When it comes to getting a beautiful, long lasting whitened smile, professional whitening is certainly worth the investment. Teeth whitening performed at your dentist office reaches deep below the surface enamel to truly whiten and brighten each tooth. But, now that you have this amazing smile, how can you keep it looking its best? Just a few, simple tips will keep your teeth white and discoloration away!

Stop Daily Stains

avoid-coffee-after-professional-teeth-whitening.jpgYou’ve probably heard this before, but it bears repeating: avoid foods and drinks that will stain your teeth! This is one of the simplest steps to ensure you have the whitest, brightest teeth possible.

For at least two weeks (and preferably longer) after your professional whitening session, avoid coffee, red wine, and black tea. Also give blueberries, blackberries, and dark sodas a miss! Did you know that even tomato sauce and ketchup cause staining? A good rule of thumb is that if any food or drink would stain a white t-shirt, they’ll also stain your white teeth.

If you find it hard to give up your morning coffee or a glass of red wine at dinner, consider using a straw! It may look a little odd, but it will keep these potential staining agents away from your new smile.

Regular Rinsing

A good tip for daily oral wellness is to rinse your mouth out after you eat and drink. No matter what you are eating, foods and drinks want to stay stuck on or in between your teeth. These remnants can stay behind long after you’ve finished a meal and cause discoloration to your whitened teeth. Also, the sugars and acids from some foods nourish the bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to decay.

After every meal or drink, simply swish clean water in your mouth to rinse out any debris. Your smile will stay bright longer, and your oral health will improve. A simple rinse is a great, and easy, habit to learn!

Brighter Brushing

be-sure-to-replace-your-toothbrushAfter your teeth professionally whitened, be sure you replace your toothbrush. A new toothbrush is also an important practice after you have your six-month cleaning and checkup at the dentist, too. As with anything that wears down from regular use, replacing worn or frayed toothbrushes improves the performance to ensure you are scrubbing away particles that will dull your teeth.

Consider investing in an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is more effective in removing plaque, particles, and the many stain agent foods and drinks that may have tempted you! Powered toothbrushes move the bristles faster than you can do on your own, a great tool for getting into hard-to-reach places and in between teeth. Choose a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash rinse to boost protection of your beautiful, white teeth.

Crunchy Snacks

eat-crunchy-foods-to-keep-teeth-cleanWhen you’re looking for a snack or side dish to enjoy, look for crunchy fruits and vegetables. Chewing on these crunchy treats will scrub your teeth surfaces and help to remove stains!

Eating apples, pears, celery, and carrots will not only help keep your teeth white; they are a low calorie, high nutrient snack for you! Increasing your intake of vegetables as a snack or with a meal is like brushing your teeth while you’re eating. The chewing actions not only helps to scrub the enamel, but it also removes other food particles, prevents plaque build up, and stimulates blood flow to the gums and mouth. A win all around!

Call us if you are interested in having your teeth professionally whitened! We create beautiful smiles every day and would love to do the same for you.

boulder-dental-veneersBeautiful, white teeth can take years off your appearance and make you feel more comfortable and confident! So how can you get the pearly whites you deserve without feeling the discomfort from overly sensitive teeth? Let’s take a look at why teeth get sensitive and tips to get you looking great while feeling just fine!

Tooth Sensitivity and Whitening

While the exterior of each tooth is hard, the inside of a tooth is made up of a softer layer called dentin. This dentin has nerves and, when exposed, can cause tooth sensitivity. When you go through a teeth whitening process, whether professionally done at our office or using a whitening kit at home, the whitening gel or solution can temporarily expose the dentin and make it feel sensitive or uncomfortable.

Because virtually all of our patients have been amazed how great their teeth look after teeth whitening, we wanted to share ways to avoid any discomfort so you, too, can enjoy a dazzling smile!

Before Whitening

Toothpaste + ToothbrushFor about two weeks ahead of starting your teeth-whitening sessions, brush your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste. Desensitizing toothpaste is safe and contains potassium nitrate that will help block pain to the nerves in the teeth. Another option is to use a desensitizing gel or paste (like used on babies when they are teething), rubbing it directly onto your teeth.

You should also look after your gums to avoid increased sensitivity. Vitamin E oil is a good solution as it will protect the gums from irritation. Just gently dab it along the gum line (but not on the teeth) if you are using whitening trays. Also, if you’re whitening at home, avoid using too much whitening gel. Just a small amount is needed to cover the front of the teeth – if the gel oozes out when you put in a whitening tray, you’re using too much!

If sensitivity is a real problem, consider taking an anti-inflammatory painkiller, like ibuprofen, a half hour before your whitening session.

