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    5 Reasons To See Dr. West

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    When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

    Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is important for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Dr. Gordon West your partner in oral health.

    Visit Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Truth.
    Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits corrected right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

    Visit Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Atmosphere.
    At Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry the dentist makes it a point to determine your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Dr. Gordon West would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment.

    Visit Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Discussion.
    Gordon West DDS delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. Dr. West provides fresh, clear details regarding your treatment. You can count on thoughtful care and state-of-the art oral treatment. Call 720-862-3630 today to schedule an appointment.

    Visit Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Answers.

    When you enter our doors at 1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of prepless veneers or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for teeth whitening? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for dental crowns? Where does it hurt when sedation dentistry is done? Who is a candidate for Invisalign clear braces? What are symptoms of teeth grinding?

    Visit Us For Your Health!

    Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Dr. Gordon West is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our Broomfield and nearby Boulder County neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    You, Only Better

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    If you’re looking for the brightest, whitest smile possible but insist that you want it to look natural, Dr. Gordon West can sit down with you and show you how to achieve it. 720-862-3630

    Here at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry we use effective, cost sensitive, cutting-edge methods and tools as we create the best smile for each individual.

    Many professionals and public figures in Colorado are taking advantage of modern cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance and enhance their natural attractiveness. Perhaps you have noticed men and women in the local media with smiles that seem extremely bright and beautiful for people of their age.

    You, too, can have a smile that is extremely bright and beautiful, regardless of your age. Whether you are in your fifties, sixties, seventies or beyond, we can provide an anti-aging treatment that doesn’t offer empty promises. Our smile makeovers deliver dramatic results as promised!

    You have probably heard of porcelain veneers, dental implants, orthodontics, crown restoration, and teeth whitening. Some lesser-known procedures include laser gum contouring, silver filling replacement, and implant anchore dentures. Gum countoring can remedy a gumline that is not aesthetically pleasing. We can replace old amalgam (silver) fillings with composites that are matched to your tooth color. Denture wearers can improve not only their smile but their eating ability with implant-anchored dentures.

    Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr. West has been offering cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1998. You can be confident that Dr. West has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

    We offer state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment, and our team is waiting to schedule an appointment for you at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. Let us enhance your natural beauty with a smile makeover.

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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    There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively affects one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also affects our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.

    Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.

    But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your troubles.

    When you visit Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry, you will find Dr. West to be very empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together the two of you make a plan to help you gain the remarkable smile that you have been missing in your life.

    One question to examine before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

    There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and brightening teeth are only some of the changes that Dr. West can perform. If you have a problem, your dentist will help you find the solution.

    If you are worrying about the cost of a smile makeover, remember there is a way to make it happen. When you and your dentist decide on your smile transformation plan, budgeting becomes part of it. Together, you will figure out how to complete your smile makeover in a timely, competitively priced manner.

    If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with Dr. West at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette by calling 720-862-3630. We will give you the stunning smile that you can be proud of.

    Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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    Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are indispensable for a high quality of life and overall health. Folks who notice dentures know what I’m talking about.

    There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not trouble free. Your mouth provides several basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the inconveniences of dentures.

    Dentures can make it problematic to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe – and it doesn’t get more basic than that.

    Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an extremely versatile custom-made alternative to dentures.

    Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a tough base for an over denture.

    Here is the process:

    1. Examination and Assessment
    During your first visit, your dentist will take x-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will analyze options with you and together you will develop a treatment plan.

    2. Implant Placement
    A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how rapid and easy the procedure is.

    3. Integration
    Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to create an extremely tough foundation for the last restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its wondrous magic.

    4. Final Restoration
    Whether your last step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to engineer a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are practically indistinguishable from initial teeth.

    Dental implant patients of all ages are thrilled with the better quality of life implants deliver.

    Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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    Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities. These issues are all-too-common, but you don’t have to live with them thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry technology.

    1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells are custom-made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically enhance your smile.

    2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

    3. Recontouring. Minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing miniature bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

    4. Crowns. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

    5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with innovative orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or costly, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discrete than ever before.

