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What is Invisalign?

August 17, 2017

woman with beautiful smile after InvisalignHave you ever looked at your smile in the mirror and grimaced at the unevenly spaced, crooked teeth? Do you wish you’d had the opportunity to straighten your smile as a teen, but don’t want to dedicate months or years to straightening your smile with metal wires and brackets as an adult? Need a safe, effective orthodontic solution for a teen who’s too busy with sports, school, and other activities to make regular orthodontic visits? Then you definitely need to learn more about Invisalign. This innovative orthodontic treatment allows your general dentist to quickly, comfortably, and clearly straighten teeth in less time, with fewer visits, and without a mouth full of metal.

Some Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

May 26, 2015

Chipped, broken, or missing teeth can make anyone self-conscious. Accidents can happen. One moment you are surfing on your skateboard, and the next thing you know, you are on the ground. You hit something and knocked one of your teeth out. Do not let accidents take away your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is common, and it can fix a range of oral problems that can make smiling awkward. Let us see some very common procedures that cosmetic dentists are proficient at performing. (more…)

Finding Good Cosmetic Dentists in Pennsylvania

March 3, 2015

A good cosmetic dentist in Pennsylvania can fix your smile, make it beautiful through different techniques and procedures. Finding a good cosmetic dentist in Pennsylvania, however, can be a daunting task. How will you choose the right dentist who can take care of your smile in the most professional manner? Here are certain factors to take into account while looking for a good cosmetic dentist in Pennsylvania.

Consider the number of years of experience the dentist has had

It is always a good decision to avail the services of a reputable cosmetic dentist in Pennsylvania who has had many years of experience with performing different types of cosmetic dental procedures. A dentist who has considerable experience will be able to give you the best suggestions and treatments.

Get references

When looking for a cosmetic dentist in Pennsylvania, a word of mouth referral can really be valuable. Ask around. Your friends, family, and coworkers may know someone good. When getting reference, it is a good idea to talk to some individuals who have undergone cosmetic dental treatment and ask them whether they are satisfied with the treatment they got done.

Search for a dentist who is conveniently located

No matter how good someone may be, it might not be worth it to travel for several hours for your treatment. Search for a good dentist who is nearby. It will be very convenient for you to visit them. Besides, if a dentist is conveniently located in the vicinity, after getting the treatment, you will be able to reach home quickly and get ample rest. Further, it will also prove to be beneficial during dental emergencies.

Go through the smile gallery

An excellent way to get an idea of a dentist’s expertise is to go through the smile gallery (on their website), and view before and after pictures of patients. Cosmetic dentistry is both a science and an art. By going through the smile gallery, you will be able to determine if the style of the dentist suits what you want.

Go through the testimonials section

Just like going through the smile gallery, you need to go through the testimonials section (on the dentist’s website) and see the comments of the patients. By going through the testimonials section, you will be able to determine how happy the patients are with the dentist’s work.

Cosmetic Dentistry – Things Your Dentist can do to Improve Your Smile

January 24, 2015

In the past few years, cosmetic dentistry in Pennsylvania and across the United States has flourished, offering more techniques and treatments for dentists to create sensational smiles for their patients. What a cosmetic dentist do to beautify their patients’ smile, goes far beyond teeth whitening. Your cosmetic dentist can dramatically change your smile and give you a complete new look.

Cosmetic dentists have a range of smile enhancing tools and techniques at their disposal. Below is a list of just some of the most regularly used cosmetic dental treatments used by dentists.

Dental Bleaching

Dental bleaching, or one can say professional teeth whitening treatments, either done at dentist’s office or at home with at-home whitening system, are the most common cosmetic dental procedures used today. Cosmetic dentists have dental lasers as well as whitening agents and protective gels (to protect gums from lasers) that they utilize in their office. The results of in-office bleaching are often quick and dramatic. Many patients, however, choose at-home whitening system, as it offers them more flexibility and may be because of its affordability.

Dental Veneers

Dentists have used dental veneers to improve esthetics of teeth for ages. In the past 20 – 30 years, however, the use of dental veneers in the cosmetic dental industry has surged exponentially. Dental veneers today have improved impressively. Today’s veneers are such that they are virtually impossible to detect. Cosmetic dentists, using veneers, can create a uniform look or better look of broken or uneven teeth. Dental veneers can also beautify teeth that have been worn down or are discolored. Veneers also help close the gaps between teeth.

