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July 13, 2017

Chipped teeth are more than a cosmetic issue – they can increase risks for infection and decay. If you have chipped teeth, call our Cherry Creek dentists to learn about quick and lasting solutionsChipped teeth may not seem like a big deal, especially if they aren’t causing any pain. However, even a small chip in the enamel of your teeth can increase risks for tooth decay and infection.

Tooth infection may produce symptoms including increased tooth sensitivity and persistent bad breath. An infected tooth may also allow bacteria to spread into the gums and throughout the body, increasing risks for additional oral and systemic health problems.

While not all chipped teeth will lead to infection, the possibility exists, making it a good idea to call our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation as soon as a chip occurs.

Dental Bonding

One of the most common fixes for a chipped tooth is dental bonding. Applied in layers to the surface of the tooth, bonding can be built up, colored, and shaped to restore the appearance of the tooth. Dental bonding prevents bacteria from entering the tooth, acting as a shield against food particles as well.

This solution is not as long lasting as other chipped tooth treatments and may require somewhat frequent reapplication.

Benefits offered by dental bonding include:

  • Swift results
  • Customized shading
  • Minimal tooth preparation

Porcelain Veneers

If your chipped tooth is a canine or incisor, porcelain veneers may be the most effective option. Incredibly durable and beautifully crafted, porcelain veneers are placed over the front of chipped teeth to improve appearance and help prevent infection.

The process for placing veneers typically takes three to four weeks, but results can last for ten years or more.

Benefits offered by porcelain veneers include:

  • Long lasting results
  • Full restoration of appearance
  • The ability to fix multiple problems at once

Dental Crowns

When a bicuspid or molar is chipped, a dental crown may be the most effective treatment. We offer same day dental crowns at our Cherry Creek office, allowing us to restore complete strength and function in a single office visit. What’s more, these crowns are created to look and feel just like your natural teeth – and shaded to fit seamlessly into your smile.

Benefits offered by same day dental crowns include:

  • Single visit solution
  • Complete functional restoration
  • Lasting protection against subsequent damage

Choosing What’s Best for You

There are several options when it comes to fixing chipped teeth, but not each will be ideally suited for every patient. When you come to our office for a restorative treatment, we will carefully evaluate your smile and discuss all of your options, helping you find the solution that meets your desires, your needs, and your budget.

We take great care to provide individualized solutions for our patients and look forward to learning how we can help protect and perfect your smile.

If you live in the Metro Denver area and are living with chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Arvada, and all surrounding areas.

Tags: Porcelain Veneers, Dental Bonding, Same Day Dental Crowns, Solutions for Chipped Teeth
July 07, 2017

Porcelain veneers are safe, but they are not right for everyone. To learn if they are right for your smile, visit the Denver cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates for a consultation.Porcelain veneers offer a remarkable solution for the treatment of cosmetic dental problems such as chipped or cracked teeth, gaps in between teeth, irregular tooth shapes and sizes, and severe staining. One of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures, the placement of porcelain veneers requires minor tooth preparation – leading some to question their safety. This is entirely unnecessary.

Porcelain veneers are a safe and effective way to perfect your smile. Placed over the front of teeth impacted by cosmetic malocclusion and aesthetic imperfections, porcelain veneers offer a durable, nontoxic, and relatively fast treatment option for men and women looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. If you have questions about the safety or effectiveness of porcelain veneers, please give us a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation with one of our Denver cosmetic dentists and learn if this option is ideal for your needs.

While porcelain veneers are safe for most patients, they are not right for those with underlying oral health problems such as gum disease or serious tooth infection. If you have an existing oral health condition, our Denver cosmetic dentists can provide you with targeted treatments that address the problem and improve your candidacy for porcelain veneers. During your initial consultation, we will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine if preexisting issues need to be addressed – and will discuss with you all cosmetic and general dentistry services that will be suitable for your smile now and in the future.

