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

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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

 

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

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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

 

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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

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Fargo!

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Fargo! No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. Dennis Hetland, DDS, at Designer Smiles in Fargo has the solutions for your smile problems.

You don’t have to live with crooked or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are an affordable and non-invasive way to correct misshapen or damaged teeth that are otherwise structurally sound. If you have a tooth that is beyond repair, don’t despair. A dental implant may be the answer. Call 701-566-5063 for a tooth implant consultation.

You don’t have to watch your teeth become duller and more discolored every year, either. Whether you are young, older or somewhere in the middle, teeth whitening works wonders to perk up your smile.

The latest restorative and cosmetic dental procedures are performed right here at Designer Smiles.

Dr. Hetland has been practicing dentistry since 1996. Dental makeover patients have only one regret; they wish they would have done it sooner! With a dazzling new smile, you’ll be surprised by how much confidence you gain. Because our patients love their smile, they smile more often.

Come in and see us at Designer Smiles! We’ll schedule a consultation that’s convenient for you.

 

Contact Designer Smiles: 701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

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Embarrassed By Your Teeth?

Fargo aesthetic dentistry What is a beautiful smile worth? Patients who have received a smile makeover at Designer Smiles in Fargo say it was worth every penny.

Your smile is a part of you that you share with your family, friends, and colleagues every day. An attractive smile creates confidence. If you are embarrassed by your smile, you waste mental and physical energy trying to hide it.

How would your life improve if you felt comfortable in every social and professional situation? If you have been trying to hide your smile for years, what incorrect assumptions have others made about you? Do you come across as self-conscious or distant because you hardly laugh at jokes and barely crack a smile when you meet someone for the first time?

Investing in a cosmetic smile redesign is the best way to feel younger, more attractive, and able to share your true self. When you quit trying to hide your teeth, you are free to put all your energy into your work, play – everything!

Dr. Dennis Hetland carefully contours perfect smiles for our smile design patients.

We also make sure our patients are completely relaxed during treatment. If you are afraid of dentists, or have had negative experiences in the past, rest assured that we understand how you feel and our caring dental team will do our best to alleviate your concerns.

Come in for an aesthetic dental consultation. Learn about dental implants, porcelain crowns, invisible braces, veneers and sleep dentistry.

Life is better when you love your smile. Call Designer Smiles today!

All Things 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

Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services expands, so does the vocabulary. Dentistry offers many new solutions to address almost every possible dental trouble.

Dr. Dennis Hetland provides experienced cosmetic and prime restorative care.

In the past, if a patient in Fargo had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, North Dakota dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, cutting-edge dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most Fargo patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.

A tooth implant provides many important advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:

Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic troubles, these can often be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is necessary.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.

Let’s consider the tooth implant method:

If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call Designer Smiles at 701-566-5063 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Hetland will complete an exam, take x-rays and counsel with you. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process will begin.

Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Hetland will exactly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.

After the required time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will tailor your new, permanent crown.

Dr. Hetland will then put the beautiful permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create an exceptional new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups needed.

If you want to ascertain if a tooth implant is right for you or desire specifics about smile redesigns, call Designer Smiles for more particulars. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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

Energy Drink Warning For Fargo

Fargo Smile Redesign Hello. I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland.

Welcome to my Fargo dental blog. Today’s topic is energy drinks and the damage they can cause to your teeth. I am seeing more teens and adults with tooth enamel erosion caused by frequent consumption of sport drinks.

Most of these dentistry patients take good care of their teeth, brush and floss, and come into Designer Smiles for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning. But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene.

Energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding substances. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

Perhaps, like myself, you have often noticed young people walking out of Fargo convenience stores swigging 32-ounce energy drinks. I am concerned that Fargo teens do not understand the serious dental consequences of frequent acid baths.

The following is from ABC Sports:

“Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia’s top sports dentists has warned. Dr. Brett Dorney says he has witnessed a huge increase in dental erosion since the Sidney Olympics, when he was the event’s deputy director of dental services.”

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN Story:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

I need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can damage teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, we can restore your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry. Crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays can correct both structural and cosmetic problems.

Our phone number is 701-566-5063. If you are interested in re-designing your smile, come in for an exam and consultation. With cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry, we can repair acid-damaged teeth and dramatically increase your face value.

 

Contact Designer Smiles: 701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Dental Health

What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

Fargo Mini-Implants When you meet someone in Fargo who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

A missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for Fargo patients with broken or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening is a quick and affordable dentistry procedure in Fargo that achieves dramatic results without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. Call Designer Smiles at 701-566-5063 for more information about smile design and restorative dentistry- Dennis Hetland

 

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

Time To Upgrade Your Smile?

Cosmetic Dentistry Options Have you thought about upgrading your smile? Cosmetic dentistry offers many outstanding possibilities for Fargo residents.

The quickest and least invasive procedure is teeth whitening. The results are dramatic and teeth whitening side effects are minimal.

If your teeth are slightly crooked, but require no orthodontic work, porcelain veneers could be the answer. Porcelain teeth veneers are translucent, wafer-thin covers that are permanently attached to the front of teeth, correcting chips and stains. Prepless veneers do not require the removal of tooth structure.

If your teeth are more than slightly crooked, it’s not too late for braces. Fargo dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment and achieving fantastic results. The newest braces are less noticeable, more comfortable and bring teeth into alignment much faster than old-school metal braces.

Has gum recession caused the metal base of an old crown to be visible? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can correct this problem.

Are you missing one or more teeth? One of the best tooth replacement options is a dental implant. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

Can you envision yourself with a dental makeover?
Call Designer Smiles at 701-566-5063 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.

 

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

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Fargo, ND 58104

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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
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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 Camp Sioux for Diabetic Children 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.