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Using porcelain veneers for smile enhancement

Portrait of serene mature woman in gardenDr. Steven E. Holbrook is a dentist of the Albuquerque, NM area who is here to help patients with comprehensive dental care in his office. Patients who are seeking cosmetic work can also rely on his for solutions to improve the appearance of the smile. This includes the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers.

Understanding porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of many cosmetic solutions available for patients in and around the community. They are best used on the teeth near the front of the smile. The veneer itself is a very thin piece of ceramic. It is custom-made to match the patient’s remaining teeth and bonded over a tooth that needs a cosmetic enhancement.

What are porcelain veneers used for?

There are several situations when a patient might consider the placement of a porcelain veneer. They are used to cover:

  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped/cracked/broken teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Misaligned/crooked teeth

How do I prepare for a porcelain veneer?

First, patients will need to work with their dentist to determine if they are a good candidate for the porcelain veneer. This requires an evaluation with our team to determine if the smile is in good health and the condition the patient wants to addressed can be improved with a porcelain veneer. Preparations of the tooth are required, during which the dentist will remove a thin portion of natural tooth enamel from the front portion of the tooth and files it down so it is roughened. This helps the new veneer adhere properly. Impressions are completed and sent to a dental laboratory to create the final restoration that is bonded in place once it returns to the office.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Many patients love porcelain veneers other alternative treatments such as dental bonding as veneers can last several years with proper care and attention.

Learn more about porcelain veneers

Albuquerque, NM area patients who are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and want to find out if they are a good candidate can book a consultation with our dentist with over three decades of experience in patient care! Call (505) 881-1159 to request an appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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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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Who Is the Best Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

At Comprehensive Dental Care, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team can help patients transform their smile into a striking, attractive asset. When patients are considering cosmetic restoration of their smile, they are often introduced to an effective, affordable, and easy solution for imperfections on the front of the teeth called porcelain veneers.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Veneers are used to cover common dental imperfections that may be present in the smile. These imperfections may include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth

When these issues are impacting the overall appearance of the smile and are making patients feel self-conscious about their appearance, porcelain veneers can help. These restorations are bonded onto the front of the natural tooth to disguise the imperfections that are present. Veneers are matched in color, shape, and size of the patient’s existing teeth to ensure they look as natural as possible when placed.

Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook can use porcelain veneers for most patients who want a fast and effective solution to imperfections of the smile. To determine candidacy, a dental evaluation is performed, during which the dentist will take x-rays to check the health of the smile and perform a physical evaluation. Patients may also take this time to learn about other options that can be used to address these imperfections, such as:

  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Professional teeth bleaching
  • Composite resin bonding

When patients have a variety of options to choose from, they have more control over the journey they take to a more beautiful smile!

Make your smile gorgeous with porcelain veneers!

Patients of the Albuquerque, NM area who are considering porcelain veneers to enhance their smile can call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Comprehensive Dental Care to learn more. The practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C and can be reached by phone at (505) 881-1159. New and existing patients of the area can work with our dentist with over thirty years of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions to adult patients.

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How to Get a Smile That Would Even Make Santa Himself Feel Jealous

Veneers Albuquerque NMIf you have a smile that you aren’t exactly proud of, then why wait any longer to fix it? Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we offer patients a variety of different cosmetic dental procedures to help you get the smile that you’ve always wanted. Rather than asking Santa for the same old thing again this year, why not ask for the smile you’ve been wanting? Let’s take a closer look at a few ways that you can get a new smile that would even make Santa jealous.


Porcelain veneers can kind of be compared to one stop shopping. By sanding down your existing teeth and then placing thin porcelain veneers over the top, we can help correct a variety of issues including crooked teeth, chipped teeth, stained teeth, small teeth, or teeth that you simply aren’t too fond of. During your initial veneers consult, we will take a closer look at the different sizes, shapes. and colors of veneers that we have to help you land on the ones that will give you the best possible smile.


If you feel like you have a hard time saying “cheese” because of the color of your teeth, then you may want to consider getting your teeth professionally whitened. Here at our office. we use a take-home whitening system called Opalescence which uses a combination of bleach and customized whitening trays to help patients, like you, achieve the smile that you’ve been wanting.


Whether you have had braces in the past and it didn’t work or if you have never had any sort of straightening done on your smile, then you may want to consider Invisalign. The great thing about Invisalign is that instead of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, it uses clear aligner trays to help patients achieve a straight smile. Skip feeling sorry about your smile and get one that would have Santa and all of his reindeer feeling a little bit jealous. If you want to learn more about these options, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881.1159.

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How to Get the Chip Off Your Shoulder: What to Do If You Chip a Veneer

Veneers Albuquerque NMVeneers can be used for a variety of cosmetic reasons including giving you a straighter, whiter, healthier looking smile. And although veneers can withstand a lot, they can still chip sometimes; especially if you’re really hard on them. So, what should you do if you chip your veneer? Let’s take a closer look at a few tips.

Call Our Office

The first thing you should do when you chip your veneer is to call our office to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can get you in and get it fixed, the better off you will be. And because a chipped veneer is a pretty urgent situation, we will do our best to get you in as soon as possible.

See If The Veneer Is Still Intact

Next, look at your veneer and see if it is in fact just a small chip or if it looks like the whole veneer will need to be replaced. Oftentimes, if there is just a tiny chip at the bottom, Dr. Steven Holbrook will be able to add onto it to repair it. If, however, the rack is too severe to be repaired, then he may have to replace the entire thing.

Save Pieces

If you can, try to save the small piece that chipped off from your tooth; this will help Dr. Steven Holbrook with the repair and to take a closer look to see exactly how you got the chip in the first place to help prevent it from happening again later on down the line.

Having a chipped veneer can really make you have a chip on your shoulder but Dr. Holbrook can either repair or replace it in no time. Are you ready to learn more about dental veneers and how they can be repaired? Schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque office today and contact us online or call us at (505) 881-1159.

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Perfect For Spring – Porcelain Veneers

veneers in Albuquerque NM | Dr. Steven Holbrook Your smile is your confidence booster. It’s how you tell the world that you are happy, secure and friendly. But if you are dealing with stained, dark or misaligned teeth, chances are you aren’t smiling much. But don’t fret…Dr. Holbrook offers the latest in porcelain veneers – the flawless, permanent way for you to get your smile back.

Veneers typically take two appointments.

  • At the first appointment, we will take x-rays of your teeth and examine them carefully to ensure that you are a good candidate for veneers.
  • Then the surfaces of your teeth will be prepared; some of the surface will be removed. This is minimally invasive but a local anesthetic may be used to ensure your comfort. Impressions of your moth will be taken and you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your permanent veneers are being made.
  • Approximately a week to ten days following your first visit, the veneers will be permanently cemented to the prepared tooth surfaces. At this time, we will check to make sure the size and color are correct; any minor changes can be made at this time.

If you are considering veneers, ask yourself these questions:
•Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth because of stains, root canal treatments or age? Bright, white porcelain veneers can cover your dark teeth.
•Are you unhappy with the shape of your teeth, or have unsightly chips or cracks? Veneers can alter the shape of and cover chipped teeth, making them aesthetically pleasing.
•Do you have gaps between your teeth and have considered orthodontia as a solution? Veneers can close spaces and gaps in your teeth quicker than it can take with orthodontics.

Veneers are long-lasting and natural looking. They are also strong, stain-resistant and are a great alternative to crowns. Veneers offer the perfect, permanent solution if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth.

Want to learn more? Contact our office for a consultation and let us put that “spring” back into your smile: (505) 881-1159.

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