Patient Stories

I’ve been going to my Dentist for over 4 years now and I can tell you that i have no problem at all with my teeth or my dental professional.

Before I started going to this new dentist, my teeth were always yellow and my breath stink. Now after just a few visits and some lessons on how to improve my oral habits at home, I have definitely improved my dental health. The first that I did was make sure to brush after every meal, including lunch. My co-workers would make fun of me for brushing during work but you should have seen the looks on their faces after my teeth started to shine.

The second thing that my Dentist told me to do was make sure that I flossed at least once a day. I don’t like having plaque, bacteria, or tartar in my mouth and especially overnight. By removing the excess food particles from my mouth, I was able to allow my gums to heal and my teeth and enamel to strengthen.

I wasn’t just feeling more confident in my smile, breath, and teeth, but my dentist also noticed that my teeth were a lot more healthier. I didn’t have any cavities anymore and i was happy and proud to be in the dental office.

So just after a few years of good habits, I was able to go from having a smile that I would hide to a smile that I couldn’t stop showing off. My teeth were looking better and I owe it all to my Portland Dentist. He provided me with some great tips and he did an awesome job at our checkups when he was cleaning my teeth and polishing them. If you have any concerns about your oral health then I suggest that you visit a dentist soon.

Thank You Notes to Dentists

Great service, all work was done fast and pain free at a great price, with a friendly studio. I will tell all my friends it was a nice place to get my teeth done.

Robert F

I was really impressed with both the professionalism and the congenial attitudes of all the people at the clinic. I would unhesitatingly recommend their services to anyone requiring any type of dental work.

Robert H

Since I’m here just 11 days, I was able to make four appointments. At each appointment I was treated very nice and I was impressed how professional everyone was. And especially how talented was the doctors being able to do many procedures without anesthesia, that most American doctors normally would do. I highly recommend this place to anyone.

George R

I feel I have come away with not just a nice smile but a happy smile, because it comes with more than just cosmetic dentistry. I have a big part of me back again a natural smile enriched because of all of you. Take care of one another until Garry returns. Your attention to our pain threshold, hygiene, manners and caring, were taken into consideration at all times. We thank you for this.

Mairi O

My experience beginning with receptionists, customer service was exceptional and very enjoyable. All procedures were explained, pre operative screening conducted the dentist and her assistant were outstanding in doing my dental surgery. I will recommend anyone to come here for all of their dental needs.

Ulysses P

Can’t make it any better! Courteous – Professional – Knowledgeable! Best cleaning ever – you should add the words “GENTLE TOUCH” to your name!

John H

Yes I found, service and advice here, very professional and friendly. I have traveled long way to get my teeth work done, was quiet scared at first, but now a 100% confident. I have made the right decision in coming. Thank you so much. Appreciate very much the extra care taken.

William G

” Not only was my smile restored, my self image, self-respect, and self-confidence were whole again. With all the love in my heart…THANK YOU.”
– Saevlen, Hawaii

“(My patient’s) desire to have her smile back was so strong that she took a 6 hour bus ride one way for each of her visits.”
– Nicholas C. Davis D.D.S.

“My self-esteem and feelings of self-worth continue to reach heights I never before imagined possible. The Give Back A Smile™ program, and Dr. Olsen in particular, have been so very instrumental in helping this survivor mend a broken wing so that I could once again begin to soar.”- Lisa, Montana

“It was very difficult to smile only to hear your children say, ‘Mommy, your teeth remind me of the day with shotgun.’ Slowly but surely, my smile isn’t a constant reminder to my children of days past.”
– Rachel, Indiana

