Though An Elegant Smile Dentistry's 16 dentists are spread across ten locations, they all share a common philosophy of dedicated preventive care. The team, whose members have been lavished with numerous Top Dentist awards from Phoenix Magazine, earns its accolades by determining the specific needs of each patient's mouth. With three modern, state-of-the-art East Valley locations, they also share a mutual philosophy of providing gentle and affordable care they hope will inspire patients to make An Elegant Smile Dentistry their dental home for years to come. Although routine cleanings represent the bread and fluoridated butter of their approach, they also mend smiles with cosmetic and orthodontic services designed to keep aesthetics in line with good oral health.
When it comes to the sciences, Michael J. Smith, DDS has covered a lot of ground. A part-time zoologist and chemist, the Renaissance man has also spent the better part of three decades helping his patients achieve brighter and healthier smiles. Flanked by a professional team of assistants and hygienists, Dr. Smith offers dental services that range from routine cleanings to whitening treatments and cosmetic contouring. Known for his friendly demeanor, he is particularly adept at easing the anxieties of first-time patients and scrubbing away the disgusting pixie dust that tooth fairies sometimes leave behind in younger mouths.
A dental group owned locally by Arizona licensed dentists, SunWest Dental Centers cares for the oral health of the greater Phoenix area with budget-friendly family dentistry and custom dentures. Skilled dentists perform general services for adults and children such as fillings, crowns, and root canals, along with cosmetic treatments such as whitening. Onsite denture technicians fabricate dentures and flexible Valplast partials that can typically be completed in one or two visits and can also repair, reline, or recapture escaped dentures while patients wait.
Family Dentistry is all about forming life-long relationships. Some of their staff have been with the office for its 25-year history and during that time, have seen many young patients eventually grow into adult patients who, in turn, bring in their own children. Overseen by Drs. Kenton Covington and Terry Berkley, the practice aims to earn their clients’ trust by keeping them informed about their oral health. During exams, intraoral cameras take detailed shots of internal mouth spaces and dentists project these images on a screen to walk patients through any issues that may arise and help them weigh their treatment options.
During procedures such as periodontal cleanings, dental implants, and Zoom! whitening services, dental assistants keep patients comfortable by staying in the room with them the entire time, and providing them with neck pillows and blankets. All nine operatories are equipped with flat-panel televisions that play the patient’s favorite movie or channel, or patients can block out ambient dental office sounds by donning a pair of headphones or by simply closing their earlids.
Before completing his professional education at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, dentist David Ericksen taught chemistry at Arizona State University. The East Valley native currently draws upon his teaching background at Ericksen Family Dental, where he thoroughly explains complex dental issues and the art of maximizing a mouthwash's flavor by letting it breathe in an Erlenmeyer flask.
The compassionate doctor has traveled to underserved countries to treat people in need of care and stays on the cutting edge of dental techniques by participating in local study clubs. Dr. Ericksen performs general and cosmetic dentistry for kids and adults, including services such as implants, veneers, and Invisalign treatments.