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Cosmetic Dentistry

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® is capable of straightening the teeth and even correcting mild to moderate bite irregularities without reliance on metal brackets and wires affixed to the teeth. Made of a translucent plastic material, Invisalign® is a flexible and removable orthodontic appliance designed to gradually correct misalignment by moving the teeth into a new position. The Invisalign® aligners are so thin and clear that it’s difficult to notice them when they are on the teeth, even at a close distance.

Porcelain Veneers
In some cases of teeth misalignment and crowding, ongoing orthodontic treatment may not be necessary. Cosmetic dental restorations such as porcelain veneers can be placed in areas exhibiting signs of spaces or a “crooked” appearance. These custom-designed restorations are attached to the front part of the teeth in the area targeted for treatment, and are color-matched to surrounding teeth to produce natural-looking results. In effect, porcelain veneers are able to “mask” certain types of orthodontic concerns and give the teeth a straighter, healthier look. These treatments typically require just two office visits and create results that can last years into the future.

In some cases, patients may choose to undergo a very short-term, limited Invisalign® treatment prior to receiving veneers. In many cases, going this route makes sense because it can reduce the number of veneers that may otherwise be necessary to achieve the same result. While not every patient is a candidate for this approach, many individuals appreciate a more conservative approach to treatment. Also, by reducing the number of veneers, sometimes Invisalign® treatment can reduce the overall, total treatment cost.

Are you considering orthodontic treatment? If so, please contact us today with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation. Our dentist can talk with you about your concerns and recommend the treatment option that is most ideal for your needs.

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 ideal options for teeth affected by chips and other aesthetic dental imperfections. A veneer is delicately and precisely designed to mimic the appearance of the natural tooth. This restoration covers the front surface of the affected tooth and “hides” the chip by recreating the tooth’s original shape and contour. Porcelain veneers are often the best treatment for chipped teeth because of their ability to produce natural-looking outcomes and results that can last for decades. 

Cosmetic Dental Bonding 
Another effective way to fix a chipped tooth is a treatment known as cosmetic dental bonding. This option utilizes special dental materials and techniques to rebuild the affected tooth and eliminate signs of the chip. Our dentist will carefully apply a tooth-colored resin to the tooth and shape it to restore its original appearance. Compared to porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding does not produce results that last quite as long; however, the treatment can yield outcomes that last for several years with the proper care. 

Dental Crown 
If a chip is particularly severe, a dental crown may be recommended. Crowns are typically necessary when the damage is so significant that the health of the tooth is at risk. This restorative option is custom-designed to produce the most natural look, fit, and feel possible. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental crowns cover the entire tooth rather than just the front portion, which can ultimately prevent the tooth from additional deterioration. Our practice offers advanced CEREC® dental crowns, which can be designed, produced, and placed in a single appointment. 

To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center.

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 overactive musculature along the joint can lead to a number of symptoms that negatively affect everyday life. These may include:

  • Jaw and/or lower facial pain
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder discomfort
  • Numbness in the arms and/or fingers

When strategically administered around the jaw and head, botulinum toxin injections work to temporarily relax hyperactive muscles in targeted areas, providing significant relief from the effects of TMD. The results of treatment generally last three months or more, so routine follow-up injections are recommended to maintain long-term relief. With that in mind, Dr. Ryff says many patients experience longer-lasting results with subsequent treatments, and often need less BOTOX® during these follow-up procedures since the muscles are essentially being retrained to reduce hyperactivity.

Botulinum toxin treatments (including brands such as BOTOX® and XEOMIN®) can be utilized for TMJ Disorder treatment, dental aesthetic enhancement, and can even be effective for some patients experiencing a “gummy smile.”

BOTOX® may not be the most effective solution for everyone suffering from TMJ Disorder, which is why seeking the expertise of a dentist who has received advanced training and certification in performing botulinum toxin injections is critical. During a consultation at Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Ryff can thoroughly assess your symptoms to determine the proper course of action. Based on your unique needs, he can administer the injections with an optimal degree of safety and precision, or he can recommend another treatment for TMJ Disorder that is better suited to your specific case.

For more information about TMD treatment, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment at our office, please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.

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 is an unavoidable byproduct of the carbon dioxide used to give soda its carbonation. This process is no different for sparkling water.

But do not despair, here are some tips on how you can enjoy your bubbly H2O and still keep your teeth.

  1. Drink it, don’t sip it. For 30 minutes since taking your last drink, your mouth remains acidic and precious enamel is breaking down. So, if you take small sips from even a single can, your oral environment could remain acidic all day.
  2. Chase it with regular water after you are done.
  3. Avoid the common habit of “swishing” your carbonated drinks. Some people like the way the bubbles feel, but trust me, your teeth do not like it one bit.
  4. Do not brush your teeth within 30 minutes of drinking a carbonated beverage. Recall from above: acidic environment. I once used a brush and acid to remove a rust stain in my driveway. Let’s not brush our teeth with acid.
  5. Consider watering-down your sparkling water with 1 part regular water, 2 parts sparkling water. You may be surprised to see, it still bubbles and has great flavor, but with reduced acidity.
  6. As always, we recommend using a fluoride toothpaste and regular visits to your dentist.

Dr. Brandon Ryff

Dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center Announce Move to New, State-of-the-Art Facility

Drs. Brandon Ryff, Don Chiappetti, and Jonathan Coombs say the new location in Paradise Valley will open its doors on March 5th, 2018.

Scottsdale, AZ – A well-known dental office in the Scottsdale area is moving to a new location. Scottsdale Smile Center will be relocating its services, in addition to its entire dental team, to a state-of-the-art facility just 1.5 miles from its current location. The new office in Paradise Valley, officially opening its doors on March 5th, is located at 5410 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-500.

The Scottsdale dentists who oversee the practice – Drs. Brandon Ryff, Don Chiappetti, and Jonathan Coombs – say the facility will provide an upgraded experience for their patients and offer the same advanced technologies and dental treatment options they have come to expect at Scottsdale Smile Center. The doctors note that the new office has been designed and built with patient comfort and convenience in mind. “We trust that the new facility will be an ideal environment to continue our longstanding tradition of providing our patients with high-quality dentistry and outstanding service.”

Patients of the practice can expect to see the same dental team they have become familiar with, as all of the doctors, hygienists, and support staff will be moving to the new office. The dentists say that all patient records will be automatically transferred to the Paradise Valley office by the fifth of March to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for patients. They note that patients can still go to the practice’s present location for treatment before March 5th.

About Scottsdale Smile Center

Scottsdale Smile Center is a comprehensive dental practice offering a full array of high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and family dental care options. Treatments include porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, dental implants, teeth whitening, laser dentistry, and other advanced procedures. The dentists at the practice maintain active membership in a variety of prestigious dental organizations and regularly pursue continuing education to stay abreast of the latest developments in dental care.

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Scottsdale Smile Center
New Location
5410 N Scottsdale Rd Ste D-500
Paradise Valley AZ 85253

Current Location
Lincoln Plaza Medical Center
7125 E. Lincoln Drive, Suite 106
Scottsdale, AZ 85253


Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044

Scottsdale Smile Center Featured in The Washington Post


We are thrilled to announce that our practice was featured in an article published by The Washington Post! The column focuses on the strong divide the 2016 presidential election uncovered in our nation; a divide that ran deep into our communities, penetrating even our innermost circles. Led by Scottsdale dentist Dr. Brandon Ryff, learn how our team (who was divided ourselves) has put politics aside and come together to recognize how truly similar we are as friends, co-workers, and Americans. In the grand scheme of life, it’s not about being a Republican or Democrat—it’s about understanding your neighbor and uniting with your fellow man to celebrate life!

To read The Washington Post article, click here.

Dr. Brandon Ryff Joins Team of Dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center

Dr. Brandon Ryff joins Drs. Don Chiappetti and Jonathan Coombs at Scottsdale Smile Center.

Don Chiappetti, DDS and Jonathan Coombs, DMD of Scottsdale Smile Center welcome Brandon Ryff, DDS to their accomplished dental team.

Scottsdale, AZ — In response to its continued growth and improvement over the past 56 years, Scottsdale Smile Center has announced the addition of Dr. Brandon Ryff—an experienced dentist whose expertise spans from general and preventative dentistry to advanced cosmetic, implant, and restorative care. Joining Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs, Dr. Ryff brings a high level of skill and expertise that serves to further enhance the top quality of service provided at this state-of-the-art dental practice, a historic mark in the Paradise Valley community since 1960.

After graduating cum laude from the University of Arizona, Dr. Ryff attended the esteemed University of Michigan–School of Dentistry to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Once in practice, he obtained a Professional Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University that taught him key leadership and team-building strategies necessary for creating a practice environment that benefits both the clinical team and patients alike.

Dr. Ryff is dedicated to regularly expanding his knowledge of dental care through continuing education, and he maintains active membership in the Spear Study Club, Paradise Valley Study Club, Arizona Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and various other prestigious organizations.

On a day-to-day basis at Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Ryff will provide all forms of general and advanced dental treatments, including porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, root canal therapy, implant dentistry, complete smile makeovers, and full mouth rehabilitations. Dr. Chiappetti will continue to serve patients full-time, and Dr. Coombs will now be seeing patients on a part-time basis.

