attending regular checkups and cleanings starting around age 2.

Is over-the-counter whitening just as good as professional whitening?

Whitening strips, kits, and toothpaste from the store are typically not very strong and won’t make your teeth noticeably brighter. If you want to lighten your smile and remove stubborn stains, your best bet is getting a professional treatment from Dr. Rakowsky. He uses products that are much stronger than anything you can buy on your own, plus he can apply them in a way that will maximize your results.

Which cosmetic treatment is the best?

The answer to this question really depends on the individual patient as well as what they hope to accomplish. If you’re looking to enhance your smile, Dr. Rakowsky would be happy to schedule a FREE smile makeover consultation with you. During this appointment, he’ll answer your questions, listen to your goals, and go over your options so you know everything you need to achieve the smile of your dreams.

How long does Invisalign take?

The length of an Invisalign treatment is different from patient to patient, but most achieve final results in 12-18 months. At a consultation with Dr. Rakowsky, he can examine your teeth and give you a more definitive timeline so you know exactly what to expect.