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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands, we love answering our patients' questions. It gives us an opportunity to inform you about your oral health needs and allows you to make confident, empowered decisions about your dental care. 

We welcome you to make a list of questions and bring them to each appointment with you so we can review them together. We've also compiled some of the questions that we hear most frequently below but encourage you to reach out to our dental team if your concern isn't included here. 

Children's Dentistry

Dr. Baller recommends bringing your child for their first dental visit by age one. It might be hard for you to imagine your darling baby in a dental chair, but relax–we’ve got this!

As a parent of three boys, Dr. Holly has hands-on experience understanding what children need to feel safe and happy. She values the unique nature of each child’s personality and believes that they deserve an individualized approach to their dental visits.

Your Child's First Dental Appointment

We call these early appointments “happy” visits because that’s how we want them to feel when they leave our dental office. As an experienced children’s dentist, Dr. Baller takes time to let children dictate the pace of the first visit and never push their boundaries. We are firm believers that there is always a way for every child’s visit to end on a positive note.

Baby teeth play a more significant role in a child’s dental development than many parents realize; they help your child learn how to form words and eat their first solid foods. Since baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth that will eventually emerge, we need to ensure that they stay healthy and intact until they come out on their own.

We Can’t Wait to Meet Your Child!

Our goal is to help your little one develop the confidence and trust to become a great dental patient as an adult. If it’s time to schedule your child’s first dental visit, please call our Aurora dental office—we can’t wait to meet you!

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you want to improve anything about the look of your smile, you've come to the right place! Dr. Baller has a passion for artistry and design that helps her create stunning, life-transforming smile transformations for her Aurora patients. From an affordable teeth whitening treatment to a full smile makeover with porcelain veneers, she can help you achieve your dream smile.

Beautiful Cosmetic Dentistry in Aurora, CO

At Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands, we consider all your needs when recommending the cosmetic treatment that’s right for you. Whatever your needs are, our Aurora cosmetic dentist will work with them to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Cosmetic dentistry at Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands includes:

  • Bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Invisalign clear braces
  • Teeth whitening

Dr. Baller's custom smile design doesn’t stop at your teeth. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for artistry and design, she also considers the shape and contour of your gums and the shape and width of the palate.

Because she uses leading-edge digital smile design software, you can visualize Dr. Baller’s vision for your smile and play an active part in the planning process. Our goal is for you to be delighted with the results we achieve and feel proud of your beautiful new smile.

Take the First Step to a Head-Turning Smile

If you would like to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, please call our Aurora dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baller.

Dental Implants

We truly live in an amazing age of dentistry, where impressive advancements seem to occur every day. Tooth replacement is one area in particular that has benefitted, and today our Aurora dentist offers stable, long-term tooth replacement with dental implants.

Please take a look at all the options we offer and see which you think might match your needs!

Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

If you need to replace a single missing tooth, we have several options, but the most popular with our Aurora patients is a dental implant. Dr. Baller expertly places the titanium implant in the optimal position in your jawbone. 

Over several months, as the implant heals, it fuses with bone and tissue around it and takes the place of the missing tooth root. After healing, our implant dentist places a custom dental crown, restoring both function and appearance.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Don’t lose hope if several or all of your upper or lower teeth (or both) are missing. Dr. Baller can place as few as four implants along your jawbone and design beautiful custom dentures that snap on to them. 

Implant dentures are a stable and dependable full tooth replacement that gives you peace of mind when speaking, laughing, or chewing. You don’t have to worry that your dentures will ever fall out or shift, so you can confidently interact openly with others.

Schedule a Dental Implant Evaluation  

Would you like to learn more about your tooth replacement options with dental implants? Call Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baller to get started.

Invisalign and Traditional Orthodontics

There have many advancements in the way Aurora dentists like Dr. Baller view and approach orthodontic issues. We can always address tooth misalignment and bite issues (malocclusions) after they occur, but it is easier for your child if we take steps now to prevent them.

What's Involved with an Orthodontic Evaluation?

At Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands, we agree with the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists that states children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. At this age, permanent molars have arrived and help us predict growth patterns that might lead to crooked or crowded teeth in the future.

The goal of interceptive orthodontics at our Aurora dental office is to take advantage of your child’s natural growth phase. Using appliances like space maintainers, palatal expanders, and retainers, Dr. Baller can actually help influence the development of your child’s jaw. The goal of these appliances is to create sufficient space in the jaw for all teeth to erupt in the proper position.

Schedule Your Child's Orthodontic Evaluation

Early orthodontic treatment can shorten treatment times, and in some cases, eliminate the need for braces completely. If your child is between the ages of five and seven and hasn’t had an orthodontic evaluation, call our Aurora dental office to schedule an appointment.

Myobrace is an alternative orthodontic treatment that uses a child’s natural growth patterns to minimize the need for braces in the future.

Why Our Dentist Recommends Myobrace

The difference between the Myobrace system and other orthodontic treatment options is that the goal isn’t to straighten crooked teeth. Instead, using a system of Myobrace appliances, it aims to correct oral habits like mouth breathing and tongue thrusting that may be the underlying cause of crooked teeth and underdeveloped jaws.

Myobrace treatment in Aurora combines appliance therapy with a series of myofunctional exercises that the child performs each day. For children between the ages of 6-10, Dr. Baller would recommend wearing a Myobrace appliance overnight and then for one to two hours each day.

Myobrace provides the dual function of retraining oral musculature and exerting gentle forces on the teeth to align them into their proper position. To provide optimal alignment, fixed braces are required for a short period.

Can Your Child Benefit from Myobrace Treatment?

The Myobrace treatment system has been in use for over 20 years and successfully treated millions of children worldwide.

At Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands in Aurora, CO, Dr. Baller uses Myobrace to help parents and kids avoid the need for extended treatment with traditional braces. Please call to schedule an appointment to see if your child can benefit from Myobrace.

Tooth Extraction

Of course! Many of our Aurora patients experience dental anxiety, which is completely normal and nothing at all to be embarrassed about. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed in our care, and sedation dentistry helps smooth the rough spots and provides a sense of calm and well-being.

Safe, Gentle Nitrous Oxide 

Also called “laughing gas” for the pleasant feelings it produces, nitrous oxide is short-term sedation with no lingering after-effects to make you feel drowsy. Because it’s a gas, you inhale it through a small nasal mask, and it delivers feelings of calm and well-being. You will feel a little fuzzy, but you will remain fully conscious throughout and can communicate with us as needed.

Nitrous oxide is safe and gentle, so it's perfect for children who need help relaxing.

Oral Sedation for Deeper Anxiety

Oral sedation is perfect for patients who have more intense anxiety than nitrous oxide alone cannot address. Dr. Baller describes a sedative that you should take about an hour before your appointment. By the time you arrive (with the help of a designated driver), you will feel very calm and relaxed and remain so throughout your appointment. 

Unlike the short-term effects of nitrous, oral sedation stays in your system for several hours. Plan on a driver to transport you safely from our office and go home and rest.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry in Aurora, CO

With a caring, supportive dental team and the help of sedation dentistry, you never have to white-knuckle it through another visit. Call our Aurora dental office if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

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