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March 19, 2018
1 month 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.

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 26, 2017
6 months ago

How to get Bright White Teeth

One of the first things that someone notices about you is your smile. By whitening your teeth you can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth, improving confidence and everyday life.

There are many different options that can be used for whitening your teeth. Some of these can be done at home while others are done professionally at a dental office. There are also small changes to your daily habits, nutrition and your oral hygiene regimen at home that can be made in order to decrease staining of your teeth to help them stay bright.

At Philadelphia Dentistry we offer free whitening consultations so that Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier can evaluate your teeth and discuss your options and determine the best course of action for you to whiten your teeth.

There are many things in our diets that can damage the teeth and cause them to pick up staining more easily. These include soda, tea, coffee, smoking, and anything that is acidic in your diet. You do not need to completely cut these things out of your diet; however, there are things you can do to prevent the damage from happening such as not sipping on your coffee and tea for long periods of time and drinking water afterwards. During your free consultation with us we can review your nutrition and discuss with you further how to keep your smile bright and stain-free.

DIY Whitening

There are plenty of whitening treatments available that you can do yourself that are effective. These treatments are available at the drug store and are at affordable costs. The most important thing to check is that the treatment is safe for your body and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains that build on the enamel. There are also whitening pens11052681 that give you the ability to remove a precise stubborn stain like when stain gets stuck between the teeth. Whitening strips can also be effective however it your teeth are not straight then it can be tricky for the strips to reach areas where the teeth overlap or have spaces. Ask Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier about DIY Whitening and how it will work with your specific case.

Professional Whitening Treatments

There are two professional whitening treatments that Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier offer at Philadelphia Dentistry that both work great. The first option is for us to make you custom bleach trays where you whiten your teeth at home over the course of approximately two weeks. We provide you with strong bleaching gel materiatrays-644x320 l that is safe and effective and we instruct you how to use it so that you can get a brighter smile. The custom trays are great since they are custom made for the shape of your teeth they will allow the material to get into all the nooks and crannies to whiten evenly and effectively. These trays are convenient and affordable and can be reused if you find that staining starts building up again.

The second option for professional whitening is an in-office procedure called ZOOM! where an ultraviolet light is shined on the teeth to whiten them. This option will give you immedDr-Loren-Grossman-Dentistry-Services-Zoomiate results with instant bright, white teeth. For patients that have an event coming up or do not think they will be compliant with the take home trays the ZOOM is a great option.

Call us to schedule your free whitening consultation at 215-568-6222 today so that Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier can discuss your options for whitening and help you get a bright, white smile as soon as possible!

May 30, 2017
11 months ago

Caffeine lovers that are avid coffee drinkers are well aware of how it contributes to stained teeth. Since the coffee is acidic it does not only stain, but it also is weakens the tooth enamel, making the teeth more prone to staining and cavities.

Here are a few tips that we have to help you reduce the staining from coffee as well as decrease the damage being done to the enamel on your teeth:

Drink Your Coffee, Don’t Sip it!blue-eyed-woman-drinking-coffee

It is proven that the longer you take to sip your coffee, the more likely you are to have staining. If you are drinking the coffee slowly then the teeth are constantly being exposed to its acidity. This damages the enamel more and allows the stains to penetrate more deeply and darken the teeth.

By drinking your coffee quickly you can protect your teeth from coffee stains significantly.

Use an Electric Tooth Brush

Using an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one for decreasing surface stains. A great example of an imgreselectric toothbrush that works well is the Sonicare toothbrush. Ask your dentist for help if you are unsure which to purchase and they will guide you and prevent stained teeth.

Toothpaste with Fluoride and Baking Soda

Dr. Meier recommends using Arm and Hammer Advanced Whitening toothpaste as the best toothpaste for removing surface stains from the teeth. The baking soda acts like an exfoliator on the teeth and the fluoride helps protect the enamel from harmful bacteria.

