Our Angel Tree Is Up!

12.02.14

 

Happy Holidays and we hope everyone has had a great start to this most wonderful time of the year.  It's hard to believe December is here, and 2014 is already drawing to a close. 

 

We continue our goal of giving back to our community with our incredibly popular Salvation Army Angel Tree program.  In addition, our incredible holiday whitening specials are still going strong, as well. 

 

Please read on for more information...

 

 

Let Your Smile Sparkle

 

Want a more beautiful smile for the upcoming holiday season?  Let us help you fulfill that wish more affordably than ever with our Shining Smiles for the Holidays specials! Until December 24th, patients can choose from the following two great deals:

 

Sinsational Smile -- our express (only 30 minutes!) in-office/at-home hybrid bleaching system for teeth 1-2 shades lighter in just 10 days -- only $99!

 

DASH -- our complete in-office whitening system for teeth an average of 4-5 shades lighter in 90 minutes-- only $175! 

 

Give us a call today at 734-677-2156 for more information or to schedule an appointment for your whitening session. 

 

Don't forget -- gift certificates for whitening are also available at these amazing, discounted prices during the entire length of the promotion!

 

 

 

Be An Angel for the Holidays

 

When you visit our office from now until December 11th, you will have the opportunity to select a tag from our Salvation Army Angel Tree.  Each tag represents the wishes (toys, clothes, books, hats and gloves) of a real child or youth in the greater Washtenaw area. Unlike a toy drive, the Angel Tree program fulfills families' and children's specific needs and wishes for the holiday season. 

 

Additionally, if you are unable to make it to the office to pick up a tag, you are welcome to simply bring in any item that would be appropriate for a child aged newborn to 18 years.  We are happy to help get it to someone in need.

 

All Angel Tree donations must be delivered to the Salvation Army by December 11th, so all donated items are required to be at our office by 3 pm that day in order to meet the deadline.  

 

We are honored to be able to help provide gifts to families in need who would otherwise be left out during the holidays, and look forward to a strong turnout from our patient family.  Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information. 

 

 

 

Food Drive Was a Success!

 

We are proud of our continued commitment to the community, and are excited to share that our 2014 Salvation Army food drive was a great success. 

 

We're also pleased to annouce that our patient, Joy, was the winner of the drawing for the electric toothbrush. 

 

Congratulations, Joy!

 

 

 

Christmas Hours

 

The office will be open during our regular hours until 12/23. Beginning 12/24, we will be staffed at the front desk with someone available to take phone messages during office hours. We will be back in office January 5th.

 

If you experience an emergency during non-office hours, there will be an emergency number available on our voicemail.

 

Have an amazing December!

 

 

 

Big Discounts on Whitening for the Holidays

10.31.14

 

Happy Halloween! It's hard to believe November is almost upon us, and with that, the start of the holiday season.To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we are continuing our tradition of giving back to the community with the culmination of our holiday food drive, and the start of our incredibly popularSalvation Army Angel Tree program.  Additionally, we are running a great special on whitening, just in time for the holidays!Please read on for more information...

 

 

Let Your Smile Sparkle

 

 

 

Want a more beautiful smile for the upcoming holiday season?  Let us help you fulfil that wish more affordably than ever with our Shining Smiles for the Holidays specials! Until December 24th, patients can choose from the following two great deals:

 

Sinsational Smile -- our express (only 30 minutes!) in-office/at-home hybrid bleaching system for teeth 1-2 shades lighter in just 10 days -- only $99!

 

DASH -- our complete in-office whitening system for teeth an average of 4-5 shades lighter in 90 minutes-- only $175! 

 

Give us a call today at 734-677-2156 for more information or to schedule an appointment for your whitening session. Don't forget -- gift certificates for whitening are also available at these amazing, discounted prices during the entire length of the promotion!

 

 

Be An Angel for the Holidays

 

 

When you visit our office beginning November 20th, you will have the opportunity to select a tag from our Salvation Army Angel Tree.  Each tag represents the wishes of a real child or youth (toys, clothes, books, hats and gloves) in the greater Washtenaw area. Unlike a toy drive, the Angel Tree program fulfills families' and children's specific needs and wishes for the holiday season.

 

Our Angel Tree donations need to be delivered to the Salvation Army by December 19th, so all donated items must be at our office by 3 pm that day in order to meet the deadline.  

 

We are honored to be able to help provide gifts to families in need who would otherwise be left out during the holidays, and look forward to a strong turnout from our patient family.  Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information. 

