Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
December 08, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Since you have high standards, you want nothing but a flawless smile — no chips, cracks, gaps, and definitely no stains on your teeth. But since you haven’t been naturally pleased with a stunning smile, you might feel discouraged by your ordinary smile. But guess what? Dental veneers in Honolulu, Hi, can transform your average smile into something you will be proud to show off. Dr. Ken Yasuhara uses high-quality veneers to erase teeth imperfections, ruining your smile.

Smile flaws that can vanish with teeth veneers

You might have numerous smile flaws, but you don’t need multiple cosmetic procedures to fix your smile. A simple procedure like teeth veneers can erase numerous smile flaws at a go. Not convinced? If you come to our dental office with teeth imperfections, they will disappear with a touch-up of veneers.

  • Stained teeth: With years of living and indulging in stain-causing substances like coffee and dark soda, the shade of your teeth might have transformed into a dull, yellowed look. When you have discolored teeth, your first thought is to try teeth whitening. While this cosmetic procedure is effective for most stains, sometimes it can only do so much for stubborn, intrinsic teeth discoloration. As such, dental veneers can cover your severely stained teeth for a brighter smile.
  • Gapped teeth: If you have minor gaps between teeth, dental veneers in Honolulu, HI can be shaped to cover up those gaps.
  • Crooked teeth: You don’t always need braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth. Minor orthodontic issues can be corrected with dental veneers.
  • Misshapen teeth: Do you have some teeth that are tiny compared to the rest? Or perhaps, you have teeth awkwardly shaped, ruining your smile. Thankfully, veneers are created in uniform sizes and shapes to give you a balanced smile.
  • Cracked/chipped teeth: Whether your teeth are worn down due to grinding, injury, or biting hard substances, teeth veneers can restore your damaged teeth to their healthy self.

The beauty about veneers from our dental office is that they are natural-looking, making them virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth. Additionally, the upfront cost of veneers might seem prohibitive, but they are worth every penny. Since veneers can last up to 15 years and beyond, you can view them as a long-term investment to feel great about yourself.

Pump up your confidence with dental veneers

Ready to see how dental veneers in Honolulu, HI can transform your smile? Please dial (808) 947-8900 to book an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara. We install high-quality dental veneers that eliminate multiple teeth imperfections to give you a show-stopping smile. Try our cosmetic dentistry today, and your life will never be the same.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A dull smile can affect your self-confidence, leaving you trying several different home-whitening remedies. Skip the home remedies and experience the many benefits of receiving an in-office whitening treatment from your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist. Dr. Ken Yasuhara offers in-office whitening treatments that can help bring the sparkle back to your smile. 

In-Office Whitening

The most powerful whitening solution for your teeth is an in-office whitening treatment with your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist. First, a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a protective covering is placed on gums and tooth-root surfaces. Next, a gel made using professional-strength hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth and left on for about an hour. Once the gel is removed, you can see the difference in your smile. 

Take-Home Whitening

Another professional whitening treatment is one you can do at home; however, this method is not as quick and can take up to a couple of weeks to achieve desired results. For the take-home whitening treatment, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth. Then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays are custom made. To use, fill the trays with the whitening gel and position trays over your teeth. Whitening trays should be worn for one hour at a time. Using take-home whitening kits from your dentist is more effective than over-the-counter kits. 

Caring for a Whitened Smile

Once your teeth are whitened, you need to take care of them to help results last longer. First, continue with your regular tooth care routine of brushing and flossing daily and regularly schedule appointments with your dentist. Next, try to avoid food that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Finally, minor touch-ups at home or in the dentist’s office may be needed to help keep your smile beautiful for many years. 

Receiving professional in-office whitening can help brighten a smile for anyone who feels their teeth are dull and discolored. Your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Yasuhara offers professional whitening treatments. Call (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment. 

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, uses porcelain veneers to give patients the dazzling smile they've always wanted. Veneers are a way to redesign your entire smile without having surgery or a major procedure. Come see us and get a complete smile makeover with veneers!

Porcelain veneers in Honolulu, HI

Veneers can reshape your teeth and transform your entire smile. Veneers are made from a thin porcelain shell that fits around your tooth and changes its appearance. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even small gaps in the teeth can all be corrected with a set of veneers. If you have more than one cosmetic issue you want to address in your smile, veneers could be the solution for you.

Getting veneers

The process of getting veneers can take as little as two appointments. First, you should discuss the look you want for your new smile with your dentist. Everything from the shape of the teeth to the shade of your smile is customizable with veneers.

