5 Ways To Floss Daily

Porcelain veneers Fargo

Hello, Fargo! If you want to floss regularly but are too tired at night, this post is for you. In our Designer Smiles blog, we want to give you a few ideas for unique times to floss and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

1. If you’re an early riser, try flossing in the morning right after you brush.

2. Try just after lunch, but before you go back to work.

3. Before or after you exercise. Your oral health is just as important as your physical fitness. Keep some floss in your gym bag and give your teeth and gums some attention along with the rest of your body.

4. During the nightly news.

5. While taking a bath. Any task is more enjoyable if it can be done while relaxing in a warm tub. Light some scented candles, play some soothing music and turn off your cell phone for an at-home spa experience.

Flossing is essential for anyone who wants to have a healthy smile. I hope this gives you some ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Just before bedtime, however, is still the best choice. Food particles left on teeth can turn to plaque while you sleep. The bacteria in plaque erodes enamel, creates cavities, and adversely affects gum tissue.

If you want to improve your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, invisible braces or porcelain veneers.

My name is Dr. Dennis Hetland. My practice is located in Fargo. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, porcelain crowns, and complete smile makeovers.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 701-566-5063 to make an appointment!

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Eating Got You Down, Fargo?

cost of dental crowns Fargo

People with missing teeth know that chewing can be difficult and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants in Fargo and feel uncertain whether this is the step you ought to take, come see Dennis Hetland DDS at Designer Smiles to learn all about tooth implants. Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for Fargo people whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile beyond just the functional needs can also be explored during an informative consultation with Dr. Dennis Hetland. We’ll offer straightforward advice about restoring your smile while keeping affordability in mind. Call to set up a personal cosmetic dentistry consultation today: 701-566-5063

With experience in teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, restorative dentistry, and even general dentistry, we’ll answer your questions without a “hard-sell” approach. The choice has always been with the patient.

If you have missing teeth, come see our high tech team to improve your eating experience. (Haven’t you waited long enough?)

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Not Happy With Your Fargo Dentist?

Fargo cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Hello, North Dakota friends! Welcome to Designer Smiles in Fargo. We provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and revolutionary cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. Our services include:

porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
dental implants
general dentistry

Immediate care for dental emergencies
Strong, natural looking restorations
A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

I am Dr. Dennis Hetland. We are located at 3525 25th St S in Fargo, North Dakota. I have been practicing advanced dentistry since 1996 and am a member of KOIS. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Perhaps your smile is brilliant and you only need a cleaning. Our talented dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit Designer Smiles for an informative consultation and examination.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Beautifying With Bonding

Fargo fix chipped tooth

A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with handy tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth problems. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have received a lot of notoriety. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is durable and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to correct tooth issues caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can protect tooth roots if the gums have receded.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more attractive proportions. Bonding is usually used as part of a total smile makeover.

I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland. My practice, Designer Smiles, offers dental implants, restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, general dentistry, and teeth whitening.

If you live in the Fargo area and are seeking quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office at 701-566-5063.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

Porcelain veneers Fargo

Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by your dentist? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure, which can be done by your dentist or at your Fargo, North Dakota area home is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers, however, tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the Fargo area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Dennis Hetland at Designer Smiles
B. Dr. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Dr. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Dennis Hetland.

Hi, I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland of Designer Smiles We serve the Fargo area with superior experience and care. If you have any questions about our services or about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening or smile makeovers, please contact us today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Clear Braces – Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Fargo Adults

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Fargo Adults If you want to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem, you have more orthodontic options in Fargo than ever before. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary. Here are some of the common orthodontia terms heard around Fargo and Fargo.

Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces
These are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth’. These braces can be just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many adults and teens who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia. To find out if lingual braces are the best type for your teeth, lifestyle and budget, schedule an orthodontic consultation at Designer Smiles by calling 701-566-5063. We can help you determine which type of adults braces system is right for you and your smile.

Traditional and Clear Retainers
Once a clear braces or traditional braces patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. There are several types of retainers available. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.

Additionally, clear retainers are new to the orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some Fargo retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.

You don’t need to live with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful teeth you are seeking. Let us help you develop a custom treatment plan for your smile.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Let’s Talk About Your Smile

Let’s Talk About Your Smile I’m Dennis Hetland of Designer Smiles. My office is located at 3525 25th St S in Fargo. One of the best things about being a dentist is interacting with my patients. During initial dental consultations, I listen carefully to my patient’s short and long term dental goals.

I enjoy discussing options and developing effective treatment plans tailored specifically to each person. Some of my patients desire a total smile makeover. I explain in detail the treatments available including teeth whitening, dental veneers, orthodontia, crown restoration, and dental implants.

If a patient is nervous about undergoing treatment, we discuss oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation, sometimes called oral sedation dentistry, is a great option for anxious patients. Dental visits do not have to be painful!

After the treatment has been completed, it is very gratifying for me to see my patient’s reaction to their new smile.

I never get tired of creating dramatic smile transformations for the best patients in North Dakota!