 

 

 

Food Drive Ends Nov. 19th

 

 

We are proud of our commitment to the community, and are excited to announce the start of our 2014 Salvation Army food drive!

 

 

 

For each item donated to the drive, donors will receive an entry into our raffle for an Oral-B electric toothbrush.The drive begins on Wednesday, October 1st, and will end on Wednesday, November 19th, with the toothbrush drawing to be held on Monday, December 1st.

 

 

You don't need to be a patient to donate, so please feel free to forward this email to family and friends and let them know how they can help this great cause! 

 

 

Thanksgiving Hours

 

 

Just a quick reminder that the office is open Monday and Tuesdayonly during Thanksgiving week. The office will then be closed from Wednesday through the weekend. 

 

 

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Turkey Day -- gobble 'til you wobble! :)

 

 

 

Have a magnificent November!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon Norman-Kotre and Staff

 

 

 

Free Cider and Doughnuts!

09.25.14

 

Can you believe it's already fall? The weather is starting to cool down, and many are already longing for the sunny days of summer to return.  But despite the colder temperatures, autumn is still one of our favorite times of year around the office.  To celebrate the start of another beautiful season, we are giving back both to our patient family with customer appreciation events, as well as to the local community with the start of our annual food drive. Please read on for more information on this very busy month...

 

 

Salvation Army Food Drive

 

 

 

We are proud of our commitment to the community, and are excited to announce the start of our 2014 Salvation Army food drive!

 

 

For each item donated to the drive, donors will receive an entry into our raffle for an Oral-B electric toothbrush.

 

 

The drive begins on Wednesday, October 1st, and will end on Wednesday, November 19th, with the toothbrush drawing to be held on Monday, December 1st.

 

 

You don't need to be a patient to donate, so please feel free to forward this email to family and friends and let them know how they can help this great cause! 

 

 

 

Halloween Treats

 

 

 

Want something a little healthier for your kids this Halloween? 

 

 

During the month of October, all kids who are seen for dental check ups or other dental work will receive a Halloween goodie bag with special treats including a Xylitol sucker!

 

 

Why Xylitol?

 

 

Xylitol is a natural sweetener made of sugar alcohol and derived from a variety of different substances, including fruits, mushrooms and even corncobs.  It has many uses and a number of benefits as well. One of the biggest benefits is the improved oral health that results from fewer incidents of tooth decay.

 

 

Many large-scale clinical studies have demonstrated Xylitol's long-lasting, positive impact on dental health.Products containing high levels of Xylitol have even been officially endorsed by dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia and the Netherlands.

 

Be sure to ask for your child's free goodie bag during their October visit, and experience the positive effects of Xyltol on your family's dental health!

 

 

We Love Our Patients!

 

 

All throughout the month of October, we are showing our patients the love in our absolute favorite way -- via food!

 

 

Every Wednesday will be patient appreciation day, and we will be offering cider and donuts to all of the members of our patient family. What better way to celebrate fall and our favorite people at the same time!

 

 

You do not need to have a dental appointment to get in on the free cider and doughnut action, so don't forget to come in for your treats while supplies last. :)

 

 

 

Have an awesome October!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon Norman-Kotre and Staff

 

 

Custom Mouth Guards $20

08.28.2014

 

 

Happy Almost-Fall!

 

The leaves may not yet be turning, but with kids starting back to school, we know autumn is just around the corner. 

 

Although we may not be ready for snow, many of us, including some of our staff members, are more than a little excited for the start of cooler temperatures, pumpkin patch visits and maybe even an occasional fire in the fire pit! Please read on for more information about what we have coming up in during the month of September...

 

 

Insurance Coverage Reminder

 

It's the time of year when we start to see insurance plans come up for renewal and our patients should begin seeing information packets in the mail or at work from their HR departments.

 

Please look carefully at the information regarding your dental coverage and If you have any questions at all about your coverage options, please give us a call at 734-677-2156.

 

Major changes in insurance from year to year are not uncommon, and we've already had patients calling the office who wished to continue with our practice, but are now finding themselves unable to do so due to their new elections. We are always happy to help explain your plan coverages before making a choice.

 

 

Fall Mouth Guard Special  

 

We have many patients who participate in team sports.  As a former high school athlete, Dr. Kotre is dedicated to preserving her patients' dental health both via education, and prevention.

 

One of the easiest, most affordable ways to prevent dental injuries is by purchasing a mouth guard.  We are able to fabricate a custom mouth guard for only $25.  The proper fit provided by a custom mouth guard can mean the difference between excellent and mediocre protection against injury.

