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Aesthetic Dentistry by Design Wins “Talk of the Town Award” for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction

September 5, 2014

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For the 5th consecutive year, making this the “Sapphire Award” Aesthetic Dentistry by Design has won the Excellence In Patient Satisfaction award from Talk of the Town. 

We are so proud of our staff and appreciate all our patients who put their trust in us!

Call to schedule your dental appointment with the award winning Aesthetic Dentistry by Design. 719-599-0700

Dr. Ken Gasper & The Aesthetic Dentistry by Design Team are pleased to Welcome Veronica “Roni” to our Team!

August 29, 2014

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Dr. Ken Gasper & The Aesthetic Dentistry by Design Team are pleased to Welcome Veronica “Roni” to our Team!

Veronica has been in the Dental field for 9 years and has recently graduated from Pueblo Community College Dental Hygiene School with her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

She is the recipient of the 2014 Golden Scaler Award in Clinical Excellence and the 2014 Southeastern ColoradoDental Society Award for treatment in periodontally involved patients. Veronica’s strong dedication to the treatment and care of her patients to achieve optimal oral health care is what makes her a “great fit” for our office.  She is looking forward to meeting all of you, your family and friends and attending to your dental needs so that you can showcase your brightest and healthiest smile!

Veronica was born and raised in Colorado and in her free time enjoys backpacking, fishing and camping with her husband and daughter.

Call today to reserve your appointment!  719-599-0700

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design Staff Are Thankful

November 21, 2013

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Teresa Richmond

Love ~ It’s completely magical and amazing, isn’t it?
Laughter ~ There is little better in the world than the laugh-so-hard-you-cry feeling.
Life ~ How cool is that I’m actually here, in this world, living?

Friends ~ There is no way I could survive without them. Love you guys!
Family ~ We have our ups and downs, but they really are my foundation.

Michelle Bowers – I’m thankful for my wonderful and supportive family!

Donna is thankful she doesn’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner.

Christine Church – I am thankful for God in my life and the love of my family.  My family has expanded with a new daughter in-law and a new granddaughter on the way.  Exciting and thankful times!!!

Gina Kitchen -I am thankful that our two kids are doing well at Ohio State and that we will be spending Thanksgiving together. Also, I am grateful for our happy and healthy family.

Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by in Colorado Springs Completes TMJ & Sleep Disorder Continuing Education Course

November 11, 2013

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Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by in Colorado Springs recently earned 16 continuing education hours by completing the “Motor Nerve Reflex Testing” course in San Diego, CA.  The course was directed by Dr. Steven R. Olmos, whose commitment to helping patients overcome Sleep Disorders, Craniofacial Pain and TMD has made him world renown. Learn more about the course here.

“At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego our mission is to find the true root cause of TMJ Pain, facial pain, headache pain and sleeping difficulties so that we can direct successful, non-surgical TMJ treatments and provide Sleep Apnea help with oral appliance therapies for adults and children.”

TMJ and sleep apnea issues are also addressed at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs. Please call (719) 599-0700 to schedule a complimentary consultation to evaluate your symptoms and discuss treatment options.

Meet Patricia Keller, Dental Assistant at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design

June 6, 2013

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Responsibilities: To chair side assist Dr. Gasper, and to provide patients with the best possible patient care.

Why did you get into the dental industry? I got into the dental field because I enjoy the result of bringing people new and improved smiles. I had extensive orthodontic work as a teen and remember how I was so pleased with the result of my teeth.

What is your approach to working with children? My approach with children, is to provide them with a fun, easy going environment and to create a good experience for them in the dental office!

Favorite health care tip? Floss , floss, floss!

What do you want to say to your future patients? I look forward to meeting you and providing you with a great dental experience!

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design. 719-599-0700

Meet Teresa Richmond, Treatment Coordinator

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Teresa Richmond, Treatment Coordinator at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.

Responsibilities & title at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design? Treatment Coordinator ~  Treatment coordinators work in offices assisting patients with treatment plans but also have many other responsibilities. They may handle health insurance, financial issues and scheduling.

Why did you get into the dental industry? I was introduced to dentistry by a very close friend who was a hygienist and my career in the Dental Field exploded from that experience.

What advice do you have for patients who have dental phobias? Establish a healthy relationship with your dental provider beforehand , explain to your dental provider your concerns and  ask questions.

Besides “Brush & floss daily” what is your favorite oral health care tip? Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis) more than does manual brushing.

