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March 19, 2018
3 months 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.

October 16, 2017
8 months ago

Patients often come into our office wondering if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for their smile. At Philadelphia Dentistry, Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier are highly trained in cosmetic dentistry and will study your unique smile and let you know if porcelain veneers are right for you and if they are the correct first step in your treatment.

Similar to building a house, the foundation is the most important consideration to begin with. At your cosmetic consultation Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will do a complimentary examination and cavity detection x-rays to first determine the health of your teeth and your gporcelain-veneers-west-pennant-hillsums. If any work is needed to get healthy first before starting with cosmetics, our office will make it very smooth for you and explain everything step by step.

Once confirmed that your foundation is strong with healthy teeth and healthy gums, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will evaluate your teeth and your smile and determine if porcelain veneers are the correct solution. They will also let you know how many veneers would be indicated for your case. This largely depends on how broad your smile is, if there is heavy staining present, and if your teeth are small or chipped.

What happens once it is determined I am a candidate for porcelain veneers?

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At this stage it is a matter of setting up two appointments with our friendly and cheerful front desk until your new smile is ready to show off! At the first visit Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will take a series of photos and x-rays of the front teeth. A shade and shape will also be selected for the porcelain veneers and this information is communicated to the cosmetic dental laboratory that makes the veneers.

Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will sometimes need to make adjustments to your natural teeth in order to provide the best success for your veneer case. Before making any adjustments the doctor will review your case in detail so before the treatment starts you will understand exactly what needs done.  

It is important to go to an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine which the best solution is for you and your smile. Porcelain veneers can give you a beautiful, white and long-lasting smile. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at Philadelphia Dentistry with Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier at 215-568-6222. We look forward to meeting you!

September 26, 2017
9 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
9 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
1 year 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!

January 23, 2017
1 year 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.

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 29, 2015
3 years ago

Today more than ever, the choice of a cosmetic dentist is a decision that should be made carefully. So how do you choose a cosmetic dentist? Wherever you look today, everyone calls himself a cosmetic dentist, but what does that really mean?

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Choosing the right cosmetic dentist for you- one with substantial experience in complex cases, extensive hands-on training, and a gentle approach that compliments your needs and wants, is critical to achieving the most successful outcome- your gorgeous new smile. Selecting a cosmetic dentist can be a difficult and confusing process. We can help. Here is some advice which our clients have found helpful during the selection process. From discussions with our clients, we believe the most important of these tips include the following:

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June 12, 2015
3 years ago

Teeth whiteningDo over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments work? Indeed they can and often do. Are the results long-lasting? Not always. And there are many negative side effects that can have you running to your dentist anyway for treatment, repair, or pain management. If you’re aching for a whiter smile, it’s time to consider all your options, and understand the risks of attempting to do it yourself.  (more…)

June 1, 2015
3 years ago

Confident Businessman - Porcelain VeneersWhen people say they wish they looked like a celebrity, chances are what they’re envisioning in their mind is that person’s smile. They might not even realize that’s what they’re focusing on, but it’s a person’s teeth and smile that draw you in – and, for a great deal of celebs, those smiles they’re flashing were built with super-strong, beautiful porcelain veneers. (more…)

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