Posts for tag: veneers

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 14, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
AGTsSimonCowellUpdatesHisSmileWithVeneersandSoCanYou

It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
December 25, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
VeneersMayNotBeaGoodOptionforaTeenager

People love dental veneers—those thin, porcelain shells bonded to teeth to mask stains and blemishes. For a relatively modest price, they can vastly improve a smile.

But what if it's your teenager who needs a smile upgrade? Teens also experience dental flaws like adults—which, at their age especially, disrupt their self-image and social confidence.

So, can veneers work for teens? Technically, yes, but there's a possible snag, depending on the maturity level of their teeth.

The potential problem relates to the tooth preparation that precedes the bonding of the veneers. One option is no-prep veneers and they are a nice solution depending on the size and shape of the existing teeth. If the teeth are slight in size, no preparation is necessary. If the teeth are large, even though veneers are thin, they can still look unnaturally bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. A dentist may need to remove some of the tooth's surface enamel before applying the veneers.

Although this alteration has little effect on an adult tooth (other than requiring a veneer or restoration from that time on), it could damage a less mature tooth and stunt its development. A younger tooth can have a larger pulp—the central tooth chamber containing blood vessels and nerves—that's closer to the enamel surface than an adult tooth.

Because of the pulp's proximity to the surface of an immature tooth, there's a risk of damaging it during the tooth preparation phase for veneers. If that happens, the tooth may need additional treatment to save it.

We don't depend on a teen's calendar age to determine whether or not it's safe to install veneers. Instead, we examine the teeth and measure how close the pulp may be to the surface, as well as the thickness of the middle layer of dentin. Veneers could be acceptable if it appears the teeth have reached a healthy level of maturity.

If not, though, we may need to consider less invasive ways to improve a teen's smile. For stains or other outer discolorations, whitening with a bleaching solution significantly brightens teeth. We can repair chips by bonding and sculpting color-matching dental material to the teeth. And, these or similar cosmetic measures won't endanger an immature tooth like a veneer application.

Once a young patient's teeth have matured, we can revisit the subject of veneers. That may take time, but the more attractive smile that results will be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on dental care for adolescents, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
December 08, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Since you have high standards, you want nothing but a flawless smile — no chips, cracks, gaps, and definitely no stains on your teeth. But since you haven’t been naturally pleased with a stunning smile, you might feel discouraged by your ordinary smile. But guess what? Dental veneers in Honolulu, Hi, can transform your average smile into something you will be proud to show off. Dr. Ken Yasuhara uses high-quality veneers to erase teeth imperfections, ruining your smile.

Smile flaws that can vanish with teeth veneers

You might have numerous smile flaws, but you don’t need multiple cosmetic procedures to fix your smile. A simple procedure like teeth veneers can erase numerous smile flaws at a go. Not convinced? If you come to our dental office with teeth imperfections, they will disappear with a touch-up of veneers.

  • Stained teeth: With years of living and indulging in stain-causing substances like coffee and dark soda, the shade of your teeth might have transformed into a dull, yellowed look. When you have discolored teeth, your first thought is to try teeth whitening. While this cosmetic procedure is effective for most stains, sometimes it can only do so much for stubborn, intrinsic teeth discoloration. As such, dental veneers can cover your severely stained teeth for a brighter smile.
  • Gapped teeth: If you have minor gaps between teeth, dental veneers in Honolulu, HI can be shaped to cover up those gaps.
  • Crooked teeth: You don’t always need braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth. Minor orthodontic issues can be corrected with dental veneers.
  • Misshapen teeth: Do you have some teeth that are tiny compared to the rest? Or perhaps, you have teeth awkwardly shaped, ruining your smile. Thankfully, veneers are created in uniform sizes and shapes to give you a balanced smile.
  • Cracked/chipped teeth: Whether your teeth are worn down due to grinding, injury, or biting hard substances, teeth veneers can restore your damaged teeth to their healthy self.

The beauty about veneers from our dental office is that they are natural-looking, making them virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth. Additionally, the upfront cost of veneers might seem prohibitive, but they are worth every penny. Since veneers can last up to 15 years and beyond, you can view them as a long-term investment to feel great about yourself.

Pump up your confidence with dental veneers

Ready to see how dental veneers in Honolulu, HI can transform your smile? Please dial (808) 947-8900 to book an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara. We install high-quality dental veneers that eliminate multiple teeth imperfections to give you a show-stopping smile. Try our cosmetic dentistry today, and your life will never be the same.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
July 18, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
YouMayNotNeedPermanentToothAlterationWithTheseUltra-ThinVeneers

If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.

But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.

The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.

With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.

No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”

They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.

Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.

If you would like more information on no-prep veneers, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, uses porcelain veneers to give patients the dazzling smile they've always wanted. Veneers are a way to redesign your entire smile without having surgery or a major procedure. Come see us and get a complete smile makeover with veneers!

Porcelain veneers in Honolulu, HI

Veneers can reshape your teeth and transform your entire smile. Veneers are made from a thin porcelain shell that fits around your tooth and changes its appearance. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even small gaps in the teeth can all be corrected with a set of veneers. If you have more than one cosmetic issue you want to address in your smile, veneers could be the solution for you.

Getting veneers

The process of getting veneers can take as little as two appointments. First, you should discuss the look you want for your new smile with your dentist. Everything from the shape of the teeth to the shade of your smile is customizable with veneers.

Your teeth may be filed or prepared to make sure there is room around the tooth for your new veneer. Molds will be taken of your newly prepared teeth. These molds are used to ensure a perfect fit for your new veneers when they are fabricated. Ask your dentist about temporary smile options to wear while your custom veneers are being made.

At a final appointment, veneers are bonded directly to your teeth and you leave with a brand new smile! Caring for your new veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Porcelain veneers can stain over time so be careful of your use of coffee, wine, and tobacco products.

If you're tired of your smile and want to have a perfect set of beautiful teeth, porcelain veneers can give you the smile you've always wanted. Dr. Yasuhara transforms patient smiles with porcelain veneers. Contact us in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment.