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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Could your smile stand a little tweaking? Whether you have a bite issue, crowding or widely spaced teeth, Invisalign can improve your invisalignsmile. The innovative brace alternative uses clear aligners instead of wires and brackets to align your teeth. Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Jason Ako explains how Invisalign works.

An improved smile without any wires

Concerns about appearance keep some people from choosing metal braces. Luckily, there's another option. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners instead of wires to reposition teeth. Because the aligners are transparent, they're virtually unnoticeable.

A new way to straighten teeth

Adjusting the wires changes the position of your teeth when you wear metal or ceramic braces. Although the traditional system is very effective, the same goal can be achieved simply by swapping out Invisalign aligners every two weeks. The clear aligners reposition teeth by applying constant, gentle pressure. Dr. Ako designs your new aligners in his Honolulu office using a 3D image of your teeth.

Invisalign is a good choice for most orthodontic issues

If you have a mild to moderate orthodontic problem, Invisalign will probably work well for you. The system can correct:

  • Crowding
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If your orthodontic issue is severe, traditional braces may be more effective in addressing the problem.

Invisalign offers important benefits

You've probably noticed that eating is a little challenging for people you know who wear traditional braces. Food gets stuck in the wires, plus your friends must turn down hard foods that might break wires. Mealtime is worry-free when you wear Invisalign aligners. You'll remove your aligners before meals and can enjoy all of your favorite foods. You also won't need to make any changes to your oral hygiene routine. After you remove your aligners, you can brush and floss as usual. Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for best results but can be removed for special events or activities, like playing soccer.

Would you like to make your smile even more beautiful? Consider Invisalign! Call Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Jason Ako at (808) 734-6022 to schedule an appointment.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Gaps in your smile don't have to be permanent, thanks to dental implants. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Jason Ako explains how dental implantsimplants can restore your smile.

Dental implants in Honolulu, HI

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces your entire tooth. The implant, a small titanium post, bonds to your jawbone and supports an artificial tooth called a crown. The implant procedure involves placing the implants under the gums. In just a few months, your new implant will be fully bonded and ready to serve as the root for your new tooth. Once bonding occurs, your dentist will open your gum and add a connector, called an abutment, to the top of the implant. The abutment attaches your new crown to your implant. Implants are a good choice if you've lost one tooth, but are also used to replace multiple teeth.

Implants improve appearance and restore function

Do you hate looking in the mirror since you lost your tooth? A dental implant can improve your self-esteem and help you feel more confident in social settings. Although a dental implant is a great confidence booster, it offers another important benefit. When a tooth is missing, it's much harder to chew foods. Unfortunately, if you don't chew food thoroughly before you swallow, you may suffer from an upset stomach. Your dental implant will restore your ability to chew and bite normally, which can reduce gastrointestinal problems. Best of all, your new tooth looks and feels completely natural.

Dental implants can prevent bone loss

Bone loss is one of the unfortunate consequences of tooth loss. The problem occurs because your jawbone no longer receives needed stimulation from tooth roots. If your jawbone begins to recede, other teeth can become loose and you may even experience some sagging in the lower half of your face. Replacing your roots with an implant ensures that stimulation continues even after you've lost a tooth and prevents those problems.

Revitalize your smile with dental implants! Call Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ako at (808) 734-6022 to schedule your appointment.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding  

Bruxism is the habit of clenching or grinding the teeth. Bruxism may be occasional and mild or frequent and aggressive. Dr. Jason Ako at teeth grindingKahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI offers a variety of treatments for bruxism. Here are five teeth grinding solutions you should be aware of.

1. Cut Down on Caffeine

Avoid or cut back on beverages and foods that contain caffeine, such as coffee, chocolate, tea and soft drinks. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after dinner. Opt for hot water with lemon or herbal tea. Caffeine can have a disruptive effect on your sleep and lead to teeth grinding.

2. Reduce Stress Levels

If you grind and clench your teeth because of stress, you may be able to prevent this problem with activities that promote relaxation, such as massage, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis or using a sauna.

3. Form A New Habit

Train yourself not to grind or clench your teeth. If you notice that you grind or clench your teeth during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw to relax.

