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August 8, 2018
2 weeks ago

Summer is coming to an end, but the sun is still shining and so should your teeth! During the whole month of August take advantage of Philly Dentistry’s monthly special of $100 off ZOOM! Whitening. Now, with ZOOM! In Office Whitening you can have a beautiful white smile in just one hour. Sit back, relax and listen to some music while ZOOM! does its magic.

ZOOM! is simple, safe, and effective. The procedure begins with preparation of isolating your lips and gums. After that, the ZOOM! Whitening Gel is applied and activated by a special light. During your treatment your teeth can become 10 shades whiter and sometimes even more! The results will amaze you and you can expect your whitening to last up to 3 years, as long as you keep up with your regular cleanings. How ZOOM! works is that oxygen from the specialized gel is used to bleach out any stains you may have had from years of damage to your teeth…in just one hour.
The whole ZOOM! procedure costs $597, but during the month of August you can take off $100, plus you’ll receive free custom-made bleach whitening trays that you can take home and touch up your smile whenever you want to.

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Making a great first impression is important and studies show that when you have a white smile your first impression will be remembered. So what are you waiting for? Get that white smile and get the confidence you deserve. Ask that special someone out on a date, interview for that job you always wanted. The possibilities are endless when you have the confidence to pursue what you really want with a great smile. Call us today and get that perfect smile in just one hour 215-568-6222.

July 24, 2018
4 weeks ago

Are you embarrassed to smile? Does this hold you back from making the most of life? No one should ever feel timid to smile or laugh. If you want something to change about your smile to make yourself more confident in your everyday life, Philly Dentistry is the best place to get all your cosmetic and general dentistry needs. A smile makeover with Philly Dentistry creates a beautiful new smile that will make you look younger, happier, and healthier.

Smile Makeovers at Philly Dentistry
There are many different cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can get specifically for whatever your dental needs may be. Chipped teeth? Misaligned teeth? Stains? Gapped teeth? No problem at all! Most dental fixes can be corrected with porcelain veneers from Philly Dentistry. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular procedures at our dentistry. Patients love the fact that in only two visits they can have a total smile makeover with natural looking, straight, white, and beautiful porcelain veneers.

How are porcelain veneers applied?
At your first appointment for porcelain veneers you will begin the process with either Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon by making an impression of your teeth and then creating a mold of how your teeth will look with porcelain veneers. Next, your impressions will be sent over to our trusted dental lab where they customize the veneers to look perfect for your smile. This process typically takes a few weeks for the lab to create your porcelain veneers and then send them back to our office.
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Once your veneers are the right shape, color, and size our doctors will then prep your teeth that are receiving the porcelain veneers. Prepping the teeth usually consists of a cleaning and some light sanding so the veneers fit perfectly to your teeth. After the prepping of your teeth the veneers will then be put in place. Once they are placed they will be formed to your mouth shape and face so your smile looks beautiful and most importantly, natural. When you and the dentist are completely satisfied with the appearance of your new smile makeover, a specialized light will be used to dry the cement and permanently bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth. Just like that in only two visits Philadelphia Dentistry could completely revamp your smile! Give us a call today and get that smile you always wanted 215-568-6222.

July 6, 2018
1 month ago

During the whole month of July, you can take advantage of our monthly special of $500 off your Invisalign treatment, plus free custom-made bleach whitening trays. Invisalign is the new convenient way of straightening your teeth for less money and time. Throughout, your Invisalign treatment it is very important that you follow the doctor’s instructions so that you can achieve that smile you always wanted. Here are some tips about Invisalign to help you get the most out of your treatment.

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1. Flossing.
Every day you should be brushing your teeth along with flossing too. Flossing is extremely important, especially during your Invisalign treatment because any left-over food particles can be held in your mouth when wearing your aligners. Be sure to floss thoroughly every day before wearing your aligners so you can get the most out of your treatment.

2. Wearing your aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day.
If you commit to wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day you will achieve the most from your Invisalign treatment. Invisalign only works if you’re willing to wear your aligners for most of the time. By wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day your treatment will take less time and your results will be very positive.

3. Changing your aligners in the right order and on time.
If Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon let you know it’s time to change your aligner, it’s time to move on to the next set of trays. If the doctors tell you to keep the aligners in for a few extra days, let them in. Your treatment will not speed up if you’re not listening to your doctor by putting different trays in without being instructed first.

