The best teeth straightening options available with Dr. Holbrook

Are you looking for an option to quickly straighten your teeth to achieve your dream smile? Misalignment of the teeth and the bite can impact both appearance and health of the smile, but many patients avoid asking their dentist about realignment options for fear of needing traditional metal wire and bracket braces. Fortunately, there are many other teeth straightening options available for patients to consider when dealing with mild to moderate misalignment. At the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, patients can achieve the results they want with some of the best treatments available in the Albuquerque, NM area.

  • Invisalign orthodontics – We are excited to offer solutions known as “clear orthodontics” for patients who need to address mild misalignment and malocclusion. Invisalign orthodontics is a popular choice for both teenagers and adults because it uses clear aligner trays that are discreet. Patients straighten the teeth with these inconspicuous appliances, working through a series of trays until they achieve the final results. Patients can remove the trays to eat, drink, brush, and floss, and many of our patients will get their new smile in approximately one year or less!
  • Porcelain veneers – Another way for patients to address misalignment is with the use of veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to cover imperfections. This includes small gaps between teeth and misaligned teeth. Essentially, instead of realigning the tooth, the porcelain veneer is used to disguise the tooth and provide a more attractive smile. Patients can use one or more veneers in the front of their smile to achieve results quickly and affordably without extensive orthodontic work.

Straighten your smile with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and are interested in finding out more about solutions such as Invisalign and veneers to improve your smile, call (505) 881-1159 to request an appointment with our team, conveniently located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C. Our team is here to help new and established patients in the community with general, cosmetic, and restorative dental solutions that fit their needs and budgets, while not impacting quality work.

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How preventative dentistry can lower your healthcare costs

A 2017 United Concordia study revealed that regular visits to the dentist can not only help patients achieve healthy smiles and bodies, but can also reduce the overall cost of health care. The study looked at the value of routine dental check-ups with cleanings and evaluations, and found there was a direct correlation between preventative dentistry compliance and overall medical claims costs. But why is this?

How preventative dental care can help in lowering your overall healthcare costs

Taking care of the smile at home includes brushing and flossing the teeth after each meal. Dental habits at home have a dramatic impact on the health of the smile. Because conditions such as periodontal disease can cause inflammation throughout the body, it can be an indicator—or cause—of other health issues, including heart disease and increased risks of strokes. Periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that impacts the gums, bone, and teeth. This bacteria can be carried through the bloodstream and increase a patient’s risk of inflammation and infection elsewhere. Periodontal disease is a condition that can be avoided with proper oral health habits, including routine dental visits, to catch signs of this condition early on and seek effective treatment before it becomes worse.

Patients who visit the dentist regularly are often more likely to maintain routine visits to their doctors for physicals and bloodwork. This may also play a role in the reduction of overall health costs associated with routine and preventive care.

Why is preventative care important?

The primary reason patients should be prudent about routine dental visits is to improve preventative care, which in turn reduces one’s risk of developing problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. These routine visits can help a dentist provide a definitive diagnosis and effective treatment early on, avoiding costly dental work and the increased risk of changes to one’s overall health and wellness.

Are you overdue for a routine dental visit?

If you live in the Albuquerque, NM community and are in need of a dental evaluation, it is time for you to book a consultation visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team to achieve a healthier smile—and healthier body! Call (505) 881-1159 to request an appointment at the practice, conveniently located in the community in Suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE.

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When should I brush my teeth?

Both children and adults are well aware that brushing and flossing the teeth at home can be done between dental visits to keep the smile healthy. But some patients are unsure as to when they should brush their teeth.

How often should I brush my teeth?

For the best results, we recommend that patients brush their teeth after every meal and snack. This is the recommendations made by the American Dental Association, or ADA, that provides realistic ways for patients to keep their smile healthy. Every time you eat, food particles can become stuck on the surfaces of the teeth or between them. This is why patients should both brush and floss, allowing them to remove food particles effectively. Sticky substances such as sugars and acids can remain on teeth and help contribute to the formation of cavities. It can also contribute to an infection called periodontitis which can cause permanent, irreversible damage to the teeth over time.

