by LYDIA COBB  |  photos by Tyler McElhaney

The Art of Creating Beautiful and Healthy Smiles at The Center for Advanced Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D. Fulfills His Passion for Helping People by Enhancing Their Smiles with State-of-the-Art Dentistry

One of the most rewarding aspects about being a dentist, according to Dr. Nelson Y. Howard, is the ability to artistically restore a person’s smile. With 29 years in practice, his patients are like family. “Being able to care for another human being is one of the highest gifts a person can be honored with,” shared Dr. Howard. “My love for my profession has allowed me to do this for thousands of patients.”

mp_howard2Dr. Howard is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, one of approximately 365 dentists worldwide to earn this distinction within his profession, and is the owner of the Center for Advanced Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. The original center opened here 23 years ago and in 2009 expanded with the Rancho Bernardo location. His practice focuses on the art of cosmetic, functional, implant, and restorative dentistry for children and adults. “It has been my wish since I was 12 years old to have a beautiful smile,” wrote Rosemary, a patient grateful for her new teeth. Dr. Howard focuses on advanced continuing education and thoroughly researches state-of-the-art technologies that he considers in dental treatment for his patients.

Attention to detail matters. Dr. Howard and staff take care to fully explain a procedure. Full service dental care includes preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, laser dentistry, teeth whitening, periodontal, TMJ and anti-snoring therapies, and implants and veneers.

“Being able to care for another human being is one of the highest gifts a person can be honored with. My love for my profession has allowed me to do this for thousands of patients.”

“I can say without exception,” wrote Dave, a patient, “that Dr. Howard’s personalized service and genuine care for his patients make him the best dentist I have ever been treated by.” Dr. Howard is also an Editorial Review Board Member of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, among many distinctions. He is widely authored and lectures nationally on advanced techniques in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

He reflected of his first mentor, “When I was in the seventh grade, I was inspired by the art of dentistry during a visit to my orthodontist who had made hundreds of pieces of art using orthodontic wire.” His fascination led him to graduate from UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986 and to complete a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles for advanced training in many of the areas within dentistry. He regularly gives back by donating dental services in association with nonprofits. It’s about being a doctor, and inspiring thousands of renewed smiles.


Name of Business: Nelson Y. Howard, DDS, Inc.; Center for Advanced Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
Owner: Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S.
Years in Position: 29
Years Since Establishment: 23 in San Marcos, 6 in Rancho Bernardo
Address: 1903 W. San Marcos Blvd. Suite 110, San Marcos, CA 92078; 12540 Oaks North Dr. Suite A3, San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: San Marcos: 760-599-6559; Rancho Bernardo: 858-451-0550
Description of Business: A world-renowned dental practice known for exceptional, comprehensive dentistry that is dedicated to excellence and the finest quality of care in every aspect of patient treatment.