Does Your Smile Need a Makeover? Cosmetic Dentistry 101

If you’re unhappy with your smile, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world have visited cosmetic dentists to repair a chipped or broken tooth, brighten stained less-than-pearly whites, or straighten their smile.

With all the advances in cosmetic dental science today, there are a wide range of treatments that can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Dr. Jeffrey B. Van Orman at The Van Orman Dental Group is an experienced cosmetic dentist who would love to help you look and feel your best.

Teeth whitening

Over time, your teeth are bound to change color, and there are a number of reasons why. Cigarettes, cigars, and pipes all leave deposits of tar and nicotine behind. Wine, especially red wine, contains pigments that can darken the teeth, and even many healthy fruits and vegetables contain acid that eats away at your enamel, allowing the darker dentin to show through.

Dr. Van Orman offers professional teeth whitening to remove mild to moderate stains and discolorations. During an initial consultation, he can help you determine which whitening program will work best for your teeth.


If your enamel is too thin, your discoloration is due to trauma, or you have other tooth issues, you may not be a candidate for whitening. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with yellowed or stained teeth. Instead, talk to Dr. Van Orman about veneers.

This procedure bonds wafer-thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth, and each veneer is individually sculpted to fit your individual teeth. Not only can this procedure make your teeth look whiter, but veneers can also disguise tiny chips or even small gaps between your teeth.

Dental bonding

Sometimes a tooth has more than just a little chip; maybe it’s broken or worn down due to grinding or overuse. Some people are even born with small or misshapen teeth. In cases like these, dental bonding may be the solution to fixing your smile.

For a dental bonding treatment, Dr. Van Orman doesn’t need to remove much of the tooth to prepare it for bonding. Instead, he adds a composite material to the tooth and sculpts it to fit your mouth and smile. It’s a wonderful way to fix your smile in a single visit.

Crowns and fillings

Once upon a time, if you got a cavity, you were stuck with a metal tooth or metallic fillings. Today, Dr. Van Orman can give you a natural look, and he can even replace your older fillings with white composite material that looks more like your natural teeth.

Broken, misshapen, or cracked teeth can also be replaced with natural crowns. He shapes the damaged tooth into a secure base, and bonds a composite tooth sculpted to fit in the hole. Not only does this enhance the appearance of your smile, but it also gives you a natural bite and improves your speech.

Dental implants

What if you’ve lost a tooth? Dr. Van Orman offers dental implants to replace a single tooth or even a whole mouthful of teeth, if necessary.

Before the implant, Dr. Van Orman examines and X-rays your jaw to ensure that you have enough bone density to support the implant. If so, he surgically inserts a titanium screw into your jaw. It takes several weeks for the bone to heal around the titanium screw. After you have completely healed, Dr. Van Orman bonds a custom crown designed to match the rest of your teeth to the implant, significantly enhancing your smile.

Beyond just the look, dental implants also help protect your jaw from the bone loss that occurs following tooth loss. They also function just like your normal teeth.

To explore cosmetic dentistry and the ways it can improve your smile and oral health, call Dr. Van Orman’s Lake Oswego, Oregon office today for an individual consultation.

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