 

In addition, if you or your children are involved in a team sport, we are offering a discount program that will outfit the entire team with mouth guards at once for just $20 each.

 

We have already seen several kids with serious mouth trauma this year. The effects are often both painful and expensive. We would love to see all children (and adults!) who play sports be properly protected from these types of injuries. Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a mouth guard fitting.

 

 

Popular Dental News

 

We regularly post about important, interesting or just plain strange dental news on our Facebook page.  If you haven't yet followed us, it's a great way to keep up-to-date on both dental health developments, as well as practice news.  Here are a few of the most popular articles we've posted over the past few months: 

 

 

 

Have a spectacular September!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon Norman-Kotre and Staff

 

 

 

Free Teeth Whitening!

08.31.14

 

 

Insurance Changes

 

It's the time of year when we start to see insurance plans come up for renewal.  If you still want to be seen by us, please be sure you take a close look at your dental policy for any changes. If you see that your plan is now an HMO or a DMO, please give us a call at 734-677-2156. These are the plans that are usually contracted to specific dental offices only, which can greatly affect your coverage. 

 

 

 

August Is Full 

 

We have no slots left in August.  However, we do occasionally receive cancellations which open up appointment times.  If you need to be seen for a check up this month, please give us a call at 734-677-2156 or contact us via our website and we will see if we have any last-minute availability that may suit your needs.  

 

 

 

Back-to-School Contest

 

Do you have an elementary school-aged child getting ready to head back to class soon?  We are giving away a classroom-sized assortment of dental goodie bags! 

 

If you'd like to enter your child or children in the contest, just send us their name(s) in an email tokotrecontest@gmail.com and we'll automatically enter them into the drawing.  We'll announce the winner on the first day of school, and the bags will be made available for pick up later that week.  

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

Free Teeth Whitening!  

 

A member of our patient family found an absolutely amazing error in MLive's entertainment section earlier this month and sent it in to give us a laugh.  It amused us enough that we've decided to make a contest out of it!

 

 

Simply visit our "Specials" page, and read the (very simple) instructions. We'll draw a name from all of the correct answers on 8/31, and the winner will receive a free Sinsational Smile in-office teeth bleaching, including a take-home whitening kit to keep the results going once the professional treatment has been completed.

 

 

Enjoy, and we hope you find it as funny as we did. :)  

 

 

 

Free Oral-B Vitality Toothbrushes‏

06.30.14

 

We hope everyone has had a wonderful, relaxing start to their summer!  

 

Please note that we are closed all this week, 6/30 through 7/4 for our summer break.  There will be front office staff available from 9 am until 2 pm to answer phones each day except July 4th.

 

This month, we're excited to announce the return of one of our most popular specials -- free Oral-B Vitality Electric Toothbrushes.  Find out below how you can get yours!

 

 

 

Appointment Reminders

 

 

 

By popular request, we are beginning to send out appointment reminders via email or postcards between two and four weeks before the scheduled appointment.  A few days prior to the appointment, we will attempt to make a reminder call as well.  Although we do our best to make sure everyone receives adequate reminders, please be sure to put any appointments on your calendar when they are scheduled so as to avoid missing them.

 

 

 

 

Summer Is Almost Full 

 

 

Right now, July is full and there are only a few open hygiene slots left in August.  Therefore if you or your children are off during this time and would like to make an appointment, be sure to contact the office as soon as possible. Give us a call at 734-677-2156 today so we can be sure to get you in before school begins again in the fall.

 

 

 

 

Free Oral-B Vitality Brushes

 

 

 

Have you needed a new crown or crown replacement but been reluctant to schedule an appointment?  We have the perfect incentive!During the month of July, all patients with completed crowns will receive a free Oral-B Vitality Floss Action electric toothbrush, valued at more than $25.Give us a call at 734-677-2156 and schedule your appointment today!

 

 

 

Statement Reminder   

 

 

In an effort to keep costs down within our practice, and therefore keep costs lower for our patient family, all statements are sent out via e-mail. Upon receipt, please feel free to come in, call or use PayPal via our website to make a payment.  

 

 

 

Missed Appointments

 

 

 

Although we have generally waived our $50 no-show charge, due to the large number of missed appointments we've had over the last few months, we unfortunately must start enforcing it. Please understand that keeping the cost of dentistry down is difficult, and in order to continue to try and do so, we need and appreciate the cooperation of our patient family. 

 

 

 

Have a joyful July!

 

 

 

 

Going...Going...Gone!

