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8 Awesome Things About Invisalign That You Didn't Know

Invisalign® offers a convenient alternative to braces with benefits such as near invisibility, easy cleaning, and less discomfort. The Invisalign system offers other less obvious advantages, too. Here are eight of them.

Dec 12th, 2018
The Benefits of CEREC

It used to be that individuals in need of a dental crown, bridge or implant had to wait several weeks for their permanent restoration to be created and placed.

Oct 23rd, 2018
The Versatility of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment options today, and for good reason. Made of high-quality porcelain, veneers are thin shells that are slipped onto the front of teeth to conceal an array of cosmetic imperfections.

Jul 25th, 2018
What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

Experiencing a dental emergency can be scary enough, but not knowing what to do when one occurs can be even scarier — not to mention put your oral health in jeopardy.

Jun 25th, 2018
Summer Dental Tips for Kids

Summer means school is out, and with so many social activities (e.g., summer camp, vacations, beach days) that are soon about to flood your schedule, it can be difficult to remember to prioritize your little one’s oral health.

May 26th, 2018
Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 51,000 people will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year.

Apr 26th, 2018
How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are considered to be the most long-lasting solution to missing teeth. These dental restorations consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone.

Mar 27th, 2018
Invisalign FAQs

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that offers patients the opportunity to straighten their teeth without the use of bulky, conspicuous metal braces.

Jan 26th, 2018
Embarrassed by Your Smile? Reasons to Consider a Smile Makeover

If you are bothered by more than one aspect of your smile, then you may be an ideal candidate for a smile makeover. An elective dental procedure, a smile makeover combines two or more cosmetic dental procedures to address multiple aesthetic flaws or imperf

Dec 27th, 2017
What to Expect during Invisalign® Treatment

Orthodontic issues can affect patients as early as their pre-teens and into adulthood. Traditionally, metal braces have been the only option for effectively straightening the teeth and correcting the bite.

Nov 27th, 2017
Root Canal Therapy vs. Extractions

The most sensitive parts of the teeth are the central root canals, which house the collection of nerves and tissues, more commonly knowns as the “pulp” of the tooth.

Nov 12th, 2017
Contest Winner!

Terrina! Terrina posted a pic of her grandfather and won our contest. She got a $100 gift card for spiga restaurant!

Jul 18th, 2017
Restore Your Smile with Treatment for Tooth Fractures

Even with meticulous dental care, tooth fractures can happen to anyone and without warning. Falling, being involved in a car accident, or getting hit in the face while playing sports are just a few ways in which a tooth fracture can occur.

May 13th, 2017
Father’s Day!

For each review on social media, you will be entered into a drawing for a TOP GOLF gift card!

Mar 19th, 2017
The Damaging Effects of Sleep Apnea

At Sonoran Dental Design, our experienced dentists take a truly comprehensive approach to the oral and overall physical health of our patients.

May 14th, 2016
Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Work Wonders for Misaligned Teeth

Patients know that they receive great care when they visit Sonoran Dental Design here in Scottsdale. Our team of dentists take a holistic approach to dental care, offering state-of-the-art restorative dentistry such as full mouth reconstructions.

Jan 12th, 2016
Who is a Good Candidate for KöR Teeth Whitening?

At Sonoran Dental Design, we're proud to offer patients in and around the greater Scottsdale area some of the latest and most state-of-the-art treatments in cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover treatment.

Nov 11th, 2015
General Dentistry for Healthy Gums

Gum disease is a common dental concern and the number one reason for adult tooth loss. Also known as periodontal disease, the condition develops when bacteria build up on your teeth, moving below your gum line.

Sep 12th, 2015
Learn How Implants Teeth in Scottsdale Are Created

We provide implants teeth Scottsdale patients use to replace missing ones. Did you know that our dental implants are now made from some of the same materials that NASA uses to send men into space?

Dec 18th, 2014
Salivary Diagnostic Testing

Traditional diagnostic techniques for periodontal disease involve the identification of clinical signs and symptoms of disease. These usually include bleeding, pocket depth, redness, inflammation, and bone loss.

Aug 11th, 2014
Pregnancy and Periodontal Disease

According to researchers, pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. So, to all of the pregnant moms out there - be sure to take time to visit our office for a check-up!

Jul 15th, 2014
Our “Back Office” Remodel

While everyone is enjoying their summer vacay, we are busy remodeling our back office" to enable our team members to provide more efficient patient care that incorporates our modern technology. Stay tuned for more photo ops to come!

Jul 5th, 2014
Kor Whitening = Fabulous Results!

