Meet Dr. Graham Forbes

Dr. Graham Forbes has had a lot of dentistry. A lot. Braces twice. Invisalign. Crowns. Root canals. Re-doing crowns and root canals. Tooth fracture. Bone grafting. Three times. Implant. And of course, bleaching with regular maintenance and hygiene. This is just so far. Dr. Forbes completed a two year, general practice residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The residency at Wake Forest included training in everything from full smile rehabilitation to participating in their level 1 trauma center. Anything dental related, Dr. Forbes has either had it done himself or has seen it before.

Why does this matter? By drawing from such a broad range of training and experience, Dr. Forbes is able to relate to each person he sees in a comprehensive, patient-centric way. A plan is developed for each patient to explore what is possible and clearly define the steps to realize that plan. A plan could be as simple as routine six month hygiene appointments or as complex as coordinating interdisciplinary care among specialists before proceeding with final esthetic restorative care.

With your goals in mind, Dr. Forbes will approach your dental care in the same way he approaches his own dental care!

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Your confident smile is our goal.  To get it you’ll need healthy teeth and healthy gums, and you’ll need a dentist with cosmetic dentistry expertise – to get the shape, position, and color of your teeth just right for you.  Whether you need porcelain veneers or a full-mouth restoration, Dr. Forbes and the team at Capital Dental Design in Richmond can help you every step of the way.

Education & Experience

Dr. Forbes is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. His Bachelors of Science in biology was accompanied by a minor in English, and a concentration in molecular, cellular and biological chemistry. He graduated as a distinguished graduate with Institute Honors, the highest academic achievement at the Institute. His education at VMI was augmented by a study abroad at Oxford University. Dr. Forbes spent all four years at VMI on the cross country and track teams where he ran the 5k and the 10k. Dr. Forbes received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia where he was on the MCV honor court for two years and was on the Dean’s list.

Following his time at VCU, Dr. Forbes completed a two year residency at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In his second year he had the opportunity to be the chief resident of the Department of Dentistry. His broad training here included several months in the Emergency Department, working with Otolaryngology, Anesthesia, working as part of the cleft lip and palate team, over 100 operating room cases, over 60 IV conscious sedation cases, and maintaining a more standard private practice presence in the attached dental clinics. Dr. Forbes’ post-graduate education includes over 1000 hours of continuing education. He has been heavily involved in the continuing education curriculum at Spear Education. He has traveled to Munich, Germany to learn from Dr. Markus Hürzeler and Dr. Otto Zuhr and has traveled to the Beverly Hills Dental Laboratory to learn from Michel Magne and Dr. Nazariy Mykhaylyuk.

Dr. Forbes strongly believes that continuous learning improves his ability to deliver the best care for his patients available.


Dr. Forbes is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry where he has been awarded a Fellowship, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Seattle Study Club.


Dr. Forbes is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Collegiate School. He and his wife live in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond with their two boys. He runs very little any more and “plays” golf very occasionally.

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Case Study #1

Overview of Case : This wonderful patient was dissatisfied with the uneven edges, and color of her upper teeth.  We always work with the end in mind. To this end, the design phase is critical. Our initial design lengthened the teeth at the edges, reversing the wear, and increased the height in some areas at the gumline, restoring the lost space due to shifting.  The final result is very natural and fits the patient's smile and face well. We were so happy this patient trusted us to provide this care!

Case Study #2

This wonderful patient came to us as a referral from a local oral surgeon. Her lower teeth were painful and mobile due to gum, or periodontal, disease. We developed a plan that transitioned our patient from fixed appliances to her final hybrid. The final prosthetic consists of a high-performance polymer and individual crowns for maximum esthetic, fit, and feel. This entire process took about six months and the patient was thrilled with the final result!