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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
March 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Crooked teeth are an issue adults have to deal with too, but you may not want to deal with metal braces. That's why your Monroe, MI, invisaligndentist Dr. Jeanette Murphy offers Invisalign at her office.

What is Invisalign?

The clear plastic aligners are flexible and great if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike traditional braces.

More on Invisalign:

Invisalign are custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners work by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position, similar to braces.

The custom aligners are created by your Monroe dentist with the use of a specialized computer software.

How to Wear your Clear Aligners:

You need to keep the aligners on for a minimum of 20 hours a day. You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events like birthdays and weddings.

Benefits of Invisalign:

  • Invisalign is a removable appliance, so brushing and flossing is easy
     
  • Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice you have them on
     
  • Invisalign doesn't prevent you from eating some of your favorite foods like taffy apples or corn, unlike traditional braces, because they're removable
     
  • They are comfortable and don't irritate oral soft tissue
     
  • Fixes crooked and misaligned teeth in about a year, depending on your needs

Invisalign is a unique way to improve your appearance and health of your teeth. If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Monroe, MI, dentist Dr. Murphy, then call (734) 242-4744 today!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
March 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Get a visibly whiter smile and remove surface stains with professional teeth whitening.teeth whitening

Is your New Years resolution to get a whiter smile? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. While you could turn to over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and kits or DIY remedies, if you really want to get a significantly whiter smile quickly then our Monroe, MI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeanette Murphy can make that possible.

Whether you are on a time crunch or you have a special occasion coming up, there are many reasons why people turn to professional teeth whitening to get the results they want without all the waiting. Getting your ideal results in about one hour is often well worth it for many people dealing with dull, yellow teeth.

Who can benefit from teeth whitening?

Most healthy individuals can brighten and improve their smiles with help from our teeth whitening system here in Monroe, MI. Instead of having to put whitening gel on your teeth every night for weeks on end, we take all the mess and inconvenience out of it. In no time you’ll get the results you want without ever having to fuss with messy whitening trays.

If you have stains caused by smoking, aging or your diet, then you’ve come to the right place. These stains can easily be eliminated and your teeth instantly brightened with in-office whitening.

What goes into getting teeth whitening?

Once we have examined your teeth to make sure they are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry we will place an applicator into your mouth to separate your lips and gums from your teeth. This will ensure that the soft tissues of your mouth do not come in contact with the powerful whitening gel.

From there, the gel is painted over the front of your teeth where it will remain for up to 15 or 20 minutes. During your one-hour whitening session, we will apply the whitening gel to your teeth two or more times to make sure that even the most stubborn dental stains are removed. In just one whitening session your smile could become up to seven shades whiter.

Are you interested in getting a whiter smile? Want to say goodbye to dental stains caused by years of coffee drinking? Then it’s time to schedule your cosmetic consultation with our Monroe, MI, family dental office to find out if teeth whitening is the right treatment for you.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

A broken or damaged tooth can leave you with an unsightly, painful, and irritating situation. However, with help from a dental crown, your dental crownsdentist can restore your tooth and its biting surface ensuring that you can eat and speak normally. Find out more about dental crowns, what they are, and what your dentist can use them for with Dr. Jeanette Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI.

What is a crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-colored dental restoration which fits over a tooth in order to protect it. However, dentists also use crowns for other purposes. A crown on either side of a dental bridge holds it in place. A crown can also cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. In addition to cosmetic improvements, crowns can also stabilize a tooth with a large filling, restore the biting surface of a worn tooth, or ensure that your cracked tooth does not become further damaged.

What is the procedure for a crown like?
Crowns usually require two separate visits. First your dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown by removing small parts of enamel from its outer edges. This makes room for the crown and aides in the bonding process. Then, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a dental laboratory who, in turn, uses it as a guide to design and create your dental crown. Your second appointment will be about two weeks later after the lab has had time to customize the crown. At your second appointment, your dentist will fit and adjust your crown to the tooth and permanently place it into the mouth using dental cement. Your dentist will make a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth between visits.

Dental Crowns in Monroe, MI
If you think you need a dental crown, you should consult with your dentist. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Murphy in Monroe, MI. Call (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment for a consultation or examination with Dr. Murphy today!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about the fastest approach to getting a visibly whiter smile.teeth whitening

From the brightly colored sugar cookies and the mulled wine to the dozens of coffees you drank to keep awake after all those late-night holiday festivities, it’s not just your energy levels that have fallen flat; so has your smile. If you are dealing with a yellow, dulling smile our Monroe, MI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, can easily get your smile back on track.

Whether you are just tired of DIY whitening tricks that don’t seem to work or you have a special occasion coming up, there are many reasons our patients turn to our Monroe dentist for professional whitening. After all, home whitening isn’t as powerful or offers results as quickly as ours. If you want to see whiter results in just one session then professional in-office whitening is the way to go.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Whitening Kits

One major difference between professional teeth whitening and at-home whitening kits is that the whitening gel we use has a much higher percentage of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, the two most common active ingredients known to break up stain molecules and actually brighten the shade of your teeth.

The whitening gels within at-home kits don’t contain a high percentage of active ingredients, so while you will notice results over time with continual use you won’t be able to achieve results as quickly as you would with professional whitening.

What happens during professional in-office whitening?

First, we will need to clean your teeth to make sure that there is no plaque or tartar buildup. Once teeth are thoroughly cleaned we will place a dental dam in your mouth, which will protect your lips and gums and prevent them from coming in contact with the whitening gel.

Next, we will apply the whitening gel to the front of your teeth and leave it on your teeth for several minutes. In some instances, a special dental light is directed over the teeth to speed up the whitening process. One whitening session usually involves multiple whitening gel applications to get the results you want.

If you are ready to get that brighter, dazzling smile then look no further than our professional in-office whitening system here in Monroe, MI. You’ll be amazed at the results and you’ll feel more confident in your appearance. We know it!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If your smile has flaws, you are probably familiar with the way these imperfections can make you feel about your appearance. However, cosmetic dentistryyou can renew the appearance of your smile and have a look you feel proud of with dental veneers. In just a few visits to your dentist, veneers can improve the appearance of your smile and ensure that you look and feel great. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Jeanette Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI.

What is a veneer?
A veneer is a porcelain dental restoration which improves the appearance of your tooth. Your dentist uses permanent bonding materials to attach the veneer to the tooth. Before the bonding process, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing a super-thin layer of enamel from its surface. A dental laboratory designs, creates, and customizes each veneer specifically for your mouth based on a plaster or 3D impression of your teeth. This process takes about two weeks. Depending on the veneer system your dentist chooses, you may or may not need to wear temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth.

What makes porcelain a good material for dental restorations like veneers? 
Porcelain is tooth-colored and easily customizable, ensuring that your veneer blends into your natural smile without standing out. This material also reflects light in a similar way to natural teeth, further locking in the veneer’s natural appearance. Porcelain is strong and durable, withstanding the test of daily use and time to last many years before requiring maintenance or replacement. In fact, veneers often last up to 20 years with the proper care.

Can veneers help my smile? 
Veneers are a versatile dental treatment which can produce a myriad of results depending on your preferences. Veneers are often used to treat cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth, but can accomplish much more than these simple repairs. Veneers can easily change the shape of the tooth, evening out the smile, correcting over- or under crowding issues, or even helping your dentist correct slight misalignments without the need for orthodontic care.

Dental Veneers in Monroe, MI 
If you think dental veneers could be the best treatment for you, you should consult with your dentist at a dental examination. This consultation will ensure that you have realistic expectations for your results and understand the ins and outs of the procedure itself.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI. Call (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Murphy today!





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