New Patients: (602) 786-5484

Existing Patients: (602) 404-7266

4611 E Shea Blvd, Ste 250
Phoenix , AZ 85028 | Direction


  • Steven S.
    Steven S.

    They were very kind and compassionate to someone like me that hasn’t been to the dentist in over 13 years. I didn’t feel like I was looked down on and they didn’t make me feel ashamed about my poor dental health. I had a painful tooth that they were able to take out and even had an earlier appointment then what I was scheduled for after I couldn’t sleep in severe pain. They also have later hours too so it makes it possible to get in with my work schedule. I would highly recommend them to anyone needed dental care.

  • Jack T.
    Jack T.

    overall very satisfied customer.. have referred all my friends and family here.. the team is extremely nice, and Dr.’s do a phenomenal job. The process is very easy.. and always feel welcomed when I arrive.. FIVE STAR.. well deserved.

  • Kayla J.
    Kayla J.

    Today was my first visit but I could not be happier with the results. Just came in for a cleaning but man did I have a lot to clean haha Hilary was my hygienist and she did an amazing job. Dr Nielson was very personable and honest with me. I’ll definitely be back.

  • Sara D.
    Sara D.

    I love Life Smiles! The whole staff is happy, fun and does an amazing job. Kelli is THE BEST hygienist ever! I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

  • Britt L.
    Britt L.

    Amazing staff that goes above and beyond. Both Dr. Nielsen and Schmidt are also fantastic. I have recommended Life Smiles to anyone and everyone who asks me for the name of a good dentist. They are better than good though – they are great!

  • Susan M.
    Susan M.

    This is a wonderful place to get dental work. The staff is not only competent they are also very positive and delightful to be around. We’ve experienced other dental practices who have shamed our kids and left them feeling awful. Life Smiles is exactly their name!

  • Greg D.
    Greg D.

    Life Smiles has surpassed my expectations. Dr. Tim Schmidt and his staff make every visit pleasant. From arriving at the front desk, to scheduling the next appointment, everyone is organized, efficient, and knowledgeable. Tim is a caring and patient doctor who I trust. Special thanks to Kelli (hygienist), Erin (assistant), Mari (front-office) and the rest of the team. I highly recommend Life Smiles. Thank you!

  • Gigi D.
    Gigi D.

    I broke a crown this weekend, and Life Smiles got me in for a temporary crown right away. Dr Nielson, Dr Schmidt, and the whole staff know me by name and treat me really well. They are always compassionate, and I trust them with all my dental care.
    I’ve actually been a patient since 2013. This office is the best in the valley in my opinion.

  • Riley T.
    Riley T.

    Very friendly staff and easy scheduling. They conveniently send appointment reminders by text message. They will also call you 6 months after your last appointment to set up another appointment

  • Brittany B.
    Brittany B.

    Love going to Life Smiles. Everyone there is very friendly. That’s why I always refer here when I get asked where one should go. And they’ve all come back with how much they loved it as well.

  • Andrew N.
    Andrew N.

    What a fun happy and professional dental office!! Glad I found this place.

  • Thomas A.
    Thomas A.

    I have been going here for 10 years now and Dr. Nielson and team are the best in the business. Great office with an excellent staff of hygienists. 5 stars all the way.

  • Diane C.
    Diane C.

    From the office staff to my dental hygienist Kelly, Dr. Neilson and Dr. Schmidt, this is the best dental experience I have ever had. I’m 56 so I’ve been to the dentist a lot! They never try and up sell me or recommend a dental procedure that I don’t need! I highly recommend them!

  • Haley H.
    Haley H.

    I love this dental office! The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful; the dental hygienists are painless and super personable; and the dentists are just as pleasant! Each exam room has amazing views of the mountains, they allow you to watch tv during your cleaning, and they don’t push unnecessary dental procedures on you like other dentists do. I highly recommend this office to anyone with anxiety about the dentist. They do everything they can to put you at ease!

  • Carrie A.
    Carrie A.

