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7 Dental Facts that You Haven’t Heard Before

dental facts imageHow much do you really know about your teeth? Unless you’re a dentist, it’s likely that you’re not staying up late every night studying dental magazines and text books. There are plenty of dental facts that you might not know about that can really help you with your overall oral health. Let’s take a look at seven dentals facts that you may have not heard before.

 

  1. 75% of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease. It’s a well-known fact that our mouths are full of bacteria. However, you might not know that these bacteria can easily lead to gum disease and that most Americans suffer from that gum disease. If you don’t properly care for your teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, you are at a much higher risk for gum disease and it’s very likely that you’ll get it.
  2. Unhealthy teeth may lead to an unhealthy body. Have you ever heard of the mouth-body connection? It’s the idea that an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body. The condition of your mouth can also indicate what’s happening with the rest of your body. Pay close attention to your oral health and try to take the best care of your mouth as you possibly can. It could lead to a healthier body.
  3. Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense. Most people think that toothbrushes and floss are your primary means of defense against tooth decay. However, did you know that your saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense? Saliva is the body’s natural way of fighting cavity-forming bacteria, and it’s extremely good at what it does. If you find yourself getting a dry mouth, dry to drink some water to get your saliva going again so you don’t suffer from any adverse effects.
  4. You shouldn’t rinse your mouth out after brushing. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t swallow your toothpaste. The fluoride in the toothpaste can be harmful for your body if swallowed in larger quantities. However, leaving that fluoride on your teeth after brushing may help more at fighting tooth decay
  5. Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint. Your fingerprints are unique specifically to you, and you can actually be identified solely by your fingerprints. Did you know that your teeth can act in the same way? Your set of teeth is unique and your smile makes you different and special.
  6. Your teeth’s enamel is the body’s strongest tissue. Your teeth are covered by an incredibly tough and durable layer called enamel. This layer is the strongest tissue in your body, being made up of over 96% mineral content.
  7. Your smile is more than just your teeth. Technically, your teeth make up your smile, but there’s so much more that goes into it. The way you feel about your teeth can greatly affect your smile, and your smile can greatly affect your overall confidence. A smile makeover can be one of the best things you can do for your teeth and confidence.

 

How Fast Are Fastbraces?

FastbracesNot many people like to hear that they’ll need braces, but for a lot of people, braces are the only way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile.

Many envision braces as the telltale rite of passage through middle school, not something for adults.

Whatever the reason may be, there are adults who need braces.

If you fall into this category, hearing that you’ll be wearing braces the next few years may seem like unpleasant news. You’re an adult. You surely don’t want to look like a 7th grader.

You would like to have invisible braces, but your teeth are so much out of alignment that you don’t qualify for them. There are also some trouble teeth that have grown in improperly, causing speaking and eating difficulties along with producing an embarrassing smile.

What if there was a way to wear braces where you can get them off a lot sooner?

What Are Fastbraces?

Fastbraces are a new type of braces that require less wires and produce similar results in less time as traditional braces. Fastbraces are an effective treatment option for patients with severely crooked, crowded, tiled teeth. This high-performance bracket system corrects the root of teeth which then results in straight, proper teeth.

There are two types of Fastbraces: The Classic Series and the Turbo Series. With the Turbo Series, treatment can be completed in as little as 120 days. There is also a clear option as well that is made from ceramic.

Fastbraces utilize triangular brackets on teeth to accurately, efficiently and effectively adjust the roots of crooked or in-grown teeth so the teeth would grow in straight and in the correct position. The brackets have built-in arms that are constantly adjusting the teeth into the correct position. This technology reduces the use of rubber bands and metal wires which result in more comfort and shorter treatment time. The bracket tooth alignment technology also reduces the frequency of orthodontic office visits as the brackets adjust the teeth.

Unlike traditional braces that only move the crowns (the visible part of teeth), Fastbraces effectively move both the crowns and roots of teeth at the same time.

Fastbraces vs. Traditional Braces

The greatest advantage Fastbraces has over traditional braces is the shortness of treatment time. As the name implies, these braces produce results in significantly less time as traditional braces, and therefore, are fast. The average treatment time for Fastbraces is 3 months to one year, with many patients achieving a perfectly straight smile in 6 months. Traditional braces, on the other hand, typically take two to three years for treatment to be completed.

The brackets of Fastbraces are also more comfortable than those of traditional braces. They are smoother, causing less tearing and irritation to the inside of the lips and of the tongue.

