Restore Or Replace: New Life For Your Damaged Tooth

As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat (although we don’t know anyone who has actually tried). And with cosmetic dentistry at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, there is more than one way to fix a tooth.

If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most of us, you will probably need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair damaged teeth:

A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

A Filling, Inlay, or Onlay
This procedure has been used to restore teeth for over a century though the materials and techniques have advanced. One fairly new option is white filling replacement for metal fillings. A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab, they are frequently called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are frequently smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies pliable composite resin and molds it to the specific shape needed. The resin is then hardenend with a special curing light.

A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with acute decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Dental Implants
Many dentists consider a tooth implant to be the ultimate restoration because it restores the entire tooth – both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Another boon is the fact that an implant can prevent bone recession which is common at an extraction site. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.

For more information about any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Boulder County Smiles. We also treat sleep apnea and other conditions. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

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Hello friends and neighbors in the Lafayette area! Have you been searching for the right dentist to repair your crooked, stained, or chipped teeth? The team at Gordon West DDS wants to end your search! We specialize in porcelain veneers, which are an extraordinary, minimally-invasive solution for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can transform a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. The porcelain closely resembles genuine tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Because we offer porcelain veneers that are custom-made and fitted perfectly to your teeth, you can correct multiple issues at once with just one procedure.

Fix chips and cracks without compromising the healthy tooth structure.

When considering porcelain veneers, it’s indispensable that you have them done the right way by a reputable cosmetic dentist. When done the right way, porcelain veneers can stay strong and beautiful for many years.

At Gordon West DDS in Lafayette, we also provide dental implants. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


What Can Veneers Do For Boulder Smiles?

porcelain veneers cost Boulder

Hello, and welcome to our Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry cosmetic dentistry blog. Today we are taking the time to answer a common question that many dental patients have. The question is, “What exactly are veneers and how are they used in cosmetic dentistry?”

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Unlike a dental crown which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. They are usually used to correct teeth that have been chipped, stained, decayed, or that are slightly crooked.

If you visit your dentist for veneers, he or she will first make a model of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit.

Since a small portion of the enamel on the tooth has to be removed so the veneer can be placed, this process is usually irreversible.

I hope that this blog entry has helped you to understand a little more about veneers and how they can help you to improve your smile. Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry offers all the services you need to create your very best smile. Ask us about gum contouring, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces.

If you are looking for a dentist with expertise creating beautiful porcelain veneers, give Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry a call. My name is Dr. Gordon West and I have been practicing dentistry since 1998.

Please call 720-862-3630 and a member of our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff can schedule an appointment for you and answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry.


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on September 4, 2013

 

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


The Gordon West DDS Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why Lafayette smile makeover patients and cosmetic dentists love porcelain veneers. They correct a multitude of cosmetic flaws and deliver stunning results for my Boulder area patients.

If you are considering beautifying your smile with porcelain veneers, you want a trusted dentist with extensive experience performing this treatment. The porcelain veneer procedure is more complicated than many cosmetic dental patients realize.

A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin (about .5mm or 1/64 inch) shell that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. They are custom made for each patient. Veneers cover chips, cracks, and stains. They can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

While preparing a tooth for a veneer is less invasive than preparing a tooth for a crown, it is not a reversible procedure. A microscopically small amount of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer. Thus, the tooth can never be restored to its original condition.

When performing the multi-step veneer procedure, the dentist must consider the surrounding teeth, the patient’s bite, the gums, the health of the affected teeth, and the patient’s goals and expectations. Most smiles contain varying shades of tooth enamel – sometimes a considerable range – further complicating the color selection process.

The dentist must also work closely with the dental lab technician who fabricates the veneers. The lab technician’s skill level and quality of materials are just as essential as the expertise of the cosmetic dentist.

Veneers are usually placed on the most visible teeth –  center stage, so to speak. They are on display every time the patient opens their mouth. This is definitely a procedure you want to get right the first time!

I am Dr. Gordon West of Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry. I have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, Colorado since 1998. If you are wondering if porcelain veneers would give you the smile you desire, I invite you to schedule a consultation by calling my office at 720-862-3630. We can discuss dental crowns, sedation dentistry, and any questions you have. I want you to love your smile!

-Gordon West


Re-Contour Your Teeth At Gordon West DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Get Your Boulder County Teeth In Shape

If your crooked, discolored teeth keep you from smiling and you feel like there is nothing you can do about it please give me a call! My name is Gordon West and my staff and I at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry have been giving the people of Lafayette something to smile about since 1998.

If you are disappointed with the smile mother nature gave you let me help you create the smile of your dreams. New procedures and materials now make it possible to completely revamp and restyle your mouth in Boulder.