Do not Brush Your Teeth Right Away

If you do not want the coffee to stain your teeth then you should not brush right after your coffee. Since the coffee is acidic it will weaken the enamel. If you then go and brush the enamel this scrubbing action will help the staining coffee particles further infiltrate the teeth and cause stains. Wait at least thirty minutes after your coffee before you brush your teeth.

Drink Water After Coffee

Right after your cup of coffee make sure to drink some plain water. This will rinse the teeth off as well as help to buffer the acidity of the coffee in your saliva.images

Drink Coffee Through a Straw

By drinking the coffee through a straw you can completely bypass the teeth. Of course for hot coffee this is less appealing than iced coffee, but it really does help avoid stained teeth.

Use Whitening Trays from Your Dentist

If you want to have white teeth then regular teeth whitening at home really helps. Your dentist can make you custom whitening trays and review instructions on how to bleach your teeth without causing pain, sensitivity, or damage to your teeth. Once you have the custom trays it is a good idea to use them regularly after your dental cleaning to really keep the color bright.

These changes can help protect your teeth from coffee stains.

Ask your dentist and dental hygienist about custom whitening at your next appointment or call us today to schedule a free consultation to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

We look forward to meeting you!

January 9, 2017
1 year ago

Do-It-Yourself, “DIY”, is all the craze nowadays. Most folks are trying things they never would have dreamed about in efforts to save money. There are a multitude of different remedies at home in order to whiten their teeth that have been shared both via word of mouth and onimgres the internet. While some of these may be effective, many can be dangerous.

These methods range from homespun mouthwashes, to make-your-own toothpastes, to ordering different concoctions online, and more. We have heard just about it all. While some of the home remedies may offer a quick result, there can be lasting damage that can cause major problems for patients.

Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier always relay to their patients that before they try anything they have read on the internet or heard from a friend, they need to make sure to consult a dental professional.

In office whitening treatment, ZOOM! Whitening, is the fastest way to whiten the teeth and get the best results in only an hour and a half. Our office also makes custom bleach trays for patients which take a little lophilips-zoom-teeth-whiteningnger, roughly 10-14 days, however patients achieve great results.

There are times in which a patient’s teeth have stains that are so deep into the tooth structure that they cannot be improved with professional whitening. In these cases the dentist does something called a “porcelain veneer” where a contact-lens thin cover is permanently cemented onto the teeth in order to cover the stains and whiten the teeth.

To learn more about the dental treatments available to best benefit your smile, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier, please contact our office today.

September 19, 2016
2 years ago

 Have you even been in the dental aisle at the drug store and completely overwhelmed by all of the different choices of toothpaste there are? It can be tricky knowing which toothpaste is People at the gymthe best for your health when there are so many options!

This article will help you navigate the dental aisle more easily in order to make the best decision possible. Here are 9 tips for picking the best toothpaste for you: (more…)

June 3, 2016
2 years ago

Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

sensitivityDo you have sensitive teeth? If you have something hot, cold, sour or sweet does it cause discomfort or even pain? (more…)

March 23, 2016
2 years ago

8 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

bigsmilePatients often come into the office looking for the best way to whiten their teeth. Surprisingly, the solution to whiten is not always the same for each patient! There are several different methods for whitening the teeth. Detailed below are 8 different options that may be the right solution for you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile (more…)

December 31, 2015
2 years ago

We dentists often get asked “DO I REALLY NEED TO SEE A DENTIST?”

YES.  There are reasons that you may or may not know:

Avoid Major Dental Work

With regular checkups, we dentists can spot early signs of decay at a stage when the damage can sometimes be reversed, which means you’ll avoid the dreaded drill. The tooth enamel gets broken down over time.  We dentists can detect it early and take steps to reverse that process with various fluoride products, so your tooth will go back to normal and you’ll avoid a cavity. You could end up saving time and money.


June 23, 2015
3 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
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…)

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