This is my story on how I came to be standing in the office on September 27, 2000.
In the early spring of 1999, after a 21-year-long marriage that was filed with ongoing and repetitive forms of abuse (mental, emotional, and physical), I had finally found the courage to leave my then-husband. My two children from the marriage were now adults and no longer lived with us. My husband (here into referred to as “my ex”) had been a truck driver for years, but was also a chronic prescription drug abusing, psychologically unbalanced alcoholic. I had left him three other times during the course of the marriage only to be skillfully manipulated back under his control through empty promises and apologies. But, for whatever reason (this day in particular), something deep inside, at the very depth of my soul, told me that if I left with him on the truck one more time that I would not survive the next attack. As it was, I was suffering from yet another broken rib and bruises in addition to the physical and emotional scars that I bore from previous assaults. Although the marriage had been riddled (practically from the onset) with threats, assaults, and terror, his attacks had become even more frequent and traumatic; I truly believed my days were numbered.

After having finally, and successfully separated myself from my ex, I spent the next five and a half months in a domestic-abuse survivor’s safe house. Then, in the early fall of 1999, I moved to Missoula to begin re-building my life; and to start re-building relationships with my siblings that I had not been allowed any contact at all with during the marriage. In the spring of 2000, a cousin our mine came up to visit. For the next week we spent every available moment talking and catching up with one another. It was when she returned to her home in Texas that this story truly begins.

I was, at the time, bearing a “look” that truly reflected the dental neglect that I had suffered. My ex couldn’t hold a job long enough to qualify for any medical or dental benefits. And I am not exaggerating in the least when I tell you that in 21 years of marriage, my ex moved us over 100 times searching for a “geographical cure” to his problems. So, there I was, with an upper dental plate that was not correctly fitted nor was it in the best of shape. I also had only a handful of my original teeth on the bottom, in front, with the rest of my teeth having been extracted over time due to decay, neglect, and injury.

While at home one day, my cousin recalled a program on television that she had seen a few years earlier. It was a network nighttime program (20/20) during which they brought to the public’s attention a very special foundation. This foundation is known as the NCADV or National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The sole basis for this foundation was, and still is, to provide medical and dental reconstructive services to survivors of domestic violence. These services are provided by various doctors and dentists free of charge. Through a series of phone calls, faxes and required applications, I found myself in the office of Dr. George Olsen, who is and active member of the foundation’s program.

And “give back a smile” is exactly what he and his staff have done for me. Prior to this, I was not camera-friendly due to the fact that I was extremely self-conscious about the smile that I DIDN’T have. But now, thanks to Dr Olson, his staff, and all the behind-the-scene providers that I never had the honor to meet in person, I have a smile that I am so proud of – and I show it off a lot! The quality and quantity of time, attention, and service I received from Dr. Olson and his staff is indescribable. Family and friends, who were aware of the work being done, were still totally blown away by the difference that was made, not only to my smile; but also to my overall appearance. I still receive compliments from other people in my life with regards to the “special glow” that I now possess! And I am always more that willing to let them know to whom I owe the credit!

With each passing day, my life continues to become more stable, exciting, and fulfilling. And I continue to grow more secure and self-confident. My self-esteem and feelings of self-worth continue to reach heights I never before imagined possible. I am currently in a healthy relationship with a wonderful man who treats me wit the love and respect that every person deserves. He and I have been together for nine months and I wear my “commitment ring” from him with great pride. To say that I owe Dr Olsen and his staff appreciation that mere words could never reflect is a gross understatement! Thus, the title “Mending a Broken Wing” – the foundation, and Dr. Olson in particular, have been so very instrumental in helping this survivor mend a broken wing so that I could once again begin to soar. And last, but certainly far from least, a special “thank-you” goes out to my cousin. For all of this, I will be eternally grateful!

Yasmine’s Story

After nearly four years of enduring physical, verbal, and mental abuse, Yasmine decided to help herself and her two children by leaving her relationship behind. She entered a shelter that helped her become more independent and learned of a program provided by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry that could help her leave the relationship behind for good.

Yasmine applied for the program to move on with her life. Now she goes out in public without being ashamed or covering her face. “It felt like a burden off of me…it’s the beginning of a new start for me and my children.” The program has helped Yasmine to get a new job and take part in activities with her children.