Where did you grow up? Durango / Bayfield , Colorado

What do you want to say to your future patients? Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.  ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

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Meet Christine Church, Hygienist

June 20, 2012

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 Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs welcomes Christine Church.

Her hygiene skills are thorough and detailed and she is excellent at motivating patients to get their dental health in optimum shape. She has a natural ability to bond with patients and has more than 20 years experience in the industry.

Check out Christine’s impressive qualifications:

  • Colorado State Dental Hygiene License
  • Colorado Local Anesthesia
  • California State Dental Hygiene License
  • National Board Dental Hygiene
  • Laser Certificate Standard Proficiency
  • Member ADHA/ CDHA  CODHA
  • ALD Academy of Laser Dentistry

What advice do you have for patients who have dental phobias?  I will work with you to make sure you are comfortable. Help you gain confidence over time.

How do you practice good oral health care? Brush and floss daily. I like the Sonicare.  Floss after lunch when I am at work.  Watch the amount of acidic foods I eat.

What is the tooth fairy tradition in your family?  $1 and a pack of sugar free gum

What do you like to do in your free time? Walk the dog, Scrapbook, Read Boating and camping 

Best advice ever received.  Be honest and keep your integrity in all you do. 

Where did you grow up?  California – Bay Area

What was your first job: Teaching Tap Dancing

What book is currently on your nightstand?  Bible

Favorite home cooked meal.  Spaghetti

What playing on your Ipod right now?   The Fray 

What is your favorite vacation spot?  Trinity Lake Northern California

What do you want to say to your future patients?   I look forward to meeting all the patients and sharing stories and experiences while we attend to your dental needs.  I will enjoy getting to know you and your families and helping you have your best and healthiest smile.

To reserve your hygiene appointment, please call 719-599-0700

Meet Vanessa Hernandez, Hygienist

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Aesthetic Dentistry by Design welcomes Vanessa Hernandez!  She will take every step to make sure your dental visit is a pleasant experience. She’s very thorough and believes that every patient’s mouth is different and  will do her best to educate you and help you achieve a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

Check out her impressive dental hygiene qualifications:

  • Colorado Dental Hygiene License
  • Infiltration Anesthesia Certification for Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification
  • Digital Radiography and Intra-Oral Photography
  • Dentrix & Easy Dental software experience
  • Mercer-trained
  • Bilingual: Spanish language skills

Please call 719-599-0700 to reserve your hygiene appointment.

Why did you get into the dental industry?

I got into the dental profession because as a child, my whole family was afraid of the dentist therefore we avoided it unless there was extreme pain. After multiple appointments as an adult to get my mouth to a state of health I realized the importance of teeth and gums. I wanted to conquer my fear by helping patients get to a point where things are maintained beautifully through proper homecare and dental cleanings/exams.

Favorite celebrity smile. I absolutely love Julia Roberts smile so gorgeous!!

What’s your approach to working with children?

My personal approach is to make it a fun experience for them! I do what they’re comfortable with, give them a ride in the dental chair, familiarize them with the different things we will be using I let them see and touch certain things so they’re not afraid. I ask them if they want their teeth to feel shiny and sparkly? If it’s too overwhelming for them then we will try again next time. Either way they get a prize and toothbrush/floss!! I also believe it is crucial for parents to be in the back with the children especially the first several visits, and that parents should speak of the dental visit as a positive experience at home so the child is excited in the chair.

What advice do you have for patients who have dental phobias? 

My advice to those patients is that things are a lot easier and more comfortable than they use to be, I think those patients, myself included, have had a negative experience from a while ago and it tends to stick a bit unfortunately. Things are so much better than they were, and there are things we can do to make their visit more comfortable. The patient must communicate to us what exactly they are anxious about so we can do our best to make it a positive experience for them.

What playing on your Ipod right now?  Broken Sorrow by: Nuttin but Strings    

Besides “Brush & floss daily” what is your favorite oral health care tip?

I really am a big advocate on inspecting your mouth a couple of times a week since oral cancer is a huge issue. Stick your tongue out at yourself in the mirror then look at the sides of your tongue, top of the tongue, under the tongue, and inspect your lips. Get familiar with your mouth and what it looks like!! We will also check all these areas when you come in for your dental cleaning and exam.

Favorite Colorado Springs restaurant? Shuga’s

What services, that Aesthetics Dentistry by Design offers, have you personally received?