Ultimately, the Scottsdale Smile Center team is thrilled with the addition of Dr. Ryff, and they look forward to the positive impact he will make. “Dr. Ryff’s clinical skills, leadership style, and personality will benefit our practice tremendously,” states Dr. Chiappetti. “His credentials are impeccable, and his philosophy and vision are aligned with ours. We are confident that he will prove to be a valuable asset to our practice.”

About Scottsdale Smile Center

Scottsdale Smile Center is a comprehensive dental practice devoted to providing the highest quality of oral care available. From routine cleanings and teeth whitening to dental implants and Invisalign®, the team of experienced dentists and skilled hygienists is committed to improving both the health and appearance of every patient’s smile in a relaxing and comfortable environment. Above all else, Scottsdale Smile Center holds quality, patient experience, and efficiency in the highest regard, enabling them to deliver exceptional results and top-notch service.

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Scottsdale Smile Center
Lincoln Plaza Medical Center
7125 E. Lincoln Drive, Suite 106
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044

Scottsdale Dentists Highlight Several Chief Benefits of Dental Implants

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Don Chiappetti, DDS and Jonathan Coombs, DMD of Scottsdale Smile Center discuss the numerous advantages of replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants.

Scottsdale, AZ
— At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs provide an expansive array of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments to comprehensively address the needs and concerns of every patient seeking dental care at their practice. For individuals interested in replacing any number of missing and/or severely damaged teeth, the two dentists offer several effective solutions, though the most advantageous option is often dental implants.

For qualified candidates, Dr. Coombs states that dental implants are one of the most successful, aesthetic, and functional restorative dentistry treatments available today. Key benefits of dental implants can include:

  • A stronger, more durable alternative to bridges and dentures
  • Restoration of both form and function to teeth
  • Improvement in one’s ability to speak and chew
  • Improvement in the overall appearance of one’s smile
  • Permanent, natural-looking outcomes

In addition, dental implants can also be used to support dental bridges for the replacement of multiple teeth as well as to increase stability and decrease gum irritation for denture wearers.

Thanks to revolutionary Cone Beam X-Ray technology and computer guided surgery, Dr. Chiappetti notes that dental implant surgery can now be performed more successfully than ever. Though there is no guarantee implants will properly fuse to the patient’s jawbone, he says studies show a success rate of 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants five years after their implantation.

Ultimately, regardless of the many benefits of dental implants, Drs. Coombs and Chiappetti stress the importance of consulting a qualified dentist who has extensive experience in performing the procedure. “When placed incorrectly, there is a possibility for implants to fail,” says Dr. Chiappetti. “For this reason, it is imperative that you seek the expertise of a highly skilled and experienced dentist who can properly determine candidacy as well as perform treatment with the utmost safety and efficacy.”

About Don Chiappetti, DDS

After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Dr. Chiappetti obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the esteemed University of Southern California. To further his education, he remains active in a number of renowned dental organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Central Arizona Dental Society, among others. Outside of the office, Dr. Chiappetti lends his skills and expertise to humanitarian efforts such as Give Back a Smile and Christina Smile.

About Jonathan Coombs, DMD

After earning his dental degree from the University of Louisville, Dr. Coombs went on to complete hundreds of hours of continuing education, eventually earning the prestigious “Fellowship” status with the Academy of General Dentistry – an honor obtained by only three percent of all dentists. In addition, he maintains active membership in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and several other dental organizations. Dr. Coombs also gives back to the community by volunteering with Give Back a Smile and Christina Smile.

Dr. Chiappetti and Dr. Coombs are available for interview upon request.

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Scottsdale Smile Center

Lincoln Plaza Medical Center
7125 E. Lincoln Drive, Suite 106
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Rosemont Media

(858) 200-0044

Scottsdale Dentists Highlight the Comprehensive Smile Design Procedure

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Scottsdale, AZ — At their practice, Scottsdale dentists Jonathan Coombs, DMD and Don Chiappetti, DDS offer an expansive variety of dental treatments and services, one of which involves a custom combination of procedures intended to comprehensively address the aesthetic and functional issues of their patients’ teeth. Known as a Smile Design, the two dentists say this individualized smile makeover process can be employed to restore damaged and/or missing teeth, diminish the appearance of a “gummy smile”, close gaps and spaces, correct misalignments, and more.

