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By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
June 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Compared to the high-maintenance and sometimes painful metal braces of the past, Invisalign replaces the brackets and wires with a series of clear plastic aligners.Invisalign

Dr. Stephanie Wong, your Honolulu dentist begins your Invisalign treatment by taking a few records of your teeth to optimize each individual plan. She begins with dental x-rays determine the health of the jawbone and the strength of the tooth’s root.

Next is the bite registration, which Dr. Wong will examine to find out just how the upper and lower jaw come together. The patient bites down on a sheet after having fast-setting paste applied to their teeth.

Dental impressions are then taken by having the patient bite down into a tray of putty. This leaves an exact record of the existing placement of the teeth.

The final record needed for Invisalign treatment are photographs. Invisalign’s lab requires eight photographs of the face and jaw from a variety of different angles.

The aligners are then custom-made to fit the needs of each individual’s specific Invisalign plan. Over the span of the next nine to 15 months, the aligners will be swapped out every two weeks. Each new set will be slightly altered to move the teeth further and further into the correct position.

It’s strongly recommended that aligners should be worn around 22 hours per day. However, part of the beauty of Invisalign retainers over metal braces, is they can be removed when eating, brushing one’s teeth, and whenever else is necessary.

The only challenge will be remembering to put the aligners back in when finished. But after seeing the progress, patients are typically excited to get back to straightening out their smile.

For more information on what to expect from this Invisalign treatment and how it can help you, contact Dr. Wong, your Honolulu, HI dentist at (808) 732-3072.

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
March 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Missing teeth do more than just upset the balance of your smile. Sagging facial muscles due to bone atrophy cause premature aging crowns and bridgesand potential issues with self-esteem. Crowns and bridges can help you repair your smile to prevent tooth loss and replace already missing teeth. Learn more about these dental restorations with help from your Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. Stephanie Wong.

What are crowns and bridges? 
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations usually made from porcelain. A dental laboratory customizes crowns and bridges specifically for you based on a mold of your teeth. Crowns are a cap-like structure which fits over the tooth to stabilize and strengthen it. A bridge is made up of 3 prosthetic teeth in a row, with crowns on the outer two teeth. The crowns anchor the bridge into place using the healthy teeth surrounding the gap to replace the missing tooth.

When are crowns and bridges needed? 
A crown helps strengthen a weakened tooth. Some situations where crowns are necessary include:

  • to stabilize a broken tooth
  • to strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • to give new life to a worn tooth
  • to improve the appearance of a misshaped or heavily stained tooth
  • to cover a dental implant

Those with a gap surrounded by healthy teeth benefit from a bridge. The teeth on both sides of the gap must be strong enough to support the restoration.

Are crowns or bridges right for me? 
Anyone considering a crown or bridge should be in good general dental health and maintain an excellent at-home oral care routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing once keeps your natural teeth and dental restorations alike healthy and clean. Additionally, seeing your Honolulu dentist at least twice a year for an examination and cleaning allows them to find and treat any problems early and prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wong, your Honolulu, HI dentist. Call (808) 732-3072 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
February 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouthwash  

Your oral care routine is probably so firmly rooted in your morning and nighttime routines that you can do it half asleep. But have you ever thought to add to brushing and flossing? Mouthwash is an effective addition to your oral care routine. Your Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. mouth washStephanie Wong, can help you understand how mouthwash works and the best way to work it into your morning and nighttime routines.

Should I add mouthwash to my oral care routine? 
Mouthwash is often misunderstood. Though mouthwash is not necessary, and is certainly not as important as brushing or flossing, using a fluoride mouthwash does decrease the chance of tooth decay. However, the benefits of mouthwash are not felt unless it is used correctly. You should swish and gargle for at least 45 seconds to reap the benefits. Additionally, use the recommended amount of mouthwash indicated on the bottle and be sure not to swallow it afterward.

What should my oral care routine consist of? 
Regardless of if you use mouthwash, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss them once. There is an ongoing argument when it comes to whether to use mouthwash before or after you brush. The final choice is up to you. However, if you choose to use mouthwash after you brush, do not rinse with water afterward. This gives the mouthwash extra time to work. Lastly, do not forget to utilize the greatest tool in your oral care arsenal: your Honolulu dentist.

