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What You Need to Know about Insurance and Financial Options for Your Dentistry

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It seems like dental insurance covers less and less these days. Many major providers seem to charge more and pay less. We are preferred providers for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Guardian Insurance, and Delta Dental in our Fayetteville dental office.

Even as a preferred provider, we find that dental insurance should be considered more of a discount than a catch-all for coverage.

Dental Insurance Is Not Like Medical

Dental insurance is designed for people who are generally healthy. Preventive services are often covered between 80-100%, and major services are covered at lower percentages – sometimes as low as 30-50% covered, and the yearly limitations are restrictive.

Just Because It Is Not Covered ...

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How Does BOTOX® Help With Jaw Pain?

Though BOTOX® is FDA approved for reducing facial wrinkles, many of our Fayetteville, AR patients with jaw pain or bruxism (a teeth grinding habit), ask us about the uses for BOTOX® to reduce muscle pain.

To understand why BOTOX® provides relief from the symptoms of TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), it is essential to know how it works when injected into muscles.

BOTOX® Relaxes Muscles

For anti-wrinkle treatment, Dr. Wade Kifer injects minute amounts of botulinum A toxin into the muscles underlying the skin. BOTOX® gently relaxes the muscles over the course of a few days. 

When used regularly, BOTOX® reduces wrinkles by relaxing those muscles that we use every day. When appropriately applied, your ...

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We Don’t Just Welcome New Patients; We Welcome Families!

Family Happy To Be Welcomed To A Dental Practice

If you are on the search for the best dentist in Fayetteville, AR, and you search Google for dentists accepting new patients in the area, you will likely receive a number of results. Here are three things to consider when choosing a dentist to care for your family’s smiles.

#1 Will Your New Dentist Grow with Your Family?

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we don’t just welcome new patients, but also encourage you to make your visits a family experience. Parents have many demands on their time and toting the kids to the local pediatric dental office cuts into free time parents can enjoy.

We welcome children from their very first dental visit ...

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Will BOTOX® Injections Make My Face Look Frozen?

Girl Wondering About If Botox Freezes Faces

A common misconception about BOTOX® anti-wrinkle injections that we hear in our Fayetteville, AR dental office is that the treatment will cause a “frozen-faced” appearance, preventing you from smiling or showing any emotion at all.

Dr. Wade Kifer has plenty of experience with anti-wrinkle injections to smooth out the wrinkles and lines that occur through habitual expressions such as smiling, concentrating, or squinting. 

BOTOX® relaxes the underlying muscles that move the skin. We always start with a conservative dose and can adjust it from there once we know how you will respond to anti-wrinkle injections.

Side effects are typically mild and usually only includes mild bruising in a small percentage of patients. You ...

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3 Ways That Veneers Will Dramatically Change Your Smile

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If you’re considering a procedure to give yourself a radiant grin, you’ve come to the right blog! Anyone interested in cosmetic dentistry in Fayetteville, AR, should reach out to our practice to learn more. The dentists at our office are experts when it comes to dramatically changing smiles, and veneers are one of the easiest ways to accomplish this!

So what exactly are veneers? They are slim, custom-made porcelain laminates that bond to your front teeth, giving your mouth a striking and attractive makeover. Here are only three of the many ways that veneers will dramatically change your smile for the better:

Uniform Teeth

If your teeth are crooked, broken, or worn down, ...

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Can Whiter Teeth Boost Your Confidence?

Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after dental procedures because it’s non-invasive and can improve your chances for success in your relationships and in the workplace. It’s simple; whiter teeth make you look better, but feeling better is really where it’s at! At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we aren’t just saying that either. Read on!

Success in the Workplace

Teeth become discolored for any number of reasons, and black coffee, tea, and wine are only a few of the culprits. Even some antibiotics taken long term can cause discoloration, and whiter teeth really do help you in the workplace. According to one comprehensive, three-part study, almost 60 percent of participants were ...

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3 Reasons Why it Isn’t Too Late to Have a Straighter Smile

Adults often avoid orthodontic treatment because braces are unappealing for many professionals or patients who have active social lives. You might have felt unhappy about your smile since you were a kid, or you might have failed to wear a retainer after having braces as a kid. 

It is important to remember that you are never too old for a straight, beautiful smile. Just ask your cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville for the facts.

#1 Straight Smiles Are Healthier

Overlapping and crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean. As a result, cavities and gum disease can develop. Misaligned teeth also create issues with the bite and jaw comfort.

By opting for braces or clear ...

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