Porcelain Dental Veneers: How to Get an Award Winning Smile

Porcelain dental veneers are an incredible tool in cosmetic dentistry. These ultra-thin, ultra-strong pieces of porcelain are shaped to fit over the top of your own teeth permanently and create a beautiful, natural looking smile that will change your life. Porcelain veneers work well when teeth are chipped, irregularly shaped, or discolored. Veneers can also work great with patients that have gaps in between their teeth. One of the most incredible parts of having veneers done is that they only take two visits. On the first visit the dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth, removing approximately one millimeter … Read more…

Are Dental Implants the Right Solution for Me?

If you are missing teeth, one of the best options for replacing them today is with dental implants. A dental implant is a “man-made root” that is placed into the jaw bone and sits where the roots of the tooth normally would. Yes, it may sound strange or even painful; however, the jaw bone has less nerve endings than the tooth itself and we find patients normally experience much less sensitivity than they expect. Dental implants are a great way to replace teeth because they provide a long-term solution and can last a lifetime. Based on your health history, you … Read more…

5 Ways Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger

A big secret to how to look younger is in your teeth. Looking beautiful is often associated with looking younger and the teeth play a big part in this. Studies show that a smile is the first thing people notice about you. Working with your dentist to either preserve your natural teeth or enhance them is a great place to start in looking younger and being healthier. Prevention is an important part in staying healthy. It is important to brush twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. While prevention is a key role, it … Read more…

Cosmetic Dentistry Explained

Cosmetic dentistry is getting more popular than ever.  A beautiful smile is recognized as an asset to health and success and is important to most people.  Please know that while the American Dental Association does not classify cosmetic dentistry as a specialty of training, cosmetic dentists spend thousands of hours training in the art and through education and experience become extremely skilled and well regarded in this field of dentistry. The difference between cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry is that the procedures done are entirely elected for and approved by the patient. Patients must be well informed and ask questions such … Read more…

Fixing a Gummy Smile – What are my options?

Patients often ask if veneers or braces are the right option for them to correct a “gummy smile.” When you come into our office for an free initial consultation, Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier will evaluate your smile and see how to best achieve perfection.  “Actually there are several options and considerations that we dentists have to take into consideration to fix this problem,” Dr. Cirka says. Many times when we evaluate patients a main concern is their “gummy smile.” They may feel that their teeth appear small or their gums show too much when they laugh. There is … Read more…

8 Tips for Keeping Your Smile Bright

Patients often come into the office looking for the best way to whiten their teeth. Surprisingly, the solution to whiten is not always the same for each patient! There are several different methods for whitening the teeth. Detailed below are 8 different options that may be the right solution for you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile 1) Dental Cleaning The first place to start is at your dentist’s office. A dental cleaning is a great way to remove surface stains and the polishing that is performed by the dental hygienist will brighten up the enamel as well as make … Read more…

Dental Contouring and Reshaping

Do you have something minor about your smile that’s been bothering you?  Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, can be your solution!  “Even slight subtle changes we make can result in dramatic results” says Philadelphia Dentist Dr. Jessica Meier. Dental-ReshapingProblems in your smile such as chips or misshaped teeth can be improved through simple procedures that do not even require  anesthesia. 

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Altering the Look of Your Smile Through Bonding

A practical solution for fixing chipped, broken or stained teeth can be dental bonding.

What is bonding?

Dental Bonding (materials bonded to tooth) is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where tooth colored material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, polished and hardened.  bondingDental bonding is an easy solution for smaller cosmetic procedures and is also used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities due to the appearance.  “Dental bonding makes huge changes for our patients,” Philadelphia dentist Dr. Ken Cirka says.  “From chipped teeth to white spots, an easy inexpensive fix may be bonding.”

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Dental Implant Procedures: What More You Need to Know

Missing teeth can make you feel self conscious when meeting new people, talking in front of large groups and even eating.  In addition to feeling self conscious, oral health problems can arise as well.  Not to worry, here at Philadelphia Dentistry we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures to aid the appearance of missing teeth such as dental implants.

implantDental Implants are artificial tooth “roots” that are surgically placed in your mouth made from metallic and ceramic materials suitable for your jaw and help support crowns, bridges and even dentures.  “This procedure for patients has come a long way over the years” says Dr. Cirka.  “In just three visits a few months apart, you can have a beautiful, natural- looking tooth.”

What are some advantages of implants?

Over the years implants have become more and more popular.  Currently there are more than 5.5 million implant procedures done annually in the US.   Here’s why they have become so popular:

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