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Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
December 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry services from your dentist in Federal Way, Washington can give you a great smile

Cosmetic dentistry is a special type of dentistry designed with one thing in mind: improving your smile! There are many cosmetic dentistry services and each one can take your smile from ordinary to great. Dr. Todd G. Yoshino in Federal Way, Washington offers a wide range of dental services including cosmetic dentistry procedures to help improve your smile.

There are so many things that can damage your smile; everyday wear-and-tear, chewing on hard objects, or habits like smoking and drinking coffee can all affect how your smile looks.

The good news is, cosmetic dentistry procedures can bring your smile back! You will be proud to show off your smile, thanks to cosmetic dentistry. Consider these excellent services to improve your smile:

Professional teeth whitening, which can whiten your smile up to 8 shades; the amazing results you achieve will last a long time too, even up to 5 years! Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective and has been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic bonding, which can repair damaged teeth and make your smile whole again; small cracks, chips, and tooth wear seem to disappear! Bonding uses composite, a versatile material that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match your natural tooth anatomy. After placement, the material is hardened with ultraviolet light.

Porcelain veneers, which can hide minor and major problems with your smile; veneers are thin laminates of dazzling porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They can cover up large cracks, fracture lines, areas of lost tooth structure, and tooth wear. Porcelain is stain-resistant too, which means your veneers will look bright and beautiful for years to come, even if you drink coffee!

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile in amazing ways! Don’t get stuck with an uninteresting smile. To find out more about improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry, call Dr. Todd G. Yoshino in Federal Way, Washington at (253) 815-0441. Call now!

SomeSimpleCosmeticTechniquesCouldHelpYourSmileAgeGracefully

We all want to look young and vibrant, or at least “age gracefully.” If you're seeking to reduce the visible effects of aging for a more youthful appearance, be sure you include one very important feature—your smile.

Like other aspects of body and health, our teeth and gums can be affected by aging. Even if you've managed for the most part to avoid the ravages of disease or injury, teeth will still naturally wear from a lifetime of biting and chewing food. The attractive shine of young teeth can also give way to yellowing and other discolorations later in life.

But there are ways to turn back the clock, so to speak, through cosmetic dentistry. And you won't necessarily break the bank to gain a more youthful smile: Many cosmetic procedures are quite affordable and minimally invasive.

If your teeth have become worn and edgy, for example, we may be able to soften those sharper edges with a dental drill. Known as enamel contouring (or reshaping), the single-visit procedure is relatively minor and inexpensive, usually without the need for anesthesia. For heavily worn teeth, you may need to step up to veneers, thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, or crowns that cover the teeth and make them appear longer.

Mild enamel yellowing and staining often responds well to professional teeth whitening. Using a safe bleaching solution, we can temporarily restore brightness to your teeth that you may be able to maintain for a few years with proper care and occasional touchups. For a more permanent solution you can also turn to veneers, crowns or dental bonding for a brighter smile, especially for discolorations that don't respond well to teeth whitening.

While these techniques can restore a youthful appearance to your smile, don't discount the effect of daily care and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand.

Age can take its toll on all of us, especially our smiles. But with proper care and perhaps a little cosmetic magic, you can have an attractive smile throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on improving your smile as you age, 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 “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
December 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
HeresHowWeCanJazzupYourHolidaySmileThisSeason

The holidays have officially begun! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it’s fairly certain you’re going to be spending time with lots of folks. From family gatherings to neighborhood open houses to the office holiday party, you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows with all the in-laws and out-laws in your social orbit. And because it’s the season of cheer, you’ll probably smile—a lot.

So, before the festivities go full tilt, take a little time to freshen up that wonderful smile of yours. Here are a few suggestions for having a smile this holiday season that you’re confident to put on display.

Dental cleanings. While professional dental cleanings primarily remove any lingering disease-causing plaque and tartar, they can have the secondary benefit of improving your smile’s appearance. So, if it’s close to time for your regular dental visit or you would simply like to give your teeth a quick polish, schedule a cleaning appointment for a little extra holiday sparkle.

Teeth whitening. You can gain a noticeable increase in smile brightness with a professional whitening application. With our advanced bleaching solutions and techniques, we can precisely control the level of brightness you desire, from a more subdued natural white to a dazzling “Hollywood” shine. And with care, the effect could last for several months or even years with an occasional touch-up.

Bonding. A chipped tooth can stand out from your smile like a smudge on a masterpiece painting. In many cases, though, we can repair minor chips and other defects by bonding composite resin to the tooth in a single visit. The process is simple: We color-match the resin to the tooth, then apply, shape and cure it. Your tooth will look good as new.

Porcelain veneers. For a more durable and comprehensive solution, consider veneers for dental flaws you do not wish to live with. These thin wafers of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or slight misalignments. And they are quite affordable compared to more extensive cosmetic restorations.

All of these cosmetic options can fit into most people’s budgets and don’t take a lot of time in the dentist’s chair. Veneers are the one slight exception: These require more than one visit to the dental office because they are custom-made for you in a dental lab. Also note that veneers often require the permanent removal of tooth enamel, so the tooth will require a veneer or other restorative covering from then on.

All in all, though, it doesn’t take much to put some much-needed zing back into your smile. In most cases, it only takes one visit—just in time to brighten up your holiday season.

If you would like more information about smile enhancement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

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.