Posts for category: Cosmetic Procedures

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
June 21, 2019
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers give celebrities their perfect smiles, but the restorations aren't just for movie stars. In fact, veneers are an excellent choice for anyone who has a few tooth flaws or imperfections. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, can help you revitalize your smile quickly and easily with porcelain veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. The restorations are no thicker than a fingernail yet provide excellent coverage for many types of imperfections.

Before you receive veneers, your Honolulu dentist will remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel. This crucial step ensures that the restorations fit correctly and look natural. He'll also make an impression of your mouth, which will be used by the dental lab to create your veneers.

You'll leave the office wearing temporary veneers and will return in a week or two for your next appointment. During the next visit, your dentist will test the fit of your veneers, make a few small adjustments and attach them to your teeth.

Are veneers right for me?

Nearly anyone can benefit from veneers. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, they may be a good choice for you. If you do have any tooth or health issues, you may still be able to wear veneers after the problems are treated.

Veneers are often used to:

  • Hide Imperfections: Uneven surfaces or small chips or cracks in teeth can affect the quality of your smile. Adding a porcelain veneer or two is a simple way to keep flaws out of sight.
  • Close Gaps: Noticeable gaps between teeth disappear after your veneers are applied. Veneers are best for slight gaps. Large gaps may require orthodontic treatment.
  • Disguise Misshapen Teeth: Do you have a tooth that looks a little odd? A veneer can improve the shape of a tooth that's crooked, twisted or pointed. The restorations can also lengthen teeth that are a little too short.
  • Conceal Discolorations: Sometimes a tooth can darken due to the use of certain antibiotics or dental issues. Adding a veneer that matches the shade of surrounding teeth can solve the problem.
  • Whitening Your Smile: Stain-resistant veneers are a popular whitening option and are available in many shades of white.

Transform your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, at (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 17, 2019
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Invisalign Clear BracesInvisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile that comes with multiple benefits. One of the major benefits of Invisalign is that it is discreet, unlike more traditional tooth straightening methods, such as metal braces. Invisalign straightens the teeth with soft aligner trays that are clear so they are not readily noticeable to others. The clear aligner trays allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly. Dr. Ken Yasuhara is your dentist for Invisalign in Honolulu, HI.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign straightens the teeth with aligner trays rather than the brackets and wires typical of braces. The aligner trays are custom made for each patient and a separate tray is created for each row of teeth. The trays exert gentle pressure on the teeth to move them toward the desired position. Each set of aligner trays is only worn for a few weeks before being replaced with the next set of trays. With each new set of trays, the positioning of the teeth changes slightly until they are completely straight, which takes about twelve months total, on average.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers multiple benefits as an option for straightening your smile. A primary benefit that many patients appreciate is the discreetness of Invisalign’s aligner trays. Since the aligner trays are clear, they are barely noticeable to others. Another benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are comfortable to wear since they are made from a soft and flexible plastic material. Further, the trays will not irritate the inside of the mouth, as can be the case with traditional metal braces, which have hard brackets and wires that can scratch or poke the gums.

An especially exciting benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable! Since the trays can be taken out to eat, there is no worry about food particles becoming trapped in between the teeth and trays. Additionally, brushing and flossing are made easier when the trays are temporarily removed to clean the teeth. Your dentist for Invisalign in Honolulu can help you decide if it is the right teeth straightening option for you.

It is possible to straighten your smile both comfortably and discreetly when you choose Invisalign for straightening your smile. For Invisalign in Honolulu, HI schedule an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara by calling the dental office at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 22, 2017
Tags: veneers  

Sometimes it's the little cosmetic imperfections that can keep you from your best smile. Constantly exposed to the acids and bacteria fromVeneers everything we eat and drink, as well as daily wear and tear from chewing, grinding and the normal aging process, your teeth require regular care to look and function at their best. And if you smoke or drink coffee, tea or red wine on a regular basis, it will take a lot more than daily brushing to keep your smile looking bright and white. Porcelain veneers are a convenient, minimally invasive and affordable option for correcting cosmetic dental imperfections both big and small. Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, recommends veneers for a number of the dental problems that can tarnish an otherwise healthy and attractive smile.

Get a Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers in Honolulu, HI

Porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance and function. The most common uses for porcelain veneers include:

  • Correct minor to moderate chips and cracks
  • Close minor spaces and gaps
  • Seal a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Whiten teeth
  • Reshape uneven teeth

Made of a custom designed, razor thin layer of natural looking porcelain that is bonded directly to the surface of your teeth, veneers drastically improve your smile in a subtle and organic way so that you keep everything that makes your smile unique while losing the imperfections. But if you decide that you DO want a brand new smile, that's OK too! Simply bring in a few images of your ideal smile and work with your dentist to get the look that works best for you.

Find a Dentist in Honolulu, HI

Are you ready for a stronger, brighter and more attractive smile? For more information on the benefits of porcelain veneers, contact our office today by calling (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara.