2/18/2019 10:01:00 PM
Cosmetic Dentistry can be a life-altering plan for your appearance. Unlike cosmetic surgery which has a painful recovery and variable outcomes, cosmetic dentistry can be virtually painless and consistent. Rejuvenating your smile can be done quickly with immediate and lasting results. Whether you choose to whiten, have bonding, or a full smile reconstruction, Dr. Keri Do can do it all because she has done it all. Call us for a personalized consultation on how to enhance your smile!
2/17/2019 11:21:00 PM
Invisalign has become an extremely popular cosmetic dental procedure over the last decade. It has been promoted as "invisible braces". It uses a a series of clear trays made specifically for each patient and is able to move teeth by changing the tray every two weeks. It can be removed during eating and does not affect your speaking ability at all. There are some drawbacks that Invisalign cannot fix, but is a perfectly reasonable option for a majority of patients. If you are considering getting the Invisalign system, come in for an evaluation to see if it's right for you.
2/16/2019 9:59:00 PM
Another popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is in-office teeth whitening. While many offices only provide a take-home kit, we offer the procedure in-office to boost the whitening. It takes about one hour in the comfort of our reclining chair, and we provide movies or tv shows for you to watch. In-office whitening takes no effort on your part as you wait for the whitening material take effect.
2/15/2019 9:20:00 PM
Whitening your teeth is the simplest way to rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic dentistry. It is painless, and results can be seen immediately. No tooth structure is removed and completely reversible if you don't like your results. However you should be evaluated to see if you are a candidate for whitening since cavities can be mistaken for stains. We have a multitude of options for whitening depending on how quick or how slow your want your tooth color to whiten.
2/8/2019 9:25:00 PM
Silver fillings have been around for about 150 years. The material must be a minimum thickness and they don't look very modern. Current technology advances allow us to place resin fillings with minimal tooth structure removal as well as using a chemical bond to adhere the filling to the tooth. This restoration can be more conservative while also not looking as ugly as silver fillings. Schedule an appointment to see if resin fillings would work for you.
2/5/2019 1:04:00 PM
An excellent way to transform your smile into the showcase of your appearance is to place porcelain veneers. Veneers are extremely thin (0.5 - 1.00 millimeter thickness) porcelain coverings that are cemented to the front of your teeth. They can change the color and shape of your teeth instantly! In most cases, they don' require anesthesia since the amount of tooth structure removed is minimal making it an extremely comfortable experience. They only take two appointments and can enhance your smile immediately!
2/1/2019 11:32:00 AM
The premier organization for cosmetic dentists is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry(AACD). The annual conference is a great stepping stone for dentists to dip their toes into what cosmetic dentistry is about, or to update their technique. However, the truly elite cosmetic dentists subject themselves to a detailed written test and rigorous standards for presenting clinical cases among their peers. Dr. Keri Do is one of these highly trained and skilled dentists. Since cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty as this time, any dentist can claim that they are a cosmetic dentist. However, accreditation status is the closest anyone can achieve to become a specialist, as evident by their work and their continuous training to stay current. Don't be fooled by the title of cosmetic dentist, the best way to find an exemplary cosmetic dentist is to look for AACD accreditation, and judge their work for yourself.
1/30/2019 10:02:00 AM
New advances in dental porcelain has taken cosmetic dentistry to a new height! Porcelain fillings are a great alternative to traditional silver or resin fillings because of their durability and strength of the material. Porcelain onlays or inlays also remove minimal tooth structure while still being able to provide strength for a weakened tooth. Dr. Keri Do is one of only a few dentists in Hawaii accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the only woman dentist. As a woman, her eye for beauty and esthetics in unmatched.
1/22/2019 7:16:00 AM
Orthodontics is a great service to correct cosmetic dental problems when done appropriately. However traditional orthodontics has not always been on the positive side of this debate. A publication titled "Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic" has discussed the ramifications of smaller and narrowing jaws and its effects on airway, sleep, and overall decline in health. The extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment is a perfect example what techniques are used to narrow jaws. Headgear or other restrictive devices are another example of restraint techniques that may work well for straightening teeth, but negatively affect the patient's long-term health. It is an excellent book that is unfortunately not read by enough people.
1/12/2019 5:30:00 PM
Lumineers are the perfect option in most cases for patients hoping to improve their smiles. It is a revolutionary product that enables Dr. Keri Do to make an ultra-thin veneer that will cement over your existing tooth. The veneer can hide discolored or misshaped teeth without using shots and anesthesia. Call for a consultation with our cosmetic dentist Dr. Keri Do and see if Lumineers would be great for your smile!
1/12/2019 9:31:00 AM
Have you ever had the uncomfortable feeling of a blocked ear such as during an increase in altitude? TMJ disorder could be the cause of your problem. Traditional treatment to straighten teeth with braces usually involved removing teeth and narrowing the upper and lower jaws. This retraction also meant that the upper and lower jaws were pulled back towards the body, which contradicts normal growth which is downward and forward. The lower jaw bone is also pulled back as a result, which can position it closer to the ear canal, and also create the "stuffiness" feeling. At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do can alleviate this condition non-surgically through proven methods. Manoa Dental is always available for a consult if you suffer from this condition.
1/7/2019 3:10:00 PM
Well, it depends. Historically, braces were used to alleviate teeth crowding. However the space to straighten all the teeth had to be created somehow. The traditional method was to extract teeth that were considered "not as functionally important", most commonly premolars. Although, it resulted in a more narrow arch of teeth on the upper and lower jaws. This is especially significant during a child's facial development which grows down and forward. Restricting this growth has been well documented but never focused on since it is contrary to traditional orthodontic treatment still taught in dental schools.
