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Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malocclusion, which is the technical term for dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists are dentists who have specialized in the field of orthodontics. Dentists have to complete an additional 2-3 years of full-time study and training after dental school before they can become orthodontists.

Malocclusion, or orthodontic problems, may be caused by several factors. They may be inherited – like crowding of teeth or too much space between teeth, or they may be acquired – due to dental disease, trauma, or thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking. Whatever the cause, orthodontic treatment is important because if left untreated the problem may become worse and can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, tooth loss, inefficient chewing function, and speech impediments.

Some of the most common orthodontic problems are:

  • Protruding teeth : Teeth usually protrude when the lower jaw is short in comparison to the upper jaw. They may also occur due to thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking. In such cases the lower front teeth are prone to injury and normal chewing function may be a problem.
  • Crowding : