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Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

October 13th, 2017

The amount of time it takes to complete your smile makeover with porcelain veneers is incredibly short when taken in comparison to many other restorative treatments. In fact, most patients are able to have their smiles completely perfected well within the period of one month.

In the short video below, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox discuss the porcelain veneer process and timeline to help you better understand what to expect. If you are interested in more information or would like to discuss the option of porcelain veneers to perfect your smile, call Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 to schedule your initial consultation today.

Desert Smiles is located in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Wilcox welcomes patients from Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, and all surrounding areas.

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October 04th, 2017
Glendale Dentist | National Dental Hygiene Month 2017

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to promote dental hygiene and to highlight the important work that dental hygienists perform in helping prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious oral health issues.

Our dental hygienists, Pat, Kellie, Donna, and Sarah, work to improve the patient experience through personal and thoughtful attention paid to every man, woman, and child, with whom they interact. This month, we honor the important work our hygienists do and encourage you to take steps at home that can help make their efforts at protecting your smile even more effective.

The hygienists at our Glendale dentistry office can clean your teeth when you come in for routine visits, but these cleanings will only do so much. To help ensure optimal oral health throughout the year, you need to step up your at-home routine as well. This should include:

  • Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush after every meal. Twice a day is barely adequate. If you want to keep your teeth free of stains and decay, brushing three to five times daily is optimal. If you use a manual toothbrush, brush for at least two minutes. One minute of brushing after every meal if your toothbrush is electric
  • Floss morning and night. Flossing removes debris and bacteria from in between teeth and is essential in the prevention of gum disease

These two simple steps will not only help keep your teeth bright and healthy, they will improve your experience when you come in for biannual cleanings and examinations, shortening the duration of these appointments and reducing the need to come back for restorative services like filings, inlays and onlays, and dental crowns.

Our dental hygienists can provide you with personalized suggestions for toothpaste, type of toothbrush, and flossing techniques during your routine visits to our office. If you need additional assistance with implementing an at-home plan, we will make every effort to provide you with the support you need to maintain the healthiest and most attractive smile. If you have questions, please ask. We are here to help you look and feel your absolute best and will work directly with you to help that happen.

Biannual visits to our Glendale office serve two very important purposes: they allow one of our hygienists to thoroughly clean your teeth and they allow Dr. Wilcox to detect minor oral health problems before they get out of hand. When caught early on, most dental issues can be resolved with only minimal intervention. When treatment is delayed, however, discomfort, functional limitations, and more pronounced issues are bound to follow.

We recommend you visit our office for general services every six months, but encourage you to contact us in between for cosmetic concerns or in the case of sudden discomfort. Dr. Wilcox and our team are here to help you keep your smile bright and strong year-round, and welcome an opportunity to serve your needs whenever they arise.

To schedule an appointment at Desert Smiles, please call 602-734-0050 today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale, and all nearby areas of Arizona. 

Tags: Dental Hygiene, Oral Health
September 11th, 2017

Placed over the front of your natural teeth, porcelain veneers work to cover cosmetic imperfections that can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Incredibly thin, dental veneers fit snugly, enabling them to produce a natural-looking appearance that is complementary to surrounding teeth. If you have cosmetic dental issues making you feel less confident in your smile, veneers may be the ideal solution for your needs. The best way to learn is through a one-on-one consultation with Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at the office of Desert Smiles. Call us at 602-734-0050 to schedule a consultation and learn how Dr. Wilcox can enhance your smile with porcelain veneers.

What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Porcelain Veneers in Glendale, AZ.Porcelain veneers are suitable for a number of cosmetic imperfections. Common reasons to consider veneers include:

  • Chipped or cracked tooth enamel
  • Uneven tooth sizes
  • Irregular tooth shapes
  • Gaps or spaces in between teeth
  • Crooked tooth presentation

Porcelain veneers can also be used to address severe staining and discoloration below the enamel such as that caused by fluorosis or tetracycline. These deeper stains are often impervious to teeth whitening and may actually be enhanced when topical whiteners lighten surrounding enamel.

Dental veneers can be placed on multiple teeth or used for the perfection of just one or two. How many veneers you will need depends entirely on the scope of issues being addressed. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wilcox will examine your teeth to determine which ones could benefit from veneers and provide you with information about all of the cosmetic treatments that may serve to improve the look of your smile.

Instant Orthodontics

Porcelain veneers can address cosmetic malocclusion such as crooked teeth and gaps in a fraction of the time required by orthodontic services like Invisalign®. In fact, the entire veneers process can be completed in just about four weeks, earning porcelain veneers the occasional nickname, “instant orthodontics.”

Many newer orthodontic treatments can straighten teeth in a matter of months, but dental veneers alone can produce a straight and attractive smile in just a few weeks. However, more pronounced malocclusion or functional bite issues may not be well-served by porcelain veneers. Dr. Wilcox can discuss this with you in greater detail during your initial consultation to help you decide if a cosmetic treatment or an orthodontic solution will be best for your needs.

