Boulder Dental Designs

We are here for you. A Covid-19 update from our team to you.

All of us at Boulder Dental Designs sincerely hope you, your friends and family are healthy during these potentially stressful times.

We reassure you that we are doing everything we can to avoid reducing office hours as the COVID-19 coronavirus impacts our community. At this time, we will remain open for our regular office hours unless otherwise instructed by local public officials or are unable to operate safely due to lack of supplies.

Please rest assured that our team is committed to continue practicing prevention techniques in our homes and here at the office and we are prepared to take care of you in a safe manner.

In addition to following prevention recommendations set forth by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the WHO (World Health Organization) as shown below, we continue to utilize the specific safety guidelines set forth by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the CO State Board and other public health organizations and are monitoring any changes to recommendations closely.

Protocols We Follow

Infection control protocol:
We continue to follow the OSHA universal precautions guidelines. These guidelines recommend that we operate as though each patient is in an acute febrile phase of disease. All surfaces are disinfected using hospital grade disinfectants between each patient visit. All instruments are sterilized and bagged after each patient use and the office is cleaned between patients and every evening. All staff use barrier protection while treating patients, handling materials and instruments and while cleaning. This means wearing well-fitting nitrile gloves, eye protection, and masks. Additionally, our team has decided to go beyond OSHA recommendations and launder their entire uniform in-office in addition to their personal protective attire.

We have implemented the use of rubber dam isolation for restorative procedures:

The use of rubber dams can significantly minimize the production of contaminated aerosol or spatter, particularly in cases when high-speed dental handpieces are used. It has been reported that the use of rubber dams could significantly reduce airborne particles in ~3-foot diameter of the operational field by 70%.

Each patient will use a Hydrogen Peroxide based mouth rinse before dental procedures:

A pre-operational antimicrobial mouth rinse is generally believed to reduce the number of oral microbes. However, as instructed by the Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (the 5th edition) released by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, chlorhexidine, which is commonly used as mouth rinse in dental practice, may not be effective to kill 2019-nCoV. Since 2019-nCoV is vulnerable to oxidation, pre-procedural mouth rinse containing oxidative agents such as 1% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2% povidone is recommended instead, for the purpose of reducing the salivary load of oral microbes, including potential 2019-nCoV carriage.

Front Office Protocol:
The common areas, door knobs, coffee station, and in-office restrooms are routinely wiped down daily. The reception area is carefully observed for any escort or family member that is experiencing any coughing or upper respiratory distress.

What we are asking of our patients:
We ask that you keep your appointments if you are also well. Please evaluate yourself based on the following checklist to determine if you should reschedule an appointment. If you answer yes to any of these questions, and are not having a dental emergency, then please postpone. *If you cannot keep an appointment, please let us know as far in advance as possible so we can reschedule you and have our team help other patients. We typically ask for 48 hour notice and request to continue this if it is possible for you.

Self- Checklist:

  1. Do you have a fever or have you experienced a fever within the past 14 days?
  2. Have you experienced a recent onset of respiratory problems, such as a cough or difficulty in breathing within the past 14 days?
  3. Have you been in contact with anyone with a confirmed CoVid-19 infection?
  4. Have you recently traveled to the EU, China, South Korea?
  5. Have you recently been in contact with someone who has traveled to the EU, China or South Korea?

Please practice hand hygiene. Whether it’s the ABC’s or the Hail Mary, scrub til you’re done or about 20 seconds of hand washing.

Be flexible! This will pass. As our schedule is evolving with postponed appointments, we are asking our scheduled patients to consolidate to fill in the schedule. We want to minimize any lost workdays for our staff.


For the most up-to-date information on possible vaccines, treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are here for you.

Meet Dr. Montoya

If you’d like to learn more about the “man behind the mask” read on! Dr. Montoya sat down to answer some questions we had for him and here is what he had to say:

Where are you originally from?

My dad was in sales, so we moved around quite a bit, but the longest place we stayed was San Diego. It was awesome to grow up in a beach town, but as all popular towns do, they grow and grow. While it was nice to be a young adult there, it just got too crowded for me in the long run. I decided to make a change and landed in Boulder. I’m so glad and don’t see myself ever leaving the area.