4. It may feel a little weird, but you’ll get used to it.
When you first start your Invisalign treatment it can feel a little weird because you are not used to wearing your trays, but don’t worry you will get used to it in no time. Most people say that they feel the aligners pushing against their teeth when they first start Invisalign. This feeling is not in any way painful unlike with metal braces after they’re adjusted. The best thing to do is to wear your aligners as much as possible so you’ll get used to them and eventually not even notice you have them in.

5. Knowing how to take care of your aligners.
Cleaning your trays is very important during your Invisalign treatment. The best way to clean your aligners is with antibacterial soap and some warm water. We do not recommend cleaning your trays with toothpaste because this can scratch the plastic, which in turn creates places for bacteria to get in.

6. Keeping your mouth clean.
It is important to keep your mouth very clean during your Invisalign treatment. It’s important because when you’re wearing your trays the plaque and bacteria you miss can be held against your teeth causing your teeth to become decayed or get cavities. Make sure every day that you are brushing at least twice and flossing at least once to ensure that your mouth stays healthy during your Invisalign treatment.

7. Using your retainer properly.
At the end of your treatment you will be instructed on wearing your retainer by one of our three outstanding doctors. Some patients make the mistake of not wearing their retainer after their Invisalign treatment, which means that their teeth may shift back and they’ll lose some of their progress they gained from Invisalign. Often times, the doctor will instruct you to wear your retainer for most of the day during the first few months and then to wear it only when you go to bed. It’s important to not miss any of your follow-up appointments so the doctors can track your progress and to see if you are doing everything correctly.

Give us a call today to schedule a free new patient consultation and see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. While you’re here you can use our Invisalign Outcome Simulator to see what your smile will look like after Invisalign, before you even start your treatment! Call today 215-568-6222.

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June 25, 2018
2 months ago

Myth #1: Brushing harder will make your teeth cleaner.

Actually, brushing harder will not clean your teeth better, it will essentially wear down your enamel that protects your tooth from harmful decay and cavities. The correct way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle then gently move the brush back and forth in a circular motion, finally brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth for around 2 minutes, twice a day and don’t forget to floss!

Myth #2: Chewing sugar-free gum is the same as brushing your teeth.

Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol can help with protecting your teeth. Gum also produces saliva which can help wash away any food or drinks that are harming your teeth. But in fact, chewing sugar-free gum does not replace actually brushing your teeth. Chewing gum doesn’t get rid of the harmful plaque that can be stuck in between your teeth. It is very important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to get rid of any plaque build- up and to maintain great dental hygiene.

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Myth #3: If your gums bleed when flossing, don’t floss anymore.

Over time bacteria and plaque that cannot be reached from your toothbrush get caught in between your teeth and eventually get into your gums causing them to become inflamed, which makes your gums bleed when you floss. The best bet to stop your gums from bleeding is to make flossing part of your daily routine and over time the bleeding will stop because your gums will be healthier.

Myth #4: Sugar is the main reason for cavities.

When thinking about cavities you often think the main causes are sugary candies and sweets. While that may be true, people tend to forget about chips, pretzels, and crackers that can be worse for your teeth. These hard snacks get stuck in between your teeth and are more difficult to get out, which will cause plaque and then lead to more serious dental problems.

Myth #5: If nothing is bothering you then you don’t need a dental checkup.

When it comes to dental problems you often don’t feel or notice anything right away. If you wait until the problem worsens instead of going to your routine checkups the outcome will only cause you more pain and cost more money. If you wait until a cavity starts to hurt, you put yourself at risk of getting a root canal. This could have been prevented if you went to your routine dental checkups. So, don’t let these myths fool you, keep up with your dental hygiene to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life with Philadelphia Dentistry! Give us a call today to schedule your routine check-up 215-568-6222.

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June 12, 2018
2 months ago

Recently, Dr. Ken Cirka was inducted into the 2018 Hall of Honor at his Alma Mater, Ambridge High School for his great work in dentistry and the community. Dr. Cirka is a philanthropist who is active in the community. Whether it’s the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America or the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Dr. Cirka loves helping others. The 1989 graduate heard a few months ago that his high school was having financial trouble. Instead of sitting back and doing nothing like most people would have done, Dr. Cirka decided his school needed his help. Dr. Cirka met with the high school Principle Janet Zupsic, and they thought of a “Care to Share” program where children can get supplies, food, deodorant, and other daily essentials.

