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March 19, 2018
1 month ago

Now that Hollywood’s biggest night, The Oscars are over and you saw everyone dressed their best, hair perfect, and million-dollar smiles, there’s something you should know. It might come as a surprise, but some of Hollywood’s elite stars didn’t always have a straight, perfect, white smile. Many celebrities have gone to see their cosmetic dentist to get a smile makeover because like many people their job deals with being in the spot light. Celebrities spot light may be a little larger than most people, but whether you’re a celebrity, doctor, politician, teacher, sales person, or anyone who deals with people on a daily basis, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Here are the top 5 celebrities that you probably didn’t know who had smile makeovers during their career.

1. Nicolas Cage. In Nicolas Cage’s early career his teeth were misaligned pretty badly which made his teeth overlap. In the 1984 movie, “Birdy” Cage got into his role and actually had some of his teeth pulled to look more like his character. As Nicolas Cage and his career advanced to more leading roles he needed a smile makeover and this led him to get a full set of veneers. After getting his smile makeover he got casted in the leading role for “Leaving Las Vegas” which he won an Oscar for. So, we’re not saying veneers won Nicolas Cage an Oscar, but we’re not saying they didn’t help.

2. Ben Affleck. When Ben Affleck was a kid he had buck teeth, it wasn’t until after he had many cosmetic dentistry procedures that he started his acting career. His acting career started with his role in “Good Will Hunting” which landed him a screenwriting Oscar. Ben Affleck’s smile makeover included porcelain veneers, crowns, and some teeth whitening procedures.

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3. George Clooney. Being known as one of the most handsome celebrities in Hollywood, George Clooney owes some credit to his cosmetic dentist. Clooney has a full set of veneers and the reason for his veneers were not strictly just for looks. The 2-time Oscar winner had problems grinding his teeth due to stress, which ultimately led for the need to get replacement teeth.

4. Morgan Freeman. Everyone knows Morgan Freeman because he is one of the best actors of all time. As he aged his teeth naturally became more yellow and he had a gap in between his 2 front teeth. After seeing his cosmetic dentist, Freeman had his teeth whitened and gap closed from a dental bonding procedure. Now, Freeman looks younger and is still landing huge movie roles in Hollywood.

5. Tom Cruise. You may remember Tom Cruise when he was a young actor playing roles in movies like “Risky Business” when his teeth were far from perfect. Cruise has had many cosmetic procedures done throughout his career. First, he had his teeth whitened and straightened, but that wasn’t enough for the “Mission Impossible” star. He has reportedly had more cosmetic dentistry treatments which included a mouthful of veneers.

Philly Dentistry has many cosmetic dentistry options such as, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, Cerinate Lumineers, crowns, bridges, implants, and much more. Don’t hesitate to give us a call (215-568-6222) for a free new patient consultation and get that smile you’ve always wanted.

March 5, 2018
1 month ago

If your teeth are weak, chipped, cracked, fractured, decayed, aged, discolored or misshaped then you are a perfect candidate for dental crowns. What exactly is a dental crown? Dental crowns are strong natural looking dental solutions that are used to seal a tooth after a root canal procedure. When your teeth are badly damaged you develop more of a risk for bacteria to travel through your mouth because chipped and cracked teeth create easy paths for plaque and harmful bacteria to move around. Do not wait if you are experiencing any oral health problems because the longer you wait the worse it will become and will result in either a root canal or even a tooth extraction.

The benefits of dental crowns are great, especially at Philadelphia Dentistry where our doctors use the latest advanced dental technology to create and bond dental crowns. The number one benefit of dental crowns and most importantly is to relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing from your damaged teeth by placing a crown on the tooth to protect it against any future damage and prevent any sensitivity.linda b. before and after

Many times, people assume getting dental crowns is a complex procedure that takes an immense amount of time. In fact, it is actually straightforward. Once the enamel of your teeth is clean and healthy one of our accomplished doctors will shape your tooth. This shaping of your tooth allows it to firmly hold the crown. After our doctors take an impression of the tooth it is then sent over to our trusted lab where expert technicians will create your custom crown. Once the crown is ready Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon will place it over your tooth with the best bonding cement money can buy.

Dental crowns are custom made specifically for your smile. You’ll feel confident when your crown is made to the shape, color, fit, and size that matches your smile for an all-natural look. Another benefit is that dental crowns can enhance the appearance of your teeth. Since the crown actually goes over the tooth it can instantly fix problems such as, discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, fractures, crookedness, and much more. These problems can be fixed promptly and look 100% natural which is why some people tend to get crowns just for the appearance much like porcelain veneers.

With the proper care such as, brushing, flossing, and routine checkups and cleanings your dental crowns can last for decades, typically 10-20 years sometimes 30 years. The porcelain material that the crown is made of is extremely strong and durable and will protect your tooth from any future re-treatments.
If you are experiencing any type of discomfort in your oral health and think that a dental crown or crowns could be the right fit for you, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and if you’re a new patient you’ll receive a free consultation that includes an exam and cavity detection X-Rays.

July 27, 2017
9 months ago

Whenever patients hear the words “root canal” they all do the same thing: cringe. Every time I talk to patients about the procedure I first have to talk them off of a ledge. Each of them has heard a terrible story about someone, someplace, that had the worst experience with their root canal procedure and that they would not wish their worst enemy to need one.

Why is this the case? Well, in some circumstances root canals CAN cause painsunrise-family-dentistry-roseville-002-large. These are the stories that we hear about. If a patient has not been going into the dentist regularly for their checkups, cleanings, and x-rays, bacteria can start to grow and they would not be aware of it. In dentistry there are many things that can start to brew that do not cause pain. This is why your dentist and dental hygienist are tough on you so that if something starts brewing we can catch it before any pain starts and avoid it altogether when possible.

The pain associated with root canal treatment is due to bacteria that has grown so large it started an infection in the tooth, the gums, and the jaw bone that holds the teeth in place. If you have pain you should seek attention from your dentist immediately so that they can do any emergency treatment and prescribe an antibiotic if needed.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

There are some indicators that a root canal is needed. Sometimes there is pain and sometimes there is not. Below I will list some signs that a root canal is needed:root-canal-abcessed-tooth

-Pain upon chewing

-Sensitivity to cold or hot temperature changes

-The color of the tooth begins to get darker and look grey

-The gums near a tooth begins to get puffy and swollen

-A pimple develops on the gum tissue near a tooth

-A tooth is cracked in your mouth

Although patients often associate root canal treatment with pain, most patients, when they have a root canal done correctly and are given antibiotics when needed, equate the pain with the same as after a regular dental filling. That is what a root canal essentially is, a filling. The difference between the root canal filling and a regular filling is that the root canal filling goes into the roots of the teeth, which are below the gum line. A traditional filling goes into the crown of the teeth, the part that we see above the gum line.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

What happens after a root canal is performed depends on which tooth had the work done. For front teeth, often only a regular filling is needed. For back teeth, since they bear the brunt of the forces while chewing, a dental crown is neeRoot_Canal_BAded in order to protect the teeth long term. After the permanent filling or crown is done, the tooth will start to eventually feel like one of your own and you will brush and floss it as you do all the others.

Who Performs My Root Canal?

This will also depend on which tooth needs the procedure and the level of training of your general dentist. General dentists can complete some or all root canals, depending on their level of confidence and training in the field of endodontics, which is the term for root canal specialty. There is a specialist, an endodontist, that studies root canals in addition to going to dental school. After a residency program in root canals, the endodontist only does root canals and is very highly trained in the practice.

If you think you need a root canal or want to come in and see us for a free consultation about other dental concerns, call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule one today. Dr. Meier or Dr. Cirka will do a comprehensive examination of your teeth and your gums as well as take cavity detection x-rays of your teeth. You will also receive a complimentary oral cancer screening in the examination. We look forward to meeting you soon!

