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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   teeth whitening  

Tooth stains are a common cause of dull, yellow smiles. In addition to visiting your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeannette Murphy for dental cleanings and other services, these tips can help you reduce stains.

Watch what you eat

Have you ever struggled to remove red wine from a tablecloth or been unsuccessful in eliminating a popsicle stain from your favorite white shirt? Stains from darkly pigmented foods and beverages are particularly hard to remove, whether they occur on your shirt or your teeth.

Pigments from foods and drinks drift into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate over the years, your teeth begin to look duller. Avoiding these foods, or at least eating or drinking less of them, can help you keep your teeth whiter. In addition to wine and popsicles, foods, and beverages that can cause stains to include:

  • Cola and other darkly colored soft drinks
  • Dark beer
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Grape juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Blueberries, cherries, and other dark berries
  • Pomegranates
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce

Use a straw

Drinking dark beverages through a straw may reduce staining. When you use a straw, most of the liquid bypasses the fronts of your teeth. Although it may seem a little strange to drink your morning cup of coffee or tea this way, using a straw can offer a simple solution to staining.

Brush after meals

Brushing immediately after eating can reduce the number of pigments that settle in the pores of your teeth. Although brushing is usually a good idea, don't brush right away if you've been drinking cola or wine or eating or drinking other acidic foods and beverages. Brushing can spread the acids throughout your mouth, increasing your risk of tooth decay. Wait at least 30 minutes to brush after consuming acidic foods or beverages.

Schedule regular dental cleanings

Do you visit the Monroe dental office every six months for checkups and cleanings? Cleanings remove plaque and tartar and also get rid of minor surface stains that can dull your smile.

Consider teeth whitening or veneers

If you're unhappy with your smile, your dentist offers two options that will brighten your teeth. During teeth whitening, a hydrogen peroxide gel breaks up and removes dark pigments, leaving your teeth up to eight shades whiter.

Dental veneers provide a long-term whitening option. The thin porcelain or plastic shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Veneers not only whiten your teeth but also conceal minor flaws.

Are you tired of your dull smile? Teeth whitening or veneers may offer the smile boost you need. Call your dentist in Monroe, MI, Dr. Murphy, at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment.

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
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!