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The complexities of dental insurance and the lack of sufficient information provided by insurance companies make understanding benefits almost impossible.  Even more confusing is understanding how to properly work with your dental insurance company to achieve the highest level of benefits to which you are entitled. As Wynkoop Dentistry patients, we want you to be informed, and we have insurance experts to help you navigate through this process as best we can! 

What Is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is a contract between your employer (or yourself) and a dental insurance company. The benefits that you receive are based on the terms of the contract negotiated between your employer and the dental insurance company; dental practices have no control over your coverage options.

How Our Office Helps

We believe transparency of fees adds huge value to your dental experience and Wynkoop Dentistry will do everything possible to help you understand and make the most of your dental benefits. If we have updated insurance details prior to an appointment we will verify insurance, check remaining benefits, and attempt to contact you if there are any discrepancies.  Any treatment beyond preventative cleanings are always reviewed ahead of time and will include an estimate showing expected insurance benefits along with total out of pocket cost if insurance denies the claim. Finally, our experts make the effort to keep up to date with Insurance coverage amounts and update our software regularly (this is a huge undertaking) which allows us to give estimates as accurately as possible.   

Our office will complete and submit dental insurance forms as quickly as possible. We frequently send claim appeals to get you the insurance coverage that you’ve paid for. Please be aware that some dental insurance companies take longer than others to complete payment.  If necessary, our office will contest denials, send additional records and even letters from the doctors as to why treatment was necessary. There are some instances where the dental insurance company will request to have the patient call them directly to review the services. While we do our best to avoid this effort, there are times where insurance requires speaking with the patient directly.

Our efforts help to mitigate miscommunication and surprises surrounding your financial responsibilities.  Please understand that ultimately insurance companies exist to make money. They have loopholes and deliberately lack transparency.  The efforts we make are a courtesy to our patients and our way of helping you feel comfortable and confident at your dental home. When an insurance company doesn’t cover treatment, it is ultimately the patient’s responsibility. 

Our Philosophy

We believe in providing quality care in a kind and conservative manner using the best dental products and technology available.  We understand that insurance coverage is important to our patients, and we always recommend the treatment that is best for your oral health. We do not submit treatment recommendations based only on what an insurance company will cover. Instead, we provide treatment recommendations based on the years of training and experience we have with oral care. For patients that do not have dental insurance, we provide an affordable “Wynkoop Wellness Plan” that will ensure you can get the treatment needed. Ask our front office about our in office plan for more information! 



You may be waking up with teeth or jaw pain, facial soreness, or earaches. Maybe you find that when you wake up, you have a little bit of an unexplained headache. You also might come into see your dentist, and Doctor tells you that you have visible signs of tooth wear. There’s also a possibility that a loved one lets you know they’re a little concerned, because it sounds like you’re grinding your teeth at night. If this sounds familiar, there’s a pretty good chance you might be clenching the night away. For the sake of your loyal pearly whites, one recommendation may be to look into night guards to fight the negative effects of Bruxism...



Are you tired of living with crooked teeth? Are you ready to smile with confidence again? Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of wearing braces is just as unappealing as teeth that overlap. Maybe you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you’re just not sure about it? Well, we’re here to dispel the myths about Invisalign and explain how it can help you reclaim your smile.

Myth #1: Invisalign is Only for Easy Cosmetic Cases
Invisalign is able to complete fairly difficult alignment cases, and actually works well for most patients. While it can’t correct complex bite issues, you might be surprised to learn what its capabilities are.

Myth #2: It is Much More Expensive than Braces
Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces, which makes them an excellent investment in achieving a beautiful smile.

Myth #3: Invisalign is Uncomfortable to Wear
Comprised of clear plastic, aligners are designed to fit snugly so they are very easy and comfortable to wear. Because they are clear, they’re hardly noticeable, and they don’t affect your normal activities.

Myth #4: Treatment Must Take Longer Than Braces
Most Invisalign cases actually move much more quickly than braces. Using acceleration techniques like Propel, the team at Wynkoop Dentistry can complete most treatment in under six months. Further, because you’re able to change your aligners at home, there are also fewer visits to your dentist required for completing Invisalign. This is a great option for busy patients.

