About Us

S outhwest Dental Associates believes that preventive treatment and education are the key ingredients to a healthy beautiful smile. Ranging in treatment options from emergency treatment to a same-day porcelain restoration to a full dental reconstruction, the experienced and caring staff at Southwest Dental Associates will use state-of-the-art technologies to deliver the smile you deserve. Our team is made up of entirely of expertly-trained and caring people who understand dentistry and can help guide you through your experience. We accept almost all dental insurance, and offer our own in-house dental plan for families and individuals with no insurance. Come and see how our Boise dentists can help you get that healthy beautiful smile you’ve always wanted!

Dr. Helen Harless

“Dedicated to providing high quality individualized patient care by leading a team of expertly-trained and caring professionals. Committed to continually increasing my skills through continuing education and using modern technology. Devoted to providing a comfortable and caring environment for patients and for our dental team.‬ These are the basics. They are also usually the most important things patients want to know before they come to us for their care. I have years of training and experience with both dentistry and customer service. I care for our patients with these things in mind.”

Dr. Helen Harless has been with Southwest Dental Associates since July 2011. She graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2003, and has been practicing and continually learning since then. Dr. Harless spent her first three years as a dentist in the Air Force while working on her post-doctoral education. After the Air Force, she dedicated two years to a non-profit clinic where she provided needed emergency and restorative care to the underserved population in Fort Worth, Texas.

Before coming to Boise, Dr. Harless worked at a private practice in Dallas, Texas, focusing on same-day porcelain cosmetic and restorative crowns, veneers, sedation dentistry and smile design.

Dr. Harless is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Idaho State Dental Association. In 2010, she was awarded Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry, making her one of the premier dentists in Boise. Her next professional goal is to achieve AGD Mastership. She participates in a local study club that focuses on providing a team approach to treating difficult cases. She also participates in an international mastermind group that focuses on creating a world-class dental practice experience.

Dr. Harless is from Prescott, Arizona and now lives in the Boise area with her husband Tim. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to dental podcasts, yoga, swimming, helping her husband on the farm and family business, and spending time with her two young-adult step kids between their many adventures.

  • "I had a great experience at Southwest Dental Associates in Boise. The dentist is very gentle and caring and takes time to listen to her patients' concerns. The hygenist was thorough and educated me on the importance of timely cleanings and flossing. The entire staff was kind and made me feel welcome in their practice. I would recommend Dr. Harless to anyone looking for a great dentist."
  • "Had a great experience & my kids really enjoyed their experience. Teri & Dr Harless were very patient with my wiggly boys. I would recommend Southwest Dental to all my family & friends."  
  • "Southwest Dental is a first class dental clinic. All the staff are extremely friendly and professional. I've been to a number of different dentists over the years, but I can safely say that Dr. Harless consistently delivers the best level of service. They are also one of only a handful of dentists in the Treasure Valley that offer CEREC same-day porcelain restorations - in and out, no follow up needed. A great practice. Highly recommended!"
  • "From the time I walked in the door, I was very impressed. Greeted with a smile. The Hygienist Teri was very friendly, gentle,and thorough, best cleaning I have ever had, also very educational without the lectures. Dr Harless, was great she took the time to explain my treatment, showed me pictures, very interactive. I'm extremely impressed with Southwest Dental, and will definitely recommend them. GREAT EXPERIENCE!"

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AGD Fellow