What made inspired you to work in dentistry?

I always wanted to be in medicine in some form or fashion and dentistry had always been in the back of my mind. I always tell people that I have a picture in my office of me in an elementary school play and I was the dentist in the play. It must have started there! I knew I wanted to help people. Over the years, I had explored different medical options. I interned at hospitals, with physicians and things like that. Then, as I was going to college, I actually met a dentist while I was working in a gym. He kept talking to me and asking me what I was going to do and how my schooling was going. He didn’t reveal that he was a dentist until later on when he invited me to come and shadow his work. The thing that stuck out to me was that he loved going to work. He loved what he did. He loved his staff and his patients. He was an older gentleman and he still had the passion for his work. In inspired me and when I eventually got into dental school, I knew I was in the right spot.

Why didn’t you choose to specialize in a specific type of dentistry?

When you specialize, you’re really limited to one thing – one facet of dentistry. I wanted to be able to provide a lot of different services to my patients, which I get to do. We get to branch out to all different aspects of dentistry and also incorporate some medicine into our work as well. I love being able to provide different services and I can still provide specialty services when needed. That’s really why I enjoy general dentistry as opposed to sticking to one particular specialty. 

What sets your office apart from other dental offices?

At Boulder Dental Designs, we are passionate about the fact that the mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body. As such, in our practice we focus on the entire body, not just the mouth. We have advanced technology, individualized treatment plans, and exceptional customer service. In terms of services, we provide a lot of treatments and procedures that other dentists do not. We do orthodontics, both braces and clear aligner therapy. We also treat newborn kiddos that are having trouble with bottle or breastfeeding. A lot of times they have tongue ties and lip ties and we can release those using a laser. Many dentists don’t provide that type of service.  We deeply pride ourselves on customer service. We try to be more of the Neiman Marcus/Nordstrom kind of experience. You’re not a number in our practice. You’re actually a guest of the practice. We try to spend quality time with our patients. There are so many things that can be done in dentistry and we provide most of those services in the office. If we can’t provide those services in the office, we work with a lot of great specialists in and around the area so we can get people to the right location and feel confident in the care they’re going to receive.

What is your favorite part of the career?

You know, my favorite thing to do is to keep people comfortable and change people’s lives for the better. Nobody inherently likes coming to the dentist. I’ve spent a lifetime trying to find the most comfortable ways to provide dentistry to our patients. I really enjoy the fact that when somebody gets up, they say, “Wow, that wasn’t that bad!” or “Wow, that was quick and easy. I thought it was going to take a lot longer!” We have a lot of patients that we help that as soon as we sit them up after their treatment is done, they look in the mirror and start crying. I mean, that just really gets your heart going. It’s so nice to hear those stories from our patients where people will come in and go, “Man, I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life.” Most people don’t really think of their dentist being able to do these life altering things and I love being in a profession where I am able to do that.

You run the most advanced dental office in the area. How is technology improving the industry?

It is amazing to be in any industry long enough to see so many advancements being made. Technology is at the front of my team’s mind and woven throughout everything we do here at Boulder Dental Designs. Using the latest technological advancements we are able to provide the patient with more comfort and precision in all of the services we offer. Additionally, most of our technology allows procedures to be much more time and cost effective for our patients.

What are the top services that you offer?

We offer services for patients of all ages. We provide tongue and lip tie releases for newborns to help with breastfeeding, we help with the entire orthodontic experience, restorative dentistry and more! Some of our top services are Invisalign, same-day crowns, and top notch preventative care with expert education to go along with all of our treatment.

Thank you for the time, Dr. Montoya!

If you are interested in visiting Boulder Dental Designs, call today to schedule an appointment at (303) 443-1895 or click to submit an online appointment request.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Boulder Dental Designs to you and yours. We are so thankful that you choose to call us your dental home and we would not be here without you!

