Two-Phase Treatment

Many parents wait until their child has all of their permanent teeth before considering orthodontic treatment. However, this is not always the best approach. By waiting until all the permanent teeth have erupted, there may be missed opportunities to correct issues that could have been easily addressed at a younger age.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist for an initial evaluation by the age of 7. This allows orthodontists to identify any potential issues and create a treatment plan that can be implemented at the appropriate time.

One of the major benefits of early treatment is preventing more serious problems from developing later on. By addressing orthodontic issues at a young age, you can avoid the need for more extensive and invasive treatment in the future. This can save time, money, and unnecessary discomfort down the road.

Early treatment can also help with improving facial symmetry and jaw alignment. By guiding the growth of your child’s jaw at a younger age, their teeth will have ample space to come in properly, resulting in a straighter and healthier smile.

Another advantage of early treatment is it can help correct harmful oral habits that may be affecting your child’s oral health. These habits, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, can cause misalignment and other issues if not addressed early on.

Many parents may wonder if their child needs braces at a young age. The truth is, early treatment can make a big difference in your child’s smile and oral health. By starting orthodontic treatment or a plan to monitor your child’s smile, we can catch and correct issues before they have time to fully develop and cause any concern.

Some benefits of early treatment include:

  • Correcting Crowded or Crooked Teeth — Braces can help shift teeth into their proper positions, creating a straighter and healthier smile.
  • Addressing Bite Issues — Misaligned bites can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and even breathing. Early treatment can help correct these issues before they become more difficult to fix.
  • Improving Self-Esteem — A beautiful smile can do wonders for a child’s self-confidence. By addressing orthodontic issues early on, we can help your child feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Phase 1 & Full Treatment

The first phase of orthodontic treatment, also known as Phase 1, typically begins around the age of 7 or 8. This phase focuses on correcting any bite and jaw alignment issues, as well as creating space for permanent teeth to come in properly.

Phase 1 treatment usually involves using appliances such as braces or expanders to guide the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws. The duration of this phase can vary depending on the specific needs and progress of your child’s treatment.

Once Phase 1 is complete, a resting period will follow to allow permanent teeth to continue coming in. This may involve wearing a retainer or other appliances as recommended by the orthodontist. After this resting period, Phase 2 — or full orthodontic treatment — begins.

Full treatment typically involves straightening and aligning all of your child’s permanent teeth to create a beautiful and functional smile. This phase may involve the use of braces, aligners, or other appliances depending on your child’s specific needs.

In conclusion, early treatment through Two-Phase Treatment can provide numerous benefits for your child’s oral health. By starting treatment at the recommended age of 7 and addressing any potential issues early on, you can help your child achieve a straighter and healthier smile for life.

Non-Surgical Orthodontics (MARPE)

At Hawaii Smile Designs, we are committed to leveraging the latest advancements in orthodontic technology to provide effective, less invasive treatment options. One such innovation is the Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander (MARPE), a revolutionary approach to non-surgical orthodontics. Designed for patients who need correction of a narrow palate but wish to avoid surgery, MARPE offers a powerful alternative to traditional surgical methods.

The Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander (MARPE) is a device designed to widen the upper jaw (maxilla) in adolescents and adults whose skeletal growth is complete. This non-surgical technique utilizes miniscrews for anchorage, allowing for more forceful and effective expansion of the palatal suture compared to conventional expanders. By achieving this expansion without the need for surgical intervention, MARPE presents a less invasive path to correcting dental crowding and improving overall facial symmetry.

MARPE offers several significant advantages for suitable candidates:

  • Non-Surgical Solution — This avoids the complexities and recovery time associated with surgical interventions, making it an attractive option for many patients.
  • Improved Dental Function — By widening the palate, MARPE can improve bite function, alleviate crowding, and create space for teeth alignment.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics — Broadening the upper jaw can lead to a more balanced facial appearance and a wider, more aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Potentially Faster Treatment Time — When used as part of a comprehensive orthodontic plan, MARPE can reduce the overall time needed for braces or aligners.

MARPE is primarily recommended for patients whose palates have fused and are not amenable to traditional expansion methods, typically adolescents and adults up to age 25. However, the suitability of MARPE varies depending on individual bone maturity and specific orthodontic needs. During your consultation at Hawaii Smile Designs, our team will conduct a thorough evaluation, including imaging studies, to determine if MARPE is the most effective treatment option for you.

At Hawaii Smile Designs, we take a personalized approach to every patient’s treatment plan. Our experienced orthodontists carefully assess each case to ensure that MARPE is applied effectively and comfortably. We understand the importance of not just treating teeth but enhancing overall oral health and aesthetics. Our team is dedicated to providing detailed explanations, answering any questions, and ensuring you feel informed and confident throughout your treatment process.

If you’ve been told that surgery is your only option for correcting a narrow palate or if you’re exploring orthodontic solutions that avoid surgical intervention, MARPE at Hawaii Smile Designs may be the answer. We invite you to contact us today to request a consultation. Together, we’ll explore your treatment options and determine if MARPE can help you achieve the functional and aesthetic results you desire.

Pre-Surgical Orthodontics

At Hawaii Smile Designs, we’re committed to delivering comprehensive orthodontic care that encompasses both surgical and non-surgical treatments for those who require a more complex approach to achieve their ideal smile. Pre-surgical orthodontics is a critical component of this multifaceted treatment plan, meticulously designed to prepare your teeth and jaw for corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery). This preparation phase is not only essential for enhancing the effectiveness of the surgical procedure but also for ensuring the final outcome fulfills both functional and aesthetic objectives.