05.29.14

 

 

"Unaccompanied Minors"

 

During the busy summer season, it can be easy to forget that minors cannot be seen at the practice without permission from a parent or guardian; in fact, it's illegal!  


Although we are happy that our patients trust us enough to see to their children's dental needs even without their supervision, if you cannot bring your children yourself or your child is driving to their appointment alone, you must call ahead of time or send a signed note giving us permission to treat them, or we will be unable to do so.

We appreciate your understanding!
 

 

 

Summer Is Filling Up Fast  

 

Believe it or not, our summer appointments are flying off the books.  June is already completely full for cleaning appointments, and the office is closed for our own summer vacation the first week of July. Therefore if you or your children are off during this time and would like to make an appointment, be sure to contact the office as soon as possible. Give us a call at 734-677-2156 today so we can be sure to get you in before school begins again in the fall. 

 

 

 

Insurance Reminder

 

For better or for worse, insurance providers change their plans often.  Because of the constant changes, coverage of any dental work cannot be guaranteed.  We will always try our best to give our patients the most accurate information possible; however, the only way to truly guarantee the out-of-pocket costs of any dental work is to pre-determine the needed procedure with the insurer directly.  Unfortunately, Delta Dental is the only provider that allows us to pre-determine coverage immediately.  All other providers require at least 30 days via snail mail.  


If you know you will require a specific dental intervention over the coming months, and need to know exactly what your costs will be, please let us know at least 45 days in advance so we can contact the insurer on your behalf and supply you with accurate details.

Questions?  Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information.

 

 

 

Digital Dentistry  


It's hard for us to believe, but we've been a completely digital office for two months now and we are loving the results!

The instant feedback the new digital dental equipment provides has been a great help not just to Dr. Kotre and her staff, but has also proven to be an incredibly useful way of keeping our patients more informed and aware of their specific dental health issues and challenges.

Thanks again to everyone for being patient with us during this transition.  It wasn't always easy, but it looks like it was definitely worth the wait!

 

 

 

A Few Favorite FB Posts


If you haven't yet "liked" us on Facebook, then you've probably missed some of our latest posts.  Here are a few of the best from the past month:

 

 

Have an incredible June and enjoy the start of summer!

 

 

 

Free Braun Electric Toothbrush!

04.24.14

 

 

 

Last Month for Mouth Guards

 

One of the easiest, most affordable ways to prevent dental injuries is by purchasing a custom mouth guard.  Normally $55, we are bringing back our popular spring mouth guard special and individually fabricating them for just $25. 
 

In addition, if you or your children are involved in a team sport, we are offering a discount program that will outfit the entire team with mouth guards at once for just $20 each.
 

Serious mouth trauma is painful and can be quite expensive to treat. We would love to see all children (and adults!) who play sports be properly protected from these types of injuries. Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a mouth guard fitting.  You can also visit our newly redesigned websiteto learn more.  

Hurry -- this spring special ends 5/31!
 

 

 

Summer Appointments 

 

Summer vacation is almost here! If you or your children are off during this time and would like to make an appointment, be sure to contact the office soon as spots are filling up fast.  Those going off to college in the fall should especially take time to be seen. Give us a call at 734-677-2156 today to be scheduled before we're booked up! 

 

 

 

May Whitening Specials

 

Wedding and graduation season is upon us, and we're decided to offer not one, but TWO amazing whitening specials in honor of these special occasions.  

 

Beginning May 1st, both our Sinsational Smile and DASH whitening systems will be available for purchase at incredible discounts.  Sinsational Smile, regularly priced at $139, can be scheduled for only $99; DASH whitening, normally $200, will be just $149!  
 

 

Both whitening systems are in-office procedures.  Sinsational Smile results are more gradual, but the package includes a take-home whitening pen to extend and enhance results and the procedure takes only 20 minutes.  DASH whitening has more immediate results, but requires a longer appointment time to complete.  
 

Call today and schedule your appointment for these special offers at 734-677-2156 before time runs out! 
 

 

 

Don't Forgo Your H2O  

 

As the summer beings to (FINALLY!) heat up, don't forget that your body needs more fluids in order to function optimally.  For most people, this means drinking plenty of water.

 

Adequate water intake is not only important for the health of your body, but also for good oral health.  Water helps flush away bacteria in your mouth, which keeps teeth healthy, and also assists in keeping breath fresh.

 

Don't forget -- sports drinks may contain water, but for most people, they are an unnecessary source of enamel-eroding acids and sugar-loving bacteria. Ultimately, your mouth will thank you for avoiding sugary, acidic beverages and opting for water instead!

