Wynkoop Dentistry Blog

DENTAL TIPS & INSIGHTS



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The last few months have been challenging for our community and our team is more than ready to get back to serving our patients in office.  While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

As always, we set our infection control standards to go above and beyond what is required of us.  We will continue to provide a clean and safe environment as we transition back into the office. 

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment;

  • Screening: Prior to your appointment, you will be receiving communication from our office with a Covid-19 related screening questionnaire. Please read through the questions carefully, and inform us before arriving at our office if you answer “yes” to any of the pre-screening questions.
  • Virtual Welcome: For the immediate future, we will be employing a virtual interaction with our front office. When you arrive for your appointment we ask that you first call us before entering the office.  We will welcome you, and answer any questions before you enter which allows us to walk you straight back to your treatment room when you arrive.
  • Arrival Screening: When you enter the office, we will offer you hand sanitizer upon entering.  You will be asked to confirm all questions on the Covid-19 screening questionnaire are still “no” answers. We will also use a digital thermometer to check your temperature. If any question on the questionnaire is a “yes” or if you are found to have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees, we will be required to reschedule your appointment after an appropriate amount of time to insure the safety of all our patients and our team.  Our team is undergoing the same screening to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep germs out of the office.
  • Enhanced Cleaning Protocols: All commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected continually throughout the day to ensure your safety.  We are also extending appointments to allow us to properly change extra personal protective equipment we will be required to wear.
  • Clean Air: We have purchased Surgically Clean Air medical grade HEPPA filters to keep the air in our offices healthy and clean. These units will purify the air every 30 minutes through a six stage filtration and sterilization system.

All of these changes add time to our appointments and minimize the amount of people we can have in the office at once.  We also understand the importance of rescheduling missed appointments.  We have extended our hours May 11th until May 29th to allow us to balance both these needs.

The systems we’ve implemented for everyone’s safety are new to us, and I’m sure we will have some speed bumps as we begin using them. In the spirit of constant and never ending improvement, we welcome any feedback you may have to improve our protocols.  Our focus is to do everything we can to take great care and accommodate you.


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Anyone else sick of hearing about what they can’t do right now? No haircuts, no lunch dates with friends, no hugs!  We are too. Wynkoop Dentistry is working everyday to gather information that will be used to support our patients with the shelter in place restrictions.

The governor of Colorado, along with the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association, have mandated that dental treatment be limited to “dental emergencies”. The mandate is set to expire April 30th, 2020, but mandates, research, and guidance continues to change everyday. We anticipate a slow transition in returning to previous dental operations.

We are working to support our patients during this time, and we know that oral health is important. With current mandates in place, we have adapted our practice to meet the needs of our patients. We will return phone calls promptly, answer emails, and continue to check on patients daily.  

For many of you, now is a great time to schedule a consultation. Social distancing hasn’t stopped us from educating our patients and answering questions about a variety of topics.  From the comfort of your home, you can join a virtual dental consultation. All of our consultations are free, and the treatment we provide via video conferencing will be discussed up front. A few virtual consultations available today:

  • Invisalign (a clear aligner option to straighten teeth)
  • Esthetic dentistry review
  • Implant dentistry options
  • HealthyStart (an alternative to braces for younger kids)  
  • Address jaw or neck tension with myofunctional therapy exercises  
  • Review sleep appliances that help manage sleep apnea 

We also have doctors and hygienists available to review delayed treatment due to COVID, or to discuss available options for previously recommended dental treatment.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to schedule online by clicking here or by calling us at 303-572-4487. We want to help, and we thrive on educating our patients! We are excited to provide assistance in any way possible, and look forward to serving you.

Continue to look for additional communication from us. We will begin seeing more patients in the office soon and will provide additional clarity as it’s available. As always, we set our goals to exceed the standards set forth by the dental governing bodies. We will continue to provide a clean and safe environment protecting our patients and team from COVID-19. We look forward to providing guidance on all new and changing dental office standards in the weeks to come.



With three young kids at home, it seems like we’ve been exposed to every germ this winter. Parent or not, I know I’m not the only one who feels like they need hand sanitizer in their back pocket this time of year. We take so many precautions to avoid getting sick, but we might be forgetting to disinfect the appliances that go in our mouth.

Whether it’s a toothbrush, Invisalign® tray, mouth guard, HEALTHYSTART™ appliance or a sleep appliance, it’s a good idea to make sure these appliances aren’t carrying germs. It’s recommended that you:

  • replace your toothbrush every three months or after recovering from an illness
  • Store your toothbrush in a dry area away from the toilet
  • Wash your hands before brushing and flossing
  • Use your own tube of toothpaste if you’ve been sick
  • Keep travel sized toothpaste on hand this time of year. You can throw a smaller tube away after an illness and reduce waste by avoiding throwing an entire tube of toothpaste out.

An oral appliance is not easily replaced like a toothbrush. So, throwing out your appliances isn’t feasible. Heat (dishwasher or boiling) can damage an appliance. Knowing the proper cleaning techniques will help ensure you stay healthy and ensure the longevity of the appliance. Using a Denture Cleaner or soaking them in a vinegar water mixture is a great way to keep them clean. It’s also best practice to have a dedicated toothbrush to clean the appliances with dish soap and water daily. Invisalign® trays and HEALTHYSTART™ appliances can be brushed with toothpaste. When you brush the appliance, let the toothpaste sit for about five minutes before rinsing. Toothpaste is too abrasive for most other oral appliances. If you’ve been ill, the best way to disinfect your appliance is to soak it in 100 parts water, one part bleach, for 60 minutes. Please use caution with bleach, and rinse the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth.

As the days get longer, we look forward to putting snotty noses in the past. In the meantime, stay healthy by keep your mouth as germ free as possible!


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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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