SOURCE: 1st In Smiles

Plano Cosmetic Dentist

December 28, 2015 16:32 ET

Use Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year at Plano Dental Office

PLANO, TX--(Marketwired - December 28, 2015) - Dr. Rick Barfield, a leading Plano cosmetic dentist, is reminding patients that it's the time of the year to use dental benefits before they expire.

Dental insurance companies operate on a calendar year, meaning that dental benefits are valid for 12 months and expire on Dec. 31. Dr. Barfield, who operates 1st In Smiles, said the important thing to know is that any unused dental benefits do not roll over to the next year.

"Most people don't think about it until it's too late, so now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with our office while you still have benefits left," Dr. Barfield said.

Dental insurance traditionally provides patients with a yearly allocation. The average in America is about $1,000 per person. Even though patients pay their premiums for an entire year, any remaining balance in insurance dollars goes directly into the insurance company's bottom line. The patient also has to pay on a new deductible come Jan. 1.

Dr. Barfield said some patients may have unresolved dental issues or the insurance company could increase monthly premiums from one year to the next.

"I know we have patients out there with benefits remaining on their insurance and outstanding dental issues. No one but a dentist can repair your teeth or get rid of decay. The problem will not go away on its own," Dr. Barfield said. "Don't wait until the first of the year to call our office while letting your oral health slip away. Let us give you the smile you deserve before your benefits expire."

1st In Smiles, 1300 Village Creek Dr., is a comprehensive dental practice that offers preventive care, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics and implant dentistry.

1st In Smiles offers free exams and digital X-rays for new patients, as well as Sonicare electric toothbrushes. The practice also provides free second opinions and price matching and renders free nitrous oxide for anxious or fearful patients.

The Plano family dental office provides services such as root canals, dental implants and Invisalign that typical general family practices do not. By offering all dental services under one roof, 1st In Smiles can keep all treatment in-house and cut down on patients' appointment times and overall visits.

In addition to offering nitrous oxide, 1st In Smiles is certified to render safe and comfortable oral conscious sedation, which is prescribed in pill form. This type of sedation can help patients who are fearful of the dentist -- or those who need extensive dental work. Using oral conscious sedation, Dr. Barfield can complete full-mouth restorations in one relaxing visit.

For more information about 1st In Smiles' cosmetic dentistry solutions, call the office at 972-905-9266 or visit the website

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