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By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 09, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers   porcelain veneers  

If you need help with correcting your smile or are considering porcelain veneers, you have come to the right place. An appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, can help you determine if veneers are the correct choice for your smile.

Discover The Versatility Of Porcelain Veneers

Daily oral care is sure to help remove stains that accumulate on the enamel. Still, sometimes we can not clean every stain. For stubborn stains that remain on the teeth, veneers are a great option. Here’s why dental veneers are so versatile:

Non-Invasive Improvements in Your Smile

Veneers are thin material that is placed over the tooth, instantly improving your smile. That means no need for surgery or other invasive treatments to install your porcelain veneers.

Healthy teeth and gums have the best chance with the successful installation of veneers. Another boon is that veneers last a long time -- up to 15 years with proper care.

Custom Made Just For You

Just as every person has teeth that are unique to their genetics, your dentist can offer choices that resemble your natural teeth. A range of colors, shapes, and sizes make veneers one of the most versatile tools in your dentist’s toolbox.

Creates A More Consistent Look

For those with large spaces between their teeth, dental veneers make it easy to create a smile that boosts your confidence. Individuals with cracked or chipped teeth will also find that their smile is more even after applying veneers.

Easy Adjustments

Your dentist will be able to adjust your veneers until you feel most comfortable. There is less commitment because the procedure affects the surfaces of your teeth and not the roots.

Explore your options with porcelain veneers today. Call Dr. Mason at Mason Dental Associates serving the Hasbrouck Heights, NJ area at (201) 288-4447 to schedule a consultation.

JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”