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

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 602-978-1790 today. Desert Smiles is located in Glendale. We welcome porcelain veneer patients from Peoria, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas of Arizona.

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 602-978-1790 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.

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.



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 602-978-1790 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.

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  contact our dental office.  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.


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 602-978-1790 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.

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.


April 21st, 2017

Porcelain crowns cannot be bleached, but stains can be prevented through proper oral hygiene. Call Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at 602-978-1790 to learn morePorcelain crowns are shaped and shaded to fit seamlessly into your smile. These tooth-colored restorations can be used to protect teeth that have been weakened through decay or trauma, or as a replacement for teeth that are missing entirely.

Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox works with trusted dental restoration laboratories to create resilient and attractive crowns that can continue to produce pleasing results for a number of years. But once porcelain crowns are stained, topical whiteners will not be effective in brightening them.

Porcelain is both exceptionally strong and remarkably stain-resistant, making it an ideal material for dental crowns. However, while resistant to staining, porcelain cannot be whitened with topical bleaches once stains have set. Unattractive or stained crowns can only be improved through replacement – and caring for your restorations remains the most effective way to prevent having to replace them.

You can prevent, or at the least delay, staining of your porcelain crowns by taking time to brush after every meal and snack. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to avoid toothpaste with abrasive ingredients. Harder bristles and abrasives will scratch porcelain crowns, allowing stains to progress quickly.

Flossing morning and night will help prevent stains from developing on the sides of your porcelain crowns – and visiting our office twice yearly will allow us to remove harder to polish stains before they are fully set. During these routine visits with Dr. Wilcox, we will carefully examine all of your restorations to help ensure their lasting cosmetic and functional benefit. When needed during these visits, Dr. Wilcox will discuss replacement of those restorations that have become damaged or severally discolored as well.

If you have questions about porcelain crowns or any other cosmetic restoration, please contact Desert Smiles to schedule an appointment. Located in Glendale, our cosmetic dentist welcomes patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria, and all nearby Arizona communities.

April 03rd, 2017

In this short video, Glendale implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox discusses how long it takes to get dental implants. If you have questions of if you would like more information about replacing your missing teeth with this reliable and long-lasting solution, please contact Desert Smiles online or by calling 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Wilcox serves patients living in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and all surrounding areas.

March 28th, 2017

If you're self-conscious about the color of your teeth, teeth whitening treatments might be for you. Take this quiz to find out if teeth whitening is a good option:



To schedule a consultation about take-home teeth whitening kits, please contact our dentist at Desert Smiles today by calling 602-634-0050. We proudly serve clients in Glendale, Arizona and the nearby areas.