    Countless Boulder dental patients have achieved beautiful smiles with a smile redesign from Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry!

    My name is Dr. Gordon West, of Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. I am dedicated to to helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 720-862-3630 to make an appointment today.

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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    Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways numerous 3-dimensional objects can be positioned, it is not surprising that malocclusion presents itself in numerous forms. The number of configurations may surprise you:

    When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this abnormality referred to as “buck teeth.”

    An overbite takes place when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse abnormality—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can happen on the whole bite or just one side.

    Tooth rotation is one of the most prevalent forms of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

    When the upper and lower palate are offset to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is termed a cross bite.

    In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

    Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the risk of tooth decay, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Toddlers with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables thoroughly, they may miss out on necessary nutrients due to a limited diet.

    If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule an extensive examination straightaway.

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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    Our teeth work hard and are continuously under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is extremely prevalent, though largely preventable. Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal problems, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

    At Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt further erosion if some has already developed.

    Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

    1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been worn away, it can’t be regenerated.

    2. According to the NIH, 41% of teenagers already have enamel erosion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11132512

    3. Vigorous brushing can damage enamel.

    4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as detrimental as sugared sodas.

    5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

    If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to halt additional erosion. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised. Call Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry today at 720-862-3630 to schedule an examination. Dr. West will give you counsel on the best dental treatments for enamel erosion.

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

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    We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health threats. At Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry, too often, we treat dental caries and damage caused by the following:

    1. Sports Injuries

    Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

    2. Ice Chomping

    Lots of us enjoy chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your drink. Breaking this habit can guard your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

    3. Oral Piercings

    Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can result.

    4. Gummy or Sour Candy

    Of course all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings securely to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

    5. Eating Disorders

    These complex mental disorders have a host of mental and physical considerations and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized treatment. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Dr. West can provide sensitive, discrete oral health guidance for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

    What If It’s Too Late?

    If you have oral health troubles due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental troubles caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry is located at 1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201, in Lafayette, Colorado. Call us at 720-862-3630 to schedule a consultation.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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    1. Which of the following are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

    a. Pregnancy
    b. Underbite
    c. Diabetes
    d. Genetic make-up

    2. Which of the items below are possible signs of gum disease?

    a. Teeth that appear to be longer
    b. A change in the way dentures fit
    c. Bleeding gums
    d. Swollen gums

    3. Which of the items below are possible health issues linked to untreated gum disease?

    a. Asthma
    b. Low birth weight babies
    c. Parkinson’s disease
    d. Stroke

    4. What percentage of individuals age 65+ have gum disease?

    a. 5%
    b. 12%
    c. 25%
    d. 50%

    5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

    a. Scaling and root planing
    b. Soft tissue grafts
    c. Flap surgery
    d. Flip surgery

    1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
    2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.
    3. a,b,d.
    4. c.
    5. a,b,c.

    Hi, I’m Dr. West of Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. Gum disease usually responds successfully to treatment—especially if caught early. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, or have been noticing problems with your gums or teeth, I invite you to call 720-862-3630 today to schedule an appointment.

    John Donavan, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth,” WebMD, December 15, 2015, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#3, accessed March 20, 2017
    “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments,” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm, accessed March 20, 2017
    “Diseases and Conditions Periodontitis,” Mayo Clinic, February 4, 2014, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/basics/risk-factors/con-20021679, accessed March 20, 2017

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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    When individuals seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a celebrated option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very heavy-duty porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

    To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have skill in cosmetic procedures. You should think about what you do not like about your smile and confirm how you want it improved. Veneers may not be ideal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

    Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate issues, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your pleasing smile.

    Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: traditional veneers and prepless veneers. Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this protocol is irreversible.

    The second treatment is called ‘no-prep’ or ‘prepless.’ With this type, enamel removal is often not needed. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this treatment plan has specific criteria.

    Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

    Your dentist will help you analyze your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as outlined.

    If you do not have a dentist, we invite you to visit our practice or call 720-862-3630 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

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    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado


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