Dental Expressions is committed to offering customers comprehensive dental services. Unlike some dental offices, we care about more than just your teeth–we believe that your dental health, appearance, and mental well-being are intertwined. We keep your teeth healthy with regular cleanings, we help you look your best with cosmetic procedures, and we will always treat you with honesty and care…if removing that tooth will affect the shape of your jaw, we won’t do it. We know that you have a busy life, lots of other things to worry about, and that our dentist
Dr. Dori Lang Columbus, a General Dentist from Hudson NH, is excited to announce her recent acquisition of Dental Expressions in Weirs Beach. Dental Expressions has provided exceptional dental care to the greater Laconia area since 2004, a practice previously operated by Dr. Darren Boles.
Dr. Columbus began her career as a dental assistant while attending the world-renowned McGill University and completed her dental training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. After graduating Dental School in 1991, Dr. Columbus began practicing in Lancaster, PA before moving to Hudson, NH in 2002. She prides herself in her advanced education which gives her the knowledge and experience to treat complex cases. She is highly skilled in all phases of general dentistry including implant dentistry, periodontal therapy, and orthodontics. Dr. Columbus
Most people would like to be able to wipe off 5 or even 10 years–did you ever think about the fact that with the help of dentistry interventions you can actually look younger and more vibrant? Your smile is the first thing people notice. Instead of relying solely on overpriced anti-aging creams, why not perfect your smile? You may be pleasantly surprised with the difference it can make. Yellow teeth? Schedule a whitening treatment. Crooked teeth? We offer braces and Invisalign. Orthodontics can correct quickly and safely any crooked or misaligned teeth and with a teeth whitening treatment, you have just gone through a smile makeover! But what about…wrinkles? Dr. Dori Lang Columbus has extensive training in the Botox procedure. It might come as a surprise to you, but dentists can offer Botox. Since a dentist has a deep understanding the anatomy of the head, face, and neck, as well as the underlying muscles, it makes sense that a dentist would be as qualified to safely administer these treatments as anyone else. Dr. Dori offers other cosmetic procedures and restorations as well, including dental implants, veneers/bonding, metal-free crowns, tooth colored fillings, dentures & partials, root canals, and extractions.
Call the office today to discuss which treatments can help you look as good as you feel!
Can I use my HSA for Dental Services?
Here is what the IRS Says:
“You can include in medical expenses the amounts you pay for the prevention and alleviation of dental disease. Preventive treatment includes the services of a dental hygienist or dentist for such procedures as teeth cleaning, the application of sealants, and fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay. Treatment to alleviate dental disease include services of a dentist for procedures such as X-rays, fillings, braces, extractions, dentures, and other dental ailments”
2018 is just around the corner!
Dear Friends, Patients, Colleagues:
After practicing dentistry for over 21 years, I’ve had the distinct privilege of providing dental care for the greater Laconia area since I started my practice, Dental Expressions, in 2004.
Left to right: Heather Young, Dental Assistant; Dr. Darren Boles, General Dentist (back); Katy Lacroix, Office Assistant; Kara Denning, Patient and Suzanne Boles, Office Manager.
Dr. Darren Boles, General Dentist and his staff at Dental Expressions are pleased to announce the winner of the Spring Referral contest Kara Denning! Dental Expressions realizes the greatest compliment received is when one of their patients refers a friend or colleague to their practice. In an effort to show appreciation to patients for these referrals, Dr. Boles awarded Kara with a 100% NH Made Gift Basket for her continued support of good oral health!
Photo Dr. Darren Boles DDS, Barbara Studley, Stacie Mosher, Heather Young.
Dr. Darren Boles, D.D.S. is a local dentist whose dental office, Dental Expressions, has been providing quality dental care, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry to families in the Lakes Region for over ten years.
Dental Expressions is excited to announce the growth of their team to better serve current and new patients in 2016. Focusing on the dental treatment for members of the entire family, and individuals from young children to elders, the team at Dental Expression’s now has the ideal expertise among the staff to accommodate all needs, comfort levels and ages.
Paired with Dr. Boles’ skilled expertise, experience, and compassion; the team at Dental Expressions will focus on preventing oral diseases and protecting patients’ teeth and gums and overall health.
Stacie Mosher, a registered dental hygienist, has qualified experience working in a pediatric dental office in the Lakes Region. Barbara Studley, a registered dental hygienist, offers the practice over 30 years of experience. In addition, Heather Young is Dr. Boles’ Dental Assistant.
“We’re extremely excited to have this solid dental team providing services to our current and new patients.” said Dr. Darren Boles. “Adding these strong dental backgrounds to our practice allows us to continue to offer our patients a warm, compassionate, and friendly atmosphere.”
DEAR DR. BOLES: Lately, I’ve been having jaw pain and muscle spasms in my neck, especially after I’ve eaten something that requires a lot of chewing. I’ve lost a few teeth over the years and never bothered to get them taken care of. Could my missing teeth be causing the problem? – George, Meredith, NH
DEAR DR. COLUMBUS: I notice I have a lot of little white spots on my front teeth. What are these and how can I get rid of them? – Mike, Laconia, NH
DEAR Mike: There are a few different causes of white spots on the teeth, depending on how long you’ve had them. If the spots have been present since you were a child, you may have experienced a disruption in enamel formation—or enamel hypoplasia —as your teeth grew. White spots can also appear in childhood when kids use—and ingest—too much fluoride toothpaste. This is called hyperfluorosis. Both of these causes are common in childhood, and can cause lasting spots on teeth.
A professional tooth whitening may make the spots less noticeable by removing surrounding stains. Another alternative is composite dental veneers, which are thin shells of tooth-colored, composite resin, that are bonded directly to the tooth giving the appearance of whiter enamel.
However, if the white spots have formed more recently on adult teeth, the culprit may be plaque build-up, which can cause hard, scaly spots near the gum line and make the teeth look discolored. A thorough dental cleaning can help remove this plaque and decrease the discoloration.
Finally, and most concerning, the beginning stages of tooth decay or cavities can sometimes look like white spots. As bacteria produce acids that digest and thin out the tooth enamel, the enamel may begin to look bright white.
White spots caused by decay require examination and treatment by a dentist. The earlier decay is detected, the better your dentist will be able to stop it in its tracks.
Whatever the cause, I would definitely suggest you visit a dentist. He or she will examine the spots, find the underlying cause, and determine what, if any, treatment is needed.
DEAR DR. BOLES: I’m always skittish about x-rays, even the ones you get at the dentist’s office every few years. I hate the idea of being exposed to unnecessary radiation. Is there a way to avoid dental x rays altogether? – Jess, New Hampton, NH