Tooth Preparation for Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Wilcox offers two dental veneer options:

MAC Veneers are perhaps the longest-lasting and most durable veneer currently available. Manufactured with the highest quality ceramics by some of the most trained and experienced dental lab technicians in the world, MAC Veneers can last as much as two-times longer than other options, making them an ideal choice for many of our patients.

To place MAC Veneers, a small amount of your natural tooth enamel will first need to be removed. While thin, MAC Veneers will protrude slightly from the teeth if placed without prior enamel contouring. Tooth preparation for porcelain veneer placement is painless and need only be done once. If you are nervous about this part of the veneers process, we would be happy to discuss the option of gentle sedation during the procedure.

Tooth preparation is not always necessary for the placement of veneers. If your cosmetic issues are less pronounced, Durathin Veneers may work perfectly. Thinner than MAC Veneers, Durathin Veneers can be placed without the removal of tooth enamel, making them a wonderful solution for patients who do not require a thicker veneer for tooth perfection. However, like Lumineers®, Durathin Veneers are not always the best solution for severe staining or more pronounced cosmetic imperfections.

Dr. Wilcox offers different veneer options to better meet the needs of all of our patients. He will discuss tooth preparation and no-prep selections during your initial consultation to help you choose the solution best for your specific needs.

Porcelain Veneer Durability

MAC Veneers can last up to two times longer than other brands of porcelain veneers. Durathin Veneers can also last for several years. How long either option lasts will depend on how well you take care of your veneers following placement.

Porcelain is stain resistant. When cared for properly, your veneers can maintain their bright white appearance for ten or more years. However, veneers can chip, crack, scratch, and break even while maintaining their brilliance, making it important that you use the appropriate products for tooth cleaning.

We recommend avoiding toothpaste with baking soda or other abrasives. These can scratch and damage porcelain veneers. Avoid medium-bristle toothbrushes as well. These, like abrasive toothpaste, can prematurely destroy porcelain veneers.

To care for dental veneers:

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste at least twice a day
  • Floss in between all teeth, including those with veneers, twice daily
  • Visit Dr. Wilcox every six months for professional cleanings

Your biannual visits allow Dr. Wilcox to examine both your natural teeth and your porcelain veneers, enabling him to make adjustments or recommend replacements as needed. Replacing your veneers should not be a common occurrence if you care for them properly, but should be expected every ten to twenty years.

Advantages Offered by Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are capable of producing a flawless smile over the course of just a few short weeks. Once placed, veneers can continue to provide amazing results for ten or more years. Fast and long lasting, porcelain veneers are shaded and shaped to match adjacent teeth, allowing for a seamless appearance. This appearance can be maintained through proper care and the occasional whitening of nontreated teeth.

Easy to care for, porcelain veneers will require little to no change to your daily oral hygiene routine and may even prompt you to improve your process for a cleaner and healthier smile all around. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wilcox will discuss the benefits of veneers in detail to help you determine if they are the most effective solution for your needs

Contact Desert Smiles

If you are ready to schedule a consultation at our Glendale, Arizona office, give us a call at 602-734-0050 today. Desert Smiles welcomes general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry patients from Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and nearby areas of AZ.

September 06th, 2017

Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable. They are also resistant to staining and other imperfections – but for how long? In this short video, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox discusses the longevity of porcelain veneers for his Glendale area patients. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call 602-734-0050 today. Desert Smiles is located in Glendale. We welcome porcelain veneer patients from Peoria, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas of Arizona.

Tags: Porcelain Veneers and Staining
August 17th, 2017

Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox offers a comprehensive selection of restorative, general, and aesthetic treatments that can be used alone or in combination to strengthen and beautify your smile. However, you may not know which treatment, or treatments, will be best for your specific concerns.

The short quiz below can provide some direction for which cosmetic dentistry services can be used to perfect your smile. Take a moment to answer the questions, then call our office at 602-734-0050 to schedule a consultation for more information about achieving the smile of your dreams.

Desert Smiles is a full-service dental office located in Glendale, Arizona. Our award-winning cosmetic dentist welcomes patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and all surrounding communities.

Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry in Arizona
July 04th, 2017

Through our oral salivary testing program at DesertSmiles, our professional hygiene staff can test for specific levels and presence of various oral bacteria.  A recent study shows the periodontal pathogen A.a. as a candidate bacterial trigger of autoimmunity in Rheumatoid Arthritis.  We can now test your mouth for presence of oral bacteria that may be causing gum disease but also for this specific bacteria if you have symptoms or have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Interestingly the tissue destructive process in periodonal disease and RA are very similar.  The immunological and pathological processes occuring are nearly identical.  Both are characterized by a chronic inflammation in a soft tissue site adjacent to bone.

