Metropolitan Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We always welcome questions from patients and potential patients in our Fairfax, VA dental office. If you have a question not addressed below or if you would like further information about our treatments and philosophies, get in touch with a member of our dental team today. 

Meanwhile, check out some of the questions we often hear from our patients.

Other

At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we believe that your dentistry should be between yourself and your dentist. You should be able to get the services you need without carrier restrictions. For this reason, we are not contracted in-network with insurance carriers.

Although we are not considered in-network insurance providers, we accept all insurances and file claims for services as a courtesy to our patients. This courtesy is designed to help with any reimbursement you’re entitled to following dental care with us.

We can help you maximize your benefits by considering the services you need based on the insurance benefits you’re entitled to. A member of our team can help you sift through the insurance jargon to truly understand the entitlements and restrictions under your plan, including reimbursement, and we will move forward with the treatment accordingly.

In our dental office, we will always break down your costs and financial obligations before we start treatment.

Your dentist has partnered with CareCredit as well. This interest-free credit card allows you to pay for services over time. A friendly staff member can help you apply online. The process is simple, and decisions typically arrive within minutes.

If you have any questions about insurance or your financial obligation, contact Metropolitan Dental Centre today. 

No dental insurance?? No problem! We have recently launched our "VIP Smiles" Program! This is an exciting new alternative to dental insurance in our office. For patients without dental insurance, our membership plan provides all your routine preventive care (cleanings, exams, x-rays, fluoride) for an affordable yearly fee. In addition to routine care, patients also receive a discount on other types of treatment - such as fillings, whitening, or crowns. There are no annual maximums, and no waiting periods. Call today for more details!

 

 

*This is not insurance. Program may change without notice. See terms and conditions of your VIP Smiles Program agreement for a summary of included services. 

If you have avoided dental care because of anxiety, we can help. At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we believe that dental care should not make patients feel anxious. We believe in patience and gentleness to see even the most skittish patients through their dental treatments.

Our compassionate dentist and her team work hard to create a warm and relaxing environment for every patient. We offer neck pillows, cozy blankets, and even oral sedation dentistry for those who need a little extra reassurance.

Oral sedation dentistry in Fairfax, VA means you take a pill before your dental procedure—typically a few hours prior. You will be able to respond to commands from your dentist in Fairfax, VA, but you may not remember your appointment or treatment.

With oral sedation dentistry, you will be closely monitored throughout treatment and will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your dental appointment. We suggest resting after your treatment and not making any life-altering decisions for the rest of the day.

Your dentist in Fairfax, VA wants you to get the dental treatments you deserve and never wants anxiety to stand in the way.

If you have questions about oral sedation dentistry in Fairfax, VA, we encourage you to get in touch with our dental office.  

Cosmetic Dentistry

Fortunately, veneers do not have a “feel.”  Veneers are extremely thin and smooth, and they will blend right in with your natural teeth, completely indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. You should not even notice that you have veneers on your teeth, which is ideal. 

You probably have seen plenty of people who have veneers, but you would never know! You probably just thought they had a naturally beautiful smile. 

Veneers can help you cover a variety of flaws in your smile, including discoloration, small gaps between teeth, slightly crooked teeth, gummy smiles, and other imperfections. Veneers can also be used to create a uniform smile if you have teeth of different sizes and shapes.

If you are looking to make smile improvements, veneers are a great, comprehensive way to make quick, easy dental adjustments. 

Cosmetic Dentist in Fairfax, VA

Due to the versatile nature of veneers, cosmetic dentists use them often during smile makeovers. If you believe veneers are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hulver today. 

Dr. Hulver will examine your teeth at Metropolitan Dental Centre. During the appointment, she will discuss your smile goals with you and offer advice on the best way to achieve those goals.

If veneers are chosen as the best path forward in creating your beautiful smile, she will work with you to craft veneers that perfectly fit your teeth and complement your look. 

We treat patients in the Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Blevinstown, Burke, Mantua, Merrifield, and Legato areas. 

Often patients take great care of their teeth, but they simply are not happy with the appearance of their smile. It may be that teeth are not white enough or straight enough. We offer cosmetic dentistry in Fairfax, VA to help you achieve your best smile.

At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we offer:

Tooth-colored fillings and bonding

  • Dental veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Invisalign
  • Dental implants

The first step is an exam in our Fairfax, VA dental office. Dr. Caitlin Hulver will let you know if the tooth replacement option you’ve chosen is right for you.

Following cosmetic dentistry, a member of our team will tell you how to care for your cosmetic dentistry and keep your new smile in optimal condition.

Invisalign, for example, requires a custom retainer following therapy to help keep teeth in their correct positions. Dental implants, on the other hand, require no special care other than the maintenance you use on natural teeth—brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist twice yearly for exams and teeth cleanings.

At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we want you to get the most out of your new smile.

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, schedule an exam today. Also, get in touch with us if you would like more information about our cosmetic dentistry options.

Laser dentistry is utilized in many ways throughout the dental field. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, the energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a "target." In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. 

How We Use Laser Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

In our practice, we utilize a diode laser - most often used in soft tissue procedures. This could mean removing any excess gum tissue around a tooth, or perhaps eliminating a deep periodontal pocket. We often use laser therapy in addition to deep cleanings around teeth to help resolve more advanced gum disease. If you're being seen for cosmetic procedures, Dr. Hulver will often use the laser to sculpt the gum tissue to give the most esthetic result. 

The laser is used nearly every day in our practice, and is one of our most valuable tools! To book an appointment with us, call our dental office today!

Dental veneers are versatile. With veneers, you can cover a variety of flaws in your teeth, creating a new smile without all the imperfections.

Dental veneers may be used to cover:

  • Worn-down teeth
  • Short or misshapen teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Crooked teeth

A veneer may be used on one tooth or multiple teeth, depending on your specific needs. Since veneers are a fast, easy solution to many cosmetic dental problems, your dentist will most likely suggest veneers as an option if you’re interested in a smile makeover.

Before proceeding with veneers in our dental office, Dr. Hulver will thoroughly examine your teeth to make sure you are a good candidate. If she believes your dental problems can be fixed with veneers, she will help you create a new, customized smile!

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You

Unfortunately, people who have flaws in their teeth often try to hide their smiles. We don’t want anyone to do that because we thrive on happy, beautiful smiles! 

As a cosmetic dentist in Fairfax, VA, Dr. Hulver finds helping people achieve their dental goals extremely rewarding, and she would love to help you. Reach out to our dental office, Metropolitan Dental Centre, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hulver.

In addition to serving patients in Fairfax, we also help patients from the communities of Fairfax Station, Blevinstown, Burke, Mantua, Merrifield, and Legato.

Crowns and Bridges

Both dental crowns and veneers are restorative treatment options to change the appearance and stability of a tooth. Veneers are always made of either porcelain or zirconium, while crowns can be made of porcelain, zirconium, gold or other metal. The biggest difference between a crown and veneer is the amount of tooth structure it covers. A crown will typically cover the entire outer surface of a tooth, while a veneer only covers a portion. Both options require removing a portion of the outer layer of tooth structure for proper fit. 

The Benefits of Veneers

If you simply want to change the appearance of your teeth, without needing increased stability or structural work - veneers would likely be your best option. Porcelain veneers are the gold standard in full cosmetic dental makeovers.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

Dr. Caitlin S. Hulver is experienced in determining which treatment option will best serve each patient, and each situation.   Most often a combination of porcelain veneers, crowns, and other restorative treatment are used to give our patients the smile they have dreamed of. Give us a call if you want to rejuvenate your smile!

 

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make laughing and smiling difficult. It can even change your dietary choices and the way you speak. At Metropolitan Dental Centre, your dentist in Fairfax, VA offers a variety of tooth replacement options to help you restore your livelihood and your smile.

Our tooth replacement options include:

  • Dentures and partials
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Implant-supported dentures

Dentures and partials in Fairfax, VA are a time-tested solution to tooth loss, and we provide quality, natural-looking dentures in our dental office.

Dental bridges “bridge” the gap in your smile with a replacement tooth or teeth suspended between capped or crowned teeth.

Dental implants in Fairfax, VA replace your tooth and your root, making them the most natural functioning tooth replacement options available.

Implant-supported dentures rely on a few implant posts (four to six) to support a plate of restoration teeth or an implant-supported denture.

An exam with your dentist determines which option is better for your smile and your smile goals.

If you would like to schedule a tooth replacement exam, or if you have questions about our restorative technologies, contact a member of our dental team today. 

We look forward to caring for your smile.

Dental implants offer patients benefits that other tooth replacement options don’t, which is one reason why we often recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth in our Fairfax dental office. 

