Life Smiles Dental Care
Paul Nielson, DDS:
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Life Smiles Dental Care
Paul M. Nielson, DDS, MAGD
Phoenix, AZ













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays



Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants

Sedation dentistry


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes

Offers ClearCorrect™? Yes


Monday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Kathleen A. from St Paul, MN (Source: Yelp)


I absolutely love my dental office! My dental hygienist, Hillary, is amazing and my dentist, Dr Nielson is wonderful. The staff of Life Smiles, from the front desk to the patient coordinators to their great dental assistants are all simply amazing. I am so lucky to have this wonderful group of people providing me with superb dental care. I used to be so fearful of the dentist but, no more. Life Smiles provides tremendous dental care to their patients and I highly recommend them to anyone needing a quality practice.

Jill A. (Source: Google)


Extraordinary customer service by truly good people. Never have I walked into an office and felt so instantly appreciated and welcome. The team at Life Smiles were all super helpful, explained everything they were doing and why. I went for a regular cleaning and my teeth felt super clean afterwards. It was truly an enjoyable office visit. Along with being nice everyone was very family oriented, which was nice to see. Found my new dental home.

Catherine V. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


The experience at Life Smiles was exceptional.  Meg, at the front desk, was very nice and explained everything to me in a professional manner. She made me feel comfortable and she was very knowledgable.  Dr Neilson and his assistant were also professional and amazing.  This was a great experience for me.  Dr Nielson will be my dentist for life. 🙂

Katrina U. from Tempe, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I have had more than my share of dental work over the years but nothing compares to how well my numerous experiences with Dr. Nielsen and his staff members such as Meg and Mary Ellen have been. They always greet you with a smile, listen to your questions, stay on schedule, provide high quality work and only give the treatment you need or request. They have reasonable prices and willing to work out a payment plan if needed. Going to the dentist is never “fun” but they have more than found their way to make up for it!!!

Paul Fiarkoski (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to this office for nearly 18 months and haven’t written a review yet because, until yesterday, all I’ve received was regular cleanings and check ups. I’m one of those people you hear about that get irrationally anxious about dental work. Seriously, it starts a couple days before the appointment. For me, the true test of a dentist is how comfortable I feel during more involved procedures. Yesterday, that was some major work to prep for a bridge for my upper back molars. Dr. Nielsen and his staff are true pros. They listened to my needs and made adjustments to their procedures to accommodate my “special needs”. I left in complete awe of how little anxiety I felt during that appointment. As long as I live in Phoenix, this will be my dentist office.

Rachel S. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


So I stumbled across Life Smiles from searching on Yelp…and I’m glad I did! First off I don’t know how many amazingly sweet people can work in one place but they do. Talk about customer service! I was blown away at the professionalism! I’m very very happy with my service at Life Smiles and would recommend them to anyone! I think we all semi-hate going to the dentist but they truly made it such a painless experience! I’m now a client for life!

Jonathan K. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Amazing staff! Wonderful and gentle. I won’t go anywhere else! The staff is wonderful and really took pride in putting my mind at ease. The dentist was wonderful and his skill level was quickly evident. I get nervous and panicked usually at dental appointments but not here. As soon as I walked I was offered a bottle of water and given a tour of the office. We were able to combine several appointments into one and get a lot accomplished in the time I was there. Nitrous is available to help those who need it (me). I didn’t feel the doctor give me injections. He is that gentle! Amazing practice.

Whisper Gailey (Source: Google)


I have had what seems like nothing but bad experiences at the dentist from the time I was little. I have had extensive work done and still need extensive work done. Going to the dentist gives me anxiety because I’m so unhappy with my teeth. The people at this office were so incredibly nice. From the front desk staff to the hygienist to the dentist. I don’t have a single complaint or suggestion. After my appointment Janie (from the front desk) even came back and asked how things went and how I was feeling. Seriously impressed with the care, level of knowledge, and thoroughness here. For the first time in forever I feel like I can commit to a long-term treatment plan to get to a smile I want to show off.

Terry Jochum (Source: Google)


This is the most professional and competent dentist office I have used in Arizona. I go for routine check-ups and cleanings. All of the hygienists are very good and very thorough. The dentists are excellent and are very good about providing a treatment plan that works for you on your schedule, outlining what is a priority and what can be done a later. Overall a great practice and I will be going there as long as I’m in Arizona!

Christina K. from Tucson, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Maryellen is AMAZING!!! I enjoy coming in to the office to see her every 6 months. I love her passion and professionalism. She treats all patients with dignity, kindness and respect. She makes sure that each patient has a personable experience and she is knowledgeable in her profession. Maryellen takes the time to educate her patients and she answers any questions one might have. 10 stars isn’t nearly enough to rate her. She is ONE in a million!!!

