Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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 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.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Creating a smile takes more than just placing veneers or crown on teeth. A patient must be carefully evaluated to ensure that any dentistry with last a very long time. A patient's bite is a large part of that evaluation and can make or break treatment longevity. If your dentist doesn't perform a full exam which includes the teeth, TMJ, and oral muscles, they are doing you a disservice which will only become evident in the future.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Dr. Do's article of "The effects of Mandibular Position on Airway and TMD" has been published under the monthly tips. If you wish to discuss how we can correct narrow airways or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with orthodontics, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The International Association for Orthodontics has chosen Dr.Do's article :The Effects of Mandibular Position on Airway and TMD" as their October monthly tip. This case report highlights the relationship between temporomandibular joint disorder and how it negatively affects the airway opening. TMD has been shown to also have a link with obstructive sleep apnea, which incidentally is also related to a narrow airway. Unfortunately, many clinicians treat OSA with palliative treatment such as a CPAP, and ignore curing the true origin of OSA which is the narrow airway and TMD.