While everyone seems to be getting into the DIY craze one thing that should never be done at home is cosmetic dentistry.

Treatments such as dental bonding, professional teeth whitening and even DIY dental crowns are popping up all over the internet. However, that doesn’t mean they are reliable or even safe.

Cosmetic Dentistry Takes Training

Your cosmetic dentist in Stillwater explains that these types of dental treatments take years of training over and above general dentistry. That makes DIY downright dangerous.

According to Dr. Sara Cody, any cosmetic dentistry procedure must be monitored by a doctor. If it isn’t, permanent damage could occur, especially with DIY removable braces.

When it comes to anything orthodontic a dentist must always be involved because of jaw movement.

Cosmetic Dentistry and Teeth Bleaching

Although professional teeth whitening is something you can purchase over the counter, the products available on the internet are much stronger.

They are much stronger because there is no regulation. What that means is you are getting a prescription strength whitening agent that should never be used without being observed by a dentist.

Because those DIY kits online come with a one size fits all whitening tray and prescription gel you can easily burn your gums and damage your teeth.

Be Smart See a Professional

As you can see the best way to give your teeth a boost is with professional cosmetic dentistry care in Stillwater and the best way to start is with a thorough examination with Lift Dental.

During your dental consultation Dr. Cody and her team will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums in addition to your chewing system.

The chewing system is extremely important. It’s important because if your bite or temporomandibular joints are out of alignment your restorations will not last as long as they should.

Because a bad bite or TMJ cause uneven tooth wear your dental restorations will pay the price as well.

After your dentist has examined your smile the following may be recommended:

  • Complete Smile Makeover

  • Dental Implants

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Crowns and Bridges

  • Tooth Colored Fillings

  • Inlays and/or Onlays

  • Orthodontics

  • Oral Appliance Therapy

  • One Day Dentistry

  • Metal Free Restorations

  • Gummy Smile Repair

  • Dental Bonding

  • Enamel Shaping

Lift your Smile with Lift Dental

Whatever you need Lift Dental is able to provide. All you have to do is send a direct message and schedule an appointment. It really is that easy.

Send a direct message and schedule a visit in Stillwater today.


Dental implants have come a long way, especially when you consider some civilizations used animal and even human teeth to fill the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth.

Thankfully dentistry has come a long way since the Ancient Greeks and Romans with 21st century dental technology.

Dental technology that replaces missing teeth with natural looking posts that act like natural teeth.

The Truth about Dental Implants

Most people have done research if they have missing teeth. With that being said some are still not aware that dental implant posts or screws fuse to the bone. This remarkable process is called osseointegration.

Discovered decades ago quite by accident, osseointegration takes about four to six months for complete healing. Osseointegration is used for bone surgery as well.

However for those having other types of surgery, such as bone grafting, the healing time will increase to allow the area to be ready for your new artificial dental implant teeth.

Made from Titanium and Zirconia for those with metal allergies, implant posts are surgically placed in or on the jawbone. As previously mentioned healing time on average is about 6 months.

New Teeth for Life

While dental implants are certainly head and shoulders above the rest there are some other reasons you should consider this type of tooth replacement.

Implants maintain your bone structure while supporting other teeth. In addition, they are solid anchors when it comes to other types of restorations including bridges.

According to Lift Dental implants are more attractive and much more comfortable than dentures as well. Furthermore dental implants are just as easy to take care of as your natural teeth.

Because dental implants are permanent you won’t have to worry about them flying out of your mouth when you least expect them to either.

Dr. Sara Cody explains that as long as you practice good oral hygiene your new restorations will last as long as you do.

Good oral hygiene means brushing and flossing. Although your new teeth won’t decay, your gums will still become diseased if you don’t floss and schedule regular professional cleanings in Stillwater.

Dental Implants Make You Feel Great

Missing teeth aren’t any fun but there is help. Talk to Lift Dental in Stillwater about the best replacement for missing teeth. You, like most people, are probably an excellent candidate for this type of tooth replacement.

Send a direct message and schedule a dental implants consultation in Stillwater today.
Dr. Sara Cody and her team and are dedicated to overall health and oral health and understand the link between the two. That is why this Stillwater dentist’s office practices proactive dentistry.

Proactive dentistry means being proactive with your teeth and gums. In other words, keep your teeth and gums healthy so you can avoid tooth decay and gum disease.

