Your Beautiful Smile in Custer SD

Veneers in Custer How do movie stars get their brilliant white smiles? Do they avoid avoid everything that might stain their teeth? Maybe. But it’s more likely they use the same dental services that are available to anyone looking for a beautiful smile here in Custer SD.

Many Famous Smiles Were Not Always Flawless

Not everyone is lucky enough to have naturally stunning teeth. Many celebrities have dazzling smiles thanks to cosmetic dentistry.

No Need To Go To Hollywood

Guess what? You too can have a smile like a movie star or TV news anchor. At Destination Dentistry, we’ve made our name by delivering cosmetic dentistry to patients all over Custer SD.

Lighten Up!

One of our most-requested procedures is teeth whitening. Our GeoScience technology produces spectacular results. It will quickly enhance your teeth and make you feel like smiling all the time.

Fix Those Chips

Porcelain veneers are another popular procedure. Veneers repair many issues, including misshapen, cracked, and discolored teeth. Preparing a tooth for a porcelain veneer is minimally invasive.

An alternative to porcelain is the prepress veneer. Prepress veneers are micro-thin, and unlike porcelain, don’t require any shaving or alteration to your teeth.

VIP Treatment

Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today by calling Destination Dentistry in Custer SD. We’ll help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

(Note: The celebrities pictured above are not affiliated with our site, and it is not our intent to imply that they have undergone cosmetic dentistry. We featured them because they have great smiles!)

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Protect Those Nooks And Crannies! Family Dentistry in Custer

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At Destination Dentistry in Custer, we’re committed to the prevention of cavities. We’re big advocates of preventative and family dentistry, which means we want to keep you brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings with our hygienist. These are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities.

There are some places where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene. The very back of the mouth, where the molars are, is the most difficult area to reach with a brush and dental floss. Deep pits in molars, and spaces between teeth, are the perfect environment for tooth decay. Food and bacteria lodged in these areas create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel, and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is essential, an additional safeguard against dental caries is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that we can apply at Destination Dentistry. The sealants are placed over the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth. It’s an extra layer of protection against bacteria and plaque.

Many Custer parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, but they’re good for adults, too.  After they’re are applied, the sealants are examined at each visit and reapplied as needed.

Are they cost effective? Sealants can last for years. They are relatively inexpensive initially, and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and other procedures that may be required later on. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile. But remember, you’ll still need to brush and floss, and still use fluoride.

People all over Custer SD trust Destination Dentistry for their dental care. Our specialties include cosmetic and family dentistry. We use laser dentistry in certain procedures, and keep up to date with the latest in dental technology. Call today for an appointment.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Same Day Smiles: Cosmetic Dentistry in Custer

Same Day Smile Makeovers At Destination Dentistry In Custer Have you ever wished your cosmetic dentist in Custer could cover your existing teeth, as easily as you might paint a wall? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They’ll give you a brilliant new smile in almost no time at all.

At Destination Dentistry, veneers are used either alone or in combination with other cosmetic dentistry procedures in complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes described as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth. Theycan be made in any size or shape.

Are veneers
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, call the Destination Dentistry office. We will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some smile makeover patients have veneers they received over 15 years ago, and they still look great! If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable
The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Destination Dentistry is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the Custer area. We use the top dental lab to create our veneers and a considerable portion of the cost goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive than crowns and orthodontia. For questions about porcelain veneers, or cosmetic dentistry, call our office.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Royalty At Destination Dentistry

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Restorative dentistry is one of the most important services we provide at  Destination Dentistry, and when one of our patients is crowned, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The need for a dental crown is usually apparent. Sometimes it adds more support to a tooth, and keeps it from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also necessary as a support for dental bridges.

A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the rest of your teeth.

Destination Dentistry, located at 141 N 5th St in Custer SD, opened its doors in 1978. We are proud to have been serving patients throughout South Dakota ever since. With our outstanding efficiency, expertise and personal attention, you could be our next royal to smile and wave for the paparazzi.

Consult with Dr. Diana Latinow to find out if you are a candidate for cutting-edge restorative dentistry that can increase the life of your precious permanent teeth. Keep in mind that crowns are made in a variety of strong, reliable materials. Gold crowns are incredibly strong and have the “bling” factor. But there are certainly other options. Matching the natural color of your teeth increases the beauty of your smile.

In addition to restorative services, we would love to talk with you about cleanings, cosmetic services, teeth whitening, braces, veneers, and other smile makeover possibilities.

