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Category: Teeth Whitening

August 8, 2018
1 week ago

Summer is coming to an end, but the sun is still shining and so should your teeth! During the whole month of August take advantage of Philly Dentistry’s monthly special of $100 off ZOOM! Whitening. Now, with ZOOM! In Office Whitening you can have a beautiful white smile in just one hour. Sit back, relax and listen to some music while ZOOM! does its magic.

ZOOM! is simple, safe, and effective. The procedure begins with preparation of isolating your lips and gums. After that, the ZOOM! Whitening Gel is applied and activated by a special light. During your treatment your teeth can become 10 shades whiter and sometimes even more! The results will amaze you and you can expect your whitening to last up to 3 years, as long as you keep up with your regular cleanings. How ZOOM! works is that oxygen from the specialized gel is used to bleach out any stains you may have had from years of damage to your teeth…in just one hour.
The whole ZOOM! procedure costs $597, but during the month of August you can take off $100, plus you’ll receive free custom-made bleach whitening trays that you can take home and touch up your smile whenever you want to.

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Making a great first impression is important and studies show that when you have a white smile your first impression will be remembered. So what are you waiting for? Get that white smile and get the confidence you deserve. Ask that special someone out on a date, interview for that job you always wanted. The possibilities are endless when you have the confidence to pursue what you really want with a great smile. Call us today and get that perfect smile in just one hour 215-568-6222.

July 24, 2018
3 weeks ago

Are you embarrassed to smile? Does this hold you back from making the most of life? No one should ever feel timid to smile or laugh. If you want something to change about your smile to make yourself more confident in your everyday life, Philly Dentistry is the best place to get all your cosmetic and general dentistry needs. A smile makeover with Philly Dentistry creates a beautiful new smile that will make you look younger, happier, and healthier.

Smile Makeovers at Philly Dentistry
There are many different cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can get specifically for whatever your dental needs may be. Chipped teeth? Misaligned teeth? Stains? Gapped teeth? No problem at all! Most dental fixes can be corrected with porcelain veneers from Philly Dentistry. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular procedures at our dentistry. Patients love the fact that in only two visits they can have a total smile makeover with natural looking, straight, white, and beautiful porcelain veneers.

How are porcelain veneers applied?
At your first appointment for porcelain veneers you will begin the process with either Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon by making an impression of your teeth and then creating a mold of how your teeth will look with porcelain veneers. Next, your impressions will be sent over to our trusted dental lab where they customize the veneers to look perfect for your smile. This process typically takes a few weeks for the lab to create your porcelain veneers and then send them back to our office.
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Once your veneers are the right shape, color, and size our doctors will then prep your teeth that are receiving the porcelain veneers. Prepping the teeth usually consists of a cleaning and some light sanding so the veneers fit perfectly to your teeth. After the prepping of your teeth the veneers will then be put in place. Once they are placed they will be formed to your mouth shape and face so your smile looks beautiful and most importantly, natural. When you and the dentist are completely satisfied with the appearance of your new smile makeover, a specialized light will be used to dry the cement and permanently bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth. Just like that in only two visits Philadelphia Dentistry could completely revamp your smile! Give us a call today and get that smile you always wanted 215-568-6222.

July 6, 2018
1 month ago

During the whole month of July, you can take advantage of our monthly special of $500 off your Invisalign treatment, plus free custom-made bleach whitening trays. Invisalign is the new convenient way of straightening your teeth for less money and time. Throughout, your Invisalign treatment it is very important that you follow the doctor’s instructions so that you can achieve that smile you always wanted. Here are some tips about Invisalign to help you get the most out of your treatment.

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1. Flossing.
Every day you should be brushing your teeth along with flossing too. Flossing is extremely important, especially during your Invisalign treatment because any left-over food particles can be held in your mouth when wearing your aligners. Be sure to floss thoroughly every day before wearing your aligners so you can get the most out of your treatment.

2. Wearing your aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day.
If you commit to wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day you will achieve the most from your Invisalign treatment. Invisalign only works if you’re willing to wear your aligners for most of the time. By wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day your treatment will take less time and your results will be very positive.

3. Changing your aligners in the right order and on time.
If Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon let you know it’s time to change your aligner, it’s time to move on to the next set of trays. If the doctors tell you to keep the aligners in for a few extra days, let them in. Your treatment will not speed up if you’re not listening to your doctor by putting different trays in without being instructed first.

4. It may feel a little weird, but you’ll get used to it.
When you first start your Invisalign treatment it can feel a little weird because you are not used to wearing your trays, but don’t worry you will get used to it in no time. Most people say that they feel the aligners pushing against their teeth when they first start Invisalign. This feeling is not in any way painful unlike with metal braces after they’re adjusted. The best thing to do is to wear your aligners as much as possible so you’ll get used to them and eventually not even notice you have them in.

5. Knowing how to take care of your aligners.
Cleaning your trays is very important during your Invisalign treatment. The best way to clean your aligners is with antibacterial soap and some warm water. We do not recommend cleaning your trays with toothpaste because this can scratch the plastic, which in turn creates places for bacteria to get in.

