Newport Beach Dental F.A.Q.


What are the different ways you can whiten teeth?

For teeth whitening, Dr. Alder and his staff offer everything from a simple teeth cleaning, which brightens your smile immediately, to cutting-edge tooth polishing and whitening techniques.   They provide in office whitening procedures as well as take home custom whitening kits.  In any case, your smile will be brighter, whiter, and more healthy!

How can I improve my smile?

Dr. Alder and his staff are committed to using the newest, best methods to improve your smile. They will work with you, as a team, to select the best options for you. Typically, smile improvement starts with a comprehensive assessment of your mouth.  Then, Dr. Alder discusses the best options with you. Smile improvement may include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Ceramic (tooth-colored) veneers, inlays and onlays
  • Invisalign (clear aligners for teeth straightening)
  • Tooth re-contouring (tooth shaping)
  • Or other smile improvement options

My gums bleed when I brush them – is that normal?

Bleeding gums may be a sign of significant mouth, gum and tooth disease, and should be checked by an expert immediately.  Disease in the mouth, if left untreated, can lead to other health problems, and must not be ignored.
For periodontal patients, cleaning could be as often as every three months.  For optimum tooth and gum health, and to keep you looking your best, we recommend having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. More frequent visits may be needed, depending on what Dr. Alder recommends.

Will Newport Beach Dental bill my insurance?

Dr. Alder’s staff, at Newport Beach Dental, works with you and your insurance provider to make certain your dental care is billed properly.

What are your hours of operation?

Newport Beach Dental is open 8-5 Monday thru Thursday.  Call us at (949) 335-7639

Will my dental or medical insurance cover this procedure?

Insurance companies vary on what dental procedures they will pay for. Dr. Alder’s team will work with you before your treatment to make certain there are no unexpected expenses.

Is an electric toothbrush really better?

Used properly, an electric toothbrush coupled with regular flossing and frequent visits to your dentist, provides the best level of at-home dental care for your teeth.

Why do I need tooth treatment when nothing is hurting?

You’ve heard the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Nowhere is this more true than in dentistry. If we can catch and treat a problem before it starts to hurt, we can often prevent significant drilling, filling or other dental work. That means you will be more comfortable and will be able to avoid significant dental issues.