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Dental FAQs

Get all your burning questions about dental care answered! Our expert dentists provide clear and concise explanations on common concerns, from oral hygiene tips to understanding dental procedures. Discover the key to a healthy and confident smile.

Should I update my manual toothbrush to an electric?

When used appropriately, a manual toothbrush is as effective as a powered toothbrush. The key is to brush for the recommended two to three minutes, using short strokes at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and covering the entire tooth surface – inner, outer, and chewing.

How can I protect my teeth from damage?

The enamel on our teeth is hard, but as we all know, it can be chipped and cracked. In addition to following the instructions of your hygienist, here are some other ways you can protect your teeth:

My morning doesn't start until I've had my first cup of tea. How bad is this for my teeth?

Tea and coffee are safe to drink in moderation. However, over time, large amounts can cause staining and damage. In addition to caffeine, tea and coffee contain chromogens, deeply pigmented molecules that adhere to dental enamel, and tannins, which boost a chromogen molecule’s ability to attach to dental enamel. Black tea is worse than black coffee, because coffee is lower in tannins.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes. New digital X-ray machines limit the low-dose radiation to a beam that targets only the areas needed to be filmed, faster film speeds allow for shorter exposure times, and the use of film holders prevents slipping, reducing the need for repeated exposure due to retakes. Stray radiation is almost non-existent with the use of modern dental X-ray machines, but the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protect against even that possibility. Every two years, federal law requires X-ray machines to be checked for safety and accuracy, and some states have even more stringent regulations.

I'm pregnant. Is it safe for me to go to the dentist?

Congratulations! Yes, you should continue to see your dentist, as pregnancy can increase certain dental issues. Be sure to inform your dentist that you are pregnant and if you’re experiencing any changes in your oral health.

Why don't my dentures fit right anymore?

The tissues and bones of your mouth may shrink (atrophy) with the passage of time or with the gain or loss of body weight, causing a change in the fit of your dentures. A simple realign may help them fit snugly again. However, if you’ve worn your dentures for a number of years, or the bases are too far out of shape, it may be time for replacements. It is counterproductive to use more denture adhesive to try to make them hold better, because this may lead to faster bone loss and additional problems with the fit of your dentures.

I've heard that my silver-colored fillings contain mercury. Should I have them replaced?

Dental amalgam (silver) fillings comprise silver, tin, copper, and liquid mercury, which are combined to form an inert (non-active) alloy. According to the FDA, CDC, the American Dental Association (ADA), and a number of other public health agencies, there is no link between this type of filling and any known health issue. Because of speculation and controversy, amalgam is the most researched and tested dental filling material on the market.

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Dr. John Ha, DDS

John Ha, DDS, is pleased to offer beautiful smiles to his neighbors on Oahu and the surrounding islands.
Dr. Ha earned his bachelor’s and dental degrees from Creighton University, where he also completed a dental post-baccalaureate program. He has engaged in extensive postgraduate education, with specific training in dental implant placement and restoration, advanced bone grafting, complex implant restoration, full mouth restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Ha is only the second ever Board Certified Implantologist in the State of Hawaii and is Hawaii’s youngest individual to achieve that designation by 20 years.

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Here’s what our happy patients say about us.

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Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I’ve been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy – communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn’t push or sell procedures (which I’ve experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I’ve been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy – communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn’t push or sell procedures (which I’ve experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I’ve been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy – communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn’t push or sell procedures (which I’ve experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I’ve been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy – communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn’t push or sell procedures (which I’ve experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I’ve been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy – communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn’t push or sell procedures (which I’ve experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I’ve been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy – communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn’t push or sell procedures (which I’ve experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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