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Smile Safety Assurance™ featured on WZZM 13

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WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Behrendt recently spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle about new safety standards at Smile Dental Partners. Smile Safety Assurance™ is designed to create the safest environment possible for patients and employees alike. Among the new safety initiatives, Smile is the first dentist in the country to introduce UV-C pathogen control technology which removes viruses from the air and surfaces.

Insurance101

What you need to know about Dental Insurance

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At Smile Dental Partners, our Treatment Coordinators specialize in helping you reach your goals by estimating any investment you may have in your treatment.  We reduce surprises in your portion of payment by using the most comprehensive dental insurance software available to keep your insurance information up to date and creating financial treatment plans.

Insurance has become more complicated in recent years, and dental insurance is no exception.  There are thousands of different dental plans, and each policy has distinct benefits and rules of coverage that are determined by both the insurance company and your employer.

Policies can change your benefits and rules of coverage at any time.  Insurance companies do not notify dental offices of your changes.  While we attempt to update our information about your policies on an annual basis, we may only become aware of changes upon filing a claim on your behalf or if you tell us of any changes to your coverage.

By understanding your own insurance, we can work as a team with you to provide the most accurate financial estimates.  Below is some insurance “lingo” that may help you understand your coverage:

Participating vs. Accepting

This confuses most people.  If you call a dental office and ask is they “accept” your insurance, you are actually asking if they will bill your insurance company for you.  And the answer is almost always yes.  What you probably really want to know is if the dental office “participates” with your insurance?  This means that you will receive a discount for services covered by your plan, or the dentist office will “write off” a portion of the fee when applicable. Click here for a list of participating insurance companies at Smile.

Covered Services

At what percentage are your cleanings, exams, fluorides, x-rays covered?  How often will the insurance pay for these services? Are there waiting periods before they will pay for your treatment?

Deductible

This is an annual amount you are responsible for before insurance coverage begins.

Co-Payment

The percent split between insurance payment and your responsibility.

Pre-determination

Some insurance requires permission for a procedure prior to receiving the service.  If these services are provided without pre-determination, the payment for services may be denied.  Pre-determination does NOT guarantee payment of your claim.

Benefit Limit

An annual (or lifetime) limit that an insurance company will pay for your care.

Primary Insurance

If you have more than one insurance policy covering you, the primary insurance is required to consider the claim for payment first.  For children whose parents both have insurance contracts, the primary insurance is determined by the month of each parent’s birthday (typically).

Secondary Insurance

A second insurance contract.  The secondary insurance contract may or may not cover costs that the primary insurance contract does not pay.

 

Smile Safety Assurance™ featured on WOOD TV 8

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As Michigan dentists prepare to reopen across the state, News 8 Reporter Justin Kollar recently visited Smile Cascade to speak with Dr. Darren Riopelle and pediatric dentist Dr. Cristian Brutten about exclusive new UV-C pathogen control technology. The new upgrades, which include air filtration and surface technology, have been introduced at all of Smile’s West Michigan locations as part of its new Smile Safety Assurance™.

Dentists go back to work Friday

Non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures are allowed to resume starting today.Dentists offices across the state are ready to accept patients, many have implemented a host of new safety procedures to keep patients and staff safe.Check out all that Smile Dental Partners have done to make the "new normal" safe and enjoyable.

Posted by Justin Kollar on Friday, 29 May 2020

UV Angel

Smile Announces Partnership with UV Angel

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Surface and air pathogen control technologies installed at all Smile locations

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (June 01, 2020) — Smile Dental Partners, West Michigan’s only multi-specialty dental practice, reopened today after partnering with UV Angel to become the first U.S. dental office to introduce UV-C pathogen control technology. Smile Dental Partners equipped all four West Michigan locations with UV Angel’s patented technology as part of its new safety initiative called Smile Safety Assurance™.

With dentist offices considered high-risk environments during the current global pandemic, UV Angel’s technology will help make Smile practices cleaner by using UV-C light treatment technology to automatically and continually treat the air and surfaces for harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

“We want our patients to feel safe when they walk through our doors,” said Darren Riopelle DDS, founder and owner of Smile Dental Partners. “We know there’s a lot of anxiety around COVID-19, and it’s important — especially in a healthcare setting — to provide as many layers of protection as we can for our patients and staff. UV Angel’s technology is an excellent complement to our current cleaning and safety practices to help keep those who visit our practices safe.”

All Smile locations will be equipped with two different types of technology: UV Angel Air and UV Angel Adapt.

With a modern integrated design, UV Angel Air combines standard in-ceiling lighting with a proprietary UV-C air treatment system. Air containing dental aerosols (airborne particles) are pulled into the sealed UV-C chamber where it is treated with high-intensity UV-C light. The clean, treated air is then returned to the room, where employees and patients can breathe easier. By lowering the levels of harmful pathogens in the air and on surfaces, the risk of exposure is reduced.

UV Angel Adapt uses an intelligent, automated UV-C light treatment platform to continuously monitor and safely treat high-touch surfaces hundreds of times per day. At all Smile practices, UV Angel Adapt has been attached to keyboards and other frequently touched surfaces.

UV Angel products come with a robust data platform that provides users the ability to track key performance indicators, access invaluable data and make well-informed decisions about pathogen and infection control. 

“We believe rapid development of ultraviolet light technology in clinical environments like Smile Dental Partners is critical to help protect both patients and staff,” said Tom Byrne, CEO of UV Angel. “We know the technology is effective at neutralizing harmful pathogens in the environment. As a West Michigan-based company, we are proud to help with this fight right in our own backyard.”

