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Category: Teeth Whitening

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 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.

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.

November 18, 2019
5 months ago

Often times patients will ask what is the best way for them to restore their smile into the smile they always wanted and the answer is typically porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can correct just about any dental problem you have. Whether it’s misaligned teeth, gaps, stains or spots, veneers will fix them while maintaining that natural look. You may have some questions about porcelain veneers and in this blog, I will answer the most common questions patients have.

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First, what are porcelain veneers? Veneers are a thin (about the size of a contact lens) tooth- colored porcelain shell that is perfectly crafted to look like your natural teeth and bonded to cover the front of your tooth or teeth. Porcelain veneers are often times used as a different method to a crown and can be a better option if the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.

When are veneers best used? Veneers are best used for dental problems such as, chipped, misshaped, stained, or misaligned teeth and the list goes on. They are especially great if the tooth or teeth that are having problems are the visible or front teeth.

How long does the whole process take? At Philly Dentistry you can expect the whole process to be only two visits. The first visit we will discuss with you the type of veneers you would like and which look best for your natural smile. We will then take impressions to send to our trusted lab so they can craft your perfect smile. When you come back for your second visit one of our amazing doctors will deliver the veneers for you and give you that smile you always wanted.

The process of porcelain veneers starts by removing a very thin layer of your tooth enamel to prepare, so that it allows room for the veneer to be bonded into place. After that, we then take an impression of your teeth so the veneers fit and match perfectly to your unique smile. The veneers are then bonded into place and then we use a special light that activates the cement to make sure the veneers are firmly in place. After that process you have a brand-new, perfect smile!

Don’t wait any longer for the smile you always wanted and deserved. It’s time to trust the most experienced dental office in Philadelphia with porcelain veneer smile makeovers. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 or send us an email info@phillydentistry.com and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with all the recent news. Thanks for reading.

November 11, 2019
5 months ago

There are so many different types of teeth whitening techniques, whether its DIY teeth whitening or in-office whitening it’s hard to keep track. When you whiten your teeth, you want to keep them white as long as you can and in this blog, I’ll give you tips and tricks to maintain white teeth after teeth whitening. Don’t forget to take advantage of our November monthly special of $169 custom-made bleach whitening trays and get that smile you always wanted.

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular services in dentistry. Everyone wants a nice white smile and everyone wants to maintain a nice white smile. Here are a few simple ways to prevent staining after your whitening treatment.

*Drink plenty of water during the day.
*Rinse your mouth right after you eat or drink.
*Try to avoid staining drinks like coffee, wine and tea.
*Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco.
*When drinking acidic beverages drink through a straw.
*Eat foods that are good for your teeth such as, strawberries, apples, leafy greens and celery.

In addition to the tips above it’s important to maintain a healthy oral routine to keep those pearly whites, white. By brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day you will maintain a healthy white smile. Another very important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life is to see your dentist for your routine cleanings and check-ups. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while it’s time to give Philly Dentistry a call and schedule a free new patient consultation 215-568-6222. Shoot us over an email at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on social media @phillydentistry.

October 8, 2019
6 months ago

Metal braces are a thing of the past. Forget those brackets, wires, and rubber bands, there is a faster, easier, invisible way of straightening your teeth. Invisalign is the new and affordable way to get that smile you always wanted. Here are a few things you need to know about the benefits of using Invisalign.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our ONE day offer of $1,000 off your Invisalign treatment on October 22,2019 from 2pm-5pm. You’ll receive $1,000 off your Invisalign treatment, complimentary take home whitening trays ($250 value) and a FREE full set of x-rays! Call today because we are only giving this deal to 10 patients! 215-568-6222.

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1. You will become healthier using Invisalign. Heath problems can occur if you have badly positioned teeth. When you have crooked teeth, it causes more food and bacteria to get trapped in between your teeth resulting in more cavities, gum disease, and infections. Patients with misaligned teeth will sometimes grind their teeth at night due to a poor bite, resulting in sensitivity and sore muscles. Studies by the ADA (American Dental Association) proved that oral infections can lead to more serious conditions, such as, diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia, and even a stroke. Which leads me to benefit number two.

2. Easy to clean. One of the most challenging things to do when you have braces is to clean in between the metal brackets and wires. With Invisalign you simply take out your trays to brush and floss as you normally would. This prevents plaque buildup that could result in gum disease, tooth decay, or infections.

3. It’s practically invisible! No more huge metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands sticking out of your mouth. Invisalign is made from clear plastic aligners so they are almost impossible to notice. You don’t have to feel embarrassed anymore to get braces because most people won’t even know you have them on. They’re easily removeable and extremely comfortable to wear. Just ask some of our patients.

4. It’s fast. Invisalign is quicker than traditional braces so you’ll get that smile you always wanted much faster. Every Invisalign case is different, but on average adult cases typically last 12 months.

5. It’s affordable. Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces cost less. With our easy finance options, it makes Invisalign that much easier to get without putting a dent in your pockets and with this one day offer of $1000 off Invisalign, this is our best offer ever!

