The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers | Hoboken Dentist

When thinking about improving the look of your smile, it is important to weigh out the pro and cons of each option. Porcelain veneers are one of the most natural looking restorations in cosmetic dentistry, while also providing durability and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel. The porcelain veneers are fingernail thin, shells that are directly bonded over damaged, misshapen or stained teeth and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

Advantages of porcelain veneers:

  • They are stain-resistant to classic stains like coffee, tea, soda and smoke, so they won’t have any discoloration over time
  • Porcelain veneers can improve multiple flaws such as stains, cracks, gaps or discoloring
  • Porcelain produces natural looking results because the material mimics the light reflecting properties of the natural tooth
  • The material is very durable, and the strength can be comparable to natural tooth enamel, also have a lifespan of 10-20 years, making them a great investment with proper maintenance
  • Porcelain veneers produce fast and dramatic results, such as whiter or bolder teeth
  • It is more conservative than a full crown, by persevering more of your natural tooth
  • The shape, color and size are all customized just for you

Few disadvantages include:

  • The shape or color cannot be alter once bonded to your tooth.
  • If broken, the whole veneer has to be replaced.
  • They can be quite pricey, costing around $1,000 per tooth

Overall, there are many more advantages than disadvantages when picking porcelain veneers. So if you are in the market to improve your smile, make an appointment with your dental professional to discuss a treatment plan to getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Looking After Your Child’s Dental Health | Hoboken Dentist

children losing teethBecause we are aware that children will lose their first set of teeth, we tend to think that their dental hygiene isn’t all that important. After all, the first set completely falls out – why do they need to be looked after? They shouldn’t be overlooked because the first set sets to tone for the second set. If you have dental issues in the beginning, it is possible for those same issues to plague the following set. So, as soon as you child begins to show they are beginning to teethe, or it’s their first birthday, take them to a dental professional. They will not only give you indications of any issues that may arise in the future but can also alleviate any dental anxiety going forward.

Plaque has bacteria that produces toxins and damages gums. The bacteria gather around pockets in your gums. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. This will lead to bleeding gums and gums pulling away from the teeth. Eventually teeth will become loose and possibly fall out. As you begin to teach your child dental hygiene practices, keep these tips in mind to help your child ward off gum disease:

  • Be sure your child brushes twice a day for two minutes and flosses as well
  • Brush with toothpaste that has fluoride
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush; replace every 3 months or after any illness
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy diet. Avoid sugary snacks and junk food
  • Take your child for regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings

To learn more about pediatric dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.