Boulder Dental Designs

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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What, Where, Why, Waterlase?

If you need to have dental work, who wouldn’t want it to be the most comfortable, most convenient, and most precise dental procedures possible? If you want a comfortable and efficient alternative to traditional ways of completing common dental procedures, Waterlase Dentistry may be the route for you!  

What is Waterlase Dentistry? 

“The Waterlase™ laser is a cutting-edge dental tool that works by using water, air, and laser energy to target treatment areas. Traditional dental drills typically produce heat and vibration, and you can feel pressure as they do their job. In some cases that can lead to being less comfortable. With that being said, the Waterlase™ laser is an alternative treatment option that can result in an overall more precise treatment and to you, the patient, being more comfortable.  Overall, it utilizes a water-energized laser beam to perform many dental procedures such as decay removal, bacteria reduction, care below the gum tissue, surgical and non-surgical changes, and more. 

What are the benefits of Waterlase Dentistry? 

Quick, easy, and detailed results! What could be better? Using a Waterlase™ laser will typically get you in and out of the dental chair quicker. Also, more times than not, dental procedures using the Waterlase™ laser use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all. A Waterlase Dentist can remove decay very precisely which means that your treatment can be completed more efficiently, and with less recovery time for you! Overall, the benefits are speed, straightforwardness, and accuracy when it comes to Waterlase Dentistry! 

Where can I get Waterlase Dentistry?

At Boulder Dental Designs, we offer Waterlase Dentistry services! Our Waterlase™ laser will lead you to a more comfortable experience, and an overall less stressful treatment. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience at Boulder Dental Designs, and Waterlase Dentistry is one great way to have a painless and time-efficient visit. 

Call our office at (303)443-1895, or click here to schedule an appointment for your Waterlase treatment today!

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What do you mean my insurance is not going to cover my orthodontic treatment????????????

Be-in-the-know! This is a “Hot Topic” with Smile Direct, Candid and other mail-in orthodontics…

(which we absolutely do not recommend- see more about that by reading on to the end of this post.)

Insurance company representatives are expressing real frustration with these mail in aligner services. What’s happening is that patients are under the impression that their insurance policy will cover this procedure under their orthodontic coverage clause. Most of the carriers have a policy stating that coverage is for services provided in-office. This has left Smile Direct, Candid and other companies customers scrambling for coverage and using random or shared provider IDs to have their claims processed. Patients may not realize they’re committing insurance fraud by using a fill-in-the-blank provider identifier.

An insurance coordinator shared that they have been receiving calls from Cigna to verify a patient’s status in the office. Of course, when they do call, they are finding that they are not a patient of record due to using a shared provider ID and the patient is trying to get coverage for orthodontic treatments done at home. This is not the first time I’ve heard of this and unfortunately, it won’t be the last.

What should the patient do?

Seek treatment in-office with a qualified provider. This way your care is monitored by someone trained in orthodontics. They can provide the same limited type of treatment as these mail-in orthodontic companies or can inform you that you may need further treatment if limited orthodontic treatment does not meet your esthetic goals or work within your bite for long term success. They have the ability to spread out payments like these mail-in orthodontic companies, they have the ability to actually provide you insurance benefits that you are paying for already and they have the ability to use different companies and products that are suited for your case. Most aligner cases need some axillary products to make the treatment go as planned that these mail-in companies cannot provide, but a qualified provider, like Dr. John Montoya, can.

If you’ve considered using a mail in ortho company before, and especially if you’ve been hoping to maximize your dental insurance benefits, contact our office today for a FREE consultation where you can get a straight story – AND straight teeth!

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Tongue Tie or Lip Tie?

My name is John Montoya. In addition to being a general and cosmetic dentist for the last 17 years, I am a father of three and supporter of breastfeeding.

When my children were born it was difficult to see my wife and children experiencing struggle during the beginning stages of breastfeeding. Each child presented a unique set of challenges to overcome. I can appreciate how anxiety inducing it can be if there is a struggle to get nutrients to your growing baby. Breastfeeding in general is a process that requires patience and commitment on everyone’s part, and when a tongue or lip tie is present, an additional element of stress is introduced to the equation. When babies have difficulty latching onto the breast or a bottle they may fail to thrive and this is not only dangerous for baby, but extremely stressful for parents.

Thankfully, there are so many resources for getting support with any issue that may arise with feeding. New parents can compile a support team that may include a lactation consultant, doula, chiropractor, massage therapist, craniosacral therapist, and other health/wellness supporters in order to help them find a comfortable feeding position, head and body posture, and to help relax the baby’s muscles enough so that they can latch properly and get the nutrients they require. Sometimes, the issue is more than head or body position though, and a lip or tongue tie is actually restricting the movement of baby’s natural feeding reflexes. The help of these supporters is invaluable but sometimes their work cannot overcome an anatomical restriction that is creating the difficulty latching properly. These anatomical restrictions are often referred to as “lip ties” or “tongue ties.” It can be difficult for parents to evaluate whether a lip or tongue tie needs to be addressed in order to help with breastfeeding. Parents may be unaware that their dentist can help, however, the dentist is one of the best trained professionals to consult regarding a lip or tongue tie.

What is a frenum?

A “frenum” refers to the tissue either under the tongue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth or from the vestibule of the lips that attaches to the gum tissues of the dental arch. Thick and fibrous frenum tissue can restrict the movements of the tongue, lips, or both, which does not allow a baby to adapt to a functioning latch. A “tongue tie” is used to describe a frenum that is restricting the movement of the tongue. A “lip tie” similarly restricts the movement of the lips.