How should I brush my teeth?

Patients should take great care in brushing their teeth effectively and safely to avoid further problems. For example, patients who brush too aggressively or with a harder-bristled toothbrush will often cause issues with the gum tissues, sometimes experiencing bleeding and swelling. Patients should brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking to keep the smile healthy. When it comes to flossing, patients can floss once a day, preferably at night, to remove stuck food particles between teeth.

Ways to ensure better oral health

In addition to taking great care of the smile at home, patients should also visit their dentist every six months for an evaluation and cleaning, and call the dentist when problems arise between appointments.

Learn more about oral health habits to protect your smile

If you live in the area of Albuquerque, NM and want to educate yourself further on the steps you can take to protect and strengthen your smile, call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team to discuss. The facility is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE, Suite C and patients can call (505) 881-1159 to request a consultation appointment. We accept new patients and families seeking the best in dental care within our community.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dr. Holbrook and Staff!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dr. Holbrook and Staff! Even though Dr. Holbrook and staff have been vaccinated in the 1A category (medical office), they all observe CDC requirements of wearing masks and socially distancing in public.

After three months of vigilance to get the entire staff vaccinated, last week was the first time we were able to not wear masks and to hug. Hurray!

 

Our office photographer and administrative assistant, Elizabeth, joined Dr. Holbrook and Judith for a family celebration.
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Learn about professional whitening services with Dr. Steven Holbrook

Did you know that Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is a dental professional who can provide professional brightening of the smile with take-home whitening kits? Our team works with individuals who want a brighter, more dazzling smile and provide them with the services and products they need to see results. Forget buying toothpastes, trays, and strips over-the-counter at your local drugstore. Instead, have a custom whitening tray made with our team to use at home to lighten your smile dramatically in just a few weeks!

What professional whitening products are available?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is happy to provide patients with a custom whitening solution to enhance the appearance of their natural tooth enamel. He recommends use of the Opalescence whitening system, which uses custom-fabricated dental trays and prescription-strength whitening gels to bleach the teeth gradually while reducing the risk of sensitivity often seen with in-office power bleaching treatments available at other dental practices.

How much can you brighten your smile?

Because the kit includes professional-strength bleaching gels to use at home, patients have much more control over the results they achieve. Additionally, they can choose how long to whiten their smile. Most find optimum results in just a few weeks, and may whiten regularly to maintain the results. If patients run out of bleaching gel and need a refill, they can call the office to request more to keep their smile brilliant and bright for many years to come! Patients might also want to ask about other cosmetic treatments available in our office that can provide more permanent results, such as the placement of porcelain veneers to cover significantly stained teeth.

Enjoy professional whitening at the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook

Are you ready for a more brilliant and beautiful smile? Look no further than professional whitening options available at our facility. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook has over thirty years of experience in providing quality dental care to families in the area of Albuquerque, NM.  Call (505) 881-1159 to request a visit with our team at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE, Suite C. We accept new and established patients seeking general, cosmetic, and restorative dental solutions for their smiles.

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How implants benefit your oral health

Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is a dental provider who offers a wide selection of services to new and current patients. In addition, he can provide restorative dentistry for those who have lost natural teeth. Restorative solutions such as dental implants are popular options for many of our patients, and continue to be a desirable choice for both adult men and women in replacing one or more teeth. Additionally, many patients find that this treatment is also beneficial for oral health and wellness in many different ways. Below are just a few of the ways in which dental implants are beneficial:

  • Dental implants are stand-alone restorations. Unlike dental bridges, which require preparation to the surrounding teeth for stability and strength, dental implants are self-supporting. They use the bone of the jaw as the foundation to ensure they are strong enough to function as natural teeth do. This is also what makes them so durable and long-lasting, as they are fused with the jawbone for the best functionality.
  • Dental implants prevent bone resorption. When teeth are lost, the bone underneath can deteriorate through a process known as bone resorption. This is what causes patients who have dentures to have a sunken appearance to the lower portion of their face. With dental implants, osseointegration helps maintain the bone and keep this from occurring.
  • Dental implants are easy to care for. Dental implants are cared for just like the rest of the smile with daily brushing and flossing. They do not need to be adjusted like dentures do, and they function as they should. Patients can have their dental implants cleaned thoroughly at their routine six-month appointment with our dental team.

