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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.”

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
June 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TipsforPicture-PerfectSummerSmiles

June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?

Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.

Tilt your head just a bit

Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.

Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks

A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.

Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!

It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office

Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

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
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
GetABetterSmileforValentinesDay

The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated each February 14th. It’s a time when many look forward to giving (and receiving) cards, flowers, and other tokens of love. On special days like this, it’s natural to want to look your best—and many surveys rank a person’s smile as his or her most noticeable (and appealing) physical feature. But what if you are unsatisfied with your smile?

Don’t worry! Today, cosmetic dentistry can resolve smile problems as never before. Here are some popular and effective dental treatments that can quickly brighten up your smile.

Tooth Whitening
In just one visit, dull or stained teeth can often be lightened by up to 10 shades! How? We use special bleaching solutions that are applied safely, under our careful supervision, in the dental office. You can’t use these concentrated solutions at home. But if you‘re not in a rush, we can prepare custom-made take-home bleaching trays and whiteners that are safe for home use. The same results can be achieved, but the process may take weeks instead of hours. After months or years, depending on lifestyle factors (like whether you smoke or drink coffee, red wine, etc.) your teeth can have whitening treatment again.

Cosmetic Bonding
Small chips, cracks, or other minor irregularities can be quite noticeable in an otherwise flawless smile. Fortunately, these problems can often be resolved with a treatment called cosmetic bonding. In a relatively simple in-office procedure, we can apply tooth-colored bonding material to restore teeth to better appearance. Layers of high-tech bonding material are built up and cured with a special light to form a tough, natural-looking tooth surface. Bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other types of restoration, like veneers or crowns, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to resolve some smile problems.

Professional In-Office Cleaning
Remember that feeling you get after your regular checkup? Your mouth feels squeaky-clean, your breath is fresh and you’re ready to show that sparkly smile. So why wait until your next routine appointment? You can schedule a hygiene visit any time. We will remove plaque from your teeth, check your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and make sure you’re on track for good oral health. If any problems are found, we’ll take care of them right away. And if you have questions about cosmetic procedures, it’s the perfect time to ask. A professional cleaning can help your smile look (and feel) great.

If you have questions about brightening up your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”