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Keeping your smile bright and white takes a little work. Aging and stains caused by tobacco, foods, and beverages can quickly dull your teeth and make you feel reluctant to smile. If you're ready to improve your stained smile, teeth bleaching offered by your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Wynn Okuda, provides a simple solution.
How you can boost your smile power
Do you look at old photographs and wish your teeth were still as bright as they were years ago? Aging can take a toll on your teeth, but it's not the only factor that can dull your smile. Stains in your tooth enamel may also be an issue.
Tobacco use and foods and beverages cause many dental stains. Dark pigments found in coffee, tea, cola, red wine, soy sauce, berries, ice pops, and other similar foods are the source of the problem.
When you enjoy a handful of blackberries or drink a cup of tea in the morning, a small percentage of the dark pigments seep into tiny openings in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate over months and years, your smile begins to look dull.
Avoiding foods and beverages that cause stains can prevent your teeth from becoming duller. You may also want to use a straw when you drink sports drinks, coffee, tea, cola or red wine. The straw places beverages behind your teeth, decreasing stains on visible surfaces.
Whitening toothpaste and whitening kits can be effective if used as directed. Unfortunately, over-the-counter whiteners may not be strong enough to lighten your teeth.
Professional teeth bleaching offers impressive results
Professional teeth bleaching agents use a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide, a natural chemical that removes stains safely and effectively. In fact, one teeth bleaching session at our Honolulu dental office may lighten your teeth by as much as eight shades.
When you arrive at the office, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Once your teeth are clean, your dentist will place retractors in your mouth to keep your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during whitening. He'll also apply a protective gel to your roots and gums.
Brushing the whitening gel on your teeth takes a few minutes at most. After about an hour, the gel will be removed, revealing your new and improved smile.
Renew your smile with teeth bleaching. Call your dentist in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Okuda, at (808) 734-1099 to schedule your appointment.
The Dental Day Spa of Hawaii is a world-class cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry serving patients in the Honolulu area, headed by Dr. Wynn H. Okuda, DMD. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services at his Honolulu office is tooth bleaching. Learn more about how bleaching can restore your smile and give you confidence in your daily life.
Benefits of Tooth Bleaching
There are numerous surveys that have been done in the dental field that show the importance of having a bright white smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that over 90 percent of Americans believe having a nice smile is a major asset and nearly three-quarters of respondents believe an unattractive smile can hold someone back professionally.
Confidence is everything in this modern world. After having your teeth whitened by Honolulu, Oahu, HI cosmetic dentist Dr. Okuda you may come out feeling like a brand new person. The way your teeth look have an amazing positive effect on your self-esteem and how you relate to other people.
What is a Bleaching Appointment Like?
You don’t have anything to be nervous about when you visit the dentist for a tooth bleaching appointment. The dentist places a tray in your mouth to keep your teeth exposed, applies a whitening gel and then uses a light tool to apply the whitening power. The entire process takes under an hour and you get results that can last for years with good care.
See Dr. Okuda for Whiter Teeth
Whitening your teeth is not something that you want to put off. It’s a simple and quick dental procedure that can have very significant and lasting positive effects on your everyday life. Honolulu cosmetic dentist Dr. Okuda has 25 years of experience in the dental field. He blends science and art when crafting the perfect smile for his patients. If you’re interested in teeth bleaching or another cosmetic dental procedure to improve the look of your teeth, contact his office at (808) 734-1099 or visit http://www.okudacosmeticdentistry.com to learn more about his services.
Residents of Honolulu Enjoy Teeth Bleaching for Brighter Smiles
Experience Take Home Whitening
Who Should Not Whiten their Teeth?
- Age and pregnancy issues
- Sensitive teeth and allergies
- Gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots
- Fillings, crowns, and other restorations
- Unrealistic expectations
- Darkly stained teeth
This is not your father’s dental office.
Within the last decade, the cosmetic dentistry profession has evolved at great speed.