    Life Smiles is amazing! Cannot imagine going anywhere else for dental care. Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt are both kind, caring, and extremely knowledgeable. The entire team is incredible and always welcoming. Our family has been going here since the beginning and both of our children love them as well, definitely a better experience than he two pediatric dentists that we tried. Really cannot say enough!

  • Stacey L.
    Stacey L.

    All I can say is I love this team!! EVERYTIME my husband and I go, we are taken care of like royalty! I went from dreading the dentist to looking forward to it and all my fears have been lifted by these talented and amazing people!

  • Alexandra F.
    Alexandra F.

    Very friendly and they are very understanding about what you need.

  • Brittney L.
    Brittney L.

    I highly recommend Life Smiles Dental Care if you want phenomenal care and an unforgettable smile! From the smiling faces that greet you upon entering to the professionalism and attentiveness of the staff to the comfortable dental rooms with state of the art equipment and TVs on the ceiling, Life Smiles Dental Care does not disappoint!! Dr. Schmidt was just as kind and welcoming, very thorough in his explanation and willing to answer all of my questions! I would recommend this office to all friends,family or anyone just looking to have a rewarding dental experience

  • Terri V.
    Terri V.

    I have been a patient of Life Smiles for over 5 years…Dr. Nielsen and Dr. Schmidt are great! The entire staff is Professional and friendly! I would highly recommend Life Smiles.

  • Molly B.
    Molly B.

    I’ve been a patient at Life Smiles for about 9 years now. I found them online after a terrible experience I had at another dentist’s office. I can’t say enough amazing things about Dr. Nielson and his staff. They have created a wonderfully relaxing environment and I actually look forward to my visits twice a year. In any event of a dental emergency, they have always hastily accommodated me. At my most recent visit, my awesome hygienist, Jackie, took the time to educate me about my x rays and what they look for so I know how to more precisely care for my teeth at home. I will always recommend Dr. Nielson and his team to everyone for their absolute 5 Star quality professionals and care!

  • Walter C.
    Walter C.

    First time patient today and I had an extremely positive experience in every aspect. I feel very comfortable moving forward with my dental work. Thanks

  • Donna P.
    Donna P.

    My dentist I used to go to had retired and I hadn’t seen one for long time. First time at Life Smiles, I felt like they really cared about me and my concerns. I was introduced to staff and everyone there seem to enjoy their work. As they where doing things they explained what they where doing. Dr Nelson came in explained and showed me the X-rays, and photos in great detail and what needed to be done. Then as I was ready to leave they went over the financial part and gave me several options. I also noticed as patients entered and left they where treated as close friends, it seemed like a great and inviting atmosphere unlike any other dental office I had been to.

  • Laura G.
    Laura G.

    I really like this practice. They take time to talk to you and help you feel comfortable during cleanings. Thank you!!

  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly M.

    As always, I have a pleasant experience. My hygienist, Kelly, is aware and pays attention to my sensitive needs. She is kind and remembers my personal experiences from our last visit and inquires. This practice truly feels like family- the receptionist always give a warm hello with a greeting by my name. Kelly does everything from my cleaning, preventative care and recommendations based on my needs. Each and every time the doctor checks in, there is always a pleasant environment between patients and doctors. I would highly recommend LifeSmiles Dental Care as my interactions have been a 10 out of 10 consistently!

  • Christine M.
    Christine M.

    I’m so happy with Life Smiles entire team from start to finish.They are hands down the best!!Kelli is an amazing hygienist and explains thoroughly every process during your cleaning.I have been a patient of hers for 12 years and I’m always so excited to see her smiling face .I’m in the dental field and very picky about who I see for dental care so thank you for such great care Life Smiles

  • Katy H.
    Katy H.

    Life Smilies in Scottsdale is by far the best all around dental office in AZ. We have referred many of our friends and family and they are all very thankful after the experience.

  • Ana A.
    Ana A.