Vincent (Source: Facebook)


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!

Matthew K. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


The staff at Life Smiles are always very professional and on-time.  The hygenist is excellent (Maryellen) and Dr. Nielson has been very thorough in his exams.  I have nothing but good things to say about this dentist practice.  I was extremely tired of having dentist practices turnover and doctors change, annually it seemed.  Finally I have found a practice with stability and excellent service.

Kathy Hart (Source: Google)


I can not remember a dental experience that compares to the care I have received at Life Smiles. I live out of state and had a dental emergency. Life Smiles was able to see me the day I called. The dentist laid out a plan that was long overdue for me. They are trying to work within the short time frame I have while I am in AZ. I so appreciate all of the trouble this office and the professionals who work there have gone to to accommodate an out-of-towner.

Brianne F. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I have never had a negative experience at Life Smiles over the nearly seven years I’ve been going there. Kelli is the absolute BEST!!! Hands down, no questions asked! Truly, the whole staff is great – From the front desk staff, to the dental hygienists, to the doctors themselves. They all work together as a team and that results in an exceptional experience for the patients. When I originally started going there, I lived very close; however, I moved years ago and am quite far now, but Life Smiles and the staff there (especially Kelli) are so wonderful that I choose to make the drive there still. Love my Life Smiles team!!!

Jennifer Stoops (Source: Facebook)


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!

Beverley K. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Both Dr. Nielson, Dr. Schmidt and their staff try extra hard to make you feel welcome, comfortable and pain free.  I’m in a wheelchair and transferring to the extra comfort dentist’s chair is never a problem.  There is handicap parking, an elevator and handicap bathroom, too.  The dentists are so gentle and competent!  They always search for alternatives to making the work you need financially possible.  Great personalities and I love the music they play.

Christine Marsolo (Source: Facebook)


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

LJ. W. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Going to the dentist can be a nerve-racking experience, but not at Life Smiles Dental Care. From the moment I walked in I was greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. Kelli, my hygienist, made sure I was comfortable and that I understood what today’s visit would entail. With x-rays, teeth cleaning and a check-up I knew that the team would spot any potential challenges immediately. I usually see Dr. Nielson but today I was introduced to Dr. Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt, much like Dr. Nielson, had an easy comfortable demeanor which would put any nervous person at ease. Thankfully I had no cavities but if I did, I knew I was in capable hands. Thank you Life Smiles Dental Care team for another great experience!

Heather Leedy (Source: Google)


I typically have alot of anxiety surrounding dentists, however at Life Smiles Dental Care the whole experience was fantastic. The staff is kind and helpful. Dr. Nielson was very knowledgeable and had a gentle touch on my teeth and worked well with me so my anxiety was non existent and for that I am grateful. This is the first time in my adult life that I have had a positive experience at the dentist.

Ida Greene (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to Life Smiles for 4 years an would not change. Both Dentists are excellent an give you all the details about a problem so you can make a good decision that fits your needs. Maryellen my hygienist does a excellent job cleaning an gets the dentist involved when you have a problem. They do not pressure you into doing any work you tell them. If you want a good dental office call them I highly recommend them

Dana S. from Tempe, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I had some terrible bonding work on my front teeth done by another cosmetic dentist and didn’t feel comfortable going back to that doctor to fix it. I found Dr. Nielson online with examples of his bonding work. I met with 5 doctors. A few recommended 4 veneers, another said my problem could not be fixed. I decided to put my faith in Dr. Nielson and ended up with a result that makes me want to smile again (and feel like ‘me’ again!) The office is nice, the staff is super helpful. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Nielson. I would recommend and return. Thank you so much for giving me my smile back!

MJ. H. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


This is the first dentist I have gone to that made be feel very relaxed and eased my fear of the dentist. I would recommend Life Smiles to anyone that has a fear of dentists. Without this office I would not be getting my mouth to a healthy state. The staff is also wonderful as they understand your fear and they always make you feel welcome. After the visit , I received a text checking on me the very next day, which was a welcome surprise. Top rated office by far.

Stacey Laitman Wulf (Source: Facebook)


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!

