Meet Dr. James 'Jim' Harding, DDS
Jim, is known as ‘Colorado’s Dentist’ for good reason.
When you think of Colorado, you think of skiing, and next to dentistry, that is Dr. Harding’s passion.
A KIND AND COMPASSIONATE DENTIST
Dr. Harding has a chair side manner that patients love. He takes the time to truly listen to you and to explain things in a way that makes you comfortable and part of the process.
NATURAL TALENT COMBINED WITH ADVANCED TRAINING
After dental school, Dr. Harding took the discipline and focus he learned as a former ski racer into his pursuit of post graduate dental education to learn the new field of comprehensive dentistry from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) where he was one of the first graduates. Just as in his skiing career, Dr. Harding excelled and has received many accolades including being voted Vail Valley’s Best Dentist by readers of the Vail Daily. The training has not stopped, Dr. Harding and his team regularly train with the finest instructors to learn the latest techniques and cutting edge methodologies.
AN AVERAGE OF 200 CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS PER YEAR Current dentistry skill and up-to-date knowledge is of the highest priority for Dr. Harding, who earns an average of 200 Continuing Education credits a year, well beyond professional requirements.
A HEALTHY APPROACH TO DENTISTRY
You will appreciate Dr. Harding’s approach to dentistry that takes into account the relationship of your oral health to your overall physical health. Diabetes, heart health and more have now been linked to oral health in ongoing studies. Dr. Harding helps you understand that a healthy smile is a healthy person.
BEAUTIFUL RESULTS FROM A TRAINED ARTISTIC EYE
Being a good dentist goes beyond learning functional dentistry and now involves how your teeth look and compliment your lifestyle and overall facial proportions. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci used the golden ratio, as have countless other artists. Now dentistry uses this same science to create the most attractive smile possible, designed just for you. This is made possible by Dr. Harding's advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and helps ensure that your results are indeed as beautiful as they are functional.
TEAM DENTIST TO THE U.S. SKI AND SNOWBOARDING TEAMS
Dr. Harding serves as the team dentist to the Vail Ski & Snowboarding Club and is an Official Medical Provider to both the U.S. Ski and U.S. Snowboarding teams. Keeping world-class athletes in top oral health requires a wide range of talent from mouth guards, to slope-side emergencies, to creating camera ready smiles for social media and the press.
A LEADER IN DENTISTRY
- President/Dental Director: Harding Dental Group - Alamosa and South Fork, Co.
- Clinical Instructor – Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- Past President International Academy of Comprehensive Aesthetics
- Founder: Vail Valley Center for Aesthetic Dentistry - Vail, Co.
VOTED THE BEST
- Voted “Vail Valley’s Best Dentist” by Readers of the Vail Daily
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, FACILITATOR AND PRESENTER
- Member: International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics
- Member: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Member: American Dental Association
- Member: The Colorado Dental Society
- Member: The American Academy of General Dentistry
- Facilitator: North Carolina Alliance for the Preservation of Private Care
- Graduate and Presenter: Schuster Center for Professional Development.
ONE OF ONLY ONE HUNDRED DENTISTS PERFORMING FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTIONS
A full mouth reconstruction restores a patient's smile to its ideal natural form, by correcting crooked or missing teeth, gaps, discoloration, alignment and tooth decay. Currently, fewer than 100 professional dentists in the country can perform these procedures. Patients travel from across the nation to engage Dr. Harding’s dental restoration services, whether medically necessary or elective.
SUPPORTED BY THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
Investments in dental technology also keep Dr. Harding’s practice ahead of the rest. While many dentists send patients to other professionals for various procedures, Dr. Harding’s team can perform the full spectrum of dental treatments and restorations, right here in their Alamosa and South Fork offices.
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR TO DENTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT LVI
Dr. Harding is a highly-regarded Clinical Instructor at LVI and has taught dentistry’s most advanced procedures to dentists around the world, including:
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Coronoplasty and Case Finishing
- Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction
- Advanced Occlusal Restorative Principles
- Advanced Adhesive Aesthetic Dentistry
- Advanced Functional Aesthetic Dentistry, and
- Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry.
PUBLISHED AUTHOR AND DENTAL SPEAKER
Dr. Harding regularly shares his expertise in publications, dental treatment blogs, and presentations on a wide range of topics; from modern-day nutrition and the growing need for orthodontics, to oral cancer screening and dental remedies for sleep apnea.
FROM SKI RACER TO OWNING HIS FIRST PRACTICE AT 25
Dr. Harding originally hails from the Southeast, where he competed as a ski racer before attending the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, he set up his first dental practice at the age of 25.
FAMILY MAN AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST
Outside the office, Dr. Harding enjoys the high-energy Colorado lifestyle, skiing, hiking and biking with friends and family. Currently Dr. Harding and his wife are most actively involved in supporting their two energetic daughters in their many school activities and sporting events. And for those who wonder if the Harding clan are cat or dog lovers - it's a dog!