Posts for tag: Invisalign

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 10, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

When patients ask Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, about who benefits from Invisalign clear aligners, the simple answer is this: almost everyone. Unlike conventional braces, they are removable, which makes eating and cleaning your teeth much easier. That’s why Dr. Yasuhara recommends Invisalign.

They are molded to fit each patient’s mouth and are practically invisible. Because aligners apply less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to your teeth is reduced. 

Benefits to adults

Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but hesitate to wear metal braces. They also worry about having to change their diet and not being able to eat the foods they normally enjoy.

If you are an adult who’s considering braces, our team will tell you Invisalign aligners are a great option for discreet teeth straightening. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces.

The aligners are easily removable when you eat, so you can enjoy any food you normally would consume. You simply clean your teeth normally after eating and you won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces.

If there is a special occasion during which you do not want to have any braces in your mouth at all, you can remove the aligners for up to four hours without causing any damage.

Benefits to teenagers

Our team knows that teenagers are often involved in sports and other after-school activities, and generally lead pretty busy lives. If your teen plays a musical instrument, you may be concerned that having metal in his or her mouth will interfere with the ability to play. Invisalign aligners avoid the damage that can happen with traditional metal braces.

For sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is also eliminated. The aligners can be removed during sports activities and teens can easily wear a mouthguard. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners while practicing or playing in the band or orchestra.

Teenagers routinely have trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces, but Invisalign allows for easy dental cleaning. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed.

For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen® treatment, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, call our office at (808) 947-8900!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign is an exciting alternative to traditional braces for straightening your smile. What makes Invisalign so unique is the use of removable, clear aligner trays to move the teeth. There are no brackets or wires. In Honolulu, HI, Invisalign treatment is available at Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Ken Yasuhara can help you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment for straightening crooked teeth and correcting spacing issues, such as teeth that overlap or small gaps between teeth. Additionally, Invisalign can correct minor alignment problems with the bite. Severe orthodontic issues, such as major bite misalignment, are best treated with traditional braces. The highly skilled dentist at our office in Honolulu, HI, can determine if Invisalign is an option for you.

With Invisalign, custom aligner trays are worn over the teeth in place of the brackets, bands and wires associated with traditional braces. Like braces, though, the aligner trays move the teeth by gently exerting pressure on them. Over time, this gentle pressure nudges the teeth in the desired direction.

Treatment involves multiple sets of custom aligner trays. A set includes two separate trays, one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. Each set is worn for approximately two weeks and is then replaced with the next set. The teeth straighten out more and move closer to their final position with each subsequent set of trays.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign is an effective method for straightening teeth among both teens and adults. It also has many advantages when it comes to straightening your teeth. Benefits of this exciting treatment option include:

Comfort: Many patients find the aligner trays to be more comfortable than traditional braces since there are no hard components to irritate the mouth. The trays are made from a soft, flexible plastic. Further, the trays are custom-made for each individual patient for a perfect fit.

Extremely Discreet: Invisalign’s aligners are made from a clear material so they are practically invisible to others.

Removable: The trays can be removed temporarily for up to two hours each day without compromising treatment.

Greater Dietary Choices: Since the aligner trays can be taken out when eating, it is possible to enjoy a greater variety of foods during treatment. Being able to remove the aligners prevents food from getting stuck in them and protects the trays from being damaged by hard or sticky foods.

Improved Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing the teeth during treatment is easy since the aligner trays can be taken out to perform your oral hygiene routine.

Teeth-Grinding Protection: Invisalign’s aligner trays provide protection against the wear and tear of teeth grinding for patients who grind their teeth when sleeping.

Achieve the smile you’ve always wanted when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Dr. Yasuhara can determine if you are a candidate for this exciting treatment option. For Invisalign in Honolulu, HI, call Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

A straighter smile could be yours in just a few months. Here’s how…

More than likely you’ve already heard about Invisalign, a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth; however, could this be the best way to fix your misaligned teeth? While you will need to sit down with our Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara to find out if Invisalign is right for you, here are some things to consider before coming into our office for a consultation.

Consider your dental issues

Since Invisalign appeared on the scene, technology continues to become more and more advanced. This means that our Honolulu, HI, dentist can treat more cases with Invisalign than ever before. Even more severe or complicated problems can be treated with Invisalign. Invisalign is often used to treat,

  • Crowding
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Consider your lifestyle

Are you a teen who is about to go off to college? Are you entering the workforce, or already a career professional? If so, then Invisalign may be perfect for you. After all, you want a beautiful smile that instills confidence but you don’t want to wear braces that your classmates or colleagues will immediately notice. Invisalign makes it possible to get a healthy, gorgeous smile at any age while also providing a discreet and less visible treatment.

