Posts for: June, 2015

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: smile makeover  
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When you’re posting a profile photo on LinkedIn, Facebook, Match.com and other social media sites, which shot is likely to make the best impression in terms of “likeability,” “competence” and “influence”? One in which you’re smiling and showing some teeth, for starters, according to PhotoFeeler.com, a crowdsourcing website that helps people evaluate their head shots. If something about your teeth is holding you back from parting your lips when you smile for the camera, here are some tried-and-true options for doing something about it!

Picture-Perfect Color, Shape and Alignment

Improving the color of your teeth may be as easy as getting regular professional cleanings, which are necessary for removal of calculus — dark-yellow hardened buildup of bacterial plaque — and can polish out superficial staining caused by certain beverages and foods.

Actually changing the color of your teeth entails whitening/bleaching. Professional whitening achieves the fastest results because it uses the highest concentration of peroxide solution and custom-fitted trays. In-home whitening kits take longer to work but are less expensive. Results last anywhere from six months to two years.

For permanent whitening results, consider veneers or crowns. In addition to changing tooth color, they can also alter tooth shape, hide wear and even minimize gaps between teeth. Veneers are affixed to the front of teeth, while crowns cover the entire tooth.

Teeth that are chipped, cracked or have noticeable areas of decay, can be restored with bonding, in which a composite resin material is applied that is colored to match your natural teeth.

You can straighten misaligned teeth and no one even has to know you’re doing it. Barely visible and entirely invisible orthodontic appliances include clear braces, lingual braces (attached to the tongue-facing side of teeth) and clear aligners, which are removable for tooth brushing/flossing, cleaning the appliance, eating, and special occasions.

If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”


By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 07, 2015
Category: Oral Health
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Professional basketball player Lamar Odom is sometimes known as “the candyman” because of his notorious fondness for sweets. But when his sweet tooth finally caught up with him — in the form of a mouthful of decayed teeth — the six-foot-ten-inch, 230-pound hoops star admitted that he had been avoiding treatment… because he was afraid of going to the dentist!

It took two Kardashians (Khloe and Kim) and a painful toothache to finally persuade Odom to sit in the chair. Once he did, it was found that he needed a root canal, a wisdom tooth extraction, and several fillings. Yet the fretful forward sailed through the whole set of procedures in a single visit, and walked out with a big smile afterward. How did his dentists make that happen?

Put it down to the “magic” of sedation dentistry. With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need. That’s good news for about 50 percent of the population, who admit they’re at least somewhat afraid of the dentist — and even better for the 15 percent who avoid dental care completely due to their fear.

Dentists have a number of ways to ease apprehensive patients through a dental visit. An oral anti-anxiety drug can be given in pill form about an hour beforehand. Nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”), which is administered by a mask placed over the mouth or nose, may also be used to relieve anxiety. The calming effects of these medications help make any nervousness melt away — and in many circumstances, mild sedation is all that’s needed to ease the fear.

For lengthier or more complex procedures, intravenous (IV) sedation may be recommended. Unlike deeper (unconscious) sedation, IV sedation doesn’t cause “sleep.” Instead, it puts you in a comfortable semi-awake state, where you can still breathe on your own and respond to stimuli… but without feeling any anxiety. And when the procedure is over, you probably won’t have any memory of it at all.

IV sedation can be administered by dentists who are specially trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment. While sedation is being provided, you will be monitored at all times by a dedicated staff member; when it’s over, you will rest for a while as the medication quickly wears off. Then (as is the case with oral sedation), you’ll need another person to give you a ride home.

Does sedation dentistry really work? Lamar Odom thinks so. “I feel so much better,” he said when his 7-hour procedure was over. “I feel like I accomplished something.”

If you would like more information about sedation dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”


By Jeffrey Mason, D.M.D.
June 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you think you could look healthier and wiser because of your smile? While we know that first impressions count, research actually demonstrates that individuals are viewed as smarter and more successful if they flash beautiful smiles. Marketing strategy experts at Kelton Global say that 45 percent of Americans think people with an attractive smile interview well and get the job.White Teeth

Surprising? Think it's unattainable? Think again, because teeth whitening could supercharge your professional life quickly, safely and affordably with cosmetic dentistry from Jeffrey Mason DMD. Skilled in bringing out the best out in any smile, Dr. Mason keeps abreast of the newest procedures to create healthy and attention-grabbing smiles for patients in all walks of life - including professionals.

In-office Teeth Whitening

Smiles can darken, yellow and stain as you age, and a whitened smile definitely takes years off your appearance.

The intensely colored foods we eat and drink - blueberries, red wine, coffee, cola - discolor tooth enamel, making people less confident when they smile in public. While whitening toothpaste helps with tooth staining, the results are minimal. Over the counter whitening gels and strips run the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity, and are not strong enough to produce lasting color improvement.

Cosmetic dentists, on the other hand, offer powerful bleaching agents right in their offices. These gels, applied and supervised by dental professionals, contain a 35 to 45 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient that penetrates tooth enamel within minutes to power out discoloration.

The Teeth Whitening Procedure

In just one visit, patients can have smiles that are virtually transformed. From dull and dingy, your teeth can brighten a full 3 to 8 shades! Color improvement lasts for up to a year before touch-up is needed.

After Dr. Mason examines your mouth and checks that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening, he will cover your gums and retract your cheeks off the tooth surfaces. This protects the sensitive soft tissues of the mouth from the whitening chemicals.

The whitening gel is then applied. The chemicals work quickly to target the stained organic material which is networked together with the hard minerals of the tooth enamel. The whole process is relaxed and comfortable, taking about an hour. The patient may go home with custom-fitted whitening trays for future touch-ups.

What patients notice is how much and how rapidly their smiles have changed. Whitening is a great cosmetic fix that is safe and fits well into busy professional schedules.

Jeffrey Mason DMD

Serving the Hasbrouck Heights area of New Jersey, Dr. Mason has brought his excellent dental and people skills to patients of all ages since 1992. Offering numerous restorative, preventative and cosmetic services, Dr. Mason can address any health or aesthetic concerns you may regarding your teeth and gums.

Could whitening change how people look at you? Discuss your options with Dr. Mason. Contact his office for a consultation: (201) 288-4447.