How can my dentist help? 
Schedule examinations and cleanings twice a year to ensure the healthiest mouth possible. This gives your dentist the chance to catch problems early. Treating the earliest signs of decay or gum disease is much less complex than treating these problems after they have become advanced. Additionally, biannual cleanings keep plaque and tartar off your teeth. This means that decay and gum disease causing plaque and tartar do not have the chance to grow in the first place, lowering the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

For more information on oral care routines or regular dental examinations or cleanings, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wong, DMD in Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 732-3072 to schedule your appointment today!

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
December 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Removal Dentures  

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you have probably felt your quality of life decrease. Without teeth, speaking and eating are considerably more difficult and facial muscles may begin to sag. However, removable dentures can help you get back to a normal life with a smile to be proud of.dentures

What are removable dentures? 
Dentures are false teeth. They typically replace all the teeth in an arch, but can be worn over or attached to your natural teeth. There are three types of removable dentures. They include:

  • Full dentures: Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, usually after extraction of any remaining natural teeth. You can only wear full dentures after the mouth heals from dental work that may have been required.
  • Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures are created based on molds of the teeth before any extractions. This allows your dentist to have the dentures ready on the same day as your tooth extractions. The dentures act as a protective covering and help protect the extraction sites.
  • Partial dentures: Partial removable dentures replace several, but not all, teeth. They attach to your remaining natural teeth using metal framework.

Benefits of Dentures

Confidence
A new, beautiful smile will boost anybody’s self-esteem. No more covering your mouth when you laugh or speaking without showing your teeth. 
Eating
You can eat the foods you enjoy without worrying about being able to chew them. Chewing and biting become natural and second nature. 
Speaking
Dentures make speaking easier, especially if they replace the front teeth. You can speak normally with no lisping or other speech problems. 
Reduce moving teeth
When teeth are missing, the remaining natural teeth move to compensate for the space left behind. Dentures stimulate the bone and help keep your natural teeth in place. 
Prevent facial changes
Dentures support the facial muscles, preventing them from sagging or collapsing.

It is important to consult with your dentist to determine if dentures are right for you. For more information on removable dentures, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wong, DMD in Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 732-3072 to schedule your appointment today!

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

The teen years aren't easy for anyone, but they can be even harder if your teen isn't happy with his or her appearance. A mouth full of metal braces can make even the most confident teen feel self-conscious. Luckily, there's another option. Your dentist can treat bite orInvisalign overcrowding issues with Invisalign.

Traditional metal braces are attached to your child's teeth and can't be removed until treatment is over. With Invisalign, your teen wears a series of clear, comfortable trays that can be removed for drinking or eating or during special occasions, like the prom or a soccer game. Your Honolulu HI dentist shares some benefits of the Invisalign treatment process.

Many teens can benefit from Invisalign braces

When your son or daughter visits the dentist, she'll perform a thorough dental examination to determine if Invisalign will work for your child. Since Invisalign is effective for mild to moderate issues, the chances are good that your teen will be able to use this type of dental braces.

A series of trays is used for alignment

Traditional braces are adjusted by tightening the wires, a process that can be a little painful. Invisalign takes the pain out of the straightening process. Every two weeks, your teen uses a new Invisalign tray molded to his or her teeth. The series of trays gently and gradually move the teeth.

Your teen can eat anything

Popcorn and sticky foods are out if your teen wears traditional braces because it's so difficult to remove these foods from braces. When your Honolulu dentist recommends Invisalign, your teen can eat anything. Since the aligners are removed during meals, he or she can brush and floss as usual.

You'll spend less time at the dentist's office

Metal braces require frequent adjustments, and if your teen doesn't drive, that means you'll be responsible for taking him or her to all of those appointments. When your teen wears Invisalign aligners, dental visits will only occur approximately every six weeks, so you'll all have more time to enjoy the things you love doing.

Want to know more about the ways Invisalign can help your teen? Call Honolulu dentist Stephanie ML Wong, DMD at (808) 732-3072 for a consultation. Thanks to Invisalign, wearing braces doesn't have to be a painful or unpleasant experience!





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