Our dental clinic offers the best in cosmetic dentistry, but do you sometimes wonder what qualifies as cosmetic dentistry? A cosmetic procedure is generally defined as one that is not medically necessary and is done for aesthetic reasons. At our dentist office, we think this definition fits certain procedures well, such as teeth whitening and replacing metal fillings with amalgam fillings.
However, you may be surprised at how many other procedures are also considered cosmetic, such as crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, bonding and orthodontia. Today, more insurance companies recognize it is important to have a full set of well-functioning teeth, and for this reason, they have begun paying a portion toward the cost of orthodontia and some other procedures.
We want you to look and feel your best. So we emphasize the aesthetic aspect in ALL our work because we know that when your smile looks good, you feel good! We use an optimum blend of preventive care, tooth-colored fillings, and restorative techniques for your cosmetic dental health. Modern smile makeovers are so easy (and affordable!) that there's simply no reason why you can't have the attractive, natural-looking smile you've always wanted. Ask us what tooth crowns, dental bonding, and professional teeth whitening can do for YOUR smile!
It's natural to want brighter teeth! Whiter teeth appear healthier and are easier to accomplish than most people think. The best way to whiten your teeth is by using a professionally supervised bleaching process. Our cosmetic teeth whitening dentist, Dr. Ha offers custom teeth whitening trays made in his own lab. After the initial in-office treatment, with our supplies and instructions you will safely and effectively complete the dental whitening procedure at home. Results occur within 1 - 14 days.
The problem with the standard silver-mercury amalgam filling is the appearance. Most people just don't want an ugly black plug in their teeth. While they are a reasonable restoration, still used by many practices, amalgams are also not the tightest bond available for repairing your tooth, so decay can and does eventually leak around the metal into your tooth. We offer modern restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and can actually strengthen your teeth. These natural looking white composite fillings bond very tightly with the healthy part of your tooth, so there will be much less chance of tooth decay in the future.
Braces have been around for a long time, but it was not until recently that patients had a choice — it was silver metal braces or nothing. Today, many of the patients at our Honolulu, Hawaii, dental clinic choose Invisalign. The Invisalign method uses clear plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth.
The major advantage of this method is that the aligners are nearly invisible — much less noticeable than metal brackets and wires. They’re much more comfortable too, because they are made of smooth plastic instead of bulky metal. You take them out when you eat, so you don’t have to give up foods like corn on the cob, popcorn, spinach, candy or apples. Because the aligners are removable, you can take them out for special occasions such as proms and graduations.
Tooth implants are an ideal solution for missing teeth. Our dentist embeds a titanium post into your jaw, then after a period of healing, he attaches the abutment and the crown. The result is a strong, permanent tooth that looks exactly like all your other teeth. No one will know you have a tooth implant.
Dental implants are also considered better solutions for replacing teeth because they keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
Sometimes a weak tooth can become broken or simply too worn for a dental filling to restore it to function. When that happens, a tooth crown will save and even add strength to the damaged or broken tooth. Our dental crowns are made of the most advanced materials available. The finished product will look so natural you won't be able to distinguish it from a real tooth.
If you have more than one missing tooth in an area of your mouth, a dental bridge treatment may be a suitable solution for filling the gap. Custom made with the same high-quality materials as our crowns, a bridge is anchored between crowns to span the gap, returning full function and comfort to your mouth, as well as restoring your smile.
Our porcelain veneers may offer the smile solution for which you've been looking. Veneers are thin, durable sheets of the most advanced dental ceramic available. They are bonded to natural teeth in a way that makes your teeth appear straight and uniform, creating an attractive smile. In no time, your crooked teeth can look like they've had years of teeth straightening. Veneers can also be applied to a tooth to completely conceal a chip or crack or to reshape a worn tooth or misshapen tooth. The veneer is made to match the color of the surrounding teeth, so your smile looks completely natural. If you have misshapen teeth, unsightly gaps, or deep discoloration, ask us if dental veneers procedure is right for you.
For patients who are bothered by minor defects in their teeth, our dental clinic offers bonding and reshaping services. If one of your front teeth is chipped, it may be all you can see when you look in the mirror. Whether it’s a small chip or a large chip, if it’s in a prominent place, it can affect your self-esteem. Bonding is the answer. Our dentist bonds a composite resin to your tooth to restore its shape so your tooth will look just like it did before.
Bonding can also be used to fill gaps between teeth and to improve their color.
Reshaping is a technique our dentist uses to correct teeth that are misshapen, pitted, crowded or overlapping.
Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (808) 941-2088, and discover how cosmetic solutions and teeth whitening procedures can give you a brilliant new smile!