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By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
June 21, 2019
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers give celebrities their perfect smiles, but the restorations aren't just for movie stars. In fact, veneers are an excellent choice for anyone who has a few tooth flaws or imperfections. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, can help you revitalize your smile quickly and easily with porcelain veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. The restorations are no thicker than a fingernail yet provide excellent coverage for many types of imperfections.

Before you receive veneers, your Honolulu dentist will remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel. This crucial step ensures that the restorations fit correctly and look natural. He'll also make an impression of your mouth, which will be used by the dental lab to create your veneers.

You'll leave the office wearing temporary veneers and will return in a week or two for your next appointment. During the next visit, your dentist will test the fit of your veneers, make a few small adjustments and attach them to your teeth.

Are veneers right for me?

Nearly anyone can benefit from veneers. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, they may be a good choice for you. If you do have any tooth or health issues, you may still be able to wear veneers after the problems are treated.

Veneers are often used to:

  • Hide Imperfections: Uneven surfaces or small chips or cracks in teeth can affect the quality of your smile. Adding a porcelain veneer or two is a simple way to keep flaws out of sight.
  • Close Gaps: Noticeable gaps between teeth disappear after your veneers are applied. Veneers are best for slight gaps. Large gaps may require orthodontic treatment.
  • Disguise Misshapen Teeth: Do you have a tooth that looks a little odd? A veneer can improve the shape of a tooth that's crooked, twisted or pointed. The restorations can also lengthen teeth that are a little too short.
  • Conceal Discolorations: Sometimes a tooth can darken due to the use of certain antibiotics or dental issues. Adding a veneer that matches the shade of surrounding teeth can solve the problem.
  • Whitening Your Smile: Stain-resistant veneers are a popular whitening option and are available in many shades of white.

Transform your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, at (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment.

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
August 22, 2017
Tags: veneers  

Sometimes it's the little cosmetic imperfections that can keep you from your best smile. Constantly exposed to the acids and bacteria fromVeneers everything we eat and drink, as well as daily wear and tear from chewing, grinding and the normal aging process, your teeth require regular care to look and function at their best. And if you smoke or drink coffee, tea or red wine on a regular basis, it will take a lot more than daily brushing to keep your smile looking bright and white. Porcelain veneers are a convenient, minimally invasive and affordable option for correcting cosmetic dental imperfections both big and small. Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, recommends veneers for a number of the dental problems that can tarnish an otherwise healthy and attractive smile.

Get a Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers in Honolulu, HI

Porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance and function. The most common uses for porcelain veneers include:

  • Correct minor to moderate chips and cracks
  • Close minor spaces and gaps
  • Seal a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Whiten teeth
  • Reshape uneven teeth

Made of a custom designed, razor thin layer of natural looking porcelain that is bonded directly to the surface of your teeth, veneers drastically improve your smile in a subtle and organic way so that you keep everything that makes your smile unique while losing the imperfections. But if you decide that you DO want a brand new smile, that's OK too! Simply bring in a few images of your ideal smile and work with your dentist to get the look that works best for you.

Find a Dentist in Honolulu, HI

Are you ready for a stronger, brighter and more attractive smile? For more information on the benefits of porcelain veneers, contact our office today by calling (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara.

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.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
February 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out if getting porcelain veneers in Honolulu is the right treatment option for you.

It’s amazing how much a healthy smile says about you. About 63 percent of people think they look better in photos when they have open smiles and about 74 percent of people think that a bad smile can hurt someone’s professional and personal success. If you are Veneerssomeone dealing with a less-than-perfect smile, dental veneers are a great way to cosmetically enhance your teeth and hide imperfections. Find out what it takes to get porcelain veneers in Honolulu.

Tooth Preparation

What makes getting veneers so ideal is that the treatment isn’t invasive, and requires only minimal tooth preparation prior to application. We will begin by shaving down a small amount—about ½ millimeter—of your tooth’s enamel. This will help us to make room for your veneers so that you don’t have a bulky smile.

Applying Veneers

Once tooth preparation is complete, we will start choosing the veneers that offer a radiant yet natural shade for your new smile. Veneers offer a translucency that mimics that of natural teeth, so what you’ll be left with is a natural, brighter smile that no one will be able to tell isn’t yours.

Once we choose the right shade we will temporarily place the veneers on your teeth for your approval. Once you are satisfied, we will apply a special dental cement between the veneers and your teeth. Then we will use a laser beam to cure the cement and permanently adhere the porcelain veneers to your teeth.

The process is truly that simple! Dental veneers do not require special care, so you can follow the same oral care regime that you always have.

If you are interested in finding out whether your smile is right for dental veneers in Honolulu, then contact Dr. Ken Yasuhara, DSS today to schedule a consultation.