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December 9, 2019
6 days 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.

December 2, 2019
2 weeks ago

Sensitive teeth is not fun to deal with and can make it difficult for you to eat and drink. When you have sensitive teeth, you can experience sharp tooth pain that is sudden and temporary. The pain typically occurs when your teeth are exposed to hot, cold, acidic or sweet foods and drinks. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth continue to read on for some solutions when dealing with sensitivity.

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First, here are a few reasons why your teeth may be sensitive. If you have recently had your teeth whitened this could be the cause of your sensitivity. Most people want to whiten their teeth so they can remove stains to achieve a brighter whiter smile. Many people don’t realize when they whiten their teeth this can be the cause of their tooth sensitivity. The main ingredient in many teeth whitening treatments is peroxide which can irritate the tooth nerve.
Another reason for sensitive teeth can be from brushing your teeth too hard. By brushing too hard you can wear down your tooth enamel which will cause the dentin to become unprotected. Brushing too hard can also make your gums recess and the roots exposed. This is why our dentists recommend that you use soft-bristles when you brush.

Not flossing at least once a day can cause your teeth to become sensitive as well. Just like brushing twice a day you also need to floss once a day. This prevents any plaque buildup on your teeth which will reduce your chances of gum disease, tooth sensitivity and receding gums.

Most people grind and clench their teeth during the day or while they sleep. This is mostly caused by stress related issues that you’re dealing with in your every day life. You may not even know you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night, but if you’re waking up with a sore jaw or headache chances are you are grinding and clenching. By grinding or clenching you are wearing down your teeth which can even cause them to chip or crack. This also causes damage to your tooth’s enamel which will make your teeth more sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods and drinks.

Your diet can also play a big role in your tooth sensitivity. If you are a regular acidic drink and food consumer this can cause your enamel to wear down. This will increase your chances of tooth sensitivity. Now to the best part, solutions to tooth sensitivity. Chances are if you’re reading this then you have sensitive teeth. Here are some solutions to help you out with any discomfort.

Our dentists might recommend dental sealants as one of the solutions to your sensitive teeth. Dental sealants are a thin resin coating that your dentist can paint onto your teeth to help with your sensitivity. Remember that it’s important to know that dental sealants are a temporary solution for your sensitive teeth and will wear off eventually.

If you are a grinder or clincher this solution is for you. A night guard will protect your teeth from grinding and clenching against each other and will reduce your tooth sensitivity. Not only will a night guard reduce your tooth sensitivity it will also decrease any headaches or jaw pain you are experiencing when you wake up.

Another option our dentist and hygienist might recommend for you is a fluoride varnish. This fluoride varnish or gel is extremely concentrated fluoride. We will apply this to your teeth to help reduce any pain or discomfort from your sensitivity and it can also help to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
If your teeth are sensitive because the roots are exposed then our dentists might recommend using a bonding agent to cover the roots surface. For this type of sensitivity our dentist will apply the bonding agent over the exposed part of the root to cover the exposure and to help reduce any pain.

If all of the above options do not work for you then our dentists might recommend that you need a root canal. During your root canal our dentists will remove the soft nerve tissues inside your tooth that’s causing your pain. Now that you know some of the common causes and solutions for treating tooth sensitivity it’s important to talk to your dentist about any concerns you may be dealing with so they can address the problem before it worsens. Give us a call today to schedule a free new patient consultation and let us help you get out of any pain 215-568-6222. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or if you want to send us a message on social media feel free as well @PhillyDentistry thanks for reading!

November 25, 2019
3 weeks ago

We all know that brushing twice a day and flossing once a day helps fight against cavities, but there are other tips that you can do to help protect your teeth and gums even more. Brushing and flossing effectively removes plaque, bacteria which makes your gums stay healthy. Dentistry has come a long way and now we know more ways to help prevent cavities. Check out some tips below on how to help prevent cavities.

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1. Fluoride. As a kid growing up, I remember my elementary school teacher giving us fluoride tablets every day. I never knew what they were for, but I liked eating them. Fluoride is great in strengthening the enamel and root surfaces of the teeth to make them stronger. Although, most toothpaste now a days has fluoride in it and there is also, depending on where you live fluoride in the water. Our hygienists recommend a fluoride varnish treatment at least twice a year to help protect against cavities. A fluoride varnish is a higher concentration of fluoride that helps prevent cavities by making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars in your mouth. If you’re someone who has a higher decay rate and gets cavities more often then we will recommend a prescription fluoride toothpaste that can be used daily when brushing.

