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Category: Smile Makeovers

March 3, 2020
4 weeks ago

If you are unhappy with your current smile, then you are most likely researching cosmetic dentistry procedures. At Philly Dentistry, we offer numerous cosmetic treatments to fix any problems you may be suffering with. Have you ever thought about getting porcelain veneers to fix your smile? During the whole month of March take advantage of our monthly special of buy 6 veneers and get 2 for free! That’s a saving of over $3,000! Here are the six most common signs that porcelain veneers are the right choice for you.

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1. Do you have chipped, cracked or broken teeth?
There are a few options to fix problems like broken or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great option to fix this common dental problem. Our accomplished doctors will customize your veneers to match perfectly with your natural teeth to give you that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

2. Are you unhappy with your smile?
If you’re reading this right now there’s a good chance, you’re unhappy with your smile. Whether it’s crooked, chipped, gap, or stained teeth to name a few common problems, our talented cosmetic dentists will get you smiling again! All you need to do to fix your smile is schedule a free new patient consultation and one of our doctors will give you an exam to see which cosmetic procedure would be best for your specific smile.

3. Do you have a gap or gaps between your teeth?
Having gaps big or small in between your teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed, while covering your mouth every time you smile. No one wants to feel that way and to fix these gaps you can choose to get porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers give you a natural looking smile that will make you proud to smile again. At your appointment our doctors will evaluate your smile to determine if veneers are the best option for you, instead of other treatments like tooth bonding and Invisalign to close your gaps.

4. Do you have extremely stained or discolored teeth?
Many patients try over-the-counter whitening methods without much success. Some patients report some slight changes in the whiteness of their teeth, but nothing too dramatic. When your teeth are extremely stained, sometimes even in-office professional whitening will not make much of a difference. For patients like this, we recommend porcelain veneers. Many patients get veneers for a whiter, more uniform smile to get completely rid of any type of stains.

5. Are your teeth misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped?
If you have some minor alignment issues with your teeth than veneers can resolve the problem easily. For more extreme alignment issues we recommend getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth. For patients who have uneven or irregularly shaped teeth, veneers can be the best option. Our doctors will work with you to customize the size, shape and color of your veneers to give you that smile you’ve always wanted.

6. Are your teeth worn down?
Over time your teeth can get worn down typically from teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism. When you grind or clench on a regular basis, the tops of your teeth can become flat and dull over time. This can result in more dental problems if not handled properly. For any patient who have worn down their teeth, porcelain veneers can restore the appearance of your teeth and provide more stability for your dental health.

So, give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule your free new patient consultation with one of our excellent doctors! With the most experience with veneers in Philadelphia, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a reason professional athletes, movie stars, musicians and many more trust us with their smile! We want to give you that perfect smile you have always dreamed about. Smile more with Philly Dentistry!

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February 24, 2020
1 month ago

Invisalign is the modern way to straighten your teeth over those big metal embarrassing braces we all had as a kid or teenager. Invisalign’s custom-fitted, clear aligner trays are made specifically for you. Every 2-3 weeks you will receive a new set of trays until your treatment is finished and your teeth are perfect.

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Here are seven advantages for Invisalign over braces.

1. Your clear aligners are so much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Some people may not even notice you’re wearing them!

2. Unlike metal braces that are attached to your teeth, Invisalign trays can be removed whenever you want to eat or drink.

3. You can clean your teeth way easier with Invisalign, just simply remove the trays and brush and floss like you would normally do when you were not doing Invisalign.

4. There will be fewer appointments with visits to our Philly Dentistry office only every 4-6 weeks.

5. No food restrictions like you have with metal braces. You don’t need to worry about brackets coming off or getting loose and don’t worry about food being stuck between them.

6. Some people face metal allergies so if this happens to be you, Invisalign is the best choice for you because they’re metal-free.

7. Invisalign trays are more comfortable than metal brackets. I remember having metal braces cut the inside of my cheeks and gums and that was not fun. With Invisalign you don’t need to worry about any metal in your mouth at all. Your Invisalign trays will be smooth and comfortable for your specific smile.

If you believe Invisalign might be the best option for you give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we will set you up with a free new patient consultation. At this appointment our great doctors will determine if Invisalign is the best option for you. You can even get a free iTero scan, which allows you to see what your teeth will look like with Invisalign, before you even start your treatment. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry with any questions you have and don’t forget to follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry. Thanks for reading!

February 10, 2020
2 months ago

Nowadays, there are so many whitening options whether it’s do it yourself whitening or in-office whitening. Mostly everyone wants a nice white smile to give them better confidence in their ever day life. In this blog you’ll learn the difference between DIY whitening and in-office whitening to decide which option is best for you.

