Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

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
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
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

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!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
February 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentist in Honolulu can help your smilecosmetic bonding

Do you hide your smile because of chipped or broken teeth? Do you avoid eating hard foods because your teeth are badly worn? Do you want a more beautiful smile? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to learn about cosmetic bonding, one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments available. Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, wants to help you discover how cosmetic bonding can do wonders for your teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is the perfect choice to fix teeth that are:

  • Cracked or chipped from trauma
  • Broken from an accident or injury
  • Discolored from medications, coffee or smoking
  • Excessively worn down from a bad bite
  • Poorly shaped due to genetics

Dental bonding has many advantages when compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. When you choose dental bonding, you can count on natural-looking results because the bonding material, called composite, can be color-matched perfectly to your existing teeth. The bonded area will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, giving you a uniform, harmonious smile. Other advantages include:

  • No need for anesthetic in most cases
  • Lower cost when compared to other cosmetic treatments
  • Quick, comfortable treatment

Your cosmetic bonding treatment begins with the application of an etching gel, which creates small, pore-like openings in the surface of your tooth. Next, a bonding cement is applied, which creates a strong attachment of the bonding material to your tooth.

The composite bonding material is a liquid resin which can be molded and sculpted into contours to reshape your tooth beautifully. The resin is then hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet “curing” light. As a final step, your cosmetic bonding treatment is shaped and polished to a sparkling sheen.

Cosmetic bonding can do wonders for your teeth, restoring full chewing function and giving you back your beautiful smile. Don’t put up with an embarrassing smile when help is just a phone call away. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, today!

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.