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George Rivera, DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We want our patients to understand their dental care, and we are always happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. Here is a selection of some common questions patients ask our team at George Rivera, DDS. If you have a question that hasn't been answered below, please give us a call for assistance. 


Affordable Dental Care in Oakbrook Terrace

At George Rivera, DDS, we believe in making dental care affordable for everyone, with payment plans to fit every budget.

We also periodically offer specials for treatments like Invisalign and teeth whitening. We happily accept most major insurance plans, including:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Humana
  • Met Life
  • Guardian
  • United Health Care

As a courtesy to our patients, we are happy to file PPO claims on your behalf. We have also partnered with CareCredit for the convenience of our patients.


CareCredit makes essential dental care more attainable for individuals and families. Typically, uninsured patients use CareCredit to pay for their treatment, but insured patients can also use it if their plan doesn’t fully cover a certain type of procedure.

CareCredit offers short-term loans at no interest. Applying for CareCredit is simple, and it usually takes only a few minutes to receive approval. This family-friendly program has helped numerous patients receive the dental care they need when they need it.

We’re Here to Help You

Our team at George Rivera, DDS is here to answer any of your questions or listen to your concerns. To learn more about our specials, CareCredit, or accepted insurances, call us today!

The cost of treatment varies per patient, procedure, and complexity of each person’s case. We do not guarantee coverage or pricing, but we can give you a basic estimate of costs. 

For specific pricing information, you can call our dental office and speak to one of our friendly care team members. Together, we can discuss your treatment and costs in more detail.

We Accept Most Major Plans 

For the convenience of our patients, we accept most major dental insurance plans, including:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Denali Dental
  • Humana
  • Guardian
  • Spirit
  • UnitedHealthOne

Because insurance plans vary, Dr. Rivera may or may not be considered an “in-network” provider. If George Rivera, DDS is not in your network, we will do what we can to work with your budget. 

Insurance Coverage Basics  

Generally, dental insurance plans cover a portion of the costs of preventive care, fillings, crowns, and other procedures. Some plans may also cover dentures and bridges, orthodontics, or periodontics. 

Many dental insurance plans provide a 100-80-50 coverage structure, meaning they may cover 100 percent of preventive care, 80 percent of basic procedures, and 50 percent of major procedures. However, an insurance plan may also not cover any major procedures like oral surgery or certain treatments like sealants. 

Again, the details are entirely dependent upon the type of insurance plan you have and your family’s unique needs. 

Questions About Dental Insurance? We Can Help! 

 It’s our goal to help you receive the high-quality dental care you deserve. If you have any questions about treatment, costs, or dental insurance, please don’t hesitate to call our dental office.

We understand that some patients may feel afraid or anxious about their dental visit. Because your comfort is important to us, we provide different techniques to help you relax during your treatment.

One of the ways we help nervous patients relax is by using noninvasive sedation dentistry. We use The Wand for single tooth anesthesia and oral sedation when requested. 

  • The Wand is a slender, probe-like tool that delivers anesthesia to one specific tooth, inhibiting the patient from feeling pain or discomfort during treatment. No one enjoys getting poked and prodded, especially when they’re sitting in a dental chair. The Wand eliminates our reliance on anesthetic syringes of the past. 
  • Prescribed by your physician or dentist, oral sedation typically comes in pill form and stays in the body’s system longer than single tooth anesthesia. 

Compassionate and Gentle Dentistry 

The last thing we want to do is push our patients to their limit or upset them. We simply want the best for your health, and we will never make you feel obligated or pressured into treatment.

To learn more about how we manage dental anxiety, contact one of our care team members.

George Rivera, DDS is committed to upholding CDC and OSHA guidelines for the safety of our patients and staff. We have always followed these guidelines and will continue to follow them, as well as take extra precautions to ensure our patients and staff are protected from potential health risks. 

Safety Equipment and Sanitation

Our dental team wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and has implemented safety measures such as social distancing, requiring masks or face coverings in our building, and regularly cleaning our dental practice.

We use medical-grade disinfectants to sanitize all treatment rooms and common areas. George Rivera, DDS also has excellent air filtration, so everyone who enters our office can breathe clean air.

We kindly ask that patients:

  • Agree to a brief health assessment before check-in (temperature check, short questionnaire). 
  • Limit additional visitors from accompanying you during your visit. 
  • Practice social distancing in our facility. 
  • Wear a face covering or mask when not receiving treatment. 

Dental Aerosol Extractors 

In response to COVID-19, we have started using more advanced infection control procedures, including dental aerosol extractors. This technology keeps our patients and staff protected from airborne pathogens and bacteria and improves the air quality in the room. Dental aerosol extractors use high evacuation suction to eliminate excess moisture and spatter during treatment. 

If you have questions about our safety procedures regarding COVID-19, please call our dental office. Our team is on standby to answer any of your questions or address your concerns. 

Children's Dentistry

Yes, we do see children! George Rivera, DDS accepts patients of all ages and at every stage of life. Whether you just celebrated your child’s first birthday or your teen would like an Invisalign smile, our team can help you. 

