The following are answers to some of the questions we are asked most often by our patients. If you need more information about any of the topics below or have questions about anything else, please do not hesitate to ask.

What does Dr. Shandrick believe?

I believe that teeth can be restored with better alternatives to silver/mercury.
Mercury filling’s safety to your health has been questioned. The metal is reactive to temperature changes and expands and contracts when exposed to hot or cold. This movement cracks and breaks teeth and lets harmful bacteria get underneath the filling. I rarely replace a metal filling without finding decay beneath it.

I believe healthy gums and bone are crucial to healthy teeth and a healthy body.
The gums and bone are the foundation to good oral and general health. Bacterial infections, like gum diseases, have been scientifically shown to invade the blood stream. From the science, I believe there is a link between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders, and other medical conditions. I believe that although gum disease cannot be cured, it can and should be controlled.

I believe that the bite can be the cause of a variety of health problems.
If your bite is out of "alignment," a disorder called malocclusion, myriad problems can result, including TMJ, migraine headaches, back pain and more. Simply restoring your bite to its proper position can eliminate years of pain.

I believe my patients deserve the best dentistry available.
There are healthier, stronger, more attractive options for your dental care and you have the right to the care that's best for you! (Unfortunately, insurance companies disagree). I believe that patients deserve to be treated just as I would expect to be treated. . . not only with the same procedures, materials and technologies, but also with the same professionalism, compassion and attention to comfort.

I believe in conservative care.
The more conservative the treatment, the better. What do I mean by conservative? Using advanced technology to detect problems early and resolve them while they are small. Preserving healthy, natural tooth structure. And more.

I believe in restoring teeth with porcelain or resin.
From fillings to veneers, I only use porcelain or resin in my dental restorations. Safe, enduring and attractive, they are the materials I prefer to use because resins and porcelain are inert, non-reactive and much more attractive. Plus, my patients prefer them for their smile!

I believe in treating my patients as I would treat my family.
I treat my patients as family, offering them the quality care I would expect to receive.
Yes, I have strong beliefs. But they are beliefs founded in experience, education and expertise.

I realize that this may be unlike any dentistry you've ever before experienced. But it's dentistry as it should be. It's the care you deserve. I look forward to making it available to you. . . enhancing your smile and maybe even changing your life!

How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. Shandrick subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep up-to-date on research and development in the dental industry. He also takes time on a regular basis for continuing education and ensures that his staff does the same. At Shandrick Dental Care Studios, we make it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.

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Can you show me what my smile can look like ahead of time with imaging software?

We routinely use dental imaging to help our patients visualize the end results of cosmetic and restorative work. By simply asking the right questions, taking digital photos of your current smile, and keying in the correct input into the computer, we will generate a graphic image to demonstrate accurately how your procedure will affect your smile.

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Do you accept referrals?

We are happy to accept referrals from other dental offices as well as from recommendations by our patients to their family and friends. Your referrals are our best compliments!

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What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

Virtually every aspect of our practice defines us as truly exceptional. From your initial phone contact with us to the moment you depart, you will experience the kind of VIP treatment, combined with our dedication to excellence, that "sets us apart from the crowd." Every detail is fashioned with your comfort and treatment in mind. In short, at Shandrick Dental Care Studios, everything we do, we do for you: our valued Dental Guest.

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How can I safely whiten my teeth?

The new ZOOM II andvanced power system, is now available at Shandrick    Dental  Care, which can dramatically whiten years of discoloration in most cases,  in about 1 hour!

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Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and partials.where can I learn more about these procedures?

Our web site is designed to help you learn all you need to about the various restorative and cosmetic techniques we offer. Please explore our Patient Library. But if you desire even more information about a larger variety of topics, visit the American Dental Association web site.

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I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Dr. Shandrick has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.

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My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

It is certainly not desirable to have bleeding gums following brushing. However, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough 'scrubbing' instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods or occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.

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What are Smile Analysis and Smile Design?

A Smile Analysis helps us determine the proper aesthetics of your new smile based on your facial symmetry, lip line, and other features. Each person has a unique "perfect" smile that is proportional and flattering to their face. We take digital photos of both your smile and face and then talk about what your concerns are, what you would like to change, and what your goals are.

Smile Design is the process of designing your new smile. For more extensive cosmetic procedures, we send physical models of your teeth to the lab so they can make a wax mock-up of your new smile. You can then "try on" your new smile before we begin any cosmetic work. Once you are satisfied with your new appearance, we will create a customized treatment plan that best meets that goal.

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