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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.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
February 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A great smile compliments the real you by expressing your personality and showing people who you are. Unfortunately, dental defects can sometimes stop you from wanting to show your teeth off. However, cosmetic dentistry services can change all of that. Your Federal Way dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, loves to make people smile with confidence. As such, he offers many aesthetic treatments to recreate damaged smiles. Learn more here.

 

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dental services build on the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. They cover, rebuild, remove stains, realign crooked teeth, and more. Applied singly or in combination as a complete smile makeover, aesthetic treatments from Dr. Yoshino's Federal Way office are sure ways to make it so your smile is brimming with good health and confidence.

Cosmetic dentists have specialized training in state-of-the-art dental techniques. Combined with premier materials, these techniques render artistic results that are truly individualized.

At the heart of any makeover—whether simple or complex—is the dentist/patient consultation. During this dental, you will tell Dr. Yoshino what you would like to improve, and then be presented with realistic ideas on how to arrive at these goals. A finalized treatment plan works toward those goals step by step.

 

Offered cosmetic services

One of the most popular cosmetic services available is professional teeth whitening. Delivered either during one in-office visit or more gradually at home via custom-made acrylic trays, concentrated peroxide gel powers out stains from tobacco, dark drinks, dark foods, and some prescription drugs. It's an economical, fast, and supervised way to brighten dull tooth enamel for an immediate impact.

Another popular service is composite resin bonding. Using a tooth-colored blend of glass particles and plastic, Dr. Yoshino adds structure and shape to teeth flawed by cracks, chips, uneven length, small gaps, and more. Cured and polished, composite resin is durable and natural-looking.

Composite resin bonding often is combined with porcelain veneers. Veneers, or dental laminates, disguise the front side of teeth which have larger defects, such as substantial chips, intractable stains, or odd positioning (tooth rotation). Often called "instant orthodontics," customized veneers strengthen tooth enamel, too. They are a less invasive alternative to dental crowns.

Finally, for people desiring straighter, healthier smiles with less hassle than traditional braces, Dr. Yoshino offers Invisalign clear aligners. Made of smooth, biocompatible acrylic, these snug aligners reposition teeth discreetly and quickly for the best cosmetic and oral health benefits possible.

 

Interested? Call us today!

For more information what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, contact Dr. Yoshino's office at (253) 815-0441.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
3QuestionstoAnswerBeforeYourSmileMakeover

Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.

Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?

Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.

What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.

Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.

Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.

Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.

If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”