If you have been considering a smile makeover, let’s talk about your smile. Call Designer Smiles at 701-566-5063 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

We Take Jaw Pain Seriously

Fargo TMJ TreatmentThose affected by temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, know how the pain and discomfort can lower quality of life. You may also have heard “TMD” referred to as “TMJ.” The experienced staff at Designer Smiles helps countless patients manage their condition.

The temporomandibular, or jaw, joint connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. It’s often accompanied by jaw and facial pain, headaches, earaches, neck pain, and chewing difficulty. TMD is also associated with jaw clicking, locking, or clenching, and can cause tooth damage and bone loss.

Many patients first came to us after trying  to relieve their frequent headaches. Since 1996, we have noticed that many dental patients don’t realize they have the disorder because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain. A TMJ specialist can properly diagnose your specific issues and recommend an effective treatment program.

Because a comprehensive treatment plan benefits you the most, we work hand-in-hand with a network of specialists including ENT doctors, neurologists, and physical therapists. If you are suffering from jaw pain, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Hetland. Give us a call at 701-566-5063 to schedule a consultation and visit our blog at https://www.fargodentalcare.com/blog/ to learn about our other cosmetic and restorative dentistry services.

At Designer Smiles, we take jaw pain seriously.

 

Contact Designer Smiles: 701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in TMJ

When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

general and cosmetic dentistry Fargo

Life is chaotic for many Fargo residents. At times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done and many are delayed or dropped altogether. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter or you realize that you’ve had a leaky faucet since the Clinton administration. Many important things get put on the back burner, but we beg you not to become negligent about vital dental care.

Here are some typical dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve a conscientious two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Have a Toothache
We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to calculus, you can’t brush it off with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can damage your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss. When you wrap a string of floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more thoroughly clean that essential area around and just below the gumline. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay in a minuscule crack the floss pick bypassed day after day.

At Designer Smiles, we urge our patients to practice preventative dentistry to guard their smiles for life. We deliver the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants, restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, general dentistry, and teeth whitening. For more information, call Designer Smiles today at 701-566-5063 or visit https://www.fargodentalcare.com/services/.

 

Contact Designer Smiles: 701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Designer Smiles Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

Fargo Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

Most dental patients have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us remember.

Cosmetic dentists and dental labs now formulate more cosmetically pleasing filling materials. Composite fillings consist of a plastic resin and glass or quartz filler.

Today, the filling material of choice in Fargo and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Fargo dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Fargo dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland and I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1996, and I find it especially rewarding when Fargo, Fargo, and Fargo residents experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Call 701-566-5063 today to schedule an appointment with Designer Smiles!

 

Contact Designer Smiles: 701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry
Contact Us





Our Location

Designer Smiles

Dr. Dennis Hetland
Dr. Jeff Harrie
Come visit Dr. Hetland in Fargo if you are in need of dental services, such as dental implants or cosmetic dentistry! Call now to schedule an appointment if you are in Moorhead or West Fargo!

3525 25th St S
Fargo, ND 58104

CALL: (701) 298-9400 701-566-5063
awakenyoursmile@cableone.net

Testimonials
  • I’m a busy mom of 4 so I really appreciate the text reminders about our upcoming appointments.
    —WHITNEY
  • The best dental experience I’ve ever had because I slept through it. Sedation dentistry is the greatest thing ever.
    —TODD
  • I was so blessed to have found you. Thank you for helping me so quickly.
    —BRUCE
  • Dr. Hetland told me my new teeth would help me chew better and help relieve my jaw pain. What I didn’t know was that they would make me feel so much better about myself. I just can’t stop smiling. Thank you!
    —ANITA
  • The Designer Smiles team is amazing. They took great care of my teeth when I didn’t and they did it without making me feel bad about all those years I neglected my teeth. I highly recommend them to EVERYONE!
    —MILES
  • Thank you for taking the time to make just a great smile for an old gal like me. I look and feel 10 years younger!
    —GLADYS
  • I had a great experience with Dr. Hetland and the whole staff at Desinger Smiles! I also had awesome results with the Six Month Smiles. Thank you for being so accommodating and enjoyable at all of my appointments!
    —CARLY
  • Another wonderful experience today with Dr. Hetland and his staff. They truly care about your care and comfort. This was my second crown procedure in the past 3 years. They had great notes from the time before to ensure I did not feel any discomfort. Thanks for everything
    —TERRY
Reviews
Hetland-ReviewButtonGoogle Hetland-ReviewButtonYelp
Follow Us!

Making smiles bright extends beyond the doors of Designer Smiles, especially each March through June when we proudly participate in the Smiles For Life campaign. During this time, 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures go to children’s charities, including right here in the F-M area. This year, we have selected Haley's Hope Dyslexia Learning Center as the local charity of choice.

We make helping children and bright smiles easy—simply contact us to schedule your teeth whitening appointment. You get a brighter, whiter smile, and children get a reason to smile, as well. If you are already happy with your bright smile, simply ask about the other ways you can participate in helping children.Dr. Hetland is a Smiles For Life participating dentist in Fargo, North Dakota to benefit children's charities.