November’s Featured Honolulu Dentist

Wai’alae Dental Care provides full services in general and cosmetic dentistry. Focusing on providing high-quality work with a personalized dental care, and specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and mercury-free dentistry.

Cedric T. Lewis, DMD

This Honolulu Dentist is located at
Waialae Dental Care
4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 111
Honolulu, HI 96816-5318

William J. Enoka, DDS

What to Expect When Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist in Hawaii

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It seems unnecessary to explain the importance of choosing the right Hawaii cosmetic dentist to perform your cosmetic dental surgery. However, it cannot be stressed enough the damage that can be done to your teeth and face if you do not choose a cosmetic surgeon who is both professional and experienced. If you are unsure of how to go about deciphering whether a cosmetic professional is right for you or not, read on and learn more.

First, decide what cosmetic procedure you want done. There are all kinds of procedures out there that are available to you. You can have teeth whitening, alignment, dental implants, or even dentures. Knowing what kind of procedure you will undertake will be the first step in narrowing down what professional Honolulu cosmetic dentists to look at. Talk to your primary dental physician about the risks and undertakings of the procedure(s) you have in mind first.

Secondly, talk to your family and local physicians about where to find the best dental technician to perform your procedure. During this time you will also need to discuss the risks and costs of the procedure. Be sure to look into several options available to you before making a decision or signing a contract. Be sure that the professional you are looking into to perform the procedure is qualified and has multiple credentials. Ask for references or recommendations from doctors, specialists, or people you may know before deciding.

Once you’ve chosen a specialist that is both qualified and experienced, make sure to see them several times before undergoing the procedure. Get to know the person that will be operating on your mouth ahead of time. This way you will get a feel for how they work and handle their patients. If you decide that this isn’t the cosmetic dentist you want to work with than there is still time to back out. Additionally, going to see him or her for a few checkups beforehand will help you know how up-to-date they are with equipment and treatment. This may also help you make your decision as to whether or not to pursue your procedure further.

Make sure that before you go into having cosmetic dental surgery done that you are 100% happy. You want to step into the new you with confidence that you put your face in the right hands for the right price. This is your smile and it should be as beautiful as it can be, so make sure to do the appropriate research before putting your teeth into the hands of a professional.

Will your teeth straighten?

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Braces are still, mostly, of metal, but there are also clear or colored. There are even devices which are fixed behind your teeth so you do not notice. Wires used in braces today are much smaller and more efficient than those used in the past. Depending on age and severity of the problem, fixed or mobile devices. Generally, fixed braces are recommended for adults who have already formed a jaw.

How braces work?

Turning your braces to teeth by applying a steady pressure on teeth and by keeping them in one position for long periods. If, however, teeth are more “rebellious”, then, should be made additional equipment. Do not panic! Such equipment shall be worn only at night, or night, when you sit at home.

Duration of orthodontic treatment is generally about two years. After removing the braces must be careful that their teeth do not “resume old habits.” Your doctor might suggest to you to wear a retainer, which is a small piece of plastic wire or a piece of thin plastic, with a mouth form. This fixture will be created to fit new straighten teeth. Only the orthodontist will tell you how long you wear this device.

Braces require a new diet? No need for a special diet, but when wearing a fixed braces, you must be more careful / to certain foods. Stay away from popcorn, chewgum, caramels (usually sweets that melt). Sugar should be generally avoided. But if you really know to drink a soda or eat a cake, then make sure you brush after.

Other foods to avoid:
* Fruit in large quantity;
* Toast;
* Lemons.

Specialist orthodontist will advise you to use floss more often than usual and other additional means of oral hygiene (brush, oral showers) and be very careful. When you present yourself to the doctor to change device, you’d better clean your teeth with floss.

Since devices put pressure on the teeth, occasionally it is possible to hurt, especially after the doctor has made an adjustment to braces. In this case, make sure you’re asking a painkiller.

If you wear a wireless device, it is forbidden to wear it to classes or when you do sports at school. However, your doctor will indicate the orthodontist to wear it only at night or while sitting at home for 16 hours a day. The device can be cleaned with soap and water using a toothbrush.

Are braces painful? For several days after it was fixed and started wearing it effectively, you might feel a little discomfort or pain. When fixed appliances, is expected to feel pain or discomfort whenever your device will be adjusted by a specialist.

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Teeth reshaping

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Teeth reshaping , is a process that consists of enamel polishing areas to change the length, shape or appearance. This method is frequently used to improve the look of a person – offering harmony or a balanced smile. Reshaping teeth are among the most simple and effective treatments in this field. The procedure is quick and painless and results can be seen immediately.

Who should consider this method? Dental reshaping is extremely useful in terms of correcting small imperfections, such as:
1. repair small leaks;
2. smooth bumps or holes in the enamel portions;
3. length adjustment canines.

Remodeling is not recommended in cases of serious dental problems – such as large cracks, fractures or major flaws. Often this procedure is used in combination with treatments, coronary reconstruction to ensure optimal results. If you consider to reshape your teeth, talk with your dentist first if there is a proper procedure.

What are the steps to be followed in reshaping teeth?

Initial examination – To determine if you are a candidate for remodeling teeth, the dentist will need to make your dental X-ray in the first phase, which will give information on size and location of the tooth pulp (the area where there are nerves and blood vessels). If the tooth’s enamel layer is too thin or if the pulp is too close to the tooth surface, remodeling is not possible – and other procedures must be taken into account.

The procedure itself – Determined once the intervention, the dentist will shape the teeth by creating balance and proportions you want, then will be added fluorinated gels. Remodeling is not an issue, anesthesia is not necessary in principle, but just in case of hypersensitivity.

Period “after” – Generally, a simple reshaping without being followed by more difficult procedure, requires no post-treatment monitoring period. Though several sessions are recommended for maintaining healthy teeth, fluoride respectively.

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