    I have been a patient of Life Smiles since 2015. I am happy to have found them. I used to hate going to the dentist and now I enjoy it. I went in for a cleaning, Maya, was amazing she was very friendly and informative. Thank you, Maya for another wonderful experience at Life smiles!!!

  • Keegan I.
    Keegan I.

    I was having an issue with my gums and the office staff was so friendly and caring. They worked hard to get me a quick appointment that worked with my own busy schedule. Dr. Schmidt provided me with a treatment plan and set me at ease. A great experience as always.

  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer S.

    I can’t say enough good things about this entire practice! Every single person you come in contact with is friendly, warm, helpful, so incredibly kind and that is huge for someone like me who has a lot of anxiety about the dentist! Dr Nielson is amazing and I really appreciate how he explains everything, is always willing to work my treatment around what is best for me and never makes me feel pressured at all. They truly put the patient first. Anyone I have spoken with on the phone is so kind and goes above and beyond to help and puts you at ease right away. I would (and do) recommend this practice to anyone and everyone!

  • Adriana V.
    Adriana V.

    I’ve been seen by both Dr. Paul Nielson and Dr. Schmidt and both Doctor’s are very gentle and makes you feel at ease during procedures. I don’t worry about the quality of work being done I am confident in their abilities. I trust both Doctors very much and their staff to do honest, quality work. I love this office so much that I switched my 4 children from their Pediatric Dentistry to see Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt. My children are 13, 11, 10 and 5 years old and they absolutely love coming to this office. Both Docotors are amazing I don’t have a preference. Oh did I mention that they are always on time with the appointments I hardly ever have to wait longer than a few minutes. I highly recommend this office!

  • David B.
    David B.

    Staff and Dentist were very friendly, professional and accommodating. All necessary procedures were explained in detail as well as the cost associated therewith. My two sons felt very comfortable with the visit and that can be attributed to the greetings from the staff when you first wall in the door.

  • Madelyn O.
    Madelyn O.

    You guys are amazing! After all the horrifying experiences ive had at other shops, i will go nowhere else for my dental work. You are decently priced, and do the best job. Best thing is, you didn’t tell me i needed a ton of work done, instead you prioritised it and helped me figure put what needed to be addressed first. All the staff tell me what they are doing in why, so i am in the know every step of the procedure. Great staff and facility.

  • Sherri H.
    Sherri H.

    It is hard to find a person that you can trust working on your teeth. Since my first visit at Life Smiles, I have felt comfortable and satisfied with their team. Last year when they told me I would have to get a dental implant; I was very worried and scared. I was scared that I was going to be in a lot of pain and that it was going to cost me a fortune. However, Dr. Nielson, Dr. Santoro and Dr. Schmidt along with all of the girls that work in the office made me feel right at home and comfortable through the whole process. They were also reasonable with the price and I was beyond happy with the work that was done by Dr. Nielson and his staff. I would recommend Dr. Nielson, Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Santoro to anyone. Best dentists in the valley!

  • Todd G.
    Todd G.

    Life Smiles is the best dental firm ever. After not seeing a dentist in 18 years, I was nervous about the type of oral care they would provide. Maryellen was so gentile. Everyone in the office is so nice and polite. Mari at the front desk is the most accommodating and polite person ever. Dr. Neilson was very thorough. Great dental team.

  • Kij'a R.
    Kij'a R.

    I love this dentist office so much! They take wonderful care of their patients and Dr.Schmidt is the best!

  • Karli F.
    Karli F.

    As a young woman with a handful of dental horror stories, I’ve never been keen on the bi-annual visit. In fact, up until I found LifeSmiles, I wouldnt have been able to name the last time I went to the dentist without experiencing extreme anxiety. From the relaxing energy of the office itself and the top-notch dental care, to the fact that the staff greets you by name and takes the time to talk and learn about your life, LifeSmiles has it figured out. Unless I move out of state, I won’t go anywhere else and I would recommend them to anyone (even my Grandma goes there.)

  • Gila M.
    Gila M.