At our office, art and science have merged to deliver a complete care package. We don’t just fix broken crowns or do root canals – we enhance a person’s lifestyle and well-being. Procedures range from simple teeth bleaching to porcelain veneers to complex full-mouth reconstruction. They address a patient’s desire to close gaps or straighten teeth, have a brighter smile, replace missing teeth or aged restorations, or have a more youthful, natural or elegant looking smile.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY AND ATTRACTIVE SMILE
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), virtually all Americans (99.7 percent) believe a smile is an important social asset, while 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. Three-quarters (74 percent) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
The demand for cosmetic dentistry has increased as the public becomes more educated about the power of healthy teeth and an attractive smile. Within the last five years, teeth bleaching procedures have increased 300 percent and porcelain veneer procedures have increased 250 percent.
It is of the utmost importance to my staff and me to be at the forefront of this evolution, and to help transform the way people perceive the dental profession.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE DENTAL EXPERIENCE FOR PATIENTS
After some pretty horrifying experiences at the dentist’s office as a child – I can remember one instance where I actually ran and hid in terror – I decided in the seventh grade that I wanted to become a new kind of dentist. I was determined to heal the anxiety and fear many people associate with dental work.
And, I have always had a love for art. Several years into my dental career I realized there is a connection between art and dentistry. Cosmetic Dentistry has been a natural fit for me in blending my two interests.
Over the next several years, we began exploring ways to further improve the dental experience. As stated in a Wall Street Journal article, we helped to pioneer the Spa Dentistry concept which has become a popular trend throughout the world. The Dental Day Spa helps those with high dental anxiety to have dentistry done in a safe and comfortable environment. We pamper patients with massage therapy, aroma- and audio-therapy, aesthetician services, movies during dental treatment, catered lunches, computer access to the Internet and e-mail, even limousine service, to create a “WOW” experience. The concept is becoming more popular today as practitioners realize the patient’s need to relax and feel comfortable while having dental procedures.
PATIENTS ALSO BENEFIT FROM STATE-OF-THE-ART DENTAL TECHNOLOGY
However, it’s also extremely important that we focus daily on maintaining the highest credentials, education and training possible. As the dental profession grows, this should be Priority #1 for anyone seeking cosmetic dentistry services as well. I am proud to be the first AACD Board Accredited cosmetic dentist on Oahu. I spend a significant amount of time lecturing for dental associations and universities nationally and around the world (in Japan, Australia and Singapore, among others), and writing articles for dental trade publications to continue to share my knowledge with other dental professionals.
Not only does this help others in the field, but it helps us to keep our practice at the forefront of global technology, letting us employ world-class knowledge right here in Honolulu (for instance, we unveiled some of the latest technology from Australia). Maintaining a global network has also allowed me to influence product development. As an example, we worked with a manufacturer in Japan to develop bleach specifically for sensitive teeth, making the popular procedure available to many more people.
Like any profession, the cosmetic dental industry faces challenges. One challenge is the word “cosmetic.” It can mistakenly imply “all fluff and no substance.” In actuality, people are either born with or acquire cosmetic dental problems as they go through life, and many of these problems are serious enough to affect health, bite, mouth comfort or self-esteem. That in turn can interfere with career success, relationships and enjoyment of life.
In consideration of this challenge, it may be more accurate to use the terms “dental rejuvenation” or “restorative dentistry.” With the tremendous technology employed in cosmetic dental procedures, facial rejuvenation can be achieved in making a person look 10 years younger in as little as two visits. The end result to cosmetic dentistry, when done correctly, can be extremely natural and long lasting. We balance health, science, function and esthetics, treating the whole patient so they can live their best life. I believe this is a good formula for long-term success.
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENT QUALITY DENTISTRY WHILE PROVIDING A POSITIVE DENTAL EXPERIENCE
Every day I’m thrilled by the feedback my patients give us, which further inspires me to strive for excellent quality dentistry while creating a positive experience for patients. We’ve had patients who haven’t been to a dentist in decades because of their anxiety, and we’ve been able to successfully and comfortably treat them, changing their whole outlook on dental care. Just recently after a procedure, I asked a patient how it went for her. She was so comfortable she had fallen asleep! That’s really validating for me.
I have a vested interest in maintaining impeccable standards in cosmetic dentistry. One of the most effective tools is public education. The more people know, the better equipped they are to seek out and demand excellence. I advise anyone interested in having cosmetic dental work done to first ask friends, relatives and co-workers for recommendations. Research credentials and accreditation online. Make an appointment for a consultation before any work is done. Look at Before and After photos of work personally done by the dentist.
This sets the stage for Patient and Dentist to work together for the best possible results. That’s the essence of good dentistry.