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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most esteemed physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many troubles that are generally considered to detract from dazzling smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are ordinarily considered unattractive.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with revolutionary cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Additionally, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, compelling smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 480-428-0040 .

 

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What Does A Beautiful Smile Say About You?

What a Beautiful Arizona Smile Says About You It’s not just about looks. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a healthy and attractive smile makes you appear more intelligent, successful, friendly and interesting. (See http://www.aacd.com for complete survey results.)

Our smile makeover patients who have undergone restorative and cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental in Phoenix have experienced this phenomenon firsthand. They have expressed that they not only feel great about their looks, they are more confident in professional and social situations. Another benefit: They also feel more appealing to the opposite gender.

Here are Harris Dental in Phoenix, we enjoy using our years of training and experience to provide premium cosmetic dentistry for our patients in the Queen Creek and Scottsdale area. We are passionate about developing a custom treatment plan for each dental patient. Some of our Mesa patients had lived with misaligned or crooked teeth for years. Others had been self-conscious about missing or stained teeth.

There has never been a better time to upgrade your smile. There are solutions for every kind of dental problem. If you are not familiar with the latest teeth whitening, crown restoration and tooth replacement procedures, it is time to find out. Call 480-428-0040 to schedule a consultation. Come in to our office on 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale and see photos of our happy Phoenix dental makeover patients who are enjoying their beautiful smiles every day!

Give us a call at 480-428-0040 or find us on the Web at: http://www.harrisdental.com/

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Whiter Teeth For Phoenix Smiles

Whiter Teeth for Chandler Teeth whitening has become a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Phoenix, AZ, because it is such an easy way to change your smile with little effort and no pain. Harris Dental can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the results you may expect from various teeth whitening options.

Over-the-counter whitening systems can give varied results, with many users not entirely happy with the results.

Your Phoneix, AZ, cosmetic dentist can help you whiten your teeth effectively and achieve professional results. If you are ready to try a teeth whitening product, please give us a call at 480-428-0040 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our patient-oriented staff would love to answer any questions you have about general, cosmetic, restorative, or pediatric dental treatment. Here are some of our services:

dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
CEREC same-day crowns

If you are searching for quality, friendly dental care in the Phoenix area, call us here at Harris Dental. We are located in Phoenix and have been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1979. We are currently accepting new patients at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. At Harris Dental, we are committed to providing superior dental care to our valued patients.

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

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4 Smile Boosters

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Hi, my name is Dr. Harris. My dental practice, Harris Dental, has been serving the Queen Creek, AZ, area since 1979. Today in my Phoenix dental blog, I would like to highlight four ways you can improve your smile.

1. Teeth Whitening is quick and non-invasive. External tooth whitening occurs when teeth whitening agents bleach the teeth directly. This can be done in your home or in the office of your dentist.

2. Dental Implants are another common procedure that many Phoenix residents seek. A dental implant is secured into the jawbone to replace the roots of a lost tooth. A crown is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Along with improving appearance and restoring tooth function, the dental implant does double-duty by helping to keep bone support.

3. Dental Bonding can be done with various materials such as porcelains and composite resins. With recent advances in cosmetic dental care, these materials can more precisely replicate natural tooth structure and natural appearance. This procedure is commonly used to correct chipped or cracked teeth.

4. Periodontal Plastic Surgery is an extraordinary solution for gum recession and cosmetic irregularities. Gum tissue is removed or added to give the appropriate framework to the teeth.

I hope this post has helped you to get better acquainted with some highly effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. A combination of procedures can be used to give dental patients a complete smile redesign.

To schedule an appointment at Harris Dental, give us a call at 480-428-0040 .

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=586, accessed on June 12, 2013

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale,
Arizona

 

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Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in our dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is typically caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa dental patients have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are commonly just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your Phoenix area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr. Harris of Harris Dental. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my Phoenix area patients. If you have any questions about dental implants, Invisalign clear braces or  smile makeovers, give us a call at 480-428-0040 . Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

 

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed on September 5, 2015

 

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Want A Reason To Smile All The Time?

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If you are not happy with your smile, we invite you to consider a complete smile redesign.

1. Look and feel younger.
2. Improve your oral health.
3. Increase your confidence.
4. Smile all the time!

Welcome to our dental blog. We serve my patients at Harris Dental which is located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Chandler, Arizona. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1979.

There has never been a better time to practice dentistry because dental procedures unavailable just a few years ago are now commonplace. During my career, I have become proficient in a wide variety of advanced dental treatments aided by breakthroughs in techniques and tooth restoration materials. My passion is providing the highest standard of dental care for my Chandler area patients and creating the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.

If you are not familiar with the latest unprecedented dental procedures, you might not realize what cosmetic and restorative dentistry can achieve. A total cosmetic dental smile makeover involves a combination of cosmetic dental procedures which may include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, tooth implants, inlays and onlays, gum contouring, teeth whitening and, in some cases, orthodontia.

If you have dental anxiety, we can help. Sleep dentistry, sometimes called conscious sedation, will calm your nerves and help you relax while you undergo your smile transformation.

If you are in the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, or Mesa area and have cosmetic dentistry questions, schedule a consultation by calling us at 480-428-0040 .