Teeth Straightening

Many general dentists and cosmetic dentists now offer what was once an orthodontist’s specialty — teeth straightening services. Today, both general dentists and cosmetic dentists have more options than traditional metal wire braces to straighten teeth and improve their appearance. Invisalign system, that align misaligned teeth over time, is very popular these days. It offers an invisible way to create a perfect smile.

Today, even general dentists in Pennsylvania and some other states in the United States are providing various cosmetic dental treatments to their patients. By finding and going to such general dentists, patients can save time and money as they can get all their dental and cosmetic dental treatments in one place.

If you are looking for dentists in Pennsylvania, who along with general dental treatments provide excellent cosmetic dental treatments, then Flenniken Family Dentistry is worth considering. Led by highly experienced Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Susan Flenniken, Flenniken Family Dentistry provides extensive cosmetic dental treatments including teeth whitening, teeth straightening, veneers, and even a complete smile makeover.

To know more about Flenniken Family Dentistry, visit www.monarchsmiles.com

Cosmetic Dentistry – Crowns, Enamel Shaping & Contouring

December 18, 2014

In our blogs, we frequently cover topics such as teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers to help our readers attain best oral health. In this edition of blog, we are going to tell you something about crowns, enamel shaping, and contouring. These dental procedures are used to beautify the appearance of your smile.


Crowns, also known as caps, can completely cover a tooth, reinstating its normal shape and appearance. There are several reasons why you need a crown. It could be to:

•    Protect a weak tooth
•    Cover a discolored or crooked tooth
•    Hold a dental bridge in place
•    Cover a tooth with a large filling
•    Restore a worn or broken tooth
•    Protect a dental implant

Crowns can be made from gold alloy, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or ceramic materials. Since crowns are expensive, dentists normally suggest them only when other treatments cannot produce a fair result.

Normally it can take more than one visit to receive a permanent crown; however, some dentists are adept to make an in-office same-day crown, or a temporary crown. Permanent crowns can have unusual long life if you can take good care of them.

Enamel Shaping & Contouring

Enamel shaping and countering comprise removing or trimming dental enamel to beautify the appearance of your teeth. Many dentists usually chain this process with bonding. Largely performed to adjust the shape, position, or length of teeth, enamel shaping and contouring can fix:

•    Minor bite issues
•    Irregular and chipped teeth
•    Overlapping or crooked teeth

Enamel shaping and contouring is advisable only if you have normal, healthy teeth along with adequate bone between your teeth to support them.

Sedation Dentistry – The Most Comfortable Way for Dental Treatments

November 24, 2014

Despite a distressing pain in the tooth, many prefer not to go to the dentist. People often renounce dental visit due to the discomfort that accompanies various dental procedures. Dental anxiety might also be due to an unpleasant past experience. In either way, people neglect dental visit and try to be their own doctor, using over-the-counter medications in order to cope up with the toothache. Over-the-counter medications may offer temporary relief. When the pain comes back, however, patients certainly need to take some serious steps. One should not ignore dental problems as they factor toward the quality of life. If ignored for prolonged period, dental problems may also create serious health complications. Therefore, consulting a dentist should never be ignored.

If you are one of those who find it difficult to go to the dentist only because of the discomfort associated with a dental procedure, you might want to consider comfortable sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

As the name suggests, sedation dentistry involves administering dental patients with sedatives, the medications that enable mild to deep relaxation. The sedatives help calm anxious patients and bring them to a relaxed state for the successful completion of dental treatments. One should not mistake sedation dentistry with procedures performed under local anesthesia. Dental procedures performed under local anesthesia fall under the branch of sleep dentistry. Unlike sleep dentistry, which puts patients into deep sleep, sedation dentistry just reduces consciousness, making patients feel and remember less of what happened during the procedure.

Sedatives can range from N2O (nitrous oxide / laughing gas) to mild tranquilizers, which help reduce consciousness. Sedatives are available in different forms such as inhalants, tablets, or medicines that qualified dentists inject intravenously. The type of sedative and the proportion to be used is ascertained by a qualified dentist based on the patient’s age, health history and anxiety levels. Aside from keeping the patient calm, the added bonus of sedation dentistry is that it enables dentists to perform more than one procedure in a single appointment.

