Cosmetic Dentistry in Albuquerque

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

Plenty of patients have found cosmetic dentistry to significantly improve their smile and confidence, especially those who suffer from dental issues that hinder their self-esteem. Taking the time to evaluate your confidence level can help you decide whether cosmetic dental treatment is the right investment for you. If your teeth have kept you from smiling, laughing, or speaking in front of others, it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry. With our high-quality treatment options, you can achieve a confident smile that glows from the inside out. Call today to schedule an appointment at Coronado Family Dental. Don't hesitate to stop by our office located at 11130 Lomas Blvd NE Suite F2, Albuquerque, NM 87112.

Albuquerque cosmetic dentist

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Studies show that having a healthy, beautiful smile boosts both our social and professional success.

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What to expect at your cosmetic consultation

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Candid Conversation

Your cosmetic dentist will begin your consultation by asking how you truly feel about your smile. Are there issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious? What would you change? What are the parts you like and appreciate about your smile? Every detail helps your dentist in Alquerque craft the perfect cosmetic treatment.

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Thorough Exam

By conducting a comprehensive oral exam, your dentist will be able to identify any issues that may not make you a suitable candidate for a particular treatment. Since cosmetic dentistry should only be performed on healthy teeth, your dentist will let you know if any restorative dentistry is required for your smile.

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Tailored Treatment Plan

After examining your mouth and discussing your problems and preferences, your dentist will then provide you with a recommended treatment plan.

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Explore Your Options

Your dentist will offer multiple different options to restore a smile, so you can choose the one that best suits your lifestyle, budget, and priorities.

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Scheduling & Payment

After you and your dentist have found the perfect cosmetic treatment plan, our friendly team will guide you through payment options and schedule your upcoming treatment appointments.


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Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home! Take-home whitening kits provide more subtle, gradual results over the course of about a week.

We'll start off by taking impressions of your teeth, using either dental putty or digital images with an intraoral scanner. These impressions will help us create a set of reusable custom whitening trays made just for you.

After the process is complete, we'll provide you with your custom trays, whitening product, and instructions for proper use. Simply follow your Albuquerque cosmetic dentist's instructions, and you'll get professional-grade results right in your own home.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening is a treatment process done by your dentist that provides speedy results. After just one round of whitening, your smile can brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour. This treatment is perfect if you want to whiten your teeth for an upcoming special occasion.

To protect your mouth during the treatment, your dentist will apply a special protective gel to your gums, while using retractors to keep your cheeks away from your teeth and the whitening treatment. Your dentist will then apply a powerful whitener to your teeth and activate it with a UV light. After an hour, the treatment is rinsed away to reveal your bright, white smile. To achieve your desired level of whiteness, this process may be repeated several times over multiple appointments.

Dental Bonding, Shaping & Contouring

Dental bonding uses a special tooth-colored dental resin that is applied directly to your tooth during treatment to match the shade of your smile. By carefully shaping and sculpting the resin, your dentist will correct the shape of your tooth and restore your smile's overall look and functionality. Each tooth treatment takes only about 30-60 minutes, and the process is completely non-invasive.

Shaping & contouring is also called enameloplasty. This cosmetic process is often used alongside bonding. To shape and contour, a thin layer of enamel is removed from uneven, chipped, or pointy teeth to grant you a more even, appealing smile.


Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that are attached to the front of teeth to treat small gaps between teeth, severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more. Durable and long-lasting, veneers can completely transform your smile. Veneers are permanent and cannot be removed, because they require the removal of some of your natural enamel, which is an irreversible process.

Botox & Fillers

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a cosmetic treatment that is typically used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth wrinkles on the skin. It can also be used to treat symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders). Because dentists are incredibly familiar with the mouth and facial muscles, they are ideal administers of Botox for patients seeking relief from TMJ pain or a more youthful look to accompany their smile.

Fillers are used to enhance parts of the face, such as the lips and cheeks, to rejuvenate aging facial features and better compliment the smile. Patients struggling with sagging cheeks or thinning lips can greatly benefit from fillers to achieve a look that makes them feel more like themselves.

Cosmetic Dental Makeovers

If you're unsure if any of the aforementioned treatments are the right fit for you, or if you think you may need multiple treatments to restore your smile, ask your dentist about a cosmetic dental makeover.

A cosmetic dental makeover is a highly customized, multi-treatment plan that's specifically tailored to treat all issues you may have with your smile. Because each patient is unique, all processes are a little different. All involve multiple cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. The goal for every patient is to have them feeling proud of their brand new smile after all procedures are complete.

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Have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Explore our answers.

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What dental issues can cosmetic dentistry solve?

Whatever issue you're facing that relates to the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can solve. Teeth whitening treatments are used to whiten stained or yellowing teeth and can help you look younger. Misshapen and uneven teeth, or teeth with minor tooth damage can be repaired through bonding shaping, and contouring. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes, too. Every issue mentioned can be fixed with veneers or Lumineers. These versatile cosmetic treatments can also correct gaps between teeth, more severe tooth staining, and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.

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Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dental treatments?

If your teeth and gums are healthy and you're free of any major orthodontic issues, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

On the other hand, cosmetic treatment may not be the right fit for you if you struggle with oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. Restorative dental care or orthodontic treatment can resolve these problems before you decide to explore cosmetic dental treatment. In many cases, restorative dental care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Can I get more than one cosmetic dental procedure done at the same time?

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Absolutely! It's common to have multiple cosmetic dental procedures done at the same time. Dental bonding and enameloplasty, for example, are often done in the same appointment. If you're looking to find out if you can have multiple cosmetic procedures done at once, ask your dentist in Albuquerque, NM for more information.

Is cosmetic dentistry covered by dental insurance?

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Unfortunately, it is not common for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance . Insurance providers often list cosmetic treatments as elective and unnecessary to the health of your smile. For most cosmetic cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. In some instances, your insurance may cover a small amount of costs for treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. If you're looking for more details on your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer. Be sure to also contact our practice to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

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The most obvious and apparent benefit of cosmetic dentistry is that it allows you to correct any imperfections in your teeth and smile. We can create a highly aesthetic, symmetrical, white, and straight smile that you've always dreamed of through minimally invasive and cost-effective treatments.

After correcting cosmetic imperfections, many patients feel that their confidence has skyrocketed and they're more inclined to put themselves out there. Studies have shown that there is a halo effect for people with white and aesthetic smiles. People are actually perceived as being good people when they have aesthetic smiles. The implications of this can be that you're more likely to get a job interview, get a raise, or even score a date.

Improving the appearance of your teeth can also have cascading positive effects on your oral hygiene and overall appearance. A white and symmetrical smile can take years off of your face and patients are more likely to be vigilant about dental cleanings after spending money to improve their teeth.

Why Choose Dr. Becky Chiem As Your Cosmetic Dentist?

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Dr. Chiem is committed to providing compassionate care to her patients of all ages. With a doctorate in dental surgery and years of experience in family dentistry, she decided to start her own family dental practice so she could provide a dental home to the local families in Albuquerque.

Our dental office is equipped with comforting amenities to keep you occupied and put you at ease before your appointment, including refreshments and heated towels. We believe in providing efficient and precise dental care that can be performed using the least invasive practices possible.

That's why we have equipped our office with advanced dental technology like digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and CBCT technology. As a result, we take x-rays that emit 80% less radiation, produce high-definition images of your gums and teeth without the use of physical impressions, and can produce 3D models of your jaw, teeth, and gums which help us plan your treatment.

Why You Should Avoid Going to Mexico for Cosmetic Treatments

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Some patients may be tempted to make a short trip to Mexico to save on time and costs for dental work that is considered too expensive to get done in the United States, especially if you don't have dental insurance. There are several reasons why this is a bad idea.

Firstly, there may be a language barrier. Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country, so if you don't speak fluent Spanish, you may have difficulty communicating with your dentist which can cause miscommunication or a big misunderstanding.

While some dentists in Mexico can speak fluent English, there may be some mistranslation of certain words and lots of their paperwork will likely be in Spanish. The next big reason to avoid going to Mexico for these treatments is the lack of safety and sterilization standards as well as reduced standards for education and accreditation.

Dentists in the United States are required to continue their education after they receive their degree. No such requirement exists in Mexico, which results in outdated practices and technology. Dentists in the U.S also need to attend additional years of dental school to earn a specialization. In Mexico, however, it's not uncommon to see dentists with a mere 4 years of dental school performing highly specialized procedures like dental implants, which can result in rushed work and serious mistakes.

Finally, studies have been done on the sterilization of dental tools in Mexico and found that cleanliness and sterilization are seriously lacking. One study found a failure rate of sterile dental tools of up to 10.2%.

Due to the violence on the border, it is also incredibly dangerous to freely travel around Mexico, especially by yourself. Tijuana specifically is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Thousands of people are murdered in Mexico every year and you could be a victim of gang violence. It's not worth the risk to save some money on dental treatment. At Coronado Family Dental, we offer financing options for those who don't have dental insurance and we provide dental forms in both English and Spanish.

Did you know…

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In just one whitening session, your teeth can be lightened by up to 10 shades.

Ready for a new smile?

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