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September 23, 2020
3 days ago

brushing teeth

Do you ever wonder about when it’s the right time to ditch your toothbrush? That is a very normal thought. We use them every day, twice a day to clean our mouths so it makes sense that they need to be replaced at some point in their life span. The American Dental Association says we need to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months. Let’s talk about some key signs that point to you needing to ditch your current toothbrush.

  1. Check out the bristles.

Take a look at the bristles’ part of your toothbrush. Are they crooked or bent? If the bristles aren’t straight, it’s time to toss it. When your bristles show too much wear and tear, it means it’s time to replace your toothbrush.

  1. Look even closer.

Check out the bristles even more. Do you see any debris at the bottom of the bristles? If there is debris living in the bottom of the toothbrush bristles then your toothbrush is dirty. At this point, it would need to be replaced.

  1. Any recent sickness?

If you have been sick recently, you need to replace your toothbrush. This makes total sense, but it is something people often forget to do. This is important to do to avoid reinfection and getting sick again.

  1. No touching!

Most households contain a toothbrush holder in the bathroom. This means that everyone’s toothbrush is placed in the holder. This is all fine and swell as it keeps the bathroom organized. However, do not let your toothbrush physically touch another toothbrush. This creates the opportunity for cross-contamination for bacteria. If your toothbrush is touching other toothbrushes, it’s time for a new one.

  1. Do you remember?

If you do not remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, then the odds are probably in favor of getting a new one. It is important to keep your toothbrush fresh so you are achieving the best at-home cleaning as possible.

In addition to keeping your toothbrush fresh, it is important to keep up with your dentist visits as well. At Philadelphia Dentistry, our team of smile professionals can keep your teeth top notch. In addition to cleanings and a plethora of other services, we value education. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how to optimize your dental care. To make an appointment with us, give us a call at (215) 568-6222 or email info@phillydentistry.com. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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September 13, 2020
2 weeks ago

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Feeling comfortable with your dentist is so important. You’re trusting someone to take care of your health, therefore you should always feel confident in your doctor. There are so many factors that go into choosing the right dentist. Luckily, there are action steps you can take that will help you along the process. Let’s go through some of the basics when choosing a good dentist.

  1. What are your needs?

When finding a good dentist, you need to consider what your dental needs are. Why are you going to the dentist? Do you need annual cleanings? Are you interested in cosmetic dentistry? Do you have a dental emergency? The reasons are endless, but you need to determine your wants and needs. This will allow you to focus on finding dental offices that specialize in exactly what you are looking for. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry, preventive dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We have all the bases covered!

  1. Ask people you trust for referrals.

Think about your friends, family, and co-workers. Who has a nice smile? The next time you are with them, ask them about their dentist. If they have all good things to say about their dental experiences, you are on the right track for finding your dentist. Our office offers “Care to Share” cards for all of our patients. These cards make it easy for our patients to share their experiences with us to all of their friends and family.

  1. Get a referral from your physician.

Ask your doctor or local pharmacist what dentist they would recommend. It is understood that these medical professionals have investigated all the dentists in the area. This means that they would be a good source for referrals.

  1. Check out online reviews.

Start by searching “dentists near me.” Once you do this, a huge list of dentists in the area will appear. Click on the review tabs and read through patient recommendations to hear about different experiences. This will help answer some questions you might have or even eliminate some potential offices off your list. Philadelphia Dentistry is rated 4.9 stars on Facebook, 4.8 stars on Google, 4 stars on Yelp. We take our patient’s reviews very seriously and always try to improve based on feedback.