    I always look forward to the dentist! The office is clean and the staff is always welcoming. I loooooove my hygienist Maryellen; she’s very friendly and explains everything that she is doing step by step as well as telling me why it is being done. The conversation is always pleasant and my teeth feel wonderful after each visit. They definitely make you feel valued and respect your time and your teeth!

  • Judy N.
    Judy N.

    From check in to leaving, everyone is so nice. Maybe going to a dentist is not something you look forward to but this place was great. I highly recommend them to anyone that needs a dentist.

  • Jamie L.
    Jamie L.

    I love life smiles, keeps me smiling!

  • Sissi B.
    Sissi B.

    Great staff, caring workers, clean office, good service. The kind of place you take your family there for life.

  • Melissa F.
    Melissa F.

    My 2 year old had his first dental visit today. I was so impressed with how comfortable Jackie made my son feel. I only wish there were dental hygienists like her when I was little. So happy I found Life Smiles! We will never go anywhere else.

  • Ray L.
    Ray L.

    Again, I received excellent care at Life Smiles. Everyone from the administrative staff to the dental hygienist provided excellent care for me. I am always more than satisfied when visit them!

  • Pamela K.
    Pamela K.

    As always, great checkup and cleaning at LifeSmiles with my hygienist Kelli. Great atmosphere, friendly staff from start to finish. Dr. Nielson is great and offers low-pressure suggestions for dental care that I appreciate.

  • Brenda S.
    Brenda S.

    The customer service and friendly, knowledgeable staff at Life Smiles Dentistry is like no other! I would recommend this dentistry to everyone. They have been instrumental in my and my husband’s dental health. Looking forward to coming again in 6 months!

  • Cindy H.
    Cindy H.

    I have had more than my share of dental work in my lifetime unfortunately. I feel that makes me a great critic for dentists since I have spent 50 years looking for one that had an A+ in all areas, trust, expertise, empathy, great environment, and more. Life Smiles is the best dental office and I highly recommend it to anyone & everyone. You could not be in better hands.

  • Ryan D.
    Ryan D.

    Everyone here is amazing. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. The family loves this place

  • Suzanne C.
    Suzanne C.

    Everyone in this office greets you with a smile and helps you feel relaxed. They scheduled an appointment the same day I was having a dental issue. They are professional, courteous and efficient. And Dr Schmitt makes every effort to minimize the course of treatment when appropriate. Extremely satisfied with my Life Smiles dental group!

  • Kimberly Y.
    Kimberly Y.

    Dr. Schmidt and his assistant were absolutely amazing…they made me feel real comfrotable, because of course I’m a big baby when it comes to the dentist. he did an amazing job with my extractions!! I absolutely love him and Life Smiles Dental care.

  • Erin M.
    Erin M.

    I absolutely love coming to teeth cleaning appointments with Keli Neil- she is so personable, friendly, and efficient and makes teeth cleaning a pleasure

  • Alberto S.
    Alberto S.

    I always have a great experience here. They always make me feel relaxed at comfortable. The dentists are great and they explain everything well. The dental higenics do such a great job. Would definitely recommend Life Smiles to anyone.

  • Charlotte B.
    Charlotte B.

    Best dental care and I recommend Life Smiles to anyone who wants the best

  • Karen R.
    Karen R.

    Dr. Nielson is the best. I had to call him over the weekend with a dental emergency and he gladly helped me out. Also, I live 3 1/2 hours away and he is soooo worth the drive. Thank you Dr. Nielson!!!

  • Jenn H.
    Jenn H.

    Never a bad experience here! The front desk staff is friendly from the time you arrive, I see Hillary firmly
    Cleaning who is phenomenal, everything is handled in a professional and timely fashion. I love this dentist office.

  • Lisa W.
    Lisa W.

    My 1st time there (10/2/17). They are very friendly, professional, organized and low pressure. Cleaning was ultra sonic and excellent.

  • Michelle R.
    Michelle R.

    The bests dentists in AZ. The nicest office staff ever. They make you feel safe and comfortable. I am not afraid to go to the dentist since I have been going there. Thank you guys!

