Smiles First Blog
July 19, 2016
Most people have heard of orthodontics and most people have probably seen them, too. Metal brackets and wires or other devices help to straighten teeth for a more attractive and healthy smile. But what if there are considerations beyond just the appearance of your smile? Problems such as TMJ dysfunction, malocclusion and facial imbalance may need treatment beyond ordinary orthodontics. In this case, functional orthodontics from Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Gasper can help create a pleasing facial shape and profile, as well as a balanced bite.
June 16, 2016
In a hurry but still want to take care of your smile? Dr. Gasper and his staff at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design have the perfect solution. In Colorado Springs, CEREC crowns provide strong coverage for a damaged tooth and they are made right here in our office! With a traditional crown, you’d have to wait a couple of weeks for the finished restoration to be delivered from a dental lab. With CEREC, those days are gone.
March 25, 2015
While many people take this time to thoroughly clean their homes of dust and cobwebs, Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design sees it as an opportune time to give your teeth a spring cleaning as well.
Creating better oral habits, changing out your old brush head, and even getting your teeth whitened are excellent ways to put the spring back in your smile.
However, we encourage you to add a dental visit to this year’s spring-cleaning list. Just like your home, regular maintenance and cleaning does not reach all the nooks and crannies. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove certain types of plaque and tartar build up, which can prevent gum disease.
Additionally, so much goes on in your professional dental cleaning that can improve your overall health as well:
- Reviewing and updating medical history, including heart problems, cancer treatment, pregnancy, diabetes, joint replacement, medications, surgeries or any other major changes in health history
- Blood pressure check
- Oral cancer examination and screening
- Evaluation of gum tissue
- Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
- X-rays, examination of teeth to detect decay
- Early detection of minor issues can be corrected before they become bigger, more painful issues later.
Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design today to schedule your spring cleaning! 719-599-0700
March 16, 2015
Aesthetic Dentistry by Design is dedicated to providing our patients with the finest, most cutting-edge and modern dental equipment available.
We are pleased to now provide the first comprehensive, 3D Imaging solution in our office: The Orthophos-XG-3D which combines X-Ray diagnostics, implant visualization, treatment planning and patient communication in one tool.
About the Orthophos-XG-3D
- Provides the highest quality image with the lowest dose of radiation.
- Comfortable for the patient.
- Prevents incorrect positioning which reduces re-takes.
- Fast, 14 second scan.
- Features an extensive range of panoramic and 3D views.
- X-ray programs facilitate accurate diagnosis.
- Easily incorporated with our current CEREC technology for crowns and dental implants.
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March 10, 2015
Most people will lose adult teeth during their lifetime. In the U.S., about 69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to accident, a failed root canal, tooth decay or gum disease. By age 74, at least 26 percent of adults have lost permanent teeth.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants are almost always the best option for replacing them. In the past, replacements included removable dentures that rest on the gum line or fixed bridges anchored to adjacent teeth. But with dental implants, teeth are surgically implanted in the gums, giving replacement teeth a more natural feel and appearance.
In addition to looking and feeling more like natural teeth, dental implants last longer than fixed bridges and removable dentures, which last about 15 years. Implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth.
Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by design has invested in the advanced technology of coDiagnostiX® CT scans and 3D software. With the coDiagnostiX system, Dr. Gasper can plan a computer-guided implant process that is more precise than ever. The resulting implant placement procedure is highly accurate and minimally invasive, which is an immense benefit for our patients’ overall oral health in the short-term and for many years to come.
Learn more about Dental Implants in Colorado Springs here.
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March 6, 2015
2015 spring makeup trends are quite versatile; both natural and daring makeup looks are hot for 2015. But are your teeth ready? Read below about the Spring 2015 lip color trends and how to make your smile Spring ready!
If you are disappointed because you would love to enjoy the beautiful makeup colors for spring, but are embarrassed about your smile, Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design can help.
Beautiful white teeth are one of the easiest and most immediate ways to help you look younger and more attractive.
When it comes to whitening, Dr. Gasper is your best resource.
He provides two proven whitening systems. Learn more here.
Dr. Gasper provides other cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants, veneers and Functional Orthodontics that will change your life. Learn more .
Dr. Gasper can help you Spring into a new smile!
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March 1, 2015
March is National Nutrition Month and today’s nutritional approaches to oral health go beyond “don’t eat sugar.”
Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums.
And some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria attacks.
- Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
- Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
- Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
- 4. Folic acid promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. This member of the B vitamin family is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s yeast.
- Green Tea – Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, possibly the most well-known tooth strengthener.
- Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardine, shrimp, soybean, flax seed, walnut) Omega-3 fatty acid are excellent choice against inflammation and gum diseases.
- Cranberries – Cranberries contain polyphenols (just as tea does), which may keep plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities, according to a study published in the journal Caries Research. A caveat: Because the fruit is so tart, many cranberry products have added sugar, which may affect any potential benefits for teeth, so make eat raw unsweetened cranberries or even blend frozen unsweetened cranberries into a smoothie.
- Dark Chocolate – The compound CBH, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden tooth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay. Eating 3-4 oz of chocolate a day is a great way to take advantage of this wonder compound and lower your chance of getting cavities.
Finally, limit added sugars from both foods and beverages. This includes soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, candies, etc. Energy drinks are particularly damaging as they combine a high sugar load with an incredibly acidic pH.
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February 24, 2015
The American Dental Association has a
Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important.
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Here are 15 signs you should see a dentist:
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
- You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
- You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
- You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- You are pregnant
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
- You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
- Your mouth is often dry
- You smoke or use other tobacco products
- You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
- Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
- You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.
February 18, 2015
Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brusing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
When is the best time to floss? Before I brush or after?
The most important thing about flossing is to do it. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. People who are too tired at the end of the day may benefit from flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after lunch.
And don’t forget, children need to floss too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch. Because flossing demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11.
Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful. You may feel discomfort when you first start flossing, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, talk to your dentist.
If you find flossing difficult, consider a different flossing method. People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner such as a wooden plaque remover, dental pick or pre-threaded flosser. Ask your dentist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums. It could be that you simply need to try another type of dental floss—waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. Stick with it and you’ll have adopted a healthy habit for life.
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January 23, 2015
Finding it hard to keep to those resolutions? We’ve got an easy one to check off your list: whiten your teeth for a healthy, happy smile.
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