In the past decade, there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.
Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Steven Holbrook in Albuquerque, NM means revitalizing, improving, and rejuvenating your smile. Cosmetic dental procedures refer to dental work that is performed to improve the appearance of the teeth and gums. We all know that smile enhancement can improve both one’s overall appearance and confidence. With our advanced technology, cosmetic dentistry can mean basic whitening all the way to restoring an entire smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, whether it be the shape, color, alignment, or something else, Dr. Holbrook can provide you with the smile you’ve always dreamed of. To determine whether you are a candidate for our cosmetic dentistry procedures, you will need to visit our office for an in-person consultation. From there, Dr. Holbrook can determine the proper treatment method needed for you.
What Can Be Corrected by Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry allows our office to not only improve the health of your teeth but also their aesthetic appearance. By improving both the well-being and visual appeal of the teeth, we are able to provide our patients with glowing smiles that allow them to leave our office with a higher level of self-confidence.
Our team uses cosmetic dentistry to correct the following concerns:
- Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
- Improve or correct bites.
- Lighten or brighten the color of teeth.
- Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
At our practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. The procedures offered at our practice include:
In-office tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is done with a series of appointments usually lasting an hour each. First, the teeth are cleaned and examined to make sure there are no loose fillings, cavities, gum problems for other issues that could be affected by the whitening process. Next, Dr. Holbrook will make a custom mouth tray for your teeth. Bleaching gel, containing a hydrogen peroxide solution, will be applied to your teeth in the tray. Frequently, another gel or rubber shield will be placed over the gums to protect them. Lastly, an ultraviolet light is used on the teeth to finish the process.
Dental implants are a big solution for missing teeth. Implants are surgically implanted in the jaw to provide a comfortable, secure fit and a natural look.
Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored shell, that are customized to the person’s teeth and bonded to the front sides of the teeth. Veneers close gaps, cover stains or discolorations and can correct misshaped or chipped teeth.
Dental crowns are caps, made from porcelain, that are bonded to the teeth that help strengthen and improve the shape, size, and color of the teeth. They help support broken or weak teeth. They also help the implantation of bridges or other implants.
Dental bridges or fixed partial dentures are natural-looking tooth replacements that are used for multiple missing teeth. They help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in gaps caused by missing teeth.
Fillings help fill the holes caused by cavities. Usually filled in with dental composite resin the filling protects the tooth and looks natural.
Dentures are a dental appliance that is removable that helps replace missing teeth. Dr. Holbrook offers two types of dentures, partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures help fill in the missing teeth and keeps your other teeth from shifting. Full Dentures are used when a patient is missing all their teeth.
Invisalign is an aligner that is virtually invisible and is used to straighten teeth without the need for braces. Invisalign is custom fit to your mouth and is less painful than standard braces.
Mini implants are dental implants that have a smaller diameter than regular implants. Mini implants are also placed in the mouth using less invasive techniques.
All-On-4 is an alternative approach to full arch, fixed replacement teeth. This method involves placing the implants onto the bone without the need for bone grafting.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures offer great benefits and value. The advantages of cosmetic dentistry include:
- Correcting dental imperfections
- Prevent future damage to treated teeth
- Improve confidence
- Give the patient a more youthful experience
Not only will you experience a new, beautiful smile, but you will experience a new you.
What Our Patients Have to Say
“He’s the gentlest, kindest dentist I know. I’ve been with him for almost 10 years now. He’s conservative in his approach, always trying to save the tooth. I’ve had an implant by him, and he will be doing another for me, after trying various attempts to save the tooth.” –Piana A.
Can You Combine Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
It is common for multiple cosmetic dental procedures to be combined to fully revitalize the mouth. When receiving porcelain veneers, Dr. Holbrook may suggest that you undergo a tooth whitening procedure prior to placing the veneers. If you have missing teeth but would also like to correct the existing teeth, dental implants can be used to replace your teeth while whitening or veneers can improve the rest of your smile. These options will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Holbrook and our team.