 

One tooth-saving hydration tip: While it may be tempting to flavor your water with lemon, if you plan on sipping all day, stick to drinking it without any added flavors.  Lemons and other acidic fruits, when consistently added to drinking water over time, can cause the same damage to enamel as sports drinks.

 

 

 

Win an Electric Toothbrush!

 

Ready to win?  Let's go!

Answer the following three questions about this email and send your response to kotrecontest@gmail.com.  We'll draw one submission on 5/1 from all of the entries received to win a Braun Electric Toothbrush!

 

1: How much does it cost for a single custom mouth guard through the end of May?
 

2: What are the two types of in-office whitening we offer?

3: No matter how tempting it is, what should you avoid adding to your drinking water?

Good luck to all and keep an eye on our Facebook page for the name of our winner!

 

Have magnificent May!

 

 

 

 

Want Free Whitening? Enter to Win!

03.27.14

 

 

We've truly rode every high and low in March, from a major, multi-day server crash to finally having the chance to practice dentistry in the digital office of our dreams. We want to thank our patient family for bearing with us during this busy time. We appreciate each and every one of you!On to April and, hopefully, some small signs of spring (like our $25 custom mouth guard special)!

 

 

We're Digital!

 

We are excited to announce that as of March 31st (a full day ahead of schedule!), we will officially be a completely digital practice. This includes digital records, digital x-rays and our new intraoral camera. The intraoral camera is especially exciting as it allows us to visually communicate information to our patients regarding the state of their dental health.

 

Don't forget -- we're now offering free Wi-Fi for all of our patients, and hope this extra convenience makes your time with us just that much more enjoyable.

 

Questions? Please feel free to give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information.

 

 

Spring Mouth Guard Special

 

We have many patients who participate in team sports. As a former high school athlete, Dr. Kotre is dedicated to preserving her patients' dental health both via education, and prevention.

 

One of the easiest, most affordable ways to prevent dental injuries is by purchasing a custom mouth guard. Normally $55, we are bringing back our popular spring mouth guard special and individually fabricating them for just $25. The proper fit provided by a custom mouth guard can mean the difference between excellent and sub-par protection against injury.

 

In addition, if you or your children are involved in a team sport, we are offering a discount program that will outfit the entire team with mouth guards at once for just $20 each.

 

Serious mouth trauma is painful and can be quite expensive to treat. We would love to see all children (and adults!) who play sports be properly protected from these types of injuries. Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a mouth guard fitting. You can also visit our newly redesigned website to learn more.

 

 

Meet CAESY

 

We are excited to announce the addition of CAESY to our practice.

 

Who is CAESY?

 

Well, CAESY is not so much a person as a great new learning tool we've made available for our patients while in the office. The CAESY system provides hundreds of educational multimedia presentations related to oral health, featuring 3-D animation, full-motion video and narration.

 

You'll find CAESY conveniently located for viewing in both our reception area, and in our exam rooms.

 

 

Enter to Win Free Whitening!

 

In celebration of the incredible success of our $99 whitening special, featured in both February and March of this year, we've decided to give Sinsational Smile one last "hurrah!" as the month comes to an end.

 

Simply visit and "like" our Facebook page to be entered to win an in-office Sinsational Smile whitening session -- including a take-home whitening pen.

 

 

If you already "like" our page, "share" it with your Facebook friends (click on the "gear" icon on the upper right-hand side of the page, select "share" from the drop-down menu and then "on your own timeline") and you'll be entered to win as well!

 

 

The contest runs through March 31st, and the winner will be randomly drawn on April 1st (and no -- we promise this isn't an early April Fool's Day prank!). Good luck, and don't forget to check our FB page Tuesday afternoon to see who's won!

 

 

 

Free Wi-Fi + $99 Whitening

02.27.14

 

 

Congratulations, Dr. Norman!

 

Dr. Kotre and the rest of our staff would like to send big "Happy Retirement!" wishes to Dr. Chris Norman, Dr. Kotre's father. Many of you may know Dr. Norman from time he has spent at our Ann Arbor office as a substitute for Dr. Kotre over the years.

 

Dr. Norman established his dental practice, Norman Family Dentistry, in 1974 in Ada, Michigan and is a west Michigan native. He is looking forward to having more time to golf, travel and spend time with family now that he's officially "off the clock." :)

 

Congratulations, Dr. Norman!

 

 

We're Going Digital

 

We are excited to announce that as of April 1st, we will officially be a completely digital practice! This includes the use of digital records and digital x-rays.