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This will help many children who don’t have enough lunch money get something to eat when they’re hungry. Often times, it could be embarrassing for children to go up and ask someone if they can have deodorant or other daily necessities, this program will help kids feel better about themselves. A student was interviewed at Ambridge High school about the “Care to Share” program and said, “I know some of my friends are hungry because they do not have lunch money or they don’t have hygiene products at home to take care of themselves.” With Dr. Cirka’s generous donation of $10,000 he hopes that this will be enough to benefit as many children in need as possible and help the students have a better high school experience.

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Along with donating to Ambridge High School, Dr. Cirka paid for 500 students to have the time of their life at the only LGBTQ Prom in Southwestern, PA in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The prom included a sit-down dinner, silkscreen printing, dancing and much more.
“Dr. Cirka is a wonderful and gracious person who remembers his roots. We are very fortunate to have his support,” said the Superintendent, L. Joan Welter.

May 30, 2018
3 months ago

Nowadays, there are many ways to straighten your teeth from traditional metal braces, Smile Direct Club, to Invisalign. Invisalign and Smile Direct Club have been the most popular options, especially for adults who want the discreet look of straightening their teeth with clear aligners. With all these choices, what is the best option for you?

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First, when deciding to straighten your teeth it’s no joke that you want the best option. When deciding to do Invisalign with Philadelphia Dentistry you’re getting the best care you can possibly get from a dentist office. Our staff at Philadelphia Dentistry goes above and beyond to make sure our patients get the best care. You’ll have all three of our great doctors at your disposal for any questions or concerns you may have during your Invisalign treatment.

What to except with Invisalign?
Professional impressions and photos, including X-Rays will be provided to insure you’re receiving the best care. At every appointment you will receive your new set of customized Invisalign trays which are designed to move your teeth in the right order and speed. With every Invisalign patient we include bleaching gel to make sure your teeth are as white as possible to give you the best smile makeover. We make sure to monitor your teeth and make any additional trays at no charge. Once your teeth are completely straight we make your retainer to maintain the position of your teeth. Invisalign is designed to be the most convenient way of straightening your teeth. At Philadelphia Dentistry we make sure our Invisalign patients have the best experience and smile makeover possible.

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Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club
The only thing Invisalign and Smile Direct Club have in common is that they both have clear aligners for you to wear. There are no in person dentist visits that allow the dentist to monitor your treatment. A lot of times people that use Smile Direct Club end up going to the dentist to correct any problems they had while using Smile Direct Club. The most common problem is that attachments are not used, this could make your teeth move back and forth and not move the way they were originally planned.

Invisalign Outcome Simulator
When deciding what option is best for you make sure to do your research and decide what your goals, budget, lifestyle, and timeline are for straightening your teeth. Choosing Philadelphia Dentistry for Invisalign you are deciding to work with some of the best doctors in Philadelphia. When it comes to your smile you don’t want anything, but the best. Call us today 215-568-6222 to schedule a free Invisalign consultation and ask about our Invisalign outcome simulator, which allows you to see what your teeth will look like after your Invisalign treatment before you even start it.

May 14, 2018
3 months ago

This month’s special at Philadelphia Dentistry will get your teeth ready for the summer months ahead. While most dentistry’s can charge up to $800 for custom bleach whitening trays, Philly Dentistry is offering this great deal for only $169! Here are a few things you should know first about getting your custom bleach whitening trays.

First and foremost, we want to make sure your mouth is healthy before you apply the bleach whitening to your teeth. Typically, if you haven’t had a cleaning in over 6 months you will need to get one before you can get your custom-made bleach whitening trays. For the best results you want your teeth to have a clean surface. Our dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth so you can have the best results for your smile makeover.

Next, you will have an oral exam to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. This is to confirm that there is no tooth decay, gum disease, or any other oral health problems. If there are any signs of oral health problems our team at Philly Dentistry will need to treat the problem before the teeth whitening is done. I know these steps can make patients impatient, but for the best results and the health of your teeth and gums we need to tend to any problems first.