March 15, 2016
2 years ago

7 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is getting more popular than ever. This article will detail the different types available today and when they are indicated. It is important to know that while the American Dental Association does not classify cosmetic dentistry as a specialty of training, cosmetic dentists spend thousands of hours training in the art and through education and experience become extremely skilled and well regarded. (more…)

June 25, 2015
3 years ago

Teeth grinding Teeth grinding can occur while you sleep, often during stressful times in your life, which means you may not realize just how much you’re damaging your enamel. People may grind their teeth plenty during daylight hours too, and even though the pain of teeth grinding can make you very aware of your problem, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to stop this habit on your own. Finding the source of this act is one way to begin treating it, and new research has discovered one source of bruxism: social anxiety.  (more…)

December 19, 2014
3 years ago

New smile New YearThere are plenty of resolutions being made now for the New Year, and chances are many of them will be abandoned before Valentine’s Day rolls around. Changing the way you look can happen in a variety of ways – weight loss isn’t the only way to reinvent yourself – and nothing makes a bigger impact than the quality of your smile. (more…)

September 27, 2014
4 years ago

Your teeth change as you ageYour mind may be young, but as you age your body inevitably starts to betray you. Unfortunately, your teeth are included in these physical changes. Most of the shifts in oral health happen over time, but some can occur overnight and leave you in pain and wondering what dental solution is best. Here are three ways your teeth might change as you age. (more…)

August 30, 2013
5 years ago

With new improvements in dental technology being made each day, caring for your teeth and gums is easier, less painful, and more convenient than ever before. We have prepared a list of five modern dental advancements that we’re thankful to have. Read on to learn about these fantastic solutions—and share the things you’re grateful for in the comments below!Tension headaches

1. Natural-Colored Fillings, Veneers, and Implants
Advances in ceramics and dental materials have significantly improved the look of fillings, veneers, and implants. Each of these dental restorations can be handled with tooth-colored materials that are matched to the natural color of your teeth. Fillings, veneers, and implants can also be contoured and textured so that they look even more realistic.

Canton-OH-Dentists2. Dental Lasers and Cameras
Though dentists used to rely solely on what they could see from looking into a patient’s mouth, technological advancements give today’s dentists more information to work with. By using cameras and special dental lasers, dentists can diagnose problems more efficiently and provide better treatment.

3. Digital X-Rays
Many dentists use digital x-rays to diagnose patient problems. Digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation patients are exposed to and are better for the environment. They make the processes of storing, transferring, and producing dental x-rays safer for everyone involved. We only use digital x-ray at Dr. Cirka’s office!

4. Invisalignporcelain-veneers

Invisalign treatment is a great solution for anyone who suffers from crooked or poorly-aligned teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible and easier to care for than traditional metal braces. For many patients, Invisalign is a simple, painless, and low-maintenance treatment option. Not to mention, Dr. Cirka is one of the best InvisAlign providers in the city!

5. Better Knowledge
With advances in dental technology and general scientific knowledge, dentists today know much more about oral healthcare than their predecessors did. Modern dentists are also able to better understand the connections between oral health and a patient’s overall health. By understanding this important relationship, dentists can help their patients improve their dental health and reduce their chances of serious health problems in the future.

Call us today at (215) 568-6222 to schedule a cleaning with one of our amazing hygienists.  Patients have come through our office and said that the cleaning they had here was the best of their life.  We also provide an exam with Dr. Cirka and cavity detecting x-rays (which are FREE for new patients) so we can make sure that all of our patients are in the best oral and overall health.  We’ll see you soon!

 

November 30, 2012
5 years ago

Missing teeth are bothersome for many reasons – their absence alters your appearance, of course, but missing teeth also impact a person’s ability to speak and chew well, and they can affect your oral health and overall well-being. So what’s the best solution? There’s something secure and natural-looking that can fill those empty spaces in your smile: dental implants. (more…)

November 7, 2012
5 years ago

Reaching a point when your body’s aging seems out of your control is tough to accept. While a few extra pounds or wrinkles might be tough to overcome, there’s one thing that’s always in your control: your smile. (more…)

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