Posts for tag: Veneers

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

VeneersWith so many cosmetic treatments to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you. Well, if you have deep stains, mild crookedness, gaps, or chips, porcelain veneers may be the best choice. Custom-crafted from premiere dental ceramic, veneers cover the front of healthy, but flawed, teeth. Dr. Jeffrey Mason can tell you about porcelain veneers when you visit his Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, office for a personalized consultation.

Veneers and you

Porcelain veneers are super-thin, tooth-shaped shells of fine ceramic which faithfully mimic natural tooth enamel in color, sheen, and shape. Permanently bonded on the cheek side of selected teeth, veneers beautify and strengthen smiles.

Dr. Mason places porcelain veneers on healthy teeth. During a consultation with your dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, you'll learn how your smile can improve and exactly how the treatment will proceed. For your part, you'll tell Dr. Mason how you'd like your smile to change:

  1. Do you wish to even tooth length in the "smile Zone" in the front of your mouth?
  2. Are your teeth somewhat crooked or widely spaced but do not need orthodontic correction?
  3. Are your teeth so stained they do not respond to professional whitening treatments?
  4. Are some teeth poorly shaped, chipped, or cracked?

Have your smile goals in mind so you and Dr. Mason can formulate a treatment plan perfect for your facial appearance and lifestyle. Dr. Mason will examine your teeth and gums carefully before treatment; he will address any restorative issues before beginning the veneer process.

The treatment

After your initial consultation, your dentist will take oral impressions and do some minor enamel resurfacing. After that, he'll place temporary laminates so you look and feel comfortable as you wait for your permanent veneers to return from the dental lab.

Rest assured that when you receive your veneers, you'll be pleased with how beautiful and realistic they are. Dr. Mason will remove your temporary laminates and bond the permanent ones in place using a special adhesive which is both strong and tooth-colored. A special light hardens the adhesive after your dentist carefully adjusts the bite. That's it! You have resurfaced teeth that are truly stunning and perfectly suited to your unique facial features.

For the next few days, you'll adjust to how your veneers feel. And, of course, you'll brush twice a day, floss daily, and eat your usual healthy diet. Every six months, see Dr. Mason for your normal prophylaxis (check-up and cleaning). Plus, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends limiting staining foods, such as soy sauce and curry and coffee, tea, and cola. Of course, everyone should avoid tobacco because it stains both natural enamel and porcelain restorations, but also because of its toxic health effects.

Interested?

Porcelain veneers could be your best cosmetic dental treatment. Learn the details of this popular service by arranging a consultation with Dr. Mason in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Call today: (201) 288-4447. Look forward to a sparkling, picture-perfect smile!

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Are you proud of your smile? If minor imperfections or discolorations mar your teeth, you may want to consider making over your smile with veneersveneers. Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Mason explains how you can benefit from veneers.

A simple way to improve your smile

Thin porcelain veneers cover the front surfaces of your teeth and are used to conceal a variety of imperfections. Unlike some other cosmetic dentistry treatments, they require no changes to the structure of your tooth. In fact, only a very small layer of tooth enamel is removed to ensure that your veneers fit well without feeling with bulky.

Veneers are incredibly versatile

Porcelain veneers are regularly used to address these cosmetic issues:

  • Minor Damage: Veneers offer a simple way to hide small chips and shallow cracks in your tooth enamel.
  • Small Imperfections: Is the surface of a tooth a little uneven or bumpy? Adding a porcelain veneer will make the tooth look perfectly smooth.
  • Spacing Issues: Even a very small gap between your teeth can make you dislike your smile. Veneers hide slight gaps and are an excellent choice if you have a slight space between your front teeth.
  • Discolorations: Teeth can change color if you've experienced tooth trauma, have a large filling or took tetracycline as a child. Erasing those discolorations is as easy as attaching a veneer to the front of the tooth with dental cement.
  • Unusual Looking Teeth: Ideally, all of your teeth will be roughly the same size and shape. Unfortunately, all of us aren't lucky enough to come by a perfect smile naturally. If you would like to change the appearance of a crooked, twisted or pointed tooth or lengthen a short tooth, veneers are a good option.
  • A Dull Smile: Yellowing can occur due to aging, genetics or smoking, or from stains from foods and beverages. Although teeth whitening offers an effective way to brighten teeth, results only last a few years and may not be quite as dramatic as you had hoped. Adding veneers to all of your teeth offers a more permanent solution. Since veneers are very resistant to staining, you won't have to worry that your smile will become dull again.

Veneers are smile changers! Call Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Mason at (201) 288-4447 to schedule an appointment to discuss veneers.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Are you interested in dental veneers?veneers

Your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason, can help your answers and tell you more about dental veneers and how they may enhance your smile.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic shells installed to the front of your damaged teeth. They can cover a variety of issues, including:

  • Stained teeth or discolored as a result of unhealthy and/or unhygienic choices, such as not brushing or flossing, drinking too much coffee and/or tea, or smoking and chewing tobacco. There are some things that may cause the staining of your teeth but aren't actually bad for your like antibiotics that have tetracycline.
  • Mishappened teeth, such as worn down or chipped teeth, crooked or irregularly shaped teeth, and uneven spacing, like gaps between teeth or overcrowdedness.

How do you get veneers?

You will need to go to your Hasbrouck Heights dentist so that he may conduct a full dental examination. The examination will help him assess the health of your teeth, find any problems, like cavities, and decide if you're a good candidate for veneers.

Dr. Mason will create a custom plan for your teeth. If your teeth and gums are in good overall health but he finds a few cavities, he will need to clean them out and seal them before installing any veneers. Then he will make a mold of your teeth to send to a lab that will design your veneers.

The next time you come into his office, he will shave some enamel from the surface of the teeth that will have veneers placed on them, then bond the veneer on the surface with a special type of cement. The cement is hardened using a laser. You will have two-week adjustment period after that, where the veneers will start to change their shape and size. A follow-up appointment is necessary after these two weeks and if all is good, then finally your teeth are all done!

If you have any questions about veneers, call your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mason, at 201-288-4447.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
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What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Changing the look of your smile is easy with cosmetic dentistry. However, with the vast myriad of choices available, choosing the right veneersprocedure for you can prove to be difficult. Find out more about dental veneers, a common cosmetic procedure available with your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason.

What are dental veneers? 
Dental veneers are custom-made, tooth-colored porcelain dental restorations which fit over the front of a tooth. Thanks to their location and appearance, veneers essentially cover up imperfections on the natural tooth to provide a more aesthetic, improved appearance. These very thin shells closely resemble natural teeth and blend into your smile whether you have a single veneer or an entire arch of veneers.

What can dental veneers correct in my smile? 
Dental veneers are a versatile dental restoration which can correct many flaws in the teeth. Veneers can also change the shape and size of the tooth. Veneers can treat many conditions, including:

  • cracked teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • jagged or rough teeth

Are dental veneers permanent? 
Dental veneers’ procedure requires that a small amount of enamel be removed from the front of the tooth. This renders the procedure permanent and non-reversible. However, thanks to their materials and the bonding process, proper care can maintain dental veneers for up to 20 years before requiring replacement. Patients care for veneers just like they would their natural teeth, by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. Patients should also see their dentist twice a year for their normal examination and professional cleaning.

Dental Veneers in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Dental veneers are suitable for most people who wish to improve the appearance of their smile. Depending on your situation, your dentist may recommend only one veneer or a veneer for every visible tooth on the arch. This makes a consultation prior to any commitment to dental veneers an important step towards your new smile. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Mason in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Call 201-288-4447 to schedule your consultation for veneers with Dr. Mason today!