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You may be wondering what are the active ingredients that are in teeth whitening products? All whitening agents use a peroxide ingredient. Whitening varies according to the strength of the peroxide content. A mild whitening product can contain as little as only 10% of peroxide while a much stronger whitener can contain as much as 40% peroxide. Buying over the counter teeth whitening products like whitening strips have a much lower concentration of peroxide. When you get whitening from a dental office, whether it be custom-made take home trays or in-office ZOOM whitening, the results are much better because the peroxide solution is much stronger.

How white can your teeth get from do it yourself whitening vs. in-office whitening? Whether you use do it yourself whitening at home or our in-office whitening, the whitening solution can only make your teeth as white as your natural tooth color. This is ultimately determined by the thickness of your enamel and how stained the dentine is underneath it. Teeth whitening can remove any stains from food, coffee and wine from the enamel. With store bought whitening you are not getting as much peroxide as whitening you get from a dental office so; it will not whiten your teeth as much as professional whitening. Over the counter whitening can definitely improve the whiteness of your teeth, but this will take a lot longer than in-office whitening.

You’re probably wondering will whitening products improve my entire smile? Do it yourself at home whitening typically only whitens your front teeth, given the way they are designed. In-office professional whitening will whiten your whole smile more effectively. With custom-made take-home trays you will put the whitening gel into the trays to place in your mouth for about 7-15 minutes a day for 7 to 10 days. The whitening gel solution will coat the side teeth just as effectively as the front teeth, giving you a more consistent white smile. If you have about an hour to spend in our office, we can do ZOOM whitening. ZOOM whitening is another great full mouth whitening solution. One of our great dentists or dental assistants will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel directly to your teeth and then shine a specialized ZOOM light on the teeth to brighten your smile. The light and gel work together to give you the best possible whitening results.

This all sounds great, but what’s the catch? The side effects from any type of whitening depending on the person can cause sensitivity for the treatment period. Typically, when you buy store bought whitening you will not experience any sensitivity because of the low levels of peroxide. If you have sensitive teeth some dentists will suggest using a store-bought whitening to start off and then moving forward to an in-office whitening treatment. After your whitening treatment you should avoid eating or drinking extremely hot or extremely cold foods or drinks, which can cause sensitivity. Another side effect from teeth whitening can be irritated and burning gums. This should be only minor and will heal, but it can be unpleasant. Our dentists will teach our patients on how to properly use the whitening gel at home so you don’t risk burning your gums or making your teeth sensitive.

Schedule a free new patient consultation to see which whitening treatment is the best option for you. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com and don’t forget to follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry thanks for reading!

 

February 3, 2020
2 months ago

During the whole month of February take advantage of our monthly special of $100 off Zoom teeth whitening. Zoom is a very popular whitening service in our conveniently located Center City, Philadelphia office. The process is used throughout the country and around the world to whiten the discoloration of enamel and dentin. You may be experiencing some tooth discoloration from drinking tea, coffee, soda, red wine and from smoking or using tobacco products. Also, when you become older your teeth can get stained or darken from the aging process.

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When you first come to Philly Dentistry our great doctors will give you an exam to make sure you are healthy for the Zoom in-office whitening treatment. It is important to be healthy because if you’re not, you can experience sensitivity from the whitening procedure. During your consultation our dentist will ask you questions about your oral hygiene and any existing dental work you’ve had done in the past to determine which whitening procedure is best for you.
The Zoom in-office whitening procedure takes about an hour, but it’s important to have had a teeth cleaning before your whitening treatment to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy for whitening. The procedure starts with some preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. One of our amazing dentists or dental assistants will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works best when the Zoom light hits your teeth to get rid of any stains or discoloration you are experiencing. The Zoom gel stays in place for 15 minutes while the light is triggered. During this time, sit back, relax, listen to some music and let your teeth whiten. This gel is applied for three, 15-minute sessions with the light activation each time for a total of 45 minutes of treatment. As soon as the Zoom whitening treatment is finished a sensitivity reducing fluoride gel is applied to your teeth to make sure you don’t experience any sensitivity from the whitening process.

At our office you will receive complimentary custom-made whitening trays to take home to touch up your smile any time you would like. Our dentist and dental assistant will go over instructions on how to use the take home trays to ensure you’re getting the best care at our office and in the comfort of your own home. Even after whitening your teeth they can stain if you continue to use tobacco products so we suggest that you quit using tobacco products all together. We also suggest for the first couple days to avoid any food or drinks that can stain your teeth such as, tea, coffee, red wine, etc. To maintain your white smile, make sure you are staying up to date with your regular dental visits and we all know it’s important to brush twice a day and floss. By doing this you will guarantee the best results from your Zoom in-office whitening procedure.

