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Meet Dr. Jonathan S. Coombs D.M.D, F.A.G.D.

Doctor Jonathan Coombs is an experienced cosmetic dentist who is skilled with an expansive variety of treatments that can enhance the appearance of your smile. Born in Illinois and raised in Arkansas, Dr. Coombs earned his undergraduate degree from Harding University in 1996 and his dental degree from the University of Louisville in 2000. In an effort to stay knowledgeable about the latest technologies and developments, Dr. Coombs has participated in hundreds of hours of continuing education, earning the “Fellowship” status with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2009, an honor only 6% of dentists obtain.

Dr. Coombs believes in full transparency when it comes to dental care, and his overarching philosophy is to treat others how he would like to be treated. He prides himself on being a doctor whom patients can fully trust, and ultimately wants to help individuals build their self-confidence with advanced procedures that can truly give them new reasons to smile. In fact, Smile Design and Makeover procedures are some of his favorite procedures to perform as they can address numerous aesthetic concerns for comprehensive smile rejuvenation.

“Honestly the friendliest staff I’ve ever met. They are quick and efficient. I won’t let anyone but Dr. Coombs and his assistants touch my teeth.”
Melina C. | Actual Patient
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Memberships, Associations, and Background

Dr. Coombs is a current or previous member of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Central Arizona Dental Society
  • Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley Study Club
  • Give Back a Smile – for victims of domestic violence
  • Christina Smile – care for Boys & Girls Club Kids
  • Certified in CEREC® – one visit restoration
  • Certified Invisalign® Dentist
  • Certified in advanced tooth whitening techniques.

Dr. Coombs has three boys – Caden, Landon, and Sylas. When not in the office Dr. Coombs stays busy spending time with his family and engaging in various outdoor activities, including snowboarding and car & dirt bike racing.

What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is one who has a special focus on improving the appearance of teeth and the overall smile, often utilizing advanced aesthetic materials and techniques. Common concerns that can be addressed by a cosmetic dentist include chipped teeth, stains or discoloration, small gaps or spaces between teeth, and misshapen teeth. The unique skill set and training a cosmetic dentist achieves helps them to address these dental conditions by performing treatments such as porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum reshaping, and more. For individuals interested in correcting multiple aesthetic dental issues, a cosmetic dentist can also develop a Smile Makeover procedure for a more comprehensive result that combines several treatments into one custom-tailored plan. 

Although there is currently no board certification, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is considered to be the “gold standard” in education for cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentists committed to attaining the highest level of quality for treatments and patient care are often active members of the AACD. 

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

Knowing where to begin in the search for a cosmetic dentist can be an overwhelming process. This will be the person you are not only entrusting to transform your smile, but also the one overseeing the health of your mouth. To help point you in the right direction, below are some tips for key areas to focus on during your research:

Education, Training & Affiliations

Reviewing a cosmetic dentist’s biography, which can often be found on their website, is a useful way to discover background information, such as what degrees and levels of education they have earned. Cosmetic dentists should obtain either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree as well as additional aesthetic training for treatments such as veneers and many others. Dedication to the field of cosmetic dentistry can be demonstrated by their post-graduate work, fellowships, and memberships to organizations, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. It is highly recommended to double-check the legitimacy of any listed educational or affiliated institutions.  

Dental Technology

The use of advanced dental technology can be extremely beneficial to the comfort, efficiency, and outcome of cosmetic dental treatments. It is best to review the practice’s website for information about the technology they use and look for details about digital imaging, diagnostic and planning tools, laser instruments, and more. 

Reviews and Testimonials

Hearing directly from previous patients about their experience with the dentist, the office and team members, treatments, patient care, and amenities is a great way to gain insights about what can be expected. Usually, patient reviews and testimonials may be included on their website or can be looked up on other platforms, such as Facebook and Yelp.

Before-and-After Photos

Exploring actual before-and-after photos can be useful in better understanding the aesthetic style and quality of the doctor’s cosmetic dentistry work. It is common for online galleries to be included on the practice website; however, some dentists may prefer prospective patients view the examples in-person. 

Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

Once you have narrowed down your options, scheduling an an-office or virtual appointment for a consultation is often the final step in choosing your cosmetic dentist. Having one-on-one time to ask questions, find out more about their experience with the treatments in which you are most interested, and learning about their communication style are all invaluable to choosing the right cosmetic dentist.

Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist

Before undergoing any treatments, it is important to establish trust and a strong rapport with your cosmetic dentist. Having confidence in their communication as well as their abilities can be a key indicator as to whether they will be the right fit for your needs. To help guide the conversation, below are examples of questions you may want to ask prospective cosmetic dentists:

  • Are there minimally invasive ways to correct my cosmetic concerns?
  • Will I need general dental work to improve my oral health before the cosmetic procedures?
  • Does your office use high-quality porcelain and ceramic materials for restorations?
  • The sound and movements of dental drills frighten me. Is there a way to avoid using drills?
  • Am I a good candidate for a Smile Makeover?
  • How long will it take to complete my treatment plan?
  • How long do treatments similar to mine last?
  • May I see examples of results from patients who have undergone similar treatment plans?
  • Does dental insurance cover all or part of my treatments?
  • Does your practice offer dental financing?
  • Are you a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)?
  • Do you regularly attend any continuing education courses?

Depending on your teeth/smile concerns, you may want to adjust the wording to better align with your specific inquiries and desired treatments. 

Contact Scottsdale Smile Center

If you would like more information on the many dental treatments we offer, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.