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July 25, 2020
3 months ago

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Everyone is unique in the sense that we all have different styles and features. Whether we realize it or not, we make efforts to flatter ourselves. Haircuts can be cut to frame our face. Makeup can be used to contour our bone structure. We dress to complement our body’s curves. It’s human nature to desire being seen in the best light. These fashion/beauty tricks are as old as your great-grandmother’s grandmother, yet they are still relevant across the world. With all these tricks in mind, does it make you wonder if your smile complements your facial features?

If you are, then keep reading. When considering cosmetic dentistry, there are key factors to keep in mind. For instance, if you have a round face, you know that long layered hairstyles look best on you. Smiles have similar guidelines. If your face is smaller, it wouldn’t be flattering to get long, square-shaped veneers. That style can come off as too dominant and could throw off your facial proportions. If your face is round, you should go for those longer veneers, as they would create a slimming effect to your face. If your face is thin, you want to create a broader smile effect. You would avoid thin, long teeth, as they will only make your face look longer and thinner. Lastly, if your face is square-shaped, rounded teeth will help soften your smile.

Designing your smile is based on your personal preferences and what you want others to see. “When I sit down with a patient interested in cosmetic dentistry, I always ask them what their smile goals are,” Dr. Evan Ridge explained. Our doctors want the very best for our patients and for them to be 100% satisfied. That is why we value our patient’s wants and needs. With the help of our amazing doctors, we can transform your ‘OK’ smile into your dream smile.

July 15, 2020
3 months ago

It’s no secret that coffee means a lot to people. For some, having a morning coffee is the most important part of the day. The smells, warmth, and tastes that coffee releases are incomparable. I think it’s appropriate to say that most people value coffee as a necessity. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but coffee comes with a price. Teeth stains are the worst. The delicious drink can cause yellowing discolorations, so it is important to know how to prevent that. We are here to tell you that you can still enjoy your favorite drink AND keep your teeth healthy. Here are some ways you can prevent coffee from staining your smile.

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Brush your teeth

The ultimate way to protect your teeth against staining is to brush them immediately after drinking your coffee. Brushing your teeth is something we all should do twice a day anyway. Therefore, scheduling your brush time after your cup of coffee kills two birds with one stone. The immediate brushing will eliminate any time for the coffee to leave permanent stains.

Rinse your mouth

The next best thing you can do to fight back against coffee stains is to rinse your mouth. We get it, you don’t carry your toothbrush with you everywhere. So, if you don’t have your toothbrush, grab some water and swoosh away! Doing this is super easy and can make a huge difference in your teeth color shade.

Use a Straw

One of the most popular ways to avoid direct coffee-to-teeth contact is to use a straw. This is useful because the barrier that the straw provides helps prevent possible staining. Most coffee shops provide straws, so if your stopping at Dunkin Donuts, they’ve got you covered.

Floss

Flossing is something you should be doing once a day. It’s more important than you think. Flossing is done to get rid of the debris that is hidden between our teeth. There could be stains hiding between your teeth that you don’t even realize. Therefore, flossing after drinking your cup of joe can get rid of sneaky stains.

Creamer is not helping

Some might assume that staining occurs when the coffee is black. It would make sense that the darker your drink, the higher chance for staining. However, this is not true. By adding more creamer and sugar, you are only creating a bigger problem for your mouth. The more additives there are, the more plaque buildup there is, which leads to more staining. Drink your coffee and creamer in moderation!

Visit your dentist

Keep up with visiting your dentist twice a year. This is very important for oral health, but for stains in particular. Dentists are smile professionals. Therefore, they know how to clean your teeth properly and give the best oral hygiene advice. If you’re having teeth discoloration concerns, your dentist is the best person to talk to. At Philadelphia Dentistry, your dentist would see if you would be interested in a smile makeover, porcelain veneers, or a ZOOM! whitening treatment. We are here to keep you happy and healthy!

No sipping

We aren’t saying you should be drinking your coffee like a tequila shot (that would probably burn), but you shouldn’t be sipping on it all day either. Drinking your coffee in one sitting ensures that your coffee isn’t staining your teeth all day. Dilly-dallying while drinking your coffee only prolongs the opportunity for stains to settle in.

Look into treatments

So, as we said previously, your dentist is the best person to get advice from. Taking the time to visit your dentist and talk about smile concerns is the only way treatments can be done. Cosmetic dentistry might be something you would be interested in if you want whiter teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can take your smile from ‘OK’ to ‘WOW!!’ Check out our site on cosmetic dentistry to learn about all of the treatments we provide.

We hope you take our coffee drinking tips into consideration next time you stop for a coffee. To learn more about oral health, continue scrolling through our blog. To connect with us, follow us on Instagram @phillydentistry, Twitter @DrKenCirkaDMD, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook @PhiladelphiaDentistry.

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July 5, 2020
4 months ago

During the entire month of July, we are having an Invisalign special! The special includes $500 OFF an Invisalign treatment and a FREE teeth whitening kit. Invisalign is the easiest and quickest way to move teeth, without the inconvenience of braces. Why would you want rubber bands and wires in your mouth, when you can have invisible braces? These invisible braces are made with clear, snap on-snap off, plastic aligners. With this design format, the aligners are not noticeable, unlike metal braces. They also allow you to continue enjoying whatever food and drinks you like, due to the snap on-snap off feature. Invisalign is a fast and comfortable way to straighten your teeth. Ultimately, Invisalign will keep your smile cleaner, healthier, and whiter.

What to Expect?

When you first come to our office you will be given a free iTero Invisalign scan. This scan shows us what your smile will look like after a completed Invisalign treatment plan. Once you decide that Invisalign is right for you is when we will start your treatment plan.

How fast is fast?

The entire length of the treatment is a case by case basis. It all depends on the severity of the case and how consistent you are with wearing the aligners. Invisalign patients must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. This means you can take the aligners off when you are eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. After that, snap them back on! With that in mind, on average, a common patient can expect their treatment plan to last about a year.

The aftermath?

When you are finished with your Invisalign treatment and your teeth look perfect, it will be time to celebrate! Your doctor will meet with you to complete another scan (similar to your first visit.) Once the scan is completed, your doctor will make a clear, removable retainer for you to wear at nighttime only. This nighttime retainer will ensure that your teeth stay perfect.

Why wait?

The best thing about Invisalign is that you are in control. The more compliant you are about wearing your aligners, the faster your treatment will be complete. Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 and come in for a free new patient consultation. When you call, mention to our new patient coordinator that you would like to receive a free iTero Invisalign scan. This will allow you to see for yourself the potential outcome of your new smile.

Want more?

We love to be social with our patients. To stay connected with us, you can follow us on social media. Follow us on Instagram @phillydentistry, Twitter @DrKenCirkaDMD, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook @PhiladelphiaDentistry.

 

 

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