Children at every age need professional dental care to ensure their oral health is exactly where it needs to be. Every infant, toddler, child, and teen should receive routine dental exams and teeth cleanings, as well as practice good oral hygiene habits at home. 

Infants and Toddlers 

We recommend bringing your child to our office when their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. During their first visit, we introduce ourselves and make you and your child feel safe and comfortable. We typically check their teeth and gums, as well as review at-home care with parents. 

School-Age Children 

As your child continues to grow, we make sure their teeth and jaws are properly positioned. We also check for signs of decay and any other conditions or abnormalities. 


Teenagers receive similar care to that of adults. Your teen may need a deep dental cleaning, alternative orthodontics like Invisalign, or a restorative treatment for a tooth they injured during a sporting event at school. 

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today! 

The cornerstone of our practice is to provide education, exceptional care, and support to our young patients as they continue to grow. Call us today to schedule your child’s next dental visit. 


Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that uses plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. Before you can begin using Invisalign, Dr. Rivera will perform a smile evaluation to determine if this treatment is right for you. 

iTero Digital Impressions 

If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Rivera will then use the iTero scanner to digitally map out your mouth’s unique structure. The iTero scanner is comfortable and safe to use, and it essentially takes a digital impression of your teeth. Dr. Rivera uses these digital impressions to create your Invisalign trays. Once you receive your custom-made trays, you can begin your treatment! 

Invisalign Works in a Series 

Invisalign uses a series of trays to gradually align your teeth into their ideal position. The trays should be changed out every two to three weeks, depending on your specific treatment plan. Each new set of aligners in the series will fit more snugly, slowly working their magic on your smile. 

Treatment Time and Rules of Wear 

Treatment time and frequency of wear vary per patient, but it’s recommended that you wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day for optimal results. Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove your trays to eat and clean your teeth. 

Are You Ready for a Straighter Smile?

A straighter smile can do wonders for your oral health and your self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule your Invisalign consultation. 

Invisalign is the most popular transparent orthodontic system out there. It is the one patients ask for by name, and we are proud to offer it in our dental office.

Invisalign in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, is a series of clear aligners customized to fit your teeth. You move through the provided aligners until you’ve finished your supply. This milestone marks the end of treatment. And over the weeks and months, you’ll notice your teeth lining up and moving into the desired positions.

After treatment, we provide you with a custom aligner to keep your teeth in these new positions by preventing orthodontic relapse.

As far as how long you’ll be in treatment, this is different for everyone. Some patients with more severe orthodontic issues can spend up to two years wearing their aligners. The timeline can be several months or longer than one year for others.

After examining your bite and related orthodontic issues, your dentist can answer this question during your Invisalign consultation.

For Invisalign Near Me, Talk to Your Oakbrook Terrace, IL Dentist

Straight teeth are easier to take care of and allow you to smile and laugh with improved confidence. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign or if you’re ready to come in for your consultation with the dentist, reach out to a team member today.

Zoom!® Teeth Whitening

Your cosmetic dentist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, uses Zoom! Teeth Whitening because the system has provided excellent results for our patients. It has restored confidence in many smiles through the years!

Additionally, Zoom! Teeth Whitening means immediate results in as little as one office visit.

Typically, we start you with teeth cleaning to remove stubborn tartar. This method promotes better product penetration and more thorough teeth whitening. And the Zoom! system relies on a prescription-strength gel to dramatically lift tooth stains from the surfaces and deep pores of the teeth.

In our dental office, we also use a chairside lamp to activate the product, allowing deeper bleaching.

We can typically complete your teeth whitening within a few hours and often only one hour. It’s all about you and your smile goals.

Additionally, we can offer helpful tips to help you maintain your results.

Looking for Professional Teeth Whitening in Oakbrook Terrace, IL?

We are happy to offer professional teeth whitening for our patients. It is an affordable way to restore smile luster before an important event like a wedding or ahead of travel plans.

If you would like to get started or have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or Zoom! Teeth Whitening near me, give us a call today.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, is an excellent way to lift stubborn tooth stains and brighten your smile. Some patients do this before an important event like a wedding or vacation; others do it just because!

Of course, our dentist makes sure that Zoom! is safe for your oral health profile before starting work. So, if you’re a new patient or we don’t have relevant information on file, this may mean a consultation before okaying professional teeth whitening.

We should add that professional teeth whitening is always safer than over-the-counter or internet purchased options.

If you’re a candidate for teeth whitening, we typically recommend teeth cleaning before treatments. This cleaning removes any plaque or tartar that can interfere with whitening results.

Zoom! can whiten your teeth by several shades during a single office visit. To start with, we apply Zoom! gel to your teeth, and then we use the Zoom! Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to begin the whitening process.  

Arrange Your Consultation for Teeth Whitening in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

We’re happy to help you achieve your whitest and brightest smile. If you would like to learn more or if you’re ready to schedule your consultation, give us a call today.

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