 

Questions? Please feel free to give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information.

 

 

Whitening Special Extended

 

We had a feeling our February special was going to be popular, but it's truly surpassed our expectations! Therefore, we've decided to extend our in-office whitening deal until the end of March.

 

In just 20 minutes, Sinsational Smile gives beautiful results at an affordable price -- just $99 through 3/31! Hurry and purchase this offer while you can, because on April 1st, it will revert back to the original price of $139.

 

 

Need an additional incentive? Sinsational Smile treatments include apersonal whitening pen to help achieve an even brighter smile at home.

 

Don't forget; you can buy now and use your Sinsational Smile deal any time in the next six months (but please note that it's best to whiten immediately after a professional cleaning and they are best scheduled at the same time). This makes it a great gift for rising high school seniors, new graduates, and spring/summer brides- and grooms-to-be.

 

To schedule your appointment for Sinsational Smile teeth whitening or to purchase the deal for later use by yourself or by a family member, give our office a call at 734-677-2156 or contact us via our recently redesigned website.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Kotre!

 

It's finally here -- Dr. Kotre's favorite day of the year... Her birthday! ;)

 

She welcomes birthday wishes all month long, so feel free to send them her way if you see her around the office. 

 

 

 

 

$99 + 20 minutes = Whitening‏

01.30.14

 

 

Relief for Dry Mouth

 

Those suffering from dry mouth (also called xerostomia) know it's not only uncomfortable, but can also interfere with daily life in terms of basic functions like speaking and eating, and eventually result in not just bad breath, but also cavities and periodontal disease if allowed to continue untreated.

 

A new prescription product available at our office -- NeutraSal -- is recommended for patients with clinical dry mouth symptoms due to medical treatments, medications or Sjorgren's Syndrome.

 

Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information about NeutraSal, or to schedule an appointment for a xerostomia evaluation.

 

Dental Benefits Changes

 

As 2014 gets underway, we are beginning to see many changes in dental insurance benefits across the board. If you have an appointment on the books, or are planning on scheduling soon, please be sure to verify your benefits for the new year if they have taken effect, or are about to become active. Unfortunately, some companies do drop certain benefits from the previous year. Even if your benefit costs have remained the same, there is still a chance the covered services have changed.

 

As a reminder, we are in network with the following insurance companies, meaning out-of-pocket costs will be lower at our practice than if you were to see an out-of-network provider:

 

  • Delta

  • Premier

  • BCBS Tradtional

  • Guardian

  • Dental Guard Preferred

  • Aetna

  • United

  • Concordia

 

We are always happy to speak with our patients and answer any questions they may have concerning dental benefits. Contact your insurance company for plan details, then give us a call to discuss at 734-677-2156 if you are in need of assistance.

 

$99 + 20 minutes = Whitening

 

After receiving many requests for a whitening product that is faster, yet still extremely effective, Dr. Kotre is thrilled to announce that her practice will be offering Sinsational Smile starting in February. And yes -- this product offers whitening that is not just faster, but three times faster than most in-office whitening procedures! In just 20 minutes, Sinsational Smile gives beautiful results that are fully equal to, if not better than, other professional whitening products. More exciting still is the cost -- a new, whiter smile can now be had for less than $150...except in February.

 

Because...

 

In order to sweeten our patients' Valentine's Day, we are offering Sinsational smile for the entire month at the incredible price of just $99! An additional advantage of Sinsational Smile bleaching over competing products is the included complimentary take-home whitening pen that helps maintain bright, white smiles between treatments.

 

To schedule your appointment for Sinsational Smile teeth whitening, give our office a call at 734-677-2156 or contact us via our newly redesigned website.

Dr. Kotre's 2014 Dental eNewsletters

Enter to Win!

05.27.13

 

July Is Full!


If you are planning on booking an appointment for yourself or your family members this summer, please note that our schedule is already booked up through the end of July.  Please give us a call at 734-677-2156 as soon as possible if you require an appointment before school starts up again this fall.

 

Cold Sore Soother


Do you suffer from cold sores?  We are pleased to introduce Xerese, a new product available via prescription.  Xerese helps treat cold sores and allows them to heal faster.

If you would like to try Xerese, we have samples available in the office, and also coupons for a $20 copay for those with prescription coverage. Give us a call today at 734-677-2156 for more information, or to reserve a sample or coupon. 

 

Win An Electric Toothbrush!


We love having the chance to interact with our patients, and contests are one of the most fun ways to do so.  This month, we're giving you two ways to win!

