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Welcome to the Scottsdale Smile Center Blog. Below are various blog entries written by Dr. Jonathan Coombs, Dr. Brandon Ryff, Dr. Don Chiappetti, and other members of our dental team discussing the latest news and advancements in the field of dentistry. Click on each link to read more.

Scottsdale Dentist Discusses Invisalign® and The Latest Digital Intraoral Scanning Technology

Dentist in Scottsdale discusses iTero® digital scanning technology and more discreet alternatives to traditional metal braces, including Invisalign® clear aligners.

Dr. Brandon Ryff, owner of Scottsdale Smile Center, discusses the newest iTero® Element™ 5D Intraoral Scanner, which replaces traditional impressions with a quick and easy digital scan for Invisalign® treatment—a discreet, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic alternative to traditional braces. Scottsdale, AZ – With virtual meetings now more common than ever before, many people are noticing their smiles on camera, prompting them to consider orthodontic treatment. Oftentimes, those who could benefit from these treatments are deterred by the thought of having to wear prominent wires and brackets on their teeth. Adult patients are often particularly reluctant to pursue orthodontic treatment, as…

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5 Things to Know Before a Smile Makeover

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A Smile Makeover can be an ideal option for patients who have several cosmetic dental concerns they would like to address. This popular procedure involves a combination of aesthetic and/or restorative dental treatments that can produce a beautiful and comprehensive smile rejuvenation. Signs of staining and discoloration, chips and spaces between the teeth, missing teeth, misalignment, and asymmetrical gum tissue are some of the common conditions that can be improved as part of a Smile Makeover. With all of this in mind, here are a few things to consider before undergoing a Smile Makeover: A Smile Makeover Is a Valuable…

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Is it Safe to Go to the Dentist? Scottsdale Smile Center Dentists Discuss Coronavirus Safety Measures

Scottsdale Smile Center dentists discuss office safety measures to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

The dental team at Scottsdale Smile Center has implemented several additional safety protocols to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure in the office environment and help patients obtain the care they need. Scottsdale, AZ – Of the many businesses and services that had to close their doors during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, dental offices were among the most notable. While many practices remained open for dental emergencies, options for routine and preventive care, cosmetic dental treatment, and restorative procedures were significantly limited or completely unavailable during the closures. During this time, dental practices such as Scottsdale…

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How to Remove Yellow Stains from Teeth

Most individuals will experience some degree of yellowing or discoloration on the teeth at some point in life. Even if you have taken excellent care of your teeth and do all the right things to maintain the best possible oral health, factors both within your control and outside your control can cause the teeth to develop a progressively yellow appearance. The natural aging process, tobacco use, and consuming common foods and beverages that contain staining agents over many years are factors that are largely responsible for this effect. With that in mind, it’s important to know that dental stains and…

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Invisalign Vs. DIY Teeth Straightening

There have been many recent commercials and online advertisements for what’s known as “direct-to-consumer” options for teeth straightening. These do-it-yourself teeth alignment systems are designed for individuals to use at home, and often look similar to orthodontic appliances such as Invisalign®, which is the technique we offer here at Scottsdale Smile Center. We would like to take a moment to evaluate the many significant distinctions between Invisalign® and direct-to-consumer teeth straightening treatments, because these differences are very important when it comes to the treatment process and the potential results. Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is only available by prescription….

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Hidden Consequences of Tooth Loss

While it’s understandable for many individuals to think that the loss of one or two teeth, particularly if they are in less noticeable areas of the mouth, may not be of serious concern, the fact is that even a single missing tooth can lead to a number of severe oral health consequences. In addition to overall smile aesthetics, missing teeth can cause problems with speaking and chewing, as well as structural deterioration that may require major dental intervention later. The good news is, our dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center offer a number of effective treatments to replace missing teeth, including…

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Discreet Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

The thought of having to wear prominent metal appliances on the teeth for an extended period of time often makes the prospect of orthodontic treatment unappealing to adults who wish to correct teeth misalignment. Fortunately, there have been many innovations over the years that make it possible for both adult and adolescent patients to resolve common orthodontic concerns without compromising smile aesthetics during the treatment process. Our dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center offer two popular options that can correct the appearance of misalignment, crowding, excessive spacing, and other issues in the most discreet way possible: Invisalign® Invisalign® is capable of…

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How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Teeth that have been broken or “chipped” can have a significant aesthetic effect on your smile. In fact, even a small chip can be quite noticeable. Although the teeth are naturally strong and durable, they are certainly not impervious to harm. A traumatic injury or using the teeth to pry open a package/bottle are the most common ways to chip a tooth. Fortunately, individuals who experience this condition have several options that can effectively address a chipped tooth and restore its appearance.  Some of the most popular treatments for chipped teeth include: Porcelain Veneers  Porcelain veneers are typically the most…

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Scottsdale Smile Center Now Offers BOTOX® to Treat TMJ Disorder

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brandon Ryff is now a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and is certified to perform BOTOX® injections and dermal filler treatments! Commonly used for cosmetic purposes, BOTOX® is a purified protein form of botulinum toxin, a solution that can also effectively treat the root cause of TMJ Disorder (also referred to as TMD). TMJ Disorder is a condition related to problems with the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull. Often triggered by a misaligned bite, persistent teeth grinding, or simply overuse of the temporomandibular joint, TMD and…

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Sparkling Water: Friend or Foe?

It seems flavored sparkling water varieties are becoming more and more popular. We like them because many are touted as having zero calories, zero sugar, and many with no artificial flavoring—yet, they taste great! The best part: the bubbles! We love the fizz, even more when served ice cold. While flavored sparkling water may sound like a drink made in heaven, there is one major potential drawback: Any kind of sparkling water, flavored or not, can wreak havoc on your smile! Why? Well the answer is simple. We all know soda is acidic. This acidity comes from carbonic acid, which…

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