Designer Smiles Just For You
At Dental Design Solutions of New Mexico in Albuquerque, we offer a full selection of cosmetic dentistry services to meet our patients’ needs. We do this because we feel that in many ways the aesthetics of your smile are as important as its function. Your smile has a significant impact on your appearance and is one of the first things that people notice about you, whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or having lunch with an old friend. A beautiful, bright white smile can leave a lasting impression on others, improve your self-confidence, and make you more willing to participate in social functions. Conversely, a smile that is marred by flaws can make you feel self-conscious and embarrassed to show your teeth in public. If this is the case for you, then cosmetic dentistry is the solution.
At our Albuquerque dental office – a short drive for residents in Rio Rancho and Santa Fe – our team can revitalize your smile and help you realize your aesthetic goals. Through this process, we may just help you enjoy an improved quality of life as well.
Below you will find a selection of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. We encourage you to contact our dental office today if you would like to learn more about these treatment options or are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ziemann. With more than 30 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, which he likens to “plastic surgery for the mouth,” Dr. Ziemann has the artistic eye and practical skills necessary to restore your smile’s youthful luster.
Complete Smile Makeover
With every treatment we perform, our aim is to provide patients with a smile that is markedly improved, both in appearance and function. We understand how important a role your smile plays in the way that you look and feel, and we want it to be, well, smile-worthy! Some patients require more comprehensive treatment than others, however, to satisfy their oral health needs and aesthetic goals. In such cases, Dr. Ziemann can perform a smile makeover. Custom-designed around each patient’s needs, a smile makeover is an encompassing treatment plan that involves multiple procedures. If you are missing most of your teeth or suffer severe tooth decay on your upper and lower arches, a smile makeover can help you restore the appearance of your smile and enjoy dramatically improved functionality – for many of our smile makeover patients, the results are life-changing.
A common and effective cosmetic dentistry treatment option that’s highly popular with our Albuquerque patients, dental veneers are used to mask chips, cracks, minor cases of malocclusion, and gaps between teeth. Though porcelain is the material most commonly used in the fabrication of dental veneers, at Dental Design Solutions, we proudly use MAC Veneers™, which are constructed from pressed ceramic. Twice as strong as porcelain while maintaining its aesthetic qualities, pressed ceramic, with its added strength and durability, allows for longer-lasting results and greater stain resistance. We are committed to providing superb aesthetic results for our patients – Dr. Ziemann holds himself to the highest standards and takes a perfectionist approach to dental treatment – and believe that MAC Veneers™ are the best option for individuals looking to mask minor cosmetic flaws.
Dental Design Solutions is a metal-free practice – we use only all-ceramic restorations to treat our patients, as they are both more aesthetically pleasing and more biocompatible. Traditional silver amalgam fillings can stain the teeth, result in an increased rate of decay and breakdown through expansion and contraction, and trap bacteria in between the filling and the tooth. These potential risks are greatly alleviated or eliminated through the use of all-ceramic restorations; tooth-colored fillings securely bond to the tooth, expand and contract at the same rate as the teeth, and are immune to color leakage. Though we believe that the use of tooth-colored fillings should be universal, there are some dental practices that still employ the use of amalgam fillings. For the best results, however, both cosmetic and functional, there is only one choice – tooth-colored ceramic fillings.
In some instances, minor cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth can be corrected through dental bonding rather than the use of dental veneers. For cost-conscious patients looking to correct small cosmetic flaws, dental bonding is one of the simplest, quickest, and most budget-friendly cosmetic dentistry treatments offered at our Albuquerque dental practice. The dental bonding treatment involves the direct application of tooth-colored dental cement to the treatment area, where it is molded accordingly. Once the dental cement has been properly shaped, it is hardened with a special dental lamp. Through this process, the dental cement is “cured” to form a bond with the tooth.
If you have a gummy smile, it can detract from otherwise healthy and beautiful teeth. The encroachment of the gums can make the teeth appear smaller than they actually are, to the extent that they appear deformed or stunted. Through gum contouring, we can perform a “crown lengthening” procedure that allows your teeth’s natural luster to shine. After discussing your goals with you in detail, Dr. Ziemann will devise a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. On the day of your procedure, he will remove and reshape the gum tissue as needed. Performed using local anesthetic and dental sedation, the procedure is pain free, and patients can leave our office with a smile that is dramatically enhanced. If you have healthy, uniform, bright white teeth but are embarrassed to smile because of conspicuous gum tissue, there is a solution.
Discolored or yellowed teeth can hinder what is otherwise a healthy and beautiful smile. As we age, our teeth lose their youthful luster due to natural wear and the effects of staining agents such as coffee, cola, red wine, and tobacco. For individuals with dull or discolored teeth, this seemingly minor cosmetic flaw can have a major impact on their self-esteem, self-image, and confidence. Unfortunately, in many instances, over-the-counter whitening agents, such as tooth pastes, are insufficient at meeting the patient’s whitening needs. Faced with no other options, these individuals often resort to avoiding social events and smiling to save themselves the embarrassment of discolored teeth. The team at Dental Design Solutions of New Mexico is happy to help such individuals – we offer teeth whitening, both Zoom!® in-office and take-home treatment, to help our patients restore the color and sheen of their teeth.