Posts for tag: veneers

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

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.