Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
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Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.

Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.

In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.

But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.

Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.

Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.

Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.

Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
December 31, 2020
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You can enjoy a complete smile transformation with the right cosmetic dentistry procedures. Whether you need to repair a chipped tooth or want a whiter smile, for example, there are many services and treatments that can deliver the results you desire. We offer numerous cosmetic dentistry options at Ken Yasuhara, DDS – Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI where Dr. Ken Yasuhara can help you find the right procedure to achieve your dream smile.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help

Cosmetic dentistry can address a wide range of concerns so you can enjoy a smile you love. You might also experience a boost in confidence when you see your newly refreshed smile. Some of the cosmetic issues that can be corrected or improved with the right cosmetic dentistry procedure include:

  • A gummy smile
  • Receding gums
  • Dull or stained teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry Services and Treatments

We offer many different cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Honolulu. Dr. Yasuhara can recommend specific procedures or treatments to help you achieve the smile you desire. Some of the services provided by the dentist include:

Teeth Whitening — A treatment for eliminating stains and discolorations on teeth, as well as brightening a dull smile. Professional teeth whitening can be performed in the office or at home with a take-home kit. In-office whitening is the fastest way to achieve a whiter smile, but both options deliver professional results that last longer than those obtained using over-the-counter products.

Cosmetic Bonding — Procedure for repairing teeth with chipped or cracked areas. Cosmetic bonding can also close small gaps between teeth or conceal discolorations. The procedure involves the application of tooth-colored material to the problem area. Once dry, the bonding material is permanently bonded to the tooth and the problem area will no longer be noticeable.

Tooth-Colored Fillings — A type of dental filling that blends in with the natural teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are used to fill cavities like other fillings, but are more discreet. Since they are white, no one will know you have them.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping — A procedure for giving oddly shaped teeth a more pleasing appearance. Small portions of enamel are carefully removed until the tooth has a more desirable shape the tooth. The procedure can also be used to create more space between overlapping teeth.

Porcelain Veneers — Extremely thin covers that can be bonded to the front of teeth create a flawless appearance by concealing imperfections, such as discolorations, chipped areas, or cracks.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery — The gums can affect the appearance of your smile by the way they frame your teeth. Cosmetic gum surgery can be performed to treat receding gums, an uneven gum line, or a gummy smile caused by excess gum tissue.

If you are not completely happy with your smile, we can help you find the right cosmetic dentistry procedure to achieve the results you desire. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Yasuhara to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options by calling Ken Yasuhara, DDS – Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
4WaysYouCanImproveYourSmileintheNewYear

Although we begin our New Year's resolutions with high hopes, many of them fall by the wayside by the end of January. It simply takes tremendous willpower to lose weight or exercise more. So to improve your resolution success rate, why not throw in some with a little more zing, like trying every item on the menu at your favorite restaurant or learning a new magic trick every month? Or how about this one: Resolve to do four things this year to change your smile.

Okay, it doesn't have to be exactly four. But we just happen to have four suggestions—one for each quarter of the new year—that can make your smile the best it can be in 2020.

Brighten up your smile. A professional whitening procedure can improve a stained, dingy smile. Our advanced bleaching techniques give your teeth that brighter look that could last for years with proper care and regular touchups. We can also control the level of whiteness to give your teeth a softer natural look or one that's dazzling bright.

Fix a chipped tooth with bonding. You may have a great smile, except for that one tooth that's missing a little piece. We can repair minor chips and other defects with composite resin material bonded directly to the tooth. Composite resin can be color-matched and shaped to fit the tooth being repaired so that it looks completely natural. Best of all, we can transform your tooth's appearance in just one visit.

Gain a new look with veneers. If you have one or more teeth with mild to moderate chipping, staining or misalignment, dental veneers could change their appearance altogether. These thin wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to permanently mask imperfections. They're so lifelike, others will have a hard time telling the difference between your teeth with veneers and those without.

Straighten your smile. It's never too late to have a crooked smile straightened. And you might not even have to wear braces: Clear aligners are computer-generated plastic trays worn in sequence to straighten teeth. They're removable, so you can take them out to eat or clean your teeth. Best of all, they're hardly noticeable—and they can give you a more attractive smile.

These and other cosmetic treatments are relatively easy ways to make a big impact on your appearance. Be resolved, then, that with a little help from us this can be the year you'll gain a more attractive smile through the art of dentistry.

If you would like more information about smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 22, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

It’s amazing how a beautiful smile can boost your appearance and your confidence.cosmetic dentistry

Having a beautiful smile can do wonders not just for your appearance and self-esteem but also for your professional and social life. A healthy smile can make someone seem more confident, attractive and successful. So, what does your smile currently say about you? If your smile doesn’t look as confident as it could be, our Honolulu, Hawaii cosmetic dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara can help you change all that.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You

Is it time to reinvent your smile? Well, if you are feeling embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile or think it’s affecting your social, personal and professional life then it’s time to consider the many ways in which cosmetic dentistry can enhance and improve your overall smile to give you back the confidence we know you deserve.

Whether you are looking for a full-on smile makeover or you just have small issues that you want to tweak, our Honolulu dentist is here to make sure that you get the results you want and that you are proud of your new smile.

Common cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Tooth contouring
  • Gum reshaping (for “gummy smiles”)
  • Dental bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers

If you are dealing with any of these issues, this is how we can help:

Stained, discolored teeth: If your smile is dull and yellow thanks to years of smoking or coffee drinking, we have you covered. Our professional in-office whitening system can get your smile several shades whiter often in just a single one-hour whitening session. Before a special occasion, important event or big job interview, professional teeth whitening is a must.

Asymmetrical and uneven smile: Whether you are dealing with cracked or chipped teeth or you have some teeth that are just excessively long, cosmetic dentistry offers everything from contouring and reshaping to dental bonding and veneers to help give you a more even and symmetrical smile.

Crookedness and alignment problems: We can’t all be born with a perfectly straight smile but it doesn’t mean that we always have to get braces in order to get results. In fact, veneers can be placed over the front of your teeth to fill gaps, cover crookedness and crowding and give you a straighter smile.

Do you have questions about the cosmetic dental services offered in our Honolulu, Hawaii dental office? Are you ready to sit down with us and find out which treatment aligns with your needs and goals? Then don’t hesitate any longer. Schedule your consultation with us today.