Pre-surgical orthodontics involves using braces or clear aligners to position the teeth correctly before undergoing surgery. This step is vital for several reasons:

  • Creating a Stable Foundation: It ensures that the teeth will mesh properly once the jaw’s structure is modified during surgery.
  • Enhancing Surgical Accuracy: Aligning the teeth beforehand allows orthodontists and surgeons to plan and execute the procedure with greater precision, leading to improved outcomes.
  • Facilitating Recovery: A well-prepared jaw and teeth alignment can help reduce recovery times and make the post-surgical adjustments quicker and more efficient.

Our process at Hawaii Smile Designs begins with a comprehensive assessment to understand your unique needs fully. This includes sophisticated imaging and models of your teeth and jaws to develop an effective treatment strategy. Using cutting-edge orthodontic techniques, we then move your teeth into their optimal positions. The duration of this preparatory phase can vary, typically lasting from 6 to 18 months, depending on the complexity of the case.

Following the completion of pre-surgical orthodontic treatment, patients proceed with their planned orthognathic surgery. A final phase of orthodontic treatment usually follows the surgery to fine-tune the teeth’s alignment, ensuring optimal function and aesthetics.

Choosing Hawaii Smile Designs means entrusting your smile to a team that prides itself on its depth of expertise and experience in handling complex cases requiring coordinated orthodontic and surgical care. Our collaborative approach with oral and maxillofacial surgeons ensures seamless treatment planning and execution. We are dedicated to crafting personalized treatment plans that address the individual needs of each patient, employing the latest orthodontic advancements to ensure effective, comfortable treatment experiences. Throughout your treatment journey, our supportive team is here to provide guidance, making sure you feel informed and at ease every step of the way.

For those whose path to a perfect smile includes orthognathic surgery, pre-surgical orthodontics at Hawaii Smile Designs stands as a crucial step towards achieving a harmonious, functional, and beautiful smile. If surgery forms a part of your orthodontic treatment plan, we invite you to reach out and schedule a consultation with us today. Together, we’ll explore how pre-surgical orthodontics can set the stage for a successful surgical outcome and a completely transformed smile.

Pre-Restorative Orthodontics

Pre-Restorative Orthodontics

At Hawaii Smile Designs, we understand that the path to achieving your ideal smile sometimes requires a multidisciplinary approach. Pre-restorative orthodontics plays a crucial role in this process, serving as the foundation upon which restorative treatments like veneers, crowns, bridges, and implants are built. By optimizing the alignment and positioning of your teeth before restorative procedures, we ensure not only the aesthetic appeal but also the long-term health and functionality of your smile.

Pre-restorative orthodontics involves using orthodontic treatments to prepare the mouth for subsequent restorative dental procedures. This preparatory step is often necessary to correct misalignments or malocclusions that could compromise the success of restorative treatments. Here are some key benefits of integrating pre-restorative orthodontics into your treatment plan:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics — Proper alignment sets the stage for more natural-looking restorations, as well-positioned teeth can be more easily matched with restorative materials for a seamless appearance.
  • Improved Functionality — Aligning teeth before restoration ensures that bite dynamics are correct, reducing the risk of issues like uneven wear, difficulty chewing, or TMJ disorders.
  • Increased Longevity of Restorations — Well-aligned teeth distribute biting forces more evenly, which can help extend the life of restorations by minimizing stress on them.
  • Comprehensive Care — This approach addresses both the cosmetic and functional aspects of your smile, ensuring a holistic improvement in oral health.

The process begins with a thorough assessment of your oral health and dental goals. Our team at Hawaii Smile Designs will evaluate the current state of your teeth and gums, as well as discuss any restorative work you’re considering. If pre-restorative orthodontics is recommended, we’ll design a customized treatment plan that may include traditional braces, clear aligners, or other orthodontic appliances.

Our goal during this phase is to move teeth into their optimal positions, creating the ideal environment for restorative treatments. Once orthodontic treatment is complete and your teeth are properly aligned, we proceed with the planned restorative procedures, confident that the groundwork has been laid for exceptional results.

If you’re considering restorative dental treatments and want to ensure the best possible outcome, pre-restorative orthodontics at Hawaii Smile Designs may be the perfect starting point. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Together, we’ll explore how orthodontic preparation can enhance the aesthetics, function, and longevity of your restorative dental work, setting the stage for a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Teeth Whitening

At Hawaii Smile Designs, we believe that a bright, white smile can significantly enhance your confidence and overall appearance. That’s why we offer professional teeth whitening services designed to safely and effectively remove stains and discoloration, giving you a radiant smile you’ll be proud to show off.

Staining and discoloration may occur due to:

  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Foods and drinks that stain: tea, wine, coffee, and soda
  • Smoking and other forms of tobacco use
  • Illness
  • Certain medications
  • Fluorosis
  • The natural aging process

The powerful whitening gel used in our professional whitening treatment lightens the appearance of stains to give you a brighter, whiter smile. Also, to ensure the longevity of your newly whitened smile, we provide guidance on maintaining your results. This includes tips on avoiding certain foods and beverages known to cause staining, as well as recommendations for oral hygiene routines that will help keep your smile bright.

A dazzling smile is within reach at Hawaii Smile Designs. Whether you’re preparing for a special event or simply want to refresh your appearance, our teeth whitening services can provide the transformation you’re seeking. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll assess your oral health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and recommend the best whitening option for you.