  1. Surf their websites.

Checking out a dental office’s website will answer a lot of questions. Most websites include information about services, costs, insurance, etc. The best websites will even include video testimonials and before/after photos from real patients. Sometimes seeing the results of a dental office can help you make the best decision. You can see all of our results, information, and services here on our website. You can also check us out on social media @phillydentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

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September 3, 2020
3 weeks ago

veneers & whitening

Life is too short not to smile. So why wouldn’t you want to love your smile? During the entire month of September, take advantage of our awesome monthly special “Buy 6 Porcelain Veneers, and get FREE Air Pods!” Getting porcelain veneers is easier than you think. With only two visits to our office, you will be leaving with a perfect smile. As Philadelphia’s Premiere Dentists, we have done the highest amount of veneer procedures in the entire city. We’ve got you covered.

There are many benefits to getting veneers, but our favorite part about them is how easy the process is. If you have gapped, crooked, or stained teeth, veneers are the perfect fix. Veneers are also known for being strong. If you have weak teeth from damaged or old fillings, veneers can strengthen your teeth. Veneers are an almost instant makeover from your smile. You don’t have to wait months or years for results. All it takes is two visits!

So, what’s the catch? This all sounds too good to be true. There’s no catch. Porcelain veneers are fantastic and can last up to 25 years! With proper care, your veneers will stay looking perfect. They are so natural-looking and are resistant to chips and stains. Do you want to find out if veneers are right for you? Do you also want a FREE Air Pods? Contact us by calling (215) 568-6222 or email us at info@phillydentistry.com. We will set you up with FREE new patient consultation and let one of our awesome doctors see if you are a good candidate for veneers.

To stay connected, follow us on social media. We love staying social with our patients and social media is where we showcase our work and get to interact. Our Instagram handle is @phillydentistry, our Twitter handle is @DrKenCirkaDMD, and our Facebook handle is @PhiladelphiaDentistry. We look forward to connecting with you!

August 24, 2020
1 month ago

dental implant

Having missing teeth can create many problems. Your appearance, the ability to talk and chew, and dental and overall health are affected. Many people who have lost teeth wish to get new teeth that are visually appealing and comfortable. Another desire would be to have the security of fixed teeth. Dental implants make all of this possible. Within the past 30 years, dental implants have proven themselves to be an effective and reliable means for replacing missing teeth and securing a smile. Dental implants are a notable procedure that has improved the lives of many. In this article, we will dive into the many ways dental implants can enhance your life.

  1. Appearance

Dental implants will improve your appearance. When you have a missing tooth, a dental implant can fill in the missing spot flawlessly. They look and feel like your own teeth and they are designed to merge with bone so they become permanent.

  1. Speech

When missing a tooth, some people opt to get dentures. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can move around in the mouth causing you to mumble or slip up words. On the contrary, dental implants do not move in your mouth. Therefore, they allow you to speak without worrying about your teeth moving around.

  1. Eating

Similar to speech, sliding dentures can affect eating. All in all, the movement of dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, so you can eat normally without restraint or pain.

  1. Comfort

Unlike dentures, your dental implants become a part of your mouth. Since they become apart of you, you don’t even feel them or realize they are there. They provide full comfort so you can go about your daily life.

  1. Self-esteem

Dental implants give you back your smile. There’s no inconvenience or embarrassing moments taking out a denture. No one will even know you had dental work done. When you have a healthy smile, you feel better about yourself.

  1. Health

Unlike other dental procedures, dental implants do not require shaving other teeth. This leaves more of your own teeth intact, which ultimately improves your long-term oral health.

We are here to help you get healthy. Please contact us for any information when deciding about dental implants. You can call us at (215) 568-6222, email us at info@phillydentistry.com, or follow us on social media! Our social media handles are Instagram @phillydentistry, Twitter @DrKenCirkaDMD, and Facebook @PhiladelphiaDentistry. Thank you for reading!

August 14, 2020
1 month ago

Not everyone is born with a perfect smile. We see all over the media celebrities who appear flawless. These celebrities seem to have it all, but that is far from the truth. It wasn’t until their dentists came and saved their teeth that they looked picture perfect. So, with the help of the right dentist, this means that you can have the same perfect smile that these celebrities have too. In this article, we will be diving into a list of celebrities who have gotten veneers. Some of these before and after comparisons will shock you!

