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Category: Smile Makeovers

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.

June 3, 2016
10 months 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…)

June 29, 2015
2 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 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…)

June 12, 2015
2 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
2 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…)

May 26, 2015
2 years ago

Smile makeover after smokingFinally stopped smoking? Congratulations! This change can only benefit your overall health and wellness. But even though you no longer smell like cigarettes or have cigarette breath, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a telltale sign of your one-time addiction: your smile. No matter how long your smoking habit lasted, chances are good that tobacco did some damage to your smile. (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…)

May 15, 2015
2 years ago

Anti aging dentistryAging isn’t easy. And there are plenty of ways to try to combat it. You can get a new wardrobe, a flashier car, or a personal trainer. You can get a face lift, fillers, an updated hairstyle, or age-defying creams. These efforts might work, and they can go a long way toward boosting your confidence and make you feel better about getting older. But they don’t necessarily have longevity. There is, however, one thing you can do that will make you look younger immediately: a smile makeover. (more…)

April 28, 2015
2 years ago

Sofia Vergara Hollywood smileWho hasn’t looked at an entertainment magazine and admired the gleaming, straight, perfect smiles of celebrities like Denzel Washington, Shemar Moore, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Brad Pitt, Sofia Vergara, Bradley Cooper… the list is truly endless. You may think you have to be a celeb to achieve such a beautiful smile, but that’s not the case at all. With just one cosmetic dentistry procedure, you can change your smile and your life. (more…)

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