The Zoom in-office whitening procedure normally costs $597, but during the whole month of February take $100 off and get that smile you’ve always wanted. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule your free new patient consultation to see if Zoom in-office whitening is the best option for you. Don’t forget to follow us on social media (we’re pretty cool) to stay up to date with all the latest our office is doing. Facebook, Instagram.

January 20, 2020
2 months ago

Dental bonding is a very common cosmetic dentistry procedure that can make small and large changes to your smile. The best part about dental bonding is that it is typically completed in a single appointment. You can walk into Philly Dentistry and walk out a completely changed person with more confidence than you ever had. This cosmetic treatment involves reshaping and blending your teeth to give you a better natural looking smile. Dental bonding takes tooth colored materials that can be bonded to your teeth to change the shape, color and length.

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The procedure for dental bonding is very simple. With little preparation you can restore your teeth to the smile you’ve always wanted. An acidic etching gel is applied to the tooth being treated to get the surface ready for the bonding of dental composite. This gel will open up microscopic tubules which creates the proper bonding to the natural tooth surface for the best results. After that a liquid conditioning agent is applied to the tooth which will wet the surface and smooths the bonding. One of our great dentists will then choose the proper shade of dental composite to match the tooth being worked on and also the surrounding teeth so it looks like your natural smile.

The dental composite is then formed and shaped so that it will fit into the area and act and function like a normal tooth. Multiple layers of dental composite are applied so it can be stronger just like your natural tooth. We then use a special UV light and hold it over the dental composite. This light will harden and cure the dental composite. Each layer of the dental composite will be cured within seconds of the light hitting it. After the material hardens our dentist will adjust any material to remove any excess so they can polish your teeth. This makes sure that your bite is correct. The final shaping and polishing are one of the most important parts of the process because it’s important to blend the composite resin properly to get the best results that looks and feels natural for the patient.

You may be asking now, what can dental bonding do for me? Dental bonding is popular for anyone with tooth decay. It also repairs any cracks or chips in the teeth. It can close gaps in between teeth which is typically the most popular reason in our office. Cover up any stains or discolorations, cover exposed roots which will decrease any tooth sensitivity and finally it can change the length or shape of your teeth to give you a better-looking smile.

If you’re not happy with your smile, whether it be because of gaps, chips, discoloration, etc. then give us a call at 215-568-6222 for a free new patient consultation and let our experienced doctors tell you what they think the best treatment is for your specific smile. Email us at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with all our recent office news.

January 13, 2020
3 months ago

Veneers are a very common dental procedure that can fix just about any dental problem you’re having. They are used to enhance someone’s smile so they are more confident with their appearance and of course so that they are healthy. If you have any dental problems such as, discoloration, fractures, chips, alignment issues and the list goes on you should continue reading this.

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What are porcelain veneers? They are a thin layer of porcelain shaped tooth that is extremely strong and can last up to 20 years. Our trusted labs can create custom-made porcelain veneers to match your specific smile so that your veneers look and feel natural.

At Philadelphia Dentistry it takes only two appointments with us to change your smile and confidence completely. Our dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade color for the veneer or veneers. Our dentist will then remove a very small amount of the enamel of the tooth so there is room to place the veneer on the tooth. After this an impression of the tooth will be made from our amazing laboratory and we will then place a temporary veneer on the tooth or teeth until the actual veneers are back from the lab. After we receive your custom-made veneers from the lab one of our dentists will remove the temporary veneers. The teeth are then cleaned with pumice and water. After that, the veneer is etched, rinsed thoroughly with water and air dried. Next, adhesive is placed on the preparation and then the cement and veneers are placed for exact fit and contour. Once that happens, a special light is cured for 60 seconds on all the surfaces so it attaches to the tooth structure. Finally, your dentist will make sure everything is perfect for you by removing any excess material and polish the margins of the veneers. We usually will schedule a follow up visit after this to check for comfort because a comfortable veneer is a lifelong veneer.

Taking care of your veneers are just like taking care of your natural teeth. So, make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. It’s very important to see your dentist every 6 months for your regular cleanings and check-up to make sure that everything is healthy. By doing this you are ensuring that your veneers will last a very long time. Keep in mind that veneers will need to be replaced at some point in your life, no matter how well you take care of them. But with the proper oral care you will make sure that they last the maximum amount.

