Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

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
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

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.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
May 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
TestDriveYourFutureLookafterDentalWorkwithaTrialSmile

Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

What your dentist in Honolulu, Hawaii wants you to know.veneers

Do you have smile envy? Have you noticed someone with a perfectly white, perfectly beautiful smile and now you want to have one too? Thanks to amazing cosmetic dentistry technology and materials, you can reshape and rejuvenate your smile. You need to consider porcelain veneers! Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, Hawaii wants to share why veneers can work for you and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Porcelain veneers can hide both major and minor imperfections in your smile. Veneers can give you perfect teeth by covering up problems like these:

  • Fractured, cracked, or broken teeth due to dental trauma
  • Eroded, worn-down, or chipped teeth due to aging
  • Gaps in between your teeth or tooth overlap
  • Poorly positioned, rotated teeth

People love porcelain veneers for many reasons. These are just a few:

  • Natural-looking beauty, because porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth do
  • Conservative treatment, because little to no tooth structure is removed, just enough to accommodate the veneer thickness
  • Long-lasting, beautiful results, because porcelain repels stains and with proper care, your veneers can last a lifetime

You can enjoy your new smile in as little as two to three appointments:

Your first appointment is a consultation appointment during which you can get an idea what your new smile will look like. It’s also a great time for you to ask any questions about veneers.

Your second appointment is the tooth preparation appointment during which Dr. Yasuhara will remove only enough tooth structure to compensate for veneer thickness. Models will be taken of your prepared teeth and sent off to a dental laboratory where skilled artisans create your new veneers.

The final appointment is for cementing your veneers after they are sent back from the dental laboratory. You now have a beautiful new smile to enjoy for a lifetime!

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Yasuhara's patients please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at https://www.kenyasuharadds.com/gallery.html

Porcelain veneers can help you enjoy smiling again! You deserve to have a smile you can be proud of. To find out more about why porcelain veneers can work for you call Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, Hawaii today!