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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question for us? Below, our own Dr. Folck and Dr. Santos have taken the time to answer some of the most common questions we receive every day. If you need to know something about Smile by Design or dental care in general, this is a great place to start. And, if you have a question that hasn’t been covered here, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call. We’ll make sure you get the answers you need in no time!

How often should my family visit the dentist?

We both agree with the American Dental Associations recommendation on this one: the average healthy person, no matter their age, should expect to attend at least two dental checkups and cleanings each year, or one every 6 months. These regular appointments help us catch and treat minor dental problems early, plus they can help prevent the development of many issues in the first place.

Can I bring my child to Smile by Design?

Yes! We’re always happy to see Virginia Beach’s most precious smiles. Our team has experience treating children of all ages, so whether you have a toddler, teenager, or something in between, they are always welcome through our doors to get the kind and gentle dental care they deserve.

Do you accept emergency patients?

Yes! If you or a loved one ever find yourselves in the middle of a dental emergency (such as a knocked out tooth or severe toothache), just give our office a call, and we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible, preferably the same day.

Can you make my smile look better?

Yes, and we have an entire selection of cosmetic treatments that are designed to do exactly that! We can whiten your teeth, fix small chips and gaps, and even straighten them without metal braces! Whether you’re interested in a minor touch-up or a dramatic makeover, we can make it happen, and we know you’ll love the results!

Do I have to get braces to straighten my teeth?

Not anymore! With Invisalign, we can straighten crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth without bulky metal brackets and wires. This system uses a series of nearly invisible plastic aligner trays to shift the teeth, helping patients get the treatment they need without any one around them noticing. It’s perfect for both adults and image-conscious teens, and we can custom-design a treatment just for you.

What can you do about my missing teeth?

We can replace them! For most patients wanting to get rid of the gap(s) in their smiles, we would highly recommend dental implants. Compared to every other restoration, they offer the most natural-looking, reliable, and durable results, often able to last for 30 years or more. We can provide a number of custom-made implant restorations that can effectively replace any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth all the way to a full denture.