2. Baking soda. Brushing with baking soda helps neutralize the acid and bacteria in your mouth. Baking soda is one of the least abrasive things you can brush with. It’s also a natural tooth whitener and will keep your breath much fresher! It’s simple, all you need to do is just wet your toothbrush, place some toothpaste on your toothbrush, put some baking soda on it and finally brush for two minutes.

3. Xylitol. Xylitol is a fancy word for sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener which can be found in many forms, such as gum or candy. Xylitol can help stimulate saliva and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth that is causes you to get cavities.

4. Brushing and flossing. Yes, everyone knows this, but it’s the most important. This helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. By brushing twice, a day and flossing once a day will help remove any plaque buildup or bacteria that can cause cavities. If you need some trick and tips about flossing check out our hygienist, Rachel explain the importance of flossing in this video here.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in quite some time it’s time to give Philly Dentistry a call for all your dental needs. We are a general and cosmetic dentistry so if you just want your normal cleaning and check-ups or if you want a brand new smile with porcelain veneers, we have your back for everything! 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on social media @phillydentistry.

November 18, 2019
4 weeks 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
1 month 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.

November 4, 2019
1 month ago

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing is the best way to help fight against any cavities and to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Everyone knows this, but not everyone follows these simple rules. These 2 rules have been around for a long time, but as dentistry advanced so did different ways of fighting against cavities. Here are some tips of ways you can help prevent cavities.

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1. Brushing your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda helps defuse the acid that is in your mouth. Baking soda is great to brush with because not only will it help you fight against any cavities it’s also a natural tooth whitener that will keep your breath smelling fresh. It’s very simple to use as well, all you need to do is wet your toothbrush, place a pea size amount of toothpaste on and then dip your toothbrush in some baking soda and then brush for 2 minutes.

2. Using fluoride is great for your teeth because it strengthens the enamel and roots of your teeth to make them stronger. Most toothpaste nowadays has fluoride in and depending on where you live there is fluoride in the water you’re drinking. At Philly Dentistry we recommend that we use a fluoride varnish treatment on you at least two times a year. This will help prevent cavities by making your teeth more resistant to acidic food and drinks.

3. Xylitol. Sounds fancy, but is just a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener and can be found in many forms such as gum or candy. Xylitol helps stimulate saliva which will inhibit the growth of bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities. A warning about Xylitol is that is can cause an upset stomach so we recommend 5 grams a day.

4. Finally, the most obvious tip is to brush and floss daily. This helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums for life, by removing the plaque and bacteria that gets stuck from eating. By not brushing and flossing you’re allowing that food to sit on your teeth all day which becomes harder and harder to remove and will eventually turn into cavities. This is why it’s so important to brush and floss. Brushing an hour after you eat each meal will help ensure that you are getting rid of any of that harmful bacteria and that it’s not sitting on your teeth all day. It’s also important to not brush right away after a meal because that can cause damage to your tooth’s enamel so our dentists recommend an hour after eating. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and we can help you set up an appointment so you can achieve a happier and healthier mouth.

October 28, 2019
2 months ago

Gum disease is also known as periodontists or periodontal disease and is very common with adults. You may be wondering now what is it? How do I get it? And is it preventable?

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Gum disease is formed when plaque isn’t removed from brushing, flossing or seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and check-ups. Bacteria in plaque produce toxins that can infect gum tissue which causes redness, irritation and bleeding. As gum disease worsens your gums will pull away from your teeth which creates pockets. Over time, these pockets can become deeper and when they become deeper, they fill with bacteria and toxins which then destroys gum tissue and bone. This most likely will result in tooth loss.

The initial stages of gum disease can be painless. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist regularly because you can have gum disease and not even know it. By visiting your dentist on a regular basis, they will be able to catch any early signs of gum disease and be able to treat it right away so it doesn’t worsen. Early gum disease can be treated by our amazing team of hygienists. At Philly Dentistry we call it a deep cleaning which involves scaling and root planning that will remove the buildup and bacteria below the gum line to begin the healing process. After this treatment the gum disease can be kept in check by brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with our Philly Dentistry team.

