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June 12, 2018
1 week ago

Recently, Dr. Ken Cirka was inducted into the 2018 Hall of Honor at his Alma Mater, Ambridge High School for his great work in dentistry and the community. Dr. Cirka is a philanthropist who is active in the community. Whether it’s the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America or the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Dr. Cirka loves helping others. The 1989 graduate heard a few months ago that his high school was having financial trouble. Instead of sitting back and doing nothing like most people would have done, Dr. Cirka decided his school needed his help. Dr. Cirka met with the high school Principle Janet Zupsic, and they thought of a “Care to Share” program where children can get supplies, food, deodorant, and other daily essentials.

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This will help many children who don’t have enough lunch money get something to eat when they’re hungry. Often times, it could be embarrassing for children to go up and ask someone if they can have deodorant or other daily necessities, this program will help kids feel better about themselves. A student was interviewed at Ambridge High school about the “Care to Share” program and said, “I know some of my friends are hungry because they do not have lunch money or they don’t have hygiene products at home to take care of themselves.” With Dr. Cirka’s generous donation of $10,000 he hopes that this will be enough to benefit as many children in need as possible and help the students have a better high school experience.

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Along with donating to Ambridge High School, Dr. Cirka paid for 500 students to have the time of their life at the only LGBTQ Prom in Southwestern, PA in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The prom included a sit-down dinner, silkscreen printing, dancing and much more.
“Dr. Cirka is a wonderful and gracious person who remembers his roots. We are very fortunate to have his support,” said the Superintendent, L. Joan Welter.

May 30, 2018
3 weeks 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
1 month 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!

April 30, 2018
2 months ago

A Better Future for Our Youth
While most people are bystanders and not standing up or acting out towards a better future for our youth, Philadelphia Dentistry and Dr. Ken Cirka changed that. On Sunday, May 27th we will be changing the lives of LGBTQ+ teens by sending 500 teenagers to prom at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. This one small action can change the lives of so many by giving these prom-goers the opportunity to experience a milestone in their teenage life.

Come as You Are
The fifth annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom which is one of the only LGBTQ+ Youth Proms in the Southwestern part of Pennsylvania will be helping underprivileged teens from 13-20 years old have the time of their lives. This prom is an opportunity for participants to be able to completely be themselves, which is not always the case at their schools, homes, or even in their communities. An evening, that includes a sit-down dinner, silkscreen printing, dancing, and many other activities planned to give the teens a night they won’t ever forget!

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The Warhol Museum actively supports the LGBTQ community by having different events at the museum, such as, celebrating National Coming Out Day by having special tours offered every last Saturday of the month at three o’ clock. In 2014, Grace Marston who is one of the LGBTQ Youth Prom advisors created a tour called, the Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History tour. This tour takes you back in time to the legends romantic relationships and queer identity during the gay rights movement in America.

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

This event is generously supported by the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation and Philadelphia Dentistry’s very own, Dr. Ken Cirka to help change the lives of our youth to make a better future for everyone.

April 16, 2018
2 months ago

There are so many ways to give back to the community, especially when you live in the great city of Philadelphia. Philly Dentistry loves to stay connected with the community by giving back and volunteering whenever we can. Recently, some of our staff volunteered at the MANNA Organization which helps deliver nourishing, healthy meals to those battling life-threatening illnesses.

History of MANNA
In 1990, MANNA was founded with a mission to help relief people battling with the terrible disease of AIDS. Often times, people dealing with this awful disease had no where to go because of the stigma that went along with AIDS. When there was nowhere else to go they could always count on the love, care, and nourishing meals that went along with MANNA. In 1997, MANNA wanted to help more people fighting critical illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and cardiac disease so it moved to a 10,000 square foot office with a commercial kitchen. In 2008, MANNA received a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a $500,000 check from Steven Korman who is a philanthropist and business leader, and other gifts and donations from the community of Philadelphia. Today, MANNA is generating three meals a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year in its state-of-the-art facility located on 20th Street in Philadelphia. They now have a staff of more than 30, along with a full commercial kitchen and a convoy of trucks to deliver nourishing food to people battling serious illnesses in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Volunteering at MANNA
When you first arrive at MANNA you are welcomed right away with a smile and taken back to watch an introduction video about the history and mission of MANNA. After watching the video, you then go to the kitchen where the MANNA staff explains to your group who is responsible for each specific duty. The duties include, each person placing a different food into their designated space on the plate and then moving it along the line to the next person to place more food, and so on, until it is sealed shut and stacked to be transported to the trucks to be delivered to patients. Our team at Philly Dentistry helped to make over a thousand meals for MANNA. Each year MANNA has over 4,200 volunteers who donate over 40,000 hours to help those in need and get the nourishment they deserve.