Paisley LeGault (Source: Google)


My first visit to a dental office in a while, I understood that I needed a lot done. They got me in quick with almost no wait time! Meg and Akilah(?), or Front Desk, was so kind and caring! They even helped me get in the building since I got a little lost, which was amazing since I don’t see many places do that anymore. Heidi took me back and was understanding of my dental anxieties, along with answering my questions before I had to ask! They are very informative and definitely have accurate knowledge on questions patients may, or will, ask. They are patient and kind, taking in the patients comfort and needs beforehand. Dr. Nielson was not only informative, but gave me various options in case I needed them which I greatly appreciate both location-wise and financially (Front Desk was very understanding in these categories as well)! Hillary is an amazing hygienist who was so sweet and considerate about my comfort! She was amazing in making sure the cleaning was painless and that I was well-informed of what was happening. She let me know what she was doing, showed me how the tool worked before using it, and was amazing in keeping me motivated to brush and floss! I would definitely recommend Life Smiles Dental to anyone who is looking for dental assistance! They are kind, compassionate, and extremely caring to their patients. Thank you to Life Smiles for making it extremely comfortable for my visit after not having my teeth cleaned in so long! I even have an amazing plan to get everything fixed, without worry! They are amazing, and I will definitely be coming back for all of my teeth cleanings and possible evaluations!

Anne Vossbrink (Source: Google)


I had gone to the same dentist office for years before switching to life smiles dental care. At my previous dentist office the hygienist I usually saw left, and I just wasn’t happy with the care was provided any more. I knew I needed to find a new dentist and was overwhelmed by the choices in the valley. I decided I would ask my child’s pediatric dentist offices staff where they go, as I was happy with their treatment and dental work, I figured they would only go to places the provided excellent care. Every single one of the staff I talk to said they themselves go to life smiles dental care. I’ve been going to life smiles dental care for about two years now, and they are professional and friendly, discuss any issues and options with me, their office is welcoming and clean and their appointments run on time. I’ve also never had a billing issue with them nor any issue with them trying to sell add on services that I didn’t need, which was an issue with my old dentist office. I would highly recommend life smiles dental care to anyone.

Michelle J. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


What a great experience I had at Life Smiles! I had a good feeling when I initially called to make my appointment after doing a search for a dentist close to my home.The appointment scheduler was very nice, helpful and clear with instructions. From the minute I walked in for my appointment every single person working there was extremely pleasant and seemed to truly enjoy their job, which says a lot about the management and leadership. The front desk was efficient and informative, the hygienists and assistants were extremely accommodating and professional, and the dentist was very friendly and gave me many options. I never felt pressured into any treatments (as has been my experience at many other dentists) and they outlined all of my options with realistic expectations. I was so impressed that I called my partner on my way home to switch to them and he scheduled an appointment already! I have already told a few neighbors about how great this practice is, and I have NEVER done that before for any previous dentists I have been to. Looking forward to finally having a solid practice to keep coming back to. Thanks for a great experience!

Jessica E. from Sacramento, CA (Source: Yelp)


Before moving to California I went to Dr. Nielsen for over a decade (my entire family does) LifeSmiles has a very modern and sleek office. They go above and beyond to ensure you’re comfortable. TVs in every room, headphones, blankets. My sister is deathly scared of the dentist and elects to get get nitrous oxide during her visits. She saw Kelli what a sweetheart and knowledgeable professional.

Pam M. from Phoenix, AZ (Source: Yelp)


First thing walking through the door I was greeted by the receptionist who was friendly, The office was neat, clean and inviting. Love the rooms with the views of the mountains which made me feel relaxed and at ease. The girl who brought me back to the room was very personable. We got to talking about hiking and just felt everyone was friendly and not too friendly (not forced) The dentist was able to give me a second opinion for my treatment plan which had been done elsewhere. I feel more comfortable about this treatment plan and the room was much more neat and clean and inviting. They seem to care about the quality of their work and knowing the crowns have a 5 year warranty and fillings have a 2 yr warranty gives some peace of mind especially when you know you need to pay a lot of money for dental work. I liked that they had private rooms to discuss your payment plan and options. I will continue to go here.

Rice (Source: Google)


I was extremely impressed by the service, friendliness, professionalism and explanations by all staff. Dr Neilson was excellent in his examination of my teeth and Maryellen, on of the hygienist, did an outstanding job getting my teeth sparkling. I felt like a VIP with the way they treated me. They explained every single thing from what they were going to do, what was next, etc. I would highly recommend this office.

Jerry Hayes (Source: Google)


The staff was the friendliest bunch, they make you feel comfortable the moment you arrive. From Meg at the front desk, until you leave by seeing Miss Mira. Doctor Schmidt was very professional, explains your issues and the plan of attack for making you have a beautiful smile. The most comfortable I’ve ever delt at the dentist. The reviews on Yelp were excellent about the company and staff. Right on the money can’t go wrong with these folks Hollywoodhayes. Phx,Az.

