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September 26, 2017
4 months ago

Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers: What Is the Difference?

Cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions to improving your smile. At Philadelphia Dentistry, Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier will sit with you and evaluate your smile and find the best option for you. In our office we help patients by giving them a beautiful smile that improves confidence and everyday life.

A great way to achieve a perfect, bright, white smile is with veneers. A veneer is a thin coating that is placed over top of your own teeth.

There are two different materials that Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier use to do veneers. The two materials are porcelain and composite. Porcelain is a ceramic material that is strong, beautiful, and translucent in a way that is very similar to the enamel of natural teeth. Composite is a plastic and glass mixture that is tooth colored and used to improve smiles by reshaping teeth and also for improving the color of the teeth.

There are differences to both of these materials that Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will review with you at your cosmetic consultation in detail. Below are a few of the major pros and cons of these two materials to give you more information about them:

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are applied in layers and directly bonded to natural tooth structure. The clinician will sculpt the material and be able to match the shade perfectly by blending the material with the teeth. Minor chips in front teeth can expertly be hidden with a composite veneer. Composite tends to stain as time goes on and may need to be changed. The composite resin is at risk to chip and your clinician will go over ways to prevent this from happening by reviewing motions to avoid, such as biting your nails. With the proper home-care and maintenance, composite veneers can provide a very natural and long-lasting result to improve your smile and confidence. From a financial perspective composite veneers are generally less expensive than porcelain. Since composite veneers are reversible and can be removed and replaced as needed, patients often opt to begin with composite veneers due the lower cost. Then once able they will have the composite changed to porcelain. Each case is different and it is important to have your personal consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier to determine the best course of action for you.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an ultra-thin layer of porcelain that is cemented onto your own teeth. With porcelain Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier are able to drastically improve the color, size, and shape of their patient’s teeth. Keep in mind with composite veneers we are limited with how white in color we can go since the material must blend into the tooth color. By using porcelain we are able to choose shades much lighter than natural composite veneersteeth and still achieve a natural smile without the veneers having a fake appearance. Another great benefit of using porcelain as a material is its high resistance to stains. This is an advantage over composite veneers which do pick up stain as time goes on. Porcelain is also much stronger and tends to last much longer than the composite veneers with the proper care.

How Do I Choose?

Both composite veneers and porcelain veneers offer a beautiful result. There are many factors that make a difference when choosing between materials and at your free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier they will review these factors with you. Sometimes a combination of materials work best for patients, it depends on your specific case and situation and what you are looking to achieve. The most important thing is for you to be informed and involved in each step of the process and we guarantee it will be well worth it!

Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation at 215-568-6222. We look forward to meeting you soon!

September 16, 2017
4 months ago

Recently at Philadelphia Dentistry we began using an iTero digital scanner that allows us to do impressions for our patients without impression material and trays. It has been great for our staff and also for our patients as there are many advantages to digital impressions over traditional impressions.

An important advantage to note is the efficiency of workflow. The production is streamlined from the laboratory back to us because the digital scan is sent immediately to the laboratory and they are able to review the case within 24-48 hours. What this translates to for patients is less time in their itero scanner1temporary acrylic crowns which is great for the patients.

An additional benefit dentistry gains from digital impressions is the fact that they can be repaired. This is not the case for traditional impressions. With a traditional impression if there is ever an air bubble or a distortion in it, the patient must go through another impression again. For a digital impression, the dentist and assistant are able to easily pinpoint the area that needs redone, scan that specific spot again, and the scanning software is able to stitch it together with the previously captured data.

When a digital scan is sent to the lab it also allows the dentist and the lab technician to communicate directly with each other about the case. If there are any issues then they can be handled immediately and patients do not have to wait.

Another great thing about digital impressions is the ability to show fine details that the naked eye can miss. This precise level of accuracy will aid in the dentist’s work and create a better product for the patient.

Finally, perhaps the BEST part about taking digital impressions, is how much easier it is for patients! No more gagging, strange tastes, or messy faces full of impression material.

Call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier. They can talk to you more about your dental health in addition to digital impressions. We look forward to meeting you soon!