With dental implants, patients enjoy a tooth replacement that's the closest to an actual, natural tooth. A dental implant is placed in your jaw by your dentist where it fuses with the jawbone and acts as a natural tooth root does to encourage bone growth. This natural process keeps the jawbone from deteriorating, which occurs when you have missing teeth. In this way, dental implants preserve the youthful shape of your face!

Dental implants also provide an attractive, natural look for patients. The crown or dentures attached to an implant are color-matched to your remaining teeth, creating a fantastic, seamless appearance. With dental implants, we can help patients make the smile of their dreams, even if they’ve experienced tooth loss. 

Additionally, tooth implants offer you complete security, so you not only have a beautiful smile, but you can share it freely without worrying about your tooth replacement falling out or coming loose. And there’s no special care required for dental implants! Simply brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and exams to keep your smile healthy and shining. 

Tooth Replacement Options in Fairfax, VA

In our Fairfax, VA dental office, we help patients create complete, ideal smiles with dental implants and other tooth replacement options. We also provide excellent dental care to patients from surrounding areas, including Fairfax Station, Blevinstown, Burke, Legato, Merrifield and Mantua.

We want everyone to enjoy sharing a beautiful smile, which is why we offer a V.I.P. Smiles Program. This program makes your dental care more affordable, so you can make smile improvements without emptying your bank account. 

Reach out to Metropolitan Dental Centre today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Caitlin Hulver. We are here to help you!

General Dentistry

Root Canal Therapy has gotten a bad reputation over the years! We're sure you've heard an adage about how terrible they can be - but please let us ease your fears! Root canal therapy is often carried out due to an infection in a tooth. While the infection can often be painful, the therapy to treat it is not! When root canal therapy is performed the entire area is first treated with local anesthetic - which thoroughly numbs the tooth and takes away all pain. Throughout the procedure Dr. Hulver checks in to make sure the tooth is completely numb and pain-free. If you are still anxious about this procedure, our office also offers oral conscious sedation, which makes the entire procedure much more relaxed. If you are in pain and in need of a root canal, please don't hesitate to give our office a call!

No dental insurance?? No problem! We have recently launched our "VIP Smiles" Program! This is an exciting new alternative to dental insurance in our office. For patients without dental insurance, our membership plan provides all your routine preventive care (cleanings, exams, x-rays, fluoride) for an affordable yearly fee. In addition to routine care, patients also receive a discount on other types of treatment - such as fillings, whitening, or crowns. There are no annual maximums, and no waiting periods. Call today for more details!

 

 

*This is not insurance. Program may change without notice. See terms and conditions of your VIP Smiles Program agreement for a summary of included services. 

Laser dentistry is utilized in many ways throughout the dental field. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, the energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a "target." In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. 

How We Use Laser Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

In our practice, we utilize a diode laser - most often used in soft tissue procedures. This could mean removing any excess gum tissue around a tooth, or perhaps eliminating a deep periodontal pocket. We often use laser therapy in addition to deep cleanings around teeth to help resolve more advanced gum disease. If you're being seen for cosmetic procedures, Dr. Hulver will often use the laser to sculpt the gum tissue to give the most esthetic result. 

The laser is used nearly every day in our practice, and is one of our most valuable tools! To book an appointment with us, call our dental office today!

Both dental crowns and veneers are restorative treatment options to change the appearance and stability of a tooth. Veneers are always made of either porcelain or zirconium, while crowns can be made of porcelain, zirconium, gold or other metal. The biggest difference between a crown and veneer is the amount of tooth structure it covers. A crown will typically cover the entire outer surface of a tooth, while a veneer only covers a portion. Both options require removing a portion of the outer layer of tooth structure for proper fit. 

The Benefits of Veneers

If you simply want to change the appearance of your teeth, without needing increased stability or structural work - veneers would likely be your best option. Porcelain veneers are the gold standard in full cosmetic dental makeovers.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

Dr. Caitlin S. Hulver is experienced in determining which treatment option will best serve each patient, and each situation.   Most often a combination of porcelain veneers, crowns, and other restorative treatment are used to give our patients the smile they have dreamed of. Give us a call if you want to rejuvenate your smile!

 

Invisalign

If your teeth are not as straight as you would like, but you do not want metal and wire braces detracting from your smile or weighing down your mouth, Invisalign in Fairfax, VA represents a fantastic alternative.

Invisalign is a series of clear, plastic aligners taken from an impression of your smile. These aligners are virtually invisible and designed for your comfort.