Ready to discuss the possibility of implants with your dentist?

Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM are here to help. Our practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C, and accepts new patients and families. We encourage future patients to call our office at (505) 881-1159 to request a visit at our practice and get started learning more about the treatments available to restore the smile!

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Cosmetic services offered to achieve beautiful smiles!

With the use of aesthetic dentistry, patients of the Albuquerque, NM area who are in need of smile enhancement options are encouraged to ask Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team about the options available. Cosmetic dental work has become more affordable than ever for patients and continues to be one of the more popular treatment options for new and current patients of the practice. Below are just a few of the more common options provided to patients who are looking to enhance their appearance:

  • Dental implants – replacing missing teeth with dental implants ensures a lifetime of beautiful smiles, as these metal posts are placed right into the jawbone as a tooth root replacement option.
  • Partial and full dentures – dentures are a way of replacing one, several, or all teeth in the smile to restore function and beauty.
  • Porcelain fixed bridge – one or more teeth in a row can be replaced using a porcelain fixed bridge, which is a restoration that uses the adjacent teeth to support a single restoration with crowns and pontics.
  • Porcelain veneers – disguising imperfections of the natural teeth can be achieved with the use of porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of ceramic bonded onto the front of teeth to change their appearance.
  • Dental crowns – crowns are used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry as they can offer an extra layer of protection against breakage when the natural tooth structure is impacted.
  • Professional teeth whitening – brightening the smile with professional-grade whitening solutions is far more effective than anything available over-the-counter at local drugstores.
  • Composite resin fillings – dental bonding is a popular choice for repairing small imperfections of the smile in an affordable way.
  • Invisalign orthodontics – misaligned teeth can be realigned without the use of metal brackets and wires by choosing Invisalign orthodontics as an alternative. This method of realignment is achieved using clear, discreet plastic aligner trays.

Take care of your smile and consider aesthetic enhancement

A healthy smile may not always be a beautiful smile, but this shouldn’t stop patients from learning more about cosmetic dentistry options available to them. If you reside in or around the community of Albuquerque, NM and want to speak to Dr. Steven E. Holbrook about aesthetic dental work, call (505) 881-1159 to schedule an appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C. Our team is dedicated to helping new and current patients obtain comprehensive dental care and aesthetic work as needed!

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Enhance your smile with a natural-looking solution such as porcelain veneers

Imperfections near the front of the smile can make patients feel uneasy about sharing their smile with others. Covering the smile or avoiding socialization with others can be avoided completely with cosmetic dentistry. Patients of the Albuquerque, NM area who have imperfections of the smile that keep them from feeling as confident as they should be are strongly encouraged to ask Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team about porcelain veneers.

How porcelain veneers work

The porcelain veneer is a thin ceramic shell that is bonded onto the front of a tooth to change its appearance. This is a fast and efficient way of covering common imperfections, including:

  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Misaligned/crooked teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Unusually shaped or short teeth
  • Gaps between the front teeth

Obtaining a porcelain veneer

To obtain a porcelain veneer for the smile, patients undergo a series of steps from start to finish:

  • Evaluation. A consultation appointment and evaluation is the first step in determining candidacy for veneers.
  • Preparation. The dentist removes a thin portion of enamel from the front of the tooth to prepare it.
  • Impressions. Molds of the tooth or teeth are taken to get the shape of the prepared area.
  • Creation. The impressions are used by our dental laboratory to create the actual veneer using specific instructions for shape, size, and color by the dentist.
  • Placement. Patients return to the dental office to have their final restoration bonded onto the tooth or teeth.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook educates patients on how to take care of their porcelain veneers. With proper care and attention, most patients can maintain their veneers for a decade or longer!

