Secure Dental

Secure DentalPeoria’s Best Dentists

Noel Liu – DDS and Nazish Jafri – DDS founded Secure Dental to establish a dental home for most in the community. Secure Dental runs on a sound mantra: EVERYONE IS IN NEED OF DENTAL CARE.

Dr. Liu and Dr. Jafri pursued a vision to help, educate and treat patients to the highest level of quality dental care and to envision a future by promoting DENTISTRY FOR ALL – providing high quality dentistry to patients from all walks of life with care, passion and professionalism plus at the same time working with patients to best suit their needs in an outstanding dental practice.

Both of them, after pursuing their DDS degree from New York University College of Dentistry realized a desperate need for dental care and aimed their focus on prevention, oral hygiene and treatment in a warm and friendly environment here at Secure Dental where they provide dentistry for a healthy smile!

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Secure Dental
3127 N University
Peoria, IL 61614



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Secure Dental
3127 N University
Peoria, IL 61614

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We believe the cost of dental care shouldn’t be an obstacle to optimal oral health. As such, we are committed to providing quality and affordable dental health care. You have multiple options for payment available. For your convenience we accept cash, check, money orders major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, plus we also offer financing through CARE CREDIT with 0% interest*.

We participate with multiple dental insurances (such as CIGNA, BCBS, DELTA, GUARDIAN, PRINCIPLE, DENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE and more) PLUS we also accept the Illinois State Medical Card for both adults and kids!

Frequently asked questions:

How often should I visit the dentist for only a dental checkup?

There are no set standards on how often you should get a checkup at the dentist but it is highly recommended to visit the dentist at least 2 times a year; and by doing so you will be preventing problems rather than fixing them. Your dentist can check for problem that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems are not symptomatic and/or visible until they are in their advanced stages. Therefore, regular dental visits will allow early detection of disease and can be treated at a manageable stage.

What kind of toothbrush should I be using?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Is anyone toothpaste better than the other?

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Is there a regimen for flossing?

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy. If you don’t floss, chances are you missed cleaning approximately 35% of your teeth surfaces.

What’s the difference between a “crown” and a “cap”?

Crowns are also referred to as caps. These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material may be made of gold, all porcelain (ceramic), metal or porcelain fused to metal. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns”. However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as “caps” and the gold or stainless steel ones as “crowns”. In essence, they are the same.

What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

How effective are over-the-counter teeth whitening products?

There are many solutions to whiten your teeth from home that can be purchased from your dentist or over-the-counter. Bleaching solutions contain peroxide which actually bleaches the tooth enamel. These whitening products typically rely on carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent usually available in different concentrations from 10% to 22%. Although many teeth whitening products have proven to lighten tooth color, only dentist-dispensed home-use 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal. If you encounter sensitivity during treatment, consult your dentist about the side effects of whitening treatment.

How does my diet during pregnancy affect my baby’s teeth?

Your diet during the nine months of pregnancy directly impacts the development of your baby — including teeth. Because your baby’s teeth begin to develop during the second trimester of pregnancy, it is important that you receive recommended amounts of calcium, protein, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, and D. Consult your physician and dentist for information about proper diet nutrient levels during your pregnancy.

How come my jaw clicks (pops), and what can I do about it?

According to the ADA, over fifteen percent of Americans suffer from chronic facial pain. Common symptoms include pain around the ear and clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth. The complex system of muscles, ligaments, and bones that comprise the TM joint can cause facial pain and discomfort or popping when a problem prevents this system from functioning properly. There are several ways a TMJ disorder can be treated; however, proper diagnosis is a critical step before treatment. Your dentist will recommend what type of treatment is needed for your particular problem or recommend that you be referred to a specialist. Treatment may involve a series of steps. The step-by-step plan is advantageous because a non-invasive treatment may be possible to treat a TMJ disorder.

What do I do to stop grinding my teeth?

Night-time teeth grinding can have a negative impact on your oral health as well as your overall health. Teeth grinders often experience a sore jaw and dull headaches. Sever grinding can also cause teeth to become loose or fractured. Although your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep, grinding is often caused by stress. Reducing your stress level with physical therapy or relaxation techniques will often stop the cause of the grinding.