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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Gasoline Alley Dental, we encourage curiosity! Below are a few of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that you don’t see answered below, feel free to give us a call, (403) 343-8622, or ask at your next appointment – we will do our best to answer it.


Dental insurance paperwork | Dentist Red Deer County ABWe get asked this question a lot! And the answer is yes; we can direct bill to the majority of Canadian insurance providers. We do ask that you try to become familiar with the basics of what your dental insurance plan covers since every carrier has multiple plans and it would be impossible for us to try to memorize what procedures are and are not covered and at what percentages.

How can I be sure what cost my dental insurance will cover in Red Deer County?

Most dental insurance carriers allow their plan members to check the basics of what their individual plan covers in their online account or by calling them to find out. We also ask that our patients understand that they are financially responsible for all services provided to them in our office, whether they have insurance or not.

Call Gasoline Alley Dental for more assistance

Our front office staff at Gasoline Alley Dental can also submit predeterminations on behalf of our patients to their dental insurance carriers. This means that they can find out the approximate amount of coverage that their individual insurance plan offers for the procedures that are part of their personalized treatment plan.

couple hugging | Dentist Red Deer CountyCanceling an appointment at Gasoline Alley Dental

We understand that life gets busy and emergencies can suddenly come up requiring you to cancel or rebook your dental appointment. As a courtesy to all of our other patients and staff, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible with at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or rebook your appointment. Since we have reserved a specific amount of clinic time just for you, we ask that you give us adequate notice if you need to change or cancel your appointment so that we can offer that appointment time to other patients who need to get in to see us. 

Is there a fee if I cancel my appointment at Gasoline Alley Dental?

Please note that if you have had 3 missed or cancelled appointments without giving at least 24 hours’ notice, then you may be charged a cancellation/missed appointment fee as determined by the Alberta Dental Fee guide. 

Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners Until Dr. Darren Whitehead meets with you to evaluate your needs, it’s impossible to say how long it will take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign or Clear Correct; but we can tell you that in many cases, treatment time is much shorter than it is with metal braces.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

Invisalign or Clear Correct clear aligners in Red Deer County, AB are an ideal solution for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without disrupting their lives. There are many reasons to consider clear aligners:

  • Discreet – Clear aligners blend into your smile, and most people won’t notice you’re wearing them.
  • Comfortable – With no metal to irritate sensitive tissue in your mouth, treatment is considered more comfortable, and you may even forget you’re wearing your aligners.
  • Convenient – You can remove your clear aligners so you can enjoy your meals and brush and floss your teeth easily.
  • Efficient – Treatment with metal braces can take two years or more; with Invisalign or Clear Correct clear aligners, most patients see results in 12 to 18 months.

Contact Our T4E 0A5 Dental Clinic Today

Would you like to learn if Invisalign or Clear Correct clear aligners in Red Deer County, AB can help you straighten your crooked or crowded teeth? Please call Gasoline Alley Dental to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Whitehead to see how clear aligner therapy can help you.

Crowns & Bridges

man in blue sweater smiling | Dentist Red Deer CountyDental crowns in Red Deer County, AB give Dr. Darren Whitehead a way to protect teeth that are too damaged to be saved with a dental filling. Our goal at Gasoline Alley Dental is to preserve the structure of your teeth for as long as possible. Dental crowns save a damaged or broken tooth from extraction and also restore your appearance and ability to chew comfortably. 

How Does a Dental Crown Procedure Work at Gasoline Alley Dental? 

We customize your dental crown by taking impressions of your teeth and choosing a shade of white that closely matches surrounding teeth. The goal is a prosthetic tooth that functions well and looks so natural that no one will be able to tell that it’s a crown.
Dr. Darren Whitehead enjoys designing and fabricating beautiful, realistic dental crowns and bridges. He will collaborate with you to ensure that the results meet and exceed your expectations.

Schedule Your Dental Crown Appointment in T4E 0A5

If you have decayed, damaged, or broken teeth and need a solution, we recommend asking us about dental crowns at our Red Deer County, AB dental clinic. Over the years, dental crowns have helped millions of people preserve their smiles, improve their appearance, and eat and chew comfortably again. Please call us to schedule an appointment to learn more about dental crowns.

