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Cosmetic Dentistry

Life is worth smiling about–unless you are too embarrassed to smile because of damaged, discolored, crooked, worn, or missing teeth.

Fortunately, there are many advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help you achieve a smile you'll love to show off.

Award-winning dentist James Slaman of Albuquerque, NM, can give you a new smile through the artistry of customized cosmetic dentistry.

The Extraordinary Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Increased Self-Esteem

Do you feel embarrassed about the way your teeth look and hide them when you smile or laugh? Cosmetic dentistry at our Albuquerque, NM, practice can ignite your confidence and help you feel great inside and out. Whether you are interested in veneers, dental bonding, or a complete makeover, we can't wait to help you achieve a bright, stunning smile your personality can shine through.

Increased Opportunity

It's no secret that cosmetic dentistry helps you feel more confident, but did you know it can actually lead to greater opportunities in life, too? People with nice teeth are often regarded as more attractive and even more intelligent. Patients can make a memorable first impression by undergoing teeth whitening or another cosmetic procedure, which can lead to greater job opportunities or relationships.

Restorative Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry Understanding the Difference

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Restorative Dentistry

The goal of this form of dentistry is to improve the health and function of your smile. Treatments like root canals and gum cleaning fall under the restorative umbrella. While restorative dental care can improve the appearance of your smile, aesthetics aren't the primary goal.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic care is purely focused on enhancing the appearance of your smile. Popular treatments include teeth whitening, gum contouring, and veneers. However, it's important to note that some cosmetic treatments, like dental bonding and dental crowns, can also have restorative benefits.

We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative treatments at our practice in Albuquerque. If you're interested in what we can do to improve your dental health and function, feel free to reach out to us or explore our restorative offerings online.

Why Choose Dr. Slaman as Your Cosmetic Dentist?


Dr. Slaman is a highly regarded cosmetic dentist in Albuquerque, NM, where he was born, raised, and still calls home. He opened his dental care practice in "The 505" over 20 years ago and was named Top Cosmetic Dentist by Albuquerque The Magazine three times.

High-Quality Care

When looking for a cosmetic dentist, you want someone who strives for the best. Dr. Slaman is a self-proclaimed perfectionist with extremely high standards. He regularly attends continuing education courses to provide the highest and most up-to-date dental care for his patients.

Comfortable Amenities

Patients know Dr. Slaman as a caring, extremely skilled dentist who offers them warm blankets, headphones, and fresh hot coffee during every visit. Our office is carefully designed to help you feel at ease the moment you enter the door for your cosmetic appointment.

Sedation Dentistry

Many patients are anxious about going to the dentist, but we don't want that to get in the way of your dream smile. Oral conscious sedation is available for those who feel nervous about dental procedures to ensure they feel relaxed and at ease during their visit with us.

Plus, His Affiliations Include:

  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association

Isn't it time you started smiling freely again? Request a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Slaman online or by phone today. He looks forward to meeting you in his beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico dental office.

(505) 881-7586

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"I can finally smile with confidence!" Read Our 5-Star Reviews


Lana Kiehne


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Because of Dr. Slaman, my teeth are beautiful! I’ve wanted veneers on my front teeth for years but because of my fear of dentists, I kept putting it off. I told Dr. Slaman I wanted my front teeth to look better and I didn’t need them to be perfect. Well, guess what? They are perfect! They are beautiful! His work is impeccable. Everyone was very friendly and always made me feel comfortable. I can finally smile with confidence which feels really good. 

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Silvia Eastman


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Oh My Goodness ! You need to know that Dr. Slaman and his dental team are the best in the city . They are compassionate, and sincerely caring. My husband and I are so blessed to have found them. I do not know how they are so perfect in their craft but they truly are. I Love the entire team, especially my hygienist, Lori. Thank you everyone.

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Enhance Your Smile  With Cosmetic Dentistry

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We used dental bonding to provide this patient with a brighter, more symmetrical smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Our dentist, James Slaman, offers a number of customized treatments that can rejuvenate your smile. Some can even be done in the comfort of your own home. 