1/4/2019 3:06:00 PM
Resolutions are a part of everyone's new year and your dental health should be a top priority. Broken, chipped, or missing teeth should be your first concern since they usually indicate a larger problem occurring in the adjacent teeth. A small problem will eventually lead to a large problem, so it's always beneficial to save time and finances by taking care of concerns early. Dr.Do can provide a consultation on any and all problems regarding your oral health, TMJ, or cosmetic dentistry concerns.
12/31/2018 12:37:00 PM
The AACD is the premier organization for advancements in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Do has earned accreditation from the AACD by passing a detailed written exam and submitting examples of her technical skills on actual patients. The cases are reviewed and graded by multiple examiners before deciding the few that earn this prestigious recognition. Any dentist can perform the actual procedures for cosmetic dentistry, including a recent dental school graduate. However the AACD accreditation process scrutinizes the skill of the dentist as well as their knowledge, and has not passed many repeat applicants for this very reason. All cosmetic dentists are not equal, but the AACD can help narrow your search if you want the best of the cosmetic dentists.
12/26/2018 3:32:00 PM
We expect that everybody in our dental family enjoyed the holidays so far. After the numerous parties, we hope you haven't discovered any problems chewing. As always, please be safe and make new resolutions to take care of your oral health. If your want to improve your appearance, your smile is an excellent place to begin. Cosmetic dentistry is always a perfect way to improve your self-esteem. Lumineers are no-preparation veneers that don't need anesthesia most of the time. Call us for a consult so we can discuss your options.
12/18/2018 2:54:00 PM
As we approach Christmas, everyone is determined to find that special gift for people in their lives. But we should all stop and take a look at ourselves and see if there's anything we would want. A beautiful smile belongs at the top of that list. A great smile can restore your confidence in front of your loved ones and strangers. Cosmetic dentistry has many options to do this including common procedures such as Invisalign and Lumineers.
12/17/2018 2:08:00 PM
Are headaches a common occurrence for you? Have you checked if your temporomandibular joint(TMJ) is functioning correctly? Even the slightest sound or shift when opening or closing can indicate a problem in your TMJ. This in turn leads to trauma among the chewing muscles which can connect from the bottom of your jaw all the way to your temple of your forehead. An improper TMJ can also place pressure on nerves located within the TMJ that can cause tremendous pain. A thorough evaluation includes a CT scan of your joint to evaluate how it functions.
12/16/2018 8:00:00 AM
Lumineers are a great way to rejuvenate your smile without cutting or grinding down your teeth. They are composed of a special porcelain that can be made with minimal thickness and cemented to your existing teeth. Dr. Do is a leading provider of Lumineers in Hawaii and can discuss what will work best for you.
12/13/2018 11:56:00 AM
Inadequate orthodontics(braces) early in life can lead to a relapse of crowding or unfortunate outcomes in adulthood such as temporomandibular joint symptoms or sleep apnea. In many cases, teeth were extracted to create space around the remaining teeth to alleviate the crowding at the time. However the negative long term effect is that it restricts the natural growth of the upper and lower jaws especially at a critical time of development for a child. In adulthood, we can reverse this condition and even replace the missing teeth with the most popular choice of dental implants. Not only will the cosmetic appearance of straight teeth be solved, but it will be accompanied with a healthy TMJ joint as well.
12/12/2018 11:13:00 AM
OSA has been steadily increasing in awareness among the public for the damage it can do to your body. Most notable health conditions include heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure among other debilitating conditions. Another important condition that has not received much attention is fatigue. Fatigue could threaten your life even faster since most people drive a car in their daily routine. About 72,000 auto accidents occur yearly with around 800 deaths as well, although the numbers are widely considered to be underestimated. It's also quite telling that many commercial drivers do not want to get evaluated for OSA, since they are not allowed to drive once a diagnosis is made which threatens their livelihood.
12/1/2018 11:19:00 AM
At this time of year, we all are invited to numerous parties, family gatherings, or meeting new people on the street. Now is a great opportunity to look at your smile and see if it's as amazing as you want it to be. Whether you want something as simple as a teeth whitening to an entire smile rejuvenation, Manoa Dental can provide all your cosmetic dental needs. Dr. Do is expertly trained in cosmetic dentistry with an accreditation from the distinguished American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
11/22/2018 10:56:00 AM
All of us at Manoa Dental would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Please take a moment to give thanks for everyone and everything that surrounds you. We also celebrate by ingesting an enormous amount of food so remember that Dr. Do, Dr Choy, and the staff are always here to provide for your oral health care and needs so that you can enjoy this and many other hearty meals. From looking good with cosmetic dentistry to replacing your missing teeth with implants, we can fulfill all your dental needs.
11/17/2018 6:59:00 AM
Everybody wants to look their best. At many times, your appearance can influence strangers around you as well. In a study out of 1000 Americans, people with great smiles were viewed as financially more stable, happy, healthy, and more intelligent. In other words, having a great smile makes an immediate impact on how others perceive you before they even have begun to know you. Crooked or crowded teeth are not just for children anymore, and with advances in technology, have much shorter treatment lengths than decades ago. It's slowly becoming more accepted in today's culture as more adults see how the benefits outweigh the temporary inconvenience in their life. Dr.Do is fully educated in how braces can benefit you through numerous continuing education and rigorous testing. She is a Fellow of the International Association For Orthodontics and an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
11/14/2018 3:12:00 PM
There is a fascinating book available called "Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic" by Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich. It discusses how correcting crowded teeth has a correlation with obstructing airways. An obstructed airway leads to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, which is slowly becoming a leading contributor of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other systemic problems.
11/12/2018 10:09:00 AM
At Manoa Dental, we wish all military members and families a safe and happy holiday. Many times in our daily lives, we take their service for granted for the lifestyles that we all enjoy.