  1. Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise is known for being handsome and having a perfect smile. He was one of the first people in the industry to undergo cosmetic dentistry and get veneers. To get a spot in Hollywood movies, he had to fix his teeth!

2. Nicholas Cage

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Adding to the list of Hollywood celebs with perfect smiles, we have Nicholas Cage. Nicholas Cage is a leading actor in Hollywood and has struggled with dental issues for some time. He had two teeth pulled many years ago as part of his role in “Birdy”, the 1984 film. After the film, he knew he needed a smile makeover. Eventually, Mr. Cage fixed his smile with a set of veneers.

3. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus is most famous for her role on Disney channel’s Hannah Montana. During her teen years, she suffered from crooked teeth. After her Disney career ended, the actress/singer decided to turn to cosmetic dentistry. Her veneers look awesome!

4. Zac Efron

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Zac Efron is an American heartthrob. Similar to Miley, Zac’s career originally blew up on Disney channel. He played a leading role as Troy, on high School Musical. As a teen, you can see, he suffered from gapped and uneven teeth. Veneers transformed his childhood smile, into a picture-perfect smile!

5. Niall Horan

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Niall Horan first won our hearts on the X-Factor. Back then, Niall was a teen and had crooked and misaligned teeth. At one point he even wore braces. Eventually, he decided to undergo cosmetic dentistry and get veneers. Ever since his smile has won more hearts!

The days of not being satisfied with your smile are over. Give us a call for a consultation with us at Philly Dentistry and see a computerized presentation for porcelain veneers. These celebrities have perfect smiles, and so can you! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (we post cool stuff!) at @phillydentistry.

August 4, 2020
2 months ago

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During the whole month of August, come in and take advantage of our $100 off Zoom teeth whitening special! Zoom is a very popular whitening service at our Philadelphia office. The treatment is used by professionals all around the world to whiten the discoloration in patient’s teeth. You may be experiencing some tooth discoloration from drinking coffee, soda, red wine, or from smoking. Also, as you get older, your teeth can naturally become darker with time. Zoom’s 1-hour whitening treatment can help with all of these concerns.

Anytime a patient wants to get a whitening treatment done, it is important to have a teeth cleaning before the treatment. Your cleaning will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy for the whitening. When you first arrive at your appointment, you will be escorted to one of our treatment rooms. Once you are settled, one of our dentists will give you an exam. After the exam is completed, the whitening procedure can take place.

Zoom whitening treatment starts by prepping your mouth. Your lips and gums will be covered, leaving only your teeth exposed for the treatment. Once your mouth is prepped, one of our dentists or dental assistants will apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel on your teeth. This works best when we turn on our Zoom light, which hits your teeth and removes any stains or discolorations you may have. The Zoom gel and light will remain on your teeth for three 15-minute intervals. All in all, your treatment will take 45 minutes. While you are waiting for your teeth to become white, you get to relax. Take this time to sit back, listen to music, and chill out – You deserve it! As soon as we are finished, a sensitivity gel will be applied to your teeth to ensure you don’t experience any sensitivity after your treatment.

You will also receive complimentary whitening trays to take home with you to touch up your smile. You will be given instructions for how those work so even when you leave our office, you will be under our care at home as well! Before you leave, don’t forget to book your next appointment with us. It is important to stay up to date with your dentist visits to have the best results with your treatment.

The Zoom whitening treatment usually costs $597, but during the whole month of August subtract $100 from that original cost! We want to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 and make an appointment for your FREE new patient consultation to see if Zoom is right for you. To stay connected follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. (We post cool stuff!)

 

July 25, 2020
2 months ago

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Everyone is unique in the sense that we all have different styles and features. Whether we realize it or not, we make efforts to flatter ourselves. Haircuts can be cut to frame our face. Makeup can be used to contour our bone structure. We dress to complement our body’s curves. It’s human nature to desire being seen in the best light. These fashion/beauty tricks are as old as your great-grandmother’s grandmother, yet they are still relevant across the world. With all these tricks in mind, does it make you wonder if your smile complements your facial features?