During Whitening

Professional whitening sessions at our office will use the exact amount of whitening gel or formula, for the precise amount of time, and with custom-fitted trays for you to achieve an attractive, white smile in the quickest amount of time! If you suffer from teeth pain, talk to us about lowering the concentration of peroxide in the whitening gel as we have options that will help avoid any discomfort.

If you’re whitening at home, the key is to use only the recommended amount of whitening gel, for the prescribed amount of time, and at the same time each day. You won’t receive quicker results using more gel, but you could cause teeth or gum discomfort. Another tip is to give your teeth a break between treatments to help them recover; this won’t stop your progress but can offer relief for your teeth as you go through the whitening process.

After Whitening

Whether you’re having professional whitening treatments at our office or doing it yourself at home, avoid hot or cold food or drinks, acidic foods, and carbonated drinks right after treatment. When you brush your teeth, use a soft bristled toothbrush that will be gentle on your whitened enamel and rinse with lukewarm water. Fluoride toothpaste can help close the pores to the dentin or continue with your toothpaste for sensitive teeth to get the maximum protection.

To keep your new smile protected, also avoid staining liquids like coffee, tea, red wine, sports drinks, or dark sodas. If you need a cup in the morning to get going, use a straw to avoid it getting on your new, pearly whites!

Interested in teeth whitening? We’d be glad to talk with you about options that are best for your teeth. Please contact us and we’ll get you on the road to an even more beautiful smile!

Are you missing a single or several teeth? Dental implants can be a good, long-term solution for you! We’d love to help you consider whether this option is right for you – let’s have a look at some of the questions patients ask us when they’re thinking about dental implants.

What are dental implants?north_boulder_dental_05-300x225

Dental implants replace the tooth root and crown (the area of the tooth you can see). The implant is a critical part of the process and gives a strong foundation for the tooth. The crown is made to match the look and feel of your natural teeth so you’ll feel really comfortable and confident with the result.

What are the advantages?

There are many! Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and instantly can improve your appearance. They’re easy to take care of, make eating and speaking easier, and will leave you wondering why you didn’t have dental implants much sooner! Unlike dentures, which can be a bit embarrassing and require a messy adhesive, dental implants become a permanent part of the new you.

How durable are dental implants?

Dental implants are very long lasting and hardwearing. With professional placement of the implant and high-quality crowns, this is a solution that results in a great success for many patients. With proper care, dental implants can last a long time – sometimes a lifetime.

Who can get dental implants?

If you’re a healthy patient, with strong gums and jawbone, you can get dental implants! This is a quality solution for so many patients, all you need to be is committed to good oral hygiene practices, regular dental visits, and ready for a great, new smile! People suffering from some disease, such as diabetes, should talk to us so we can work with you to determine if implants are the right choice.

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The procedure to get dental implants placed is complete in just a few steps. First, we’ll set up an appointment to work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. We’ll discuss whether you are considering a single tooth replacement or dental implants for several teeth. We will examine the overall health of your gums and jawbone and discuss the best oral health solution for you.

Next, a specialist will perform the procedure to have the dental implant tooth root (a small, titanium post) placed in the jawbone socket of the missing tooth or teeth. This is a critical part of the process and it’s important that the area is completely healed and the implant is securely bonded with the jawbone before going onto the next step. This process can take about six to 12 weeks to fully heal.

Once the implant is secure, we will attach a small connector post, called an abutment, to the top of the implant. We will have made impressions of your teeth so that the new tooth crown shape and coloring will look like your natural teeth. Your new crown will be placed onto the abutment.

What is the cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implants depends on the number of implants, specialist services for the placement of the tooth root, and the crowns needed to finish the procedure. Depending on the cause of tooth loss, some insurance plans may cover the cost but this is often not the case. We will help you understand the full cost and discuss any payment options or programs to manage the cost.

How do I care for dental implants?

You will care for your new dental implants just like real teeth! To keep your new smile looking its best, plan on regular brushing and flossing plus six month dental check-ups. Dental implants will give you a new set of teeth that we’re sure you will both care for and enjoy!

If you’re thinking about implants or would like advice, please contact us! We’ve helped many other patients through the process and would be delighted to help you consider the options and plan a treatment plan that will help you look, and feel, amazing about your smile.

Almost half of adults believe a smile is the most memorable feature when they meet someone for the first time. That’s a lot of people! If you’re uncertain about your teeth, feel embarrassed when you smile, or just always wanted whiter or straighter teeth, there are a number of reasons you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry!

