Cosmetic Dentistry in Bend

For Confidence Inside and Out

How long have you been wishing there was a cosmetic dentist in Bend you could really count on? One who had both an artist’s touch and an engineer’s precision? One who considered all dentistry cosmetic – because no one should have a smile that doesn’t radiate strength and confidence?

Your days of wishing and waiting just ended. Dr. Benjamin De Graff is absolutely passionate about helping his Bend neighbors find the healthy, bright, and beautiful smiles they want and need.

Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

If cosmetic dentistry sounds like a luxury, you may not know what Bend cosmetic dentistry from Ponderosa Dental Center is all about. Most of our cosmetic dental treatments are not for appearances alone.

  • Porcelain veneers and composite bonding treatments can not only perfect your teeth, but they can also strengthen and repair them as well
  • Tooth recontouring can help balance your bite and smooth away chips and cracks that irritate soft tissue
  • Full-mouth restorations and smile makeovers can completely renew and restore your smile from the bottom up
  • And smile whitening with the KöR system can often even remove tetracycline stains, offering patients the confidence they might have thought was lost forever.

A Trial Smile Sneak-Peak

When you come to see Dr. Benjamin De Graff for a smile makeover, you are making a big commitment to changing your smile and your whole life! This can be a very important decision, with a multitude of factors to consider. At Ponderosa Dental Center, we can help eliminate the factor of how your new smile will look from the decision making process. At your consultation visit, Dr. De Graff will take an impression of your current smile, and utilize his 3D technology to craft a wearable model of what your new smile will look like! At your second visit, you can try on this new smile and see how it looks. Once your treatment plan is completed in our Bend dental office, your actual smile will be as beautiful and breathtaking as the Trial Smile you wore!

Make Smiling a Priority

Who hasn’t heard of the benefits of smiling? Smiling really does make life better. It can:

  • Allow for the release of dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin
  • Lower your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Boost your immune system
  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Decrease depression
  • Improve your confidence
  • Create a more youthful appearance

Unfortunately, if your smile doesn’t live up to your personal standards–if you are embarrassed to smile, or you avoid smiling so as not to show your teeth–you won’t enjoy any of these benefits. Bend cosmetic dentistry from Ponderosa Dental Center can change all that. Changing your smile really can change your life!

Porcelain Veneers

Short teeth. Broken teeth. Worn teeth. Stained teeth. Porcelain dental veneers from your cosmetic dentist in Bend can take care of it all. Ponderosa Dental Center loves and appreciates teeth of all types and sizes, but if you aren’t satisfied with your smile or your teeth need some extra strength or protection, we would also love to help you find the beauty and strength you always wished for. Porcelain veneers do exactly what their name suggests–they cover the surfaces of your own teeth with beautiful, custom-designed porcelain overlays. Each veneer is made just for you.

That means natural translucency and shading as well as the shape, size, and style that suits your personality and lifestyle. We simply prepare your teeth by removing and thinning down some of your enamel. This not only offers a superior grip for the dental veneers to be bonded to, but it also ensures that your smile profile is elegantly slim. Once your teeth are prepped, we will take digital impressions of your teeth, send them to the lab, and place temporaries so your smile looks great. Once your gorgeous veneers are back from the lab, you return for placement – and wave goodbye forever to gaps, cracks, chips, stains, and irregularities!

Minimal Prep Veneers

Minimal-prep veneers are a lot like our traditional porcelain veneers, except that they require less tooth preparation. Minimal-prep veneers are your cosmetic dentist in Bend’s choice to restore and repair teeth when not quite as much strength is needed, the repairs required are more minimal, or our patients desire less tooth preparation. These are an especially great choice for young people or teenagers who have cosmetic or structural problems with their smiles. What sets minimal-prep-veneers apart from other veneers is their ultra-thin profile. In fact, they are so slim, people compare them to contact lenses for your teeth! Of course, as with any of our cosmetic or restorative plans and procedures, we always spend plenty of time with you:

  • Discussing your needs
  • Showing you examples of completed minimal-prep-veneer cases
  • Reviewing what you want your smile to look like
  • And designing your look with you

Minimal-prep veneers are bonded in place for strength and longevity, but because the teeth beneath them have been very slightly altered, minimal-prep veneers can be reversed or replaced.

Full Mouth Restorations

All kinds of things can affect your oral health: illnesses, hormonal changes, medications, heredity, neglect, dietary problems. And those issues affect your smile, not just in the way it feels and functions, but also in the way it looks. That’s important. Like it or not, people do tend to make judgments about each other based on the appearance of their smiles. And a damaged, unattractive smile can really affect your confidence. Combine that with the overall health effects of poor oral health, and you have a whole heap of issues to deal with. Full-mouth restorations from your Bend cosmetic dentist, Dr. Benjamin De Graff, can help you regain your health, your confidence, and your appearance. Here’s the thing: Full-mouth restorations are not a single procedure. Instead, these customized restorations are more like a treatment plan. We start with a comprehensive exam to discover every issue, from health to cosmetic, that is troubling your smile. Then we sit down with you and map out a plan to get your mouth back into the ideal shape and ultimate attractiveness. A full-mouth restoration plan might include:

  • Filling cavities
  • Treating periodontal disease
  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • Balancing your bite
  • Repairing chips, cracks, or breaks

Once we are finished, you’ll be ready to fully enjoy your smile – and the health that accompanies it!