If you are, then keep reading. When considering cosmetic dentistry, there are key factors to keep in mind. For instance, if you have a round face, you know that long layered hairstyles look best on you. Smiles have similar guidelines. If your face is smaller, it wouldn’t be flattering to get long, square-shaped veneers. That style can come off as too dominant and could throw off your facial proportions. If your face is round, you should go for those longer veneers, as they would create a slimming effect to your face. If your face is thin, you want to create a broader smile effect. You would avoid thin, long teeth, as they will only make your face look longer and thinner. Lastly, if your face is square-shaped, rounded teeth will help soften your smile.

Designing your smile is based on your personal preferences and what you want others to see. “When I sit down with a patient interested in cosmetic dentistry, I always ask them what their smile goals are,” Dr. Evan Ridge explained. Our doctors want the very best for our patients and for them to be 100% satisfied. That is why we value our patient’s wants and needs. With the help of our amazing doctors, we can transform your ‘OK’ smile into your dream smile.

July 15, 2020
2 months ago

It’s no secret that coffee means a lot to people. For some, having a morning coffee is the most important part of the day. The smells, warmth, and tastes that coffee releases are incomparable. I think it’s appropriate to say that most people value coffee as a necessity. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but coffee comes with a price. Teeth stains are the worst. The delicious drink can cause yellowing discolorations, so it is important to know how to prevent that. We are here to tell you that you can still enjoy your favorite drink AND keep your teeth healthy. Here are some ways you can prevent coffee from staining your smile.

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Brush your teeth

The ultimate way to protect your teeth against staining is to brush them immediately after drinking your coffee. Brushing your teeth is something we all should do twice a day anyway. Therefore, scheduling your brush time after your cup of coffee kills two birds with one stone. The immediate brushing will eliminate any time for the coffee to leave permanent stains.

Rinse your mouth

The next best thing you can do to fight back against coffee stains is to rinse your mouth. We get it, you don’t carry your toothbrush with you everywhere. So, if you don’t have your toothbrush, grab some water and swoosh away! Doing this is super easy and can make a huge difference in your teeth color shade.

Use a Straw

One of the most popular ways to avoid direct coffee-to-teeth contact is to use a straw. This is useful because the barrier that the straw provides helps prevent possible staining. Most coffee shops provide straws, so if your stopping at Dunkin Donuts, they’ve got you covered.

Floss

Flossing is something you should be doing once a day. It’s more important than you think. Flossing is done to get rid of the debris that is hidden between our teeth. There could be stains hiding between your teeth that you don’t even realize. Therefore, flossing after drinking your cup of joe can get rid of sneaky stains.

Creamer is not helping

Some might assume that staining occurs when the coffee is black. It would make sense that the darker your drink, the higher chance for staining. However, this is not true. By adding more creamer and sugar, you are only creating a bigger problem for your mouth. The more additives there are, the more plaque buildup there is, which leads to more staining. Drink your coffee and creamer in moderation!

Visit your dentist

Keep up with visiting your dentist twice a year. This is very important for oral health, but for stains in particular. Dentists are smile professionals. Therefore, they know how to clean your teeth properly and give the best oral hygiene advice. If you’re having teeth discoloration concerns, your dentist is the best person to talk to. At Philadelphia Dentistry, your dentist would see if you would be interested in a smile makeover, porcelain veneers, or a ZOOM! whitening treatment. We are here to keep you happy and healthy!

No sipping

We aren’t saying you should be drinking your coffee like a tequila shot (that would probably burn), but you shouldn’t be sipping on it all day either. Drinking your coffee in one sitting ensures that your coffee isn’t staining your teeth all day. Dilly-dallying while drinking your coffee only prolongs the opportunity for stains to settle in.

