319.235.0164
  • 1047 Thorndale Avenue
  • Waterloo, IA 50701

FAQ’s

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Are we accepting new patients?

Absolutely. We may have a very large practice already but we are always happy to have new patients join our dental Home. If you are looking for excellent care and a very relaxed environment then Dr. Friedman and Dr. Vandello Family Dentistry is definitely the dental Home for you. We accept most insurances so don’t let that keep you from setting up your initial visit with us. If you have any questions regarding insurances or financial plans go ahead and give us a call or click here and we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to meeting at your initial visit!

 

What will happen at my first visit?

Your first appointment at our office will include a cleaning, a comprehensive exam, a set of dental x-rays and a consultation.  Following your exam, Dr. Friedman or Dr. Vandello will go over the suggested treatment plan and answer any questions that you may have.

 

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by certain bacteria on our teeth and in our mouth. The bacteria on our teeth breakdown the carbohydrates/sugars in our diet and the result is a production of acid, which wears away the enamel structure on our teeth. If left untreated the decay will continue to grow and can cause pain, infection and can even lead to the loss of teeth. This is why it is so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day so that we eliminate the bacteria growing on and in between the teeth.

 

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

There are many sources of radiation in an individual’s daily activities whether it is sun exposure, home appliances, minerals in the ground or dental x-rays…all of which can lead to the development of cancer caused by damage to the body’s cells and tissues. The good news is that the dose of radiation experienced during dental x-rays is tremendously small.

Moreover, through the advances in dentistry over the years the levels of radiation emitted by dental x-rays has continued to lower. Some of these advancements include high speed films (shorter exposure time), digital x-rays, film holders which eliminate the need for additional films, etc. The use of lead aprons is also beneficial because it protects the body from stray radiation (even though stray radiation is almost nonexistent with dental x-rays these days).

 

What Is Invisalign? 

Invisalign is the use of several sets of custom fit, clear “invisible” aligners that gradually move the patient’s teeth into the position that the patient desires. Are you unhappy with the positioning of your teeth? Are you wondering if you are a candidate for Invisalign? No worries, our office offers FREE Invisalign consultations so go ahead and give us a call and set up your appointment today! Please click here to visit our page about more on Invisalign.