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By Murphy Dental Group
January 19, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Murphy Dental Group
December 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
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As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

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.

Interested?

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.

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“Redesigning” a smile is a lot like remodeling a house: the technicalities of construction must blend seamlessly with what is perceived as elegant and beautiful. The first aspect — the proper materials and techniques to achieve a sound restoration — is absolutely crucial. But the aesthetic is just as important for assuring the final restoration evokes beauty and style.

Balancing these two aspects of a smile makeover requires thoughtful intent and planning. What may be pleasing aesthetically may not be technically feasible; but what may be technically sound may not have that sought-after “curb appeal.”

You and your dentist must work together to achieve the successful blending of these two aspects. That’s why it’s important for you to have full confidence in your dentist: that he or she is both technically skilled and experienced in cosmetic procedures and artistically aware of what will look best aesthetically.

The first step in your makeover is a thorough dental examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. With this “bigger picture,” your dentist will have a better understanding of what’s possible and practical for you and your situation. The exam may also reveal problems that should be treated first before any cosmetic work.

From there, you must communicate clearly to your dentist what you perceive as wrong with your smile and what you would like to have changed. While there are general principles of beauty best followed, your dental work could hypothetically take different paths depending on your desires and expectations. You might prefer a more “sexy” look or one that’s “sophisticated.” Or perhaps you only want subtle changes that still retain features expressing your individuality.

Ultimately, though, your expectations must line up with reality. Much like your house contractor, your dentist will advise you on what’s both practical and possible. And with their experience in smile enhancement, they can also help you determine what will look most attractive given your facial structure and features.

With this preliminary planning, you can be confident as the work proceeds that the end of the project will be both exciting and satisfying. And just as with your newly renovated home, you’ll be more than happy to share your smile with others.

If you would like more information on enhancing your smile through cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Murphy Dental Group
August 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have been living with dental stains, you are not alone. According to studies, a whiter, more cosmetically attractive smile is usually at teeth whiteningthe top of the wish list for most adults. Even if you make an effort to take care of your smile, there are a number of factors that contribute to dental stains and discoloration (some of which are beyond your control). But that doesn't mean that you have to settle for a less than perfect smile. In fact, it has never been easier, more convenient and affordable to turn back the clock on stained teeth. Your dentists Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy at Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA, offer professional teeth whitening treatments to help make your teeth look better than ever.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Milton, MA

While over the counter products like whitening toothpastes, strips and gels can help a little, a professional treatment is necessary to remove stains and significantly whiten your teeth. The most common type of dental stains develop gradually and intensify over time, from consuming food and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, tomato and soy sauce, and dark berries. If you smoke, not only will it stain your tooth, but it can also lead to other oral health complications by increasing the risk of periodontal disease, and making dental problems for difficult to treat.

Murphy Dental Group offers both in office and take home professional teeth whitening treatments to accommodate your personal needs and schedule. An in office procedure is the fastest and most effective method to whiten your teeth, with a typical appointment lasting about an hour and producing immediate results. The take home treatment option allows you to apply the whitening gel at home on your own schedule with custom molds of your teeth. The results will be more gradual as you apply the treatment over the course of a few weeks, but will also provide professional results.

Find a Dentist in Milton, MA

Are you ready to improve your smile (and your whole appearance) with a whiter, brighter smile? For more information, contact Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA by calling (617) 696-3900 to schedule an appointment today.