6. Keeping your mouth clean.
It is important to keep your mouth very clean during your Invisalign treatment. It’s important because when you’re wearing your trays the plaque and bacteria you miss can be held against your teeth causing your teeth to become decayed or get cavities. Make sure every day that you are brushing at least twice and flossing at least once to ensure that your mouth stays healthy during your Invisalign treatment.

7. Using your retainer properly.
At the end of your treatment you will be instructed on wearing your retainer by one of our three outstanding doctors. Some patients make the mistake of not wearing their retainer after their Invisalign treatment, which means that their teeth may shift back and they’ll lose some of their progress they gained from Invisalign. Often times, the doctor will instruct you to wear your retainer for most of the day during the first few months and then to wear it only when you go to bed. It’s important to not miss any of your follow-up appointments so the doctors can track your progress and to see if you are doing everything correctly.

Give us a call today to schedule a free new patient consultation and see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. While you’re here you can use our Invisalign Outcome Simulator to see what your smile will look like after Invisalign, before you even start your treatment! Call today 215-568-6222.

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May 30, 2018
3 months ago

Nowadays, there are many ways to straighten your teeth from traditional metal braces, Smile Direct Club, to Invisalign. Invisalign and Smile Direct Club have been the most popular options, especially for adults who want the discreet look of straightening their teeth with clear aligners. With all these choices, what is the best option for you?

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First, when deciding to straighten your teeth it’s no joke that you want the best option. When deciding to do Invisalign with Philadelphia Dentistry you’re getting the best care you can possibly get from a dentist office. Our staff at Philadelphia Dentistry goes above and beyond to make sure our patients get the best care. You’ll have all three of our great doctors at your disposal for any questions or concerns you may have during your Invisalign treatment.

What to except with Invisalign?
Professional impressions and photos, including X-Rays will be provided to insure you’re receiving the best care. At every appointment you will receive your new set of customized Invisalign trays which are designed to move your teeth in the right order and speed. With every Invisalign patient we include bleaching gel to make sure your teeth are as white as possible to give you the best smile makeover. We make sure to monitor your teeth and make any additional trays at no charge. Once your teeth are completely straight we make your retainer to maintain the position of your teeth. Invisalign is designed to be the most convenient way of straightening your teeth. At Philadelphia Dentistry we make sure our Invisalign patients have the best experience and smile makeover possible.

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Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club
The only thing Invisalign and Smile Direct Club have in common is that they both have clear aligners for you to wear. There are no in person dentist visits that allow the dentist to monitor your treatment. A lot of times people that use Smile Direct Club end up going to the dentist to correct any problems they had while using Smile Direct Club. The most common problem is that attachments are not used, this could make your teeth move back and forth and not move the way they were originally planned.

Invisalign Outcome Simulator
When deciding what option is best for you make sure to do your research and decide what your goals, budget, lifestyle, and timeline are for straightening your teeth. Choosing Philadelphia Dentistry for Invisalign you are deciding to work with some of the best doctors in Philadelphia. When it comes to your smile you don’t want anything, but the best. Call us today 215-568-6222 to schedule a free Invisalign consultation and ask about our Invisalign outcome simulator, which allows you to see what your teeth will look like after your Invisalign treatment before you even start it.

May 14, 2018
3 months ago

This month’s special at Philadelphia Dentistry will get your teeth ready for the summer months ahead. While most dentistry’s can charge up to $800 for custom bleach whitening trays, Philly Dentistry is offering this great deal for only $169! Here are a few things you should know first about getting your custom bleach whitening trays.

First and foremost, we want to make sure your mouth is healthy before you apply the bleach whitening to your teeth. Typically, if you haven’t had a cleaning in over 6 months you will need to get one before you can get your custom-made bleach whitening trays. For the best results you want your teeth to have a clean surface. Our dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth so you can have the best results for your smile makeover.

Next, you will have an oral exam to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. This is to confirm that there is no tooth decay, gum disease, or any other oral health problems. If there are any signs of oral health problems our team at Philly Dentistry will need to treat the problem before the teeth whitening is done. I know these steps can make patients impatient, but for the best results and the health of your teeth and gums we need to tend to any problems first.

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Finally, after your teeth are good and healthy it’s time to get your custom-made whitening trays. These trays are great if you want to be able to whiten your smile in the privacy of your home whenever you want. If you have experienced tooth sensitivity in the past this whitening method is the best option for you. With complete instructions on how to use the custom trays and bleaching gel it’s simple to apply whenever needed. Ultimately, you are in control of your results because it will depend on your dedication to the whitening process. The whitening only needs to be done for 10 minutes a day for 7-10 days and your results can become up to 6 shades whiter than before, lasting up to 2 years.

The custom-made bleach whitening trays from Philadelphia Dentistry are by far better than any over the counter whitening methods. Our bleaching gel contains powerful whitening ingredients such as, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide which will give you the best results for your smile makeover. So, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this amazing offer. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and get those white pearly teeth for only $169!

March 19, 2018
5 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 26, 2017
10 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!

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May 30, 2017
1 year 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:

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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
2 years 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…)

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