Smile Innovations Hawaii StaffHelping smiles for 20 years 🙂

Welcome

We humbly welcome you to our unique office with a caring staff to take care of all your dental needs.  We are located at the Pauahi Tower in Bishop Square.  We provide a relaxing environment with refreshments and offer validated parking that is adjacent to our building. (*that you can access from Alakea Street*)

State of the Art Dental Technology

Dexis digital x-rays are an extremely progressive addition to our dental office. Digital x-rays are computer generated images. These images require up to 75% less radiation than with convention film type x-rays. X-ray projections appear on computer monitors within a few seconds in full view. The computer allows enlargement, highlighting, magnifying, inverting, clear viewing, and contrasting of x-ray photos, so that you can view your teeth at the same time.

The newest equipment and the latest in dental technology to offer the best care to our patients in our office is the Orthophos. The Orthophos is a dental CT scan which provides us with 3-D data to help with improved patient diagnosis. You are seated in an open environment and the procedure can be done in our office, which means no trips to the hospital. The scan takes 20 seconds and gives off less radiation and costs less than medical CT scans.

The muscles in your temple and forehead area play an important part in the way your jaw is positioned and how your jaw closes. If your bite is not right it could lead to abnormal tension in these muscle, a possible cause of tension headaches. The bite remains tense for long periods of time if not corrected and the muscles do not get a chance to rest which leads to poor circulation and pain.

The K-7 allows Dr. Sebastian to evaluate the state that the muscles are in as well as other factors that may be affecting the bite. The K-7 is a computer which helps Dr. Sebastian measure and study the full range of motion of the jaw in three dimensions. The computer records where your jaw is being held in relation to the upper teeth and can measure the activity of the muscles that control the jaw in its relaxed position as well as its functional positions. Dr. Sebastian then can use the K-7 to determine if your bite is in its optimal position, rather than relying on your current bite position as being the best bite for you.

Why Dental Veneers?

A whole new world is possible when you repair and brighten up your smile with veneers. Countless celebrities and public figures can flash their previously imperfect smiles with pride thanks to custom-designed porcelain veneers. Find out more about this cosmetic treatment, including its benefits and what the appointment for veneers entails. Cecile Sebastian, D.D.S. Veneers

Lauren Before After Veneer SmileA Miracle Smile with Veneers

It doesn’t matter if your front teeth are too small, darkly discolored, chipped, or broken. Veneers can make them all look the same—white, smooth, healthy, and evenly shaped. You might feel like some kind of miracle has been performed when you look at your smile after your treatment is finished. The veneers are set on top of your natural teeth and will stay bonded there for years.

More Veneer Benefits

When your goal is to have a “Hollywood” smile, your dentist will most likely recommend porcelain veneers. There are plenty of benefits to consider when you’re making this important decision about your teeth:

  •  Veneers can protect your teeth from future damage and staining.
  • Veneers and the bonding dental cement are color-matched to look natural with the rest of your smile.
  • With veneers, only a small amount of enamel will be removed from each tooth (none in some cases).
  • Your self-confidence and self-esteem increases after your smile has been enhanced with veneers.

Veneers: A Relatively Simple Cosmetic Treatment

Compared to getting braces, which could take years to give you acceptable results, veneers are a relatively quick and simple way to improve your smile. If you have an urgent upcoming affair, there’s a good chance that your treatment will be completed in time. One appointment is set to prepare the tooth and take an impression, and another is required to perform the bonding procedure. Expect the treatment to be completed in a few weeks. For smaller cases they may be done in the same day.

A New Smile with Veneers

With veneers, you can have the high-quality smile that you’ve always imagined having without a long wait.  Please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.

A CHANGE FOR THE HAPPIER

Solea is a dental laser that replaces the dental drill in some of procedures in our practice. Because more than anything, we love to see you smile.

WHAT IS SOLEA?

Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue procedures. It offers a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures for both teeth and gums from simple cavities to complex surgeries.

WHY SOLEA?

The majority of smaller fillings in our office are done with no shots. Anesthesia-free procedures represent a major leap forward in dentistry. What does that mean for you, our patients? You are now able to receive the care you need in a fraction of the time. When patients have anesthesia they typically leave the office with that numb feeling still prevalent. With Solea, you are able to go right out to lunch or back to work without that numb sensation following your appointment. Solea is truly changing what it means to go to the dentist.

For more information on Solea, please call (808) 537-2880 or contact us online.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Some people are blessed with a beautiful smile from birth, but most people need a little bit of help to get their smiles up to par. Cosmetic dentistry takes your uniquely beautiful smile and makes it look as perfect as possible—whiter, straighter, and contoured to fit your face.

Why Is Cosmetic Dentistry So Popular?