Traditional braces are not only uncomfortable and not pleasing to look at, but they are also expensive, costing thousands of dollars.

The accelerated treatment duration, reduced rubber band, metal use and necessary orthodontic visits necessary in Fastbraces treatment also cut down on their costs, making them a more affordable option.

Fastbraces can be inserted on any dental patient, regardless of the severity of their dental alignment issue.

For more information about Fastbraces, contact LeDowns Dentistry today to set up a consultation to see how Fastbraces can help meet your orthodontic needs.

LeDowns Dentistry is one of the select Fastbraces affiliates in the United States. We strive to stay current with the advancements of orthodontic and dental advancements so our patients can get the best quality care.

Everything You Should Know about Oral Cancer and How We Can Help

woman getting oral cancer screeningEvery year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer. This is a very serious disease that has a high mortality rate, and yet too many people don’t know much about it.

This becomes extremely problematic because the key to treating this cancer relies on early detection. If we can catch it in the earliest stages, it’s far more likely that it can be properly treated.

According to the National Cancer Institute, though, not enough people are getting the help they need. In fact, the statistics paint this picture:

  • More than 49,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in 2017
  • An estimated 9,700 people will die as a result of this condition
  • The 5-year survival rate for people who have been diagnosed with oral cancer is around 64%

It’s important to understand the risks and facts about oral cancer, so let’s take a closer look.

What are the Risk Factors?

There are several factors that can increase a person’s risk for this type of cancer. The most common include:

  • Tobacco use – Even smokeless tobacco can greatly increase a person’s risk for developing oral cancer.
  • Alcohol use – When you combine alcohol with tobacco use, it can seriously increase your risks.
  • Sun exposure – It is possible to develop cancer in the lip area if you’ve been exposed to too much UV light.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – This virus has been linked to some of the recent growth in cases of oral cancer.
  • Poor oral hygiene or nutrition – There are several hygiene factors that could contribute to an increased risk of cancer.

One more statistic that we should mention here is the increased survival rate that comes from early diagnosis. If any of these factors apply to you, it’s important to get screened as soon as possible, since studies suggest that the 5-year survival rate increases from 64% to 83% if it is detected soon enough.

What Are the Symptoms?

While the best way to spot any potential symptoms is keep your regular dental appointments, there are some things you can watch for on your own. If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to tell us about it immediately.

  • Sores that bleed easily and don’t seem to heal
  • Red or white patches on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Strange lumps or thick tissues appearing in the mouth
  • Sore throats or hoarseness that doesn’t go away
  • Problems chewing or swallowing
  • Lumps in the neck area

How We Can Help

At LêDowns Dentistry, we are constantly updating the technology in our office to make sure that we always have the tools and techniques to properly and effectively detect the signs of oral cancer.

One of our most useful tools is the OralID system. This is a simple way to spot things that can’t be seen under normal light. It uses a fluorescence technology – a blue light that allows us to spot oral cancer, pre-cancer, and any abnormal legions while they’re still in their early stages.

It doesn’t require any rinses or dyes, so it’s convenient for us and the patient, and we can easily include this kind of screening with your regular checkups.

Oral cancer is a very serious problem, and prevention is the best way to fight it.

If you haven’t been in for a while, now’s the time to make an appointment for another checkup.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Female with bad breathEverybody has experienced bad breath occasionally. Fortunately, for most people, the bad breath goes away with water, toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, mints and with flossing.

Avoiding certain potent foods such as onions and garlic are also things people consider when avoiding bad breath.

What about the patients that have constant bad breath that is worse than normal?

This condition of excessively bad breath is called halitosis.

Those suffering with halitosis regularly experience embarrassment and anxiety.

Halitosis isn’t a rare occurrence. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 4 people have bad breath. Bad breath is fairly common, so you can rest easy knowing you’re not alone.

What causes bad breath and how can it be treated?

Living a life of constant anxiety and embarrassment is nothing no one wants to experience.

Causes of Bad Breath

  • Bad oral hygiene. The biggest cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. When proper, inadequate dental care, food particles can get trapped between teeth. These food particles decay and decompose, emitting odorous bacterial acids in the mouth. The bacteria odor is what causes bad breath.
  • Smoking. Tobacco has a strong odor and the carcinogens coat the teeth, producing the same, smelly decomposing effect as food.
  • Alcohol dehydrates the mouth which enhances the decaying odors of the bacteria in the mouth. Alcohol also disrupts your digestive system which can increase acid reflux which add to the germs and bacteria already in the mouth.
  • Tooth decay. The bacteria and germs eating away at teeth can produce unpleasant odors that come out as bad breath.
  • Dry mouth. Saliva is your body’s natural mouth cleaning system. Saliva wipes off food particles and plaque that coat and get stuck between teeth. When your mouth is dry, you don’t have this natural mouth cleaner. As a result, the bacteria on and between the teeth will decay, producing odors in the mouth.
  • Certain foods such as onions and garlic can emit a strong odor that is also carried into the mouth as bad breath. A diet high in sticky foods and candies as well as hard candy can also lead to bad breath because of how hard the food particles are to remove.
  • Other medical issues. Bacterial infections and inflammation of the nose, throat or sinuses, the presence of a foreign body, certain cancers, and gastroesophageal disease (GERD) can contribute to halitosis.

There are other, lesser known causes of bad breath that would be suggested you discuss with your dentist or doctor about.

Now that the biggest causes of bad breath are known, how is it treated?

Treatments for Halitosis

Practice good oral hygiene: This means brushing your teeth twice a day, preferably after every meal, and daily flossing.

Clean dental work: Every piece of removable dental mouth wear needs to be removed and cleaned daily.  This daily cleaning will limit the build-up of bacteria as well as the transferring of bacteria back into the mouth. Similarly, your toothbrush needs to be replaced every 2-3 months.

Don’t forget your tongue: While attention is on teeth and gums, the tongue is just as important. Your tongue catches more bacteria, food particles and dead cells than your teeth and gums. Yet, we often forget this feature. A tongue scraper is a good tool to clean off your tongue.

Avoid dry mouth: Drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol and tobacco, both of which dehydrate the mouth. Chewing gum or sucking a sweet (preferably sugar-free) can help stimulate the production of saliva.

Diet: Avoid onions, garlic, spicy and sugary foods. Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption. Eating a breakfast that includes rough foods can help clean the back of the tongue.

Bad oral hygiene, underlying health issues, and dental decay are some of the more common causes of bad breath. Proper dental hygiene and cleaning of dental equipment are some ways to reduce bad breath.

If you have consistent bad breath, and are tired of the daily embarrassment, schedule an appointment with us at LeDown’s Dentistry today.

We want our patients to live the full and enjoyable life possible.

How Often Do You Really Need to be Flossing?

woman flossing her teethFlossing is an important step to keeping your teeth clean. Even though brushing gets the bulk of your teeth clean, the bristles can’t reach every surface area. That’s where the floss comes in. Rubbing the floss between teeth reaches these areas and cleans out the remaining particles so you can reduce bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Flossing is so important, we decided to answer the top five questions we get about flossing.

  1. How often should I floss?

It is recommended that you floss every time you brush your teeth, but at least once a day. Quality is more important than quantity. Doing one flossing well is much better than flossing poorly three times a day.

  1. Should I floss before or after brushing?

The best time to floss is before brushing your teeth. This is because it helps bring the particles out of the teeth and then you brush them away. The final step of cleaning your teeth is mouthwash or rinsing. The act of swishing a liquid will help completely remove these particles, even if they go back in a little between your teeth.

  1. What type of floss is best?

There are all kinds of floss on the market. In addition, there are all kinds of tools to help floss as well. Deciding what brand, type, and tools to assist (like threaders) are all based on personal preference. A more expensive floss is not necessarily better than a cheaper brand. The difference is usually in quality and thickness. If you don’t have teeth that are compacted, a less expensive brand will probably hold up just as well between your teeth as an expensive brand. Most people find that they have a specific preference on options that slide a little smoother, some are more rope-like, while others prefer to use little pre-threaded instead. Properly flossing your teeth can work with just about any brand.

  1. Can you replace floss with other products?

Patients often wonder if there are other ways to clean between teeth, aside from using floss. The three most common questions involve a water-stream flosser, toothpick, or mouthwash.

  • Water-stream flossers: These products shoot water through your teeth to free up particles and clean the area. These are fine to use as an alternative to traditional flossing. Pay special attention to make sure you are getting every space adequately before moving on. Simply spraying it around won’t get the job done.
  • Toothpick: Picking between your teeth does not properly clean between your teeth. The wood is too thick to get into tight spaces and can injure your gum tissue.
  • Mouthwash: While mouthwash is a great tool in keeping your mouth healthy, it does not replace flossing. Swishing helps to release particles that have already been loosened and are floating in the mouth. The scraping and pressure of the floss just isn’t something swishing mouthwash can accomplish.
  1. Does flossing really make a difference?