There are three common levels of sedation:

•    A minimal sedation where a dentist can simply calm the patient down
•    A moderate sedation where a dentist can get the patient in a trance-like state (a state where speech becomes slurred and mind too relaxed to remember much of the procedure)
•    A deep sedation where a dentist can put the patient into the most comfortable state (a state where a patient borders between consciousness and unconsciousness)

Dental treatments have progressed remarkably, whereby they are able to meet individualized needs in the safest and the most comfortable environments. Sedation dentistry too has progressed along the same lines. Dentists have always utilized medicines for pain management before and after procedures, but sedation dentistry takes a step farther. Sedation dentistry helps patients stay in a relaxed state, and at the same time, provides the dentist a better control of the situation.

The key to a better dental treatment, whether it is through sedation or otherwise, is a qualified, experienced dentist. It is vital to choose a certified and skilled sedation dentist. Further, when booking your appointment for sedation dental treatment, ensure to make arrangements with someone to accompany you to the dentist’s clinic. The sedatives make you drowsy; hence, it is not safe to drive on your own.

Cosmetic Dentistry – Bonding & Veneers

November 13, 2014

We are going to tell you about bonding and veneers. Both the treatments are related to cosmetic dentistry and either of them can enhance your smile.


If you have excess space between your teeth, or if your teeth are broken, chipped, cracked, or stained, bonding may help improve them. Cosmetic dentists even use bonding material to protect the exposed root of a tooth or fill small cavities.

Bonding treatment can usually be carried out in a single office visit. During the

treatment, your dentist will apply an etching solution,

which is then followed by tooth-colored materials on the tooth’s surface. Sometimes, composite resins may also be applied to the tooth’s surface.

Bonding could last for several years; however, it is more likely to become stained or chipped than any other types of restorations.


Veneers are custom shells (commonly made from porcelain or plastic) that cover the front surface of the teeth. They are applied to change the color and/or shape of teeth. Applying veneers can improve teeth that:

•    Are permanently stained
•    Are slightly crooked
•    Are poorly shaped
•    Have become chipped or worn
•    Have gaps between them

Veneers are comparatively less expensive than crowns. They are also long lasting and have better color stability than bonding.

Before applying veneers, your dentist will first take an impression of your tooth. Then he or she will prepare your tooth before cementing the veneer in place. Often a beam of light will be used to harden the cement that secures the veneer to your tooth.

In case of porcelain veneers, you will need to take a second visit to the dentist to have them inserted. This is because porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory based on your unique tooth pattern.

Tooth Loss – Its Causes, Consequences and Treatments

October 17, 2014

Tooth loss, or edentulism, can not only affect the ability to chew food properly, but it can also have serious psychological, emotional, and social consequences, which can impact the quality of your life.

Edentulism refers to the condition when one or more of your teeth are missing, or require extracting because of disease or injury. It is called complete edentulism when all teeth are missing; if only some teeth are lost, it is called partial edentulism.

The Causes of Tooth Loss

Old people are most likely candidates to tooth loss; however, children and adults are also prone to tooth loss if they fail to practice proper oral care.

Children: – Usually, children are prone of two types of tooth loss-early loss of deciduous teeth and loss of permanent teeth because of injury or neglect. Tooth decay is also a major cause of edentulism in children.

Adults: – Dental plaque and gingivitis (gum disease) are the major causes of edentulism among adults. Gingivitis affects the gums and jawbones that support the teeth. When the gum disease damages the tissue and bone, the teeth loosen and may require extraction. Diabetes, heart disease, and even smoking factor towards tooth loss.

Elderly: – Dry mouth, plaque accumulation and hardening, older fillings, and gum recession are the major factors that cause old people to lose their teeth.

Other Common Causes of Tooth Loss

•        Poor oral care habits: – Failing to practice regular oral hygiene (brushing and flossing every day) can cause the development of dental caries and gum disease. This can lead to the increased risk of tooth loss.

•        Bad habits: – Chewing tobacco and smoking can damage teeth that may result in tooth loss. Use of drugs also factors toward tooth loss.

•        Poor diet: – Consuming foods and drinks high in sugar, acid, and carbohydrates can cause tooth damage, leading to tooth loss.

•        Avoid dental visits: – Not visiting the dentist-whether out of anxiety or embarrassment-can aggravate even the simplest of dental problem. Ignoring simple dental problem and letting it aggravate can result in tooth loss.

