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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth WhiteningDo you have healthy teeth and gums, but dental stains ruin your self-confidence? Professional teeth whitening from your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, proves an effective, quick, safe and economical way to a dazzling, bright smile. Interested? Then, read on about the many advantages of this popular cosmetic treatment and how it can help you look and feel your best.

How Dental Stains Develop

There are many ways teeth become dark, dull, and yellow. Tobacco use, unfortunately, remains a leading cause of dingy smiles despite the many warnings about the deleterious effects of cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Additionally, poor oral hygiene allows plaque and tartar to collect on tooth surfaces, at the gum line, and in interdental spaces. This organic matter contributes to tooth discoloration.

Finally, teeth stain because of oral injury and the use of some pharmaceuticals including certain antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antihistamines. These stains are the most stubborn and difficult to eliminate.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Dr. Murphy and her team in Monroe, MI, offer both in-office and at-home whitening treatments. These fully supervised procedures use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to literally lift staining materials out of tooth enamel.

Your doctor carefully examines prospective whitening patients to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy before recommending whitening or any other cosmetic dental treatment. People with decay, gum disease, exposed tooth roots, sensitive teeth, or extensive restorations are not good candidates for whitening.

However, if your mouth proves healthy enough for whitening, you'll find the process amazingly easy. The in-office option takes about an hour while the at-home version takes a week of daily gel applications via custom-fitted whitening trays. Either way, your teeth will brighten by several shades of color and stay white for up to five years or more with good oral hygiene and professional cleanings with Dr. Murphy and her team.

The Biggest Advantage

Professional teeth whitening offers older teens and adults something priceless: an improved self-image. After all, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that almost 100 percent of Americans have said that an attractive smile is a great asset in both professional and personal environments. So, if you and Dr. Murphy decide teeth whitening is right for you, expect to look great and feel confident with your new and improved smile!

Contact Us

To learn if teeth whitening services from Dr. Jeanette Murphy are a good fit for your smile, call her office team today to set-up a cosmetic dentistry consultation. You'll receive all the information you need for an informed decision when you phone us at (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Out of the various cosmetic dentistry options available to patients, veneers are near the top the list according to an American Academy of veneersCosmetic Dentistry survey. Explore the many benefits of dental veneers and visit Dr. Jeanette Murphy in Monroe, MI, for a cosmetic consultation. This treatment will rejuvenate your smile and significantly improve your appearance. As a result, it can also do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence.

An Attractive Smile
The first and most obvious reason why patients ask for veneers is because they want their teeth to look significantly better. It’s an ideal choice for patients who have badly worn, eroded, or discolored teeth that may not respond to other cosmetic treatments. Veneers are made of a special thin porcelain material that very closely matches the feel and appearance of natural teeth. They’re laid on top of the front teeth with a bonding material that is the right shade for you. Once they are bonded and contoured, veneers look like you were born with them.

Tooth Protection
One benefit that patients can enjoy after their veneers are installed is that their front teeth are protected from damage. The natural teeth are more vulnerable to damage or discoloration from eating certain foods and drinking certain beverages. When they’re shielded by durable porcelain veneers, there is an extra level of protection. All you have to do is put your oral health high on your list of priorities to avoid gum disease or enamel erosion. Regular checkups with your Monroe dentist will also help extend the life of your dental veneers.

Fast Results
Many patients think that they have to wait many months or even years to see a better-looking smile in the mirror. But veneers only require a few weeks. You’ll simply wait while the veneers are created, then visit the dentist once more to have them installed. You can have a much-improved smile in plenty of time for an upcoming special event or occasion.

See for Yourself
To get a full understanding of the many benefits of dental veneers, you have to see them for yourself. Call 734-242-4744 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy at her Monroe, MI, dentist office.

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 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!