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By Murphy Dental Group
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Are you looking to achieve a bright, even smile? Is there a cosmetic service that produces lifelike and durable results? Yes, there is, and veneersit's called porcelain veneers. Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA offer these dental laminates to improve the front of teeth which have flaws such as chips, cracks, and deep stains.

The goal of cosmetic dentistry

At Murphy Dental Group, the doctors want your smile to function well, last for a lifetime and look great. Sometimes, though, nature gives us a healthy smile but not a beautiful one. Plus, time, food, smoking, and just general wear and tear change tooth shape and color and inflict minor damage such as chips and cracks.

When you see Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy at Murphy Dental Group, you'll receive an honest appraisal of your smile appearance and how to improve it. Porcelain veneers are one of their many state-of-the-art services for patients who wish to camouflage stains, close gaps, smooth overcrowding, or improve tooth shape. Veneers are customized shells of ultra-thin, realistic porcelain. They improve smile aesthetics and strengthen teeth, too.

A permanent refurbishment, veneers involve some enamel reduction. So your dental team will ask you to consider your smile goals carefully.

The veneer procedure in Milton

With an agreed-upon treatment plan, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. Also, they will remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth. The dentist typically places temporary veneers to complete your smile while you wait for the permanent laminates to be individually fabricated at the dental lab.

On your return visit to Murphy Dental Group, your dentist will remove the temporary laminates and bond the permanent ones in place. The bonding cement is varied in shade to achieve the best look for your other teeth. A special curing light hardens the cement. With a final adjustment for a proper dental bite, the process is finished.

A natural look...

Only better. That's your dental team aims for.

To care for your new veneers, brush them twice a day with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss daily, too. If you are a tooth-grinder, ask your dentist about a nighttime bite guard to preserve your veneers, your jaw, and your other teeth and restorations.

Plus, be gentle with your porcelain veneers. Don't bite open plastic packages or bottles, and avoid hard foods such as peanut brittle, taffy and ice. Experts agree that veneers stay beautiful and strong for an average of ten years, or a range of seven to 20.


Porcelain veneers could be for you. Please contact Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA for your personal consultation. You'll love your new smile! Phone (617) 696-3900.

By Murphy Dental Group
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Murphy Dental Group
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Imperfections in your smile can wear down your self-confidence and cause you to feel as though your appearance is sub-par. Luckily, these imperfections can be fixed with help from your dentist and dental veneers. This procedure provides dramatic results in just a few dental appointments. Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for you with Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA.

What can dental veneers do for me? 
Dental veneers are a versatile procedure which treats many dental issues. The most common situations treated by dental veneers include:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • slightly overlapped teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • worn teeth
  • misaligned or uneven teeth
  • misshapen teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth

The Dental Veneers Process 
We will need to prepare your teeth before placing your veneers. This process involves removing a very thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. After preparing the tooth, an impression is taken of your teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental laboratory used in the design process of the veneers. The laboratory creates your veneers individually and returns them to your dentist’s office. You will have a second appointment to fit and place your veneers.

Dental Veneers in Milton, MA 
Veneers are versatile and can help you overhaul your smile or simply repair a single tooth. Depending on your situation and your teeth, your dentist will suggest the best course of treatment for you. This is best assessed at a consultation between you and your doctor. You can also ask about veneers at a routine dental examination or cleaning. Patients should see their doctor every six months for these appointments, especially after receiving their veneers. A strong at-home oral care routine coupled with regular dental appointments will keep your teeth healthy and clean for years to come.

For more information on veneers, please contact Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA. Call (617) 696-3900 today to schedule your appointment!

By Murphy Dental Group
February 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental veneers hide those little imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your teeth. When you want to change the appearance your teeth, veneers can help reshape your smile. Your family dentists in Milton, MA, John Murphy, DMD and Patrick Murphy, DMD of Murphy Dental Group, PLLC, explain how veneers cover a multitude of problems.Veneers

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over a tooth or teeth. Although veneers are thinner than a fingernail, they can drastically change the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are good choice if you have:

  • Yellow or dull teeth, even after using whitening treatments
  • Discolored teeth due to tetracycline stains, large fillings or root canal treatment
  • Chips in your teeth
  • Teeth that are too short, slightly crooked or oddly shaped
  • Gaps between your teeth

Although veneers are appropriate for a variety of issues, in some cases, your dentist may recommend other types of treatment, such as orthodontia for very large gaps or very crooked teeth.

What is involved in the veneer process?

Before you can receive veneers, a small amount of enamel must be removed from your teeth. If the enamel isn't removed, your veneers won't fit comfortably. During this part of the process, your dentist may give you a local anesthetic to make you feel more comfortable, although some people don't need any pain relief. Your dentist will use a special type of putty to make impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory that will custom-make the veneers to fit your teeth.

When the veneers are ready, your dentist will make any adjustments needed before using dental cement to permanently apply them to your teeth. They will use a special light to help the veneers adhere properly to your teeth. Once your veneers are in place, you'll be able to eat and drink normally.

Are veneers the perfect solution to your cosmetic dental issues? Call your Milton, MA, family dentists at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC at (617) 696-3900. Improve your smile with veneers!