Yes! Flossing makes a tremendous difference in the condition of your teeth. We can tell if you have been flossing by the amount of plaque and decay in your mouth. It also helps prevent gum disease, which often shows up as bleeding, sensitive, swollen gums. Gum inflammation has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and inflammation in the blood vessels around your body. Flossing is also important to controlling blood sugars in diabetics. This small act can make a big difference.

Your Dentists in Denver Break Down the Top Dental Myths

Myth vs Reality ImageStaying informed about your teeth is one of the most beneficial practices you can perform. If your teeth aren’t healthy, it can lead to complications in the rest of your body, so it’s important to know what’s going on with your dental health.

 

Unfortunately, in today’s world of the Internet and an over-abundance of information, it’s easy to get mislead by myths and misinformation about dental health. This can lead you to making poor decisions about your teeth, which can lead to even more complications.

 

So, instead of stumbling around in the dark, let LeDowns Dentistry debunk some of the most common dental myths for you.

 

Sugar Causes Cavities

 

It’s the myth that’s as old as time. You’ve heard it from your mom. You’ve heard it from your friend’s moms. You may have even heard it from your childhood dentists. Sugar causes cavities. This is suspect number one in our list of myths. And there’s some truth to it.

 

Sugar doesn’t cause the cavities. Instead, it’s the bacteria that feed off the sugar on your teeth. This means that you can’t continue to just eat a ton of sugar all the time. The more sugar on your teeth, the more food the bacteria have to eat.

 

Wisdom Teeth Should Always Be Removed

 

Many people today think that everyone’s wisdom teeth should be removed or else their entire mouth will suffer. While this may be true in some cases, it simply isn’t true in other cases. Another common myth that goes along with this idea is that wisdom teeth don’t serve any purpose. Many experts believe that wisdom teeth were the evolutionary results of our ancestors needing to eat coarser foods than we eat now. In today’s world, we consider these vestigial organs, like your appendix or tonsils.

 

If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing—and won’t cause—any serious complications in your mouth, it might be best to leave them be.

 

Teeth Whitening Damages Enamel

 

Another common myth in the dental world is that whitening your teeth can lead to serious enamel damage. It’s easy to see where this myth comes from. Teeth whitening uses chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to strip away the stains on the surface of your teeth. Some people thing that it goes even further and strips away the enamel, too. This isn’t true.

 

While most whitening kits are safe, we still recommend coming to our office to get professional whitening services.

 

You Should Use Mouthwash that Contains Alcohol

 

While mouthwash that contains alcohol has been linked to oral cancer cases for a long time, some recent studies have claimed that the only reason for those results were because the patients were smokers and drinkers. However, it’s still a myth that your mouthwash should contain alcohol. These kinds of mouthwashes dehydrate your mouth and can tamper with the natural bacteria that live in your mouth.

 

Ask if You’re Concerned

 

Remember that we’re always here to answer any questions you have about your dental care and health. If you read something online that you’re not sure about, don’t hesitate to ask us about it. We’re more than happy to help you feel comfortable with your routine oral care.

3 Ways to a Confident Smile

Confident smiling businessmanResearchers have over the last couple years have made the connection between the frequency of one’s smile and laughter to one’s happiness, self-esteem and confidence.

Almost hands-down, people want a beautiful smile with straight, white teeth. You may feel self-conscious if you’re the only one not smiling in group or family pictures due to embarrassing gaps between teeth, yellow stained teeth or crooked teeth.

Smiling makes you relaxed, approachable and more confident.

The smile that you’re too embarrassed to show off may be the source of your lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Like many patients, you want to regain that beautiful, confident smile. How do you go about doing that?

Here are three ways you can get that confident smile you’ve been missing:

Proper Dental Health

The first step in having a smile you can be proud of is to have proper dental hygiene and health. A healthy smile is a pretty smile.

Proper dental care has many other benefits other than a beautiful, confident smile. Healthy teeth and gums have less pain, are less susceptible to injury and infection and require less, expensive dental work in the future.

Proper dental care and hygiene include:

  • Visits to your dentist every six months for an examination and thorough cleaning
  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a good toothpaste
  • Daily flossing
  • A healthy diet low in foods and drinks that can stain your teeth or wear off your teeth enamel
  • Managing any teeth grinding issues
  • Regular rinsing with water or mouthwash

Taking care of your teeth is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body. The first step in having a confident smile is taking care of your oral health.