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Finally, after your teeth are good and healthy it’s time to get your custom-made whitening trays. These trays are great if you want to be able to whiten your smile in the privacy of your home whenever you want. If you have experienced tooth sensitivity in the past this whitening method is the best option for you. With complete instructions on how to use the custom trays and bleaching gel it’s simple to apply whenever needed. Ultimately, you are in control of your results because it will depend on your dedication to the whitening process. The whitening only needs to be done for 10 minutes a day for 7-10 days and your results can become up to 6 shades whiter than before, lasting up to 2 years.

The custom-made bleach whitening trays from Philadelphia Dentistry are by far better than any over the counter whitening methods. Our bleaching gel contains powerful whitening ingredients such as, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide which will give you the best results for your smile makeover. So, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this amazing offer. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and get those white pearly teeth for only $169!

April 30, 2018
4 months ago

A Better Future for Our Youth
While most people are bystanders and not standing up or acting out towards a better future for our youth, Philadelphia Dentistry and Dr. Ken Cirka changed that. On Sunday, May 27th we will be changing the lives of LGBTQ+ teens by sending 500 teenagers to prom at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. This one small action can change the lives of so many by giving these prom-goers the opportunity to experience a milestone in their teenage life.

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The fifth annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom which is one of the only LGBTQ+ Youth Proms in the Southwestern part of Pennsylvania will be helping underprivileged teens from 13-20 years old have the time of their lives. This prom is an opportunity for participants to be able to completely be themselves, which is not always the case at their schools, homes, or even in their communities. An evening, that includes a sit-down dinner, silkscreen printing, dancing, and many other activities planned to give the teens a night they won’t ever forget!

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The Warhol Museum actively supports the LGBTQ community by having different events at the museum, such as, celebrating National Coming Out Day by having special tours offered every last Saturday of the month at three o’ clock. In 2014, Grace Marston who is one of the LGBTQ Youth Prom advisors created a tour called, the Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History tour. This tour takes you back in time to the legends romantic relationships and queer identity during the gay rights movement in America.

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

This event is generously supported by the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation and Philadelphia Dentistry’s very own, Dr. Ken Cirka to help change the lives of our youth to make a better future for everyone.

April 16, 2018
4 months ago

There are so many ways to give back to the community, especially when you live in the great city of Philadelphia. Philly Dentistry loves to stay connected with the community by giving back and volunteering whenever we can. Recently, some of our staff volunteered at the MANNA Organization which helps deliver nourishing, healthy meals to those battling life-threatening illnesses.

History of MANNA
In 1990, MANNA was founded with a mission to help relief people battling with the terrible disease of AIDS. Often times, people dealing with this awful disease had no where to go because of the stigma that went along with AIDS. When there was nowhere else to go they could always count on the love, care, and nourishing meals that went along with MANNA. In 1997, MANNA wanted to help more people fighting critical illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and cardiac disease so it moved to a 10,000 square foot office with a commercial kitchen. In 2008, MANNA received a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a $500,000 check from Steven Korman who is a philanthropist and business leader, and other gifts and donations from the community of Philadelphia. Today, MANNA is generating three meals a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year in its state-of-the-art facility located on 20th Street in Philadelphia. They now have a staff of more than 30, along with a full commercial kitchen and a convoy of trucks to deliver nourishing food to people battling serious illnesses in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Volunteering at MANNA
When you first arrive at MANNA you are welcomed right away with a smile and taken back to watch an introduction video about the history and mission of MANNA. After watching the video, you then go to the kitchen where the MANNA staff explains to your group who is responsible for each specific duty. The duties include, each person placing a different food into their designated space on the plate and then moving it along the line to the next person to place more food, and so on, until it is sealed shut and stacked to be transported to the trucks to be delivered to patients. Our team at Philly Dentistry helped to make over a thousand meals for MANNA. Each year MANNA has over 4,200 volunteers who donate over 40,000 hours to help those in need and get the nourishment they deserve.

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How to get Involved?
There are different ways to get involved with MANNA either if it’s with a group or individually. To get all the information you need or to answer any questions you may have you can visit http://www.mannapa.org/volunteeratmanna/ call at 215-496-2662 ext. 100 or email at volunteers@mannapa.org and be part of the “MANNA Miracle” and help those in need.