Debbie H. from Buckeye, AZ (Source: Yelp)


I smile as I write this because I can as Dr. Neilson is the man. He fixes my crowns that were done elsewhere wrong and all the while keeping my other teeth nice and strong. Kelly keeps my pearly’s white and my gums nice and pink so my breath don’t stink. Heidi does the greatest molds to make sure that those new crowns hold. The front staff is great even when I make an appointment mistake. I hope you enjoy this rhythm because at Life Smiles Dental you’ll always have a great time.

Mya T. from Glendale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Aside from once being one of Dr.’s assistants and observing the gentle, extremely skilled dentistry at a professional level, I have also had the opportunity to experience care from a patient perspective. Life Smiles was able to change things about my teeth that have always bothered me, and taken the pride I have in my smile to a whole new level. From straightening my front teeth in a short time with Six Month Smiles ortho, to BEAUTIFUL cosmetic bonding, to routine replacement of old, stained fillings; I have never smiled with such confidence! All hygienists are exceptional and keep my gum tissue healthy and pearly whites sparkling! All of my family, extended family, and friends entrust their dental care with Life Smiles Dental Care and if you are looking for a forever dental home, look no further.

Ana Acevedo (Source: Facebook)


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!!!

Steven Stoyer (Source: Google)


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

L. M. from Cave Creek, AZ (Source: Yelp)


My 13yr daughter insisted she needed to write a review…I never thought going to the dentist could be a great experience! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I was really scared to switch dentists, but I’m so glad I did. The front desk staff were wonderful and helpful. I was given a tour of the office, and was seated in a very comfortable chair. Feeling so welcomed, and being talked through my cleaning made the visit go by quickly! I could even watch tv, or look out at the beautiful view that I could see through the window from my chair. I honestly didn’t even want to get up from the chair! The office and my treatment was luxurious. I was even given a kit with some products that I found very useful. I was really impressed. I have always been very nervous to go to the dentist, but now I don’t mind at all. They have even made me want to take great care of my teeth to make them proud! My first visit to the Life Smiles Dental Care was wonderful, and I’m really glad I made the switched!


Life Smiles Dental Care is committed to keeping your smile beautiful and healthy. Our state-of-the-art practice has been serving residents of Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas of Paradise Valley since 2007. Doctors Paul Nielson and Tim Schmidt bring many years of experience to this office and hold their staff to the highest standards. We look forward to working with you to create amazing smiles for you and your family. Established in 2007, we named our practice Life Smiles Dental Care to represent our focus on achieving long lasting, natural results for our patients. Dr. Nielson and Schmidt are co-owners of Life Smiles Dental Care. In 2011 we designed and built our ideal facility just west of the Tatum and Shea intersection. We relocated our office to this brand new building in April 2011. The office is built with our patients' needs in mind. WiFi is available throughout the office, TVs for each patient, floor to ceiling views of the Phoenix preserve, and the music is customizable in each room. We offer the ability to provide most all dental treatments at our facility without the need to be frequently referred to other dental specialists. We can remove wisdom teeth, place and restore dental implants, treat periodontal (gum) disease, straighten teeth with 6 month smiles and ClearCorrect, and provide root canals. For Dr. Nielson, average has never been good enough. He takes responsibility for the dental health of others very seriously, continually striving to exceed expectations for patient care and treatment outcomes. This drive for excellence started early. He earned a degree in zoology from Brigham Young University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (“with the highest distinction”) as class valedictorian. As an undergraduate student, he grew fluent in the Spanish language during a two-year stay in Chile. He became Dr. Nielson after completing dental studies at University of Washington in Seattle, where he graduated as the top student in the class. At dental school, Dr. Nielson received numerous awards and recognitions for his work with restorative dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, and dental implants. Dr. Nielson has been active in clinical practice for more than a decade, primarily in Arizona. Since becoming a dentist, he has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education, dramatically exceeding the state’s licensing requirements. In 2013, Dr. Nielson earned the extraordinary distinction of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. Today, the doctor takes special interest in full mouth rehabilitation, implant dentistry, cosmetic services, and sedation. However, he enjoys all aspects of general practice, meeting new patients and building lasting relationships. Dr. Nielson is known for an individualized approach, working closely with each patient to develop personalized treatment plans for healthy lifetime smiles. He even provides his personal mobile phone number for the highest level of responsiveness to patient needs. Dr. Nielson is happily married, and the couple has four children. When the lab coat comes off, you will find him vacationing with his family, enjoying outdoor sports, or teaching at his church.