April 3, 2017
9 months ago

Porcelain dental veneers are an incredible tool in cosmetic dentistry. These ultra-thin, ultra-strong pieces of porcelain are shaped to fit over the top of your own teeth permanently and create a beautiful, natural looking smile that will change your life.

Porcelain veneers work well when teeth are chipped, irregularly shaped, or dPorcelain-Veneersiscolored. Veneers can also work great with patients that have gaps in between their teeth.

One of the most incredible parts of having veneers done is that they only take two visits. On the first visit the dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth, removing approximately one millimeter of enamel from each tooth’s surface. After this the dentist will take an impression and a series of photographs that will be sent to a dental laboratory that will custom fabricate your porcelain veneers.

After the first visit you may leave with temporary veneers made out of acrylic. This will depend on your specific case. At your initial free consultation Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will let you know if you require temporary veneers or not. They will also go over any questions or concerns that you have and explain the process in detail. We are here to help guide you on what would work best for your look and complexion and know you will love the result.

imagesApproximately two weeks after the first visit your porcelain veneers will be successfully made by the laboratory. You will come in for your second visit upon which we will first try-on the veneers and show you how they will look. Once we have your approval on the size, shape, and color of the porcelain veneers, we will permanently cement them on top of your teeth.

Once in place, the veneers can last 15-20 years with proper care and maintenance. Our team will make sure to go over proper brushing and flossing techniques for porcelain veneers as well as habits to avoid such as biting your fingernails. Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will also check if you are clenching or grinding your teeth and make you a night-guard if needed so that your veneers will be protected from damage while you are asleep.

Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier have been leaders in cosmetic dentistry and you will be in excellent hands in their care.  Call us to schedule your free consultation today at 215-568-6222. We look forward to meeting you!

August 21, 2016
1 year ago

You want straight, healthy teeth?  Here’s how to understand exactly what to ask your dentist!

Invisalign

When choosing a dentist or orthodontist to complete your clear aligner therapy, you want to make sure that they have a lot of experience with Invisalign. The more cases that have been completed by the dentist, the more knowledge the dentist has and the better they can help you and more predictably treat your case. When visiting a dentist and considering Invisalign, make sure to ask the following questions during your consultation: (more…)

June 3, 2016
2 years ago

Fixing a Gummy Smile- What are my options?

gummy-smilePatients often ask if veneers or braces are the right option for them to correct a “gummy smile.” When you come into our office for an initial consultation, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will evaluate your smile and see how to best achieve perfection. (more…)

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…)

December 29, 2015
2 years ago

Fixing a Gummy Smile- What are my options?

Patients often ask if veneers or braces are the right option for them to correct a “gummy smile.” When you come into our office for an initial consultation, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will evaluate your smile and see how to best achieve perfection.

Many times when we evaluate patients a main concern is their “gummy smile.” Before the teeth can be appropriately treated, the doctors will need to address the concern of the gummy smile as the first step in creating your smile. (more…)

December 14, 2015
2 years ago

Is Invisalign the Right Cosmetic Solution for You?

As part of your free cosmetic consultation, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will evaluate your teeth to find out if clear aligner therapy through Invisalign is the right solution for you.

As premier providers in the greater Philadelphia area, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier are leaders in Invisalign therapy. At your consultation they will study your smile with a critical cosmetic eye and envision how the teeth will predictably move. With aligner trays the teeth gradually and gently shift into place, creating beautiful smiles. (more…)

August 6, 2015
2 years ago

Philadelphia Dentistry – Ken Cirka DMD PC Receives 2015 Best of Philadelphia Award

AWARDPhiladelphia Award Program Honors the Achievement

PHILADELPHIA July 22, 2015 — Philadelphia Dentistry – Ken Cirka DMD PC has been selected for the 2015 Best of Philadelphia Award in the Cosmetic Dentistry category by the Philadelphia Award Program.

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July 16, 2015
2 years ago

How Oral Hygiene Affects Your Overall Health

Taking care of your gums and teeth not only affects your oral hygiene but your long-term health.  Not maintaining your oral health can oral-hygienedo more harm then just having bad breath.  Overlooking oral hygiene can result in various forms of health complications such from gum disease to even oral cancer!  Studies have shown connections with neglected oral health to heart disease, strokes and difficult pregnancies.

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