Some causes of gum disease can be from poor oral hygiene by not brushing or flossing daily. Smoking tobacco regularly, hormonal changes, illnesses, medications, family history and even stress can all cause gum disease. The symptoms of gum disease are:

*Redness
*Swelling
*Tenderness
*Bleeding
*Recession
*Painful chewing
*Deep pockets between teeth and gums
*Loose or shifting teeth

Studies suggest that gum disease could be connected to inflammatory conditions such as, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Kidney Disease and some forms of cancer. Ways to prevent this disease are to brush and floss daily, visit your dentist regularly, reduce the stress in your life, eat a well-balanced nutritious diet and finally stop smoking. Regular cleanings and checkups by our dental team are extremely important to keep your gums healthy. So, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us an email info@phillydentistry.com to get scheduled for your routine cleaning and check-up. While you’re at it give us a follow us on Instagram @PhillyDentistry and don’t forget to brush and floss daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

October 22, 2019
2 months ago

Are you grinding or clenching your teeth when you sleep? Most people don’t know that they’re doing it until they wake up with a sore jaw or headache. Nearly, 70 percent of people grind or clench their teeth from some type of stress or anxiety in their life. Grinding or clenching your teeth is also known as Bruxism and symptoms can include headaches, muscle aches, TMJ or temporomandibular joint discomfort, stiffness of your shoulders and neck, and sleep disorders.

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Stress and anxiety are just two causes of grinding your teeth, but some other causes that you may not have been aware of are smoking, drinking heavy amounts of alcohol, caffeine, and depression. Although, there is little evidence to directly backup any of these causes, the Bruxism Association categorizes these as all possible causes of teeth grinding and clenching. When not treated these causes can damage and eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.

Luckily, for the 70 percent of people that grind and clench Philadelphia Dentistry offers a custom made night guard that protects your teeth from grinding and clenching. A night guard is custom made to fit perfectly on the top of your teeth so your teeth don’t grind or clench with the bottom teeth. By wearing your night guard you will reduce the chances of your teeth falling out from damage. Also any symptoms you may be having due to grinding will be drastically reduced or even completely disappear from wearing your night guard when you sleep.

If wearing a night guard is not the right choice for you, there are other options to consider reducing stress and anxiety. One way is to practice relaxation techniques before going to bed. These relaxation techniques such as, meditation and psychoanalysis can help you manage your stress levels. Even hypnosis is used to stop clenching and grinding and has been found to have positive long term effects. People often use a combination of these relaxation techniques to put an end to teeth grinding.

If you are experiencing any of these problems and you think you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night, schedule a free new patient consultation with Philly Dentistry. You’ll have the best dentists in Philadelphia give you an evaluation and get you back to being happy and healthy for life! Call us today at 215-568-6222.

October 14, 2019
2 months ago

October is the month for pink! During the month of October, you will notice everywhere someone is wearing pink whether it be a football player or even a politician, pink is the color for breast cancer awareness during the whole month of October. It all started in 1985 when it was founded that October will be the designated month to increase awareness about this terrible deadly disease. You’re probably wondering how good oral hygiene can help reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. Good oral health matters to your overall health.

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Studies have shown that there is a link between breast cancer and your dental health. In fact, someone who has poor oral hygiene or gum disease is eleven more times likely to develop breast cancer! The good news is that you have total control of your oral health habits. With great oral hygiene routines, you and your dentist at Philly Dentistry can monitor and reduce any chances of getting periodontal disease or gum disease and any other health-related issues. Examples of great oral health routines are brushing your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist regularly for your cleanings and checkups.

Luckily, this terrible disease is on the decline, it’s important to use the month of October to educate your friends and family about how they can reduce the risk of developing this awful disease. It’s important to catch this early so make sure you are being checked regularly for this because early detective could save your life.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule a free new patient consultation with one of our great doctors. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or send us a message on social media @PhillyDentistry thanks for reading and don’t forget to wear pink this month!

October 8, 2019
2 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.

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