Consider your time frame

How quickly do you want to see results? While a lot will depend on the severity of your dental issues, most adults will see full results in just one year of wearing Invisalign. More minor issues may require less time (anywhere from 6-9 months), and teens may need up to 18-24 months to get full results. The length of your treatment is one of the many things that we will discuss with you during your consultation.

Consider your schedule

If you are in class every day or working a typical 9-5 then you’re already fairly busy. The nice thing is that Invisalign fits into your schedule. Most patients don’t need to come in for checkups as often as they do with traditional braces. Every 4-6 weeks you’ll need to come in so that we can monitor your treatment’s progress and to make sure that everything looks a-okay!

Consider your dedication

While it can be freeing to have aligners that you can remove before eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, it’s also critical that you wear your aligners as much as possible each and every day in order to see results. A good candidate for Invisalign will be someone who is dedicated to wearing their aligners for 20-22 hours each day.

If you are a teen or adult living with a crooked smile in Honolulu, HI, then Invisalign treatment could help you get a straight smile. To find out if you’re right for Invisalign treatment, call our office at (859) 268-4423.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Would you like to straighten your teeth without calling attention to your smile? Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic treatment method offered by your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, may be the ideal option for you.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign improves the alignment of your teeth using removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your teeth. During your first Invisalign visit to the Honolulu dental office, your dentist creates a 3D image of your teeth from digital impressions, photographs and X-rays.

The image is used to plan your treatment and ensure that each set of aligner trays you receive accomplishes a specific straightening goal. Aligners exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, gradually realigning them.

You'll wear each aligner for 22 hours per day. At the end of two weeks, you'll open a new package and begin wearing the next set of trays in the series.

Can anyone use Invisalign?

Invisalign is a good choice for many people. The aligner trays can straighten crooked teeth and correct the position of crowded or widely spaced teeth. Mild to moderate bite problems, including overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites, can also be corrected with Invisalign.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign offers several advantages, including:

  • Appearance: No one has to know that you're straightening your teeth when your braces are clear. In fact, your aligner trays practically become invisible when you wear them.
  • Comfort: Aligner trays are made of comfortable plastic to ensure that they won't irritate your mouth.
  • Unlimited Food Choices: You won't have to avoid any foods when you choose Invisalign. You'll take your trays out before you eat, then rinse them and put them back in your mouth at the end of your meal.
  • No Oral Hygiene Changes: You'll also remove your trays to brush and floss your teeth, and won't need to master a new oral hygiene routine.
  • Shorter Treatment for Adults: You may only need to wear your trays for 6 to 12 months if you're an adult. Treatment time will depend on the extent of your orthodontic issues.

Transform your smile with Invisalign. Call your dentist in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Yasuhara to learn more about Invisalign.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
September 26, 2019
Tags: Invisalign  

Do you want a straight smile? If so, have you heard about Invisalign? Invisalign is revolutionary. It works differently than conventional orthodontics. That’s because Invisalign doesn’t use uncomfortable brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a system of comfortable plastic trays, known as aligners. Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, Hawaii offers Invisalign treatment to give you the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

Invisalign works like this:

You receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for a week. Then, you move up to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another week. You progress to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into proper position. You will visit your dentist every four to six weeks to monitor your progress. Typically, Invisalign treatment is complete after nine to fifteen months.

Invisalign has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments because it offers benefits that can’t be matched by conventional brackets and wires. Consider that Invisalign is:

Discreet, because the aligners are made of clear plastic, so they are virtually invisible to people around you.

Comfortable, because the aligners have no sharp metal parts to irritate your gums, cheeks, tongue, or lips.

Convenient, because you can remove the aligners to enjoy the foods you love.

Healthy, because you remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally, making it easy to keep your smile healthy and decay-free.

Invisalign offers many benefits, and it also is strong enough to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires. Invisalign is the perfect choice to correct overlapping or rotated teeth, gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite.

If you want to straighten your smile discreetly, Invisalign is the treatment you’ve been waiting for. To find out more about how Invisalign works and what it can do for you and your smile, call Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, Hawaii today.