Posts for tag: veneers

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.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

For the most part, our flaws and imperfections are what make us unique. After our eyes, our smiles are the most distinguishing veneerscharacteristic, setting us apart from everyone else. But the truth is many people are unhappy with the state of their teeth, which can have a negative impact on their self esteem and overall quality of life as a result. That said, reluctance to invest in time consuming and costly dental treatments that drastically change how the teeth look can dissuade many people from making improvements to their smile. But there are aesthetic and restorative dental options for patients of Dr. Ken Yauhara in Honolulu, HI.

Dental Restorations in Honolulu

For people with minor chips, cracks, and discolorations to the teeth, where a full crown or Invisalign are not necessary, porcelain veneers offer the perfect solution for fixing small imperfections and upgrading the look of the teeth, without drastically changing them. Dr. Yasuhara, your Honolulu cosmetic dentist, uses veneers to enhance any or all of the characteristics that go into making a beautiful and unique smile:

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Alignment

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Veneers?

In cases where major tooth decay is present, or a tooth suffers a significant break from an accident or is completely knocked out, a dental filling or crown would be appropriate. For significant spacing and alignment problems, traditional orthodontics or Invisalign are recommended. Porcelain veneers are a great solution for people with generally healthy teeth with minor cosmetic imperfections. Made from a thin layer of porcelain, they are placed over the tooth and shaped to match the texture and hue of a natural tooth. They can lighten the teeth, reshape them to look more even and symmetrical and fix minor chips and cracks to correct a smile that may have become a little dull from wear and tear over time.

Get Porcelain Veneers in Honolulu

Veneers are a simple and effective way to improve your teeth and get a beautiful smile that reflects your unique style and personality. Contact your Honolulu, HI cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, at (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment today.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
February 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out if getting porcelain veneers in Honolulu is the right treatment option for you.

It’s amazing how much a healthy smile says about you. About 63 percent of people think they look better in photos when they have open smiles and about 74 percent of people think that a bad smile can hurt someone’s professional and personal success. If you are Veneerssomeone dealing with a less-than-perfect smile, dental veneers are a great way to cosmetically enhance your teeth and hide imperfections. Find out what it takes to get porcelain veneers in Honolulu.

Tooth Preparation

What makes getting veneers so ideal is that the treatment isn’t invasive, and requires only minimal tooth preparation prior to application. We will begin by shaving down a small amount—about ½ millimeter—of your tooth’s enamel. This will help us to make room for your veneers so that you don’t have a bulky smile.

Applying Veneers

Once tooth preparation is complete, we will start choosing the veneers that offer a radiant yet natural shade for your new smile. Veneers offer a translucency that mimics that of natural teeth, so what you’ll be left with is a natural, brighter smile that no one will be able to tell isn’t yours.

Once we choose the right shade we will temporarily place the veneers on your teeth for your approval. Once you are satisfied, we will apply a special dental cement between the veneers and your teeth. Then we will use a laser beam to cure the cement and permanently adhere the porcelain veneers to your teeth.

The process is truly that simple! Dental veneers do not require special care, so you can follow the same oral care regime that you always have.

If you are interested in finding out whether your smile is right for dental veneers in Honolulu, then contact Dr. Ken Yasuhara, DSS today to schedule a consultation.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Nothing says confidence like a bright, beautiful smile. But problems with your teeth’s appearance — discoloration, abnormal shapes, or gaps — may be giving you reasons not to smile. If so, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers.

A veneer is a thin covering of porcelain or other dental material permanently attached to the face of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers help resolve a variety of aesthetic issues: their life-like color can brighten dull, stained teeth; they can “lengthen” shortened teeth caused by wear or normalize congenitally misshapen teeth; they’re also helpful in reducing small gaps or used in conjunction with orthodontics for more serious misalignments.

The first step to a better smile with veneers is to assess your teeth’s current condition and develop a treatment plan. Your input is extremely important at this stage — what changes you believe would improve your smile. We would also offer valuable insight, based on our knowledge and experience, into what is realistically possible and aesthetically appealing regarding porcelain veneers.

Once you have decided to go forward, the next step is to prepare the teeth for attaching the veneers. Depending on their size and location, this preparation can range from no tooth structure removal to a relatively small amount of structure. If the latter is needed, we remove only what’s necessary to achieve the aesthetic result since structural reduction isn’t reversible.

After preparing an impression of your teeth, we would send it and other instructions to a dental technician to create the permanent veneers. In the meantime, we’ll install a temporary set for you to wear while the permanent set is under construction.

Once we attach the permanent veneers, they will adhere so securely a drill or laser would be needed to remove them. We achieve this attachment by creating microscopic pores on the face of the teeth and the inside of the veneer with a mild acid solution. The bonding cement seeps into these pores and creates a strong bond that virtually unites the tooth and veneer into one.

Although your new veneers are made to last, you’ll need to maintain them like your other teeth, with a little added caution when biting and chewing. All in all, though, you’ll be able to smile again with confidence — for many years to come.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”