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 & 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
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.
You’ve been thinking about making some changes to your smile but you’re not sure what you want to do. All you know is that you’re tired of noticing those little imperfections and you’re ready to take the plunge into getting your dream smile. Good for you! We’re glad you’re ready to take the next step with us. Let our cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu help you achieve the best smile you can possibly have. Here are only some of our popular cosmetic options to consider:

Smile ImageTeeth Whitening

Maybe you’ve been admiring your favorite celebrities pearly whites wishing they were yours. Well now they can be! With esthetic dentistry in Honolulu, we can get your smile as bright and vibrant as your personality. With a simple teeth whitening system done right here in our office, you’ll feel like you’re walking down the red carpet when you walk out our door.

Dental Veneers

Do you have a gap between your front teeth or are your teeth a bit crowded? Don’t want to spend years wearing braces to fix the problem? Well now you don’t have to. Dental veneers in Honolulu is a wonderful way to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted without all the expense and time of braces. Patients have been thrilled with how easy and quick this procedure is, and everyone loves the results.

Cosmetic Bonding

While chipping a tooth can be frustrating and stressful, it’s pretty common. However, that doesn’t mean you just have to put up with a chipped or cracked tooth. Build up your self-confidence once again by getting this problem fixed. Turn to cosmetic bonding to repair small chips and cracks. Our Honolulu cosmetic dentists are ready to repair those little imperfections to get you your smile back.

Dental Implants

Are you missing one, two or even several teeth? If so, you’ve probably noticed yourself smiling less when in public. There’s no need to hide your smile any longer. With dental implants in Honolulu, you can replace missing teeth with a beautiful dental implant that looks just like a regular tooth. It’s secure and strong, offering a long-term solution for tooth loss.

Call Ken Yasuhara To Discuss Your Options

So if you’re in Honolulu and wanting to talk about your cosmetic dentistry options, call our office today at (808) 947-8900. We can’t wait to help you get the smile that’s rightfully yours.