We are equipped to offer teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, TMJ/TMD treatment, tooth-colored fillings, and a long list of other procedures. Schedule your visit with our knowledgeable staff today, at 605-593-9821.

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Destination Dentistry, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a captivating field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play a vital role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the harmful bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a critical role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Destination Dentistry patients to be lax about dental health and oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is important for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the capacity to be forward-thinking about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry, call Destination Dentistry at 605-593-9821 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014,, accessed on June 24, 2015

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Replace Old Silver Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin disappear without a trace, infections are eradicated with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues abate. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Destination Dentistry strongly emphasizes preventative dentistry for good dental health.

The healthiest mouths have all teeth intact and free of current or former tooth decay. But how many smiles can boast such an admirable record? Very few.

The stark reality is that most individuals get one or more cavities over the course of their lifetime.

In fact, most men and women in South Dakota probably don’t even know someone who has never had a cavity. Tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the most prevalent health problem in childhood. When we reach middle age, many of us have even had a root canal or two.

Depending on the size of the cavity, after cleaning and preparing the tooth, our dentist can fill it, place a crown, or perform a root canal (usually followed by a crown).

Restorations Have Come a Long Way
Modern restorations have many advantages over those in years past. There are stronger and more natural-looking materials. Many of our patients at Destination Dentistry who have not had a filling for a while, are not aware that white fillings are available. You can even replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings and give your mouth a makeover!

As we said before, when a tooth is affected by injury or decay, it is never exactly the way it was before. But now, with modern fillings and dental crowns, it can regain strength and beauty.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota

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Soda Spells Double Trouble

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. Today, we are going to give you yet another essential reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda delivers a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is detrimental to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to cavities. This is especially harmful to little ones because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems because they elect diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also result in teeth staining. If your teeth are already stained from soda or anything else, call 605-593-9821 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda intake to improve your dental health. Also, keep your babies away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

We provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Custer area. If you have any questions about general or cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 605-593-9821.

Call for your appointment today!

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota

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A Fast Way To Brighten Your Smile

Custer fast teeth whitening Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. It is quick, economical, and non-invasive. Though some cosmetic dentistry patients experience short-term sensitivity, most experience no tooth whitening pain at all.

If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the basics. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

There are many DIY teeth whitening products available and it seems like new kinds appear every time you visit the toothpaste aisle at your grocery store.

These tooth whitening strips and tooth whitening pens can sometimes whiten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in cosmetic dental offices. It may not be powerful enough for your tooth stains.

Tooth whitening offered at Custer mall kiosks is risky, also. Most of these teeth whitening businesses have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training. (Except instruction on how to take advantage of customer naivety.)

Our dentist recommends that you use extreme caution when considering a take-home tooth whitener. If you have tooth decay, gum recession, crowns, or dental veneers, you definitely need professional guidance.

The area of your teeth below the gumline, if exposed, may react differently to tooth whitener. Furthermore, the peroxide solution does not noticeably whiten crowns and dental veneers. If you use a DIY tooth whitener on teeth with extensive porcelain restorations, you should probably hope it doesn’t whiten too much – you may end up with a two- or three-tone smile!

Even though teeth whitening seems easy, your teeth deserve a professional opinion. After all, we are talking about teeth here. You can’t fix an uneven teeth whitening result like you can a bad hair-coloring job.

Schedule a tooth bleaching evaluation before you waste your money on more White Strips. We can be reached at 605-593-9821.

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141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota

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Excellence In Family Dentistry At Destination Dentistry

Excellence In Family Dentistry At Destination Dentistry

Welcome to the Destination Dentistry family dentistry blog. At Destination Dentistry in Custer, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and orthodontic services for every member of the family.

We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients at Destination Dentistry. We want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.

If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouth guards, and wisdom teeth removal.

Hundreds of Destination Dentistry patients have dramatically improved their smile with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

Cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!

At Destination Dentistry, we treat you like family. To schedule an exam and cleaning, call us at 605-593-9821.

A Healthier Whiter Smile

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota

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Makeovers For Busy Smiles

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Have you been considering upgrading your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Destination Dentistry put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at Destination Dentistry is quicker than you think. Some procedures such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many individuals who want to have their teeth aligned, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, invisible braces, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a celebrated minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can correct chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At Destination Dentistry, we create dazzling smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us today at 605-593-9821!

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At Destination Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic and family dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in Custer or Black Hills area.
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