A person’s smile is an important physical feature that can make a world of difference in how that person is perceived by others. Even more so, a smile can say a lot about how a person feels about himself. Teeth that are stained, chipped or unevenly spaced can have a disparaging effect on a person’s appearance. Even the best clothes, makeup, and fashion accessories cannot lessen the negative effect caused by opening one’s mouth to reveal yellowed, uneven and/or cracked teeth.



If you are looking for a quick way to get a perfect smile and are dealing with financial constraints, explore dental veneers.



If you have stained or discolored teeth, a simple teeth whitening procedure could drastically change the look of your smile.



Clear plastic trays, known as aligners, can work the magic of braces without the shine of metal and brings a new smile within reach.

Even worse, when a person knows that his or her teeth are not attractive, it can cause that person to be self-conscious and unwilling to smile, perhaps causing others to get the wrong impression. The lack of confidence in smiling can negatively affect everything from personal friendships to job interviews to professional advancement. As these problems worsen, the person’s self-esteem can continue to worsen. This does not need to continue!

When a smile has lost its dazzle, a cosmetic dentist may be able to help. The practice of cosmetic dentistry goes beyond repairing and maintaining healthy teeth. Using procedures such as whitening or the application of dental veneers, cosmetic dentistry can restore beauty and confidence to one’s smile.

Dental veneers

A dental veneer consists of a thin material, usually made of porcelain, that is professionally applied to the frontal surface of a tooth. Dental veneers have been around for several decades but have improved immensely in natural appearance and the strength of the material used to bond the veneer to the tooth surface.

The choice of veneers may be made to resolve the following issues:

  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Teeth that have developed cracks, chips or have signs of excess wear
  • Excessive spaces between teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth

Veneers are applied over a span of at least two separate dental appointments. With proper care, veneers can last from five to ten years.


Teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening uses a special solution to remove stains on teeth. These stains are commonly caused by eating certain foods or drinking certain beverages such as coffee or tea, but can also arise from using tobacco products or taking certain medications. These stains are often too stubborn to be removed from ordinary brushing.

It is common for a cosmetic dentist to allow the patient to choose the method of administering the solution. Some may prefer to have the procedure performed in the dentist office. Another option is to do the procedure in the privacy of one’s own home with a specialty tray and solution supply furnished by the cosmetic dentist.


Teeth straightening

For ultimate camouflage, tray or aligner systems render a modern straightening method.  Designed with sophisticated software and 3D digital models of your teeth, a series of clear plastic trays produce the straightening results.  Medical-grade plastic without wires, metal, springs, or rubber bands gently moves your teeth into place.  Gradual pressure on specific teeth with each aligner means less discomfort and shortened treatment times, in many cases.  Your provider dispenses several sets of aligners at a time, allowing you to change to a new one at home every two weeks.

Clear Aligners can:

  • Straighten your teeth in stealth mode
  • Allow you to eat the foods you like during treatment
  • Make cleaning and brushing easy
  • Close eye-catching gaps
  • Correct overlap/crowding issue


Our cosmetic dentistry services provide a variety of solutions and treatments to correct various types of conditions including, overcrowding and over-spacing of teeth. It is important to understand that cosmetic dentistry also includes helping you reach your overall goals of long lasting – excellent oral health.

Dr. Hartman, a cosmetic dentist, has been offering a variety of cosmetic dental procedures to the Portland community and surrounding areas for over 14 years.

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Why choose Portland Dental Center for cosmetic dentistry?

Located in the Hollywood District of NE Portland

We are committed to your smile. We understand that your smile not only reflects your personality, it also reflects how you feel about yourself, and we want that to be as positive as possible. We also understand that you have questions about the procedures that we use, and about any risks associated with the treatments as well as the costs involved.

When you consult a dentist in our group, you become a part of a team that is committed to your oral health and appearance. We will review your records, x-rays, and other data and discuss the best mode of treatment to bring the glimmer back to your smile. An added plus is that we strive for you to be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure that you choose.

Your preference will be our preference. We believe it is our job to make recommendations as we deem appropriate, but ultimately the decision will be yours. We want you to feel as good about your choice beforehand as you will when you see your new smile afterward. We welcome your questions and will explain every aspect of each procedure being considered to assist you in making the most informed decision possible. Call today and let us help you find your smile again!



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