If you are considering porcelain veneers and you are not sure if they’re the right option for you then give us a call at 215-568-6222. We’ll give you a free new patient consultation and one of our amazing doctors will evaluate your smile to let you know what they think the best option is specially for you. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all the latest Philly Dentistry news.

January 2, 2020
3 months ago

Invisalign is the newest way of straightening your teeth without the hassle of metal braces and brackets. Invisalign on average takes less time than the old fashion braces and it costs less money as well. One of the best things about Invisalign is that they are removable retainers that you can hardly notice. When you decide to do Invisalign you are making a commitment because you will be wearing your clear aligners for the recommended time of 22 hours a day. It takes some getting used to, but is well worth it in the end. Here are 4 tips to help you with your first week of Invisalign.

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1. Treat your discomfort. When you wear your clear aligners at first, they can cause some discomfort. Your clear aligners are forcing your teeth into their ideal position. By doing this you may experience some pain in your teeth and jaw area. We recommend some chewing exercises a few times a day and every time you put your trays back in. This can help pain relief by acting as a massage effect for your gums, stimulating nutrient-rich blood flow to your mouth. The blood flow acts as a natural pain reliever.

2. Protect your tongue. The plastic edges of your aligners may aggravate you at first. Tongue sores are common in the early stages of your transformation. A great tip is to learn how to use dental wax to cover up any sharp edges or rough spots. Take a small pinch of wax, roll it up and place it on the area that is giving you problems. If it is still bothering you ask your dentist and they will be happy to help you get out of any discomfort.

3. Keep track of your daily wear time. It can be tough at first to adjust to your new lifestyle with your Invisalign trays, but it’s important to know how long you’re wearing your trays. You can extend your treatment if you don’t follow the dentists recommended time of wearing your trays 22 hours a day.

4. Keep your trays clean and clear. It’s easy to cheat when you’re in Invisalign. You can be drinking that coffee or enjoying a glass of white wine with your trays in. It isn’t the worst thing you can do, but if you make it a habit you can stain your teeth. When you notice your trays are getting a little funky looking you should clean them by lightly brushing them with your toothbrush or soaking them in water.

The most important thing with Invisalign is sticking to a routine. Use these tips when you start your Invisalign journey and then find what works best for your routine and stick with it until your treatment is finished. Good habits are crucial when relieving any Invisalign discomfort and achieving your perfect smile. If you are not happy with your smile and you think Invisalign can be the answer, give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we will be happy to give you a free new patient consultation to see if Invisalign is the best option for you. While you’re here we will even do a free iTero Invisalign scan so you can see what your teeth will look like after Invisalign, before you even start the process! Also take advantage of our January monthly special, free Apple AirPods and free teeth whitening with your purchase of Invisalign! It’s the start of a new year which means new beginnings so, get that smile you always wanted with Invisalign.

December 23, 2019
3 months ago

If your 2020 New Year’s resolution is to get healthy you should first take a look at your mouth. Your oral health has a great deal with your overall health. Your oral health affects your whole-body health including your energy levels, digestion, weight loss and mental health.

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The impact of poor oral health starts when someone isn’t brushing or flossing properly which leaves a sticky deposit called plaque on your teeth. When plaque is left on your teeth it builds up and goes in the gum line causing you to get an infection or gum disease. This bacteria can enter your bloodstream and be carried throughout your body affecting your overall health. Bad oral health can lead to conditions like, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory tract infections and depression have been linked to gum disease.

When you develop gum disease it can affect your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and this can affect your overall energy levels. Another reason your energy levels will go down is because your immune system is constantly fighting against the infection and your body’s energy resources are being used to fight this battle resulting in you becoming tired and worn out. If you want your energy levels to raise in 2020 then remember to brush twice a day and floss daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

Your oral health affects your weight as well. There is a close connection between your oral health and that weight you’re trying to lose. When your gums are inflamed from gum disease this causes stress in your body which causes metabolic and circulatory problems that affects your attempts to lose weight. By maintaining a good oral health routine, you will be less stressed and be able to lose that weight you’re trying to.

Oral health and your digestion are connected as well. The digestive process starts in your mouth and a proper diet is important. One of the inevitable effects of gum disease is tooth loss. When you have fewer teeth it’s harder to chew our food well which makes it harder to digest your food. Another issue is if you have ulcers in the stomach which are often credited to bacterial infections in the stomach lining. The bacteria that collects in your mouth when gum disease is present can be the same bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

Everyone wants to feel the best they can both physically and mentally. It’s a proven fact that people with poor oral health are more likely to have emotional and self-image problems. This isn’t very shocking because think about when you have bad breath or stained teeth you don’t feel good about yourself and are embarrassed to talk to anyone. When you have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile you feel great with your head held high ready to take on the world. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we can schedule you for a free new patient consultation so our accomplished doctors can give you that smile you’ve always wanted in 2020.