It starts with an exam in our dental office. If Dr. Caitlin Hulver, your dentist in Fairfax, VA, determines that Invisalign will work well to improve your smile aesthetics, we take an impression of your mouth, and Invisalign relies on the impression to create your custom aligners.

Approximately every two weeks, you change your aligner to gradually straighten your smile. You can remove your aligner when eating, brushing, and flossing, making this system a practical alternative to metal braces that are not removable.

Following therapy with Invisalign, your dentist provides a custom retainer to help keep your teeth in their new straight positions.

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, or if you have questions about clear orthodontics, contact a member of our helpful support team today. 

We look forward to speaking with you.

Invisalign clear aligners allow dentists to provide patients with an outstanding alternative to traditional metal braces. In fact, due to Invisalign and other discreet teeth straightening methods, orthodontic treatments among adults are on the rise. 

Invisalign aligners offer people a nearly invisible orthodontic option that they can wear to work, school, or even to important events, like a wedding, without worrying about their appearance. When you wear adult braces, such as Invisalign clear aligners, no one even needs to know you are undergoing teeth straightening treatment. 

Other Invisalign benefits include:

  • Clear braces (aligners) are flexible and comfortable.
  • You can remove clear aligners when eating and drinking, so you don’t have to alter your diet to accommodate braces.
  • You can also remove your clear braces for your oral hygiene routine, making cleaning and maintenance of your braces and teeth easier.
  • Clear aligners require fewer visits to your dentist for adjustments than traditional braces, saving you time spent in your dentist’s office.

There’s no reason to live with crooked teeth. With Invisalign treatments, you can straighten your teeth with comfort and convenience. Once you have finished your braces treatment, you can enjoy better oral health with your straighter teeth and a more uniform, attractive smile! 

Invisalign Braces in Fairfax, VA

At Metropolitan Dental Centre in Fairfax, VA, we enjoy helping patients straighten their teeth to create more appealing smiles. If you’re interested in this cosmetic dentistry treatment, call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Caitlin Hulver. We would love to help you create the smile you’ve always wanted!

In addition to treating patients in our Fairfax neighborhood, we also welcome patients from Blevinstown, Fairfax Station, Burke, Mantua, Merrifield, and Legato. We also offer a V.I.P. Smiles program for patients without dental insurance, which makes your dental care more affordable for you. 

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry in Fairfax, VA allows you to get dental surgery and treatments without cutting. It is a far less invasive way to treat specific dental issues. And it typically means a faster recovery and less bleeding for you.

In our dental office, we rely on laser dentistry for various purposes, including cosmetic, restorative, and periodontal dentistry. For example, laser dentistry can recontour your gums and even whiten your smile!

In cosmetic dentistry, we can use lasers to change your gum-to-tooth ratio—meaning, we can reshape the gums to rid you of a gummy smile.

In periodontal disease treatment, your Fairfax dentist relies on lasers to rid your gums of disease. It is a precise way to clear periodontal inflammation and infections without harming healthy tissues. This promotes healing and saves your smile. Yes, untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even body health issues related to the heart and lungs. Laser dentistry provides treatment precision for faster healing and easier treatment for you.

In our dental office, we are always thrilled to incorporate the latest technologies that benefit our patients.

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To learn more about laser dentistry or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

Teeth Cleanings & Exams

No dental insurance?? No problem! We have recently launched our "VIP Smiles" Program! This is an exciting new alternative to dental insurance in our office. For patients without dental insurance, our membership plan provides all your routine preventive care (cleanings, exams, x-rays, fluoride) for an affordable yearly fee. In addition to routine care, patients also receive a discount on other types of treatment - such as fillings, whitening, or crowns. There are no annual maximums, and no waiting periods. Call today for more details!

 

 

*This is not insurance. Program may change without notice. See terms and conditions of your VIP Smiles Program agreement for a summary of included services. 

Laser dentistry is utilized in many ways throughout the dental field. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, the energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a "target." In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. 

How We Use Laser Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

In our practice, we utilize a diode laser - most often used in soft tissue procedures. This could mean removing any excess gum tissue around a tooth, or perhaps eliminating a deep periodontal pocket. We often use laser therapy in addition to deep cleanings around teeth to help resolve more advanced gum disease. If you're being seen for cosmetic procedures, Dr. Hulver will often use the laser to sculpt the gum tissue to give the most esthetic result. 

The laser is used nearly every day in our practice, and is one of our most valuable tools! To book an appointment with us, call our dental office today!