•        Finance problems: – Some people forsake dental visits and treatments because of high dental care costs or lack of adequate insurance coverage. Unfortunately, neglecting dental visits create serious dental problems, which can result in tooth loss.

Consequences of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can lead to dire consequences, which may include the following:

•    Trouble eating and speaking
•    Psychological anxiety
•    Pain and relaxation problems
•    Changes in facial features
•    Discontent with appearance, self-consciousness, and loss of confidence
•    Isolation and social embarrassment

Tooth Loss Treatments

People should talk to their dentists and create a treatment plan that focuses on early detection and prevention of oral disease in order to keep teeth healthy. If already suffered from partial edentulism, the same treatment plan will help preserve the remaining teeth, avoiding the complete edentulism. The plan should include patient education about tooth-loss causes, consequences, and treatments, as well as emphasizes on preventive oral health practices, such as daily oral care and avoiding bad habits.

In case if tooth loss is inevitable, several options are available for restoring the teeth and smile. These options include:

Implants: – Dental implants or fixtures are artificial tooth roots that your dentist can attach to the jaw, which can help secure a replacement tooth, denture, or bridge. Dental implants are permanent and stable. They can deliver the same look, feel, as well as function like natural teeth.

Bridge: – A bridge is an artificial tooth fused between two dental crowns to fill in the gap created by a lost tooth. The dentist cements the two dental crowns holding the artificial tooth to the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. Depending on the case, dentists can bridge two or more artificial teeth between the crowns.

Dentures: – Dentures are removable false teeth designed for missing natural teeth. Dentures can be partial dentures and complete or full dentures. Partial dentures help fill in the gaps created by some missing teeth. They not only restore the missing teeth, but they also help keep the remaining healthy teeth from shifting and causing further damage. Complete dentures are suitable for people who have lost several or all of their teeth.

For successful restoration, make sure you get treatment from dentists who are experienced and professional. If you are in Pennsylvania looking for such dentists, then Flenniken Family dentistry is the right place. Flenniken Family Dentistry, an association of expert dentists in PA, offers a complete restorative service. Whether it is implants, dentures, bridge or any other restorative treatment, Flenniken Family Dentistry ensures to deliver exceptional dental care to their patients. Contact us to know more about our dental services.

How A Cosmetic Dentist Can Enhance Your Smile

August 7, 2014

Dentists across Pennsylvania have become increasingly busy, as more and more people are visiting them for services other than regular check-ups. These days, many cosmetic dental procedures are available that enhance the look of your smile. To decide the best treatment for your teeth, visit one of many cosmetic dentists in Pennsylvania for a complete dental examination. Then, get ready for a perfect smile! Below are few options to consider when considering about beautifying the look of your teeth with cosmetic dental treatment.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most common cosmetic treatments performed by cosmetic dentists is teeth whitening. Patients can get whiter and brighter teeth, by eliminating discolorations and stains resulted by certain food, drinks, and tobacco. This treatment can be suitable for everyone, as whitening procedures can be performed in the office, or with take-home kits. Teeth whitening by a professional cosmetic dentist in Pennsylvania ensures excellent results that often last for several years.


Another common cosmetic treatment is the application of veneers. Cosmetic dentists apply veneers to fix various dental problems such as worn teeth or chipped teeth, space between teeth or stains on teeth. By applying these custom, tooth-colored crusts over the front portion of a patient’s tooth, a dentist can change the color as well as the shape of teeth. Such veneers are durable, long lasting, and can even protect teeth’s surface from any damage.


With the use of bonding treatment, cosmetic dentists in Pennsylvania can even enhance the shape and color of patients’ teeth. This option is different from veneers as the material, in this case, is shaped and applied directly to a tooth’s surface. Dentists commonly provide this treatment to fix minor chips or cracks in teeth. Bonding is economical than veneers, but it is not long lasting in nature.

Dental Fillings

A few years back, silver-colored, metal materials were used by dentists to fill cavities. These fillings are unattractive and outdated today thanks to the availability of new composite substances. Using natural-colored materials, a cosmetic dentist can replace the silver-colored, metal fillings to restore a natural tooth appearance and enhance the smile of a patient. A dentist may even use genuine gold or silver as a filling material.


