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Posts for: May, 2017

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.