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What to Expect on Your First Dental Visit

So, you’re looking for a new dentist in Weston, Florida? You’ve come to the right place. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. John M. Garcia and the Team at Smiles by Design are prepared to care for and examine your oral health. There are a few things to expect during your first visit with us, and we are going to break it down for you:

  1. Comprehensive dental exam

On your first visit, you can expect your Weston dentist, Dr. John M. Garcia DDS to conduct a full-mouth examination. This means he will do a comprehensive assessment check for tooth decay, gum health and examine your entire mouth, head, and neck area. Signs of tooth decay are looked for on the surface of all your teeth. Dr. Garcia will likely probe your teeth gently with a dental instrument, called an explorer, to look for cavities (decayed enamel feels softer when probed compared to healthy enamel.) Lastly, he will also check for any problems with fillings, braces, bridges, dentures, crowns, or other dental restorations.

  1. Full mouth digital x-rays

X-rays give the dentist a look at what cannot be seen by the naked eye. They detect deeper underlying problems and can provide a more in-depth look at the mouth. A registered dental assistant will care for you during this diagnostic procure while capturing these images.

  1. Periodontal Examination

A periodontal evaluation is a fancy way of saying a gum exam. A registered dental hygienist will take care of you for this exam. They spot potential gum issues and document the findings for the dentist to further examine and diagnose. The hygienist will also determine what type of cleaning you are a candidate for. Cleanings can range preventative (also known as a “regular” cleaning) to scaling and root planing (also known as a “deep” cleaning). This can only be determined after a dental hygienist and dentist have examined the gums fully and have made a clinical decision on how you can best proceed to either improve your dental health or treat a possible condition.

Depending on the periodontal diagnosis, you may receive a cleaning the same day or on a separate appointment. This varies due to the type of cleaning that has been determined to suit your specific needs best. Your dental diagnosis will always be explained by Dr. Garcia and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have before proceeding to schedule treatment.

  1. Cosmetic Consultation (optional)

Want to improve or modify your smile? This Weston dentist has you covered! Dr. Garcia has extensive experience with a focus on detail and precision when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry can include many kinds of smile enhancements. Dr. John M. Garcia at Smiles By Design offers Weston, Florida residents options including teeth whitening to make the teeth brighter and whiter, bonding to close gaps between teeth, teeth shaping to correct issues like overlapping teeth, and veneers to change the shape or color of the teeth. Many of these procedures can be done in a single visit! With an in-house lab and cutting-edge technology, you’ll be out of our office and styling your new smile before you know it.

Check out the gallery to see examples of smile transformations done in our Weston, Florida office. If you choose to have a complimentary cosmetic consultation you can expect a quick oral digital scan, regular camera photos of your smile and a conversation with Dr. Garcia about what you’d like to enhance and potential treatment/recommendations to get you there.

Cosmetic treatment offered:

  1. Teeth Cleaning

As mentioned above, the type of cleaning will be specific to your needs. There are a few different types and will be determined by your dental team and discussed with you upon the dental examination. We will make every effort possible to best coordinate with your schedule and make the most of your time spent with us. 


Schedule your appointment today! Call us (954)-217-1411 or request an appointment online.

Dr. John M. Garcia D.D.S. Dr. Garcia graduated from Georgetown University Dental School in Washington, DC in 1988. While there, he earned honors from the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics. He then studied at the highly acclaimed Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Studies. While there, he learned more highly detailed techniques for the whole masticatory system. Dr. Garcia also trained in the Dawson Philosophy of Occlusion and the Concept of Complete Dentistry, both of which he now follows. Dr. Garcia has been in private practice as a dentist since 1990, and he strives to keep up with the latest advances in the dental field so he can offer the most effective and advanced care to his patients. Dr. Garcia specializes in helping patients improve their smile through skilled dental care and the latest technological advances in the world of dentistry.

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