Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth perfectly at home, it is still important to have a professional cleaning at Ingber Dental twice a year. Using state-of-the-art tools, a bi-annual professional cleaning eliminates plaque and tartar that has built up while polishing your enamel for a brighter, healthier smile. During your appointment, you can get tips on better home oral care and learn if there are any areas that need more attention. A professional cleaning will give Dr. Kenneth Ingber and his team of dental professionals the opportunity to look for any issues in the mouth that might require treatment. Getting a professional cleaning is a vital part of maintaining your oral health so schedule appointments for your family at our Washington, D.C. office.
Dental Cleaning Reviews
"Compassionate and conservative dentist. Full disclosure: I have high dental needs. I am not your average see-the-dentist-for-a-cleaning-twice-a-year type of patient, so over the last 5 years since i've been a patient, i've had a LOT of interactions with Dr. Ingber, Dr. P and their staff. I have a compromised immune system and jaws of steel (read: clenching and grinding and breaking of teeth), so I've had a lot of dental work for my age...and when I have a problem with my teeth it needs to be fixed, and fast, as any infection or problem can progress very quickly into severe danger/health complication territory. Dr. Ingber is among the best dentists I've seen for my needs. I've been his patient for years now, and although their office is now out of my dental network he continues to work with me to pay for crowns, implants, mouthguards, fillings, and small cracks. He always suggests all of the options if I need work done, and lets me choose which is the best fit for my budget and my health needs. He's fixed failed/poor dental work I had at another dentist, and preserved my tooth structure in every possible way. He answers his cell phone on the weekend in an emergency, and Carrie, Angie and the crew will fit me in without question for an appointment, whether something is loose, cracked, painful, or needs adjusting. Dr. Ingber really does care about his patients' oral health, and his work on my teeth has been flawless and tireless. If you just need a basic cleaning and you've never had a cavity, well, this will be a pretty easy 30 minutes spent in the chair. But if you've got high dental needs, you've delayed some complex work, or you get nervous at the dentist - Dr. Ingber really is very professional, very personable, and just the best. Going to the dentist is generally awful, but seeing Dr. Ingber isn't really so bad."- A.B. / Yelp / May 16, 2013
"I have been going to Dr. Porvaznik for all my dental needs since 2007. Two cleanings a year, wisdom teeth evaluation and then finally, the long anticipated Invisalign treatment. It is no question that Dr. P is extremely qualified as a general dentist but I'm going to focus particularly on my Invisalign treatment. I knew I was going to receive Invisalign treatment from Dr. P for years before I finally pulled the trigger in 2013 (due to finances/timing). Dr. P is one of the best in this line of business and is also extremely sensible in terms of affordability. He truly seems passionate about his work and each case is equally special to him. I feel that the investment I made was worth each and every penny. You can trust Dr P with your money and receive guaranteed top notch results. I am now 99% complete with my treatment and cannot believe how amazing my smile looks (not to sound conceited!). We are only working out minor kinks with my overbite and this is another indication that Dr P truly cares about his patients and won't settle for anything less than perfection. The invisalign has made the world of a difference in my smile and has given me the ultimate confidence. Aside from aesthetics, I truly believe my hygiene has gotten better since my teeth are no longer crowded. I would recommend invisalign by Dr. P to anyone. I will post pictures of my teeth once I am 100% complete, though if I took pictures right now, you probably would already consider it perfect! I would also like to give a shout-out to the staff, as well as Nicole in particular who has additionally made all of my visits so pleasant due to her passion for this work as well and her awesome personality :)"- A.K. / Yelp / Dec 31, 2013