Smile Dental Partners’ partnership with UV Angel is part of the organization’s new Smile Safety Assurance™ program which includes a thermal imaging A.I. temperature screening system and cloud-based monitoring and reporting of all-practice pathogen control.

The safety program is in effect at all Smile locations which include Smile Grand Haven, Smile Cascade, Smile North Muskegon, and Smile South Holland. Each Smile location is a multi-specialty practice combining Smile (adult & teen dentistry), Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry), and Smile Orthodontics. For more information about Smile Dental Partners and its new safety initiatives, please visit SmileDentalPartners.com.

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More About UV Angel

UV Angel is a pathogen control technology company that uses years of advanced research and development in ultraviolet light to help make the environments around us cleaner and safer by reducing harmful pathogens.  Fully automated, patented and proven safe, the company’s UV-C technology monitors and cleans the surfaces we touch and the air we breathe. UV Angel’s technology is complemented by a proprietary data analytics platform that delivers critical insights and strategic advantages to leaders in healthcare, food service, corporate, education and many more industries. Learn more at uvangel.com

 

Smile-Now Hiring

Smile is currently hiring for all positions

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Smile Dental Partners is West Michigan’s only multi-specialty practice. Our team of in-house specialists provide comprehensive dental care for adults, teens, and children at each of our four West Michigan locations (Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, North Muskegon, and South Holland).

We are actively looking to grow our team and welcome applications for the following positions:

DOCTORS  (please send resume to darren@smileoneservices.com)

  • General Dentists
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Endodontists
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Orthodontists

CLINICAL TEAM  (please send resume to clinical@smileoneservices.com)

  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Orthodontics Assistants

BUSINESS TEAM

We invite you to join the Smile team!

 

How to remove plaque

How to remove plaque from teeth

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Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. While brushing and flossing at home is a good way to safeguard oral health, it’s not enough to completely prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues caused by plaque buildup. Hardened plaque (tartar) can only be removed during a teeth cleaning, which is why it’s important to see your dentist every 6 months.

BRUSH AND FLOSS TEETH
Plaque loves to feed on the sugar left behind on your teeth after meals. For this reason, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. If you don’t floss, you could be leaving behind dental plaque hiding between teeth and along the gum line. The bacteria from plaque produce acids that destroy tooth enamel and gum tissue. In fact, plaque on teeth is one of the leading causes of cavities and gum disease.

SCHEDULE A DENTIST APPOINTMENT
It’s important to see your dentist every 6 months for a dental exam because it significantly reduces your risk of needing emergency dental care. While a small cavity can be treated with a filling, a tooth abscess will need an emergency root canal or even extraction. Only a dental professional can remove tartar from teeth. Tartar buildup increases your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

RE-EVALUATE YOUR ORAL HYGIENE ROUTINE
Many patients don’t brush their teeth long enough to remove plaque. Most dentists agree that it should take at least 2 minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Also, make sure that you’re not neglecting back teeth during your oral hygiene routine.

If you have questions or concerns, the Smile team will be more than happy to talk with you about the best way to take care of your smile at home.

 

Smile South Holland

Introducing: Smile South Holland

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Smile Dental Partners is excited to introduce our newest West Michigan practice. Smile South Holland (formerly Comfortable Dental Solutions) is located at 205 W. 29th Street and provides comprehensive family dental care. 

Smile Dental Partners is West Michigan’s first and only multi-specialty dental practice. In addition to our new practice in South Holland, Smile has practices in Cascade, Grand Haven, and North Muskegon as well.

Dr. Dew and Dr. Stebbins—supported by Smile’s entire team of dentists—will care for existing patients as well as new patients. Smile looks forward to bringing our fresh and proactive approach to dental care to the Holland community.

We invite you to stop by and see our new home, or to call and schedule a visit. New patients welcome.

 

 

Baby's First Dental Visit

When should your child first visit a Pediatric Dentist?

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Surprisingly, tooth decay can occur beneath the gum line well before any baby teeth appear in your child’s mouth. In order to prevent this and other early-onset oral health issues, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents bring their children in to see a pediatric dentist within the first six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than age one, whether or not teeth are visible. This is only a general guideline. If your infant appears to have excessive oral discomfort or unusual problems teething, a visit to a pediatric dentist is warranted.

Another benefit of bringing your child to a pediatric dentist early is to give them a positive experience with the dentist. When children are introduced to healthcare providers early—and in a non-emergency situation—it can help to establish a comfortable experience.

At Little Smiles, we encourage parents to schedule their child’s first visit at the time of their first tooth or first birthday, whichever comes first. The visit allows your child to meet the dentist, experience a “chair ride” in a child-sized dental chair, and choose a prize from the treasure chest. The visit also has benefits for parents who wish to learn about diet and hygiene that will prevent future cavities and promote a healthy smile.

The Little Smiles team provides an atmosphere for kids that is relaxed and fun, teaching them to enjoy their dentist appointments. The benefit for your child is a healthy, life-long relationship with healthcare providers. 

 

Halloween Candy Buyback

Results for 2019 Halloween Candy Buyback

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Little Smiles’ 12th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback was a sweet success. A big thank you to all the kids (and grown ups) who brought in over 380 pounds of candy. This year we introduced the program at our new North Muskegon practice and invited the elementary schools in the area to participate in the school competition as well..

The winning school in the Grand Haven/Tri-Cities area was Peach Plains Elementary. The winning school in theGreater North Muskegon area was Central Elementary. Each school will receive an award, a check for $2 per pound of all the candy brought in by their students, and bragging rights for the year.

The candy collected is being donated to our Public Safety Departments along the lakeshore in appreciation for their service.

Halloween Candy Buyback