Posts for tag: veneers

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.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
September 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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 https://www.kenyasuharadds.com/gallery.html

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!