April 2, 2018
5 months ago

If you haven’t heard of the new way of straightening your teeth rather than traditional braces, then you need to hear about Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are designed to straighten your teeth like conventional orthodontics, without the metal brackets and wires. Philadelphia Dentistry develops the aligners from the X-rays, scans, photographs, and an evaluation of your bite. The number of aligners and the length of time are determined by the treatment plan developed specifically for you. In only several months you can have straight, white teeth! Invisalign is the newest and easiest way to straighten your teeth in the shortest amount of time. Sounds great, right? Now, you’re probably thinking how does this all work and what should I expect?

What to expect during your Invisalign appointments?

Records Appointment- This record appointment will last about 50 minutes and you will have a detailed scan of your teeth and photographs will be taken. If you do not have a current full mouth x-ray on file we will need to take a new one. Your next appointment will be in approximately 3 weeks. We will wait to schedule this appointment once we know when your case will be delivered back to our office.

First Appointment: You will receive the final instructions about the wear and care of your aligners. This appointment will last about 60 minutes and you will then place your first set of aligners and we will teach you how to insert and remove them properly. At this appointment we will also be placing tooth-colored attachments on your teeth and begin to perform any IPR (inter-proximal reduction) this is also known as slimming or slenderizing which will be discussed at your first records/ consultation appointment.

Monitoring Visits: These visits will happen every 6-8 weeks and last about 20-30 minutes to receive your next set of aligners. You will need to come with the current aligner set in your mouth. Our doctors at Philadelphia Dentistry will make sure your teeth are tracking and moving as they should in the aligners. Any IPR (slenderizing) needed will be done and new aligners will be placed. The number of monitoring appointments depends on the number of aligner sets that have been prescribed for your specific treatment plan.

E68CB3C7-E721-4B2C-90A4-55188ABC6FA3_pub_thTreatment Progress- This is the most important step for success of your Invisalign treatment. It is imperative that you wear the aligners as instructed. Invisalign only works when you are wearing them. It is recommended that aligners are worn at a minimum of 22 hours per day, without exception. The only time the aligners should be taken out of your mouth is when you are eating and drinking, brushing and flossing, or cleaning the aligners. You need to wear each aligner for a minimum of two weeks, or as directed by our Philly Dentistry doctors. If you notice that your current aligner is loose and no longer moving your teeth don’t be worried, it may take longer for the roots to catch up with the crown of the tooth. If you miss some days for any reason just pick up where you left off and wear your aligners for a full 14 days minimum along with calling our office to give us an update.

Insertion and Removal- Each aligner is stamped with a letter and a number. For example, U for upper and L for lower. These numbers correspond to the number of the aligners in sequence. It is important to make sure you have the proper aligner in the proper number sequence as marked on each aligner. When inserting your aligners gently push over your front teeth. After, apply some pressure to the tops of the left and right molars until they snap into place. DO NOT bite your aligners into place. Make sure each aligner is all the way down and there is not any space between the edge of the tooth and the edge of the aligner. If the aligner is not fully in place your teeth will not move properly and the next aligner will be even further off. This can waste weeks of treatment and could cause you to start your treatment over with possible extra fees.
To remove the aligners, first pull off equally on both sides of the back teeth, and then gently lift off of the front teeth. After removing rinse, the aligners with cold water and store in the proper container. To prevent any damage to your aligners, avoid unnecessary removal and do not use sharp objects to remove your aligners.

invisalignRetainers- Once treatment is complete, we will order your retainers. You will wear your retainers full time, like your Invisalign aligners for 6 weeks. After this time the retainers are then worn at night only. By wearing this every night your teeth will remain straight. Our doctors at Philly Dentistry recommend this, but most patients choose to wear retainers nightly for 9 months. Then after 9 months, 2 nights a week to maintain the position of the teeth. There is a chance without retainer use that your teeth can move out of place again.
Eventually, your retainers will wear out, which will result in them losing their ability to function properly, allowing your teeth to shift. You will need to replace your retainers when this occurs. The first set of retainers is included with your Invisalign fee and should last about 1-4 years. We recommend you bring your retainers with you at each cleaning appointment for us to evaluate and clean them at no charge. If you feel your teeth are shifting at all, call us so we can evaluate. New retainers will be made for you when necessary.

Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 to schedule your appointment to see if Invisalign is the best option for you and get that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted and deserve.

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