Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, is a safe and popular treatment used to lighten the color of your teeth, thus enhancing the beauty of your smile. There are a variety of methods for whitening teeth including both home whitening systems and single visit in-office treatments. Dr. Ochoa is happy to speak with you to help you determine which form of treatment is right for you and your lifestyle.
Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel. If you are considering whitening and have fillings, crowns, etc., replacement of those restorations will be done following the whitening treatment to ensure a match to the newly whitened teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent, however, to help maintain your brightest smile, avoid coffee, tea, wine and smoking, as they tend to cause tooth discoloration. Other causes include certain medications, genetics and aging.
Teeth whitening is safe and affordable and is the most common dental treatment available.
To learn more about whitening costs and types of treatments available, call us at 303-223-7885.
A dental veneer is a custom made, durable, tooth shaped piece of material, often porcelain, used to correct distorted, stained, or damaged teeth or to fill in small gaps. Veneers can drastically improve the shape of your teeth and appearance of your smile. They can often replace the need for crowns and, in some cases, even braces.
Veneers usually require two visits:
- The first will consist of lightly reducing the original tooth to allow for room for the veneer. A mold will then be made to be used in the design of your new veneers. You and Dr. Ochoa will also review the colors available to find the closest match to your neighboring teeth. Your mold will then be sent to a professional dental laboratory that will design and construct your new veneer(s).
- During your second visit, Dr. Ochoa will clean the teeth to ensure a strong bond. Bonding cement will be used to place the veneers and a high energy light will be used to set the cement for a permanent bond.
To learn more about dental veneers or to schedule an appointment, call us at 303-223-7885.
Disorders of the jaw joint, or the temporomandibular (TMJ), can cause jaw, facial and neck pain that often results in chronic headaches, migraines and soreness.
At Red Hawk Dentistry, we consider TMJ function and how it relates to the surrounding teeth and bone structure as a major factor in oral health. That's why we routinely assess TMJ function and diagnose and treat TMJ disorders.
If you suffer from jaw or facial pain, Red Hawk Dentistry may be able to provide relief. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 303-223-7885.
Everyone participating in a high impact or high injury risk sport should wear a mouth protection. Sports such as hockey, football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and even gymnastics all pose significant risk to your teeth and gums. Nearly 50% of all sport-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball. While a helmet is definitely necessary to prevent serious brain, neck and jaw injuries, a mouth guard serves to protect the teeth and soft tissue of the lips, gums, tongue and cheeks, especially for those with braces, retainers or other orthodontic appliances.
At Red Hawk Dentistry, we provide our patients with custom fitted mouth guards to ensure you receive the utmost protection when out at play.
To schedule an appointment for a custom fit mouth guard, call us at 303-223-7885.
Are you experiencing headaches, migraines, teeth grinding or other symptoms due to night time teeth clenching? If so, let us help you get back to a good night's sleep by setting you up with a dental night guard. A dental night guard is a clear, thin device worn over the areas of your teeth that touch when you clench your teeth at night.
A dental night guard is made by taking an impression of your upper and lower teeth to create a mold. This mold is used to form your night guard out of a strong, clear plastic acrylic that is to be worn every night while you sleep.
Contact us to find out if a night guard is right for you at 303-223-7885.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Red Hawk Dentistry is proud to offer the revolutionary cosmetic removable Invisalign aligners, or clear braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional wire braces and uses invisible aligners that gradually shift teeth to improve your smile's appearance and/or correct your bite without the use of brackets or wires. Because they are clear and removable, Invisalign is an excellent option for both teens and adults.
How Does it Work?
You will receive a series of clear aligner sets. You will wear each set for about two weeks. You will only remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss. Each time you replace the set with the next set, your teeth will move gradually until they have reached the position your dentist had initially intended.
You will visit Red Hawk Dentistry approximately every six weeks throughout the series to ensure your teeth are progressing as planned.
Total treatment time varies by case, but usually is between 9 and 16 months.
Will My Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Some dental insurance plans cover the cost of orthodontics, allowing you to receive treatment with little to no cost out of pocket. For those that do not have insurance coverage, visit our Payments page to learn about the great financing options we accept through CareCredit.
Call us today to schedule an appointment to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Ochoa will examine your teeth and answer any questions you may have to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
To learn more about Invisalign®, call us at 303-223-7885 or visit www.invisalign.com.
Do you have to cover your ears with a pillow or wear earplugs just to get a good night's sleep because your loved one snores? Or are you the one snoring and keeping your loved one up at night? Loud and consistent snoring will not only cause serious hearing damage but can often be a sign of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea causes cessation of breath for as much as 10 seconds several times per night. The sufferer is awakened each time as their brain sends an alert to them to breath because of the lack of oxygen. Sleep apnea can prevent a good night's sleep, thus causing irritability, fatigue, headaches and sore throats. Sleep apnea is a serious condition as it can put one at risk for additional health risks such as heart attack, stroke, memory loss and even death. Researchers have also linked sleep apnea with weight gain, asthma, type 2 diabetes and acid reflux.
You're probably wondering sleep apnea has to do with dental care? Well, fortunately, Dr. Ochoa offers sleep apnea solutions by using a comfortable, customized oral appliance that helps prevent sleep apnea. It works by positioning your jaw just slightly forward while you sleep, helping to open the airway and breath more easily.
So call us today to get back to enjoying a good night's sleep at 303-223-7885.