Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 10, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

When patients ask Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, about who benefits from Invisalign clear aligners, the simple answer is this: almost everyone. Unlike conventional braces, they are removable, which makes eating and cleaning your teeth much easier. That’s why Dr. Yasuhara recommends Invisalign.

They are molded to fit each patient’s mouth and are practically invisible. Because aligners apply less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to your teeth is reduced. 

Benefits to adults

Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but hesitate to wear metal braces. They also worry about having to change their diet and not being able to eat the foods they normally enjoy.

If you are an adult who’s considering braces, our team will tell you Invisalign aligners are a great option for discreet teeth straightening. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces.

The aligners are easily removable when you eat, so you can enjoy any food you normally would consume. You simply clean your teeth normally after eating and you won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces.

If there is a special occasion during which you do not want to have any braces in your mouth at all, you can remove the aligners for up to four hours without causing any damage.

Benefits to teenagers

Our team knows that teenagers are often involved in sports and other after-school activities, and generally lead pretty busy lives. If your teen plays a musical instrument, you may be concerned that having metal in his or her mouth will interfere with the ability to play. Invisalign aligners avoid the damage that can happen with traditional metal braces.

For sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is also eliminated. The aligners can be removed during sports activities and teens can easily wear a mouthguard. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners while practicing or playing in the band or orchestra.

Teenagers routinely have trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces, but Invisalign allows for easy dental cleaning. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed.

For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen® treatment, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, call our office at (808) 947-8900!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 04, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: CEREC  

The development of the CEREC system is one of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry. It allows your dentist to create a new dental crown or restoration right there in his office. Say goodbye to multiple appointments and uncomfortable temporary solutions. Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, offers these fast and efficient restorations for all eligible patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. It is a 3D chairside design and milling technology that allows dentists to design and build high-quality dental restorations (onlays, inlays, bridges, or crowns) in one single visit. Who wouldn't like to have attractive, high-quality dental restorations in only one appointment at the dentist?

CEREC Procedure 

First, a camera is used to take a digital photo of your tooth. The CEREC software then takes the photo and converts it into a 3-D virtual model on the computer screen. Your dentist works with the software to design your perfect restoration. Finally, a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth is placed in the CEREC milling machine. The machine then does what it’s designed to do and makes you a new restoration right there!

Benefits of CEREC

Your dental restoration is created from a thick, durable block of ceramic that is able to withstand wear and tear. CEREC dental restorations won't crack or leak over time. They are also tailored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Nothing gives the same luster and depth as CEREC dental restorations. With CEREC dental restorations you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

If you need a dental restoration, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, at 808-947-8900.

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.