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How to get Involved?
There are different ways to get involved with MANNA either if it’s with a group or individually. To get all the information you need or to answer any questions you may have you can visit http://www.mannapa.org/volunteeratmanna/ call at 215-496-2662 ext. 100 or email at volunteers@mannapa.org and be part of the “MANNA Miracle” and help those in need.

April 2, 2018
3 months ago

If you haven’t heard of the new way of straightening your teeth rather than traditional braces, then you need to hear about Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are designed to straighten your teeth like conventional orthodontics, without the metal brackets and wires. Philadelphia Dentistry develops the aligners from the X-rays, scans, photographs, and an evaluation of your bite. The number of aligners and the length of time are determined by the treatment plan developed specifically for you. In only several months you can have straight, white teeth! Invisalign is the newest and easiest way to straighten your teeth in the shortest amount of time. Sounds great, right? Now, you’re probably thinking how does this all work and what should I expect?

What to expect during your Invisalign appointments?

Records Appointment- This record appointment will last about 50 minutes and you will have a detailed scan of your teeth and photographs will be taken. If you do not have a current full mouth x-ray on file we will need to take a new one. Your next appointment will be in approximately 3 weeks. We will wait to schedule this appointment once we know when your case will be delivered back to our office.

First Appointment: You will receive the final instructions about the wear and care of your aligners. This appointment will last about 60 minutes and you will then place your first set of aligners and we will teach you how to insert and remove them properly. At this appointment we will also be placing tooth-colored attachments on your teeth and begin to perform any IPR (inter-proximal reduction) this is also known as slimming or slenderizing which will be discussed at your first records/ consultation appointment.

Monitoring Visits: These visits will happen every 6-8 weeks and last about 20-30 minutes to receive your next set of aligners. You will need to come with the current aligner set in your mouth. Our doctors at Philadelphia Dentistry will make sure your teeth are tracking and moving as they should in the aligners. Any IPR (slenderizing) needed will be done and new aligners will be placed. The number of monitoring appointments depends on the number of aligner sets that have been prescribed for your specific treatment plan.

E68CB3C7-E721-4B2C-90A4-55188ABC6FA3_pub_thTreatment Progress- This is the most important step for success of your Invisalign treatment. It is imperative that you wear the aligners as instructed. Invisalign only works when you are wearing them. It is recommended that aligners are worn at a minimum of 22 hours per day, without exception. The only time the aligners should be taken out of your mouth is when you are eating and drinking, brushing and flossing, or cleaning the aligners. You need to wear each aligner for a minimum of two weeks, or as directed by our Philly Dentistry doctors. If you notice that your current aligner is loose and no longer moving your teeth don’t be worried, it may take longer for the roots to catch up with the crown of the tooth. If you miss some days for any reason just pick up where you left off and wear your aligners for a full 14 days minimum along with calling our office to give us an update.

Insertion and Removal- Each aligner is stamped with a letter and a number. For example, U for upper and L for lower. These numbers correspond to the number of the aligners in sequence. It is important to make sure you have the proper aligner in the proper number sequence as marked on each aligner. When inserting your aligners gently push over your front teeth. After, apply some pressure to the tops of the left and right molars until they snap into place. DO NOT bite your aligners into place. Make sure each aligner is all the way down and there is not any space between the edge of the tooth and the edge of the aligner. If the aligner is not fully in place your teeth will not move properly and the next aligner will be even further off. This can waste weeks of treatment and could cause you to start your treatment over with possible extra fees.
To remove the aligners, first pull off equally on both sides of the back teeth, and then gently lift off of the front teeth. After removing rinse, the aligners with cold water and store in the proper container. To prevent any damage to your aligners, avoid unnecessary removal and do not use sharp objects to remove your aligners.

invisalignRetainers- Once treatment is complete, we will order your retainers. You will wear your retainers full time, like your Invisalign aligners for 6 weeks. After this time the retainers are then worn at night only. By wearing this every night your teeth will remain straight. Our doctors at Philly Dentistry recommend this, but most patients choose to wear retainers nightly for 9 months. Then after 9 months, 2 nights a week to maintain the position of the teeth. There is a chance without retainer use that your teeth can move out of place again.
Eventually, your retainers will wear out, which will result in them losing their ability to function properly, allowing your teeth to shift. You will need to replace your retainers when this occurs. The first set of retainers is included with your Invisalign fee and should last about 1-4 years. We recommend you bring your retainers with you at each cleaning appointment for us to evaluate and clean them at no charge. If you feel your teeth are shifting at all, call us so we can evaluate. New retainers will be made for you when necessary.

Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 to schedule your appointment to see if Invisalign is the best option for you and get that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted and deserve.

March 19, 2018
3 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.

March 5, 2018
4 months ago

If your teeth are weak, chipped, cracked, fractured, decayed, aged, discolored or misshaped then you are a perfect candidate for dental crowns. What exactly is a dental crown? Dental crowns are strong natural looking dental solutions that are used to seal a tooth after a root canal procedure. When your teeth are badly damaged you develop more of a risk for bacteria to travel through your mouth because chipped and cracked teeth create easy paths for plaque and harmful bacteria to move around. Do not wait if you are experiencing any oral health problems because the longer you wait the worse it will become and will result in either a root canal or even a tooth extraction.

The benefits of dental crowns are great, especially at Philadelphia Dentistry where our doctors use the latest advanced dental technology to create and bond dental crowns. The number one benefit of dental crowns and most importantly is to relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing from your damaged teeth by placing a crown on the tooth to protect it against any future damage and prevent any sensitivity.linda b. before and after

Many times, people assume getting dental crowns is a complex procedure that takes an immense amount of time. In fact, it is actually straightforward. Once the enamel of your teeth is clean and healthy one of our accomplished doctors will shape your tooth. This shaping of your tooth allows it to firmly hold the crown. After our doctors take an impression of the tooth it is then sent over to our trusted lab where expert technicians will create your custom crown. Once the crown is ready Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, or Dr. Jeon will place it over your tooth with the best bonding cement money can buy.

Dental crowns are custom made specifically for your smile. You’ll feel confident when your crown is made to the shape, color, fit, and size that matches your smile for an all-natural look. Another benefit is that dental crowns can enhance the appearance of your teeth. Since the crown actually goes over the tooth it can instantly fix problems such as, discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, fractures, crookedness, and much more. These problems can be fixed promptly and look 100% natural which is why some people tend to get crowns just for the appearance much like porcelain veneers.

With the proper care such as, brushing, flossing, and routine checkups and cleanings your dental crowns can last for decades, typically 10-20 years sometimes 30 years. The porcelain material that the crown is made of is extremely strong and durable and will protect your tooth from any future re-treatments.
If you are experiencing any type of discomfort in your oral health and think that a dental crown or crowns could be the right fit for you, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and if you’re a new patient you’ll receive a free consultation that includes an exam and cavity detection X-Rays.

February 19, 2018
4 months ago

You should be visiting the dentist on a regular basis every 6 months for checkups and cleanings, but if you haven’t been to the dentist in some time, here are 5 signs that you need to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

1. If your teeth are in any pain at all you should never ignore it. Whether it’s a toothache or tooth sensitivity this could be the first signs of a cavity. It is important to get this taken care of right away because it can result in a larger cavity causing more problems to your oral health and costing you more money in the long run.

2. Gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding should not be a normal occurrence in your oral hygiene and should be checked out by a dentist right away. This could be signs of periodontal disease. We know sometimes gum bleeding could be caused by aggressive brushing and if you think this may be the case you should still see a dentist just to make sure it’s not gum disease. If you notice a “pimple” like absence on your gums it is a dying nerve which could cause you extreme pain. Other times, it could be completely symptom free. So, if you see anything that looks like a “pimple” on your gums you need to see a dentist immediately.

3. If you notice hard, crusty deposits on the surface of your teeth that means you have tartar build up from not brushing or flossing as often as you should. By not visiting the dentist on a regular basis can cause tartar build up as well. The bacteria in your mouth builds up creating tartar which then is calcified to your teeth and could lead to future tooth loss. So, if you notice any tartar build up on your teeth, schedule a cleaning to get it taken care of right away.
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4. Do you notice you have bad breath even if you brush, floss, and use mouth wash? Well this could be a sign of something more serious, such as advance gum disease or even tooth infections. If that embarrassing odor or bad taste doesn’t go away you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can to get it checked out

5. When you wake up in the morning does your jaw hurt? This might be a sign that it’s time to come to Philadelphia Dentistry for an evaluation. The reason your jaw is hurting could be from teeth grinding during the night, temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, an abscessed tooth, or even a misaligned bite. If you are experiencing any of these signs please feel free to reach out to our dentistry to schedule an appointment. If you are a new patient your exam and cavity detection x-rays are on the house. So don’t hesitate if you are experiencing any of these 5 signs give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we’ll get you scheduled as soon as possible.

February 7, 2018
5 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.

  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 simple finance options, it makes Invisalign that much easier to get without putting a dent in your wallet.
  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!

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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.

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