Frequently Asked Questions

Patients often voice common concerns regarding their dental care. We’ve compiled a list of some of the questions we frequently receive. Please feel free to contact us at 973-209-4944 if you have a question you do not see addressed here.

How does Dr. Zalavadia stay up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. Zalavadia devotes an exceptional amount of time to continuing education. The doctor is renowned in his respective fields of study, and is helping to define the practice of dentistry in the 21st century.

Before we proceed with treatment, can you use imaging software to show me what my smile may look like when we’re done?

Yes! We can use our imaging software to manipulate digital photographs. This enables us to preview how your smile may look following any of several given procedures. This process is helpful to everyone involved in the treatment, including the doctor, the patient, and the entire dental team. It’s quite beneficial to know your end point before you start. If you like, we can even print out “before” and “after” pictures for you to take home.

Do you accept referrals?

Yes, and we sincerely appreciate the confidence you have in us to refer your friends, family, and co-workers. We will always strive to create the best possible experience for them.

How can I safely whiten my teeth?

We can perform an in-office laser teeth whitening procedure, or we can provide you with a take-home teeth whitening kit. Both procedures are safe and predictable. However, for cases in which decay or old fillings are present, cosmetic bonding procedures, such as crowns or veneers, may be necessary.

What makes your dental practice different from any other one I can visit?

Every single member of our team is highly trained and motivated to make your visits here as comfortable and satisfying as we can. We vow to do whatever is necessary to make sure you have a positive experience in our McAfee dental office.

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

Bleeding gums are usually a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. Aside from the dangers to your oral health, gum disease has recently been linked to heart disease and low-birth-weight babies. We’re not trying to scare you, but we do want to emphasize the importance of eradicating any gum disease you may have. Please come see us so we can work together to restore and maintain good periodontal health.

Where can I learn more about crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, partials, and other restorative procedures?

We go out of our way to explain all of our dental procedures using non-dental terminology. We offer an extensive array of educational materials, including before and after pictures, brochures, and an informational DVD that plays in the reception area. It is imperative to us you fully understand your treatment before getting started.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

“Instant Orthodontics” is a phrase that’s gaining some attention. Quite simply, this enables you to undergo treatment consisting of cosmetic bonding, veneers, or crowns to attain the smile redesign you’re looking for. Of course, each patient’s needs differ. A 50-year-old man, for example, is far more likely to undergo Instant Orthodontics than a child. For the child, traditional orthodontics is still likely to be the preferred option.

My spouse snores and keeps me up at night. I’ve heard that a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. Can you help?

There are appliances we can make that, in many cases, can reduce or eliminate snoring altogether. The “offender” simply needs to come in twice: once for impressions so we can create models of his or her teeth, and again for a final fitting of the appliance. The appliance is worn only at night.

What are Smile Analysis and Smile Design?

Essentially, this is the art and science of creating a smile that fits your face. It takes into account the lips, gum lines, nose, chin, and the position of the eyes. We can then preview the new smile using digital imaging and wax mock-ups.

How can I straighten my teeth without bulky metal braces?
Dr. Zalavadia is Invisalign certified, so he offers clear, removable orthodontic aligners for adults. You can have a straighter smile without the pain, inconvenience, and appearance that traditional straight-wire braces present. Learn more about Invisalign here.