The Overall and Oral Health Connection

While most people are aware that the mouth and rest of the body are connected, the majority don’t fully understand the importance.

Moreover, most don’t recognize the connection between gum disease and life threatening diseases such as COPD, stroke and heart attacks. Some don’t realize it until it is too late.

Studies show that people with heart disease and COPD have a higher percentage of gum disease than those with healthy cardiovascular systems.

While the jury is still out when it comes to the connection between overall and oral health the evidence is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

Proactive Dentistry and Oral Health

One of the best ways to keep your heart healthy is to practice proactive dentistry. Lift Dental in Stillwater prides itself on offering people just like you the best in dental care. The best in dental care also includes education.

While most people understand the importance of brushing twice and flossing most aren’t doing it for two minutes.

Dr. Cody explains that brushing less than two minutes leaves bacteria and food particles in between the crevices of your teeth. Two minutes is optimum as you are able to brush your tongue and behind your teeth as well.

Flossing is just as important as brushing. Flossing your teeth gets rid of the food and particles that your tooth brush left behind.

Refresh with a Refresher Course

When it comes to brushing and flossing ask the team from Lift Dental for a refresher course. Everyone can use a brush up now and again, especially when it comes to proactive dentistry in Stillwater. In addition, ask if you are flossing the right way as there is a fine art to it.

If you aren’t doing it the right way you are allowing plaque and tartar to invade the gum line. Regular brushing and flossing keeps plaque at bay. However, if it isn’t removed it will convert to calculus, also called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Proactive Dentistry in Stillwater

If you would like to learn more about proactive dentistry, call or send a direct message and schedule an appointment for you and your family.

Lift Dental is ready to keep you and your families’ oral health in check. Send a message and have a chat with your dentist in Stillwater today.
If you or someone you love has been avoiding the dentist for years because of extreme dental fear it’s time to make an appointment for IV sedation dentistry in Stillwater.

Lift Dental explains that cavities and gingivitis won’t get better without treatment. In fact, without treatment your cavities will require more than fillings while your gingivitis will most likely progress to the more serious periodontal disease.

IV sedation dentistry works for all levels of anxiety, but that’s not all. It is also an excellent tool for patients who require multiple treatments during the same dental visit.

IV Sedation for Fear and More

According to Lift Dental in Stillwater, IV sedation dentistry provides patients with an experience they won’t remember. In other words there is no memory of the procedure.

Even after your treatment you won’t recall a thing. That is just one of the advantages of IV sedation for patients with dental phobia.

For patients having full mouth makeovers, IV sedation is the perfect remedy for more than one treatment in a single dental visit.

What is IV Dental Sedation?

The deepest type of sedation available from your Stillwater dentist, IV sedation dentistry delivers medication through your bloodstream.

During your dental procedure the team from Lift Dental monitors your vitals including your oxygen levels, blood pressure and heart rate. This ensures a safe experience for whatever treatment, or treatments, you are having.

Is IV Dental Sedation for Everyone?

The only way to know if IV dental sedation is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sara Cody. Your Stillwater IV dental sedation dentist will be able to determine if you and IV dental sedation are a good fit.

Patients with high blood pressure and those who are overweight or obese should speak to a primary care physician before undergoing any type of sedation, especially IV dental sedation. Women who are nursing or pregnant and those with chronic alcohol issues should also talk to a doctor before proceeding with this type of dental sedation.

You Won’t Remember a Thing

One of the biggest advantages of IV sedation is memory. You literally will not remember anything about your dental procedure or procedures. This is awesome, especially if fear has kept you out of the dentists’ chair for years.

If you would like to learn more about IV sedation dentistry in Stillwater, call or send a direct message. The team is ready to give you the smile you deserve.

Schedule an appointment with Lift Dental today.

Hi, everybody this is Dr. Sara Cody’s daughter, Bryn. I wanted to talk about my experience with seeing and helping a girl with her teeth. It was an awesome experience to help someone with her teeth. I was happy and grateful to help her out.

Sara Cody has Launched Lift Dental in the historic charming downtown of Stillwater, MN. This brand-new dental boutique fosters a positive, uplifting, and motivating environment. Lift dental embodies the spirit of team building and emphasizes mutual respect and empowerment to perform one’s best both professionally and personally.