Restorative dental procedures such as dental bridges, crowns, and root canals can also restore the health and look of your smile.  They will also diminish the pain and discomfort you may feel. While you may take care of your teeth and gums, your smile may not be as great as it could be because you’ll need some restorative dental work done.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Stained, and discolored teeth, and large, glaring gaps in between teeth are unpleasant flaws that even the best dental care may not do anything about.  For such instances, your second-best option is cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry can handle a variety of dental issues, besides teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry includes:

Most of the effective cosmetic dental procedures are done by your dentist in the office. There are some at-home options, mainly for teeth whitening, available. These are effective for patients with minor teeth stains that are mostly on the surface.

While adequate tooth and gum care is the most important way to achieve a confident smile, supplementing it with cosmetic dental work can really do wonders for your smile.

Show Your Smile Off

The final way to a confident smile is to show the world your pearly whites. You won’t be able to appreciate the efforts of your good dental hygiene or your cosmetic dental procedure if you continue to hide your smile.

Embracing your natural smile, flaws and all will greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Whether you’re looking to schedule a routine dental check-up or you’re exploring your cosmetic dental options, contact us at LeDowns Dentistry today so we can get you that gorgeous smile you’ve wanted.

Start Your Spring With a White Smile

beautiful young woman with great smileThough there are still a few weeks left before the official start of spring, it isn’t too early to start thinking about making changes.

Typically, people make New Year’s resolutions to make a change, but spring is also associated with fresh and new beginnings with the warmer, mild weather and the blooming flowers.

Let your smile reflect the beauty or spring by whitening the dull and stained teeth you’ve gotten over the dreary winter months.

If you’ve always wanted a brighter, healthier smile, springtime is the perfect time to do something about it.

What is Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is what it sounds like: it is the process of removing stains from teeth enamel to make the teeth appear whiter. All teeth whitening systems use a bleaching agent or gel.

Teeth whitening isn’t permanent and the bleaching agent will weaken, prompting the need for fresh bleaching solution to be applied. The extent of the whitening and the length of which your teeth will appear whiter will depend on what teeth whitening option you select.

Teeth Whitening Options

There are two main teeth whitening options available: the whitening kits you can do use at home and the professional teeth whitening done at your dentist office.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

The at-home kits are the cheapest option, but their results take longer to be noticed and the results aren’t as significant. The whitening also doesn’t last as long as a professional teeth whitening.

At-home teeth whitening systems come in the form of gels, strips and trays.

In-Office, Professional Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whitening done at your dentist office is the most effective and longest lasting teeth whitening option. This option is more expensive, but the results are immediate, noticeable and longer lasting than at-home teeth whitening systems. With more modern, automated equipment, getting one’s teeth whitened at the dentist involves little to no discomfort to the gums.

There are many in-office professional dental whitening systems that are used by dentists. Your dentist will tell you about the specific teeth whitening system they use and explain to you the process.

One of the most highly regarded in-office tooth whitening systems is the Kor Whitening System.

The Kor professional teeth whitening system utilizes specialized trays and refrigerated peroxide gel. Unlike other in-office, professional teeth cleaning systems, the Kor teeth whitening system provides significantly longer whitening time. Most teeth whitening done by dentists last 25-35 minutes, but with the Kor system, whitening is active for 6-10 hours.

In addition, the Kor in-office, professional teeth whitening system doesn’t include the use of lights and lasers, which may be cause for anxiety for some patients.

There are many teeth whitening options out there. Like most things, you get what you pay for. Low budget at-home systems won’t yield the great results that in-office, professional teeth whitening systems can. One of the best teeth whitening systems done at the dentist office is the Kor system.

If you’re looking to start spring off with a fresh, beautiful, white smile, contact us at LeDowns Dentistry. We are your source for teeth whitening in Denver and we’re one of the select dentists nationwide to offer Kor in-office, professional teeth whitening.

The Latest Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an ever-evolving industry. Technology is continually improving, bringing new information on how to treat our patients with better tools and education. Some of the latest trends are 3D dentistry, better screenings for oral cancer, and fast braces.

3D Dentistry

While 3D graphics are not new, they are continually being improved and put to different uses. In dentistry, these graphics are helpful in taking better x-rays. These images create a model that dentists can zoom in on, get more accurate pictures, and generate more images with a single scan. With this tool, dentists can spot problems easier and faster than with traditional x-rays. Saving these images into the patient’s file is a more accurate health history too.

