Being your dentist is a personal honor and a responsibility I take very seriously. Practicing dentistry is my life and my passion. Today is such an exciting time to be a dentist and to be a patient. We can do so much now for health, function, and beauty. We can create beautiful smiles, increase self-esteem, and dramatically change people’s lives. Good dental care is not just about your teeth, it’s about how you feel when you smile. And your smile is important to me, which is why I will do everything I can to help keep it sparkling.
I’m sometimes asked, “What made you decide to be a dentist?” I remember going to the dentist as a child in Waipahu. I ate a lot of candy; I was the candy king. So I had a lot of cavities, and I spent a lot of time at the dentist. I was always afraid to go to the dentist because the drilling was done without Novocain, so it hurt. Also, the dentist kept the syringes to numb teeth in a clear glass container out in plain sight. They looked huge, and I was frightened of them. I would pray, “I hope he doesn’t have to use that.” I always felt, “There’s got to be a better way.”
So my life goal was to make dentistry better for my patients. I wanted to be able to numb teeth without pain. I wanted to stress prevention, to offer choices, to treat not only the teeth but also the whole person, and to create beautiful smiles. Most importantly, my experience also inspired me to do all I can to make my patients as comfortable and pain-free as they can be.
As your dentist, I also realize that it is my responsibility to keep up with the latest developments in dentistry. That is why I take 50-100 hours of continuing education classes annually through two of the world’s most prestigious centers of advanced dental education, the Pankey Institute and the Las Vegas Institute. I also stay in contact with the latest techniques and procedures through my association with a number of professional organizations.
As the past continuing education director and president of the Pacific Dental Study Group here in Honolulu, I was able to not only learn from my peers but also gain the opportunity to share my knowledge with others in Hawaii and across the United States. Thousands of people are smiling proudly with the help of the individualized care I offered to each patient. The same people I see every day as a resident of Honolulu, where I have lived most of my life.
Helping to change people’s lives extends beyond the walls of my practice. In the past, I have had the privilege to lead the Hawaii campaign for Smiles for Life and Garth Brooks’s Touch’em All Foundation to help raise money for disadvantaged and seriously ill children in Hawaii and throughout the U.S. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, Gwen, and my son, David. I am very proud to say that David works alongside me in my dental practice. I also enjoy playing tennis on Saturdays at the Manoa tennis courts or the Diamond Head tennis courts.
In the past, scouting also played an important role in my life. Not only did it offer me something I could share with David, who is an Eagle Scout, but it also gave me the chance to have an impact on the lives of impressionable boys. To see these sometimes spoiled, uncooperative boys grow into responsible, helpful, confident young men who are excellent citizens, good students, and socially minded is a reward in itself.
So why do I do these things? The answer is simple: I want to help make people’s smiles — and lives — the best they can be. And that goal starts by providing you with individualized attention and care so you’ll be proud to share your smile with the world.
Wilfred A. Miyasaki, DMD
P.S. Again, I am very honored that you have chosen me as your dentist. If there is ever anything special I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call me.