11/13/2019 9:16:00 PM
In Honolulu, we are a melting pot of cuisines from around the Asia-Pacific region. From fresh fish to locally grown fruits, Hawaii has a variety of culinary delights not easily available anywhere else. However, without healthy teeth, will you be able to enjoy them? Missing teeth may feel like an inconvenience to many people, but they are more detrimental than that. The loss of each tooth increases the biting force on the remaining teeth, much more than they were designed to withstand. This ultimately decreases the lifespan of those teeth through gum disease or wear leading to their loss as well. The domino effect of losing tooth after tooth not only increases the forces on the remaining teeth but also magnifies it as well. Dental implants are the perfect solution to replace missing teeth since they are just as strong as your original teeth, but allows you to chew just as easily. Dr. Malcolm Choy has trained under the most highly recognized implant surgeons in the world and is located at Manoa Dental in Honolulu, Hawaii. Call for a consult and see what are your best options.
10/23/2019 6:29:00 PM
How dangerous is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes among other health risks. OSA is the term for when your airway cannot remain open continuously during sleep. When your body cannot breathe in oxygen, it jolts your body awake but does not fully awaken you. This can occur many times throughout the night and puts extreme stress on your body to maintain a constant oxygen level. This stress includes the high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes as examples. If you have mild to moderate OSA, an oral appliance may be the best decision for you to take control of this harmful condition. Dr. Keri Do has treated many patients who suffer from this condition and can decide which treatment will work best for you.
10/14/2019 8:54:00 PM
A discolored tooth is the primary indicator that the nerve in a tooth has died. The more time that has passed, the more darker the tooth will become. Teeth whitening is an option to whiten a tooth and allow it to blend in with the adjacent teeth again. However, the color always relapses and must be done again every few months. Veneers or crowns are a more permanent solution for these teeth as the color will remain stable over time.
9/23/2019 12:22:00 PM
Does your dentist offer Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) treatment recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea? A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine has been the historical method to treat sleep apnea prescribed by physicians. However it only treats the symptoms and not the underlying cause, which is a constricted airway. Proper treatment of mild to moderate OSA includes an oral appliance manufactured by a dentist that are much more comfortable and tolerable than a CPAP. Don’t neglect your health simply because you’ve been told that a CPAP is your only option to treat OSA. At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do has extensive training to not only create oral appliances, but also evaluate and treat a constricted airway.
9/10/2019 11:51:00 AM
All of us would love to have perfect white teeth. With modern technology, it can be achieved with minimal treatment through a substance called Lumineers. These porcelain veneers are a proprietary material and can be fabricated to 0.2mm thickness and still provide the highest quality appearance that other veneers display. Many times, tooth grinding is not necessary at all because of how thin they can be, also not requiring anesthetic or shots! Dr. Keri Do is always available for a consult to see how she can help you.
8/8/2019 7:49:00 PM
Whether it’s a new job, meeting new people, or just because you want to feel great about yourself, Dr. Keri Do of Manoa Dental can make your dream of having a perfect smile come true. She is the only woman accredited by the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is the premier cosmetic dentist organization in the world. Their high standards include a rigorous written test as well as a thorough evaluation of patients that have been treated by Dr. Do. Feel free to call us at Manoa Dental to see what Dr. Do can do to rejuvenate your smile!
7/31/2019 8:18:00 AM
Most people believe that when teeth are crowded, braces will fix everything. While technically that is true, braces can also create much more serious problems if not done correctly. Braces are designed to correct turned or tipped teeth when compared to the remaining teeth in your upper or lower jaw. However, much more care must be taken to align your upper and lower jaws with each other. At Manoa Dental, we find this occurring much more frequently as braces become more popular, especially in adults. If your upper and lowers jaws do not close together correctly, it can lead to a breakdown of the teeth by grinding, fractures, or clenching. Your chewing muscles could also develop tenderness or constant aches in the morning or throughout the day. Your TMJ could also develop symptoms including sounds or ear discomfort among many others described in our previous blogs. Feel free to call us at any time to meet with Dr. Keri Do and see what she can do for you.
