Smile Makeover


In this video, Dr. James Slaman discusses smile makeover candidates, which cosmetic dentistry treatments are available, and the treatment planning process. Our office uses minimally invasive techniques and the latest technology. Patients can expect a more beautiful smile after their smile makeover.

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A smile makeover essentially is improving the appearance of someone's smile. It can be as simple as whitening your teeth. It could be repositioning teeth with aligner therapy, or it could be changing the shape and the color of the teeth with dental ceramics or bonded tooth-colored dental resins. Oftentimes, patients who have chipped, worn, or broken their teeth over time are good candidates for a smile makeover. Oftentimes, patients are dissatisfied with the position of their teeth, and they're not interested in orthodontically repositioning the teeth. So those are really good candidates for a smile makeover. One of the things that I've enjoyed doing for patients over the last couple of decades is doing a conservative smile makeover. In years past it, a smile makeover consisted of crowning or partially crowning multiple teeth. With today's current technology and minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry, we're able to change the shape and the appearance of the teeth while preserving the majority of the natural tooth structure that the patient presents with. So each smile makeover is customized to the individual's needs and wants. And that typically starts off with photographs of the patient's teeth and analysis of how the patient's teeth fit and function together, and doing a preliminary mockup of what the teeth could look like, either in a digital format or wax by building teeth up in wax to a different shape. They can expect that their teeth are going to have an enhanced appearance, enhanced function, and they will generally work and function the same or, if not, better than what they presented with.

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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