"I've been coming to Dr. Ingber for a few years and have had nothing but a positive experience with him, the other doctors, and the administrative staff. On the last point, I've had to cancel/reschedule at the last minute a few times, and the staff has always been great about finding me a new appointment. I've never been charged a late cancellation fee (I think they have a policy in place, but it's not enforced if you explain nicely). I also get various email/text/call reminders starting about a week before my appointment, which is helpful since most of us choose to forget that the dentist exists between teeth cleanings. In terms of the dentistry itself, I've never felt like I'm being upcharged for problems that don't exist. Granted, I have good teeth that haven't needed much beyond routine cleanings, but I've found Dr. Ingber to be attentive, thorough, and quick. I once brought up a slight shift in my bottom teeth, which had a permanent retainer on them at the time. He recommended an appointment with Dr. Porvaznik, which I was able to get on the books for the following week. Dr. Porvaznik followed the same pattern: helpful, friendly, and not pushy at all. He quickly discovered that the retainer wire was starting to lift from the back of my teeth, creating the uneven pressure that was causing the shift. He explained to me that this issue is why he doesn't recommend permanent retainers (which my old ortho had installed about 10 years ago and declared as something that would keep my teeth straight for life...guess not). He suggested doing a series of Invisalign retainers to correct the movement and then a final version to maintain the straightened teeth. Since I've invested a lot in and care quite a bit about my teeth, I agreed with this plan, expecting the additional visits and progressive retainers to cost me upwards of a thousand dollars. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the whole process came to just $200 and accomplished exactly what I wanted. I'm surprised and perplexed by some of the one-star reviews; perhaps the staff has turned over or I've simply never encountered the problematic individuals. I also know that dental patients aren't always pleasant themselves, so for potential newcomers: I'd suggest trying for yourself and drawing your own conclusions."- J.M. / Yelp / Jun 26, 2017
"I've been seeing Dr. Porvaznik (and Susan for cleanings) for a few years now -- they are still great! How good, you ask? I recently moved out of the area, but when I visit DC periodically, I'll certainly make time to fit in a dental visit with them!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jun 23, 2013
"I've only had positive experiences with Dr. P and the Ingber Dental staff. They happily answer any questions you may have and give you straight answers in terms of the services they offer and what would best suit my needs (I'd asked about teeth whitening, and I felt no pressure to decide on the spot, or go with their expensive options). Would definitely recommend to someone looking for a new dentist in the area! They book pretty far in advance but they're convenient to downtown."- J.M. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2014
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests people schedule professional dental cleanings twice each year. Infants should get their first dental exam before their first birthday and after that, we will help you determine when your child is ready for their next appointment. A professional dental cleaning can prevent cavities since plaque buildup, the biggest cause of tooth decay, is removed. A professional cleaning will also address tartar and stains on the enamel. If you would like to brighten your smile, freshen your breath, improve your oral health, and save money in the long run, schedule a professional cleaning for your whole family at Ingber Dental.
What To Expect
Your dental cleaning will start by removing the plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth, which can be hard to treat on your own, no matter how often you brush and floss. Advanced tools are used to carefully scale buildup without harming the tooth. To start, an ultrasonic device loosens bigger chunks of tartar and plaque with high-speed vibrations and a lubricating mist. Then, a fine handheld instrument, like a curette or scaler, will be used to remove the remaining pieces. Each tooth needs to be scaled to get all the buildup. Once the teeth are clean, the enamel will be polished to strengthen the enamel and remove stains. If needed or requested, a fluoride treatment may be done after the cleaning.
Our dental team may suggest cleanings more frequently for some patients with concerns, like gum disease. During your treatment, we can help you come up with a home routine for good oral health by demonstrating techniques or recommending products that will address your needs. These can be very beneficial for your teeth, overall health, and wallet so make sure you schedule and go to your dental cleanings at Ingber Dental.
A professional cleaning is considered a preventive procedure so it is usually covered by dental insurance. Our office will contact your dental insurance to determine your specific coverage and then bill for any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, please talk to our financial team about different payments we accept, including medical financing.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Keep your teeth bright and healthy with professional cleanings twice each year at Ingber Dental in Washington, D.C. Our team works with patients to improve their oral health with professional dental cleanings to remove built-up tartar and plaque. As an important part of a proactive dental care plan, a dental cleaning can save you from pain and invasive treatments later. Contact our office to schedule appointments for yourself and your family.