Why should I choose Smiles for Life over other dentists in Bloomington, MN?
There are many excellent dentists in the Twin Cities and Bloomington area, and we can only speak for ourselves. But our patients have often told us that they find the service and general environment at Smiles For Life to be more pleasant, positive, and professional than others they’ve visited. Our team puts a huge emphasis on treating each patient as a member of the extended family. We are proud to deliver exceptional service and do whatever it takes to go beyond our patients’ expectations.
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How do I make an appointment?
You can either use the contact form on our website to start the conversation or call our friendly Smiles For Life team at 952-888-2300. We’ll get you squared away in no time.
I’m nervous about going to the dentist. Will I be comfortable?
The entire Smiles For Life team is fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of each and every one of our patients. But we know there are many people out there who find a visit to the dentist less (or much, much less) than desirable.
If there is something you are nervous or have questions about, please let our team know so we can provide you the best-customized care possible.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
For your first appt, please bring a photo ID and insurance information. Please fill out patient forms Patient Forms or come in 15 early and we would be happy to assist you in our office.
How early do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
We recommend arriving 15 minutes early for your 1st appointment.
Where can I find Smiles For Life’s patient forms?
In the Patient Forms section of our site.
What is the age range of patients Smiles For Life will work on?
We see patients of all ages. We have considerable experience working with everyone from small children to the elderly.
What services do you offer?
You can get a full overview of our offerings in the Dental Services section, but here’s a quick rundown of ways we can help you:
- Preventative Dental Care (Cleanings & Exams)
- Clenching/grinding treatment
- Second Options
- Teeth Whitening
- Same-Day Crowns
- Periodontal Care
- Porcelain Veneers
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Implant Restorations
- Snore Prevention
Do you have a price list for the services offered?
As every person’s situation and treatment plan is unique to them, it is best for our team to speak directly with you to determine your treatment plan and cost.
Call the Smiles For Life team at 952-888-2300 to discuss treatment and pricing.
Do you accept my insurance policy?
We accept many insurance plans. Please call our office at 952-888-2300 and one of our team members will be happy to check your insurance coverage for you.
What payment methods do you accept?
- All major credit cards (excluding American Express)
- Care Credit is a payment plan with 0% interest to help finance dental treatment.
- Insurance payments
I have a question about my bill. Who should I talk to?
For any questions regarding billing, please call our office at 952-888-2300. We’ll be happy to help.
Does Smiles For Life require new X-rays or can I have another dentist send my most recent X-rays to you?
We would like current X-rays, so if you have some that are less than a year old, we would be happy to accept X-rays from another office. Just ask the other office to email them to us a firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m pregnant, can I come in for a cleaning?
You should still be going to the dentist for your semi-annual cleanings, even during pregnancy. It’s perfectly safe to get your normal cleaning while pregnant.
Let your dentist know if you think you are pregnant or think you might be, but in all cases, we take precautions to minimize radiation exposure.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisible braces consist of a series of plastic aligners that gradually realign your teeth over time. They are more comfortable and less unsightly than metal braces but no less effective. See this video for further explanation.
What are your hours?
General Questions About Dental Care
How often should I see a dentist?
Your dentist can help you determine how often is best for you, as the frequency of dental visits is based on your oral and general health, and your risk factors for tooth decay and gum disease. However, a good general rule of thumb is that adults with good oral hygiene and problem-free checkups should visit their dentist 1-2 times per year.
Do regular dentist visits really matter, even if I’m not experiencing any symptoms?
Yes! Regular visits to your dentist, whether you have symptoms or not, are important as they can help prevent oral health problems from developing or spot issues early on when treatment is more likely to be simpler and more affordable.
How often should I brush my teeth?
Brushing your teeth is extremely important and perhaps the best thing you can do for your overall dental health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time. And don’t forget to floss!
How do I reduce the risk of cavities?
Brush and floss regularly, use fluoride toothpaste, ditch sugary drinks (like soda), visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and preventative care measures, avoid sticky snacks, chew sugar-free gum, and rinse after consuming acidic beverages and foods. Chew sugerfree gum with Xylotol.
Do electric toothbrushes work better than manual toothbrushes?
One does not work better than the other. It’s not the brush that matters, but the brusher.
When brushing your teeth, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Brush all outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your mouth.
What is dental plaque?
Plaque is a soft and sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and contains countless bacteria that break down your tooth’s enamel and contribute to the onset of tooth decay.
I think I have a cavity, now what?
If you think you have a cavity, don’t ignore it as, the longer a cavity is left untreated, the bigger and more serious it can become.
Unless you have a routine dental cleaning scheduled within the next week, call our office to schedule an appointment and let us know you believe you’re dealing with a cavity.
What do I need to know about pregnancy and oral health care?
Pregnancy and hormones can cause problems for your teeth, but if you practice good oral hygiene and are cognizant about what you put in your body, you and your baby will have a great chance of having wonderful health throughout the length of your pregnancy.
Be sure to brush and floss regularly to help prevent Pregnancy-Induced Gingivitis, clean your mouth after episodes of morning sickness to help protect your tooth enamel, keep up with your semi-annual cleanings, and if brushing is making you nauseous (it’s common!), try switching to a small brush head or changing toothpastes to one with a less distinct flavor.
Are dental X-ray exams safe? And are they safe for pregnant women?
Yes, dental X-rays are safe. ( So safe in fact they can be taken the the mouth of a pregnant woman. However, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, so we encourage all pregnant women to check with the OB) However, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small.
Dental X-ray tools and techniques designed to limit exposure to radiation help ensure every precaution is taken to ensure radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle).
How can I prevent and treat dry sockets?
Dry sockets are among the more common complications that occur following the removal of a permanent tooth. To help prevent dry sockets: avoid tobacco products, stick to soft foods, and avoid using straws for two days after a tooth extraction.
Even with preventative measures taken, dry sockets can still develop. If this happens, you’ll want to seek treatment. Treatment often includes a dental visit in which the dentist will clean the socket and insert a medical dressing to prevent food particles and other substances from entering the opening.
The dressing will need to be changed regularly in order to prevent potential infection and allow healing. After a couple days, the area should clot over and healing will continue without the soft tissues being exposed.
When should I take my child for their first dental check-up?
At Smiles for Life we like to see children for their first dental visit, which includes a cleaning and exam around age two. If there are areas of concern prior to that age, an exam only would be appropriate.