Many people have misaligned or crooked teeth. Traditionally, to straighten and align teeth, dentists made use of braces. Although, wearing braces can seriously detriment the look of a patient’s smile. To address this issue, invisalign treatment was introduced. An invisalign system is a clear plastic, custom fit, removable mouth tray. It provides same results as traditional braces, but since the trays are of clear plastic, they are fairly invisible.

Cosmetic Dentistry – Current Trends & Treatments

July 25, 2014

While general dentistry deals with oral hygiene and maintaining healthy teeth, cosmetic dentistry deals with improving the appearance of ones’ teeth and smile. In simple words, general or restorative dental practices address various dental problems that need treatment, whereas cosmetic dentistry offers optional or desired treatments. In short, there is no exception for general dental treatments and no compulsion for cosmetic dental treatments.

Cosmetic dentistry offers restorative benefits. For example, dental restorations or dental fillings are a common treatment that a general dentist employs to treat decayed teeth. In the past, most dental fillings were of gold, silver amalgam and base metallic alloys that are very conspicuous. These days, dental fillings often fall under the cosmetic dentistry genre, because an individual can select filling materials of porcelain or composite resin, which nearly match the color of their teeth, thereby they can retain their natural look.

Cosmetic Dentistry Trends

Cosmetic dental treatments today are more effective and durable than what they were in the past, thanks to the technological improvements in tooth-colored dental materials. Further, cosmetic dentists are now utilizing more prudent techniques that enable them to save more of the original tooth structure.

Many cosmetic dentists today even utilize technologies such as dental lasers to perform various procedures, which are necessary for cosmetic treatments, at their own clinics. This makes cosmetic procedures more gentle and convenient for patients.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Cosmetic dental treatments that are currently in use include:

Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening is, no doubt, the most requested cosmetic dental treatment today. Teeth over time stain or become yellow because of food and drink (tea, coffee, and alcohol) we consume. Smoking and poor oral hygiene also contribute towards discoloration of teeth. With teeth whitening treatment, one can regain his or her natural tooth color. With advanced whitening treatment, one can even get brighter teeth.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays, a kind of indirect dental restoration, of porcelain or composite materials are a long-lasting, yet one of the best cosmetic ways to provide a “dental filling” to teeth with decay or similar structural damage. In contrast to direct fillings, inlays and onlays offer superior protection against persistent decay, and they facilitate ease of cleansing, as well.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin composite or porcelain shells that bond over the surface of a tooth in order to correct and repair cracks and chips. They also improve appearance of a worn or severely discolored tooth. Cosmetic dentists, in most cases, recommend veneers if the patients have gaps in their teeth or if they have not had good results with the teeth whitening.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding helps repair chipped, broken, discolored, or decayed teeth. During the treatment, a cosmetic dentist applies a tooth-colored composite material into the cavity or over the surface of a tooth. The dentist then sculpts the composite material into the desired shape. After achieving the desired shape, the dentist hardens the material using a special light. The result of this is a restoration that blends with the remaining natural teeth.

Dental Implants

As artificial tooth root replacements, dental implants help fill the gap of a missing tooth with a natural-looking false tooth. The result of this treatment is not only a beautiful smile, but also a fully-functional mouth, since missing tooth or teeth often cause chewing and speaking difficulties. Compared to other cosmetic dental treatments, dental implant treatment can be uncomfortable; however, many cosmetic dentists utilize different forms of sedation, which make the treatment comfortable to a great extent.

Complete Smile Makeover

Complete smile makeovers involve an extensive assessment of a smile aesthetics in order to enhance its overall appearance. In order to deliver the perfect smile, a cosmetic dentist will employ one or more cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, dental implants, gum contouring, and veneers. A complete smile makeover is expensive, but the result is a beautiful smile.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction is one level above the complete smile makeover. While a complete smile makeover deals with improving the aesthetics of a smile, a full mouth reconstruction deals with enhancing the smile along with correcting various functional issues, like misaligned bite, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), abscessed tooth, missing teeth and receding gums. With available dental technologies and procedures, a dentist can perform full mouth reconstruction to deliver a functional, healthy and beautiful smile.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of options for individuals who are unhappy with their smile. If you are one of these individuals, and if you are in Pennsylvania, visit Flenniken Family Dentistry. Flenniken Family Dentistry, an association of experienced and well educated dentists in Pennsylvania, offer many treatment options for people who want a perfect smile. Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, they provide an exceptional level of dental care.

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