Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most Lafayette adults have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect – you guessed it – your teeth.

The obvious risks to oral health are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can increase plaque production, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of periodontal disease? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Gordon West at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns, and Invisalign clear braces.

It’s ironic, but for some Lafayette residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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Some Boulder people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too expensive to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a steep investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.

Before you give up on improving your smile, however, look at a less celebrated but extremely effective and affordable cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unattractive teeth. Bonding can repair a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also repair teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to confirm the precise color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the specific shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps promptly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if needed, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at 720-862-3630.

We invite you to meet the awesome team at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. We are proud of our distinguished reputation for critical personalized attention and first-rate care. Our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team can answer any questions you have about our top services: sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, and dental crowns.

We are now accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces

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Having braces in Lafayette uncovers unique concerns.

Hello, I’m Dr. Gordon West at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five important concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many Lafayette families. We’re an active community. I love that. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.

I’ve been treating patients in Boulder, Louisville, Broomfield and beyond since 1998. You name it – dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers – we do it.

I’ve got the expertise, experience, tools, and team you need to maintain a healthy smile. I deal daily with Invisalign clear braces, prepless veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening, and sedation dentistry. The cost of a smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry, and celebrity-caliber teeth may be more affordable than you think.

Meet with me today and we can go over the possibilities and easy options to meet your needs. Can’t wait to see you!

 

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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Hello Lafayette! My name is Dr. Gordon West. My dental practice, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, has been serving the Lafayette area since 1998.

If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, children’s dental sealants, tooth implants, oral sedation, safe teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry for answers.

My state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff has helped me create an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

We are currently accepting new patients. If you are seeking a friendly children’s dentist or cosmetic dentist in Lafayette, we invite you to come in and meet our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to talk to you about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

If you have small children, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is useful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and dental caries prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are important for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing

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Most Lafayette residents brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush improperly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for incorrect methods. One of the most common errors – especially for young dental patients – is quick, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.

There is a certain logic to this method; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The problem is that teeth and gums have special characteristics that require finesse. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.

If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this post is for you.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing
:

  • Decay from overlooked food particles
  • Damage to teeth through abrasion
  • Weakened enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Tartar build-up

The friendly dental hygienists at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and diminish the risk of future problems.

Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing:

Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
Angling the toothbrush requires little effort with consistently cleaner results
Proper tooth brushing can prolong that terrific professional-cleaning feel
Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums

If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s essential to fix those problems and get back on track. Call 720-862-3630 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon West of Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we provide individualized treatment for every patient’s dental issues and goals.

 

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Healthy Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will focus on essential behaviors that impact oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to maintain a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is required for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do enjoy calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are dangerous to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of harmful cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to tooth decay.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can chip teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are harmful to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is smarter to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, talk to Dr. West about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your youth fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder – seek professional help without delay. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that advances dental health as well as overall physical health. At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we serve the Lafayette area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns and Invisalign clear braces.

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026


Lafayette Wants Silver Screen Smiles

Boulder Wants Silver Screen Smiles

With the constant media coverage of celebrities, many Lafayette dental patients are interested in having a smile like the stars. With an experienced dentist and the right smile makeover procedures, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Many smile makeovers include teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Most Boulder County, Louisville, and Broomfield drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your Boulder dentist can recommend an effective one, or he or she may offer in-office bleaching. This is a quick way to see whiter teeth in less than an hour.

For missing teeth, most Boulder cosmetic dentists will recommend a dental implant. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. A dental implant prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

Veneers are especially popular in the Boulder area. They cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for Lafayette patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to hide.

Enamel shaping, bonding, braces, and gum contouring are other successful treatments that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

I’m Dr. Gordon West, a trusted and experienced Lafayette dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Boulder County, Louisville, or Broomfield area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 720-862-3630 to schedule a consultation.

We offer sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns, and Invisalign clear braces.

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026


Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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Dr. Gordon West is enthusiastic about the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are essential for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places, however, where enamel degeneration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for tooth decay to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is vital, an additional safeguard against cavities is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that Dr. West can apply. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to prohibit bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many Lafayette parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the Boulder area are having them applied to help fight cavities and protect enamel. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as required.

Are they cost effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative services that may be required in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To maintain a healthy smile, follow these important steps:

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
Visit Dr. West at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

People all over the Boulder area trust Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette for their family’s dental care. Dr. West, DDS, specializes in sedation dentistry, prepless veneers and dental crowns.

Call today for an appointment at 720-862-3630 and trust the state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry to help keep you smiling.

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026


Lafayette’s Noteworthy Dental Experience

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When Dr. Gordon West walks into the room, you often feel the atmosphere kick up a notch.

Here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we see patients for anything from fillings to cosmetic dentistry to cleaning requests. Having your teeth cleaned can be just as important as addressing cavities and taking care of cosmetic dentistry needs. Dr. West treats every patient like a celebrity to be prized for just being themselves and doing their best with oral hygiene.

Well versed in dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, prepless veneers, and all things dental we’ll answer your questions about veneers, bridges, crowns, braces, and anything else you want to throw at us. Please visit our website http://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/ to learn more.

Our dental practice address is 1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201, Lafayette, Colorado 80026. Near enough to make the drive from Boulder County or even Boulder. We are easy to reach and believe you won’t regret your visit.

Our outstanding staff work very hard to maintain our reputation as world class, clean and friendly, untarnished and superior. We don’t just walk away after our procedure is executed. We follow through with special instructions, follow up appointments and careful monitoring. Your experience deserves to be pleasant.

Botched dental implants or cosmetic dentistry could be painful or dangerous and preventing complications is a top priority. Hopefully this blog impacts your choice in which Lafayette, Colorado dental practice to contact at 720-862-3630. We know you won’t regret it.

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026


Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

There are many simple things that the average Louisville area resident can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for Boulder patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flushing come into play. Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

If you can avoid decay, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as Boulder County dental implants and crowns.

I’m Dr. Gordon West and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about a custom smile makeover in the Boulder area, give us a call at 720-862-3630 and a member of our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff will answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation at your convenience.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, CO
80026