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January 23, 2017
2 months ago

Often patients come to the office asking to have the spaces in between their teeth closed. Many relate that they do not want to go through metal braces while others specifically ask for them. In dentistry it is helpful that we have many options for patients with different needs.Portrait of a charming patient being not afraid of dental examination

At your free consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier they will detail your options and help you figure out the best one to choose.

Below are 4 ways that we are able to close the gaps in your teeth:

Bonding

Bonding is a process in which we use a composite resin filling material that adheres to the teeth to close the space. This works well especially when the space is fairly small. Often we do not even need to numb patients for this since there is no pain whatsoever. Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier simply roughen the surfaces of the teeth to create more surface area for the adhesion of the bonding material. Time-wise, this procedure takes about an hour, depending on how many spaces need closed.

When done correctly by a cosmetic dentist, this technique looks very natural and is long-lasting. Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier have a thorough attention to detail and large knowledge of bonding materials and artistry that create expert work.

If the space is too large for bonding, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will let you know. If bonding is attempted on spaces that are too large then the teeth will look fake and unnatural. If this is the case do not worry because the doctor will let you know the best alternative option to close your gap.

Veneers

Veneers are another great option to close gaps in between the teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain and last longer than bonding since they are made of a stronger material. They do not chip or stain and look very natural when done by a cosmetic dentist. Another wonderful aspect of veneers is the fact that they will not discolor as time goes on. In only two visits you can close your gap (s) with immediate, dramatic, and long-lasting veneers. Porcelain veneers are more expensive treatment than direct bonding, but in many cases, they are the better way to go.imgres

Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will study your smile and advise you if this is the best option. If veneers are best for you then you are in great hands in our office. Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier have completed thousands of hours of continuing education specifically geared towards porcelain veneers and creating smile makeovers. Check out our smile gallery for some of the fantastic work done here. You can schedule a free consultation by calling our office so they can evaluate your smile.

Invisalign

Another option to close spaces in between your teeth is with clear aligner therapy known as Invisalign.imgres-1 These are clear plastic trays that are designed to move the teeth just like braces; however, they are a lot more cosmetic and more comfortable. Often people cannot even tell that you are wearing anything. The trays physically move the teeth so then there are no spaces in between them. Another benefit is that nothing artificial needs placed over top the teeth. One note to consider is that treatment time is longer than veneers and bonding, usually around 10 months. This however is significantly shorter than the time most patients spend in braces so the time does fly by quickly and easily for patients. If you are interested in Invisalign call to come in so Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier can evaluate your teeth and let you know how long treatment will take and if this is the best option for you.

Braces

Traditional braces are another option you can use to close spaces between your teeth. If you do not think that you would be compliant with the Invisalign trays then the best option for you to close your gap(s) might be braces.

Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier work with excellent orthodontists in the Philadelphia area that will be able to have an additional consultation with you to go over treatment with traditional braces.

Newer ceramic braces are more esthetic than older metal braces and there are many new techniques, such as speed ligation brackets, that can help move the treatment along more quickly.

After either Invisalign or braces it is extremely important to wear your retainers because teeth have a memory and want to go back to where they used to be positioned. If you have questions about retainer therapy or need new retainers let us know.

We look forward to seeing you for a consultation. Call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule.

November 13, 2016
4 months ago

Why get Invisalign?

Straightening the teeth has a lot of benefits besides cosmetics. The straighter the teeth are, the healthier the mouth is. This is true for young patients as well as adults.

In the past, traditional metal bracket braces were needed to straighten teeth. Now dentists are very successful in treating patients with clear aligner therapy to correct malocclusion (a bad bite).

Malocclusion can come in many forms and cause various problems for people. It is important to have your dentist and hygienist evaluate your bite and determine whether you would benefit from alignment of your teeth. (more…)

August 21, 2016
7 months 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…)

December 14, 2015
1 year 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…)

June 23, 2015
2 years ago

Online dating tinder smileWhether you’re dating online, or “dating” a different way with apps like Tinder, your photos matter. In the case of Tinder, they’re all that matters since people decide whether or not they’re interested in you based solely on photo alone. Maybe you’re not especially photogenic, but you’re going to post your most flattering shots of yourself whether the camera loves you or not. The question is: Will your teeth be making an appearance in these featured images, or will you be trying to hide something behind a close-mouthed smile or serious expression?  (more…)

May 19, 2015
2 years ago

College graduate smile makeoverCollege graduates leave their university with diploma in hand and, ideally, a job too. For those who aren’t gainfully employed, there’s one more thing you can add to your resume besides a degree that will give you a boost in every face-to-face interview or networking event: a smile makeover. (more…)

April 10, 2015
2 years ago

Invisalign by the numbersMost people are aware that Invisalign is a method of orthodontia that involves wearing a series of clear trays over your teeth to straighten them. But there are plenty of other details that set Invisalign apart from traditional braces, and many of them involve a numbers game. (more…)

March 20, 2015
2 years ago

Career successYour resume is the first thing a potential employer sees about you. When your qualifications are all on paper you can impress just about anyone. But what will your potential employer think of you when you finally meet face-to-face? Are your teeth in tip-top shape for the interview? Because if they’re not, your career could feel the impact. You might not get hired, you might lose a promotion, or you may just bomb with a client who was otherwise a sure thing, and all because your smile could look better, much better. (more…)

March 9, 2015
2 years ago

InvisalignIt’s safe to say that most people who wear traditional metal braces are a little self-conscious about them, it doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 30. Invisalign has eliminated many of the concerns about the appearance of orthodontia. The thin, clear aligners are barely visible on your teeth, and they don’t interfere with daily life so that you can go about your business – whether it’s school, work, or parenting – without worrying that there’s a chunk of food lodged between a bracket and wire. Here are four side effects of braces that are delightfully absent when you wear Invisalign. (more…)

December 19, 2014
2 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…)

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