You Will Feel More Confident

cosmetic-dentistry-smileDon’t underestimate how a beautiful smile will make you feel about yourself! If you’re someone who covers their mouth when they smile or laugh, or avoids having a photograph taken, you’re missing out. We have a range of cosmetic dentistry options that help straighten teeth, replace teeth, and whiten teeth. Even subtle changes can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. Life is too short not to smile!

Improve Your Overall Oral Health and Hygiene

Straight teeth are easier to care for and clean. Besides looking great, you’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth more effectively with straightened teeth – and dental check-ups will be faster and feel even better! Whether you have just a few or many teeth that are crooked, consider having them straightened to help prevent decay.

Your Teeth Will be Stronger

Too many people go through life missing one or more teeth – maybe you’re one of them? Missing teeth can make it hard to talk and eat plus it can cause the teeth to shift and create gaps between existing teeth. Dental implants are a durable and permanent solution to help you forget about your teeth and, instead, enjoy eating out, talking with friends, and – above all else – enjoy your smile!

You’re Never Too Old

Gone are the days when braces were something that only teenagers wore. There are so many options now for almost invisible braces that can straighten your teeth without metal, bands, and wires. Likewise, if you’ve always hated a gap between your teeth but thought you were too old to have it fixed, you’ll be surprised at the options available to improve your smile.

You’ll Feel Good both During and After Treatment

woman-smilingYou may have thought cosmetic dentistry involves complex procedures and a lot of time. Not true! The reason cosmetic dentistry is for you is that many treatments, such as teeth whitening, are fast and easy, but will give you dramatic results.

While many people think going to the dentist will always be painful, including for cosmetic dentistry, you’ll be surprised! No matter the reason for the visit, the dentist is trained to keep you relaxed and free from discomfort. Whether you are considering a complete smile transformation with dental implants or veneers or professional teeth whitening, you can expect the process to be comfortable and to feel great with your new smile!

You’re Going to Look Fantastic

The most obvious reason for cosmetic dentistry is how great you’re going to look. Yellow or gray teeth, broken or chipped teeth, even pitted teeth unnecessarily age you. With so many cosmetic dentistry options, you can treat almost any dentistry problem with often just a few simple treatments.

We’re pretty sure we have the best-looking patients in all of Colorado. But, if there’s something about your teeth or smile you want to change, we are here to help you! We have a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services and solutions that will leave you wondering why you waited so long to have the smile you deserve!

Even more powerful than the spoken word, 48% of adults believe a smile is the most unforgettable feature when they meet someone for the first time. Everyone deserves a smile that serves as a statement of self-confidence, and dental veneers can help achieve this!

What are Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers BoulderVeneers are an attractive and relatively easy way to enhance any smile. They are regularly used to improve misshapen, cracked or chipped teeth, gaps, discoloration, and enamel defects.

Dental veneers are very thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of teeth. They are designed to improve the color of teeth and can be used to change shape, size or length of teeth.

In considering whether veneers are a good option, consult with your dentist at North Boulder Dental Group to identify what’s possible and what your goal is for improving your smile.

Why Choose Porcelain?

There are two types of veneers: composite resin and porcelain.

Composite resin veneers are made of engineered resin or plastic, can be quickly applied, and last up to eight years. They are the least expensive veneer but require maintenance as they can chip and are not completely stain resistant.

Porcelain veneers are custom made, glazed porcelain. They best mimic natural teeth and offer superior resistance to stains from coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking (among other things). Porcelain veneers are well tolerated by the gums and can be selected to make dark or stained teeth appear whiter.

Porcelain is truly a superior choice for dental veneers. Because porcelain is an advanced ceramic, its purity is high, which makes them somewhat translucent to represent natural teeth. Also, porcelain offers the best light-reflecting properties of any other dental material available to further accentuate a natural appearance.

The durability of porcelain is superior to composite resin and provides great strength to resist chipping, fractures, or require repair or maintenance. Porcelain veneers can easily last up to 15 years.

What Can I Expect with My Porcelain Veneers?

With porcelain veneers, you can expect a beautiful smile and many compliments!

Maintenance for porcelain veneers is quite straightforward. To keep your new smile looking at its best, patients should continue to brush and floss teeth daily. As with natural teeth, it’s best to avoid biting your nails or chewing on ice cubes. If excessive tooth grinding is a problem, talk to your dentist about whether a bite guard is needed to wear at night.

Plan on visiting the dentist for a post-veneer application check up. It’s important to evaluate the placement of veneers, the surrounding gum tissue response, and answer any other questions you might have.

Porcelain veneers provide increased confidence and help make a great first impression! Contact us to discuss whether porcelain veneers are a good option for you.