  • Dori M.
    Dori M.

    Best dental care in town. Always on time, very clean, always caring and most importance up on the latest in dentistry care.

  • Veronica T.
    Veronica T.

    The staff is always patient and helpful. Always a positive experience with hygenists and dentist.

  • Tami N.
    Tami N.

    I love everything about Life Smiles. The Hygenists and dentists are amazing. They care about you!!!

  • Janet L.
    Janet L.

    I received my permanent crown on this visit. As always, everything went perfectly. My appointment was prompt and quick. The doctor and assistant were friendly and skilled. My crown fits perfectly. It feels just like my real tooth.

  • Vicki F.
    Vicki F.

    I have been a patient here for over 10 years. I actually look forward to getting my teeth cleaned.

  • Aryn M.
    Aryn M.

    Best dentist office with the best staff!!! They treat you like family!

  • Michelle L.
    Michelle L.

    Wonderful, caring, professional people who really make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Not to mention the great view from the chair. 

  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay M.

    Kelly is amazing! Very professional staff; always very friendly

  • Richard E.
    Richard E.

    My visit to your facility was extremely comfortable. I was impressed with how they helped me with my needs, and everybody is so friendly.

  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth B.

    Thank you Dr Santoro for making my procedure so much easier than I ever expected.

  • Mendy H.
    Mendy H.

    Professional,thorough, informative, and happy office!!!

  • Mike P.
    Mike P.

    Dr. Nielson is great! No pressure. Staff super friendly. My family will now start going there.

  • Angie W.
    Angie W.

    Love this office. They are very friendly and welcoming

  • Robyn C.
    Robyn C.

    Thank you for fitting me in today and replacing my nightguard(s) so quickly!

  • Shawna F.
    Shawna F.

    The staff are incredible! And Dr. Neilson is amazing!

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    Kelsey L.

    Dr. Schmidt is one of THE nicest people you will ever meet. The way he treats his staff and his patients demonstrates the kind of person he is. Everyone in the office has incredible interpersonal skills as well as a very professional and respectful approach. I brought my almost 3 year old for his very first dentist appointment, and it seriously could not have gone any better. The staff made him feel so comfortable that he let the hygienist do the full cleaning AND x-rays. In fact, when I went back to get my own teeth cleaned my toddler was very upset because he wanted his teeth cleaned again. Having a toddler that gets excited to go to the dentist makes any drive worth it.
    I was apprehensive regarding my own visit, as I had to bring my toddler and 8 month old, but once again things went so smoothly. I never once felt like a disruption or inconvenience. Instead, everyone kept telling me that we would make it work, and the whole staff willingly jumped in to help entertain my kids during my 1 1/2 hour visit. That kind of atmosphere speaks volumes about the people who work here and the quality of care they strive to provide. I left the office feeling cared for, respected, and valued. I’ve never been so satisfied after a dentist appointment! I I give my highest recommendation for LifeSmiles!

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    Colleen B.

    Everything you need in dental care! Dr. Paul and the entire staff makes you feel comfortable and don’t pressure you to get any extras and work with your budget. I have lots of anxiety but it went so smoothly and quickly that I was happily surprised! Meg is very welcoming as soon as you walk in. I highly recommend this practice!!

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    Pete K.

    These guys are out of this world! Where else can you find incredible professionalism, unbelievable friendliness, and quality caring throughout an entire company organization? Like so many of us, I have never enjoyed going to the dentist. The ENTIRE STAFF makes me feel at ease, comfortable with the care I’m getting, and downright appreciated BOTH as a patient and as a fellow human being. Let’s face it — nobody says, “Wow, I get to go to the dentist today!” Well, this group does everything they can to make you ALMOST want to say that. These people are truly caring and sincere individuals!

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    Mel M.

    The office staff is super nice always welcoming. They are pretty much on time for each of the appointments that I have had. The cleanings are great and anxiety free for me which is huge. I need some more extensive work done and with my insurance the rates are pretty good for the crown and for a filling to be redone. I even got an estimate for an implant and even that was great so I’m planning on that for next year… I have been in Arizona for 20 years and this is the first dental office I have actually loved!!!

