Invisalign & Retainers
* Invisalign Treatment, for adults and teens
* Pre-Orthodontic Treatment (Myobraces) for children
* The Homeoblock™ Orthopedic/Orthodontic Dental Appliance
Childhood is the ideal time for orthodontics in that we can take advantage of a youngster’s natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment, but healthy teeth can be moved at any age. In fact, one out of five orthodontic patients is an adult. With new technological developments, there are many options for orthodontic appliances that are subtle in appearance.
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems, which can include the following:
Underbite, where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth
Crossbite, where your dental arches are misaligned
Excessive overbite, where upper and lower teeth don’t close in the proper position
Open bite, where a space remains between top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed
Crowding or excessive spacing, where teeth are spaced too close together or too far apart
To correct bite problems, teeth need to be moved by orthodontic appliances that apply light, constant pressure. Dr. Umeda and his team offer Invisalign treatment to correct bite problems and give you a smile you are excited to show off.
Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. With Invisalign, people may not even notice you’re wearing clear aligners. They are virtually invisible. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions.
Additionally, Dr. Umeda offers the Myobrace System for younger patients as a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment. The system focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, often without the need for braces or extraction of teeth, unlocking natural growth and development. Treatment is best suited to children aged 3 to 15 and involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping. This system not only works to straighten the teeth and align the jaw as it develops, it also helps to correct airway problems (promoting nose breathing and proper tongue resting position). This optimizes facial development and improves overall health.
Dr. Umeda is also an approved provider of The Homeoblock™ Orthopedic/Orthodontic Dental Appliance. The Homeoblock™ appliance is a revolutionary oral device that looks a lot like a retainer, but its benefits extend beyond just simply straightening your teeth. Lack of proper craniofacial development is the primary cause of many jaw joint problems and most sleep and breathing disorders. Treatment with the Homeoblock™ results in proper jaw positioning and more room for the tongue. When you wear the Homeoblock™ appliance, it sends a cyclical intermittent light force signal to the periodontal ligament, which surrounds the root of the teeth. The only way you can swallow is the correct way, by pressing the middle third of the tongue flat against your palate. Over time, you can expect to see straighter teeth, a wider smile, greater facial symmetry, and improved airway functioning.
Dentist Honolulu, GARY T. UMEDA, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FADI
Providing solutions for complex dental problems in a pain free and supportive environment.
1580 Makaloa St.
Honolulu, HI 96814