Porcelain veneers are safe, but they are not right for everyone. To learn if they are right for you, call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 and schedule a consultation today. Located on East 1st Ave. in Denver, we welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and all surrounding areas. 

Tags: Porcelain Veneers
June 21, 2017

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are designed to address the same cosmetic dental problems. Issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, cosmetic gaps and spaces, uneven tooth sizes, and crooked tooth presentation can be fixed with either option. However, there are some distinct differences that may make one solution better suited than the other for individual patients.

If you are unhappy with your smile and are looking for an ideal solution, the Denver cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help. Call us at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation today.

To learn if porcelain veneers or Lumineers® can be used to perfect your smile, call 303-566-406 and schedule a consultation with the Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental AssociatesA Difference in Thickness

Lumineers are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. This can be beneficial for men and women with less pronounced imperfections as it allows Lumineers to be placed without any significant tooth preparation. Lumineers are, as such, an entirely reversible treatment.

On the other hand, Lumineers are too thin to cover more pronounced imperfections – such as larger gaps or stains caused by tetracycline and fluorosis – making their slimmer design ineffective for some patients.

Porcelain veneers require the removal of some natural enamel for seamless placement. Because enamel is removed prior to placing them, veneers are irreversible. However, traditional veneers are incredibly strong and long-lasting, and can be replaced one at a time, as needed, by our Denver cosmetic dentists.

Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers offer remarkable benefits for good candidates. The best way to learn if one of these solutions would be of benefit to you is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable and inviting Cherry Creek area office. Please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule your consultation today.

Located in Denver, DeWitt Dental Associates is a full-service general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry office. We welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro and I-25 Corridor communities.

Tags: Porcelain Veneers, Lumineers, Cosmetic Dentistry
May 24, 2017

Gum recession occurs when gum tissue begins to shrink or pull away from the roots of teeth. Visible tooth roots are one of the main indications of gum recession, but increased tooth sensitivity is often a sign as well. If you are experiencing gum recession, call 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation at our Cherry Creek office right away.

Some amount of gum recession can be caused by aging. If you have a genetic predisposition to gum recession, this may be more pronounced, particularly if you have engaged in activities that exacerbate a loss of gum tissue. These include:

Once gum recession begins, existing damage cannot be reversed. You can, however, halt its progression by switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush, making sure you brush after every meal and snack, flossing twice daily, and visiting our office every six months for professional cleanings. If gum recession is present, we can discuss treatment options during these visits to protect your teeth and help prevent sensitivity and pain.

Dental bonding and gum grafting are the most common treatments for gum recession (exposed tooth roots). To learn more, call our experienced Metro Denver dentists at 303-566-4036Gum Recession Treatments

Gum recession cannot be reversed, but current damage can be addressed through both general and cosmetic dentistry services. Most commonly tooth roots are simply covered with dental bonding, providing a protective layer while restoring a consistent shade to the tooth. If gum recession is excessive, grafting procedures may be needed to fully restore contour to the gum line. Which option is right for your needs is something best determined during your gum recession treatment consultation at our comfortable and welcoming office.

If you are dealing with gum recession in the Metro Denver area, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a treatment consultation today. We welcome patients from Englewood, Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, and surrounding areas.

May 16, 2017

Dental crowns used to take weeks to place. First there was the initial visit. Then there was a visit for tooth preparation and the creation of a wax mockup. Then there was a third visit for the placement of the crowns – milled off-site by a company that has never seen your actual smile – and the hope that they are shaped, sized, and colored correctly, lest there be a fourth trip for modified crowns.

This process is not only inconvenient, it can leave vulnerable teeth unprotected for weeks at a time and is ultimately not great for the patient. But if you need a dental crown, what option do you have?