Kor Whitening = Fabulous Results! This lady was considering veneers and decided to try to the Kor whitening system. She went up 17 shades. She is thrilled as are we with the FABULOUS results!!

Jun 11th, 2014
Smile Makeover by Dr. Ann Sielicki

This gentleman had concerns over the amount of wear and tear his teeth had taken over time. We fully restored his teeth to the proper length with new crowns and veneers.

May 27th, 2014
The “Jokester” Patient

So this "character" showed up here this morning wondering how we could enhance his "grill"!! LOL. Good times at Sonoran Dental Design!

Apr 15th, 2014
TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called "TMJ," are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.

Apr 7th, 2014
April is National Facial Protection Month

The simple act of wearing a mouth guard when playing contact sports saves tens of thousands of teeth annually, while other safety equipment such as helmets and face shields protect wearers from facial injuries.

Apr 2nd, 2014
How Does Diabetes Affect the Mouth?

People who have diabetes know the disease can harm the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also cause problems in your mouth?

Mar 30th, 2014
Americans and Tooth Loss

It has been estimated that 69 percent of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and one in four over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth!

Mar 11th, 2014
Calculus/Tartar

If plaque is not removed regularly by tooth brushing and flossing, it hardens to create calculus, also known as tartar. Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush; only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it during teeth cleaning.

Mar 9th, 2014
Diabetes and Gum Disease

There is a strong association between diabetes (both type 1 and 2) and periodontal disease.

Feb 26th, 2014
What Makes Teeth White?

Tooth enamel might seem white, but it's actually the layer underneath -- dentin -- that's makes the tooth appear lighter or darker. Enamel is semi-translucent. At least it starts that way.

Jan 15th, 2014
Diastema

Diastema. A diastema is a dental term referring to a space or gap between two teeth. It is most commonly applied to the space found between the two maxillary central incisor teeth (upper front teeth).

Dec 16th, 2013
Mouth Sores

Types of mouth sores include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes. Mouth sores could be the symptom of a disease or disorder.

Dec 4th, 2013
A Vegetarian Diet and Your Oral Health

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an adult eating a vegetarian diet for a prolonged period of time can be at increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease from a lack of vitamin D and calcium.

Nov 20th, 2013
Introducing our new Business Administrator, Irma Koleszar!

Irma is originally from Birmingham, Michigan and moved to Arizona after graduation from the University of Detroit in 1978. She brings to our practice extensive experience in the dental industry. She has worked in the Scottsdale area for more than 20 years.

Nov 7th, 2013
Your Teeth: An Overview

Your teeth and the structure of your mouth play important roles in your ability to eat and speak and stay healthy.

Oct 13th, 2013
No One Needs to Know You’re Straightening Your Teeth!

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Aug 29th, 2013
More Evidence of Poor Oral Health Leading to HPV

The American Association for Cancer Research concluded that poor oral health leads to the human papilloma virus infection. HPV produces about 40 to 80 percent of oropharyngeal cancers.

Aug 25th, 2013
Gum Disease Risk Factors

Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis.

Aug 21st, 2013
Some Medications May Ruin Your Teeth

You may want to be careful about which medications you take. New information indicates that certain medicines could lead to problems for your teeth.

Aug 18th, 2013
5 Symptoms You May Need a Root Canal

Root Canal Symptom #1 You have a moderate to severe lingering tooth pain when drinking hot liquids or eat hot foods. This tooth pain can also be caused by cold liquids or foods.

Aug 12th, 2013
Wear a mouthguard!

The statistics are startling even when you've seen as many mouth injuries as I have. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety Fact Sheet, Athletes are 60% more likely to sustain damage to their teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.

Aug 1st, 2013
Jaw Pain: Can Signal a Heart Attack

A dull, vague pain on the lower left side of your jaw should never be ignored. This pain increases and decreases over the course of a few minutes. In addition, it moves around so you cant quite pinpoint exactly where it bothers you.

Jul 29th, 2013
Dental Sealants

Sealants are thin, plasticcoatings that are usually placed on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth. The liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Jul 27th, 2013
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia (ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah), is the condition of not having enough saliva, or spit, to keep the mouth wet. Dry mouth can happen to anyone occasionally for example, when nervous or stressed.

Jul 22nd, 2013
Oral CancerOral Cancer

Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer and has the worst five-year survival rate of all major cancers. Yet with early diagnosis it can be cured. This disease often goes unnoticed because it usually starts painlessly.

Jun 5th, 2013
Glo – the new ZERO SENSITIVITY Whitening!

Introducing the latest in whitening technology with zero sensitivity, glo! If you have sensitive teeth and are interested in whitening, we now have a solution for you! Call our office directly to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Apr 11th, 2013