Exams & Cleanings

Dental xray | Dentist Red Deer CountyThis is another question that we are asked often. Yes, x-rays are safe, and yes, they are necessary. Most patients aren’t aware that the amount of radiation in 2 bitewing dental x-rays has been measured to be equal to the same amount of radiation that we are exposed to on an average day that naturally exists in the air, water, certain foods like bananas and brazil nuts, granite countertops, etc.

Gasoline Alley Dental's Commitment to you

Although we won’t take an unnecessary amount of x-rays, you can rest assured that the dental x-rays we do take at Gasoline Alley Dental are safe, our radiographic equipment is regularly inspected and maintained, and that we will always provide personal protection in the form of a lead apron for you to wear during an x-ray.

Why are x-rays necessary at Gasoline Alley Dental?

X-rays are necessary to detect dental issues that can’t be seen and diagnosed by the dentist during a visual exam alone. These issues can be as simple as decay below the gumline or under a previously placed crown or as complex as a supernumerary (extra tooth) or an impacted wisdom tooth. This information is vital in allowing Dr. Whitehead to be able to make a proper diagnosis of existing dental issues.

Man getting dental examAt Gasoline Alley Dental, we have a strong belief in preventative dentistry; this means that we like to see our patients at least twice a year for dental cleanings and once a year for a routine dental exam and x-rays and always encourage our patients to brush and floss twice a day. For prevention of future dental issues and maintenance of healthy gums and teeth, the Alberta Dental Association & College recommends visiting your dentist every six months.

Get your next dental cleaning at Gasoline Alley Dental in Red Deer County

We encourage all our patients to follow this standard of dental care by coming to see us twice a year for regular cleanings to keep their gums and teeth healthy and clean and to try to avoid future dental concerns. (Some patients who are managing gum disease may need to be seen more than twice a year for maintenance and cleanings depending on their individual treatment plans and dental needs.)

Contact us if you have a dental emergency

Of course, if you have any dental issues that arise before you are due for your six-month cleaning or yearly recare exam, please don’t hesitate to give us a call to book an appointment!

Family Dentistry

Young boy brushing teeth | Dentist Red Deer CountyDr. Whitehead often hears the question from parents as to what age their children should begin seeing the dentist. His answer is always “They can be seen as early as their first tooth or first birthday, whichever comes first!”

Why your child needs to be seen for their first baby tooth

Although it might seem odd to bring your son or daughter in to see the dentist when their teeth are so new and healthy, the purpose of these first visits is to discuss the care and maintenance of tiny teeth and gums with parents so that we can establish a routine of good oral health care from an early age. It is our goal that a good homecare routine including regular brushing and flossing becomes a habit for your child as they grow, which will also help to prevent possible future dental issues.

What is the cost of my child's first visit at Gasoline Alley Dental?

We start our youngest patients off with a no-charge Happy Visit. This is a chance for one and two-year-old kids to sit in the dental chair, meet Dr. Whitehead and our staff, have their teeth counted, explore the dental office a little bit, and just get comfortable with someone other than their parents looking in their mouth. At Gasoline Alley Dental, we love Happy Visits, and we look forward to meeting your son or daughter!

Teeth Whitening

Woman pointing to smile | Dentist T4E 0A5Most of our patients that have an interest in a whiter, brighter smile are curious if the whitening or bleaching process is safe. You can rest assured that it is definitely a safe procedure as long as you follow the instructions given to you by our staff members. Although it is a safe procedure, some patients develop sensitivity after they use any sort of whitening product on their teeth. Before starting the bleaching process at our office, it is definitely a good idea to try a whitening toothpaste or whitening strips at home for a couple of weeks to see if your teeth become sensitive to just that little bit of stimuli.

What does a healthy smile look like?

Teeth have a natural whitish-yellow colour because the middle layer of the tooth, the dentin, has a yellowish hue. This means that healthy teeth will naturally be a light whitish-yellow in colour.  If you have concerns about the colour of your teeth, we recommend that you have a full dental check-up and cleaning before using any whitening product to assess the health of your teeth and to decide if whitening would be a good option for you.

Schedule your dental appointment today

Contact your team at Gasoline Alley Dental today for more information about teeth whitening. Call our office during business hours at (403) 343-8622.

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