Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A dull smile can affect your self-confidence, leaving you trying several different home-whitening remedies. Skip the home remedies and experience the many benefits of receiving an in-office whitening treatment from your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist. Dr. Ken Yasuhara offers in-office whitening treatments that can help bring the sparkle back to your smile. 

In-Office Whitening

The most powerful whitening solution for your teeth is an in-office whitening treatment with your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist. First, a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a protective covering is placed on gums and tooth-root surfaces. Next, a gel made using professional-strength hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth and left on for about an hour. Once the gel is removed, you can see the difference in your smile. 

Take-Home Whitening

Another professional whitening treatment is one you can do at home; however, this method is not as quick and can take up to a couple of weeks to achieve desired results. For the take-home whitening treatment, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth. Then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays are custom made. To use, fill the trays with the whitening gel and position trays over your teeth. Whitening trays should be worn for one hour at a time. Using take-home whitening kits from your dentist is more effective than over-the-counter kits. 

Caring for a Whitened Smile

Once your teeth are whitened, you need to take care of them to help results last longer. First, continue with your regular tooth care routine of brushing and flossing daily and regularly schedule appointments with your dentist. Next, try to avoid food that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Finally, minor touch-ups at home or in the dentist’s office may be needed to help keep your smile beautiful for many years. 

Receiving professional in-office whitening can help brighten a smile for anyone who feels their teeth are dull and discolored. Your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Yasuhara offers professional whitening treatments. Call (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment. 

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry
October 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Would you like to improve your appearance, self-confidence and even your social life? You can, and it may just be quicker and easier than you could have imagined. Visiting Ken Yasuhara, DDS Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu for a cosmetic dentistry Teeth Whiteningprocedure such as teeth whitening can provide all of these benefits and more.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening doesn't just give you whiter, brighter teeth. It can change your life in new and exciting ways you didn't anticipate. For example, people who visit Ken Yasuhara, DDS Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu for teeth whitening typically report an increased sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. They cover their mouths less, and they smile and laugh more. Because they feel less self-conscious, they are more likely to laugh and have a great time with friends and family.

Did you know that brighter, whiter teeth can even have a positive impact on your social life, family life and career as well? Whether it is right or wrong, people naturally favor people who have a beautiful smile. Improve your smile and you just might improve your life as well.

Professional Versus Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Ken Yasuhara, DDS Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry may not be the only place to get cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu, but many would argue it's one of the best, and for good reason. Professional teeth whitening is quick, safe and effective. You can get impressive results in a fraction of the time that other over-the-counter treatments would require. Plus, professional whitening is safer and less likely to lead to tooth sensitivity.

You don't have to worry about uneven whitening, harming your tooth enamel or waiting days or even weeks for the results you want. Get the beautiful smile you've been wanting in as little as one office visit.

If you're looking for a little change that can make a big difference, cosmetic dentistry from Ken Yasuhara, DDS Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu may be just what you need. Call Dr. Yasuhara and set up your appointment for teeth whitening today.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS
December 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Smile ImageEveryone wants the perfect smile; however, not everyone is born with one. If you are weighing cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu to see what treatment is right for you, here are some of the most popular and common cosmetic dental procedures Ken Yasuhara, DDS performs:

Dental bonding

For those with minor chips, cracks or small gaps between teeth, this conservative treatment might be enough to get the smile you want. Dental bonding uses the same special resin that is used to fill cavities. Your Honolulu dentist will shape the resin to hide your minor imperfections and close up dental gaps. Bonding is not meant for major smile restorations, however.

Teeth whitening

If commercial whitening products are falling flat you may want to turn to professional teeth whitening. In under an hour your smile will be significantly brighter (for some patients, they can leave our office with smiles up to ten shades whiter) and you won’t have to worry about messy trays or fighting with whitening strips to get the whiter smile you crave. Those with yellow stains will benefit the most from teeth whitening, while stains that are gray, blue or brown may be harder to remove. Also remember that any dental work you have (e.g. fillings; crowns) will not respond to bleaching agents.

Dental veneers

Are you dealing with gaps or overcrowding? Are your front teeth chipped, cracked or misshapen? If so, veneers could eliminate all of these dental woes. During this procedure we will shave down about ½ millimeter of your tooth’s enamel to accommodate the veneers, which are tooth-colored porcelain shells that are designed to go over the front of your teeth. Once the minimal tooth preparation is complete, we will use a special cement to adhere the veneers to your natural teeth and then a laser beam will cure the cement to permanently attach the veneers. Since some of your tooth’s enamel will need to be removed for this procedure, veneers are not considered reversible.

Dental crowns

When you are dealing with severe decay or a broken tooth, you may need to replace the tooth altogether in order to restore its function and aesthetics. In this case, a dental crown is recommended. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers that go over the crown of your tooth to hide damage and to create a stronger smile. Dental crowns make it easier to speak to friends and enjoy your favorite meals.

Dental implants

If you are suffering with tooth loss you may be fed up with fragile dentures. If you’re looking for a long-term solution to replace a missing tooth, dental implants could hold the key to your new smile. A dental implant consists of a small metal post that is implanted into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the gums and bones will begin to fuse and grow around the implant, making it a permanent structure in your mouth. After this is complete, a dental crown will be placed over the implant to complete your smile. While this is a more expensive cosmetic treatment, it is durable and meant to last a lifetime.
To find out more about how cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu could give you the smile you want, call Ken Yasuhara, DDS to schedule your consultation. We would be happy to see which cosmetic option would best fit your needs.