Posts for tag: Veneers

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
January 13, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Dr. Jeffrey Mason recognizes the benefit of veneers on a person's smile. However, patients in Hasbrouck, NJ, and the surrounding area might be concerned about the safety of this procedure. So, Dr. Mason would like to take a moment to explain whether he recommends this procedure or not and for which patients. 

What Dentists Recommend Veneers For 

When you visit a dentist in Hasbrouck, NJ, to correct aesthetic problems with your teeth, veneers could be a solution. In fact, veneers help with the following issues:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Misalignments 
  • Minor gaps  
  • Cracks and chips

Why Veneers Could Be Risky 

The reason why people question if a dentist recommends veneers is because, with certain varieties, the dentist shaves a portion of your natural tooth. However, despite removing some of your natural teeth, which won't regenerate, veneers are safe for most people. The amount of tooth removed is minimal, even with versions that require a practitioner to remove some of your teeth. Your dentist will strive to remove as little of your tooth as possible. 

Moreover, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure the procedure is safe for you. For instance, if you have thin enamel, your dentist will recommend a variety that doesn't remove any of your natural teeth. On the other hand, a practitioner will possibly advise you to receive another correction method. Your dentist will evaluate the health of your gums and teeth first because if you have gum disease, untreated decay, or other oral health problems, you may not qualify for this procedure. Additionally, it's best not to get this procedure if you grind your teeth.  

When a Dentist Recommends Veneers

A dentist will recommend veneers if you're looking for tooth correction for various aesthetic issues. A practitioner will consider this procedure if you're interested in it and have no oral health issues that could interfere with its safety. Therefore, a dentist may recommend this treatment if you're looking for a more permanent correction method. 

Dr. Mason helps Hasbrouck, NJ, smile brightly with routine dentistry services. However, Dr. Mason also provides and recommends the option of veneers for people who are looking to correct imperfections with their smiles. 

Contact Dr. Mason at 201-288-4447 to discuss if veneers are a feasible and safe solution for you. 

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
November 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers   crowns  
HowGeorgeClooneyMadeOverHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Since his breakout role as Dr. Doug Ross in the 90's TV drama ER, George Clooney has enjoyed a blockbuster career as an award-winning actor, director and producer. He's still going strong, as seen in the recent film The Midnight Sky, which Clooney directed and starred in. This sci-fi drama set a record as the most-watched movie on Netflix for the first five days after its late December release. And although now well into middle age, Clooney still possesses a winsome charm epitomized by his devil-may-care smile.

But he didn't always have his enigmatic grin. Early on, his struggles pursuing his burgeoning acting career triggered a stressful habit of grinding his teeth. This took a toll, as his teeth began to look worn and yellowed, giving his smile—and him—a prematurely aged appearance.

Clooney's not alone. For many of us, our fast-paced lives have created undue stress that we struggle to manage. This pent-up stress has to go somewhere, and for a number of individuals it's expressed through involuntary grinding or gritting of the teeth. This may not only lead to serious dental problems, but it can also diminish an otherwise attractive smile.

There are ways to minimize teeth grinding, the most important of which is to address the underlying stress fueling the habit. It's possible to get a handle on stress through professional counseling, biofeedback therapy, meditation or other relaxation techniques. You can also reduce the habit's effects with a custom-made oral device that prevents the teeth from making solid contact during a grinding episode.

But what if teeth grinding has already taken a toll on your teeth making them look worn down? Do what Clooney did—put a new “face” on your teeth with dental veneers. These thin layers of porcelain are bonded to teeth to mask all sorts of blemishes, including chips, heavy staining and, yes, teeth that appear shortened due to accelerated wearing. And they're custom-designed and fashioned to blend seamlessly with other teeth to transform your smile. Although they're not indestructible, they're quite durable and can last for years.

Veneers can correct many mild to moderate dental defects, but if your teeth are in worse shape, porcelain crowns may be the answer. A crown, which bonds to a prepared tooth to completely cover it, allows you the advantage of keeping your natural tooth while still enhancing its appearance.

Although different in degree, both veneers and crowns require permanently altering the teeth, such that they will require a dental restoration from then on. But if you're looking for an effective way to transform your worn or otherwise distressed teeth into a beautiful smile, it's a sound investment.

Just like George Clooney, your smile is an important part of who you are. We can help you make it as appealing as possible with veneers or other dental enhancements. Call us today to get started on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers and other smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

YouMayNotNeedPermanentToothAlterationWithTheseUltra-ThinVeneers

If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.

But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.

The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.

With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.

No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”

They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.

Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.

If you would like more information on no-prep veneers, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s common to have flaws in your smile that you may be uncomfortable with. Flaws in your smile may hurt your confidence and make it feel embarrassing to show off your smile like you want to. Your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Mason Dental Assosiatiates, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, can help you determine what cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures 

There are numerous issues that cosmetic dentistry from your cosmetic dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, can tackle. Some common procedures include:

  • Dental Implants- If you’re missing a tooth, dental implants may be the right solution for you! Dental implants are a durable form of tooth replacement that’s long-lasting, natural-looking, and completely functional like a natural tooth! No one will ever know you were missing a tooth to begin with.
  • Teeth Whitening- Over time, it’s common for your teeth to take on yellowing and staining. Teeth whitening can brighten up your smile and leave it sparkling again. Professional teeth whitening from your dentist can be done in-office and you should notice results almost instantly after treatment.
  • Bonding- If you have chips or cracks in your smile, bonding is the best way to patch these cracks up. Bonding is tooth-colored and will leave you with a natural-looking result.
  • Veneers- With veneers, you can cover up any yellowing or staining, missing teeth, crookedness, misalignment, and any chips or cracks you may suffer from. Veneers are the best way to get a perfect-looking Hollywood smile.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today!

No matter what issues you may face, there’s a cosmetic dentistry procedure out there for you. Contact Dr. Mason of Mason Dental Assosiatiates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, at (201) 288-4447 today!

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
May 25, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers   porcelain veneers  

What's keeping you from the smile of your dreams? Perhaps it's a chipped tooth, a slight gap, or teeth that simply will not whiten. Dental veneers can address these and other problems and do so faster than a lot of other treatments. Not everyone may be a candidate for the procedure, but they have improved many smiles. To find out more contact Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

Understanding Dental Veneers

Veneers work in a similar way to dental crowns in that they are tooth-shaped and are adhered to your tooth. But unlike crowns, because they are much thinner, they do not require nearly as much of your tooth to be reshaped. They can also last a long time with proper care.

You may be warned against biting very hard foods or using your teeth as a tool for opening things, but these warnings stand even for your natural teeth. Good dental habits remain important as well since veneers require otherwise healthy teeth for the treatment, and because your teeth beneath the veneers are still susceptible to decay.

How Veneers Can Help

Teeth that are worn, cracked, chipped, or in some way misshapen can benefit from dental veneers. They are also an excellent option for slight gaps in your smile and for teeth that do not respond to professional whitening. You can have a single veneer placed, or only a few if you are not looking for a full transformation.

They may not be the treatment for you if you have severe bite problems, are looking to correct larger gaps, or some of your teeth are too damaged. Your dentist may recommend alternative treatments if any of this is the case.

Veneers in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

If it's several concerns that are keeping you from the smile of your dreams then dental veneers may be the best and fastest way to achieve it. Come into the office to discover if dental veneers are right for you. Make an appointment with Dr. Mason of Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, by dialing (201) 288-4447.