 

Contest #1: **"Like" us on Facebook, or **"follow" us on Twitter, then send us a message via either of these sources with your guess at the amount of games the Tigers will win during the month of June. The closest correct guess gets a Sonicare HealthyWhite electric toothbrush (retail value: $129.99), while the second closest guess will receive an OralB Vitality Pro White toothbrush (retail value: $25.00+). All entries must be received by June 15th in order to qualify. 

 

(**Please note -- for the above contest, you MUST "like" or "follow" us -- not just send a message.)

 

Contest #2: Review our practice on Google through the end of June, and you'll also be entered to win one of the above brushes!

 

For more details on these great new contests, please visit our website, or give us a call at 734-677-2156. 

 

 

Dental Emergency? Try Dentemp

 

On vacation and have a minor dental emergency?  A stop by your local drugstore may be all you need for a quick fix. Dentemp makes two over-the-counter products that can help temporarily repair minor dental problems such as broken fillings or crowns.  Once you're back in town, however, don't forget to give us a call to make that temporary fix, permanent! 

 

Enjoy your June!

 

 

 

Amazing Whitening Special!

4.25.13

 

 

$25 Electric Toothbrushes

 

We currently have a very limited quantity of the Oral B Vitality electric toothbrush available.  This is a great "starter" electric toothbrush that allows you to get an idea of their advantages without having to spend more than you might like. They are also an excellent investment in children's dental health. 

If you are interested in purchasing a Vitality brush, please give us a call at 734-677-2156 to reserve one before they're all gone! 

 

 

Spring Bleach Special


With all of the special events coming up in late spring and early summer, such as prom and graduation**, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our spring bleach special.  During the month of May, in-office whitening will be available for only $145 -- a savings of more than $65!

Dr. Kotre uses the DASH teeth whitening system, which is both simple and quick, with an appointment lasting only about an hour and fifteen minutes.  DASH whitening can be done as often as every six months, but the results from a single treatment can last up to 18 months.

Give the office a call at 734-677-2156 to schedule your appointment, and get on the path to a brighter, whiter smile today. 

**Please note that whitening is only available for our patients who are age 15 and older.

 

 

Kids Require Parental Presence


Our patients are truly like family to us.  So many of you have been with our practice for a decade or more, and it's given us the amazing chance to see people we've treated as kids have kids of their own! 

We are so very honored that we often feel like family to our patients as well, even to the extent that parents sometimes feel comfortable enough to drop off their children with us for treatment without their on-site presence.  Unfortunately, we are required by law to have a parent or guardian present during appointments for all children under age 18.  

We appreciate you all so much, and thank you in advance for your understanding!

 

 

Great News!


Those of you who have been with our practice over the years likely know Sharon, our lead hygienist.  We would like to take a moment to congratulate her on the impending arrival of her very first grandchild, who will be born to her daughter in October. 

Welcome to grandmother-hood, Sharon!

 

 

 

Free Oral Cancer Screenings

03.29.13

 

 

Oral Cancer Awareness

 

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  To mark this important event, we are offering free Identifi oral cancer screenings (an $80 value), which help identify early-stage oral cancers. If you would like the screening, it will be available during any scheduled check up.  For additional information, please give the office a call at 734-677-2156.

 

 

Facts About Oral Cancer

 

Did you know?

 

Nearly 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.

  • It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.

  • Of those 40,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years (approximately 57%).

  •  The mortality rate for oral cancer has not significantly improved in decades.

  • The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, testicular cancer, and skin cancer.

  • Worldwide, oral cancer rates are even higher, with over 640,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  

  • Historically, the death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high not because it is difficult to diagnose, but because the cancer is routinely discovered late in its development, when it has already metastasized to other areas of the body, often the lymph nodes.

 

Early diagnosis is the key to positive outcomes after a diagnosis of oral cancer.  Our free Identifi oral cancer screening will be available for the entire month of April during all regularly scheduled check ups.  Call today to make an appointment at 734-677-2156.    

 

 

Oral Cancer and You


Who is at risk for developing oral cancer?

Tobacco users are one population at much greater risk for developing oral cancer than non-users.  For example:

  • Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers.

  • Users of dip, snuff, chewing or other smokeless tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.

 

Other risk factors include:  

  • Family history of cancer

  • Excessive use of alcohol

  • Excessive sun exposure, especially at a young age

 

The key to beating oral cancer is early detection.  Regular preventative dental appointments, at least twice a year, will go a long way towards making sure any changes or issues are identified early on.  For more information on oral cancer, you can check out these excellent resources:  

 

 

If you have concerns about your risk of developing oral cancer, we are happy to speak with you.  Please give us call at 734-677-2156.  