Teeth Whitening

Our in-office Zoom!® whitening system combines a concentrated peroxide gel with an oxidizing blue LED light to dramatically whiten tooth stains in about an hour. One Zoom! dental appointment at our Albuquerque, New can result in a smile that is eight shades whiter than when you arrived. Our at-home whitening kits include custom-fitted dental trays you'll fill with a professional-strength peroxide gel and wear while you're sleeping. This easy-to-use treatment can significantly whiten your smile in about two weeks.

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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin, natural-looking porcelain shells that are attached to the front of one or more teeth to conceal dental flaws like chips, cracks, stains, and minor misalignment. When applied to a damaged tooth, this long-lasting shell instantly improves look and function. We coordinate veneers creation with a trusted dentistry lab, where a skilled dental ceramist will handcraft your veneers. Dr. Slaman is a self-proclaimed perfectionist who only uses superior-quality IPS e.max® veneers due to their amazingly lifelike appearance and durability.

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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a conservative treatment that can conceal many of the same concerns as porcelain veneers. Like veneers, bonding can improve the size, shape, and color of individual teeth. Unlike veneers, however, Dr. Slaman does not need to reshape your teeth for treatment. He will simply apply tooth-colored composite resin directly to your teeth to conceal blemishes and minor structural flaws. In many cases, our dentist can also use bonding to build up worn teeth, helping you delay or avoid the need for full mouth reconstruction. 

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Gum Contouring

Excess gum tissue or a crooked, ragged gum line might make your teeth appear small and uneven. Our dentist can perform a simple cosmetic dentistry treatment called gum contouring, which uses a precisely focused laser to reshape your gum line and improve the overall look of your smile. Dental laser gum contouring is virtually pain-free, requiring little or no numbing anesthetic. It is a modern alternative to traditional gum surgery, which is performed with scalpels and stitches.

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Smile Makeover

A smile makeover combines various cosmetic dental treatments to give you a smile that can boost your confidence and make you feel more attractive and youthful. Our dentist will employ all his cosmetic dentistry skills as well as the latest dental technologies, such as digital impressions and Digital Smile Preview, to customize a makeover plan based on your specific dental health needs and cosmetic goals. In some cases, we might also incorporate restorative procedures like dental implants.

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Dental Crowns

While dental crowns are typically used in restorative dentistry, they have a host of cosmetic benefits as well. Dental crowns provide an extra layer of reinforcement to weakened teeth, and they can also address discoloration and help adjust tooth size for a more balanced appearance. We can use our modern CEREC technology to craft stunning dental crowns in just one appointment at our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

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What If I am Missing Teeth? We Can Fill in the Gaps With Dental Implants

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The best of cosmetic and restorative dentistry meet in dental implants, the most reliable solution for tooth loss.

Titanium implants anchor into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots and provide much-need stimulation to the jaw tissue. Custom crowns, bridges, or dentures are fastened to the implants to replace teeth above the gumline.

The dental implant and the custom implant restoration work together to provide stable, lifelike results that make eating and speaking much more comfortable.

Whether you're missing one tooth or many, we have a dental implant treatment that can restore your smile in a way that looks and feels natural.

Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry? Request a Consultation to Find Out

Virtually anyone who wants a brighter, more uniform, or more proportionate smile is a good candidate for cosmetic dental care at our Albuquerque practice. There are some factors a dentist must consider before approving a patient for cosmetic treatment.

Your Oral Health

Successful cosmetic dentistry must begin with a healthy smile as a foundation. If you have an outstanding oral health issue like tooth decay or gum disease, you'll need to undergo preparatory treatment before we can move on to cosmetic procedures. Thankfully, Dr. Slaman is also an experienced restorative dentist. You can receive the care you need right here at our office, expediting your treatment process.

Your Commitment to Results

Certain cosmetic treatments (like veneers and crowns) require slight but permanent alterations to your natural tooth structure. If you're hesitant to make a permanent change to your tooth structure, we encourage you to explore more temporary cosmetic options, like teeth whitening or dental bonding. These can give you an idea of what your results could look like.

Your Expectations

It's important to remember that results will vary for each patient. Before your treatment process begins, Dr. Slaman will ensure you understand exactly what your chosen cosmetic procedure can and cannot address. If you're looking to tackle more cosmetic concerns that one procedure can treat alone, consider combining treatments in a smile makeover.

