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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign from your dentist in Honolulu, Hawaii can improve your smile.invisalign

If you want a straight smile without wearing braces, you’re in luck! There’s a revolutionary system to straighten your smile quickly and comfortably, without braces; it’s called Invisalign! Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii wants to help you discover the benefits of Invisalign and why it’s the right choice for you.

When you compare Invisalign to traditional brackets and wires, there really is no comparison. Invisalign treatment has many benefits including:

  • Quicker treatment, requiring only 9 to 15 months instead of years
  • Comfortable treatment, because Invisalign is a system of smooth plastic appliances with no sharp metal parts to irritate your mouth
  • Convenient treatment, because you can remove the appliances to brush, floss, and eat

The most important benefit is that Invisalign is discreet. No one will notice that you are straightening your teeth because Invisalign appliances are clear plastic, virtually invisible to people around you.

Invisalign appliances are also strong. The Invisalign system can correct the same alignment issues as conventional braces, including:

  • Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
  • Rotated, twisted, and poorly-aligned teeth
  • Overlapped or gapped apart teeth

You start your Invisalign treatment with your first set of custom-fit trays, called aligners. You wear these for 2 weeks and then move on to another set of aligners, which you wear for an additional 2 weeks. You progress to a different set of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into position. Invisalign treatment takes between 9 and 15 months on average.

Invisalign is a great choice whether you are a teenager who is just starting with orthodontics or whether you are an adult who wants to finally have the straight smile you deserve.

If you want to straighten your smile discreetly, comfortably and in less time than you ever thought possible, Invisalign is the choice to make. To get started with a consultation appointment, call Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii today!

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
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.