Curious to find out if porcelain veneers can restore the appearance of your smile?

Contact our practice today by calling (505) 881-1159 to request a consultation at our facility located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C. Our dentist has over three decades of experience in providing comprehensive dental care for patients in and around the area of Albuquerque, NM. His office is open to new patients and families in the area.

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Why it’s important to treat a cavity as soon as it is diagnosed instead of waiting

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that can occur for patients. When cavities develop, they cause large holds in the tooth’s enamel—and beyond. These holes leave a tooth susceptible to problems such as larger areas of tooth decay or infection caused by bacteria that enters into the tooth. Many cavities can be spotted early enough for successful intervention by our team of professionals, and once diagnosed, should be addressed as soon as possible. Treating cavities as soon as they are diagnosed is incredibly important.

What is cavity?

A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a problem that is caused by poor oral health habits. When food particles and plaque are not brushed and flossed from the teeth, it can cause acids to develop on natural tooth enamel which penetrate its thick shell. Cavities can cause a depression in the tooth structure or a large hole that leaves the tooth vulnerable to infection and further trauma. Treatment should occur as soon as it is caught for various reasons.

  • Cavities can become larger and more damaging to the tooth’s natural structure, affecting the integrity of the tooth and making it weaker
  • Cavities can penetrate deep within the tooth and reach the dental pulp inside, where an infection can cause the need for root canal therapy
  • Cavities can become extremely large to the point where a filling cannot effectively seal the tooth. In situations such as these, the placement of a dental crown is often recommended.
  • Cavities that cause infection but cannot be treated effectively with root canal therapy will need to be permanently extracted from the smile.
  • Cavities can occur in patients of any age and any gender, making routine dental examinations and cleanings critical to maintaining oral health and wellness.

Treat your cavity as soon as possible to avoid more expensive or invasive treatment

If you have been diagnosed with a cavity in your smile, then let Dr. Steven Holbrook treat it to avoid extensive services later on. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 to make an appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C to discuss your options.

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How dental bonding can improve your smile

Cosmetic dental work is a common solution for patients who have imperfections on the teeth that affect their confidence in their own smile. With solutions such as dental bonding, patients can enjoy same-day results that will last several years. Dental bonding can address a wide range of issues and allow patients to invest in the beauty of their smile without breaking the bank!

What is dental bonding?

Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM describes dental bonding as a special material that is used to repair the smile while ensuring a natural finished results. This material, called composite resin, can be molded where it is needed and then cured with a special light to harden it. The dentist finishes the process by filing and polishing the bonding to create a beautiful finished result.

What can dental bonding be used for?

Composite resin dental bonding is used in many situations and patients with the following issues can speak to our dentist about using it for their own smile:

  • Areas of tooth decay/cavities
  • Gaps/spaces between the front teeth
  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Covering teeth that are permanently stained
  • Extending the length of a tooth

What alternatives are available?

Composite resin bonding is a viable option for many of our patients. It can last several years before it needs to be replaced due to breakage or staining. However, it is not the only option that can help with the above concerns. Other alternative treatments such as porcelain veneers may be discussed depending on the needs of the patient. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells custom-created for a patient to bond over the front of a tooth to change its appearance. Porcelain veneers are not susceptible to staining and often last a decade or longer with proper care. However, composite resin dental bonding is the more economical choice.

Are you thinking about using composite resin bonding to restore your smile?

Connect with Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM to find out more about the advantages of composite resin bonding services. His practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Blvd., NE in Suite C and can be reached telephonically at (505) 881-1159. His facility offers comprehensive dental care and is always accepting new patients.

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