Patients across New Mexico turn to Dr. James Slaman for high-quality cosmetic treatment with a personalized touch. Interested in getting started on your brand-new smile? Contact our Albuquerque, NM, office online or give us a call at: 

(505) 881-7586

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"Absolutely top notch." More Excellent Reviews For Our Practice in Albuquerque


Stephen Reuter


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Team Slaman is absolutely top notch! The staff is friendly, professional and thorough! I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the dentists’s chair having had to have several complex procedures. All of the work has been done to perfection with virtually no discomfort!!! Dr. Slaman and his team should be your first choice for complete dental care!!!!!

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Mike Salmon


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Without a doubt the best dental practice in the Albuquerque area. Dr. Slaman is highly competent and personable. His staff is, without exception, kind, considerate and just plain nice! I felt like I was treated to the VIP level at all times. It is rare to find an entire organization where you can’t find a single suggestion for improvement, but the Dr. Slaman team is as near to perfect as you can get!

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Will My Cosmetic Treatment Hurt? How We Keep Our Patients Comfortable

If you're worried that improving your smile will be a painful process, there's nothing to fear. Most cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive and involve very little discomfort. However, we understand that you may have sensitive teeth or a phobia of visiting the dentist in the first place. Your comfort will always be our priority, which is why we make sedation available during all procedures. 

The Benefits of Dental Sedation

By undergoing oral conscious sedation, you can say goodbye to any fears or anxieties you may have had about treatment. This option induces a state of deep relaxation that can help your treatment fly by. Of course, if you choose to receive sedation, you'll have to coordinate with a friend or loved one to escort your home after your procedure. 

Many patients tell us that sedation gave them a peace of mind that made all the difference during their appointment. We're always happy to discuss your sedation options and the other things we can do to keep you as comfortable and relaxed as possible while in our care. Feel free to contact us online for more information.

See What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For Patients Just Like You

Dr. Slaman combined cosmetic techniques to create a stunning transformation for this New Mexico patient. See the results for yourself...
Before This patient came to our Albuquerque office with discolored, visibly worn teeth. They also exhibited some plaque buildup around the gumline.
After Dr. Slaman gave their teeth a thorough cleaning and then used whitening and veneers to bring brightness and proportion to their smile.
Dr. Slaman regularly completes smile transformations just like these. He can give you similarly gorgeous results through a customized cosmetic treatment plan. Take the first step towards rejuvenating your smile by contacting us online or calling (505) 881-7586.

"Absolutely fantastic dental experience." More Glowing Reviews for Our Team


Nelson Bennett


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Absolutely fantastic dental experience. Every single person that works here is top notch. The front desk personnel all the way up to Dr. Slaman. I’ve never had even the slightest negative experience. Courteous and friendly every single time. Flexible and helpful. I just can’t say enough. Dr. Slaman’s office is first class dental care.

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Chip Fenner


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I’ve been a patient of Dr. Slaman for about 20 years. He saved my teeth and my smile. His staff are always professional, helpful and upbeat. Each visit has gone smoothly with great results. I highly recommend Dr. Slaman and staff, and do so every chance I get.

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Does Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dental insurance generally will not cover a treatment unless is it considered medically necessary. Because cosmetic dentistry is elective, it is rarely covered. However, if your cosmetic treatment has a restorative benefit, like a crown that improves the appearance and function of a tooth, you may receive coverage. Our Albuquerque practice does accept dental insurance, and our friendly staff will be happy to work with your provider to help you maximize your benefits.

Dr. Slaman realizes not everyone can afford these life-changing treatments if they are uninsured or have high out-of-pocket expenses, so he is proud to offer his qualifying patients affordable monthly financing through CareCredit® as well as convenient in-office payment plans. His warm and knowledgeable staff will happily go over all your available payment options. Now that's something to really smile about.

"I've never experienced this level of service." Read This Patient's Praise for Dr. Slaman

"I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like this level of service from a dentist’s office, everyone was wonderful from the front desk all the way up the chain to Dr. Slaman, I highly recommend this place and will definitely be back. It was warm and friendly, you feel like you just made new friends that will quickly be like family." Don Lovato - 2022
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Dr. James Slaman specializes in cosmetic dentistry and offers a full selection of general and restorative treatments. Dr. Slaman is a member of various professional associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Spear Faculty Club​

To request an appointment at our Albuquerque, NM, dental office, contact us online or call (505) 881-7586.

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