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Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic imperfections such as chips, discoloration, and gaps can make your smile look unbalanced or even unhealthy.

Dr. James Slaman can design custom and highly lifelike veneers for patients in Albuquerque, NM, concealing several concerns at once.

Why are porcelain veneers such a popular cosmetic dentistry option?

Boost Your Confidence in Two Visits

Veneers are also a highly efficient cosmetic dentistry treatment. In some cases, they can be used to resolve minor misalignment issues, allowing patients to achieve their desired results in about two weeks as opposed to several months of orthodontic treatment. In addition, the treatment can also offer a significant boost in self-confidence. Many patients who undergo treatment are far more eager to laugh and smile.

Dental Veneer Testimonial

In this dental veneer testimonial, Lana describes her experience with Dr. James Slaman. Lana is very satisfied with her results and is very thankful for our advanced technology. She finally feels good about her smile.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Like dental crowns, porcelain veneers are custom-crafted restorations, designed to match the shade and fit of your surrounding teeth. However, rather than covering the entire tooth structure, a veneer covers only the front surface of the tooth. These restorations are ultra-thin for maximum comfort, but since they are fabricated from high-quality dental materials, they are also durable and long-lasting. The porcelain in dental veneers mirrors the shine of natural enamel, delivering an incredibly lifelike result. Best of all, veneers are stain-resistant and can be properly maintained with routine brushing and flossing, as well as regular check-ups and cleanings.

This patient's smile was transformed thanks to porcelain veneers.

before and after of a patient's smile with veneers

About Ceramic and Composite Veneers

In this video, Dr. James Slaman explains the difference between ceramic veneers and composite veneers. Both change the shape and color of your teeth. You may be a suitable candidate for veneers if you have cracked, chipped, worn, or discolored teeth.

How Do Dental Veneers Work? 

illustration of a veneer going on a tooth
Unlike teeth whitening or orthodontics, veneers can address
virtually every cosmetic aspect of a tooth, including shape, color, and size.

If You Are Worried about the Appearance of Your Smile, You Are Not Alone

A recent study found that 42% of people said that their teeth are the number one thing they would change about themselves

*According to a OnePoll survey conducted for Bupa Dental Services

Wondering what porcelain veneers at our Albuquerque, NM, office can correct?

Do you think porcelain veneers could be right for you?

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If you are interested in upgrading your smile with dental veneers, we invite you to schedule a consultation at the practice of Dr. James Slaman DDS, PC, in Albuquerque, NM, today. Our dentist is an accomplished cosmetic specialist with hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied patients.

You can request an appointment by contacting us online or calling

(505) 881-7586

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Dr. Slaman can use veneers to mask stains, chips, and more.

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M. Suzanne Bailey


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"I have been a patient of Dr. Slaman for several years now and I have never been more pleased over the years with the quality of his work! He gives you a perfect smile! His office staff can not be beat! They are awesome to work with on getting an appointment. I am moving soon to Arizona and I will miss the quality of care I have received at this office. I may just have to drive back for my future dental work."

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After doing much research looking for a dentist, I luckily found Dr. Slaman.  Numerous positive reviews about him was the reason I decided to see him.  He has a modern office with the most up to date advanced dental technology.  Dr. Slaman and his staff are warm, friendly and professional.  I only wish I had known about Dr. James Slaman DDS, PC a long time ago.  I highly recommend Dr. Slaman.

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Porcelain Veneers Candidacy Good candidates for this form of dentistry have...

Sufficient Enamel

Dental veneers require the removal of some tooth enamel. If for any reason you cannot afford to have enamel removed without threatening the health of your tooth, you will need to consider an alternative solution such as dental bonding.

Minor Imperfections

Porcelain veneers are designed to cover imperfections that are cosmetic in nature. In addition, an issue such as pronounced misalignment might be better treated with orthodontics.

Excellent Oral Health

If you have tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues affecting your oral health, they must be resolved before receiving porcelain veneers or any other cosmetic procedure. A healthy foundation is essential for a long-lasting aesthetic upgrade.

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At our Albuquerque, NM, practice, Dr. Slaman works with a highly skilled lab to create precisely customized veneers. In most cases, veneers can be designed, fabricated, and placed within two weeks. Dr. Slaman used dental veneers made from high-quality porcelain to correct the gaps in this patient's smile. 

smile before veneers
smile after veneers

Preview Your Results

Our Albuquerque practice uses the latest image simulation software to provide a preview of what your smile can look like with veneers. Our patients love seeing their potential new smiles and being able to choose treatments that match their desired results. You can preview your new smile during a consultation with Dr. Slaman

Porcelain Veneer Treatment Timeline

When you choose our dental practice in Albuquerque, NM, for dental veneers, you can expect your treatment to consist of several steps:
Most of our patients can receive their final restorations in as little as two weeks.
Most of our patients can receive their final restorations in as little as two weeks.

Initial Consultation

Before treatment can begin, Dr. Slaman must see you for a consultation. During this visit, he will talk to you about your personal cosmetic goals and assess the health of your teeth and gums to confirm that this form of dentistry is right for you. If veneers are recommended, he will design a fully personalized plan.

Preparing the Teeth

To begin the treatment process, Dr. Slaman will remove a small amount of enamel from each treated tooth. This will make room for your restoration and prepare the tooth for a veneer.

Digital Impressions

Once preparation is complete, we will take digital impressions of your teeth using our intraoral scanner. This device captures numerous images of your dental anatomy and combines them for an accurate representation.

Fabrication of Veneers

The images obtained by the digital impressions will be sent directly to our dental lab, where a skilled ceramist will begin the fabrication process. Your veneers will be custom-crafted from IPS e.max®, a porcelain-like material that offers superior aesthetics. This process takes approximately two weeks. In the meantime, you may be fitted with temporary veneers.