Crowns in a Day

Our Denver cosmetic dentists use CEREC technology to create same day dental crowns that are strong, lasting, and attractive. Call 303-566-4036 to learn more!At the Denver office of DeWitt Dental Associates, we are happy to offer same day dental crowns. Milled to our exact specifications while you wait, our one-day dental crowns are shaded and shaped to fit perfectly into your smile during a single office visit. This saves you time and money without compromising quality or aesthetics, making the process ideal for the treatment of teeth that have been:

  • Weakened by a root canal
  • Impacted by trauma or severe decay
  • Worn down by grinding

Our same day dental crowns are created with advanced CEREC technology – an advancement in dental restorations that uses computer imaging to design the perfect crown for each need. Your dental crowns will be precisely sculpted using a diamond cutting technique, allowing them to fit seamlessly into your smile. And studies have shown that, even after nine years of use, nearly 100% of patients with CEREC dental crowns continue to be satisfied.

Fast and convenient, attractive and long-lasting, the advantages offered by one-day dental crowns is clear. If you are in need of a restoration and don’t want to wait several weeks or make multiple trips to the dentist, please contact us online or by calling 303-566-4036 to schedule an appointment today. DeWitt Dental Associates is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek Mall. We welcome patients from all Metro Denver communities.

Tags: Dental Crowns, CEREC
May 05, 2017

Porcelain veneers are a durable, stain-resistant, and natural-looking way to perfect your smile. Call our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at 303-566-4036 to learn morePorcelain veneers are one of the most versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. At DeWitt Dental Associates, our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists use porcelain veneers to treat a number of aesthetic imperfections including:

  • Chipped or cracked enamel
  • Uneven tooth sizes
  • Irregular tooth shapes
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Crooked tooth presentation
  • Severe tooth discoloration

If you are struggling with any of these issues, give us a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule your porcelain veneers consultation today.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be shaped and colored to fit seamlessly into your smile. Placed on just a single tooth or on multiple teeth, veneers can perfect even pronounced cosmetic concerns, restoring a beautiful and confident smile you’ll be proud to show the world.

A fast process, porcelain veneers can perfect your smile over the course of just a few visits to our Cherry Creek dental office, allowing you to enjoy a brilliant smile without several time-consuming visits. What’s more, after placement, veneers do not require any special care. Simply brushing, flossing, and visiting our office for checkups is often enough to keep veneers bright and beautiful for several years.

Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant and reflects light just like your natural tooth enamel. This gives veneers the dual benefit of remaining white while still looking completely natural. It may be necessary to occasionally whiten adjacent teeth, but properly cared for veneers should retain their brilliance for several years.

In addition to being durable, easy to care for, and resistant to staining, porcelain veneers are able to address several cosmetic imperfections at once and can, in some cases, be used as a stand-alone option for a complete smile makeover. During your initial consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists, we can discuss your particular concerns and help you determine if porcelain veneers are the best fit for your needs.

Call us at 303-566-4036 or contact DeWitt Dental Associates online to schedule your consultation. We welcome patients from all Metro Denver and Front Range communities. 

Tags: Porcelain Veneers
April 04, 2017

If you are overdue for a cleaning and examination, call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to schedule your next visit to our Cherry Creek dental office right away.When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it was more than six months ago, it’s time to call our Denver office at 303-566-4036 to schedule your next visit with one of our experienced general and cosmetic dentists. Biannual cleanings are essential for removing tartar and plaque from in between teeth and below the gum line – helping prevent issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and infection. What’s more, routine cleanings and examinations remove surface stains to help keep your teeth bright and attractive, while allowing our dentists to detect early signs of oral health problems. Detected early on, minor issues such as gingivitis or cavities can be quickly treated – long before they become major problems. If oral health concerns become apparent during your visit, Dr. DeWitt or Dr. Scott will discuss treatment options and timelines to make sure you are able to make the best decisions for your smile.

In addition to visiting our Denver dentists every six months, daily care plays a significant role in your lasting oral health. Every day should include brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush after each major meal and flossing at least once. Adding an oral rinse can be beneficial as well, but people with certain restorations need to exercise some caution here. Alcohol and other astringents can loosen dental cements and allow crowns, veneers, and similar cosmetic dentistry restorations to fall out.