6. In office scan. At Philadelphia Dentistry we can now scan patients right in our center city office with the iTero Scanner. This allows us to take state-of-the-art digital impressions without using that messy putty in your mouth to take a physical impression. With this technology it is sent instantly to the Invisalign lab and allows our office to start treatment 2-3 weeks faster than other Philadelphia dentists!

So, what are you waiting for? If you want that beautiful smile that is affordable, comfortable, and fast give us a call today 215-568-6222 to schedule an appointment with our amazing doctors. Remember not only are straight teeth beautiful they are healthy too.

July 29, 2019
8 months ago

During the month of August, take advantage of our great monthly special of $100 off ZOOM! Teeth Whitening! If you are not satisfied with the color of your teeth, chances are that you do not smile as much as you should! Life’s too short to not smile and be embarrassed by the color of your teeth. Often times people try over the counter whitening methods that don’t work as well and the results tend to be not that great. This is the reason you should try our in-office professional teeth whitening procedure, ZOOM!

Why should you decide on our in-office ZOOM! Whitening procedure? First reason is because it gets rid of stains from your everyday lifestyle. As you go through life you develop stains on your teeth from certain foods, drinks and different habits. This slowly stains your teeth to a yellowish color. Luckily, there are professional whitening procedures to specifically get rid of these stains. Ask one of our great doctors about ZOOM! Whitening at your next appointment.

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Another great reason and one of my favorite reasons are that this whitening procedure only takes one hour! In just one hour at our convenient, Center City Philadelphia office you can whiten your teeth up to 10 shades whiter, sometimes even more! After your procedure you can expect the results to last up to 3 years with your regular cleanings with our great hygienists so you maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. How it works is that oxygen from the bleaching gel is used to take off years of stains in just one hour!

When you have a whiter, brighter smile it improves your self-confidence. You can have perfectly straight teeth, but if they are stained you are not going to feel confident at all. When you improve your confidence, you improve your entire life. With a whiter smile you’ll walk with your head held high and smile every chance you get, don’t wait any longer for this great monthly special!

As much as we wish we could control time, we just can’t. Age catches up with everyone and there is nothing we can do about it. When we age our teeth age as well and may develop stains from the years of drinking coffee, wines and eating different types of foods. After just one hour of our in-office ZOOM! Whitening procedure you will look years younger with your whiter smile!

When you come to Philadelphia Dentistry the full ZOOM! procedure costs $597, but this month only you can take $100 off the total cost. In addition to this amazing offer we will throw in free customized whitening trays with free bleaching gel. This way you can touch up your white smile anytime you’d like in the comfort of your own home. Don’t hesitate any longer and get that smile you deserve with ZOOM! Teeth Whitening at Philly Dentistry. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us over an email at info@phillydentistry.com and follow us on Instagram @PhillyDentistry to stay up to date with all the latest news at our office!

July 1, 2019
9 months ago

During the whole month of July take advantage of our monthly special of $500 off Invisalign! Invisalign is the new way to straighten your teeth without the embarrassment of having metal braces. With Invisalign you have clear aligner trays that snap on and off of your teeth allowing you eat and drink whatever you please, when you please. The trays are made from a clear plastic- like material that most people hardly notice. Depending on how much your teeth needs to be straighten, each tray is worn up to 1-2 weeks. Each tray will slightly move your teeth closer to the end goal of a perfect smile. Before you decide to get Invisalign we will give you a free iTero Invisalign scan in our Center City, Philadelphia office. This scan will show what your smile will look like after Invisalign, before you even start your treatment.

Another common questions our patients ask is how long will Invisalign take? This is a case by case situation and will be different for each patient depending on how much straightening their teeth need and how good they are about wearing their trays for at least 22 hours a day. On average, a common patient can except the case to last a year. If your case includes bite correction then you can expect it to take a little longer than average.
You’re probably thinking now, what is it like wearing the trays? At first like anything new it takes some time to get used to. For the first week you can assume that you will speak with a little bit of a lisp. This is common for most patients because they are just getting used to wearing the trays and talking with them. In no time you’ll be used to wearing them and at times probably forget you have them in.

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When you are done with Invisalign and your teeth are looking perfect, your doctor will remove any attachments on your teeth and do another scan. After the scan they will make a clear removable retainer for you to wear at night only. This retainer will ensure that your teeth stay straight, as long as you continue to wear it each night. The great thing about Invisalign is that you are in charge of your success. The more compliant you are with your Invisalign treatment the faster you will finish and your results will look great!

Give us a call today and come in for a free new patient consultation. Don’t forget when you call to mention that you would like to get a complimentary iTero Invisalign scan and see for yourself just how perfect your teeth could be. 215-568-6222 and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram & Facebook to stay up to date on our office!

May 13, 2019
11 months 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? 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 so our doctors can give you an exam to see which cosmetic procedure would work best with 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, over 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 who have over a combined 60 years of experience in dentistry! 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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