Opening Hours
Mon 9:30 AM - 7 PM
Tues-Thurs 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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Dr. Below Believes That Great Smiles Are Worth It

Dr. Walter R. Below earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in 1981 and has practiced in Westlake for over 30 years.

He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and a General Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and American Association of Hospital Dentists.

He has been a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve Dental School and is also on the medical staff of St. John’s Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Below strives to stay ahead of the curve on the new techniques and information available to better serve his patients. He participates in over a hundred hours of continuing education each year and has memberships in organizations, like the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which are focused on the future of dentistry from a scientific and/or esthetic perspective.

Dr. Below was nominated by his peers, passed rigorous scrutiny, and was accepted into the International College of Dentists. His fellowship in this prestigious organization was bestowed at the annual meeting of the American Dental Association in October 24, 2003. The Cap and Gown Ceremony was held in San Francisco.

On a personal note: Dr. Below was accepted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, an honor given to those with ties to the commonwealth of Kentucky. He graduated from both the University of Kentucky for his Undergraduate degree and from the University of Louisville for his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel notables include: President Lyndon B. Johnson, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Senator John Glenn.

“ A little of my heart is in every patient’s care, and when patients feel good about being more healthy, being able to enjoy their meals, and having a smile they are proud of, that’s my reward.”

– Walter R. Below

Our Story

Our story begins with our mission: Providing patients with individualized, high quality dental care is our goal. We pledge to use the best materials available and the latest accepted techniques in a clean, safe, pleasant, and caring environment in order to bring our patients’ total oral health to an optimal level.

Meet The Staff

A highly qualified and talented staff of dental professionals ensure quality care for our patients.

Vicky
VickyAdministrative Assistant – Business Operations
I have been in the dental field for 40 yrs. I started in the orthodontics field and also did some chair side assisting. I then moved on to administrative duties.. I have learned a lot and have accumulated knowledge and useful experience to help serve our patients. Dentistry has come a long way since my early days. I still enjoy my job and am proud of our office
Tammy
TammyHygienist
I’ve been in the dental field for 24 years. I started working as a Dental Assistant then went into Dental Hygiene. I enjoy working with patients to help them reach the best optimal oral health possible. In my free time I enjoy baking for family and friends.
Ingrid
IngridClinical Assistant
When I’m not assisting, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family. I am always thinking of ways to express my creativtty through writing, photography, acting and dance. Learning new skills and being able to collaborate with other creatives inspires me. I aspire to inspire other on my journey
Christina
ChristinaAdministrative Assistant
I’ve been in the Dentistry field for 18 years. I really love the challenge of getting claims paid for my patients, that otherwise wouldn’t. I love to fight for the little guy! Outside of work, I’m know as Jungle Jane as I have a lot of animals. I’m an avid movie watcher and a Sci-Fi/Paranormal fan
Tessa
TessaLead Clinical Assistant
I have been a proud member of the dental world for 14 years! I love my job very much, dentistry was definitely what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I am passionate about people and watching their smiles change with the care we give. When I am not at work I enjoy bowling and binge watching Netflix. I absolutely LOVE cats and the color purple!

Super efficient!! Super friendly!! Just super! My family has been going here. for 24 plus years. Dr. Below is amazing. He is caring and listens to you. He is about comfort and satisfaction. His staff are so ‘real’ and down to earth. If you see him, you will be a long-term patient also. On a side note: Dr. Below invested heavily into air purifiers, masks, shields, and other safeguards. Feel safe and comfortable that they are ahead of the curve for Safety and Protection.

Shawn Belles
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Frequently Asked Questions

What dental aids or appliances do you provide at your practice?2021-05-18T20:18:46+00:00

·      Veneers

·      Crowns & Bridges

·      All ceramic Inlays/overlays

·      Silent Nite® Anti-Snoring Appliances

·      PlaySafe® Mouthguards

·      Teeth Anti-grinding Appliances

·      Spry® Dental Defense System (for those with dry mouths)

What do you offer in the way of holistic dentistry?2021-05-18T20:15:45+00:00

We offer holistic dental services and believe in using natural materials and substances. By using nontoxic materials, we can improve our patients’ overall health and prevent harmful chemicals from entering their system. This in turn helps to prevent or reduce risks for those dealing with major systemic diseases.

Our partner, Clean Kiss, [link to Clean Kiss Website] complements our holistic approach to dentistry. Clean Kiss provides natural, organic products that kill bacteria, prevent tooth decay, heal gums, strengthen teeth, calm inflammation, balance pH, and prevent plaque buildup.

Why do I need to come for an appointment every six months?2021-05-18T20:17:52+00:00

The big picture answer is that regular dental checkups and visits with our hygienist to get your teeth cleaned can help you prevent systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s’ Disease, cancer, and many other serious conditions and is especially important for women in the child bearing years because good oral health can prevent pre-term birth.

The smaller picture is that getting that regular checkup and cleaning helps prevent the conditions that, if left untreated, can cause those big problems stated above. Therefore, getting that regular appointment can actually save you money  on medical bills in the long run.

If those conditions enumerated above are already present, then effective countermeasures must be taken to manage oral health. Thus, more frequent visits and intervention treatments will be required.

Is your office easily accessible?2021-05-18T20:15:45+00:00

Our office is on the third floor of the building but is easily accessible by three elevators in the building.

When are you available for appointments?2021-05-18T20:16:03+00:00

Monday: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Tuesday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday – Sunday: closed

What should I know about payment for services rendered?2021-05-18T20:16:03+00:00

Payment is expected at the time services are rendered, unless other arrangements have been made. This includes any co-payments or deductibles (amount not covered by your insurance).

 

For your convenience, our office accepts cash, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard.

 

Please know that you are responsible for your total obligation should your insurance benefits result in less coverage than anticipated. We do not render our services on the basis that insurance companies will pay all of our fees. We base our treatment on what is best for you. Your benefits are contracted between your employer and your insurance company.

What should I know about insurance?2021-05-18T20:16:03+00:00
  • We accept most insurance plans.
  • We offer a discount plan in house if you have no insurance.
  • We offer access to Care Credit. Patients can apply through our office, online at carecredit.com, or by phone at 1-800-365-8295. Payment options vary: 6-, 12-, 18-, or 24-month of interest free credit. A minimum of at least $200 over six months is required.

 

Please familiarize yourself with your insurance plan; paying close attention to your benefit maximums, deductibles, and covered percentages. Our staff will prepare all the necessary forms for your dental benefits. However, we remind you that your specific policy is an agreement between you and your insurance company.

What do I need to know about my first appointment?2021-05-18T20:16:03+00:00

What to Bring

A first appointment is the first step to establishing a relationship with your dentist, so knowing what you need to bring with you is important. Following is a list of items to bring:

  • Insurance information/card
  • Photo identification
  • Any medical records pertaining to your visit, including a list of medications you take currently

 

Arrival at Office

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out or finish any required paperwork.