Your teeth may be filed or prepared to make sure there is room around the tooth for your new veneer. Molds will be taken of your newly prepared teeth. These molds are used to ensure a perfect fit for your new veneers when they are fabricated. Ask your dentist about temporary smile options to wear while your custom veneers are being made.

At a final appointment, veneers are bonded directly to your teeth and you leave with a brand new smile! Caring for your new veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Porcelain veneers can stain over time so be careful of your use of coffee, wine, and tobacco products.

If you're tired of your smile and want to have a perfect set of beautiful teeth, porcelain veneers can give you the smile you've always wanted. Dr. Yasuhara transforms patient smiles with porcelain veneers. Contact us in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cerec crowns  

In September 1985, the first CEREC crown restoration was fabricated out of ceramic at the University of Zurich Dental School, Mörmann using computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/ CAM) technology and a milling device. Today, Dr. Ken Yasuhara provides his patients with this very same procedure at his Honolulu, HI, office.

More About CEREC Crowns

A structurally damaged tooth because of decay or trauma sometimes needs a crown to look good and function properly again. A crown is a durable, cap-like oral appliance that fits over the entire tooth, above the gum line. Contrary to traditional crown fabrication, CEREC same-day crowns are made in the dental office in a matter of minutes.

CEREC Procedure

The process consists of several simple steps:

  1. First, your Honolulu dentist prepares the tooth, which means he removes any decay and reshapes the tooth so that it fits under the crown.
  2. Next, your tooth is scanned into a computer using a wand. The digital pictures appear on a computer to generate a 3D model of your tooth.
  3. CAD/CAM software designs the tooth and a block of dental ceramic material closest to your tooth color is chosen.
  4. The computer transmits the digital design to a milling machine that carves the crown from a block of ceramic in about five minutes.
  5. Finally, any final aesthetic touches are made and the crown bonded to your tooth.

Advantages Same-Day Crown

There are so many benefits to choosing CEREC crowns.

  • You get a new crown(s) in a single visit, instead of visiting your dentist 2-to-3 times, so you save time.
  • You avoid the hassle of wearing temporary crowns.
  • CEREC look just like natural teeth.
  • Digital technology makes it easier to fit a crown without the mess of dental plaster.
  • CEREC crowns are stronger and more resilient.

Need a consultation?

For more information on CEREC in Honolulu, HI, call Dr. Ken Yasuhara of Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry at (808) 947-8900 today!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
February 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

Are you missing teeth? At Ken Yasuhara DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, dental implants, full and partial denture and bridgework complete smiles. Patients just like you experience restored oral function and youthful facial appearance. Let's explore your tooth replacement options.

The problem of tooth loss

Accident, decay, gum disease, congenital malformation...these are the leading causes of tooth loss. Besides damaging speech, eating and dental alignment, missing teeth degrade supportive bone and gums and equally important, self-confidence.

Countering the problem

In his Honolulu dental practice, Dr. Yasuhara and his staff offer the finest in diagnostic and treatment technologies. He understands how tooth loss impacts the patient on a personal level. So, he offers complete oral exams and imaging and constructs treatment plans to fully restore smiles to optimal function and outstanding smile aesthetics.

Here are the options Dr. Yasuhara offers:

  • Dental implants
  • Fixed bridgework
  • Traditional dentures

Fixed bridgework consists of one or more artificial teeth permanently attached to and anchored by porcelain crowns. The crowns cover natural teeth on opposing sides of the gap. The larger the gap is the more crowns are needed to support the new teeth. Bridgework requires good oral hygiene to keep crown margins plaque-free.

Traditional dentures may be either partial or full. Partial dentures have one or more artificial teeth on a metal frame. They are held in place by metal clasps and are fully removable for cleaning.

Full dentures may be placed right after extractions (immediate dentures) or, more preferably, after your jawbone and gums have healed. These reliable prosthetics restore facial contours and help you bite and chew your food effectively.

To solve the problem of bone and gum recession, Dr. Yasuhara offers dental implants. Through amazing osseointegration, the bone and titanium implant adhere to each other, giving the metal alloy post, crown or denture the support necessary for excellent stability.

Composed of titanium screws which reside in the jaw bone, implants exercise and preserve the natural shape and size of the jaw bone so you eat and speak properly and have youthful facial contours. Implants improve bone health and last for many years....even for the rest of the patient's life.

Most adults can receive dental implants if they are in good overall health and have sufficient bone in their jaws. Your dentist will determine if you're ready for implants through digital imaging and a comprehensive oral exam.

Find out more

If you've lost teeth, you definitely have options for a complete smile. Why not contact Ken Yasuhara DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI? He'll explain how each tooth replacements will work for you. Phone us at (808) 947-8900.