About 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.

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A dental veneer is a covering that's placed over the tooth to change the shape or the color of the tooth or to replace missing tooth structure. Veneers are generally made out of two types of dental restorative materials -- ceramic and composite. Ceramic veneers are generally made in an indirect method off of a digital model or a physical model of the patient's prepared tooth structure. Composite veneers are generally sculpted directly onto the patient's tooth and can be completed in one appointment versus a ceramic veneer, which is done in two appointments. Patients with cracked, worn, chipped, or discolored teeth are great candidates for veneers. Dental restorations have a life expectancy much like tires on a car. Fortunately, they last much longer than the tires on your car. They're more in line like a roof on your house. They're a 10, 15, 20-year life expectancy. So in that sense, they're not permanent, but they are a more definitive restoration than say, you know, a temporary fix.

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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