Resolution: Make Over Your Smile

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Have you been living with a smile that just doesn’t make you want to, well, smile? Do you have a habit of hiding your teeth behind your hand, or posing for photographs with your mouth closed?

The new year is just days away. What better time to make a change for the better? In 2018, resolve to focus on your smile. Book a consultation with Uptown Dental Associates to find out if you are a good candidate for a smile makeover. Call our Albuquerque, NM office at 505-407-8781.


A Custom Smile Design

If you have more than one cosmetic complaint about your teeth and gums, a smile makeover will address them all. It is not one procedure, but rather an individual plan incorporating the combination of techniques that make the most sense for your particular dental flaws, goals, and budget.

Dr. Shepherd or Dr. Rasmussen will advise you on all of your treatment options. With wax-up models and LumiSmile digital imaging, you will be able to visualize what your final results will look like. Cost and length of treatment will depend on which procedures you choose.


Pick Your Procedures

At Uptown Dental Associates, we offer procedures at a variety of price points designed to address a range of cosmetic dental problems. One of our knowledgeable dentists will be able to walk you through your options and explain the pros and cons of each.

Teeth Whitening

Have you tried drugstore whitening products only to discover that they work poorly or not at all? While they often appear similar to professional whitening products in that they use trays and whitening gels, they contain a much lower percentage of active whitening ingredient, minimizing their effectiveness. Plus, the premade whitening tray likely will not be a good fit for your mouth, resulting in uneven distribution of the gel.

At Uptown Dental Associates, we use the Lumibrite professional take-home whitening system. When you come for your appointment, we will mold custom whitening trays that are a perfect fit for your mouth. You will go home with the trays and the Lumibrite professional-strength whitening gel, and wear the gel-filled trays for a prescribed amount of time each day. You should get noticeable results in one to two weeks.


Dental veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored sheaths that are permanently bonded to the fronts of the teeth. They were created in Hollywood and are responsible for numerous celebrities’ perfect smiles. They cover numerous flaws, including chips, stains, gaps, misshapen teeth, and even mildly crooked teeth. At Uptown Dental Associates, we offer several veneer options:

  • Traditional porcelain veneers look stunningly natural, reflecting light just like tooth enamel.
  • Lumineers are super thin and require minimal prep of your natural teeth.
  • e.max ceramic veneers are extra durable and make your smile look amazing.
  • Because they don’t require any removal of tooth enamel before bonding, prepless veneers are a reversible option.

Teeth Contouring

Teeth contouring is a relatively simple procedure that can generally be completed in one office visit. It involves the removal of small amounts of enamel to alter the appearance of the teeth. You may want to consider the technique if your teeth are uneven in length, too pointy, rough at the edges, irregularly shaped, or pitted or chipped. It can also remove some stains.

Gum Reshaping

When you grin, do you feel like you see more gum than teeth? An excess of gum tissue can make your pearly whites look puny and your smile off balance. Dr. Shepherd or Dr. Rasmussen can actually reshape your gumline and give you a smile that has just the right amount of teeth and the right amount of gum. If you have just a small amount of gum tissue to be removed, we can use our minimally invasive state-of-the-art NV Pro 3 dental laser.

Snap-On Smile

If you want a set of blemish-free teeth fast, Snap-On Smile may be for you. This is a full-arch prosthetic that snaps right over your teeth to give you a dazzling smile in an instant. It can be used long-term or as a temporary solution while you’re going through another dental process.

The prosthetic is custom made from impressions of your teeth for a perfect fit. Snap-On Smile covers many problems, including stains, chips and cracks, gaps, and even missing teeth. It is thin, durable, and natural looking. You can even eat and drink while wearing your Snap-On Smile.


If you are ready to make a change that will improve your appearance and boost your confidence, call Albuquerque, NM’s Uptown Dental Associates at 505-407-8781 to book a smile makeover consultation. Or request an appointment via our online form.