In instances where baby is having difficulty latching, your dentist can determine if your baby has a lip or tongue tie. This is not always easily determined by a visual exam only. Your dentist will examine baby visually, but also provide an intra-oral exam and speak with the mother about the difficulties she is having. If you do find out that your baby has a lip or tongue tie, then it is time to decide what to do about it. Your dentist will help you determine if your baby requires a minor surgical procedure called a frenectomy in order to release one or more restrictions so that baby can feed effectively.

What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure where the fibrous, tethered tissue is released in order to allow baby’s lips and tongue unrestricted movement. This will in turn help baby achieve a better latch to a bottle or breast. A frenectomy can be done as easily as possible by using a laser. Use of a laser allows for little to no bleeding, faster healing and a more comfortable post-operative surgical site. Once the procedure is complete, there will be some exercises for parents to do with their baby to aid in proper healing. Your dentist and a lactation consultant can help with these gentle healing stretches. It is important to have a lactation consultant that you feel comfortable working with before and after the procedure.

I have a tongue and lip tie clinic in Boulder, CO that utilizes the latest laser technology to accomplish the frenectomy procedure to release tongue and lip restrictions. When visiting the office, your baby will have a thorough assessment and diagnosis from myself. I will discuss my findings with you and make recommendations. If necessary, we can complete a laser frenectomy for your baby. After the procedure it is recommended to have a follow-up appointment with your lactation consultant and possibly your other support team members, depending on the situation.

The laser I use in my office is a Biolase Waterlase that removes soft tissue gently with water and laser energy. This laser does not emit heat, but rather, cools the tissue with water while it works. The laser is able to cauterize the tissue which minimizes bleeding, helps with increased speed of healing, decreased pain, and leads also to minimal scar tissue.

The laser is a wonderful tool to have in the office. Tongue and lip tie releases are not the only thing we use the laser for. We use the laser for a wide range of procedures including cavity removal, biopsies, periodontal therapy, cosmetic gingival re-contouring, peri-implantitis, bone re-contouring and more.

To learn more about our lip and tongue tie clinic and the other procedures we provide please see our website– or call the office at 303-443-1895.

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The Truth About Invisalign® That No One’s Talking About

Do you have crooked teeth? Have you been wanting to straighten your smile but hate the idea of braces? You’re not alone. Thousands of Americans across the nation are struggling with their smiles. Not only can misaligned teeth affect your physical health, but it can also affect your mental health. They fear the idea of having metal in their mouth. Friends and family members that have had braces tell stories of discomfort, awkwardness, and, in some cases, pain. If you ask us, that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. So what’s the truth about Invisalign® that on one is talking about? The primary side effect of Invisalign is a straight smile.

At Boulder Dental Designs, we believe it’s only a matter of willingness and time before every patient we have the privilege of helping can have a straight, beautiful smile. One way to achieve this mission of ours is to offer Invisalign. We’re a certified Invisalign provider (one of the only ones in Boulder). Nonetheless, in this post, we will share the benefits of Invisalign and why you should choose Boulder Dental Designs to align your teeth for optimal oral health.

Straighten Your Smile

As mentioned above, the primary outcome of Invisalign is a straight smile. If you struggle with confidence in your smile, it’s time you addressed the issue. Do you have consistent oral health issues? A straight smile can be more than an aesthetic for you and others to enjoy viewing. It can make it easier for your Boulder dentist to treat your oral conditions. Overall, a straight smile can help improve your oral health.

The Benefits

What kind of benefits exist beyond a straight smile? At Boulder Dental Designs, we enjoy sharing all of the wonderful advantages of a straight smile, and we can achieve one with Invisalign. Here are the biggest benefits we’ve seen in patients:

  • Fewer Aligners – Unlike braces, your Invisalign trays allow you to control when and how you wear them. Depending on the extent of alignment you need, there are anywhere between six and 24 sets of trays you will wear throughout the process.
  • Invisible Aligners – Invisalign offers virtually invisible aligners so that you can live your life without the embarrassing feeling that people are staring at the metal in your mouth when you speak or smile. Need to eat or drink something? Simply slide your aligners out and enjoy. Once you’re finished enjoying a meal or beverage, rinse your teeth and replace your aligners.
  • Consistent Diet – When you choose to use Invisalign, you don’t have to change your diet like you do with braces.
    Affordable Cost – In most cases, Invisalign cost the same as traditional metal braces.
  • Play Sports – Invisalign allows you or your child to play sports without the anxiety of metal braces causing cuts or lacerations inside your mouth.
  • Teeth Whitening – Want to brighten your smile while you straighten it? Invisalign allows you whiten your teeth, since you can slide the aligners out before your teeth whitening treatment and replace them afterward.
  • Reduce Emergencies – Traditional braces break sometimes, which means you need to call in your Boulder dentist for an emergency. Invisalign doesn’t require emergency visits, since you can remove the aligners easily.

The Health Benefits Of A Straight Smile

It’s common to forget that a straight smile offers a variety of health benefits beyond a confidence boost when someone smiles back at you. Here are the biggest health benefits of a straight smile:

  • Healthier Gums – Teeth that are too widely spread apart or too crowded cause issues for gums. This spacing or crowding can be a catalyst for gum disease and periodontitis, which could lead to tooth loss. Your gums are healthier when they support a straight smile.
  • Easier-To-Clean Teeth – A straight smile makes it easier for you and your Boulder dentist to clean your teeth.
  • Less Tooth Wear – When you straighten your smile, it removes the chance of abnormal tooth wear. If teeth wear abnormally, it can cause issues like TMJ.
  • Reduced Tooth Injury – If teeth wear long enough, they will crack or break. This requires restorative dental treatments that can cost more than simply straightening your teeth.

When you choose to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you’re doing more than paying for a dental procedure. You’re adding confidence and opportunity to your life. Ready to correct your smile? Schedule an appointment with Boulder Dental Designs today!

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