Posts for: February, 2017

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

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!