 

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Do Whitestrips Work?

Do Whitestrips Work in Scottsdale?If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Scottsdale WalMart, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options in Arizona were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of products at every drugstore counter in the Phoenixarea.

Whitening Rinses
Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses, however, contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day. Though this method is simple, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.

Whitening Strips
The whitening strips you can buy in Scottsdale grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in Arizona dental offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system at your Scottsdale tooth whitening dental clinic.

Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.

If you are serious about dramatically whitening your teeth, the safest, quickest, and most affordable system is at your Scottsdale dental office.

Harris Dental has an outstanding Scottsdale office located at 20511 N Hayden Rd, Ste 150. Our phone number is 480-428-0040. You can find more information about our Scottsdale dental practice online at http://www.harrisdental.com/scottsdale/.

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Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety

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Are you worried about seeing the dentist? Are you tormented about discussing your smile? Settling into the reality of what you are prepared to discuss with your dentist is the first step to relief.

1. Talk To Us:
Whether you want to have sedation dentistry or CEREC same-day crowns done, call now to schedule a consultation. If you’re nervous about dental implants or in denial about the need for cosmetic dentistry or Invisalign clear braces, the reality is that Dr. Harris Dental has been meeting with patients since 1979 in Chandler, Arizona Arizona. Harris Dental has been here and will continue to be here for you when you’re ready. 480-428-0040

2. Choose a Dentist:

The next step is making a choice. As you sift through the choices and pick the right dentist in Chandler, Arizona keep in mind that Harris Dental offers competitive pricing and affordable options. The reality is that we service the Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale areas with pleasure and look forward to treating your dental concerns with accuracy, gentleness and care.

3. Go Forward with Confidence:
The final step to relief is just smiling. We’d like to take care of CEREC same-day crowns or cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry for you. And we are certain you’ll walk out the door smiling.

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Why Do I Need More Than Regular Cleaning?

Dentistry is ever changing and some things we did ten years ago (and, heck, even five years ago!) are obsolete. In the early days harris dentalof dentistry, the way we did certain procedures were based on others’ clinical experiences and little was based on scientific research. Fortunately, the field of dentistry has moved away from those ancient ways and now follows the model of medical research, backing everything up with science and facts.

One of the most important discoveries in recent dental research is the impact our gum health has on our overall health. With this has come the realization that more than half the population needs more than just a prophylactic cleaning (a.k.a. regular cleaning) due to the prevalence of periodontal/gum disease and its impact on our bodies. Technically, a prophylactic cleaning is an above-the-gum scaling and polish for those patients who have no sign of infection or bone loss. So what constitutes “no sign of infection”?…. main thing to check for: NO BLEEDING. Do your gums bleed when you floss? Do your gums bleed when your dental hygienist is cleaning your teeth or calling out all those crazy numbers (you know… “3-2-3, 3-2-4, 4-2-4”)? It is NOT normal for our gums to bleed when we clean them! Think about it! Is it normal for other parts of our bodies to bleed when we clean them? Of course not!

Bleeding, swelling, and redness of the gums are signs of infection. Infection is caused by “bad bacteria” in the mouth that has grown out-of-control…. so far out-of-control that our immune system is no longer able to keep up with the load.

Let’s face it…. Like it or not, we all have bacteria in our mouths. But when our immune system is able to keep it from over-growing and changing into more harmful and aggressive strains, our bodies maintain balance and our gums stay healthy. On the flipside, when these aggressive bacteria override our immune system’s ability to fight them off, the signs of infection show up, and this is when we require more than a “regular” cleaning. Our concern for our patients is this…. Research has shown that these aggressive, invasive, “bad bacteria” that are detected in inflamed and infected mouths have the ability to get into our bloodstream and travel through major arteries and organs, increasing our risk for heart attack, stroke, pre-term labor for pregnant mommies, and Alzheimer’s disease. They can even increase our risk for certain cancers. To learn more about oral / systemic links, visit www.oshnewsnetwork.com.

At Harris Dental, PEOPLE MEAN EVERYTHING, which is why we are always proactive when it comes to your periodontal/gum health. Without a stable foundation for your pearly whites, you can end up losing perfectly healthy teeth. Our goal is to get you to the finish line with all your teeth! More importantly, we want to help you enjoy OVERALL HEALTH for a lifetime!

So how do we achieve these goals? The answer is preventative care, which sometime involves changing the way we “clean” your teeth in our office and how you clean them at home. We believe in empowering our patients and making them part of a team effort to help in the process of achieving optimal oral health. We provide you with the tools and education you need to get the most out of your homecare, so that we get the best outcome from our in-office procedures. These procedures include the latest scientific testing and state-of-the-art equipment. If you have any questions talk to your hygienist or dentist at your next appointment, or make one today by calling 480-405-6588!

Until next time!

Dr. Cowlin

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A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for whimps. Though some challenges seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental issues, for instance.

Many dental problems common among Phoenix retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental, mature men and women can have a wonderful smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we pamper our valued patients. We offer comprehensive general and innovative cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.

If you live in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, or Phoenix, call 480-428-0040 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can communicate with us about porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

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