Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry


Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
September 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you thinking you may need a smile upgrade?

If your teeth aren't up to par, smiling could be one of the most difficult things to do. This is why Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, provides patients with several treatment options to improve your smile and restore certain functions.

How does cosmetic dentistry improve your smile?

Cosmetic dentistry improves people's appearance. It fixes issues like stained teeth caused by coffee, tea, smoking, and certain food and beverages. Cosmetic dentistry can also repair broken, chipped and missing teeth that may have resulted because of a sports accident, for example, or even teeth grinding while sleeping. Cosmetic dentistry can also fix problems like crookedness and spaces between teeth.

Before getting any work done, make sure you consult your Hasbrouck Heights dentist, Dr. Mason, about the best procedure for you.

Types of Cosmetic Procedures:

  1. Teeth Whitening is a teeth bleaching procedure that brightens and whitens discolored and stained teeth.
  2. Dental Veneers are custom-made thin porcelain shells cemented to the front side of tooth to conceal slight crookedness, discoloration, chipped teeth, and/or spaces between the teeth.
  3. Dental Implants mimic the appearance of real teeth to replace missing gaps using a titanium post. Although implants have functional advantages, they're a cosmetic procedure also designed to anchor other appliances, like crowns, bridges, and/or dentures.
  4. Dental Crowns are porcelain caps that fit over poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken, or chipped teeth to restore bite, speech and your smile.
  5. Cosmetic Tooth Bonding is when a tooth-colored material is adhered to teeth to repair or improve badly stained, broken, or chipped teeth.

Do you need a consultation?

If you'd like to learn more about what procedure works best for you, then call Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, at (201) 288-4447 today.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, can improve your smile

Do you want to change your smile? If so, you need to find out about cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry goes far beyond conventional restorative treatments, offering specific treatments that are designed to enhance your smile and give you a look that you are proud to show off. Here at Dr. Jeffrey Mason's office in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options for you to choose from.

So, how do you decide which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you? Your dentist can help—here is just a small sample of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures for you to consider:

Professional teeth whitening, if you want to brighten a dull, aging smile; with professional teeth whitening, you can achieve dramatic results, whitening your smile up to 8 shades brighter. Your results will last too, even up to 5 years! The procedure is safe because the products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Dental bonding, if you want to repair or hide small chips, cracks, or other signs of wear-and-tear; bonding uses composite, a unique liquid material that can be color-matched to your teeth and sculpted to match the contours of your teeth. After placement, the composite is hardened with an ultraviolet light. The final result is a beautiful, virtually invisible dental restoration.

Porcelain veneers, if you really want to make your smile pop; veneers are thin laminates of exquisite, sparkling porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are conservative because your dentist removes very little tooth structure, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers. Porcelain veneers can hide both minor and major damage including chips, cracks, areas of lost tooth structure, discolorations, and more.

No matter what you want to change about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is right for you. To learn more about these and other cosmetic and restorative dental services, call Dr. Jeffrey Mason in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, today at (201) 288-4447.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
November 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Wondering how our Hasbrouck Heights dentist can transform your smile?

If you don’t feel confident with your smile the way it is then perhaps you’ve decided that cosmetic dentistry may be the best option for you. smileOur Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Mason prides himself on providing cosmetic dentistry that doesn’t just improve smiles but also confidence. Here are some of the top cosmetic dentistry options to consider.


Porcelain Veneers

Veneers aren’t just for the rich and famous. Anyone struggling with imperfections in their smile, from discolorations and chips to gaps between teeth and slightly crooked smiles, might benefit from porcelain veneers. These thin enamel-like shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to fix many common cosmetic imperfections. Whether you wish to fix a couple of teeth or all of them, veneers may be the best way to do it.


Teeth Whitening

The years aren’t always kind to our teeth. If years of smoking or coffee drinking has caused you to develop a yellowing smile out Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, cosmetic dentist can get your smile dramatically whiter in about one hour.

Chairside teeth whitening combines a powerful whitening gel with a special dental light that activates the gel and helps it break up stains. Teeth whitening is the perfect cosmetic enhancement before a big job interview, wedding, anniversary or special event.


Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth then you may be wondering what the closest thing is to a real tooth. The answer is a dental implant. Implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where they function like tooth roots.

The metal post will integrate with the jawbone over the course of several months, after which our dentist will place a dental crown over the implant. Implants can also be used to fully support and hold partial and full dentures in place.

Mason Dental Associates of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, is here to provide you with the comprehensive dental care you’re looking for, whether you want teeth whitening, dental implants or a simple teeth cleaning. If cosmetic dentistry is what you’re after call us today for a consultation at (201) 288-4447.

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.