A smile is a way of telling someone we’re happy, we’re pleased to be in their company, or that we’re having a good time. It’s a greeting and an important social cue. So if you feel like you have to hide your teeth from others, it can affect how you interact with the world. Cosmetic dentistry allows people with even the most discolored or damaged teeth to see a huge improvement with their smiles.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Here are some of the most common treatments offered:

  • Veneers (cover the front of the teeth to make them look whiter, straighter, and smoother).
  • Crowns (cover the whole outer enamel of an imperfect tooth).
  • Professional teeth whitening (bleaches the teeth so they look shades whiter).
  • Dental implants (permanent tooth replacements).
  • Gum surgery (to fix “gummy” smiles).
  • Cosmetic fillings (fixes cavities with tooth-colored matter).
  • Cosmetic bonding and contouring (for minor cracks and chips in the teeth).

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

You never know just how much of an impact a beautiful smile can have on your life until you have one. People look at you differently and your self-confidence increases significantly. Here are a few other benefits of cosmetic dentistry:

  • Modern cosmetic solutions last for many years—sometimes decades.
  • Cosmetic procedures can shave years off your appearance, making you look and feel younger.

The Road to a New and Improved Smile

The way to a better smile starts with a consultation please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.

Finding cavities using an “explorer” has not changed much since the 1800’s. Using this technique, many cavities are found at very late stages where large fillings or more expensive inlays and on-lays are necessary. Sadly, nearly 20% of children between 2 and 3 years old have tooth decay and 80% of young people have had a cavity by age 17. New techniques and protocols needed to be developed to detect disease earlier and stop the decay. The newest technology available is a laser fluorescence cavity detector called the Diagnodent, available in our office. A light is shone on the teeth and fluorescence emitted by decay is quantifiably measured and found in very early stages so that fillings may not be necessary and simpler sealants may help stop the decay and preserve tooth structure.

With the Soft Tissue Laser we can perform many soft tissue surgical procedures in-office with very little or no bleeding and very little or no post-operative pain. Because of this, restorative procedures may also be performed on the same day.

Other uses for our laser include: elimination of canker sores, gum disease treatment, gum plastic surgery, preparation prior to mold taking for crowns and bridges, removal of muscle attachments and many more. Once again, the benefits to you, the patient, are in the increased quality of care received and painless techniques the laser provides.

We are pleased to offer our patients CEREC restoration services – a superior method of creating custom designed, color matched and highly durable ceramic restorations right in our office. From simple fillings to full crowns, CEREC delivers the results you need in a single appointment.

Why CEREC?

  •  Single visit convenience – no temporaries
  • No uncomfortable impression trays
  • Beautiful esthetics – color matched ceramic
  • Enamel-like materials – natural look and feel
  • Clinically proven – millions of successful restorations worldwide

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Why Choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular with patients. They are now the solution of choice when there is a missing tooth. You may have even met a few people who have dental implants, but you wouldn’t know because they look so natural. Dr. Cecile Sebastian in Honolulu, HI wants you to get a more thorough understanding of what implants are and what they can do for your smile.

Implant-overdenturesWhy Patients Choose Dental ImplantsDental Implants

In the case of a missing tooth, patients have the option of getting a partial denture or a bridge. The partial is removable, which means that it could cause embarrassing moments in social settings. The bridge is semi-permanent and non-removable (except by your dentist) but it requires the removal of enamel on two healthy teeth. For these reasons and more, many patients choose dental implants instead. They are permanent fixtures in the mouth, cannot slip out, and don’t need other teeth for support. When the implantation and crowning process is complete, they feel so natural that most patients forget that they’re there.

 

Keeping Dental Implants Strong

Your dental implants will stay healthy and strong as long as you are taking care of your teeth and gums. The main threat to an implant is gum disease, so you should work closely with your dentist to ensure that gingivitis or periodontists doesn’t affect the implants Floss carefully and thoroughly around your implant (and your other teeth) every evening before bed.

Getting Implants

The process of getting a dental implant is easier than you may think. Please contact us for a consultation and we’ll let you know if you’re a good candidate.

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Professional tooth whitening is a very quick way to make your smile look remarkably better—just in time for important social and professional engagements. Learn more about what this popular cosmetic treatment entails.

Teeth Whitening Honolulu

Why Professional Teeth Whitening? 

Our teeth are naturally the color of a white eggshell, but as time goes on that color changes due to eating and drinking foods that stain the enamel. Patients who are regular smokers also often develop stains on the teeth due to the tar in cigarettes. In-office teeth whitening by your Honolulu, HI dentist is usually the only reliable way to get rid of stubborn stains. Having a white smile is important to people because it makes them look younger and healthier.

Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments

There are two main options for having your teeth professionally whitened. Your Honolulu, HI dentist can provide you with a take-home tray that you’ll wear over the course of a few weeks. But the best option, if you want to see a significant smile improvement, is to just have your dentist whiten your teeth in the office. The process takes about 60-90 minutes and leaves your teeth looking up to four shades whiter.

Keeping Your Teeth White After Treatment

You can take steps to ensure that your teeth stay whiter for as long as possible after you have them whitened at the Honolulu, HI dentist’s office. Here are a few key tips:

  • Drink everything with a straw when possible, including coffee, tea, and wine
  • Brush and floss regularly, especially after drinking or eating something that’s dark in color.
  • Work with a specialist to quit smoking if you want to keep your teeth white.

See a Cosmetic Dentist for a Whitening Appointment

You’ll feel like a new person after just one teeth whitening session please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment!

