You can look good and have a healthy smile, too! Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways that cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, and "gummy" smiles. Dr. Adachi creates a customized treatment plan just for you, based on your age, your goals for your teeth, and your finances.
Most smile makeovers you see on television are created using porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are custom designed to fit on the front of your tooth. Porcelain veneers are made to resemble real teeth in size, shape, and color and are bonded to misaligned, damaged, or discolored teeth to improve their appearance. They can make a dramatic change in the appearance of your smile, and veneers typically last longer than another common cosmetic dental technique known as bonding. For more information about porcelain veneers in Honolulu Hawaii contact Dr Adachi today.
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a tooth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Tooth whitening is safe, effective, and long lasting.
Your custom, home teeth whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth. You also receive prescription teeth whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Dr. Adachi gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day. You should expect the entire home-whitening process to take between one and two weeks, leaving you with a dazzling smile. For more information about tooth whitening in Honolulu Hawaii contact Dr Adachi today.
Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay, or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if it isn't corrected. Over time, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move about, moving into the gap and resulting in discomfort, pain. and more problems down the road. Porcelain bridges "bridge the gap" in your smile. Dr. Adachi can create a lifelike, functional bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort. A porcelain bridge is created out of metal, alloys, or porcelain and utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns to fill the gap. A bridge is a semi-permanent dental restoration, meaning it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration to your oral health.
Your teeth undergo a tremendous amount of wear and tear during your lifetime. Teeth may show this wear in a variety of ways, including discoloration, chipping, and cracking. Crowns restore your teeth and your smile to look brilliant once again. Porcelain crowns can be made out of porcelain pressed to metal or from porcelain throughout and can be shaded to match your other teeth. Crowns made of precious metal are also an option. After some tooth preparation, crowns are specially fitted to give you back the look and functionality of your smile. If you have pain when chewing or temperature sensitivity, ask Dr. Adachi if crowns are right for you.
When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with "filling" material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to your tooth, creating a durable seal that protects your tooth from future damage. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Bonding refers to the placement of tooth-colored resin to correct chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth, and in some cases, spaces between teeth in order to complete your smile. Bonding is generally considered more conservative than veneers or other cosmetic dentistry, but can provide fantastic results. The benefits of bonding include the ability to maintain the natural structure of the tooth and the ability to color and sculpt the resin to create natural looking teeth. Like a natural tooth, the resin may stain with the use of coffee or other staining foods.
Do you see a lot of your gum tissue when you smile? Many people with "gummy" smiles do not know that there are treatments available to cosmetically enhance the look of your gums. Dr. Adachi can re-contour the appearance of your gum tissue. With the addition of beautiful porcelain veneers, your gummy smile disappears, revealing a bright, youthful smile that looks both natural and proportioned. The entire process takes just a few visits, and because of advancements in cosmetic techniques, your comfort is assured. Call Dr. Adachi today, and begin your smile transformation!