How we feel about ourselves and how we are perceived by others has much to do with the happiness and success we are able to obtain in today’s culture. We all remember the teen years, but as adults we become especially aware of the impact our appearance has on our social and professional lives. It’s no secret that having an attractive smile is an asset. In fact, many studies have shown that our smile is one of the primary influences on first impressions. Because of this, orthodontic treatment, once thought of as a luxury, is today considered by most a necessity.

Thanks to a large television-advertising budget, and the proliferation of dentists who provide the care, Invisalign Orthodontic treatment has become the first choice for adults seeking a Windward dentist to have their teeth straightened. You probably have seen the advertisements and already know that Invisalign is not “braces”. Invisalign moves teeth using clear aligners that fit over your teeth instead of the visible metal brackets and wires used in traditional orthodontics. If you are considering Invisalign orthodontic treatment there are a few things you should know before you begin.

Invisalign aligners should be worn about 22 hours a day. If you lose the motivation to wear them, or you forget to wear them, you will delay the completion of your treatment. Traditional braces are always on and usually complete cases more quickly. Aligners are removed to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. Therefore, they can be lost or, heaven forbid, eaten by your dog (happens!). Traditional braces attached to your teeth make maintaining good oral hygiene more difficult. Whereas Invisalign treatment is good for certain kinds of tooth movement and not good for large movements or severe cases, traditional braces are good for almost all orthodontic treatments and generally are significantly less expensive.

Many of the new patients we see who are looking for Invisalign orthodontic care find our practice via internet search engines. They type inquiries such as Kailua dentist, Family Dentist Kailua, Kaneohe Dentist, Dental Care Kailua or best dentist Kailua. At Kaneohe Family Dental Care, we recommend to our patients who are interested in Invisalign that they seek treatment from the most highly trained and experienced dentist available. In almost all cases that means an Orthodontist, a specially trained dentist who does nothing but orthodontics. Many general dentists provide minor orthodontic treatment and offer Invisalign. However, we suggest that our patients seek a consultation with an Orthodontic specialist who can provide a comprehensive diagnosis and then offer a plan that best meets their specific needs and desires using all of the orthodontic treatment options available.

For more information about orthodontics or any other dental topic, or, if you are searching for a Kaneohe or Kailua dentist, please contact Kaneohe Family Dental Care at www.kaneohefamilydental.com.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Cynthia Ichiriu Keller

Kaneohe Family Dental Care, Inc.

ph (808)247-4291

fax (808)247-3648

Email kfdc@hawaii.rr.com

Web www.kaneohefamilydental.com

Kaneohe Family Dental Care, Inc. was established in 1984 by the husband and wife team of Bruce Keller, D.D.S. and Cynthia Ichiriu Keller, D.D.S. Both Bruce and Cynthia are graduates of the Creighton University School of Dentistry, and are members of the Honolulu County Dental Society, Hawaii Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Both doctors are listed annually on Honolulu Magazine’s list of Top Dentists in Hawaii and America’s Guide to Top Dentists.