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5 Things to Know Before a Smile Makeover

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How Long Will My Teeth Whitening Results Last?

Following an Opalescence® Boost teeth whitening treatment offered here at Scottsdale Smile Center, results typically last anywhere from six months to one year, depending on one’s personal habits and commitment to proper oral hygiene. People who drink lots of tea, coffee, red wine, and other high-staining beverages may start to see yellowing and/or other tooth discolorations quicker than those who don’t drink these types of liquids on a regular basis. The same can be said for individuals whose diet consists […]

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Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

With the wide variety of teeth whitening products available today, deciding whether to go with an over-the-counter technique or visit the dentist for professional treatment can be a tough choice to make. Though both options have shown to reduce stains and brighten teeth for many people, a few dissimilarities exist between over-the-counter and professional-grade teeth whitening that may shed some light on which approach could help you best achieve the vibrant smile you desire. According to our dentists – Dr. […]

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Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

Brightening the shade of your teeth can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers procedures can effectively lighten the shade of your teeth and eliminate stains for a more vibrant, radiant smile. At Scottsdale Smile Center, our bleaching and teeth whitening treatments involve the use of fitted trays and a professional grade whitening gel that you can wear as you sleep. Most patients see significant […]

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How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?

When properly cared for, high-quality porcelain veneers can last decades. While many dental veneers are made from a durable porcelain material, there are a number of additional factors that can influence the lifespan of your veneers, including: Type of veneer Quality of the laboratory in which the veneer is made Skill of the ceramist Bonding method Skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist Patients who are prone to clenching or grinding their teeth may consider wearing a night guard to […]

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