I have gotten the Cerec one day crowns done, which are so awesome you don’t have to come back for the permanent crown, your done after you leave! I also have the Under Armour Mouthwear and I wear it when I lift weights at my Crossfit gym. I was putting so much tension on my teeth when lifting that I actually chipped a tooth about 3 months ago! I feel that I’m more focused now on my workouts instead of worrying what stress I was doing to my jaw, teeth and body with no protection. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend time with my family I’m married and I have two kids Adriana 13 years old, and Lawrence Jr. 10 years old, also two doggies Cocoa Butter, and Gracie! I like to read a lot, workout and I teach Zumba Fitness classes a couple of times a week. I love to be a part of people’s fitness goals!!

Favorite Colorado Springs family activity? Walking with dogs and family at Garden of the Gods.

What was your first job: McDonalds!!

Dr. Ken Gasper To Speak at the Annual Meeting for the International Association for Orthodontics

March 27, 2012

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Dr. Ken Gasper will be speaking at the annual meeting for the International Association for Orthodontics in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 18 – 22.  

Dr. Gasper is past president of the International Association for Orthodontics and an IOA Certified Senior Instructor.  

At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, Dr. Gasper  uses a progressive orthodontic approach known as functional orthodontics to help guide a child’s facial growth and development, all to establish balance and harmony in the skeletal and neuromuscular system.  

He creates good-looking, balanced faces with full, beautiful smiles that have plenty of room for proper eruption of adult permanent teeth.

While traditional orthodontics is focused solely on straightening teeth, functional orthodontics  takes the patient’s entire face into consideration to deliver results that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Watch Dr. Gasper’s interview on Fox 21 to learn more and meet the Smiley family whose daughter started orthodontics at age 6.  

Learn more  about Funtional Orthodontics.


Meet Dr. James Orban, Periodontist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, Colorado Springs

January 11, 2012

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Dr. Ken Gasper is proud to welcome Dr. James Orban, periodontist to Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.

At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, Dr. Orban sees patients who have more advanced problems such as advanced gum recession and those who are in need of dental implants but have insufficient bone support and are in need of bone grafting.

We asked Dr. Orban about the common signs of periodontal disease:

Bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.

What can patients do at home to prevent periodontal disease?

Use an electric toothbrush (Like Philips Sonicare), brush and floss every day and visit your dentist regularly.

More about Dr. Orban

Dr. James Orban has been a resident of Colorado since 1948.

He started a volunteer dental project, in 1987, The Children’s International Dental Project,  providing dental care to needy children in hospitals, orphanages, and street kids in Nepal. He has lead groups to Nepal, Sikkim, India, Bhutan, Samoa and Argentina, Africa, Ecuador, St. Vincent’s and Nepal again (2011).

In his free time he enjoys hiking/backpacking/camping, climbing (has done all the 14’ers), biking, skiing, scuba diving and traveling with his wife.

He attended Fountain Valley School and Colorado College. He went to dental school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and then to the University of Minnesota for his specialty training in Periodontics. He taught in the Dept. of Periodontics at UCLA for 1.5 years before returning to Colorado Springs.

Dr. Orban started his practice in Periodontics in Colorado Springs in 1970. He has expanded his training in Periodontics to the field of dental implants, which, he has been doing since 1974. He is a past President of the Colorado Springs Dental Society, Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontists, and Colorado Springs Society of Periodontists. Dr. Orban is a current member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Society, and the Colorado Springs Dental Society and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Orban has attended many continuing education courses throughout his career. In addition to his continuing attendance to local and regional study clubs and meetings, some highlights have been: 1986-present – CoreVent Implant System, Dr. Master’s Implant Course, IMZ Implant system, A Comprehensive Review of Periodontics at LSU, Gortex Guided Tissue Regeneration Workshop, Periodontal and Restorative Symposium, McHorris Equilibration Study Club, Implant Seminar, Treatment of the Partially and Fully Edentulous Maxilla and Mandible, Guided Tissue Regeneration for Implants, American Academy of Periodontology Implant Symposium, Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, L.D. Panky Institute for Periodontics and Occlusion, The Misch Implant Institute, Colorado Springs Implant Study Club, 3day Bone Grafting Workshop with Cadaver Dissection Workshop and Osteotome Technique for Sinus Lifts, Bone Grafting using CaSo4, 3I Symposium –  Bone Biology and Bone Grafting, USC 30th Symposiun on Periodontics and Dental Implants, Nobel Biocare World Conference, MAP Implant Institute – Advanced Bone Grafting, and  the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Winter Symposium.

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