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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.

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.

ASmileMakeoverDependsonBalancingTechniquewithBeauty

“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.

By Murphy Dental Group
November 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Murphy Dental Group
June 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Even a perfectly healthy, symmetrical, and otherwise attractive smile can fall victim to the every day wear and tear of age, medications,teeth whitening food and drink, and habits like smoking. Stains and discolorations not only cause embarrassment and have a negative impact on confidence and self-esteem, which can take a toll on everything from work to social and romantic relationships. They can even make a person look older. In fact, a professional teeth whitening procedure can often enhance the results of more intensive cosmetic procedures designed to take a few years off of the face. And in many cases, investing in whiter teeth can even eliminate the need to invest in cosmetic facial enhancements altogether.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Milton

The family dentists Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA can reinvigorate a faded, discolored smile in as little as an hour, with an in-office professional teeth whitening treatment with a hydrogen peroxide gel mix not available over the counter. For patients who prefer to apply the treatment on their own in the comfort of their own home on their own schedule, an at-home version uses custom designed trays from a mold of the patient's teeth, which is then filled with the gel and worn for up to an hour a day over the course of a few weeks, until the desired results are reached.

Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and affordable for the entire family. While over the counter products can help somewhat, they won't have the same impact as a professional treatment. For some stains that develop from the inside of the teeth, surface whitening products will be ineffective, and treatment with porcelain veneers or bonding may be a better option.

Contact a Family Dentist in Milton

A whiter smile and a brighter face are just a phone call away. For more information on in-office or take-home professional teeth whitening options, contact Drs. John and Patrick Murphy at Murphy Dental Group PLLC by calling (617) 696-3900 to schedule an appointment today.