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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I be brushing and flossing at home?

Our typical recommendation is that patients should be brushing twice a day and flossing once (preferably at the end of the day). It’s also important to attend professional, in-depth cleanings with our talented team every six months on average so that we can eliminate decay-causing plaque and tartar accumulations on a regular basis. We strive to help you enjoy a healthy, happy smile for many years to come!

What kinds of dental problems can dental crowns correct? What about dental bridges?

Dental crowns are individual restorations that are designed to cover the visible portion of single teeth. Dr. Ferguson is likely to recommend a new dental crown when a patient is suffering from severe decay that can’t be treated with a filling, a structural injury, or a serious cosmetic imperfection. Alternatively, dental bridges (also commonly referred to as “crown and bridge”) can replace one or more missing teeth along the same arch in a row. This restoration is anchored securely into place within the mouth through the use of additional dental crowns that are fitted over natural teeth.

Will my new fillings from your practice look unnatural?

No! At Second Line Family Dentistry, we primarily offer tooth-colored fillings that use flexible and lifelike composite resin. These new fillings are matched to the precise shade of your natural enamel, creating a seamless appearance that corrects the decay while preserving your self-confidence.

I want to straighten my smile, but I don’t want to wear metal braces. Is there another option?

Yes. ClearCorrect is an aesthetic-based orthodontic service that does away with the traditional brackets and wires entirely, replacing them with a set of clear, personalized aligners that each represents a different stage of your smile’s gradual shifting. These aligners have a nicely subtle appearance, which means patients can continue to enjoy their natural smile while correcting problems like misaligned teeth and gaps. To learn whether or not ClearCorrect is right for you, contact us today and schedule a consultation!

Can you help me improve the way my teeth look?

Of course! Here in Metairie, our team offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can change your smile’s appearance for the better, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, metal-free restorations, and more.

Being in the dentist’s office makes me nervous. How can you help me relax?

We’re not interested in rushing our patients in and out the door – we want you to feel welcomed and at ease in our practice! That’s why we offer several enjoyable amenities throughout the treatment process, including comfortable blankets, lip conditioner, refreshments, noise-reducing headphones, music selection, and much more. If we can do anything else to help make your experience better, just let us know!

Do you accept my insurance?

Dr. Ferguson is an in-network provider for several major PPO plans, and we will be happy to file claims on the behalf of our patients so that they can maximize the benefits they’re entitled to. Our team takes pride in being very flexible when it comes to insurance, so please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or concerns! 

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