Dental Checkups

What is preventive dental care?

Preventive dental care encompasses practices designed to prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. It includes regular dental checkups, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and patient education on proper brushing and flossing techniques.

How often should I get a dental checkup?

The American Dental Association recommends that adults and children should visit their dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. However, depending on your specific oral health needs, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits.

What happens during a dental checkup?

A dental checkup at A-Z Dental Art Studio involves several steps:

  1. Review of Dental History: Discuss any health changes or concerns.
  2. Examination: Checking teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
  3. Cleaning: Removing plaque and tartar buildup, followed by polishing teeth.
  4. Diagnostic Tests: If necessary, taking X-rays or conducting other diagnostic procedures.
  5. Treatment Plan: Discussing findings and planning any needed treatments or preventive measures.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing can miss. This not only helps prevent cavities and gum disease but also can improve your overall health by reducing the risk of diseases linked to oral health, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Can dental checkups detect oral cancer?

Yes, regular dental checkups include screening for oral cancer, which is crucial for early detection. Early diagnosis significantly improves the prognosis and treatment outcomes for oral cancer.

What are the signs I need to see a dentist immediately?

If you experience any of the following, schedule an appointment immediately:

  • Severe toothache or swelling
  • Bleeding gums not caused by brushing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Signs of infection, such as pus or fever

How can I maintain oral health between dental visits?

Maintaining oral health between visits is crucial. Here are some tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth.
  • Use mouthwash to help control plaque and freshen breath.
  • Maintain a healthy diet, minimizing sugary and acidic foods.
  • Avoid tobacco products.

Does A-Z Dental Art Studio accept insurance for preventive care?

Yes, we accept a wide range of insurance plans for preventive care, including Aetna, Delta Dental, and more. We also offer financing options and in-house savings plans for patients without insurance. Contact us to learn more about how we can make preventive care accessible for you.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

How does Invisalign work?

After a thorough consultation, personalized 3D digital impressions are taken. These are used to create a series of aligners tailored to shift your teeth gradually. Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks before moving on to the next in the series, steadily aligning your teeth to their ideal positions.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case but typically ranges from 12 to 18 months. Dr. Goodman-Tabari will provide you with a detailed treatment plan, including an estimated timeline, during your consultation.

Is Invisalign painful?

Invisalign is generally considered more comfortable than traditional braces. Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or pressure for a few days after switching to a new set of aligners, but this is usually mild and manageable.

Can anyone get Invisalign?

Invisalign is suitable for most teenagers and adults looking for a discreet way to improve their smile. Ideal candidates have mild to moderate dental misalignments or bite issues. Dr. Goodman-Tabari will assess your specific needs to determine if Invisalign is the right option for you.

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

Some people might notice a slight adjustment period during the first few days of wearing their new aligners, potentially affecting speech. However, this is typically temporary, and most patients quickly adapt to speaking comfortably with their aligners in place.

How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?

To care for your Invisalign aligners, rinse them under lukewarm water and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the plastic. It's also important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.

Can I eat with my Invisalign aligners in?

No, you should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. This prevents damage to the aligners and ensures they remain clear and invisible.

What happens after Invisalign treatment is complete?

Upon completing your Invisalign treatment, you may need to wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile. Dr. Goodman-Tabari will discuss the best post-treatment plan for you to ensure long-lasting results.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case and the length of treatment. A-Z Dental Art Studio offers competitive pricing and financing options, including a special $1000 off for new patients, to make Invisalign accessible.

How can I get started with Invisalign?

To begin your Invisalign journey, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashlee Goodman-Tabari at A-Z Dental Art Studio in Glen Allen, VA. We'll discuss your goals, evaluate your dental health, and determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.


What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, improving their appearance. They are typically made from porcelain or composite resin materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.

How do veneers improve a smile?

Veneers can transform your smile by addressing several cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Discoloration and staining that can't be corrected with whitening
  • Chips, cracks, or minor damage
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen, uneven, or worn teeth
  • Slight misalignments

What is the process for getting veneers?

The process usually involves a few key steps:

  1. Consultation: Discussing your goals and evaluating your suitability for veneers.
  2. Preparation: Slightly reshaping the tooth surface and taking impressions.
  3. Customization: Crafting your veneers to match the shape, color, and size needed for a natural look.
  4. Bonding: Applying the veneers to your teeth with a special adhesive.

How long do veneers last?

Porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer, with proper care. Composite veneers usually last around 5 to 7 years. The longevity of your veneers depends on your oral hygiene practices and lifestyle habits.

Are veneers permanent?

Yes, veneers are considered a permanent treatment because a portion of the tooth structure is usually removed to accommodate the veneer. Once this enamel is removed, it cannot be replaced.

Do veneers require special care?

Veneers do not require special care beyond good oral hygiene practices. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental checkups are essential. Avoiding hard foods and not using your teeth as tools can also prolong the life of your veneers.

Can veneers be removed or replaced?

Veneers can be replaced if they become damaged or worn out. The process is similar to the initial application, where the old veneer is carefully removed, and a new one is crafted and bonded to the tooth.

Are there different types of veneers?

Yes, A-Z Dental Art Studio offers several types of veneers to meet diverse needs and preferences, including:

  • Porcelain Veneers: Known for their durability and natural appearance.
  • Composite Veneers: A cost-effective option that can be applied in one visit.
  • eMax Veneers: Made from a strong and durable ceramic, offering excellent aesthetics.

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of veneers varies depending on the type of material chosen and the number of veneers needed. During your consultation, we'll provide you with a detailed cost estimate tailored to your specific treatment plan.