For the finest in non surgical periodontal therapy and oral salivary testing contact and meet with one of our highly trained dental hygienists for a complete evaluation.  Patients with gum disease from Phoenix and Glendale are seeing life changing results.



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June 07th, 2017

What credentials should you look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist? In this short video, Dr. Donald Wilcox discusses how cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty, making it important that you look for credentials – such as LVI training, awards and certificates, and professional affiliations – to determine if your cosmetic dentist is qualified to perfect your smile.

If you are unhappy with your smile and live in or around Glendale, please contact Desert Smiles online or by calling 602-734-0050 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Glendale, our cosmetic dentist serves the communities of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, and all nearby areas of Arizona.

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May 20th, 2017

Taking into consideration the latest research, released from the British Medical Journal in November of 2016, states that periodontal disease with high risk pathogens is causal for arterial sclerotic vascular disease.  Due to this and countless other recent medical research linking oral bacteria with multiple systemic diseases, we continue to expand our use of saliva testing to identify the specific types and levels of bacterial present in our patients' mouths. Once we've tested we know exactly what type of periodontal disease we are dealing with.  All periodontal disease is created equally, those diseases driven by high risk pathogens are not always associated with deep pockets.  You can not determine the extent of the disease acitivity just by looking, regardless of pocket depth.

For the latest in non surgical periodontal therapy including saliva testing and Perio Protect visit  To be certain your oral bacteria levels are not contributing to periodontal disease or systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, a visit with one our professional hygienists can get you started down the road to better health.


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May 03rd, 2017

Robert Graham, former contestant on both The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise*, was unhappy with the presentation of certain teeth on both the bottom and top of his smile. What’s more, he had grown tired of having to constantly whiten his smile with topical bleaches and strips, and was looking for something more long-term when he came to our Glendale cosmetic dentistry office. After discussing options with Dr. Wilcox, Mr. Graham decided on porcelain veneers – a safe, fast, and incredibly effective cosmetic option that can address myriad issues including:

  • Crooked tooth presentation
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Irregular tooth shapes and sizes
  • Chipped and cracked enamel
  • Severe tooth discoloration

In his own words:

Robert Graham chose Dr. Wilcox based on his experience, reputation, and proven results. These are the same reasons countless patients choose our Glendale cosmetic dentistry practice every year. If you are considering veneers or another restorative treatment, give us a call at 602-734-0050 to schedule your consultation and learn how Dr. Wilcox can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Instant Orthodontics


As you can see from the before and after pictures above, Robert Graham’s teeth were crooked enough to be noticeable, but not so crooked as to demand a more invasive orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are ideal for these issues, earning them the nickname “instant orthodontics.” When used to address malocclusion, veneers can complete in just a few short weeks what may take braces up to 36 months. While not ideal for pronounced bite irregularities, veneers do offer a quick, safe, and lasting solution for patients whose imperfections are largely cosmetic. During your initial consultation at our Glendale office, we will assess your needs, discuss all of your options, and help you choose the best solution for your smile.

Choosing the Best Cosmetic Solution for Your Needs

Porcelain veneers offer a wonderful option for many of our patients, but they are not the right solution for every smile. Dr. Wilcox is an LVI-trained cosmetic dentist with nearly 40 years of experience producing remarkably strong and attractive smiles. He welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and help you determine if veneers are right for your needs. 

An award-winning and highly respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Wilcox is individually invested in the happiness of each of our patients. When you come to our office for dental care – be it general, restorative, cosmetic, or specialty – Dr. Wilcox will pay close attention to your needs and work directly with you to help you reach your oral health and beauty goals.

If you are considering smile perfection in Glendale, Phoenix, or nearby areas of Arizona, please contact Desert Smiles to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilcox today. 

*The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise are copyrighted properties of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Tags: Porcelain Veneers, Robert Graham
April 29th, 2017

Dr Donald Wilcox and his professional hygiene staff of Sarah, Kellie, and Bethany attened the annual session of the Perio Protect Tray System for improved oral and systemic health.  Dentists and hygienists from around the country attended the two day seminar on the latest in controlling oral bacteria and their impact on systemic health.  Many speakers presented the latest in research and techniques, including Perio Protect inventor Dr. Duane Keller and one of the formost authorities on the connection of oral bacteria to heart disease Bradley Bale MD.  Dr. Bale presented a very recent research article which concludes oral bacteria are not just related to heart disease but are definitely causal to heart disease. Controlling the oral biofilm using Perio Protect trays on a daily basis is the finest treatment available in dentistry today. 

For the finest in non surgical gum therapy including Perio Protect trays, visit for more information.  Many of our Phoenix and Glendale patients are enjoying better periodontal health and reducing their risk to heart disease and diabetes using the Perio Protect trays, including Dr. Wilcox himself.


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