What Can Veneers Do For Your Smile?

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In this blog post from The Fort Collins Dentist we are taking the time to answer a common question: “What exactly are veneers, and how are they used in cosmetic dentistry?”

Dental veneers are thin shells made from medical-grade ceramic 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 on teeth that have been chipped, stained, decayed, or that are slightly crooked.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are so effective they’ve even been called “instant orthodontics.” Technically, of course, they are not orthodotnics – but they’re very strong, and can work wonders on any smile.

One thing to remember: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more about dental veneers, please call us at The Fort Collins Dentist. Patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to our practice for veneers and other cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist may be the answer to your prayers.

Why is that? Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing. Not only that, they help to preserve your jaw bone, which can deteriorate after you lose teeth.

Technically, a dental implant is not a replacement tooth. It’s really a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Because it fuses with the bone, it becomes a part of your body. An implant is strong enough to support an artificial tooth, just like a natural tooth root. Several implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.

Other artificial tooth options, including conventional dentures, need to be replaced every few years. This is because the bone beneath it gradually deterioriates.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They prevent bone loss, because the implant is part of the jawbone. Furthermore, the artificial tooth or teeth attached to the implant will never decay.

Dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are indistinguishable from other teeth, and most people won’t realize one is there. You may forget, too! We’ve placed them in patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who also come to our practice for general and family dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but a great smile is always going to get attention! A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Fort Collins Dentist can give you the smile of your dreams!

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures, aimed at improving your smile. There is a range of options: whiten your smile with professional teeth whitening, cover up gaps with porcelain veneers, or even replace missing teeth with dental implants!

  • Teeth whitening. Professional-strength whitening materials will transform your smile beyond any over-the-counter whitening product. Must be seen to be believed!
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are medical-grade ceramic shells affixed to the fronts of your teeth to cover gaps, chips, cracks, and other flaws.
  • Dental implants. Implants may be the ultimate restortion! We can replaced a missing tooth with an artificial one that looks and functions like the real thing.

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Fort Collins Dentist can transform your smile from dull to dazzling. We’ve improved the smiles of people from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who also come to our practice for complete general and family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Dental Questions? The Fort Collins Dentist Has Answers

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At The Fort Collins Dentist we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a better answer would include the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problems. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at The Fort Collins Dentist. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for general and family dentistry, and to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Keeping Patients Calm

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If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by The Fort Collins Dentist.

Millions of Americans stress out when they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that, of course, is it puts their dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain may be involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer three types:

Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.

Oral conscious sedation. You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.

IV Sedation. As the name suggests, this is a sedative that is administered intravenously. You won’t sleep with this one, either, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need an escort for a ride here and back.

Whatever your issue is, it is essential that you do not compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist. Sedation dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist has helped patients throughout North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud. Our services include general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Get Your Teeth In Shape!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, North Laramie!

Regular exercise is essential to good health. When you’re physically fit then you look better, and more important, you feel better! And as we remind our patients here at The Fort Collins Dentist, that goes for keeping your teeth in good shape, too!

If your eyes are the window to the soul, then your mouth may well be the window to your overall health. Research has shown there is a clear link between your dental health and general health. It is safe to say that good dental health is necessary to your physical well-being throughout your life.

Here’s just one example: bacteria that starts in the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body, especially if your immune system has been weakened by illness.

When you take good care of your teeth, you’re doing more for your well-being than you may ever have realized. So brush and floss every day, without fail, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

At The Fort Collins Dentist we want you keep yourself in shape with plenty of exercise. But never underestimate the importance of good dental health! People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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A smile makeover from The Fort Collins Dentist will give you a brilliant new smile that leads to greater self-confidence and improved dental health. We take a very methodical approach to make sure you’re thrilled with the results.

A smile makeover means combining different cosmetic dentistry techqniues to improve the appearance of your smile. These may include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Bonding

Before moving forward with any of the actual procedures, though, we schedule a consultation to evaluate your overall dental health, and to determine what it is about your smile you’d like to improve. We’ll check the state of your teeth and gums, as well as the underlying structure.

We’ll also check to see that your bite is good: that is, the way your upper and lower teeth come together. If we discover any problems we’ll need to address those first.

Some of the evaluations may surprise you. We’ll consider the color and shape of your face, including lips and cheeks, and even your hair. The goal is to find just the right balance between these features and the proposed smile improvements.

From there we’ll develop a plan to address the smile improvements you want to make.

At The Fort Collins Dentist we’re committed to excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Please visit our smile gallery to see what we can do! Patients throughout North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud appreciate our orderly approach, and we’re confident you will too! Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

 

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Hiding Your Smile?

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At The Fort Collins Dentist we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a better answer would include the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problems. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at The Fort Collins Dentist. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for cosmetic dentistry, and for complete general and family dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Your Unique Smile, Only Better!

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If you’re not happy with your smile, you can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your smile. Even a tiny change can make a big difference!

General and family dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and we’ll never overlook that. Cosmetic dentistry improves smiles as a complement  to your dental health.

There are procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers that can transform your smile. But before proceeding we consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient.

Available procedures include:

  • Veneers. Thin shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to cover gaps, cracks, and discoloration. We offer standard porcelain or prepless.
  • Teeth whitening. Professional whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Dental implants. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support one or more replacement teeth.

We can combine two or more of these into a smile design, so you’ll get the smile of your dreams!

Cosmetic dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist can transform your smile from dull to dazzling! People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud have come to us for smile design, and also for complete general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Canadian City Sees Effects of Removing Fluoride

Known for its contribution to the Canadian auto industry, the mid-sized city of Windsor, Ontario, sits directly across the Detroit River from another major automotive hub: Detroit. But Windsor made headlines of its own back in 2013, when the city voted to stop adding fluoride to its public water supply.

Fluoridated water has long been shown to be a safe and effective way to reduce cavities and strengthen teeth and bones, but many still do not trust the additive and lobbied against it. In the case of those in Windsor, that lobbying was successful – or so they thought.

Fast forward to 2018, when the data from the city’s Oral Health Report revealed some startling numbers. According to the report, the city experienced a shocking 51 percent increase in Windsor children who required urgent dental care in the years following the fluoride removal. What’s worse, with only one in four Windsor families having dental insurance, the cost to treat these children – if they were fortunate enough to receive treatment at all – was passed along to their families and to taxpayers in the city.

And it just got worse from there. Because Windsor removed the equipment necessary to disperse fluoride, the city will now have to spend around $850,000 to replace the equipment, another expense passed along to taxpayers.

So, what does this mean for us here in America? While this story doesn’t directly affect us, it does go to show why fluoride and fluoridated water are so important for our oral health – and what can happen when that fluoride is taken away.