Frequently Asked Questions



Q. What does my insurance cover?

A. Insurance plans vary. We can help you determine what your plan covers.


Q. I don't have insurance (or my insurance doesn't cover everything). Do you offer any payment or financing plans?

A. Straits Area Dental is pleased to be able to partner with CareCredit®, which offers a range of zero interest and low interest financing options for dental and medical care. You can apply online or download an application.


Q. What about Medicaid?

A. Many people believe that because they have Medicaid they can only receive dental care through the health clinic. For many, Medicaid in the State of Michigan covers dental visits through the insurance company Delta Dental including Michigan Healthy Kids / MIChild and some Healthy Michigan Plans. At Straits Area Dental, we participate with Delta Dental allowing Medicaid patients to receive care at our private practice.


Q.  What if I don’t have dental insurance?  Can I finance my visit?

A.  We can assist you with obtaining financing through Care Credit.  You can visit Care Credit’s website HERE to view their plans and apply for financing.



Cosmetic Dentistry


Q. What is the difference between a crown and a filling?

A. A filling covers only a portion of the tooth. A crown completely encases the visible area of a tooth.


Q. What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?

A.  Veneers are thin pieces of very strong porcelain that are bonded permanently to the front surfaces  of the teeth. They are great for restoring teeth that are discolored, spaced apart, misshapen, or crooked. Crowns, on the other hand, completely cover the tooth on all sides and are used in situations where a greater amount of the tooth has been damaged and strength is required.


Q. What is the difference between over-the-counter Crest Whitestrips® and Crest Whitestrips used in your office?

A. We offer professional-strength Crest Whitestrips, which offers better whitening and longer-lasting results.


Q. Do you offer Lumineers®?

A. Yes, we're pleased to offer Lumineers brand veneers to our patients.



Oral Cancer


Q. How does VELscope® work?

A. VELscope shines a special blue light inside your mouth. Normal tissue reflects the light back in a bright, apple-green  shade. Cancerous tissue, on the other hand, appears dark and easily noticeable. Even when no abnormal tissue is visible under white light, VELscope's light makes the cancerous tissue visible to the examiner's eye.



Dental Implants


Q. How long does it take to get a dental implant?

A. The process of placing an implant and a replacement tooth used to take several dental visits over a period of months. (You had to wait for the implant to heal before the new tooth was placed.) With today's technology, it takes only two visits: one appointment to make a model or digital image of your mouth, and another to place the implants and the teeth—a new smile in an hour!



Perio Protect®


Q. What is Perio Protect®?

A. Perio Protect is the latest innovation in dentistry developed for non-invasive treatment for gum disease. As researchers continually find links between oral bacterial infections associated with gingivitis and periodontitis and other diseases in the body, the fight against gum disease will become even more prominent. Fighting the bacterial infection in your mouth may not only save your teeth it may also help preserve your health.





Q. How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

A. Every six months