4. Wear A Bite Plate

Ask your Honolulu dentist about a bite plate. Also known as a mouth splint or an occlusal splint, a bite plate is made of harder plastic than a mouth guard. A bite plate will prevent wear and tear of your teeth due to teeth grinding. Bite plates are no more effective than mouth guards, but they tend to last longer.

5. Wear A Night Guard

Your dentist may suggest a night guard that can be worn while sleeping. The night guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth. A night guard will protect your teeth from damage.

Now is the perfect time to make a wise decision. If you routinely grind your teeth, call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI at (808) 734-6022 to schedule an appointment. With the proper treatment, we can help improve your sleep, alleviate the pain in your jaw and prevent damage to your teeth.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Your oral care routine could make or break your smile. Find out how to give your smile the proper care it deserves.

How often do you truly think about how you brush or floss your teeth? It’s probably pretty automatic at this point in your life, but it might beoral health time to switch out of autopilot and put your oral care routine under the microscope. Our Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. Jason Ako, wants to ensure that you are giving your smile the care it deserves so that your routine visits are stress-free.

Visiting Your Dentist Regularly

Yes, we know that life gets hectic but your oral health should be a top priority. Regular dental checkups are one of the best ways to prevent dental issues from affecting your smile. If you are someone who thinks that you should only visit your Honolulu general dentist if you are having issues, think again! Even if you aren’t experiencing pain or other problems, these regular appointments are a great way to identify problems before symptoms even set in, and to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth.

Maintaining Your Smile Between Visits

While these six-month checkups are vitally important to your oral health, it’s also important that you are doing your part in between visits to the dentist to guarantee that your mouth stays healthy. By keeping up with your oral hygiene, you can reduce bacteria, plaque and tartar and prevent common problems like cavities and gum disease from affecting your oral health. You should at least be brushing twice a day for two minutes and also flossing once a day, preferably before bedtime.

You should also examine your diet and make sure that not only are you getting the nutrients you need to keep your smile strong but that you are also staying away from sugar and processed foods, which can wreak havoc on your teeth and increase your chances of decay. Just say no to that can of soda or that candy bar in the afternoon and pack your lunch full of healthier, more satiating choices for both you and your smile.

Are you concerned about the health of your smile? Do you need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then turn to Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI for all of your smile needs.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
September 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If you are looking for an effective yet discreet solution for straightening your teeth in Honolulu, HI it might be time to talk with Dr. Jason C. invisalignAko, DDS to learn about the benefits of Invisalign.

Many people in Honolulu would love to have straighter teeth. But even though they are self-conscious about crooked teeth or an overbite, they are even more self-conscious about wires, brackets, and bands – the classic “metal mouth” look of traditional braces.

Fortunately, Dr. Ako may have the solution: Invisalign.

Invisalign is the brand name of a system of clear braces; in fact, Invisalign is probably the most popular and sought after clear braces system today.

With traditional braces, many people – especially adults – aren’t comfortable or aren't willing to commit to 1-2 years of metal bands and wires permanently attached to their teeth. They may not be willing to go to the dentist or orthodontist to have their braces adjusted every month.

Invisalign is different. Instead of metal brackets, the Invisalign patient wears a series of clear plastic trays that fit over their teeth like a sports mouthguard. However, because it is made of hard, clear plastic, it is literally invisible to everyone else. The trays have been carefully designed and tailored to your individual case needs and treatment goals, just like traditional braces. The difference is, no more “metal mouth.”

Another benefit of Invisalign is convenience. You, the patient, are now in the driver’s seat. While you still need to periodically visit your Honolulu dentist for checkups and to ensure your Invisalign system is adequately meeting your treatment goals, you no longer have to spend a lot of time in the dentist’s chair – or even waiting to get into the dentist’s chair. You can remove them whenever you need to brush and floss.

Still another advantage of Invisalign is that they do not place as much pressure on your teeth as traditional braces, so the adjustments are usually gentler on your teeth.

To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign or if you are seeking the services of a qualified, caring dentist in Honolulu, contact Dr. Jason C. Ako, DDS, at 808-734-6022.

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