Myth #5: Orthodontics is Only for Children or Teenagers
Having a healthy and beautiful smile is important at any age. Did you know your crooked teeth are affecting much more than just your confidence? Teeth that overlap are harder to keep clean with normal brushing and flossing. This means you’re at an increased risk for developing issues such as periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and cavities. Invisalign is designed to straighten teeth with efficiency and discretion, which is ideal for adult patients.

More About Invisalign
Here’s some quick information about Invisalign for those who are unsure what it is. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners instead of traditional metal braces to apply gentle pressure and gradually move your teeth. Since aligners are removable, they can easily be taken out for eating, brushing and flossing. This means there are no restrictions to your diet or changes to your home care routine, as there would be with braces.

Our doctors can determine if Invisalign is right for your needs with an examination, X-rays and photos of your teeth. If it seems that Invisalign is not right for your needs, we’ll recommend other treatment options to help you reach your goals for your smile.

Don’t let crooked teeth affect your confidence any longer! Give Wynkoop Dentistry a call today to schedule your Invisalign consultation.

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At Wynkoop Dentistry, our goal is to provide our patients with comprehensive care in the most relaxed manner possible. To do this consistently, we rely on the most advanced technology to make treatment procedures more comfortable and efficient for our patients. We’re excited to announce that we’ve added another piece of equipment that allows us to better serve our patients with more accurate diagnosis and the ability to offer advanced services that you may not find at other practices.

3D Imaging

Our new X-ray system delivers 3D images and X-rays with the highest definition and lowest dosages of radiation. This type of X-ray gives our doctors the ability to do many things such as:

  • Plan proper placement for dental implants before surgery, which ensures a more precise and efficient surgical procedure
  • Better diagnose for patients with a high risk of developing sleep apnea, which helps us determine the most effective treatment procedures
  • Detect fractures or other issues with roots of your teeth, which helps us perform more accurately diagnose potential problems

How Does This Benefit You?

We’re able to offer extremely high-resolution images with very little exposure to radiation. We even have a lower setting available for children. This makes taking X-rays very safe for our patients.

Clearer images allow for better diagnosis and opportunities for early detection of many dental issues. This gives patients the chance to choose treatment options that may be less invasive and costly.

At Wynkoop Dentistry, we strive to take care of all of your dental needs here at our office. Adding state-of-the-art equipment gives us the ability to offer more in-depth and comprehensive services and we are looking forward to increasing our capability to provide all-inclusive care here at our downtown Denver office.

Contact Wynkoop Dentistry to Learn More

We’re always excited to share information about the new equipment we’re constantly adding to our office, and our new CT 3D X-ray system is no exception. We can’t wait share more about its benefits with you, and we look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment!



Are you satisfied with your smile? Do you tend to show a lot of gum tissue when you smile? Do your teeth appear short or stubby? Does it make you self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth? Did you know there’s a fast and effective way to improve a “gummy smile”? It’s true! It’s called laser contouring and it can be done efficiently and comfortably at Wynkoop Dentistry.

What Constitutes a Gummy Smile?

This question is very subjective and is based a lot on perception. You may feel like you have a gummy smile when your teeth appear small or short, or you show a lot of gum tissue.

If you do see a lot of your gums when you smile, you may feel that they overshadow your teeth and detract from the aesthetics of your smile. It’s been determined that most people will begin to consider their smiles “gummy” when an excess of 3-4 millimetres is showing.

Soft Tissue Contouring

The dental laser can be used to remove the excess gum tissue that is hiding your true smile. While this sounds painful, with the use of the laser it’s really not. It sterilizes the treated area, which accelerates your healing time and also makes the treatment procedure more comfortable.

The laser delivers concentrated light and heat with precision and accuracy, and when you combine this with our dentist’s skill and artistry, you’ll be amazed at your results and excited to share your smile with the world!

Wynkoop Dentistry Can Help You Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams!

Our goal here at Wynkoop Dentistry is to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for a lifetime. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, we’re happy to discuss different treatment options that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and desires for your teeth.







Our Locations:

1401 Wynkoop St, STE 160
Denver, CO 80202




1501 Wazee St, Unit 1A
Denver, CO 80202




Contact Us:

New Patients: 720-799-0717
Current Patients: 303-572-4487
office@denverwynkoopdentist.com


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