 

 

 

March Means Big Savings!

02.28.13

 

 

Luck O' The Irish

 

Is there a dental service that you've needed or wanted that's not covered by insurance, such as whitening or veneers?  Well you're in luck!  During the month of March, when you schedule an appointment for a non-covered procedure, you'll have the opportunity to draw a coupon on the day of your appointment that will get you a discount of 10%, 15%, or even 20% off! 

 

Don't need any work completed, but you've been coveting a new electric toothbrush or other product?  You can come in and draw a discount as well. 

 

Give us a call at 734-677-2156 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

 

 

$500 Off Invisalign


Held over from February!

Would you like to improve your smile but don't require major work to do so?  Invisalign is now offering a five "aligner" program which will allow us to treat minor alignment issues, such as spacing, crowding and orthodontic relapse.  The program also includes the Invisalign retainer plan (4 sets of final retainers).

During the month of March, we are offering this new Invisalign program for a huge introductory discount -- $500 off!* Other Invisalign products will also be discounted during this time.  Don't forget, you can use FSA or HSA funds to pay for Invisalign, and we also offer CareCredit for those who would like to finance their treatment.

Please give our office a call for details or to schedule a free complimentary consultation at 734-677-2156.


*If further refinement is needed or desired, additional fees apply.   

 

 

March Madness!

 

We are pleased to be able to offer the newest product from Sonicare, the AirFloss.  The AirFloss is a gentle, yet powerful way to clean in-between teeth, and removes up to 99% more plaque than brushing alone.  The AirFloss is now available for purchase in our office for the amazing price of $65 (not even Amazon sells it for less)!

 

This month, help us celebrate March Madness by entering our contest to win an AirFloss of your own via our Facebook page. Just "like" our page, and message us with your prediction for the winner of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (and the total final score in case we have need of a tie-breaker) by March 18th.  Whomever guesses correctly will win the AirFloss.

 

Already "liked" our page?  You can still enter, too!

For more information, give us a call at 734-677-2156.

 

 

Aging and Dental Health 

 

Interested in the effects of aging on your dental health? 

We recently featured a series of articles on our blog about the ways in which teeth and oral health can change over time, and what can be done to correct or reverse these issues.  Subjects covered include:

 

 

Questions about how your oral health has been affected by aging?  Give our office a call today at 734-677-2156 to discuss any issues you may have, and what can be done to give you your healthy, confident smile back.     

 

 

 

Free Electric toothbrushes + Huge Invisalign Sale

1.31.2014

 

 

Focus On Children

 

It's that time again! February is National Children's Dental Health Month. With the theme "Get a Gold Medal Smile," the American Dental Association has come up with a great campaign to help both parents and professionals educate kids about the importance of maintaining good dental health. For more information on this great new initiative, including great activities for kids, check out the ADA's page.

 

 

$500 Off Invisalign!


Would you like to improve your smile but don't require major work to do so?  Invisalign is now offering a five "aligner" program which will allow us to treat minor alignment issues, such as spacing, crowding and orthodontic relapse.  The program also includes the Invisalign retainer plan (4 sets of final retainers). 

During the month of February, we are offering this new Invisalign program for a huge introductory discount -- $500 off!* Other Invisalign products will also be discounted during this time.  Don't forget, you can use FSA or HSA funds to pay for Invisalign, and we also offerCareCredit for those who would like to finance their treatment.

Please give our office a call for details or to schedule a free complimentary consultation at 734-677-2156.


*If further refinement is needed or desired, additional fees apply.    

 

 

 

Limited Appointments

 

Ann Arbor public schools' winter break is coming up fast.  We still have appointments available but they are almost gone!  Please contact us either by phone at 734-677-2156 or via our website to schedule an appointment for your kids so they can be seen without having to miss time in the classroom.

 

 

 

Office Incentives 

 

We are excited to announce a great new incentive for February.

 

When you come in for a check up and cleaning during our special "toothbrush hours" -- 11:00 am--2:00 pm -- you will receive a free Oral B Vitality Electric Toothbrush at your visit. Kids are also included in this deal!  Plus, all month long, children who are seen for a check up will receive a special (sugar-free!) treat in honor of Valentine's Day.

 

Call us today at 734-677-2156 to book your appointment before they're all gone!

 

 

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Ann Arbor Dentist

 

2240 S. Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

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