Intra-oral photos are taken so that we may better educate and inform patients of conditions as well as track potentially cancerous lesions in their mouths.

Same Day Dental Veneers

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Client Before/ After Smile Gallery

Insurance

We accept most dental insurances.

Payment Options
You can choose from:

Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express
We offer a 5% courtesy accounting adjustment to patients who pay for their treatment with cash/check prior to completion of care for treatment plans of $500.00 or more.

Financing Options:

CareCredit is here to help you pay for treatments and procedures your insurance doesn’t cover. We offer No Interest* financing and monthly payment options for up to 24 months so you can get what you want, when you want it.

Now you don’t have to worry about saving up for the procedures you want and need. With CareCredit the decision’s in your hands to get what you want, when you want it. For more information or to apply online, visit Carecredit.com.

SMILE INNOVATIONS TEAM

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Ruth (IT, dental assisting, front office administration)

Ruth is the “jack of all duties” in the practice. Ruth has actually worked in the practice the longest as a young girl of 19 years old! Ruth is able to work both administration and clinical assisting. She has become our in-house IT team member with her quick understanding and technology skills whenever Dr. Sebastian acquires the latest dental technology in our practice. Ruth is a real asset to the practice. She loves spending time with her family doing outdoor activities on her days off and was recently made a very young grandmother with her grandson! Congratulations Ruth!

Shalimar (dental assistant)

Shalimar has been educated to be a dentist prior to moving to Hawaii 29 years ago. Her skills as the doctor’s primary dental assistant has been invaluable. Shalimar’s caring personality makes any anxious patient in the room more comfortable. Her skillset from assisting with our bite finding process thru preparing for same day CEREC crowns and implant surgeries make her another asset to the practice. She enjoys gardening in her yard on her days off.

Lyn (practice manager)

Lyn has a background in business development and community relations in the healthcare industry. Lyn enjoys consulting patients on their treatment plan and assisting them with their financial matters. She is thrilled to be a new grandmother to her granddaughter in Colorado where her daughter and son-in-law reside. She is also proud of her other daughter recently married and a D.O.E. teacher.

Kim (registered dental hygienist)

Kim earning her degree in California. Originally from San Diego, California. She has made Hawaii her home away from home for 4 years. She is the doctor’s 2nd pair of eyes in direct patient oral care. Her light handedness, meticulous cleaning and co-diagnosing makes her one of our patients favorite here in our office. Kim is an asset to the practice. She enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and her dog on her days off.

Iana (dental assistant)

Iana the latest individual to join our happy team, has been a quick and motivated learner. Iana, originally from the Philippines has a keen willingness to understand and work hard in the practice. She has adapted very well to the back-office clinic and administrative front office. She is a wonderful asset to the practice and we are very happy she has joined us. Iana enjoys dabbling in the arts from learning the latest art styles on her Apple IPAD pro/pen to the latest “you tube” make up styles and stretching her voice in the art of karaoke!

Jean (registered dental hygienist)

Jean is a graduate of UH Manoa. Jean has rejoined the practice in 2019 after going on hiatus for several years. She completes our busy practice with her 25 years’ experience, knowledge and sweet personality. The practice is very fortunate to have Jean back again. Jean enjoys keeping active by running on her free time.

Cecile Sebastian DDS

Cecile Sebastian DDS
Smile Innovations Hawaii Staff

Cecile Sebastian (General and Implant Dentist) has been practicing the art and science of dentistry since 1989. Dr. Sebastian graduated from Purdue University with her B.S. in Biology and went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Northwestern University.

For Dr Sebastian and her team education never stops. Together, they attend advanced dental courses in Hawaii and on the mainland, to enable delivery of the most advanced techniques available. She is a confirmed dental technology addict because she feels that patients truly benefit from more advanced technology.
She is honored to receive Honolulu Magazine’s Best Dentist Award from 2005 thru present year 2020 & Star Advertisers First Place “Hawaii’s Best” award from 2009 thru present year 2020. She was a 2014 recipient of the “YWCA Leaderluncheon”, which honors women for their professional achievements and community service.

Dr Sebastian sits on the Board of Dental Lifeline Network, a non profit organization that provides access to dental care who are disabled elderly or medically fragile.

She has sponsored annual events such as the “Hawaii Future Dentists Symposium”. Dr Sebastian has been a member of the “healthcare coalition” for the Hawaii Food Bank since 2006. She has sponsored annual food drives in Bishop Square in downtown Honolulu to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank.
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines Dr Sebastian has also lived in Indiana, Chicago, San Francisco and eventually settling in Hawaii.
Dr Sebastian met her husband, Dr Wade Nobuhara at Northwestern University. Together they raise a brood of 4 children. Dr Sebastian and her husband instill in their children for them to make their contributions to society, even small ones to make the world a better place to live in.
Dr Sebastian is fluent in Tagalog (Filipino), French and Spanish.

In her spare time, she plays the piano, reads oodels of books and works on memorizing algorithms to solve Rubik cubes, Megaminx, Square-1 puzzles and other 3-D puzzles.