FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about General, Family or Cosmetic Dentistry? Ask Dr. Steven Streelman

Many of our patients considering dental procedures understandably have questions about what is involved in these services and how they can receive optimal treatment. Here we offer answer to some of the more common queries. Dr.Streelman can further inform you of your options and recommend the ideal procedure to address your concerns during a face-to-face consultation. For questions about general, family or cosmetic dentistry, contact the Oceanside practice of Dr.Steven Streelman. Please choose one of the following questions for more information.

How can I whiten my discolored teeth?

Teeth can become dull due to the natural aging process, but other lifestyle choices can also cause teeth to become discolored and retain a yellow or gray tinge. Drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine can stain teeth. Smoking also tends to discolor the teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Streelman offers multiple options for patients seeking to whiten their teeth professionally. You may opt for Zoom! whitening, which takes approximately one hour at our office, or choose from our at-home professional-quality whitening options. Unlike other methods, professional whitening has dramatic results and is visibly effective.

Is teeth whitening safe?

zoom1Yes. The active ingredient in the Zoom! whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide, which has been safely used by the dental community to whiten teeth for many years. Independent studies by universities such as New York University have found that Zoom! did not change the underlying structure of the teeth, nor did it damage fillings or tooth enamel.

I have missing teeth. What are my options?

Missing teeth can cause more serious problems than gaps in your smile. Chewing and speaking properly may become difficult. The missing teeth may even cause misalignment of your entire bite as neighboring teeth shift out of place. Dr.Streelman recommends that you restore the gaps in your smile with dental bridges or dental implants.Dental bridges crown the adjacent teeth, which hold a replacement tooth securely in place. Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw so that the replacement teeth look and function just like natural teeth. For more information or to determine which option is best for you, please contact us for a consultation.

Are there any services to help those who are apprehensive of dental treatment?

Conscious sedation is available at Dr.Streelman’s office for patients who wish to avoid the sights, sounds, and smells associated with dental treatment. Just take a pill before your appointment, have a friend drive you to our office, and wake up comfortably after the procedure has ended.

What can I do to eliminate a gap between my teeth?

A gap can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry at our Oceanside office. By gently shifting teeth into position with a series of custom-fitted clear aligners. Gaps may also be concealed with porcelain veneers, thin shells of porcelain that cover the teeth to improve their appearance.

Can I afford the dentistry treatment I need?

carecreditDr.Streelman believes everyone deserves to have a beautiful, healthy smile. We offer many dentistry financing options at our Oceanside office to ensure that our patients receive affordable treatments that fit their budgets. In addition to accepting most dental insurance plans, we also accept Care Credit which offers 0% financing for up to 24 months in some cases (O.A.C.). A simple online application process can tell you if you qualify for these programs.

Have a Question? Ask Us!

For questions about general, family or cosmetic dentistry in Oceanside and North County, contact our friendly staff. Almost all of our procedures can be combined with conscious sedation. Let Dr.Steven Streelman make you smile with our uniquely comfortable treatments and effective results.

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