7/15/2019 8:18:00 PM
Temporomadibular joint symptoms may seem harmless at first. They commonly present as noises in front of your ear when opening or closing your mouth. You could also have stuffiness or ringing in your ears among many other symptoms that may not feel related to TMJ disorder. However, these symptoms should best be viewed as a warning sign that the joint is dislocating on a regular basis and a full evaluation should be your priority. We have seen too many patients that have said these symptoms occurred a long time ago but since it didn’t hurt, they never sought treatment. Don’t wait for a simple annoyance to become a larger and more costly problem. Dr. Keri Do is always available at Manoa Dental to give you a full evaluation.
7/9/2019 7:43:00 PM
Teeth whitening has never been easier. There are two main options to whiten your teeth which are in-office whitening and at-home whitening. At-home whitening produces good results but may take longer to obtain a dramatic change. In-office whitening can create a quick change, but works most effectively in addition to at-home whitening. In either procedure, there is no permanent damage to your teeth and is very easy to obtain your desired whiteness. At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do will always strive to give you the best results and ensure your happiness.
7/2/2019 8:47:00 PM
Missing a front tooth?
You have numerous options to replace it and even make it better than your original tooth. A dental implant replaces the root of your original tooth, and a traditional crown is attached to the implant. This procedure is done without treating the adjacent teeth. Another option would be placing a bridge in the same area, however the adjacent teeth must have a crown made. Either method creates a tooth that is fully functional like your original tooth. An implant provides much more.
6/17/2019 9:02:00 PM
Any dentist can grind your teeth down and cement white crowns to call themselves a cosmetic dentist. However, a true specialized cosmetic dentist will evaluate your bite, length of teeth, lips, and shapes of your teeth in addition to numerous other factors before deciding what treatment will work best for your mouth. The attention to detail is how great cases are designed and separates them from any other dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry credentialing system ensures that their accredited dentists are held to this higher standard through rigorous testing and evaluation of patients.
6/4/2019 9:12:00 PM
Temporomandibular joint(TMJ) disorders can include symptoms such as ringing or stuffiness in the ears, clicking or popping noises when opening or closing, grinding or clenching of teeth, and headaches. Although you may not have pain or discomfort currently, the TMJ can eventually break down if not treated. It is a joint similar to the knee or shoulder joint, which allows the movement between bones and can develop the same problems similar to other joints. At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do can evaluate and treat TMJ symptoms non-surgically after a thorough evaluation. Call us for a consult to find out what we can do for you.
5/29/2019 9:21:00 AM
Lumineers are no-prep or minimal prep porcelain veneers that that transform a smile in two simple appointments. They can correct discolored, chipped, worn, and misshapen teeth without needing anesthesia or shots a majority of the time. Dr. Keri Do is the only female dentist in Hawaii that is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is the leading cosmetic dentistry organization in the world. Call us for a consult to discuss how Lumineers can rejuvenate your smile!
5/20/2019 6:10:00 PM
A child’s facial development is evolves downward and forward. Traditional orthodontics which is still taught in most programs solves a patient’s crowding problem by extracting teeth. With the additional space from the removed teeth, the remaining teeth in the upper or lower jaws are brought together to fix the crowding, but also has the unfortunate side-effect of constricting the upper or lower jaws. Case studies have shown that constricting the jaws during a child’s development will have adverse effects on how they bite together, Temporo-mandibular joint(TMJ), airway, and facial profile. Call us for a consult with Dr. Keri Do at Manoa Dental, and she can evaluate how it will work best for your child.
5/11/2019 8:38:00 AM
Traditional orthodontics have always taken a reverse approach to treating children. Examination, diagnosis, and treatment usually begins at a specific age, most commonly around ten years old. However, treatment usually will begin even later into their early-teens. Less invasive treatment should be used at a younger age to guide their facial development rather can correct development that has already displayed problems. Early intervention is always a key factor to avoid lengthy and costly treatment which is similar to treating a cavity early before it develops into a major health and expensive problem. Call us for a consult with Dr. Keri Do at Manoa Dental, and she can evaluate how it will work best for your child.
5/5/2019 8:12:00 PM
Orthodontics(braces) are an excellent treatment to correct the crowding of teeth. Although it’s best to evaluate children while young. This way, a more guided development of their growth with minimally invasive treatment can be used rather than correct the crowding after it has occurred.
