One of the easiest ways to improve your smile cosmetically is with teeth whitening. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive method to improve your appearance and bring confidence to your daily interactions with people.
Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. The good news is that it has never been easier to achieve. Just take a look at all the whitening products at any grocery store! From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot to choose from.
Most commercially available products an adequate job whitening your teeth. But they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening – and who wants to settle for adequate?
At Boulder County Smiles we have two options: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Our in-office whitening only takes one appointment to complete, and leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. The at-home whitening also delivers fantastic results, but lets you proceed at your own pace.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, we improve smiles with teeth whitning every day. We also improve smiles with dental implants. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
The key to a successful dental implant is osseointegration: the fusing of the implant with the patient’s jawbone. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we have performed many dental implants, and are proud that they have a success rate greater than ninety percent.
Some patients think of dental implants as replacement teeth. But strictly speaking, a dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, where it replaces the missing tooth root. One or more of these posts can support an artificial crown, bridgework, or even a set of dentures.
The entire procedure hinges on the implant attaching to the bone. And this is the real beauty of it: dental implants are made from titanium, a strong but light metal with a unique ability to fuse, or join, with the bone. There’s actually a word for this: osteophilic, which means “bone loving.” This unique property has made titanium the material of choice in dental implants.
Dental implants have a remarkably high success rate: over ninety percent. The biggest threat to an implant is infection. That makes it critical to keep a dental implant clean – as important as with natural teeth. Plaque collects on and around implant crowns the same way it does on teeth, so it is up to the patient to remove it every day. And that, of course, means brushing and flossing.
Like all technology, dental implants are constantly advancing. In the near future, dental implants are expected to have features that eliminate bacteria. That could mean an even higher success rate.
But it all begins with the titanium post, and osseointegration. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO we offer dental implants. We also offer general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO can be transformative for anyone who is embarrassed by their smile. It’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people do not anticipate.
How can a smile makeover transform your life?
1. It shapes the way you are perceived by others.
An individual who smiles often and easily is usually regarded as an energetic problem solver.
2. It elevates the mood in social settings.
When you openly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when necessary.
3. You will feel more self-confident.
When you quit focusing on making sure you hide your teeth, you have the strength to focus on ways to achieve success in personal and professional pursuits.
A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO is an investment in yourself. In addition to dental services we treat issues like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us today.
If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. With cosmetic dentistry from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we can transform any smile into something special.
Do you think frequent smiling has a compelling effect on your life? You bet it does. In addition to simply making us happier, smiling benefits our quality of life in a host of ways.
1. Look Younger and More Attractive
It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.
2. Smiling Minimizes Stress
When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that reduce your stress level.
3. Smiling Boosts Your Confidence
Who doesn’t want to benefit from more self-assurance?
4. Smile For Success
Researchers have demonstrated several ways smiling can upgrade the chance of a positive outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.
5. Help People Trust You
Genuine smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.
How would your life improve if you loved your smile?
Even small changes can yield dramatic improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayeette, cosmetic dentistry can make the kinds of changes you’ll love. We also treat conditiions like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us today.
Are electric toothbrushes any better at cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes? The answer depends on who you ask, because both have their advocates. In this article from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, we aren’t going to recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a look at the world of the electric toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have evolved considerably since then. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there is a lot of choose from.
Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.
Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:
Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability
And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but they are in a class by themselves.
Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But advocates say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.
When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, what we really want is for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
Twice-a-year visits to the dentist at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette is the best way to stay on top of your dental health, and may benefit you in ways you never anticipated.
A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who had cleanings less often.
While the study could simply reflect that people who religiously schedule regular dental cleanings also observe healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral ailments like inflammation stemming from gum disease are connected to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study cited above) said: “Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.”
While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly receive the most health benefits, we recommend coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months. That way, we’ll catch potential troubles early. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we are committed to excellence in general and family dentistry. We also offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today!
The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we hope all our patients brush after each meal.
Daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your oral health. There is no better way to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.
However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.
First, be sure to store yours as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. We agree. After three or four months, the bristles on any toothbrush are showing signs of wear, and you won’t do as effective a job brushing.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we want each one of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Schedule an appointnent with us today.
This post from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO is about inlays and onlays.
If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.
Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has transpired.
An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its previous dimension.
The procedure begins with a extensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to accurately fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and safeguard the vulnerable area.
Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process.
Inlays and onlays guard the tooth from further damage, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we have restored countless smiles with inlays and onlays. Our services include dental implants, and general and family dentistry. Scheduler an appointment with us today.
Even if you think your smile is beyond repair, it may not be true. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:
Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant Solution: Bone Grafting
As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many merits as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be sufficient bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.
Many implant patients need some level of bone grafting and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is placed at the implant location where the bone needs structural strengthening. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It generates growth, and eventually the patient’s newly-produced bone replaces the donor bone material.
If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to Dr. West. The team at Boulder County Smiles has carried out many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.
Tough Problem 2: Severe Tooth Loss Solution: Full Mouth Restoration
If it feels like your dental troubles are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.
Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, beautiful smile or give you the remarkable smile you never had. Patients who receive full mouth restoration regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.
Full mouth restoration is comprised of a combination of dental procedures as necessary according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we are committed to the dental health of each patient. Services include dental implants and sleep apnea treatment. Schedule an appointment today.
In this post from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is the formal word for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth.
Stomatitis is commonly caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.
Most people have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that it usually isn’t, because most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might speaking and eat difficult, they are often just a temporary inconvenience.
However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.
Because of this possibility, we should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, we can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we treat stomatitis frequently. Our services include general and family dentistry. We also offer sedation dentistry to those patients who need it, and can treat issues like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment today.