Will my insurance cover the cost of veneers?

Dental veneers are generally considered a cosmetic procedure, so insurance plans do not cover the cost. However, we offer various financing options to make veneers accessible to our patients.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made from titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once in place, they provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants fuse with your jawbone, providing stable support for artificial teeth. This process, known as osseointegration, allows the implants to function similarly to natural tooth roots, offering unparalleled support for crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

The ideal candidate for dental implants is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is required to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are considered a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss. With a success rate of over 95%, implants are a well-established, safe, and trusted method of tooth replacement used by dentists worldwide.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The process can vary, typically taking anywhere from three to six months. This time frame includes the initial consultation, surgery to place the implant, the healing period, and the placement of the final crown, bridge, or denture.

Do dental implants hurt?

Most people report that the discomfort is minimal during and after the dental implant procedure. Local anesthesia is used during the surgery, and most patients find that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction. Any post-surgery discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental checkups. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Can dental implants fail?

While dental implants have a high success rate, there are instances where they can fail due to factors like infection, inadequate bone support, or certain medical conditions. However, proper planning, oral hygiene, and regular dental visits can significantly minimize the risk of implant failure.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including the number of implants needed and any additional procedures, such as bone grafting. At A-Z Dental Art Studio, we offer free consultations to provide you with a detailed cost estimate tailored to your specific needs.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Coverage for dental implants can vary by insurance company and plan. Our office is happy to work with you to understand your benefits and provide options, including financing, to make your treatment as affordable as possible.

Teeth Whitening

What is professional teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to remove stains and lighten the color of your teeth. Performed under the supervision of a dentist, it offers a safer, more effective alternative to over-the-counter whitening products, providing noticeable results in a shorter amount of time.

How does professional teeth whitening differ from over-the-counter products?

Professional teeth whitening uses higher concentrations of whitening agents, providing faster, more dramatic results compared to over-the-counter options. Treatments are customized to each patient’s needs and monitored by dental professionals, minimizing the risk of sensitivity and ensuring the health of your gums and teeth.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when performed by a qualified dental professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. At A-Z Dental Art Studio, we take precautions to protect your gums and tooth enamel, and we carefully evaluate your oral health to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for whitening.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results varies depending on lifestyle choices, such as smoking and consumption of staining foods and beverages. With proper care and occasional touch-ups, your brighter smile can last for several years.

Will teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

Some patients may experience temporary sensitivity during or after the whitening process. At A-Z Dental Art Studio, we use advanced whitening technologies designed to minimize discomfort, and we provide guidance on managing sensitivity.

Can teeth whitening damage enamel?

No, professional teeth whitening treatments do not damage tooth enamel. The whitening agents used in professional treatments are formulated to be safe for your teeth when applied by a dental professional.

What types of stains can be treated with teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is most effective on extrinsic stains caused by foods, beverages, and smoking. Intrinsic stains, such as those caused by medications or tooth injury, may not respond as well to whitening. Dr. Goodman-Tabari can help determine the best treatment option for your specific type of staining.

How often can I undergo teeth whitening?

The frequency of teeth whitening treatments depends on individual factors such as tooth sensitivity and the degree of staining. Generally, it’s safe to undergo professional whitening once a year, but Dr. Goodman-Tabari will provide personalized advice based on your oral health and aesthetic goals.

What are my teeth whitening options at A-Z Dental Art Studio?

We offer two advanced whitening systems: KöR Whitening for immediate, dramatic results, and Opalescence for a customizable whitening experience with minimal sensitivity. During your consultation, we’ll discuss which option best fits your needs and lifestyle.

How can I maintain my whitening results?

To maintain your brighter smile, we recommend avoiding staining foods and beverages, practicing good oral hygiene, and considering occasional touch-up treatments. We also offer professional advice on products and techniques to keep your smile shining.

Emergency Dentistry

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention to relieve severe pain, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, or save a tooth. Common emergencies include severe toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, lost fillings or crowns, abscesses, and infections.

Can I get an emergency dental appointment the same day?

Yes, at A-Z Dental Art Studio, we prioritize emergency cases and strive to offer same-day appointments for urgent dental needs. Our goal is to address your pain and resolve the emergency as quickly as possible.

Do you accept walk-ins for emergency dental care?

Absolutely. We understand that emergencies can't always wait for an appointment, which is why we welcome walk-ins for urgent dental care. Our team is ready to assist you with prompt and effective treatment.

What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, try to handle it by the crown (the part that's usually exposed in the mouth) and avoid touching the root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Attempt to reinsert it into the socket, or keep it moist by placing it in milk or your mouth next to your cheek. Then, seek immediate dental care, as time is crucial for saving the tooth.

How can I manage dental pain until I get to the dentist?

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage dental pain temporarily. Avoid applying aspirin directly to your gums, as this can cause tissue damage. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek can also help reduce pain and swelling.

Will my insurance cover emergency dental care?

Most dental insurance plans offer some level of coverage for emergency care, but it can vary. We recommend contacting your provider for details about your coverage. At A-Z Dental Art Studio, we'll work with you to understand your benefits and provide payment options to ensure you get the care you need.

What can I do to prevent dental emergencies?

While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, regular dental check-ups, maintaining good oral hygiene, and wearing a mouthguard during sports can significantly reduce the risk of unexpected dental problems.

How do I know if it's a dental emergency or something that can wait?

If you're in severe pain, have lost a tooth, or are experiencing uncontrollable bleeding, it's considered a dental emergency that shouldn't wait. When in doubt, contact A-Z Dental Art Studio for guidance. We can help determine the urgency of your situation and advise you on the next steps.

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