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By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Is your smile less than perfect? Dental crowns offered by your Federal Way, WA, dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, can improve the function and appearance of your teeth—read on to learn more.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow restorations designed to slip over the top parts of your teeth. Before you receive a crown, your dentist must file your tooth to reduce its size. This step ensures a comfortable fit for your restoration.

Crowns are made of a variety of materials tough enough to stand up to years of wear-and-tear, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. The restorations are attached with dental cement and become a permanent part of your smile.

How can a dental crown improve my smile?

Dental crowns offer several important smile benefits for Federal Way residents, including:

  • Protection for Fragile Teeth: Weak or cracked teeth are at increased risk of fracture. Fractures can happen without warning one day when you take a bite of an apple or chew a piece of pizza. Crowns strengthen fragile teeth and absorb the biting forces generated when you chew.
  • Restoration of Damaged Teeth: Broken teeth are not only unsightly but also make it difficult to chew and bite. Depending on where the break occurs, the teeth can also be quite painful if the broken ends are exposed to the air. Crowns end your pain and restore the normal appearance of damaged teeth. In fact, no one will ever know that you once had a broken tooth.
  • Enhanced Appearance: Crowns can completely change the appearance of unattractive teeth, making them a good choice if you have a crooked or oddly shaped tooth or want to conceal discolorations.
  • Replacement of Missing Teeth: Crowns are used in dental implants and bridges to fill gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. In dental implants, crowns are attached to synthetic posts that serve as artificial tooth roots. Crowns are also attached to one or two artificial teeth to anchor a bridge in place.

Make over your smile with dental crowns. Contact your dentist in Federal Way, WA, Dr. Yoshino, at (253) 815-0441 to schedule an appointment.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Unhappy with the state of your faded smile? Good news—professional teeth whitening can erase dental stains and provide you with a beautiful look in no time! Here at the Federal Way, WA, office of dentist Dr. Todd Yoshino, we offer these professional solutions to patients who want a whiter smile. Read on to learn about two teeth whitening procedures and their benefits.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-Office bleaching is a revolutionary dental procedure that uses a strong bleaching gel and a special light to intensify the whitening process. The procedure takes about one hour, and it begins with a preparation period followed by the one-hour whitening procedure, and, finally, a fluoride treatment to complete the process. In-office bleaching can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades.

Benefits of In-Office Whitening

In-office Whitening is effective, safe, and quick, making it a great choice for busy people.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Professional take-home whitening treatments are dispensed by licensed dentists. Some take-home treatments involve wearing mouth trays during the day. Other take-home-treatments let you whiten your teeth overnight as you sleep. Regardless of the administration method, this treatment option provides fabulous results in one or two weeks of use.

Benefits of Take-Home Whitening

Professional take-home whitening kits allow people to get professional results at their convenience in a safe and effective way. These treatments are designed to whiten your teeth with little-to-no sensitivity. Every take-home formula is made of a blend of ingredients that helps protect enamel and reduce sensitivity. Consult with a dentist in Federal Way, WA, to find out if teeth whitening is right for you.

Interested? Contact Us

Get the white smile you've been wanting! Call Dr. Todd Yoshino DDS at (253) 815-0441 today to schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening session in Federal Way, WA. You deserve a smile you truly love!

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
August 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you an adult who is wondering if it’s too late to get a straight smile? With unique and clear orthodontic options now available, our Federal Way, WA, dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, can treat patients of all ages who want to fix their crooked smiles—no matter their age. Here are the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign:

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Just as the name suggests, Invisalign offers a nearly invisible way to achieve a straight smile. Using special 3D computer technology, our Federal Way, WA, general dentist will plan out your entire treatment to determine everything from the initial position of your teeth to their final resting spots. Using a set of aligning trays custom-made to fit over your teeth, each tray applies the appropriate amount of pressure to shift teeth gradually into the perfect final position.

What problems can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign may be right for you if you are dealing with,

  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Slightly twisted or crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

However, there are limitations, and Invisalign may not be able to handle more complex or complicated tooth or jaw movements. This is something you can discuss with our dentist.

How long will I have to wear my aligners each day?

In order to see results, it’s important that you wear your aligners as much as you can throughout the day, only removing them to brush, floss, and eat. This should equate to wearing your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day. Remember, the more often you wear them the faster you will see results!

What is the average length of treatment for Invisalign wearers?

This will depend on the severity of the problem that you are treating. Some patients may see results in as little as 6 months while others may need to wear their aligners for 18-24 months. The average length of treatment for an adult who gets Invisalign is one year.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Most adults and older teens who are dealing with the problems above can be great candidates for Invisalign. Of course, our Federal Way, WA, dentist will need to properly examine your teeth in order to determine whether Invisalign is truly the best orthodontic approach for you.

Give us a call!

Are you interested in undergoing Invisalign treatment in Federal Way, WA? If so, then call our dental practice today at (253) 815-0441 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Yoshino.