Orthodontics

Manoa Dental: Providing Exceptional Orthodontic Treatment In Honolulu Hawaii

Orthodontics is a specialty area of dentistry that focuses on fixing misaligned or improperly spaced teeth and problems with how the jaw and other facial structures have developed. The team at Manoa Dental has been providing orthodontics in Honolulu, Manoa, and the state of Hawaii for more than a decade. We welcome you to explore what we can offer to help you achieve a smile that is properly aligned for excellent oral health.

The Importance Of Quality Care

Every tooth in your mouth is like a puzzle piece. If your teeth don't fit together properly, they typically end up bearing more stress and wear down faster. Poor alignment and spacing also can make it harder to brush and floss, leaving room for bacteria to breed. Furthermore, teeth and jaws connect to a large number of other tissues in the face and neck; failing to get orthodontic treatment can result in other problems, such as tension-related migraines and even sleep apnea, a dangerous condition in which you temporarily stop breathing as you sleep. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.Patient with orthodontic treatment in Honolulu

The team at Manoa Dental applies their orthodontic skills to treat overbite, crossbite, crowding, gaps, bite misalignment, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:

  • Underbite - The bottom jaw is longer than the top jaw
  • Crossbite – One or more top teeth sit inside the bottom teeth
  • Crowding – Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth or crooked teeth
  • Overbite – The bottom jaw is shorter than the top jaw
  • Missing or extra teeth – due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
  • Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – The top teeth protrude (stick out) beyond normal and are usually associated with a short bottom jaw.
  • Spacing between teeth – Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
  • Speech, chewing or biting problems
  • TMJ disorder - Jaw pain or clicking
  • Airway problems - sleep breathing disorder or sleep apnea
  • Mouth Breathing or swallowing problems – mouth breathing and poor oral posture will lead to malocclusion. 

Specific to children:

  • Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
  • Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Affect Facial Appearance?

Most orthodontic treatments are retractive meaning that they move the teeth backward. This can result in making the face look more sunken or collapse in and the lip looks thinner with less support. In addition,  if the bite is not at the proper correct height, the face can look short and overclosed, making the person look older.  

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Affect The Smile?

Having straight teeth does not necessarily give you a nice smile. Many orthodontic mechanics collapsed the arch making it smaller. This can result in a very narrowed smile. Certain orthodontic mechanics also only expand the arch sideways only with some type of appliance with a screw. This can widen the arch but it may shorten the face or result in a smile where the teeth are not visible. 

What Makes Our Orthodontic Office Different

Dr.Do and Dr. Choy make it a priority to first properly align the jaw due to how TMD relates to dental health. Once we have achieved functional, healthy jaw alignment, we shift our focus to moving teeth into position. Our use of modern, 3-D cone beam imaging offers a significant advantage in this process, showing us detailed images from multiple angles for more comprehensive analysis and diagnosis.

We strive to educate patients with finding the cause of the malocclusion and with tools like before-and-after photos so they can understand their condition and make the best possible choices for themselves. We present every available option, including clear and tooth-colored braces for adults or traditional metal braces for teens and children, explaining the advantages of each available treatment. Through your entire treatment, our guiding philosophies are to complete the procedure right the first time, achieve lasting results, and to prescribe only those procedures you truly need.

  

Understanding The Cause of Malocclusion and Bad Bites

At Manoa Dental, we know that orthodontics is much more than just moving teeth. We stress a holistic view and help our patients to see the bigger picture, striving to answer why dental issues such as malocclusion are present before treatment. For every problem, there is a cause as to why they occur, if the cause is not addressed, the problem will reoccur even after the teeth are aligned. In the video below, it illustrates how mouth breathing, the airway (cause for sleep apnea), the TMJ, and malocclusion are interrelated. 



 

Click Here for Before and After photos of our face and smile focused orthodontic treatment. 

Click Here for testimonials from our patients on orthodontic treatments.  

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