December 16, 2019
3 months ago

At Philly Dentistry we always stay up to date with the latest in dental technology like the intraoral cameras to improve our patient’s treatment. These cameras allow us to take close-up photos of your teeth to ensure we are giving you the best treatment plan with the goal of having a healthier mouth.

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How exactly does an intraoral camera improve the treatment of a patient? There are two factors that weigh in when it comes advanced technology. The first being that it makes it easier to get insurance companies to approve treatment by seeing the actual problem and second it gives you a close-up view of any dental problem you may have.

What does an intraoral camera see? With intraoral cameras developing over the years each time getting better picture quality. At the beginning these cameras were big and bulky which made it hard to move from operatory to operatory. Today we have one in every operatory that is hand-held and much smaller than the older ones. This powerful camera can detect dental issues that the dentist may not be able to see at first. By taking close up photos of the patients’ teeth you are able to show them exactly what you are looking for and you can show them with real photos how it is so important to go to the dentist for your regular cleaning’s checkups.

Another great use of the intraoral camera is the ability to take great photos of any chipped or cracked tooth. The reason why it’s important is because the doctor can then see any progression of the crack or chipped so they know what the next steps will be to get the patient healthy again. Having these photos also really help when it comes to submitting to the insurance company which our treatment coordinators do for all our patients.

It’s important to use the latest in technology especially when it comes to dentistry. Your smile and teeth are some of the first things people notice when you meet and you can’t make a first impression twice. So, give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule a free new patient consultation and get that smile you’ve always dreamed about. Email: info@phillydentistry.com and follow us on Instagram: @PhillyDentistry

December 9, 2019
4 months ago

When you have teeth that are damaged or cosmetically flawed in more ways than one, the most effective and significant thing you can do is visit your dentist to find out what the best options are specially for your smile.

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Whether it’s a chip, stain, or not straight enough there’s always an option for correct your smile. At Philadelphia Dentistry we offer many different cosmetic procedures to correct any smile. The most effective procedure would be dental veneers. With porcelain veneers if you have any type of dental problem our amazing doctors will give you that smile you always wanted and deserve! The veneers are just about as thin as a contact lens, but extremely strong and durable and can last up to 25 years with the proper care by visiting your dentist every 6 months for your cleaning and checkup. Here are some specific problems and how porcelain veneers can hide these imperfections. During the whole month of December take advantage of our monthly special of $1000 off a set of 8 veneers!

Stains. Almost everyone you know can’t start their day off without at least one cup of coffee or you may enjoy some red wine with your meal every now and then for dinner. Whatever it may be you can’t resist it and it will eventually catch up to staining your teeth. The whiteness of your teeth will eventually fade as you age along with a host of other reasons such as, poor oral hygiene and even health complications to certain prescription medications. With porcelain veneers you don’t have to worry about any stains because the veneer itself can repel stains for years.

Gaps. If you have gaps between your teeth there are many ways to fix it like braces and bonding, but if you want the greatest results in the quickest time than porcelain veneers are your best option. Many times, people with gaps between their teeth are embarrassed to smile and are left covering their mouth every time they laugh. Nobody should have to feel this way. The same thing with people who have minor crooked or overlapping teeth. Everyone thinks braces are the best options for those cases and sometimes that’s right, but not always. Veneers are often times considered instant orthodontics. They hide spaces between teeth, as well as crooked teeth in just two visits to our office. When the procedure is finished it will look like you have been wearing braces for years with your perfect smile.

Imperfections. Nobody is perfect and unfortunately your teeth are no exception. Your teeth may be strong and pretty close to perfect when you’re young, but after years and years of wear and tear your teeth can start to look pretty imperfect. Over the years you’ll experience little cracks and chips because your tooth enamel isn’t as strong as it used to be. This can open the doors for harmful bacteria to get into those cracks and chips and cause cavities. Porcelain veneers hide as well as protect damaged teeth so your smile is safe and strong for years to come.

If you are too embarrassed to smile or are not completely happy with your smile, it’s time for a change. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 or email us at info@phillydentistry.com and we will set up a free new patient consultation to see if porcelain veneers are the right option for you. Life’s too short to be unhappy with your smile, get the confidence you deserve with porcelain veneers.

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