If your teeth are uneven, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry has several options to correct that. We can re-contour your teeth by removing a small portion of your enamel to change the length or shape of your tooth. If more is required to improve your smile we can offer you veneers or bonding.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently attached to the fronts of your teeth, correcting any imperfections. They last much longer than dental bonding and preserve more natural tooth structure than crowns.

Many Colorado resident’s teeth have become discolored by drinking colas, tea, or coffee. If you have stained or discolored teeth and dream of having pearly white teeth then check out the many teeth whitening options at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

Stop hiding behind a timid smile. Take charge and let Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry create a confident, beautiful smile.

Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.


Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette Colorado
720-862-3630
https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/


Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Boulder Residents Perfect Smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Boulder Residents Perfect Smiles

Hi. I’m Dr. Gordon West, and I’ve been a dentist here in Lafayette since 1998. One of my favorite things about being a dentist is seeing how my Lafayette area patients find renewed confidence in themselves after a smile makeover.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your smile, call me today at 720-862-3630 so we can talk about your cosmetic dentistry options.

There have been numerous advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry in recent years and you may be surprised to find out what your Lafayette dentist can do for your smile.

Teeth whitening is a common procedure in Boulder dental offices, but the results can be dramatic! Brighter teeth can be the centerpiece of your new, youthful look.

Veneers are designed to 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, and braces are other important procedures that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

So, why wait, Boulder? Now is the time to get the smile you’ve always wanted, and I’m here to help. The state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry would love to answer any questions you have about these cosmetic dentistry procedures as well as bridges, crowns, and general oral health.

We are currently accepting new patients, so contact us today!

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
720-862-3630
https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/


4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal In Boulder

4 Reason Your Boulder County Cosmetic Dentist Looks For An ADA Seal

When you go to your Boulder, Boulder County, or Lafayette, CO drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitening agents, or another oral care product, be sure that the product you choose carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Today in the Lafayette Dental Blog we are going to look at 4 ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your money on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

2. The American Dental Association (or ADA) only places their seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with your Lafayette dentist or dental hygienist right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

4. The ADA Seal is not an endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

Hi, I’m Dr. Gordon West of Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in
Lafayette. We also serve the Boulder, and Boulder County area. We take pride in caring for our patients and, like the ADA, want you to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look! Even just one procedure such as porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, or teeth whitening can significantly improve your smile.

Our practice specializes in:

porcelain veneers
dental implants
prepless veneers
dental crowns

Contact us at 720-862-3630 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
720-862-3630
https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/


Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring In Lafayette

Cosmetic Dentistry in Lafayette, CO

If you are a regular visitor to our blog here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, you have probably read many articles on cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Gordon West is a master of smile makeovers.

Dental bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers can take care of teeth that are chipped, broken, or misshapen.

Our Lafayette, CO area clients with stained or dull teeth can have a sparkly white smile with teeth whitening. For ordinary cavities, there are tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Dental implants are gaining popularity in Lafayette, CO among dental patients who want to restore missing teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, there are a number of cosmetic options here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

What if your cosmetic dental problem has to do with your gums? Are you one of the many folks whose gums are too long, too short, or uneven? At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we have a solution for gum problems as well. The answer is gum contouring surgery.

With gum contouring, sometimes called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, a Lafayette, CO dentist or periodontist can improve the shape or size of your gums.

Gum reshaping is not always a cosmetic dentistry procedure. If the gums have receded to a point where the tooth root is susceptible to decay, gum surgery can restore the natural, healthy gumline and protect tooth root and bone.

For more information about gum contouring, call us at 720-862-3630.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, CO 80026
720-862-3630
https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/


Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our mission is making the smiles of all Boulder area residents white and bright. My name is Dr. Gordon West and today we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a self-conscious Boulder teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many of my Boulder patients you have sipped one too many dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine; and now your teeth are dark and dingy. Call me today at 720-862-3630 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry for treating discolored teeth are dental veneers which are sometimes called porcelain laminates. The reason I recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Boulder veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry also offer teeth whitening in Boulder, dental restorations and sedation dentistry. Come see why the residents of Boulder have been improving their smiles at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry since 1998.


Same Day Smile Makeovers At Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry In Lafayette, CO

Same Day Smile Makeovers At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry In Lafayette Have you ever wished your Lafayette, CO cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Unlike a dental crown procedure, your Lafayette dentist does not need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration. If the teeth in question have decay, come see us immediately.

Call 720-862-3630 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette, CO, dental veneers are used alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures to create complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled Lafayette, CO cosmetic dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be made in any size or shape.

Are veneers at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
strong?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to Dr. Gordon West. He will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry smile makeover clients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look terrific!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable in Lafayette, CO
?
The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the area. We use what we believe is the top Colorado dental lab to create our client’s veneers and a significant portion of the cost of veneers goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive in Lafayette, CO than crowns and orthodontia. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office at 720-862-3630.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201 Lafayette, Colorado 80026
https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com