Posts for tag: Veneers

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

If your smile isn't quite picture-perfect, you may benefit from veneer treatment. Offered by your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason, these versatile restorations hide a multitude of flaws and provide you with a an amazing appearance—read on to learn more!

 

How veneers can upgrade your smile

Veneers may be no thicker than a contact lens, but they can still dramatically change your smile for the better. Most often made of porcelain, these tooth-shaped shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Additionally, they don't require any extensive preparation or major changes to your teeth. In fact, only a small amount of tooth enamel may need to be removed to ensure a proper fit.

Veneers from our Hasbrouck Heights office may be a good choice if you are concerned about:

  • Minor Damage: Chips and shallow cracks may not alter the integrity of your teeth, but they can be unsightly. Veneers offer a simple solution that keeps damage out of sight.
  • Surface Issues: Tooth enamel isn't always perfectly smooth, as bumps, pits, and uneven surfaces can all draw unwanted attention to your smile. Fortunately, improving your tooth surface can be as easy as attaching a few veneers.
  • Discolored Teeth: Whether your discoloration occurred due to trauma, a dental issue or taking the antibiotic tetracycline as a child, veneers can improve the color of discolored teeth. Your veneers will be made to match the color of nearby teeth to ensure that the discoloration soon becomes a distant memory.
  • Irregularities: Veneers make crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped teeth look perfectly uniform. They also offer a simple way to lengthen teeth that are a little too short.
  • Gaps: The restorations also make gaps between your teeth disappear. They're a good option if you have slight gaps. Larger gaps may require orthodontic treatment.
  • Stains: Would you like a whiter smile? Veneers can whiten your entire smile, are available in many shades of white and are stain-resistant.

 

Interested? Give us a call

Revitalize your smile with veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call your dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, Dr. Mason, at (201) 288-4447 to schedule your appointment.

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With its life-like color and texture, dental porcelain can restore a smile marred by decayed or damaged teeth. This durable ceramic material not only matches the varieties of individual tooth colors and hues, its translucence mimics the appearance of natural teeth. But perhaps its greatest benefit is its adaptability for use in a number of different applications, particularly veneers and crowns.

Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain laminated together and permanently bonded to cover the visible outer side of a tooth to improve its appearance. Crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” of dental porcelain designed to completely cover a defective tooth.

Veneers and crowns share a number of similarities. Both can alter the color and shape of teeth, although crowns are used when more extensive tooth structure has been damaged. They’re also “irreversible,” meaning the tooth must be altered in such a way that it will always require a veneer or crown, though on some occasions a veneer can require no removal of tooth structure and can be reversible.

They do, however, have some differences as to the type of situation they address. Veneers are generally used where the affected teeth have a poor appearance (chipped, malformed or stained, for example) but are still structurally healthy. And although they do generally require some removal of tooth enamel to accommodate them (to minimize a “bulky” appearance), the reduction is much less than for a crown.

Crowns, on the other hand, restore teeth that have lost significant structure from disease, injury, stress-related grinding habits or the wearing effects of aging. Since they must contain enough mass to stand up to the normal biting forces a tooth must endure, a significant amount of the original tooth structure must be removed to accommodate them.

Which application we use will depend upon a thorough examination of your teeth. Once we’ve determined their condition and what you need, we can then recommend the best application for your situation. But regardless of whether we install a veneer or crown, using dental porcelain can help achieve an end result that’s truly life-changing — a new, younger-looking smile.

If you would like more information on dental porcelain restorations, 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 “Porcelain Crowns & 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.