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    Ann T.

    It was my first time to their office. Everyone was amazing! I will be proud to call this my new dental home! Dr Schmidt was awesome and very patient. He helped me with suggestions for future dental work! I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a dentist!

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    Vincent P.

    We had a great experience at Life Smiles. I recently “fired” my old dentist because the staff seemed really pushy about dental work and wasn’t very friendly. The staff at Life Smiles was amazing. Everyone was friendly and we didn’t have to wait long. The office is also very nice. We are excited for our new dentist.

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    Rachel T.

    Everyone is so kind and helpful, and I appreciated that I never feel pressured to do any work that isn’t necessary. I trust that when they say something needs to be addressed, it really does.

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    Gary L.

    I usually pass on filling out surveys, much less giving 10 out of 10…..but Life Smiles Dental is special. My family has been going to Life Smiles for over 10 years…we never have to wait, the front office staff is exceptional, the office is state of the art, Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt are excellent dentists who go out of their way to make their patients comfortable. The difference maker for my family is our hygienist Kelli…. Kelli is like family, she makes everyone who sits in her chair feel special. She genuinely cares about all of her patients, well beyond just their teeth (and in case you were wondering, she’s an awesome hygienist).

    My children actually look forward to going to the Dentist…to see Kelli (and Dr. Nielson, too). How many people can say that about a dental visit. My youngest was petrified to go to the dentist… he looks forward to another visit with “Dentist Kelli”, as he refers to her. If I could give Life Smiles an 11, I would… they consistently go above and beyond (especially Kelli)

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    Kayla C.

    Dr. Nielson and his staff are truly kind and caring. They know I need before I make it to the treatment chair. The last time I was there, they even had headphones ready for me because they know I like to listen to music while having my teeth worked on.

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    Susan g.

    Hands down best dental practice I’ve ever been to. Staff is professional and friendly and Dr. Nielson is just fantastic. I have been to several dentists between CT and AZ and he is by far the best when it comes to his craft. He repaired a chip in my front tooth and you could never tell there was any work done. SO happy with it. I also had a pretty deep filling and it was the easiest filling I’ve ever had. The shot didn’t hurt, I wasn’t over numbed and my tooth feels great. He definitely has a gift! He’s also has great bedside manner, especially to a spaz like myself 🙂

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    Eric M.

    Great experience.
    I have had several dentists and none have been able to get everything right the way that Life Smiles does. They excel at making the dental visit experience as seamless as possible, e.g. minimal wait time, easy scheduling, ability to explain technical dental situations in common terms, making sure the patient is comfortable, a room to freshen up and brush teeth if you don’t have a chance to do so beforehand, cocoa butter to help lips not dry out during cleaning. Thanks Dr. Nielson

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    Veronica T.

    Always patient and helpful staff. Always a positive experience with hygenists and dentist.

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The Power of Staying Connected with Dental Patients

In all I do, I want to be genuine and hold my work to the highest standard.

When people come in, I just want them to have a good experience and my team is aware of this. We are mindful of people and making them just genuinely have a good experience.

We just genuinely want to be good to people and I realize that in my career, my life that if you just be good to people eventually the world catches on and discovers who you are and how you treat people. Also, what level of dentistry you could provide.

The one thing I am proud of in our office is the feedback and the reviews we receive online. I think that is a testament of how we treat people and what level of dentistry we can provide.
One thing I know that patients appreciate is just staying connected.

My personal mobile phone number is on our machine and I’ll make an evening or next day phone calls just to check in with folks. If somebody had a big treatment done or even if they were simply nervous about coming in. It goes a long way if I personally make a call or sometimes send a text to just check in with people. I know that it is something they appreciate.

We are dedicated to helping you maintain your health and your beautiful smile for many years to come. Contact our practice to learn more about the dental care we provide.
New Patients: (602) 786-5484 | Existing Patients: (602) 404-7266