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September 13, 2016

Denver teeth bleachingOver time, your teeth naturally become darker or stained. This can be due to a variety of factors. Fortunately, there are teeth whitening options, including teeth bleaching.

The teeth bleaching process is used to brighten your smile and to get rid of the pigments staining your teeth. To begin the procedure, a rubber sealant is applied to your gums. This will protect the supporting tissues in your mouth from the bleaching agent. Then, your teeth are dried in preparation for the application.

The bleaching solution is prepared and applied strictly to the teeth. Using exposure to oxygen, the bleach oxidizes the stains, removing them from the surface of your teeth. After a designated time determined by our dentists, everything is removed leaving you with a dazzling smile.

Teeth bleaching has remarkable results, and can last up to three years depending on your oral hygiene. This cosmetic dental procedure can be done every one to two years. Many patients report that their smile is anywhere between 1 to 14 shades brighter.

Lights and lasers are used in a controlled way during this process to help prevent damage to your teeth. Complications from bleaching can include sensitivity or oral discomfort. However, these side effects can be avoided with the steady hand and significant experience of our dentists.

Our dental team provides various bleaching options, including:

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

If you are in the Denver area and would like to discuss your teeth bleaching options, give our office a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule your initial consultation.

September 01, 2016

Denver teeth whiteningAs we age, our teeth naturally lose their luster. But what, exactly, causes this discoloration? There are many factors that cause teeth to tint. Fortunately, there are solutions that can bring back your bright white smile including teeth whitening.

Causes of Discoloration

Several factors can cause your smile to become dull. Some may be external or environmental influences, and others may be internal. Causes of discoloration may include:

  • Diet high in sugar and acid
  • Consuming foods or drinks that stain teeth (coffee, soda, wine, etc.)
  • Smoking
  • Excessive fluoride exposure
  • Tooth trauma
  • Genetic conditions
  • Age
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes

Whatever the cause may be, there are solutions that can help deliver the smile you want to achieve.

Teeth Whitening Solutions

Teeth whitening can help restore your pearly whites. There are different ways to go about ridding your smile of discoloration, including:

  • In-office treatments: This method can be quite powerful and is administered in the office. These treatments can whiten your smile up to 8 shades brighter in just one visit. Because of advanced technology, your results can last for years with minimal touch-ups.

 

  • At-home treatments: Our dentist may give you an at-home whitening treatment, which is still more powerful than over the counter options, such as whitening toothpastes, gels or strips. At-home treatment methods don't deliver the same quality results as what can be achieved from professional whitening treatment. However, you can do it within the comfort of your own home and see gradual results.

Our experienced team at DeWitt Dental Associates provides patients with a wide variety of in-office and at-home teeth whitening options, including:

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

To determine which procedure is right for you, our staff will meet with you in person to discuss your dental care goals. From there, we will work together to formulate a personalized treatment plan unique to your specific needs.

If you are in the Denver area and would like to discuss your teeth whitening options, give our office a call at (303) 566-4035 to schedule your consultation.

August 17, 2016

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile, it can be a challenge finding the right one for you. Lumineers and Porcelain Veeners  are no exception. However, there are distinct differences between the two treatments.

To fully determine if lumineers or porcelain veneers are right for you, our experienced team will meet with you in person to discuss your cosmetic dentistry goals.

To schedule your consultation, give our office a call at (303) 566-4036. We proudly create beautiful smiles for patients in Denver, Englewood, Cherry Creek and the surrounding Colorado communities.

July 27, 2016

If you need a permanent solution to missing or decayed teeth, you may be interested in dental implants. Please view this presentation to find out all about dental implants:

 

 

To schedule a dental implant appointment, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates by calling 303-566-4036. We are proud to serve clients in Denver, Cherry Creek, and Englewood, Colorado.

July 06, 2016

Denver Teeth WhiteningEveryone wants a beautiful smile. Many of our Denver patients enjoy the long lasting benefits of our professional teeth whitening service. There are other small things you can do at home to brighten your smile and extend the results of professional treatments but it's not always easy to keep that up! Here are some useful tips on how to keep your smile whiter, longer.

To prevent your teeth from yellowing and keep those pearly whites sparkling, follow healthy guidelines, including:

  • Avoid foods that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea and red wine.
  • Use straws when drinking acidic or staining beverages.
  • Brush or rinse your teeth after consuming stain-causing drinks or foods.
  • Use good oral hygiene practices including brushing and flossing.
  • Schedule regular general dentistry appointments, cleanings and exams.
  • Use whitening toothpaste as recommended by our dentists.
  • Consider touch up whitening treatments offered in our Denver office.

Because our dedicated team understands that every person is unique, we will be sure to construct a personalized treatment plan to help you obtain the smile you want to achieve. We will tailor whitening treatments and any other dental procedure to your specific needs and goals.

If you live in the Denver area and are ready to rejuvenate your smile through professional teeth whitening, give our office a call at (303) 566-4036. We have been creating memorable smiles in the Cherry Creek, Englewood and surrounding Colorado communities for 30 years.

June 21, 2016

If you're anxious about your next dentist appointment, it can inhibit the overall health of your mouth. Especially if this anxiety is resulting in you rescheduling or canceling your appointments. Take our quiz to find out if you have some level of fear of the dentist, or anxiety about dental procedures. To help calm our anxious patients, we offer sedation methods to keep you relaxed throughout your appointment.