Teeth Whitening

If you have a healthy smile but do not like the color of your teeth, we can help. Professional teeth whitening in Fairfax, VA is designed to lift stubborn stains away from teeth—including yellow stains—and restore whiteness.

Teeth discolor for a variety of reasons, including lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking red wine, coffee or tea, and even specific medications. If you decide to use a tooth whitening option with us, a team member can offer tips to help you get the most out of your whiter smile, including the best way to prevent new stains.

At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we offer two professional teeth whitening options in Fairfax, VA.

  • In-office teeth whitening
  • At-home teeth whitening

Our in-office teeth bleaching option may be faster than the take-home method, making it ideal if you have a wedding or other event right around the corner.

Our take-home teeth whitening option means we take an impression of your mouth, create a custom whitening tray from this model, and send you home with instructions and a prescription-strength whitening gel. With this system, you whiten your smile on your time.

If you’re considering professional teeth whitening in Fairfax, VA, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

Tooth sensitivity is sometimes a mild side effect of teeth whitening. The tooth sensitivity patients occasionally experience is generally short-lived, fading not long after the completion of teeth whitening treatment.

However, if you’re concerned about having tooth sensitivity, please let us know so we can take steps to help you prevent sensitivity in any way we can. 

To help prevent tooth sensitivity when teeth whitening, our Fairfax dentist can:

  • Choose a teeth whitening treatment with a lower concentration of peroxide
  • Use less of the teeth whitening mixture on your teeth
  • Recommend a temporary break from treatments if you begin experiencing sensitivity
  • Recommend a toothpaste designed to decrease tooth sensitivity
  • Increase the time between your teeth whitening treatments

One of the best aspects of professional teeth whitening is having a dentist supervise your treatment, which can help to reduce side effects and improve your treatment results. After your professional teeth whitening treatments, you’ll enjoy a fantastic, bright smile that you can happily share with everyone around you!

Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

When it comes to creating a brighter smile, Dr. Caitlin Hulver at Metropolitan Dental Centre provides excellent outcomes for her patients while offering comfortable treatment. In addition to helping people in the Fairfax area make their smiles whiter, we also treat patients from nearby Fairfax Station, Blevinstown, Burke, Mantua, Merrifield, and Legato. Call us today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Hulver. 

If you’re concerned about paying for professional teeth whitening services, please consider enrolling in our V.I.P. Smiles Program, making your dental care and treatments more affordable for patients without dental insurance.

How long professional teeth whitening in Fairfax, VA takes depends on the system you use. In our dental office, we offer both in-office teeth whitening and a convenient take-home option.

In-office teeth whitening offers faster results and can dramatically lighten your smile and lift stubborn stains during your appointment. For this, we may rely on laser dentistry along with our whitening gel.

Our take-home system can also provide fantastic results but may take several applications before you see results.

We take direct impressions of your teeth and use the results to create custom whitening trays for our take-home option. You take these trays home along with our custom whitening gel, follow the instructions provided by our dental office, and you’ll see results across the days and weeks.

In some cases, your dentist may recommend combination therapy for ultimate results. 

We do recommend sticking with professional teeth whitening as opposed to store-bought kits. With store-bought products, you never know if they’ll deliver the results you were hoping for. Additionally, the ingredients may not be suitable for your specific oral health profile. Components can be too abrasive and leave you with lingering tooth sensitivity.

Your Fairfax dentist always makes sure that our whitening products and systems are safe for your oral health in our dental office.

To Learn Whether You’re a Candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening, Contact Us

Teeth whitening is an excellent way to enhance your smile and boost your confidence. Reach out to a staff member today to get started.

Veneers

Both dental crowns and veneers are restorative treatment options to change the appearance and stability of a tooth. Veneers are always made of either porcelain or zirconium, while crowns can be made of porcelain, zirconium, gold or other metal. The biggest difference between a crown and veneer is the amount of tooth structure it covers. A crown will typically cover the entire outer surface of a tooth, while a veneer only covers a portion. Both options require removing a portion of the outer layer of tooth structure for proper fit. 

The Benefits of Veneers

If you simply want to change the appearance of your teeth, without needing increased stability or structural work - veneers would likely be your best option. Porcelain veneers are the gold standard in full cosmetic dental makeovers.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, VA

Dr. Caitlin S. Hulver is experienced in determining which treatment option will best serve each patient, and each situation.   Most often a combination of porcelain veneers, crowns, and other restorative treatment are used to give our patients the smile they have dreamed of. Give us a call if you want to rejuvenate your smile!

 

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