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By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
February 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, 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 Todd G. Yoshino DDS
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Healthy TeethDissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Are chips, gaps or dark stains detracting from how you look and feel? At the dental practice of Dr. Todd Yoshino, your dentist in Federal Way, WA, you can change all that with porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped shells of premium grade porcelain. Veneers camouflage many kinds of defects, beautifying, and reinforcing weak enamel. You can reshape your smile!

See Dr. Yoshino first

This Federal Way dentist excels in cosmetic dental services. He recommends veneers to patients with healthy teeth which just need a boost in color, texture, shape, or size. Perhaps you cracked a tooth or two in a fall. Maybe tobacco stains have darkened your front teeth, or did Nature give you uneven or strangely shaped teeth?

Whatever the case, an oral examination, X-rays and discussion with Dr. Yoshino will tell if porcelain veneers are the right choice. Veneers represent an investment in time, money, and choice-yes, choice. You need to inform your dentist of the changes you'd like to see. He'll tell you what's possible and advisable. Then, you can proceed with your plan. Dr. Yosino may even give you a preview of your final smile. (You'll be amazed at the change.)

The veneer treatment

Your porcelain veneers require two to three visits to the dental office. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Oral impressions Using these, a master ceramist will fabricate each veneer from thin, translucent porcelain.
  2. Enamel resurfacing The dentist removes a small portion of tooth enamel so the veneers fit correctly.
  3. Wearing of temporary veneers These resin laminates will protect your tooth as you wait for your permanent veneers.
  4. Placement and bonding of the new veneers Dr. Yoshino will check the fit carefully and then apply a strong, tooth-colored cement, curing it with a UV light.

You may experience slight dental or gingival sensitivity during the subsequent few days, but overall, you'll adjust to your reshaped smile rapidly. Brush and floss carefully, and see Dr. Yoshino about any problems or concerns you have. Of course, keep your routine dental visits, too.

Veneers last upwards of ten years and are highly resistant to stains, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. So, anticipate having a great smile for a long, long time.

Veneers make a big difference

More and more people have determined to improve their smiles and their personal outlooks with porcelain veneers. Will you be the next happy patient? See Dr. Yoshino for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. He'll give you all the details. Phone us for an appointment in Federal Way, WA, (253) 815-0441.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
April 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

It is possible to achieve a fresh, beautiful smile no matter how damaged your teeth look thanks to veneers, a cosmetic treatment offered by veneersDr. Todd Yoshino at his Federal Way, WA, dentist office. If you have ever seen someone with a smile that looks near-perfect, there’s a good chance that they have veneers. You could have that perfect smile as well.

Why Porcelain Veneers?

When all other cosmetic dental options can’t provide you with the results you want, porcelain veneers come to the rescue. They rejuvenate the outer appearance of the front teeth that other people see when you smile. They can be installed on both the top and bottom rows of teeth. Schedule-restricted patients choose porcelain veneers because this treatment doesn’t require a long wait time. They can be installed by your Federal Way, WA, dentist in a matter of weeks, compared to waiting months or years for a smile improvement.

A Fresh Smile with Veneers

What makes a smile look unattractive? It’s usually the color, shape, and spacing of the teeth—yellowing enamel, jagged edges, gaps, and other imperfections. Veneers can remedy all of those issues no matter how severe they are. For example, if there are gaps, a slightly wider veneer can be created to fill it in. If the patient has bleach-resistant (intrinsic) discoloration, veneers can be colored to look several shades whiter.

A Boost of Confidence with Veneers

The greatest benefit that patients enjoy when they have veneers is the immediate boost in confidence. Many people go for years feeling ashamed about the way their teeth look, to the point where they actively tried to hide them. Your smile is a part of your personality and appearance; you shouldn’t feel as if you have to conceal it. When you see the quality of your smile after veneers, you’ll understand why it is one of the most popular dental treatments offered by dentists.

Schedule an Appointment to Talk About Veneers

You have a chance to enhance your smile without having to spend too much time at the dentist’s office. Call (253) 815-0441 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd Yoshino at his Federal Way, WA, dental practice.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

A good-looking smile usually has aligned, proper shape and color teeth. All of these things can be altered with the help of veneers. If you veneersfeel that your teeth could use improvement in one of those categories then your Federal Way, Washington dentist Dr. Todd Yoshino has the answer for you.

Benefits of Veneers

A veneer is a thin covering made of porcelain that is a substitute for natural tooth enamel. When it is bonded to the teeth, they can create a beautiful, natural-looking new surface on the teeth. This is because the material used is tough, and best of all, it doesn’t stain like natural enamel does.

Because of recent advancements in dental technology, dental veneers have been so thin that they are nearly undetectable in the mouth. Your Federal Way, Washington dentist Dr. Yoshino can improve the size, shape, alignment, spacing and color of the teeth with porcelain veneers.

Those with large gaps or misaligned teeth may not be a good candidate for veneers as they would better benefit from orthodontics. Also, those who have lost tooth structure from trauma or decay also may be more benefited from dental crowns. Dr. Yoshino can help you to see how veneers would look on your teeth. They will create a model that can be placed directly on your teeth to show what veneers would look like. Once you agree, your teeth are prepared to receive the dental restoration.

Porcelain veneers can give you the smile of your dreams in no time. After a thorough dental examination, your cosmetic dentist can determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for this dental treatment. In order to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoshino in Federal Way, Washington , call 253-815-0441 today to learn more about what veneers can do for your teeth.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about cosmetic dentistry from your Federal Way dentist.

There's no reason to put up with a smile you don't like. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry treatments, you can easily correct flaws and restore cosmetic dentistrydamaged teeth. Dr. Todd Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA cosmetic dentist, shares some information on a few treatments that may interest you.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers may be thin, but they offer a very effective way to change the appearance of your teeth. The shells are no thicker than a fingernail and are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Whether you're concerned about chips, gaps or stains, want to make a crooked tooth look straight or want a long-lasting tooth whitening option, veneers are a good choice.


You're never too old to benefit from braces, but you may not want to live with a mouthful of metal for a year or two. When you choose the Invisalign brace system, you can forget about the metal. The system uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays to straighten your teeth. The trays are replaced every two weeks and are removed when you eat.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening offers an instant boost to your self-esteem. In-office whitening only takes about one hour and can lighten your teeth three to eight shades. Take-home kits are also available if you prefer. They offer the same results, although you'll need to use these kits for a few weeks.

Composite bonding

Composite resin bonding is used to repair damage, lengthen teeth, close gaps, correct flaws or even change the shape of your teeth. The soft material can be manipulated into any shape, making it the ideal choice for many cosmetic issues. Once it's hardened with a special curing light, it bonds to your enamel.

Crowns and bridges

Crowns provide a protective covering for damaged teeth and also improve the appearance of teeth. These dental restorations slip over your teeth, providing protection on all four sides. When crowns are attached to artificial teeth, they form a bridge that replaces missing teeth.

Dental implants

Bridges aren't the only tooth replacement option. If you prefer a more permanent solution, you'll want to consider dental implants. Implants bond to your jawbone and replace tooth roots.

Improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call Dr. Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA dentist, at (253) 815-0441 to schedule your appointment.