Once your dental veneer or veneers arrive, you will return to our Albuquerque office for a final visit. Dr. Slaman will check the fit and feel of your new restoration, making sure it meets your expectations before securing the porcelain shell in place. Once affixed to the tooth, any last-minute adjustments will be made.

"My Teeth Are Beautiful!"


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 (from childhood trauma), I kept putting it off. After joining Dr. Slaman’s office for routine fillings and cleanings I decided to take the plunge. 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!

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Michael Ross


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I have had the best experiences at Dr Slaman's office. I have recently had a lot of work and I am amazed at how little pain I feel.

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Questions About Veneers? Reach Out to Our Knowledgeable Staff 

Dr. Slaman and his team are a local authority on veneers, cosmetic dentistry, and other oral health services for the Albuquerque area. We encourage you to ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of veneers and other dental procedures before making a decision.

You can discuss your concerns with Dr. Slaman during a consultation or by calling our Albuquerque office at: 

(505) 881-7586

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Veneers have little to no recovery time compared to other treatments, so patients can continue their normal routine on the same day as their procedure. Like any dental work, the veneers may feel noticeable until your mouth adjusts to the change.


Along with practicing good hygiene, patients with veneers should:

Not bite down
on hard surfaces

While veneers are made to withstand the normal pressures of chewing, they are not invulnerable. Chewing on hard surfaces like ice, fingernails, and pens can place undue strain on your veneers and lead to cracks or chips. You should also avoid tearing open packages with your teeth.

Stop using
tobacco products 

Tobacco products can easily ruin the beautiful aesthetic of your veneers and natural teeth. They also cause a myriad of oral health issues like gum disease. If you keep using tobacco products, you'll need to pay more and more often to undo the damage to your teeth.

Schedule regular

Regular checkups are important, but they're even more essential for veneer patients who want to take particularly good care of their smiles. A normal checkup and cleaning every six months helps you maintain good oral health, and Dr. Slaman can help you fine-tune your care routine for longer-lasting veneers.  

What does it cost to upgrade my smile with veneers?

Determining the Cost of Porcelain Veneers

The three most significant cost variables are:

  • The extent of treatment needed to meet your goals
  • The amount of treatment you need before receiving veneers
  • The type of material used to create your veneers

It is important to understand that because this is an elective procedure, it does not qualify for insurance coverage. However, Dr. Slaman offers in-office 90-day financing to help you budget for this treatment. The staff at our Albuquerque office can also help you coordinate low-interest and interest-free financing through CareCredit®.

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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! The whole experience is geared to putting the patient at ease knowing care is first rate. 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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Sandra Kutarnia


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Dr. Slaman and his staff are so professional and caring. Dr. Slaman made time to fix a chip in a front tooth during a routine exam. He could have asked me to schedule another time to get this done, but instead he took care of this for me during the exam. I appreciated his respect for my time and left feeling, and looking so much better. Also want to thank his front staff for excellent communications regarding scheduling and billing. They are fabulous!

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Alternatives: Dental Bonding

While dental bonding and veneers have very similar functions, both treatments carry their own set of pros and cons. 


Our IPS e.max® veneers effectively cover the entire front of treated teeth to fix multiple aesthetic issues with one shell. Veneers cost more than bonding but also provide longer-lasting, higher-quality results. This treatment works best for patients who are ready to commit to a permanent treatment that can conceal more extensive and widespread cosmetic flaws on a tooth.  


While veneers may be able to fix multiple cosmetic flaws at once, they require the removal of some enamel for the shell to properly fit over your tooth. Bonding does not take away any enamel so the treatment is reversible. However, bonding tends to work best for small, localized problems on a tooth like a chipped corner or a single stain. 

During a consultation and exam, our dentist will discuss your options and recommend applicable treatments to match your unique needs. 

Learn Which Treatment Is Best for You Request a Consultation With Our Experienced Dentist

As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Slaman has the necessary skills and training to exceed your expectations. Dr. Slaman will listen to your needs during a consultation and walk you through the different treatments that best suit those needs. If some of our previous dental work has caught your eye, we highly encourage you to bring in a before-and-after photo and describe what you liked about it. 

You can submit a contact form or request a consultation with Dr. Slaman by calling our Albuquerque office at: 

(505) 881-7586

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Create a Smile Makeover By Combining Veneers With These Treatments 

Teeth Whitening

Our trusted ceramists can match the color and shade of your veneers to the rest of your teeth. However, you probably don't want your new veneers to match any discoloration or stains on your natural teeth. Teeth whitening can enhance the brightness of teeth so that a new set of veneers can become a seamless part of your pearly new smile. 

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Gum Contouring

While veneers can change the shape of a tooth and other cosmetic properties, they cannot affect the look of your gums. Gum contouring removes excess gum tissue and reshapes your gumline for a balanced smile that highlights your teeth. 

Learn More About Gum Contouring

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers 

How many veneers should I get? 

The number of veneers you should get depends on your needs and budget. Some patients may only need one veneer to cover an aesthetically flawed tooth and use other cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening to experience a beautiful smile. Others can get a full set of veneers to cover all the anterior (front) teeth that show when they smile. Dr. Slaman can help you find the best combination of treatments for your situation. 

Do veneers stay white? 

Veneers have naturally stain-resistant qualities and will stay brighter over time than natural enamel. Good hygiene and regular cleanings can help maintain the bright shade of your veneers and protect the underlying tooth structure as well

Dr. James Slaman DDS

James Slaman, DDS, PC

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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