Facial development is most critical and when diagnosed and treated correctly, can avoid braces altogether. Call us for a consult with Dr. Keri Do at Manoa Dental, and she can evaluate how it will work best for your child.
5/1/2019 2:46:00 PM
Orthodontics(braces) are an excellent treatment to correct the crowding of teeth. Although it’s best to evaluate children while young. This way, a more guided development of their growth with minimally invasive treatment can be used rather than correct the crowding after it has occurred. Facial development is most critical and when diagnosed and treated correctly, can avoid braces altogether. Call us for a consult with Dr. Keri Do at Manoa Dental, and she can evaluate how it will work best for your child.
4/26/2019 2:05:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to change your smile but were afraid to drill on your teeth? Teeth whitening is an option, but the whiter color will change back over time. Another non-traumatic way to rejuvenate your smile is with Lumineers. It’s a proprietary material to create extremely thin veneers that don’t require drilling in most situations. However, similar to traditional veneers, the color doesn’t change and can alter the appearance of your teeth. If you are interested in Lumineers, call us for a consult with Dr. Keri Do at Manoa Dental, and she can evaluate how it will work best for you.
4/2/2019 11:25:00 PM
If you thought about having cosmetic surgery for any reason, consider having a smile makeover as well. Your smile is one of the first things that people will notice about you and a great smile creates a terrific first impression. From something simple as teeth whitening to a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Keri Do can treat any case large or small. Call us at Manoa Dental for your consultation appointment to see what options are available to you.
3/27/2019 6:08:00 PM
There are many times when a patient has asked Dr. Keri Do to fix only a single or a few teeth that are crooked. Invisalign is a perfect solution to correct these minor problems with minimal inconvenience and treatment time. The aligners are perfectly comfortable and have great success to treat simple cosmetic dental problems. At Manoa Dental, we strive to provide all dental services that you or your loved ones may need.
3/23/2019 7:22:00 PM
Do you have gaps between your teeth that you want to close? Cosmetic bonding can be done quickly and easily to correct this problem without anesthesia. The bonding is the same material as white fillings and can blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. It takes a skilled and well-trained eye to make the bondings not be seen to the common person and even another dentist. Dr. Keri Do at Manoa Dental has developed her cosmetic dentistry skills to the highest level and will meet your expectations.
3/18/2019 10:26:00 PM
Do you have a "gummy" smile or teeth that may look short? At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do can correct these problems with a state-of-the-art laser more accurately that the traditional method of surgery. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is able to reduce the gum level around teeth that may look too short. It is done under local anesthetic only and the results will look amazing. The laser in combination with Dr. Do's thorough cosmetic dentistry background can enhance your smile in one visit.
3/14/2019 7:32:00 PM
Cosmetic dentistry is a very difficult discipline to find a great clinician. You should always look at their past work on patients and determine for yourself if they can meet your expectations. The procedures of cosmetic dentistry are simple, however it takes a lot of skill to take those procedures and make them specific and successful to every individual patient. The ability to diagnose and master cosmetic dentistry for each patient sets Dr. Keri Do apart from other dentists that may only participate in a weekend course to place veneers.
3/11/2019 10:57:00 PM
Your smile plays a huge part of making a first impression on someone else. Whether it's an interview for a new job or meeting that special someone for the first time, your smile can influence how other people view you. It also can make a huge impact in how other people perceive how successful you are, or how much attention you pay to cleanliness. Dr. Keri Do of Manoa Dental in Honolulu, Hawaii is familiar with all these scenarios and how she can enhance your smile for these special situations. Call for a consult to find out what Dr. Do can do for you.
3/5/2019 9:43:00 PM
The true cosmetic dental skill is the ability to make resin veneers. This is a procedure that involves placing a resin material on a tooth and shaping it until it completely rejuvenates your smile. Often times, many veneers are done at the same appointment and don't require anesthesia. Since the entire procedure is done in the office, the results are instantaneous. The fact that resin veneers are done in one appointment is what makes them so difficult, because they are created entirely by the dentist. At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do has the ability to create awesome resin veneers on display by her previous patients, and brings her cosmetic dentistry to future patients in Honolulu and all of the state of Hawaii.