Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Visiting the dentist regularly not only will help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but also will help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
- Prevents bad breath - brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bad-breath causing bacteria in your mouth
- Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
- Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
- Strengthens your teeth so you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we'll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don't notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we'll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We'll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.
How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?
Will you see my kids and my grandparents?
Yes! We love families and see many of them. Our services are diverse, so we offer dentures for our older patients, as well as sealants for our youngest patients. Call to schedule comprehensive initial exams for everyone in your family – because their smiles are invaluable family assets!
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes. We accept all dental insurance plans that give you the freedom to choose your own dentist. We are also in-network with Delta Dental Premier plan. Regardless of your plan, we will gladly file your dental claims and help you maximize your benefits. As a courtesy, our insurance specialists can check your benefits before treatment begins and give you an estimate of your patient responsibility.
What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?
Dental treatment is an excellent investment in an individual's medical and psychological wellbeing. Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this important health service. Being sensitive to the fact that people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, we are providing the following payment options.
- Payment in Full (Prepayment discount courtesy)
- Flexible Monthly Payment Option
- We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover
- Personal Checks and Cash are Also Accepted
What is Zeik Dental Discount Plan? How do I sign up for this?
Zeik Dental Discount Plan is an in-office discount plan exclusively for our patients, who are not covered under an insurance plan. This plan provides a discount for routine services, major, restorative, and/or cosmetic services that may be needed. In order for you and your family to sign up for this great plan, please visit or contact our office. Our staff will gladly assist you and answer any of your questions/concerns. View our plan details here: Zeik Dental Discount Plan
Do you see emergency cases?
Yes! If you experience a dental emergency, please call our office or emergency phone line immediately. During office hours, we will try to accommodate you with an appointment the same day. After hours, Dr. Zeik is available to his patients by calling our emergency phone line to set up an appointment for immediate visitation.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important for patients receiving orthodontic treatment to visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?
We'd like to start by evaluating your oral health, existing smile, and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest porcelain veneersporcelain veneers, teeth whitening, replacement teeth, and replacing metal dental work with aesthetic restorations. However, your smile may benefit from some artistic bonding and reshaping or teeth whitening. Call to schedule a cosmetic consultation, and together, we'll determine the best road to your ideal smile.
I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer several solutions to help you overcome your stress. With sedation dentistry and comfort care, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve.
Are there differences between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and professional teeth whiteners?
Over-the-counter whiteners are not as efficient as professional-grade treatments. The whitening kits you buy at the drugstore are not customized to fit the shape of your teeth, making them messy and ineffective. In addition, they typically only whiten two to three shades. With professional teeth whitening you have more options. You can visit our office and receive a one-hour whitening treatment that will leave your teeth up to 10 shades whiter. We also have home teeth whitening kits that are custom designed for maximum comfort and efficiency. Each night for a week or two you’ll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to the trays, and then wear them at night. Within just a few days you’ll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you will smile with confidence. Take-home trays can also touch up and maintain in-office whitening.