meet doctor harding

Dr. James Harding DDS is the premier provider of dental care in Edwards Colorado. Known as Vail Valley’s Best Dentist, Dr. Harding brings a wealth of professional experience and attentive skill to each of his patients, and devotes himself to their unique dental needs.

meet doctor harding

James J. Harding, DDS

  • Founder, James Harding DDS, Harding Dental Center, and Vail Valley Center for Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Clinical Instructor, Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Voted “Vail Valley’s Best Dentist” by Readers of the Vail Daily
  • Curriculum Vitae  pdf icon
A quest for new adventures brought Vail Valley dentist Jim Harding to the Rocky Mountains in 1998, where he founded the James Harding DDS  in Avon, Colorado. He built his Colorado dental care practice on a forward-thinking philosophy: educate patients about their full range of options, so they can make smart decisions about their dental services and oral care.

James Harding DDS offers a full continuum of care, from basic preventative dental care and dentistry to confidence-building cosmetic dental procedures and complex restorations. With the support of a talented team of professional dentists behind him, Dr. Harding has repeatedly been recognized as “Vail Valley’s Best Dentist,” and has been selected as an official medical provider for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams.

highly trained, still learning

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. He was one of the first graduates of the Full Mouth Reconstruction program at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

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.

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 Edwards offices.

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.
Dr. Harding also 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.

He is past president of the International Academy of Comprehensive Aesthetics and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Colorado Dental Society, The American Academy of General Dentistry, and the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. He has also served as a facilitator for the North Carolina Alliance for the Preservation of Private Care and is a graduate and presenter at the Schuster Center for Professional Development.

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.

Outside the office, Dr. Harding enjoys the high-energy Colorado lifestyle, skiing, hiking and biking with his wife, two daughters and their dog.

Professional Vail dentists work with Dr. Harding to provide complimentary dental consultations. Schedule your appointment online today! Help the James Harding DDS specialists exceed your Colorado dental care expectations by filling out our new patient questionnaire online before your first visit.