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Cosmetic Dental Services

Teeth Whitening

Castro Valley cosmetic dentist | teeth whitening | Mark S. Murphy DDS


Today's teeth whitening treatments are so easy, convenient and affordable that they've become a regular part of many people’s beauty routines. If you haven't tried one yet, you'll be happy to know that you have plenty of choices and it can be done right at home. There are several whitening systems, some utilizing whitening strips and other custom trays with solution. Our office makes custom whitening trays that perfectly fit all the curves and grooves of your teeth, allowing whitening solution to work on every surface. These trays are durable and will last through the years. Whitening solution is purchased separately and dispensed into the trays before seating them on your teeth.

Some patients are able to obtain their desired whiteness with store bought whitening strips. These one time use strips conform around your teeth and typically work best for patients with minimal or no crowding as the strips are generic in shape. Our office also offers professional grade whitening strips that have a higher concentration of the whitening solution. For best results, it is recommended to consult with Dr. Murphy before trying any whitening system.

Porcelain Veneers

Years ago, smile makeovers involved multiple dental treatments over a period of several months. That's no longer the case, thanks to digital dentistry and porcelain veneers. Extremely versatile and durable, porcelain veneers are an excellent option whether you want to change the color or shape of your teeth, close gaps between teeth, or permanently fix chipped teeth. In just two visits, Dr. Murphy can provide you with a new, beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of translucent porcelain that are bonded to your teeth for cosmetic purposes. In the first appointment, your teeth are minimally reduced in order to create room for the new veneers. A digital scan is taken and temporary veneers are supplied for the interim. Between appointments your veneers are milled, stained, glazed, and baked by Dr. Murphy in-office. Days later, the second appointment involves trying on your new veneers and bonding them into place. Patients typically start with upper veneers but many later choose to complete their smile makeover with lower veneers, which requires two additional appointments.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding is a versatile and affordable way to improve the appearance of chipped teeth or gaps between teeth. As one of the most conservative cosmetic dentistry treatments around, cosmetic dental bonding requires little to no prepping and preserves most of the natural tooth structure. And it's fast, too! Dental bonding usually takes just one visit to complete. Since bondings are only made of composite, they often need to be replaced every few years as they tend to wear over time. Although porcelain veneers are the ideal solution for chips and gaps, bonding can be a great first step to see how your smile could be improved. Porcelain veneers may then be considered in the future if you would like to invest in a permanent smile makeover.

Smile Makeover

Castro Valley cosmetic dentist | smile makeovers, new smile | Mark S. Murphy DDS

Tired of masking your smile because you don't like the way your teeth look? A smile makeover can be a big boost to your confidence and self-esteem. With a total smile makeover, stained, chipped, fractured, crowded, gapped, and missing teeth can be completely transformed into the smile of your dreams. On a case by case basis, this may involve a combination of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, potentially including porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, cosmetic dental bonding, composite fillings, and orthodontic braces. Begin your smile makeover today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Murphy!