Posts for tag: 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.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 17, 2019
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Invisalign Clear BracesInvisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile that comes with multiple benefits. One of the major benefits of Invisalign is that it is discreet, unlike more traditional tooth straightening methods, such as metal braces. Invisalign straightens the teeth with soft aligner trays that are clear so they are not readily noticeable to others. The clear aligner trays allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly. Dr. Ken Yasuhara is your dentist for Invisalign in Honolulu, HI.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign straightens the teeth with aligner trays rather than the brackets and wires typical of braces. The aligner trays are custom made for each patient and a separate tray is created for each row of teeth. The trays exert gentle pressure on the teeth to move them toward the desired position. Each set of aligner trays is only worn for a few weeks before being replaced with the next set of trays. With each new set of trays, the positioning of the teeth changes slightly until they are completely straight, which takes about twelve months total, on average.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers multiple benefits as an option for straightening your smile. A primary benefit that many patients appreciate is the discreetness of Invisalign’s aligner trays. Since the aligner trays are clear, they are barely noticeable to others. Another benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are comfortable to wear since they are made from a soft and flexible plastic material. Further, the trays will not irritate the inside of the mouth, as can be the case with traditional metal braces, which have hard brackets and wires that can scratch or poke the gums.

An especially exciting benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable! Since the trays can be taken out to eat, there is no worry about food particles becoming trapped in between the teeth and trays. Additionally, brushing and flossing are made easier when the trays are temporarily removed to clean the teeth. Your dentist for Invisalign in Honolulu can help you decide if it is the right teeth straightening option for you.

It is possible to straighten your smile both comfortably and discreetly when you choose Invisalign for straightening your smile. For Invisalign in Honolulu, HI schedule an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara by calling the dental office at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Do you want straighter teeth? Want to avoid traditional braces? Well, Dr. Ken Yasuhara understands how you feel, which is why he offers Invisalign at his Honolulu, HI, office.

More About Invisalign

Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Honolulu dentists create your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.

There are several benefits to Invisalign.

Here are a few:

  • Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
     
  • Dietary Limitations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.
     
  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal braces.
     
  • Discreet: Traditional metal braces can be distracting, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are flexible and great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike traditional metal braces. You do, however, need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day.

You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, like weddings and birthdays.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara, then call his office at (859) 268-4423 today!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Did you know that you can correct your misaligned smile without wearing metal braces? If you've been putting off orthodontic treatment clear alignersbecause you don't want to wear traditional braces, you may want to consider Invisalign, an innovative system that offers a more discreet option. Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara discusses the Invisalign treatment process.

Clear aligners do the work of metal

Traditional braces move your teeth with a series of adjustments to wires attached to your teeth. The Invisalign system eliminates the wires and instead uses clear, removable, plastic aligners to gently shift the position of teeth. Wearing the aligners daily exerts constant pressure needed to realign your smile. At the beginning of your treatment, you'll receive a series of aligner trays and will swap one set for another every two weeks.

Your aligners will be custom designed for you in our Honolulu office. The Invisalign software uses CAD/CAM technology and combines digital impressions, images and X-rays to create a 3D computerized image of your mouth.

Invisalign offers a more aesthetically pleasing option

The metal-free appearance of the aligner trays is one of the most popular benefits of Invisalign. Because they're constructed of clear plastic, they won't be noticeable when you smile or talk.

Nearly everyone can benefit from Invisalign

No matter what your age, you're probably a good candidate for Invisalign. It's an excellent solution for crowding or spacing issues or common bite problems, such as overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. Invisalign may not be the best option if your orthodontic issues are complicated, but it's an excellent choice for most people who have mild to moderate problems.

Wear and care is easy

You'll wear your aligner trays for about 20 to 22 hours per day. You can take them out when you eat and drink, brush and floss, or for special occasions. After you brush your teeth or eat, you'll simply rinse your trays, then place them back in your mouth.

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara at (808) 947-8900 to schedule your appointment.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Correcting the misalignments in your smile or your bite issues with orthodontics can seem like a big undertaking and commitment. invisalignFortunately, you can ease the transition into wearing orthodontic devices like braces with Invisalign. Unlike traditional metal braces, these clear orthodontic aligners are virtually invisible to other people and allow you to straighten your teeth without compromising your look. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI.

What can Invisalign do for me? 
Though Invisalign uses a different method than metal braces, the foundation of the procedure stays the same, using carefully applied pressure to move the teeth into their final positions. Invisalign treats the same problems as traditional braces, including:

  • overlapping teeth (overcrowding)
  • gapped teeth (under crowding)
  • misaligned teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite

The Benefits of Invisalign
Thanks to its revolutionary design, Invisalign is discreet and removable, allowing you to straighten your smile without compromising your style or daily routine. Simply remove Invisalign when you perform your oral care routine and rinse your trays before replacing them. You should also remove the trays before eating. While patients should wear their trays for at least 22 hours a day, their design allows them to be comfortable and easy to wear. Invisalign also gives you the freedom to remove it for special events like the prom, an important speech, or even just a quick photo.

Invisalign Treatment in Honolulu, HI 
Invisalign treatment depends on patients wearing their trays the recommended amount of time each day. Failing to do so can result in lengthened treatment times. Additionally, patients need to keep their teeth free of tooth decay and gum disease. If one of these conditions occurs during treatment, it could also delay the completion of the treatment and require you to wear your aligner trays for a longer period of time. Most patients switch their trays for the next set in the series about once every two weeks and see their doctor every six weeks for a checkup.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Ken Yasuhara at his practice in Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 947-8900 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign with Dr. Yasuhara today!