Posts for: August, 2017

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Yes, you can improve the appearance of your smile. Just ask Dr. Jeffrey Mason about cosmetic dentistry in his modern Hasbrouck Heights cosmetic dentistryoffice. No matter what your smile issues may be--dental stains, cracks, dark fillings--Dr. Mason can work with you in achieving a dramatically refreshed look. You'll feel better about yourself as you smile confidently through out your day. Learn what Dr. Mason offers and how these aesthetic treatments can change what the world sees and how you feel.

The definition of cosmetic dentistry

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, this specialized branch of oral health care takes healthy teeth and improves their appearance. Some cosmetic services also enhance the appearance of gum tissue, too, and cosmetic dentists study the entire facial appearance before beginning aesthetic changes.

For instance, during a cosmetic dentistry consultation, Dr. Mason considers:

  • The health of the teeth and gums
  • Bite and tooth alignment
  • The condition of restorations such as crowns and fillings
  • The age of the patient (older teens and adults are the best candidates)
  • The width of the smile and how much gum tissue shows when smiling

In addition, Dr. Mason wants to clearly understand how the patient wants his or her smile to look. Proposed changes should be realistic and the resulting look, complimentary.

Featured cosmetic treatments

Dr. Mason and his dedicated staff offer many kinds of cosmetic treatments and often combine them with restorative treatments such as crowns, implants, and bridges, for a smile that reflects good health, oral function and beauty.
Used singly or combined into one comprehensive makeover, Dr. Mason offers the following services in his Hasbrouck Heights practice.

Composite resin bonding

This single-visit treatment uses a tooth-colored material composed of acrylic and glass particles. Strong and tooth-colored, composite resin fills gaps, chips, pitting and other surface defects so seamlessly no one could ever tell a problem existed.

Dr. Mason prepares the teeth with minor sanding to remove sharp edges and applies a conditioning and etching liquid. Then, layer by layer, he lays down the resin, hardening it which quickly and safely ensures a durable bond. Finally, the dentist trims and polishes the tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings

Also using composite resin, tooth-colored fillings give patients a cosmetically-pleasing alternative to dark metal fillings. Installed and cured in much the same way as bonding repairs, these restorations are long-lasting and enamel-sparing. Because they bond right to existing tooth structure, they require less enamel removal to place than amalgam restorations.

Professional teeth whitening

Performed in-office or at-home, teeth whitening removes stains from darkly-pigmented foods, beverages, prescription medications and smoking. Teeth and gums must be healthy to undergo this popular and cost-sparing treatment. Results are dramatic as the dental grade peroxide gel leaves teeth several shades brighter.

Looking for a change?

Then, why wait? Contact Dr. Jeffrey Mason today for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. You'll love his concerned manner and artistic expertise. Call (201) 288-4447.


Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.

Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.

Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment, we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.

If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.

We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.

There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.

If you would like more information on internal bleaching, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”


Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”