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HomeWhiteningKitsareSafeandEffectiveifUsedtheRightWay

You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.

You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?

By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.

In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.

As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.

Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.

You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Murphy Dental Group
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Professional teeth whitening treatments are the most effective method for quickly and safely whitening your teeth by several shades. Thereteeth whitening are two main types of professional teeth whitening treatments: in-office and take-home. In-office treatments deliver results the fastest, while take-home kits allow you to safely whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home when your schedule permits. At Murphy Dental Group, Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy are your dentists for professional teeth whitening in Milton, MA.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening treatments provide the fastest means of whitening the teeth. In fact, teeth will be several shades whiter after a single one-hour treatment session. A high-quality professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel is used to whiten the teeth. The whitening gel is applied directly to the surface areas of each tooth, then left on for about an hour. During that time, the hydrogen peroxide penetrates the enamel to remove deep-set stains. In-office teeth whitening delivers the fastest and longest lasting whitening results.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening kits from a dentist’s office are a convenient and professional alternative to in-office treatments. Take-home whitening kits are ideal for busy individuals. A take-home kit allows you to whiten your teeth according to your schedule.

The whitening kit includes whitening gel and trays for the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are custom made from a mold of your teeth for a perfect fit. All it takes are a few at-home whitening sessions for your teeth to appear whiter and brighter.

You can get a significantly whiter smile with professional in-office or take-home teeth whitening treatments. For professional teeth whitening in Milton, MA schedule an appointment with Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy by calling the Murphy Dental Group at (617) 696-3900.

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.

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

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.