Saturday, November 17, 2018

Braces for adults

Everybody wants to look their best. At many times, your appearance can influence strangers around you as well. In a study out of 1000 Americans, people with great smiles were viewed as financially more stable, happy, healthy, and more intelligent. In other words, having a great smile makes an immediate impact on how others perceive you before they even have begun to know you. Crooked or crowded teeth are not just for children anymore, and with advances in technology, have much shorter treatment lengths than decades ago. It's slowly becoming more accepted in today's culture as more adults see how the benefits outweigh the temporary inconvenience in their life. Dr.Do is fully educated in how braces can benefit you through numerous continuing education and rigorous testing. She is a Fellow of the International Association For Orthodontics and an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Modern orthodontics and obstructed airways

There is a fascinating book available called "Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic" by Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich. It discusses how correcting crowded teeth has a correlation with obstructing airways. An obstructed airway leads to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, which is slowly becoming a leading contributor of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other systemic problems.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Happy Veteran's Day

At Manoa Dental, we wish all military members and families a safe  and happy holiday. Many times in our daily lives, we take their service for granted for the lifestyles that we all enjoy.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Solutions for missing teeth

Whether you have lost a tooth due to trauma or disease, we have numerous ways to replace it. Ideal treatment would be a dental implant, which would restore the tooth or teeth to be as strong as the original tooth. A fixed bridge would be another good alternative for replacement and still maintain the sensation of having a real tooth. A cosmetic dentist may prefer either depending on the condition of the area where the tooth is missing.

Friday, November 2, 2018

American Dental Association annual meeting

It's a little late, but Dr.Do and Dr. Choy had a terrific annual meeting at the Honolulu Convention Center which happens roughly every ten years. They attended classes ranging from cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and implant dentistry to keep up on the newest techniques. They also walked around the exhibit hall to try out the state-of-the-art equipment available to keep our dental practice on the cutting edge of technology.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

A cosmetic dentist can have a little fun also. This is a set of vampire fangs a patient requested to have made. All she has to do is slip the tray over her natural teeth and it looks like her canines have grown half an inch. Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lumineers in cosmetic dentistry

Lumineers are a specific type of cosmetic veneers that do not require any, or very minimal tooth structure removal. They are made of porcelain, similar to almost all state-of-the-art cosmetic crowns, and have outstanding esthetics. Dr. Keri Do is one of only a few dentists in Hawaii that have used these veneers with great success.