Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

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.

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Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”

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
September 28, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”