Along with you as our wonderful patients, here are just a few things those of us at the office are thankful for:

Dr. Montoya: I am thankful for my family, my health, my friends and the team I get to work with every day at the office. 

Tiffanie:  Audiobooks!! I’ve recently been able to rekindle my love of reading by listening during a commute, while doing laundry, while I get ready in the mornings and even as I go to sleep at night! (Love the timer feature!)

Denise: I am thankful for my wonderful, kind and supportive husband as well as my beautiful, entertaining and spirited children.

Brandi: I am thankful that I found the place I can truly call home and the epic sunrises we get to experience here in Colorado every morning!

Tonya: I am thankful for the support I have as I work through my medical issues!!

London:I am thankful for the beautiful life I live, and the amazing people I have in it. Although to be more specific, I am also thankful for little things in my life like my view from the front desk at the office. That is because it doesn’t matter what happens or what the day brings, all I have to do is look up and remember that I have so much to be grateful for.

Alyssa: I am thankful for the great team we have at Boulder Dental Designs!

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Straight Talk About Straight Teeth

Want the skinny on how to get straight teeth without the bulk of metal braces taking up space in your mouth? Read on!

What is Invisalign?

It wasn’t long ago that metal band and bracket braces were the only option out there to achieve the straight teeth of your dreams. Luckily, that is no longer the case! Invisalign works to correct a variety of dental problems using discreet clear aligners. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating and drinking, easy cleaning, during sports activities when necessary and for your regular dental check up visits! Additionally, you do not have to worry about issues with brackets or wire poking your cheeks, tongue or lips, and they are much more inconspicuous than traditional braces. Invisalign is a great choice for more than 75% of teens and adults!

Why is Invisalign Beneficial?

While many patients choose Invisalign for cosmetic reasons, there are many additional health benefits to adjusting your bite! The way teeth fit together is very important for the health of your gums, each neighboring tooth, your neck and head, the muscles of the jaw, the jaw joint itself and your oral health overall. In the same way that having a solid foundation is essential when building a house, having a solid bite is essential to the head, neck and mouth! If preventative care is not taken, a variety of issues such as TMJ, nerve damage, and even gum disease can occur.

How does Invisalign work?

It’s very simple! When you decide Invisalign is the right step for you, we simply schedule an appointment, take impressions of your teeth, and create an individualized plan for the final position of each tooth. Once the plan is in place, clear aligners are fabricated and you come back to pick them up. At your pick up appointment we will place the first set of aligners in your mouth and check for comfort and fit. We will teach you how to take care of them and how to wear them, and schedule you for your next visit! Every patient is an individual, but usually you will see us once a month and change the aligners every 2 weeks at home between visits.

How long does Invisalign treatment take to complete?

The amount of time needed for treatment varies on a case by case basis but it’s typical for it to take anywhere between 6 to 18 months. This will depend on how many specific movements we need to complete to achieve your ideal final result and how well you follow the wear instructions given at your appointments. Sometimes if you take the aligners out too often or leave them out too long it can increase the likelihood that your treatment time will need to be extended, so be sure to be consistent!

What does Invisalign cost?

As with any investment, cost is a factor to consider. Invisalign is typically no more expensive than traditional braces and in our office we are happy to work with you to set up payment plans, help you apply for Care Credit if necessary, and to file any insurance claims for you. Many insurance plans do provide orthodontic benefits and Invisalign falls into this category. In fact, many plans provide as much as $1000-2000 toward Invisalign treatment! In addition to your traditional dental insurance policy, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds can be used for Invisalign. As with all the services we offer, our team will work with you to develop a financial plan to fit your needs. Call us or request an appointment today for a free consultation and a complimentary benefit check with your insurance company!

More than One Million Patients Worldwide Have Been Treated with Invisalign®.

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Laser Dentistry – The Wave of the Future

What is Waterlase technology?

Who hates the sound of the dental drill? Almost everyone. Would you like a better way to get your cavities filled without the use of the drill? Dr. Montoya has the technology to do that through Laser Dentistry. He has implemented Waterlase technology; a laser that uses energy and water in place of typical instruments such as a scalpel or drill.

