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Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”


You could have an unattractive smile because of a chipped tooth or one slightly out of alignment. Or, it could be both of the above, plus some heavy staining to boot. Correcting each flaw individually might require a combination of different methods like orthodontics or porcelain crowns, which can take an extended period of time to complete.

But you may be able to correct numerous smile flaws with just one method—and in no more than a couple of treatment visits. It's called direct veneers.

Unlike regular veneers, direct veneers don't require a dental technician to craft a thin porcelain shell to bond over teeth. Rather, a dentist applies a tooth-colored material called composite resin to the problem teeth and "sculpts" an entirely new look that can correct multiple dental flaws at one time.

The dentist usually begins the process by creating a model ("wax-up") of proposed changes based on physical impressions of the jaw and teeth. Both dentist and patient can study the model and modify it if necessary, when finalizing the treatment plan.

At a subsequent appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth surface for bonding by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel, then shapes the teeth to better accommodate the composite resin. This tooth prep is similar to that done with traditional veneers, so it's permanent—the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.

After applying an etchant and a bonding agent, the dentist applies the composite resin in small amounts, hardening each layer with a special light before applying the next one. With each subsequent layer, the dentist sculps the composite material to eventually resemble the wax-up model.

After completing the composite application, the dentist then uses hand tools and a dental drill to complete shaping, as well as an abrasive strip between teeth to aid future flossing. After just a few hours, the transformation is complete.

Direct veneers are durable, but not to the same extent as regular veneers or other cosmetic enhancements. They can also pick up stains over time, and may require re-treatment at some point. Still, direct veneers are a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of teeth with multiple flaws that could radically change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on the direct veneer method, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

At Dental Arts of Englewood, Dr. Mark Docktor transforms patient smiles with porcelain veneers. Veneers can correct all kinds of cosmetic dental issues and give you a boost of confidence with a perfect smile! Keep reading for all the benefits of veneers and come see us if you want a brand new smile.

Fix cosmetic issues

Veneers are a way to completely reshape and redesign your smile. Veneers are made from a thin ceramic shell, and porcelain is the highest quality material for veneers. Each individual veneer fits snugly over each tooth to change its appearance. Stained teeth, chips and cracks, slightly crooked teeth, and even small gaps in teeth can all be corrected with veneers.

Short treatment time

You can get a full set of veneers in our Englewood, NJ, office in just 2 or 3 appointments. If your dentist has to prepare any teeth they will file your teeth before making molds of them. These molds are used to ensure a perfect fit when your custom veneers are fabricated at a dental lab. At a final appointment, the veneers are cemented into place and you leave the office with a brand new smile!

Painless transformation

You can have a completely new smile without undergoing a single procedure. Your dentist may need to file some teeth down to make room for the veneers, but there is no surgery involved and this step should be painless for you.

Perfect smile

Porcelain veneers can make any smile symmetrical and beautiful. Porcelain reflects light and resists staining, so your veneers will stay sparkling and bright! Treat yourself to a new smile of the highest quality with a full set of porcelain veneers!


Dr. Mark Docktor of Dental Arts of Englewood loves to see patient smiles transformed and confidence boosted with veneers. Contact us for an appointment in Englewood, NJ, at (201) 894-9998.


Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.

But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”

Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.

Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.

Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.

Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”

By Dental Arts of Englewood
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

The years can take a toll on your teeth, no matter how diligently you care for your smile. Luckily, revitalizing your appearance can be as simple as visiting your dentist in Englewood, NJ, Dr. Mark Docktor, for porcelain veneers.



Porcelain veneers enhance your smile

Veneers hide imperfections under thin porcelain shells attached to the fronts of your teeth. The restorations are about the same thickness as a contact lens, yet offer an exceptional ability to hide cosmetic issues with teeth.

You won't need to undergo an extensive dental procedure if you want veneers. In fact, your Englewood dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel before you receive your restorations. This step is crucial as it ensures that your veneers look natural and feel comfortable.

Thanks to veneers, it's possible to:

  • Keep Minor Flaws and Damage Hidden: Do a few little flaws detract from your smile? Porcelain veneers can hide uneven surfaces, shallow cracks, chips in teeth and other imperfections.
  • Improve Color: All of your teeth should be the same color, but that's not always the case. Luckily, the problem is easy to fix by adding a porcelain veneer that matches the exact shade of your other teeth.
  • Transform an Unusual-Looking Tooth: Whether the problem is a crooked, twisted or oddly shaped tooth, adding a porcelain veneer will change the shape of your tooth.
  • Solve Your Short Tooth Problem: Veneers extend the length of teeth that are just a little too short.
  • Brighten Your Entire Smile: Porcelain veneers are also a good option if you want a bright, white smile. Stain-resistant veneers are available in a multitude of shades, allowing you to choose the ideal level of whiteness for your smile. The restorations are frequently used by celebrities who want a whiter smile.
  • Hide Gaps: Slight gaps disappear once a few veneers are added to your teeth.

Would you like to renew your smile with porcelain veneers? Call Dr. Docktor's Englewood, NJ, office at (201) 894-9998 to schedule your appointment.