Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when it’s 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 issues. 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.Back to top

Do I need X-rays?

To provide optimal care, we take bitewing X-rays once a year and a panoramic X-ray every three years. Because we use a digital X-ray system, our patients are exposed to about 80% less radiation than with a traditional radiograph. X-rays and intraoral photographs help us track your oral health and address problems early, when conservative dentistry can correct most issues. If you haven’t had a checkup and X-rays in a while, call us for an appointment.Back to top

What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

We follow strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.Back to top

Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials… Where can I learn more about these procedures?

Our patient library is a great resource for learning about dental procedures. You can also review our Services page for more information. If you have questions about these or other dental procedures, don’t hesitate to call us. We’d happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.Back to top

What are my options to replace missing teeth?

We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants. Learn more about these options on ourServices page, then call for a consultation. With digital X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, Dr. Simmonds can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.Back to top

What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?

We’ll start by evaluating your oral health and existing smile and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, replacement teeth, and all-white esthetic restorations. Your smile may benefit from some artistic bonding and contouring orInvisalign® clear braces. Call to schedule a cosmetic consultation, and together, we’ll determine the best road to your ideal smile.Back to top

My teeth are stained. Can you help?

Yes. We offer teeth whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically at home or in our Orlando dental office. Call for an appointment today!Back to top

What’s the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

Lumineers are actually a brand of veneers that requires minimal or no tooth preparation prior to placement. Some patients prefer Lumineers because of the quick application and reduced risk for sensitivity. However, others prefer traditional porcelain veneers because of their completely customized design.Back to top

How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?

Depending on your unique case, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Invisalign® clear braces. Read more about these procedures on our Services page.Back to top

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 dental sealants for our youngest patients. Call to schedule comprehensive new patient exams for everyone in your family – because their smiles are invaluable assets!Back to top