Dr. Montoya can perform different dental procedures on everything from the soft gum tissue to the harder teeth and bones with just the laser. When the laser meets a surface, a reaction occurs causing it to alter gum tissue and enamel with ease. While the laser is working, cool water is continuously being sprayed in the area to help mitigate any discomfort during the experience. This helps limit or completely eliminate the need for any anesthetic injections or numbness. This makes it a great easy option for the entire family!

When to choose Waterlase?

Waterlase is a great option for a variety of procedures that Boulder Dental Designs offers. We can use it for many things ranging from cavity removal to our tongue tie release procedures, also known as frenectomies.

Waterlase Treatment Options:

Excess tissue removal
Osseous surgery (removing infected gum tissue)
Frenectomy (lip-tie or tongue-tie)
Removing tooth decay
Gum disease treatment
Cold sores/canker sore treatment

Don’t see what you want on this list? Ask us! If Waterlase is an option for a procedure that you need, Dr. Montoya and the team will be sure to let you know!

What else about Waterlase?

Does using Waterlase change the healing process for procedures?

Waterlase technology does have a different healing process than typical periodontal treatments, but in the best way possible. Due to Waterlase being a minimally invasive procedure, once the procedure has been completed the mouth begins to heal almost immediately! The lasers also reduce bacteria, which is especially helpful when dealing with gum disease and preventing relapses. Lastly, since Waterlase cools the mouth during the procedure, any post-operative swelling, bleeding or discomfort are dramatically reduced.

Is Waterlase safe for kids?

Waterlase is a great option for both infants and young children. In addition to removing discomfort, it is also a much quieter option. Due to its precision, it prevents risk of tongue and cheek injuries and allows for a much quicker time with the Doctor. These are all reasons why Waterlase is one of Dr.Montoya’s favorite options when working with children.

Waterlase technology is one of the safest, most effective dental instruments available today. If you or your family has been avoiding the dentist for fear of discomfort or extended recovery time, Waterlase may be the option you’ve been waiting for.

Curious to learn more about Waterlase? Schedule your next appointment at our Boulder office or give us a call today!

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Dr. John Montoya featured on Denver Channel 7

Dr. John Montoya featured on the Denver Channel 7’s contact7 for helping patients from disappearing dentist

When the Cherry Creek Family Dental office closed without notice, patients were left mid-treatment. Dr. John Montoya of Boulder Dental Designs stepped in to help.

“If we can help in any way with these patients, we will”.


Boulder Dental Designs is offering free consults and affordable care for former patients of Dr. Douglas Sewell.

Read the article here


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Happy Halloween from the BDD Team!

Happy Halloween from our happy team to you!!!

Have a safe and fun holiday and try to stay warm!!

**Don’t forget to bring in your extra candies on Monday and we will donate them to our servicemen and women in cooperation with Operation Gratitude!**

Please remember to bring packaged candies only and avoid pixie sticks or powdery items that may burst during shipping. This will help the care packages arrive in good condition for all to enjoy.

Our office will be collecting donations from Monday, November 4th (8am-5pm) through Thursday, November 7th (8am-5pm.)

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Better Sleep = Better Life!

Have you ever felt as though you had a great night’s rest, only to end up drowsy the next day? Perhaps your loved one complains and says your snoring is obnoxious. Do you feel as though you are constantly short of breath throughout the night? Do you wake frequently? If so, you may be among some 22 million Americans suffering from the lack of deep restorative sleep due to a condition known as sleep apnea.

There are 3 types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – This is the most common of the three types. In this case, the tongue collapses into the soft palate which then presses into the back of the throat, closing off the airway during sleep. The most noticeable sign of OSA is uncommonly loud snoring marked by periods of silence. It is important to note that not all snoring is a sign of OSA, so be sure to note any periods of silence and if snoring is louder when laying on your back versus switching to your side.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – This is a less common type of sleep apnea whose cause is rooted in the brain. CSA occurs when, for a variety of reasons, your brain does not send the proper signals to the muscles which control your breathing. Snoring is not typically as common in CSA as it is in OSA, with your breath being a much bigger indicator. Severe daytime drowsiness, shortness of breath that awakens you during the night, and difficulty staying asleep are all signs of this form of sleep apnea.

Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA) – The third and final type of sleep apnea is a mixture of the two, oftentimes referred to as complex sleep apnea. Mixed sleep apnea occurs when someone who previously suffered from OSA develops CSA due to the use of a CPAP machine. This is the least prevalent form of sleep apnea, and it usually resolves over time.

Why is this important?

Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical condition. With such regular sleep interruption comes a variety of severe health concerns. It can also be increasingly challenging to operate heavy machinery or a vehicle when dealing with sleep dysfunction.

A few conditions sleep apnea has been linked to:

  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

How can the dentist help?

Fortunately, obstructive sleep apnea is one of the sleep disorders that is easily treatable. Dr. John Montoya has the experience and technology that can quickly relieve your obstructive sleep apnea or snoring at night.

Dr. Montoya can perform an airway evaluation that will help determine if you may be at risk for Sleep apnea. He can also set you up with a take-home sleep test that will give an accurate diagnosis. This home sleep study will help to diagnose your sleep disorder and is easy to complete.

We want you to rest easy again! Come see Dr. John Montoya in Boulder, CO for a consultation and a home sleep study kit. Once we can find out the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Montoya can provide a simple and comfortable treatment for you.

Ready to get screened for Sleep Apnea and other sleep breathing disorders? Click HERE to schedule an appointment with Boulder Dental Designs TODAY!

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This month is all about bringing awareness to the importance of good oral health and hygiene.


The goal of this month is to raise awareness of habits that promote a healthy smile and educate patients on “The Daily 4” in hopes that this set of guidelines will become positive personal habits that last a lifetime. There are no big surprises, other than the sometimes unexpected connection between healthy gums, a healthy heart, and diabetes.


So what exactly is the “Daily 4”?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

When in doubt, remember the adage found posted at countless dental clinics: “You don’t have to brush all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”

Along with making the “Daily 4” part of your everyday routine, it is important to remember to see us at the office twice a year for cleanings and check ups! Call us or send us an email by clicking below to make an appointment to see one of our amazing dental hygienists today!


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Dental Tips For Kids 

Now that school is officially back in session, it’s time to make sure that your kiddos have the healthiest smile possible. Start your school year off on the right foot and bring your children into Boulder Dental Designs. The tips and tricks below will guarantee that they have a smile that they’re proud to show off! First things first, let’s talk about prevention!


Dental sealants are always a great preventative dental care route to take. They “protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach”. The best part about this procedure is that it’s quick and easy! All that happens is a “tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth”. This coating then acts as a barrier and protects your child’s teeth from plaque and acids. Dental sealants are especially great for kids because they fill into the deep grooves that children can sometimes struggle to reach when brushing. This can prevent cavities and potential other dental problems down the road. 

Fluoride Treatment 

Your teeth don’t have muscles but we can help make them strong! Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. This treatment does a great job of supporting healthy tooth enamel and fighting bacteria that harm teeth and gums, which is important for any child! Fluoride treatments only take a few minutes, and they have a significant, long-lasting impact on your child’s oral health. Research has shown “the earlier your child is exposed to fluoride the less likely they are to develop cavities”

Regular Check-Ups 

Just like you go to the doctor for a physical check-up, your teeth need to go to! Regular dental exams and check-ups are an excellent opportunity to evaluate what your child is currently doing for their oral hygiene, as well as provide suggestions for future care. Looking at the long term, these regular visits inevitably lead to fewer cavities, which is ultimately what every child and parent wants. Dental exams should generally take place every six months and starting your children with this routine when they are young is a great way to help them form the habit for a lifetime of healthy checkups to come!

Click here to book an appointment for your child with Boulder Dental Designs, or you can call us at (303)443-1895.

Tune in next month to read about the options we provide for your kids if you visit us and find that there are conditions present in their mouths that need the attention of our team. We’ll share some of the most common dental ailments and how we can help.

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