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To see how sedation dentistry can help you, schedule your consultation by calling our Denver office at (303) 566-4036. We are proud to help patients in the Aurora, Cherry Creek and surrounding Colorado areas.

June 15, 2016

Denver sedation dentist.You are not alone if you have some level of fear of the dentist. Like many of our Denver patients, you may even avoid the dentist due to this anxiety. That's where sedation dentistry can help.

However, many people don't fully know or understand what sedation dentistry is. Dr. Michael DeWitt and Dr. Jennifer Scott want to explain what sedation dentistry entails, so you can be more prepared and relaxed for your next dental visit.

In general, sedation dentistry is the practice of calming and relaxing the patient in order to perform oral procedures. There are many different methods that dentists use to help calm their patients. While some use soothing music and blankets, DeWitt Dental Associates utilizes two primary types of sedation methods: IV and Nitrous Oxide.

  • IV Sedation: Licensed by the state of Colorado, the IV sedation technique we use requires the presence of an experienced nurse anesthetist who will conduct the IV placement and medication monitoring. This will allow you to remain in a state of light sleep, keeping you relaxed throughout your appointment.
  • Nitrous Oxide: This option is better known as "laughing gas" when it is administered as a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This sedation technique will relax you, but still allow you to be awake and aware of what's happening. The effects can wear off quickly after your appointment is finished.

If you are anxious about your next dentist appointment, our compassionate team will ensure that your experience is calming and relaxing. We will use gentle techniques and may suggest additional methods to keep your anxiety levels low. Our techniques can be used for any type of treatment, from routine check-ups to more in-depth procedures.

To schedule your sedation dentistry consultation, call our Denver office at (303) 566-4036. We are happy to create beautiful smiles in the Cherry Creek, Englewood and surrounding Colorado areas.

June 08, 2016

Denver Sedation DentistryDo you have anxiety or fear of the dentist? Nearly 30 million people avoid seeing the dentist due to this anxiety. However, our experienced dentists Dr. Michael DeWitt and Dr. Jennifer Scott located in Denver recommend you see them at least twice a year for check-ups and routine cleanings. So, how can you create a stress-free dental visit? Sedation dentistry may be the answer for you.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene

Keeping up on your oral hygiene habits every day will help you significantly down the road, including:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Flossing properly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Avoiding acidic and sugary foods/beverages

The healthier your teeth, the easier your general dentistry check-ups will be. By following the above guidelines, you will be less likely to need a major dental procedure.

Communicate With Our Staff

If you're feeling anxious about any procedure, let our staff know. We are happy to explain in detail what we will be doing for your treatment, as well as offer sedation techniques. At DeWitt Dental Associates, we offer patients with anxiety or fear of the dentist unique sedation options including nitrous oxide and IV sedation. Depending on the severity of your anxiety, one option may be a better fit for you than the other. Our goal is to replace your bad dental experiences with good ones!

Create an Anti-Anxiety Routine

Having a calming routine can help you prepare for your upcoming appointment. Utilize stress-relieving techniques, including:

  • Deep breathing
  • Positive thinking
  • Meditation
  • Bringing a blanket or music

These tips can help you to stay calm for any treatment, from simple checkups to more serious dental procedures. If you experience any level of fear or anxiety of the dentist, let our compassionate staff help. Together we can customize your treatment to keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Call our Denver office at (303) 566-4036 to schedule your sedation dentistry consultation. We are dedicated to creating beautiful smiles in the Cherry Creek, Englewood and surrounding Colorado areas.

May 16, 2016

Have you noticed your smile has lost its sparkle? That's where tooth whitening can help bring back the dazzle to your once-dimmed teeth. But, what kinds of tooth whitening products and treatments are there? Can anyone get tooth whitening? We address these questions and more in the image below.

Give our office a call at (303) 566-4036 to schedule your appointment. Our experienced team is dedicated to serving patients in the Cherry Creek, Denver and Englewood, CO areas.

Infographic: Tooth Whitening Facts

May 12, 2016

Cherry Creek emergency dentistWhen you experience acute illness or a horrific injury, you go to the emergency room to resolve the issue. But what do you do when you experience a broken tooth, dislodged teeth or sudden jaw swelling?

As a premier dentistry office in the Cherry Creek, Colorado area, we are the experienced team of emergency dentists to turn to when your oral care requires immediate attention.

Common Dental Emergencies

It's important to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible to prevent them from becoming infected or more serious. Dental emergencies may include:

  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Sudden jaw swelling or pain
  • Tooth/Teeth that have been knocked out
  • Severe toothache
  • Sudden loose permanent teeth

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. This only scratches the surface of potential dental emergencies.

What to Do

If you have or are experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to know what to do. In general, our Cherry Creek emergency dentists recommend you follow these suggestions:

  • Stay calm
  • Rinse your mouth with a mild and warm salt-water solution
  • If bleeding, use a moistened piece of gauze or towel to apply pressure to the site
  • Call DeWitt Dental Associates to be seen as quickly as possible
  • Apply a cool compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek of the affected area
  • Keep any chipped pieces of the tooth/any missing teeth that were knocked out
  • If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room

DeWitt Dental Associates is not a 24-hour dental emergency practice. However, we take pride in the care and compassion we give each one of our patients. Choose our dentists that will know your history for the sake of your oral future.

To set up your appointment today, give our office a call at (305) 566-4036. We proudly serve regular and emergency patients in the Denver, Cherry Creek and Englewood, Colorado areas.

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