Smile Makeovers

Everyone loves a good makeover – and smile makeovers are no exception. Everyone in our Bend cosmetic dentistry office gets excited to take part in the transformation. We have seen smiles go from dull, broken, and dismal to bright, whole, and beautiful time after time. Smile makeovers change lives. It’s true! Much like when we plan for a full-mouth restoration, we consider both the health and the appearance of your smile when we begin the planning. We will make sure there aren’t any underlying health concerns that are causing issues or that could undermine the strength and longevity of your smile makeover. That might mean we treat periodontal disease or replace missing teeth before the more cosmetically-focused treatments begin. But once your smile is healthy, the exciting transformation can take place. We often find that a combination of treatments is most effective. This could include:

  • Tooth or gum contouring to even and smooth irregularities
  • Composite dental bonding to fix chips or cracks
  • Dental crowns to repair and strengthen worn or damaged teeth
  • Full traditional or minimal-prep veneers to create a brand-new surface for even the most stained, worn, or unshapely teeth
  • And smile whitening with KöR Deep Bleaching for the fastest, most effective, long-lasting smile whitening you have ever experienced.

You’ll leave Ponderosa Dental Center with the smile of a lifetime – one you’ll want to show off all over Bend and beyond!

Gum Recontouring & Crown Lengthening

Our gums play such a vital role in our smiles, and yet we rarely think about them– until something isn’t right, that is. Then they’re suddenly all we can think about! Usually, our gums quietly frame and support our teeth, keeping bacteria out and allowing our enamel to shine. But once in a while, gums can become overgrown, uneven, puffy, infected, or simply stand in the way of having restorations placed. Gum overgrowth can happen for a multitude of reasons including:

  • Use of certain medications
  • Prolonged braces wear
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy
  • Inflammation
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Hereditary conditions

That’s when gum recontouring and crown lengthening from your cosmetic dentist in Bend comes to the rescue.

  • Crown lengthening is used when a crown or other restoration is needed but a tooth has either been broken off below the gum line or too much gum covers the enamel for proper bonding
  • Gum contouring has a more cosmetic focus and removes excess gum tissue or evens irregular tissue for a brighter, whiter-looking smile

We use a laser to perform both of these procedures for the ultimate in precision and comfort. Lasers are so great for this kind of work because they eliminate the need for scalpel or sutures. Plus, because lasers heal as they work, you can leave our office looking and feeling fantastic!

Composite Bonding

Oh, the annoyance of the minor problem. A chip in your molar that you can’t stop touching with your tongue. One discolored tooth that ruins your entire smile. A chip. A crack. A small irregularity. It really is surprising what a difference minor smile issues can make. But who has time to deal with restorative or cosmetic dentistry for something that isn’t necessarily affecting health or function? You do! With cosmetic and restorative composite bonding from your Bend cosmetic dentist, Dr. Benjamin De Graff. That’s because the entire cosmetic bonding process is completed in one easy visit– no messy impressions, no waiting for a lab, and no return visits for placement. All it takes is:

  • A conversation about your needs
  • Custom shading of the composite material
  • Application of the composite bonding
  • And sculpting of the bonding material directly on your tooth

The procedure is surprisingly affordable, and the results are natural-looking and long-lasting. Don’t let minor cosmetic disturbances ruin your smile! Ask us about composite bonding today!

Tooth Recontouring

Tooth recontouring from Dr. Benjamin De Graff can bring harmony back to even the most irregular tooth line – in one convenient visit. Most patients do not even need Novocaine! The process does require a trained hand and artistic eye because all adjustments are made directly on your enamel, so it’s lucky for you that Dr. De Graff has both in spades. Tooth recontouring by your Bend cosmetic dentist can:

  • Smooth away rough edges
  • Reduce overly long or pointy teeth such as canines
  • Make uneven tooth lines regular and harmonious
  • Erase minor chips, dings, pits, or bulges in enamel
  • Reduce the appearance of minor crowding or overlap

all with the gentle polishing action of a dental burr. It’s so painless and yet so effective, you’ll leave the office with results you’ll want to show off immediately!

Smile Whitening

Next to a good dental cleaning, there really isn’t anything that can give your smile such a fast and easy pick-me-up as a smile whitening from your cosmetic dentist in Bend. Whether you have a special event like a wedding coming up, you want to feel your best for a job interview, or you simply want to look refreshed, smile whitening can:

  • Take years off your appearance
  • Camouflage irregularities such as minor crookedness
  • Remove a buildup of staining and discoloration
  • Brighten your entire look

And here’s the best news – your cosmetic dentist in Bend, Dr. Joshua Prentice, uses only KöR Whitening for his patients for in-office and take-home whitening. Why? The KöR whitening system offers the most effective way to brighten your teeth permanently – and all without the sensitivity usually associated with tooth bleaching! It is the only recognized system in the world that will even whiten tetracycline (dark) stained teeth, something that was previously considered impossible. In fact, the system was judged by a respected dental journal to be the most gentle, effective, and reliable way to whiten your teeth – and your cosmetic dentist in Bend, Dr. Joshua Prentice, is one of the only KöR certified dentists in central Oregon!