Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Braces

Orthodontic care is important in achieving healthy teeth and gums, as teeth that are well-aligned are easier to keep clean to maintain excellent oral health. If you’re interested in getting treatment with orthodontics, and have questions about braces, here’s what we think you should know:

  1. You have options  – From fun, colored bands around your brackets, to clear options for braces, you have choices for making your treatment right for you. At Manoa Dental, we offer Invisalign® in additional to traditional braces, so you can feel comfortable about making the choice that best meets your oral health needs.
  2. Anyone can benefit from braces – Braces aren't just for teenagers. If you are experiencing crowded, gapped, or protruding teeth at any age – braces can provide the same incredible results. If you are an adult in a professional setting and are looking for discreet orthodontic treatment, you may consider Invisalign® in order to maintain a low-profile for teeth straightening.
  3. Keeping your teeth clean is important! – Keeping your braces or other orthodontic appliance clean is important for your overall oral health. If you choose traditional braces, be sure to thoroughly clean around brackets in order to prevent the accumulation of debris and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and periodontal problems.  There are many flossing and brushing aids available that make cleaning between dental appliances a breeze. If you are using clear aligner trays, be sure to brush your teeth and the tray itself before replacing the appliance in your mouth. Because clear aligner trays hug all sides of your teeth, it is easy for debris to become trapped between your teeth and the appliance for long periods of time.
  4. Braces can fix both teeth AND bite alignment issuesBraces aren't just for straightening teeth, they can also treat instances of malocclusion – misalignment of the jaw. Ideal jaw alignment is important for ensuring that your bite is evenly distributed, preventing issues related to uneven wear and tear on teeth. Both traditional braces and Invisalign® are capable of correcting bite problems for orthodontic patients.
  5. Getting Your Braces on Is Easy – Whether your orthodontic appointment is for traditional braces or Invisalign®, getting your braces put on is a simple process. For traditional braces, brackets are bonded to the fronts of teeth and wires are threaded through. Any discomfort experienced as a result of teeth shifting can be effectively controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. When getting clear braces with Invisalign®, molds are taken of your teeth and sent to the Invisalign® lab for custom creation of your trays. When your treatment is sent back to our dental office, you return to see us and simply pop your tray in.

At Manoa Dental, Drs. Keri Do and Malcolm Choy are happy to answer any questions you may have about getting braces or Invisalign® in Honolulu, HI. Contact our dental office to schedule your consultation to see how orthodontics can help you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What to Consider before Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to restore missing teeth. If you have had a tooth knocked out in an injury, or have needed teeth extracted due to decay, and are considering getting a dental implant, you and your dentist will need to map out a treatment plan that takes the following into consideration:

  • How long have you been missing teeth?: If you have been dealing with tooth loss for a while, you may be experiencing loss of bone volume in your jaw. Your natural tooth root stimulates healthy bone density; without the presence of that root, bone can begin to shrink. Getting a dental implant promotes bone volume in the same way as a normal tooth, but implantation of a standard implant requires enough bone volume for successful implantation. However, depleted bone volume is not a deal-breaker for getting a dental implant; patients can take advantage of bone grafting treatment or even mini dental implants.

  • Are you experiencing periodontal issues?: Proper healing after a dental implant is placed requires healthy gum tissue. If you are exhibiting symptoms of periodontal disease, such as sore, puffy, or bleeding gums, Dr. Do or  Dr. Choy can address these issues with a deep cleaning before beginning the implantation process.

  • How many teeth are you missing?: The amount of lost teeth you are experiencing will have an effect on how dental implants can be used to help. In the event of total tooth loss, implants can be used to permanently stabilize a full set of dentures. Dental implants can also anchor dental bridges, if you have a small group of missing teeth on one side of your mouth.

It’s important to schedule a consultation with your dentist before beginning any treatment plan. Dr. Choy is the only dentist in Hawaii that is credentialed by three of the most prominent implant organizations in the nation, which are the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Misch International Implant Institute. Contact Drs. Do and Choy at Manoa Dental for more information on how you can get dental implants in Honolulu, HI.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving is approaching and now is the time to stop and think about how you enjoy this holiday of feasting. Every celebration of life includes food and to enjoy it, you must be able to eat whether with implants, bridges, dentures, or just making sure your TMJ functions properly in order to chew without ache. Maintaining good oral health is not optional, and largely contributes to your quality of life. Feel free to call us for a consultation on any problems you may have!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Clear or metal braces?

At Manoa Dental, we are using the latest and most efficient technology for our braces to ensure your comfort and treatment success. There is a minimal difference in treatment time between using clear or metal braces for your orthodontic treatment. The main advantage is that clear braces are much more difficult to recognize when in public if esthetics are your concern.Feel free to call us for a consult on which type of braces will help you achieve your goals!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dental Implants Can Be Repaired, Not Lost Forever

Dental implants have been largely misunderstood by the public as similar to a tooth where once it's gone, it's gone forever. Did you know that even if an implant completely fails, there is an excellent chance of still having the procedure completed with the same success as when you started? At Manoa Dental, we can provide consults for all types of implant failures and what it might require to fix your damaged implant. Don't hesitate to call us if you feel there may be a problem with your implant!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain? Braces Can Help!

Our goal at Manoa Dental is to provide Hawaii with a long term solution to TMJ pain. One of the most common causes of TMJ pain is a result of a bad bite. Chewing muscles, TMJ joint, and your teeth all must work in harmony in order to function properly and without pain or discomfort. If not, eventually one of these components will break down resulting in TMJ pain, muscle pain, or damage to your teeth. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, call us now for a consult on what treatment will work best for you! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Increase Your Quality Of Life By Adding Dental Implants To A Denture

Our goal at Manoa Dental is to ensure healthy and happy oral health for all patients. Having said that, dentures are a huge step backwards without benefiting from what dental implants can offer when used with them. Traditionally, dentures are fitted to your gums and require a combination of oral muscle coordination resting on "thick" gums for the best results. However, patients requiring dentures usually have receded gums or poor oral muscles resulting from their oral health flaws necessitating a denture to begin with. This is especially noticeable if the lower jaw needs a denture.

The addition of at least two implants in the lower jaw makes a world of difference in terms of improving stability and preventing your denture from coming loose. You can avoid any embarrassment of shifting dentures while talking or other inopportune times. When four or five implants are placed, a denture can function with the same strength as natural teeth. Imagine! It will be your third set of teeth without having to worry about cavities ever!

Your overall quality of life will improve tremendously with the addition of implants connected to your dentures! Whether you have existing dentures, or in need of transitioning to dentures, call us now for a consult appointment to find out what options are available to you!