Even more beneficial is that these images are done with a computer and use little to no radiation. With less exposure, dentists have a safer option for checking inside the gums and is better for every patient.

Oral Cancer Screenings

One type of cancer that most people don’t think much about is oral cancer. It has a high mortality rate though, because it is so hard to spot. Part of a professional dental cleaning is inspecting the mouth for any problems or abnormalities. The biggest hurdle, like with any other cancer, is that it can go unnoticed until it is too late. Catching the cancer in its early stages increases chances of survival and less physical changes to remove it.

New advances in technology have provided us with tools to spot the signs of cancer earlier. Our office is currently using a system that uses blue light to find any lesions or pre-cancerous signs. It only takes a couple of minutes to do the screening.

You also play a part in early detection. Never be afraid to speak up when you are experiencing abnormalities. Some of the signs you can look for are:

  • Mouth sores that won’t heal
  • Lumps in the mouth or neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness in the mouth or face
  • Growths that look like a wart
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain during swallowing, speaking, or chewing

If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment and come in to talk about them. We can do a screening outside of your biannual exams. If you have ever been diagnosed with oral cancer, know that your chance of having it reoccur are very high within the next 5 to 10 years of a first diagnosis.

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Invisalign is not new, but their advances are continually improving. There are options to do it in a shorter amount of time and are called “fast braces”. Instead of using the traditional bracket braces, you can choose custom trays to adjust your teeth a little at a time, but still faster. Invisalign is a fast, discreet method for straightening teeth, fixing bites, and correcting jaw problems. It is also more convenient for patients to eat and clean their teeth regularly. We highly recommend Invisalign, but we do offer the traditional form of braces so that our patients can use whatever option with which they are most comfortable.

Technology is continually improving in the field of dentistry. We strive to keep learning and bringing what we feel serves our patients. If you need a dental cleaning, or have any concerns with your health, make an appointment to come in today. We would love to talk about how we can help you.

Bringing Confident Smiles to Denver

Sunny Day in Denver ColoradoThe Mile-High City is a great place to live. Within one mile, you can find three major sports stadiums, three colleges, museums that focus on art and history, an aquarium, the Mint, theme and water parks, and the second-largest performing arts center in the nation. If any of these criteria say anything about the residents here, it is that we appreciate health, fun, and beauty. Here at Le Downs Dentistry, we try to bring those three criteria into our office as well.

Health

Having a healthy smile is important to your overall health. At Le Downs Dentistry, we go beyond general cleaning and repairs. We have all the best in technology to help treat the problems that teeth sometimes experience. Some of the most cutting edge tools we have help us take better digital impressions for crowns, evaluate TMJ and muscle activity, analyze the force and timing of your bite, and monitor the health of your gums and teeth with digital x-rays. We know that maintaining a healthy mouth makes you feel better about your smile.

Fun

Trips to the dentist office shouldn’t be focused on pain and guilt. Our office strives to be a fun place for patients of every age. While dental work is never pain-free, we utilize technology and refined procedures to limit it. Our cameras help catch problems as they are happening so that we can prevent future pain down the road. Lasers have been integrated into many processes in our dental work as well. These are less painful and use light as energy. We can treat gum and tooth problems with less poking, scraping, and drilling. We don’t even use scalpels in the office now since lasers have proven to be more sterile, limit bleeding, and promote healing in soft tissue procedures with virtually no pain.

With all the fun gadgets in our office, patients are often amazed watching the pictures of their mouths. Our staff always takes the time to answer question and make sure our patients feel comfortable. Kids are put to ease quickly since they don’t have to feel tricked into getting shots or held down by their parents. Even if the equipment seems intimidating at first, our capable hygienist and dental assistants can easily put a tense patient at ease with a quick demonstration.

Beauty

The ultimate mark of a healthy smile is seen from a distance. The radiant, bright, clean look of teeth that are well taken care of is unmistakable. Even during the coldest months in Denver, everyone should have a reason to smile. If one of our patients comes looking for a dental restoration, we can do the work all in our office. All our biocompatible restorations are made by one of the best laboratories in the United States with all the best material. We personally inspect all the work they do before putting anything in a patient’s mouth. There are many options available including restorations that use all ceramic or porcelain material for the best esthetic and natural look.

We firmly believe that being a general dentist in Denver doesn’t mean we must be average. Instead, we believe it means taking the qualities we most admire about the people here and incorporating them into our practice so we can better serve the population. That’s what bringing better smiles to Denver is all about.