When you come to our office for your next biannual cleaning and examination, we can discuss your daily routine and provide you with personalize recommendations for its optimization. Please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today to schedule your next appointment and learn how we can help you reach peak oral health. Our Denver dentists proudly serve the entire Metro area including Cherry Creek, Englewood, and Highlands Ranch.

Tags: Dental Health
March 15, 2017

Denver teeth whiteningEveryone wants a bright, white smile that reflects youth, health and vitality. Teeth whitening treatments are a great way to achieve sparkling results. But are there other ways you can obtain dazzling pearly whites?

Eating healthy can help you enhance your already beautiful smile. There are certain fruits, veggies and other health foods that can naturally remove stains from your teeth, ultimately whitening your tooth enamel over time, including:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Cheese

These foods help whiten your teeth is several different ways, such as:

  • Fiber-rich foods rub against the surface of your teeth, acting like a toothbrush getting rid of stains.
  • Tart foods increase saliva production, which in turn acts as a natural teeth-cleaning agent.
  • Dairy products protect your teeth against tooth decay.

However, healthy foods alone will not deliver the same results as in-office teeth whitening treatments. Fortunately, the dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates offer various whitening treatments that can help deliver a smile that is up to eight shades whiter with just one procedure. Treatment options include:

  • Zoom! Laser Teeth Whitening
  • Opalescence® Teeth Whitening at Home

To fully determine which teeth whitening treatment is right for you, and how you can properly maintain your bright, white smile, our dentists will meet with you in person to discuss your oral healthcare goals and needs. Together, we will formulate your personalized treatment plan to help you get the smile of your dreams.

If you're in the Denver area and would like to learn more about your teeth whitening options, give our office a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule your initial consultation.

February 23, 2017

If you're missing teeth, it's important to restore your smile as quickly as possible to help avoid further health complications. Fortunately, dental implants offer a permanent solution that addresses missing teeth, and can improve the appearance of your smile. Check out our new infographic that illustrates the benefits associated with this cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Cherry Creek dental implants

Our dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help you determine if dental implants are right for you. We will meet with you in person to discuss your oral healthcare goals and needs. Together, we will formulate your personalized treatment plan to help you get the smile of your dreams.

If you're in the Cherry Creek area and would like to learn more about your dental implant options, give our office a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule your initial consultation. 

February 13, 2017

Denver cosmetic dentistWith Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's important to look and feel your best, starting with your smile. However, not everyone is confident with the way their smile looks. Fortunately, if you are spending the holiday with your sweetheart, there are cosmetic dental procedures and other general treatments that can help you prepare for your date.

Teeth Whitening

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth discoloration or stubborn stains on their teeth. Having discolored teeth can make you appear older than you really are. Teeth whitening can help brighten your smile, and restore your youthful look. With advanced technology, it's possible to get your smile up to eight shades whiter in just one office visit.

Regular Cleanings

Even if you don't need a teeth whitening procedure, regular teeth cleanings and exams are important in maintaining a healthy, vibrant smile. To get ready for your date, call your dentist to schedule a last minute office visit. This can help address underlying issues that may cause bad breath and tooth decay.

Dental Bonding

If you're self-conscious about a cracked or chipped tooth, dental bonding may be the answer you need to restore your smile. This simple procedure involves a dental material that is bonded and shaped to look like your natural teeth. Dental bonding allows you to restore your smile without undergoing a complicated, invasive procedure.

As you prepare for your Valentine's Day celebration, be sure to think about more than just the outfit you wear or the restaurant you're going to. Research suggests that people take note of another person's smile in order to form a first impression. Our cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help.

To fully determine which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you, we will meet with you in person to discuss your oral healthcare goals and needs. Together, we will work to formulate your personalized treatment plan to help you get the smile you want to achieve.

If you are in the Denver area and would like to learn more about your cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry options, give our office a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule your initial consultation.

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