Desert Smiles Blog

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

March 15th, 2018

Desert Smiles is considered one of the top cosmetic dentistry practices in the nation. Dr. Donald Wilcox brings over 30 years of experience to this practice, along with a strong commitment to helping everyone who walks through our doors achieve their oral health and beauty goals.

A RealSelf Top Doctor and repeat recipient of the Top Doc award from Phoenix Magazine, Dr. Wilcox has been named one of the Best Dentists by Arizona Foothills Magazine and is distinguished as an Elite Dentist by MicroDental Laboratories. He is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is a member of the LVI Alumni Forum.

Dr. Wilcox’s awards are testament to his dedication and commitment to patient satisfaction. They are not, however, what drives his practice. Desert Smiles is a patient-focused dentistry practice where complex procedures can be performed from start to finish under the supervision of a single, highly trusted dental professional.

It is you, the patient, who inspires Dr. Wilcox to continue to offer the safest, most effective, and most advanced treatments in a comfortable, welcoming, and hygienic environment designed to encourage comfort and relaxation. Dr. Wilcox is a member and graduate of the Dental Organization for Conscious Oral Sedation as well, further enabling him to ensure the comfort of each person he sees.

Our full range of services allows Dr. Wilcox to address cosmetic, functional, and neuromuscular issues without having to refer patients to another practice. In fact, Dr. Wilcox’s experience and quality services often prompt other dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and endodontists in the Phoenix area to refer patients to him. However, you needn’t be referred to schedule an appointment for any of our services.

If you live in the Northwest Valley, call Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 to schedule your initial consultation today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and all surrounding communities.

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March 09th, 2018

Tooth preparation is necessary for some cosmetic procedures in order that your restorations will fit seamlessly into your smile. Without tooth preparation, your porcelain veneers may protrude oddly from the smile, creating a look that is unnatural and unbecoming. To avoid this, tooth preparation is often needed for veneers.

As explained in the video below, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox only prepares those teeth that require a better foundation – whether due to contour irregularities, old restorations, or similar issues – to help conserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. During your initial porcelain veneers consultation, Dr. Wilcox can assess your smile and help you determine which teeth, if any in your mouth, will need to be prepared prior to the placement of your restorations.

To schedule your porcelain veneers consultation at Desert Smiles, please call 602-734-0050 today. Located in Glendale, Dr. Wilcox serves all nearby areas of Arizona including Scottsdale, Peoria, and Phoenix.

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March 04th, 2018

Consider these facts:  one in four people die of heart disease in the United States each year.  Research shows 84% of people with heart disease also have periodontal disease.


The worse your periodontal disease, the higher your chance of cerebral ischemia (stroke).  Severe periodontal disease increase your risk 4.3x over people with no periodontitis.


People with Alzheimer's, a type of dementia, ten to decline in their oral hygiene.  This creates a vicious cycle of periodontal disease, which leads to dementia, declines in oral hygiene and then worsened periodontal disease.


Treating periodontal disease prior to the second trimester has been shown to reduce pre-term, low-weight babies by 80%


For the finest in non-surgical periodontal treatment see our professional hygiene staff at DesertSmiles for the latest treatment modalities including Perio Protect.  For more information for cosmetic and implant dentistry in Phoenix and Glendale visit

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March 02nd, 2018

If you live in the Glendale area and are considering teeth whitening, call Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 to schedule an appointment and learn how Dr. Wilcox can help brighten your smile with customized take-home whitening kits. Our tooth whitening services are safe and effective – and allow you to slowly brighten your smile in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

In the short video below, the basics of our teeth whitening services are explained. If you have questions or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, use the contact form on this page or give us a call to speak directly with one of our helpful team members.

Located in Glendale, Desert Smiles is a full service general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry office serving patients from Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, Peoria, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

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February 27th, 2018

The health of your smile is dependent on the care you take of it each day. The infographic below highlights a basic yet solid daily routine that can help keep your teeth and gums free of disease and decay. It is important that you compliment your daily routine with biannual visits to Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox’s office to help ensure optimal oral health and beauty.

