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Who wouldn't want a great looking, healthy smile? However, many people suffer from poor self-images because their smiles lack that WOW factor in alignment, color and tooth shape. At Dental Perfections in Kapolei, Hawaii and serving the Kapolei and Ewa Beach areas your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kern Agader, can provide the boost your smile requires to help you feel and look your best. His menu of aesthetic services can be customized to fit your particular needs, and he values your input in the makeover process.
Rejuvenating your smile
It begins with a consultation with your cosmetic dentist serving the Kapolei and Ewa Beach areas. He'll ensure your mouth is free of health problems, such as decay or periodontal disease; having established that, Dr. Agader will develop ways to make your smile bright, straight and even.
This is where your input comes in. Think about how you want your smile to change. Most teens and adults know what bothers them about their smiles, but be sure to verbalize those problems when you speak with your dentist. Be specific about tooth color, shape, arrangement, defects such as cracks, gaps and pits, and whatever else you feel is a persistent problem.
Together, you and Dr. Agader will put together a treatment plan. It will fit your lifestyle, budget, and best of all, the results you desire. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that highly skilled dentists, such as Dr. Agader, have the tools and techniques to makeover any smile and to optimize its health, too.
Cosmetic treatments at Dental Perfections
Professional teeth whitening Better than retail products such as strips and rinses, professional whitening at Dental Perfections removes years of organic stains embedded in tooth enamel. Available as an in-office or an at-home treatment, teeth whitening brightens enamel by as much as eight shades, and because it's supervised by your dentist, you know your teeth and gums will be safe from sensitivity issues.
Composite resin bonding Using a tooth-colored material made of glass and acrylic, Dr. Agader repairs chips, cracks, gaps and other defects which mar healthy teeth. Applied in layers, shaped, cured and polished, this resin is durable and natural looking. Defects truly do disappear, and the process is quick, too.
Tooth-colored fillings Rather than amalgam fillings, your dentist can utilize composite resin to restore decayed teeth. Bonded with a special dental light, composite resin fillings are seamless, naturally-colored and durable. They require less enamel removal than their metal counterparts, too.
Porcelain crowns These tooth-shaped jackets of fine ceramic cover and support teeth marred by decay, injury and more. They boost smile aesthetics with their perfect color and sheen, and they avoid needless extractions, protect after root canal therapy and restore dental implants.
Porcelain veneers Thin, tooth-colored and resilient, veneers disguise flawed teeth, beautifying shape, shade, spacing and more. Bonded permanently on the front of selected teeth, laminates also add strength.
Your unique smile
Make it beautiful, and feel good about yourself. Talk to the experts in smile design at Dental Perfections in Kapolei, Hawaii and serving the Kapolei and Ewa Beach areas. Call for a consultation: (808) 674-8895.
Whitening can transform the dullest teeth into a dazzling smile fit for a Hollywood star. But before you undergo a whitening procedure, you might have a few questions about it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.
How white can I go? In an office application we can adjust the solution and application time to control the level of shade (dark or light) from subtle to dazzlingly bright. The real question, though, is how much color change will look best for you? A good rule of thumb is to match the shade in the whites of your eyes.
Whitening will improve poor dental conditions…right? Not necessarily. Besides foods, beverages or poor hygiene, decay, abscesses or problems from root canal treatments can also cause discoloration. In some dental situations, whitening could make your smile less attractive. If, for example, you have exposed roots due to gum recession, those areas won't bleach like the enamel and could make their exposure stand out more. Better to try and repair these problems before whitening.
What effect will teeth whitening have on my dental work? None â??composite or ceramic materials won't lighten. The real concern is with creating a situation where whitened natural teeth don't match the color of dental work. Depending on the location of your veneers, crowns or other bridgework you could have a color mismatch that will look unattractive. We would therefore need to take your dental work into consideration and adjust the shading accordingly.
Will teeth whitening work on any stained teeth? That depends on the cause of the staining. If it's on the enamel, then external bleaching techniques should work. If, however, the discoloration comes from inside the tooth, then only a dental procedure that applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth can alleviate that kind of discoloration.
