Your First Visit

Dr. Austin Meares has a passion for his patients and enjoys working with patients on a personal level. During your first visit, you will meet with Dr. Meares and the team. As we review your dental records, we will also get to know you as an individual. We highly value this part of any new visit as it allows us to get to know you personally before we begin the initial exam process. Next, we will start a comprehensive dental exam to gather more information for our records and your patient file.

Before any visit, we ask that you please provide the following:

  • Any recent x-rays.
  • A copy of your paperwork.

We look forward to meeting you and having a new member of the Meares Dentistry family!

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Payment Options & Appointments

Terms of Payment

The following is a guide to the terms of payment we accept. We are committed to working with you to match a payment plan to your needs; therefore, we offer different options to our patients, which allows for payment to be convenient and flexible. We are available to answer any questions you may have.

Dental Insurance

We will gladly assist you with your dental insurance plan. To help us assist you in determining your maximum benefit, please bring in your insurance’s explanation of benefits booklet and/or your insurance card to your first visit. Most plans cover only a portion of the dental fee, therefore, as a courtesy to our patients, we will file your insurance for you but we ask that you pay the non-covered balance at the time of service unless prior arrangements have been made. If your insurance company has not paid within 60 days you will be billed for the unpaid balance and payment in full will be expected at this time. We recommend you become directly involved in communication with your insurance company to expedite payment.

We do not accept assignment of benefits for secondary insurance. However, we will provide any needed information allowing you to file and be reimbursed by your secondary carrier.

PPO Insurance Plans

We are an “in-network” provider for the following Insurance companies:

  • Delta Premier
  • Cigna
  • Always Care
  • Guardian
  • Unum

We are a covered provider for most insurance plans as “out of network”.

Payment Options

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, money order, cash, or personal check (there will be a fee of $35.00 charged for all returned checks). We do not accept prepaid Visa/MasterCard.
  • A convenient, interest-free payment plan through Care Credit.
  • A pre-authorized monthly payment plan, up to 3 months, on your credit card.


To allow the best possible care for our patients, we reserve a specific time just for you and make every effort to see you as scheduled. We appreciate your promptness and your consideration in not changing your reserved time. If you need to change your appointment, a 48-hour notice is expected, otherwise, a broken appointment fee may be charged to your account.

We are always happy to walk you through your options.  If you have any questions just give us a call at (803)-748-8797.