If you are overdue for a professional cleaning and examination, please call Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Wilcox provides cosmetic, general and restorative services for people living in Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, Chandler, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

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February 19th, 2018

These photos and xrays show a full mouth reconstruction where traditional dental fixed bridges were replaced with dental implants and crowns.  The bridges were old and unsightly and had problems over time with porcelain fracturing due to the stress on the bridge spans.  The esthetics of surgically guided implant placement followed by cosmetic restorations makes it impossilbe to discern the implants and natural teeth.  There are no teeth connected together any longer for greatly improved hygiene.  The change in the beauty of the restorations speak for themselves.  For more information about smile makeovers and dental implants for patients in Phoenix and Glendale visit

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February 14th, 2018

The process of placing porcelain veneers typically requires two working-visits to our office. These visits, spaced about three weeks apart, will be for the preparation and placement of your customized veneers. One or two visits may be needed in between for check-ups and whitening of adjacent teeth to help ensure a color match when your porcelain veneers are placed.

All Types of Veneers

Dr. Wilcox offers both Durathin and Mac Veneers. These veneers have been chosen for their durability, ease of placement, and aesthetic superiority. However, no single option will be ideal for every smile.

During your initial consultation at our Glendale office, Dr. Wilcox will carefully evaluate your cosmetic imperfections, discuss all of your options, and help you choose the type of porcelain veneer best for your needs.

Problems that can be fixed by porcelain veneers include:

  • Gaps and spaces in between teeth
  • Crooked or crowded tooth presentation
  • Irregular tooth sizes and shapes
  • Severe tooth discoloration

Durathin veneers require no tooth preparation and may only require one working visit to place. Mac Veneers are a thicker option that will require tooth preparation. The trade-off is a more durable veneer that may last significantly longer than Lumineers and alternatives like Durathin.

The truth is, there is no single type of porcelain veneer that can meet the diverse needs of every patient. Dr. Wilcox has carefully chosen these brands based on the specific benefits they offer our patients. We will discuss which option is ideal for your smile when you come to our Glendale cosmetic dentistry office for your initial consultation.

Are There Faster Options?

How Long Does it Take to Place Porcelain Veneers | ArizonaPorcelain veneers offer remarkable, but not singularly unique results. Similar results can be achieved through options such as dental bonding, which may be significantly faster to complete. However, it is important to remember that, while porcelain veneers take longer to place than some cosmetic options, they last much longer than most alternatives and remain one of the best options available for the treatment of cosmetic imperfections.

Commonly, veneers are placed in combination with other services, enabling Dr. Wilcox to address imperfections with each tooth to produce a consistently pleasing aesthetic. Combinations may include veneers with bonding, dental crowns, tooth whitening, gum lift, and even general services like tooth-colored fillings, inlays/onlays, and deep cleanings.

When services are combined in this manner, the procedure is called a smile makeover. This option is neither needed nor attractive for every patient but remains a very useful solution for men and women struggling with more pronounced cosmetic imperfections. When you come to our office to discuss porcelain veneers, we can discuss complimentary services as appropriate.

To schedule your consultation at the Glendale office of Desert Smiles, please call 602-734-0050 today. We welcome patients from Scottsdale, Peoria, Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, and all nearby areas of Arizona. 

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February 02nd, 2018

In this short video, Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox discusses nonsurgical treatments for gum disease along with long-term maintenance of healthy gums with Perio Protect.

Gum disease is an issue that will impact nearly all adults at some point in time in their life. When caught early and addressed appropriately, through various periodontal services and improved at-home care, gum disease is incredibly easy to treat. When allowed to progress, however, this common condition can result in oral health problems such as tooth loss and jawbone necrosis, along with increasing risks for heart attack, kidney and liver failure, and a host of other systemic health problems.

We want to help you keep your teeth and gums at peak health. Please call our Glendale office at 602-734-0050 to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Wilcox welcomes patients from Chandler, Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, and all surrounding areas. 

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January 30th, 2018

Implant replacement of missing teeth is the most life like and natural restoration avaiable in dentistry today.  This patient had been missing this molar for many years before undergoing implant placement.  Following healing of the implant a crown was attached to the implant to give a life like appearance and function.  Implant placement is the most natural process available in dentistry today for tooth replacement.  Once placed the implant and restoration are treated just like a natural tooth with no eating restrictions.  Whether you are missing a single tooth or stuggling with traditional dentures that do not stay secure, visit for more information.  DesertSmiles and Dr. Donald Wilcox provide the finest in cosmetic and implant dentistry to patients in Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

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January 30th, 2018

Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially fatal condition suffered by an estimated 22 million Americans. 18 million of those suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications and often quite simple to address.

The best way to learn if a noninvasive sleep apnea treatment is right for your needs is by calling Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and scheduling a treatment consultation.

To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Wilcox, call Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 today. Located in Glendale, Dr. Wilcox provides noninvasive sleep apnea treatment for men and women living in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and all surrounding areas.

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