So after whitening, I'm good to go? Well, not permanently. Eventually the brightness will diminish or fade, usually in six months to two years. You can, of course, prolong the fade rate by not using tobacco, cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, tea and coffee, practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting us for regular office cleanings and other dental work. We can also touch up your existing whitening during your visits.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
The season of white, sandy beaches is almost here - will you be ready? This summer, don't just focus on getting tanner or losing those last five pounds before heading out to enjoy all that Kapolei and Ewa Beach have to offer. Get yourself truly ready to shine by visiting your favorite cosmetic dentist, Kern K. Agader, DMD at Dental Perfections.
The Importance of Teeth Whitening
The truth is, if you aren't sporting a brilliant white smile, you simply aren't going to look and feel as amazing as you deserve to this summer. No matter how thin, tan and toned you are, if you're embarrassed by your smile, it will show. You won't smile and laugh as much, and you may even avoid social outings altogether if your teeth are bad enough. Visiting Dr. Agader, your Kapolei and Ewa Beach cosmetic dentist, is a great way to reclaim that beautiful, confident personality that is sure to make you shine.
Professional Vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
With over-the-counter tooth whitening creams, pastes and strips available at every drugstore in the Ewa Beach area, you may wonder if it is really necessary to visit a cosmetic dentist for professional teeth whitening at all. Can't you just get the same whitening from a store?
No, you cannot! Professional teeth whitening from Dr. Agader is fast, safe and very effective. Plus, you never have to worry about damaging your teeth or ending up with uneven whitening, as all our whitening treatments are custom made for your unique set of teeth. When you visit your Kapolei and Ewa Beach cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening, you get real, reliable results! Our Opalescence custom bleaching kits are easy to use, and allow you to whiten at home when it's convenient for you!
This summer, don't even think about heading to the beach without looking and feeling your best. Come on in to see Dr. Agader at Dental Perfections, serving Kapolei, Ewa Beach, and Makakilo. Make this summer your best one yet!
Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his work on stage, screen and television, including his long-running portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series, and his Academy-Award-nominated starring role in Les Miserables. Oh, and did we mention he was named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine in 2008? So when Jackman once said “I have shocking teeth”… what did he mean?
“[My dentist] looked at my teeth and went, ‘Oh, my God, you've got gray teeth,’” the actor stated. The proposed cure: tooth whitening. But what if the action hero's teeth were brightened too much — would his look still convey his trademark rugged charm? To see how that issue was resolved, let's look a little closer at various methods of tooth whitening.
All Whitening Isn't the Same
Everyone has seen the kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening strips advertised in magazines and sold in drug stores. Most dentists agree that, given enough time, they can work in many cases. But there may be problems, too.
One is that unless you know what's actually causing the darkening, you can't be sure if there is an underlying issue that needs treatment — a root-canal problem, for example. Bleaching a diseased tooth is like painting over a rusty car: it camouflages the problem, but doesn't fix it. That's one reason why, before any whitening treatment is attempted, it's important to have a complete dental examination, with x-rays.
Another is that without professional supervision, it's more difficult to control the degree of whitening you will end up with. For safety reasons, over-the-counter whitening products have the least concentrated bleaching agent, and will probably require weeks of use to produce noticeable results. The next step up — a custom-designed, at-home bleaching kit from our office — will likely produce results twice as fast.
The Professional Advantage
At-home bleaching done under our supervision uses stronger whitening agents with a flexible plastic tray that's custom-made to fit your teeth. It's a cost-effective way to achieve several shades of whitening in a relatively short time. Plus, with the advantage of our experience and guidance, you can get excellent results safely and efficiently.
If you want the fastest and most controllable whitening, however, in-office whitening treatments are the best way to go. According to one study, using the most concentrated whiteners in a safe clinical setting produced a six-shade improvement in just three office visits! This would have required a week or more of at-home bleaching, or upwards of 16 daily applications of the over-the-counter whitening products!
In-office whitening also offers the greatest degree of control over the outcome. That's why it was the method Hugh Jackman chose for his treatments. By adjusting the concentration of the bleaching solution and the treatment time, Jackman's dentist made sure his teeth were pleasingly light — but still looked completely natural. And in our office, we can do the same for you.
So whether you're looking for a dazzlingly bright smile or a more subtle enhancement, the best way to start is to call our office for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”