Posts for: August, 2015

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 14, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it takes a lifetime of personal and professional care. Starting your child’s daily hygiene with the first tooth eruption is a must; but you should also consider beginning regular dental visits in their early years, around or before their first birthday.

There’s evidence that early dental visits hold a number of benefits that could lead to reduced oral care costs over their lifetime.

Familiarity with professional dental care. Children need to feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings, especially new places. Beginning dental visits early improves the chances your child will view the dentist’s office as a regular part of their life. It’s especially helpful if the dental professional has training and experience with young children to put them at ease.

Early monitoring for dental disease or other problems. A young child’s teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental visits that begin early in a child’s life increase our chances of detecting any developing dental problems early. In addition to treating decayed teeth, your child may also need preventative actions like sealants or additional fluoride applications to protect teeth if they are at a higher risk for disease. As the child develops, we may also be able to catch early bite problems: with interventional treatment, it may be possible to reduce future orthodontic costs.

Parental help and support. As we discuss your child’s dental care with you, we’ll be able to provide essential information and training for how to care for their teeth and gums at home. We’ll also be able to ease any common concerns you may have, such as thumb sucking or other oral habits, as well as give you sound advice and techniques for dealing with these problems.

As with other areas of childhood development, starting off on the right foot with oral care can make all the difference to their future dental health. The sooner you begin regular dental visits with your toddler, the better their chances for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Staining  

You know that your daily coffee habit is bad for your teeth, but you just can't seem to give it up. Are you doomed to have stained, weakened teeth forever? Thankfully, you're not. While there is no substitute for giving up coffee altogether, there are steps you can takeCoffe to reduce the damage, as well as your risk for extra visits to see your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ dentist, Jeffrey Mason, DMD. Here are four of them.

1. Drink Your Coffee Quickly

The longer your coffee remains in contact with your teeth, the more damage it has a chance to do. Instead of sipping your coffee slowly throughout the day, drink your coffee fairly quickly. You'll still get the energizing benefits, but it will be less damaging to your teeth.

2. Rinse Immediately

Unfortunately, however, just because you're done drinking your coffee doesn't mean that it is completely off of your teeth. Coffee has a tendency to stick on the surface of your teeth, where it can cause damage all day long. Fight this by rinsing your mouth out with water as soon as you finish your coffee.

3. Brush Regularly

For an even more effective clean, brushing your teeth after coffee is a great way to get the leftover particles off your teeth and reduce your risk for extra visits to see your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ dentist. There are times when this simply won't be possible, however, so just be sure to brush regularly and as soon as you can.

4. Whiten Your Teeth Occasionally

Even with all three of the measures listed above, it is still pretty likely that your teeth will become at least slightly discolored over time. Thankfully, visiting your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ dentist for professional teeth whitening is one fast, easy and safe way to fix this.

Whether your teeth are already badly stained or you're worried they might stain in the future, regular trips to your dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ are a great way to keep your teeth looking fresh, clean and bright. If it's been a while since you've been in to see Dr. Mason, be sure to call and schedule an appointment today.