Look into treatments

So, as we said previously, your dentist is the best person to get advice from. Taking the time to visit your dentist and talk about smile concerns is the only way treatments can be done. Cosmetic dentistry might be something you would be interested in if you want whiter teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can take your smile from ‘OK’ to ‘WOW!!’ Check out our site on cosmetic dentistry to learn about all of the treatments we provide.

We hope you take our coffee drinking tips into consideration next time you stop for a coffee. To learn more about oral health, continue scrolling through our blog. To connect with us, follow us on Instagram @phillydentistry, Twitter @DrKenCirkaDMD, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook @PhiladelphiaDentistry.

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July 5, 2020
3 months ago

During the entire month of July, we are having an Invisalign special! The special includes $500 OFF an Invisalign treatment and a FREE teeth whitening kit. Invisalign is the easiest and quickest way to move teeth, without the inconvenience of braces. Why would you want rubber bands and wires in your mouth, when you can have invisible braces? These invisible braces are made with clear, snap on-snap off, plastic aligners. With this design format, the aligners are not noticeable, unlike metal braces. They also allow you to continue enjoying whatever food and drinks you like, due to the snap on-snap off feature. Invisalign is a fast and comfortable way to straighten your teeth. Ultimately, Invisalign will keep your smile cleaner, healthier, and whiter.

What to Expect?

When you first come to our office you will be given a free iTero Invisalign scan. This scan shows us what your smile will look like after a completed Invisalign treatment plan. Once you decide that Invisalign is right for you is when we will start your treatment plan.

How fast is fast?

The entire length of the treatment is a case by case basis. It all depends on the severity of the case and how consistent you are with wearing the aligners. Invisalign patients must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. This means you can take the aligners off when you are eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. After that, snap them back on! With that in mind, on average, a common patient can expect their treatment plan to last about a year.

The aftermath?

When you are finished with your Invisalign treatment and your teeth look perfect, it will be time to celebrate! Your doctor will meet with you to complete another scan (similar to your first visit.) Once the scan is completed, your doctor will make a clear, removable retainer for you to wear at nighttime only. This nighttime retainer will ensure that your teeth stay perfect.

Why wait?

The best thing about Invisalign is that you are in control. The more compliant you are about wearing your aligners, the faster your treatment will be complete. Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 and come in for a free new patient consultation. When you call, mention to our new patient coordinator that you would like to receive a free iTero Invisalign scan. This will allow you to see for yourself the potential outcome of your new smile.

Want more?

We love to be social with our patients. To stay connected with us, you can follow us on social media. Follow us on Instagram @phillydentistry, Twitter @DrKenCirkaDMD, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook @PhiladelphiaDentistry.

 

 

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June 25, 2020
3 months ago

Do you find yourself constantly smirking in photos because you don’t want to show your teeth? Are you not 100% happy with what you see in the mirror? You might be a good candidate for a Smile Makeover. What is a Smile Makeover? A Smile Makeover is a dental procedure that works to give you a healthier and more attractive smile. Say goodbye to all of your dental insecurities.

What’s so important about a smile?

Naturally, every human feels a sensation of positivity when they see others around them smile. Smiles make us feel comfortable. Smiling can also boost our own health. Studies show that simply smiling can boost moods, lower stress, and possibly prolong your life. Therefore, smiles are good for everyone!

What exactly do Smile Makeovers fix?

Smile Makeovers fix aesthetic issues and function issues. For instance, if your teeth are dull, chipped, worn, oddly shaped, or cracked, a smile makeover can fix that. Those are all aesthetic issues that can cause low confidence. You shouldn’t let your insecurities get the best of you though, especially when there are ways to fight back. If you are experiencing pain, tooth loss, decay, or infection, a smile makeover can fix that too. There is no reason anyone shouldn’t be able to go about daily tasks without any pain or issues. That’s where a smile makeover can come to the rescue.

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Gain back your confidence.

Having problems with your teeth is the worst, especially if you are feeling discomfort. It’s time to stop overthinking pictures. The days of low self-confidence are over. It is now your time to take control and become confident again.

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