To determine the most effective procedures for each patient’s specific needs and goals, Dr. Chiappetti states that a thorough evaluation is first performed using state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies for enhanced visual precision. He notes that some of the most common treatment options employed alone or in conjunction with one another during a Smile Design include:

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Gum Reshaping
  • Cosmetic Bonding
  • Dental Implants
  • Invisalign®

Depending on the particular procedures ultimately utilized, Dr. Coombs indicates that the treatment process, recovery time, and cost of a Smile Design will vary. In general, he says, the most complex procedure being performed often dictates the length of treatment and recovery times for the entire makeover. For instance, he explains that the treatment and recovery of a Smile Design requiring teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental implants will typically be contingent on how long dental implant process takes. Regarding total cost, Dr. Coombs notes that his practice participates in various dental insurance plans and offers multiple financing options to help patients find a payment plan that meets their budget.

Ultimately, Drs. Chiappetti and Coombs say their goal for Smile Design procedures is to help patients achieve smiles they are proud to show off, and the two dentists encourage anyone interested in enhancing both the appearance and function of their teeth to seek a qualified dental professional to ensure they receive an optimal level of care.

About Jonathan Coombs, DMD

Dr. Coombs obtained his dental degree from the University of Louisville and is one of only three percent of dentists to have earned “Fellowship” status with the Academy of General Dentistry by completing hundreds of continuing education hours. He also maintains active membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and several other esteemed dental associations, as well as multiple charity organizations.

About Don Chiappetti, DDS

Dr. Chiappetti earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California and has since been dedicated to continuing education across all aspects of dental care. He is an active member of such organizations as the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association, and he also volunteers his services and expertise to different charities in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area.

Both Dr. Coombs and Dr. Chiappetti are available for interview upon request.

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Scottsdale Smile Center
Lincoln Plaza Medical Center
7125 E. Lincoln Drive, Suite 106
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044

Scottsdale Cosmetic Dentist Preserves Tooth Structure With Conservative Smile Makeover

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Scottsdale, AZ — According to a recent study from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7 percent of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset; however, over half of all American adults are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Dr. Jonathan Coombs, a dentist in Scottsdale, says the desire for a more aesthetic smile has led to a dramatic increase in cosmetic procedures at his practice. Thanks to an innovative approach and advanced techniques, Dr. Coombs says he has been able to help patients achieve a beautiful, radiant smile with minimal to no reshaping of the natural tooth structure.

At his Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Coombs says the majority of patients considering a smile makeover are concerned about how much tooth structure will be taken away during a procedure such as porcelain veneers or bonding. He says aggressive approaches to performing aesthetic dental treatments can be detrimental to the preservation of the natural foundation in a patient’s mouth, which is why he has adopted a conservative method for restoring smiles and maintaining the long-lasting health of teeth. By taking each patient’s individual dental composition into account and utilizing a varied assortment of minimal prep veneers, Dr. Coombs says he is able to create a custom and personalized plan for attaining a complete smile makeover.

“With the new materials available through modern cosmetic dentistry, we are now able to be super minimal with our treatments,” says Dr. Coombs. “We go into every situation trying to find the most conservative approach to treating a smile.”

To perform the conservative smile makeover, Dr. Coombs says he first shows the patient before-and-after photos during a comprehensive exam to help determine what their aesthetic outcome can be. Then, using a model of their teeth, he builds a prototype of what the final restorations will look like. He says if the necessary teeth are prepared to accommodate the prototype, patients can leave the office with an identical match of their future veneers. Dr. Coombs adds that another advantage of refining the prototype is that it allows his patients to get a sneak peek of the end result. After both he and the patient are satisfied with the prototype for the final veneer, he says the new veneers are duplicated using this refined prototype. Dr. Coombs adds the result is a finely-tuned smile built completely to the specifications of the patient and dentist, with minimal alteration to the natural tooth structure.

“Our desire is to help patients achieve a result they are happy with,” he says. “We want to make sure patients are 100 percent positive that the final look is what they’re going for.”

Because the conservative approach requires experienced precision and a qualified hand, Dr. Coombs says he urges patients to consult with a trained, dedicated cosmetic dentist before undergoing any procedure. Regardless of whether they are looking for porcelain veneers or Invisalign®, he says taking the time to extensively research one’s practice can help patients ensure they receive the highest quality care and the longest-lasting results.

About Jonathan S. Coombs, DMD, FAGD

A graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School, Dr. Jonathan Coombs has dedicated hundreds of hours to his continued education and has achieved the Fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor attained by less than 3 percent of dentists. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Coombs is certified in CEREC® restorations, Invisalign®, and advanced tooth whitening techniques. He also volunteers his time and services with the Give Back a Smile program for victims of domestic violence and Christina Smile, providing care for Boys and Girls Club kids.

Located at 7125 E. Lincoln Drive Suite 106 in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Coombs’ practice can be reached at (480) 304-7649. He and his team can also be contacted online via the websites or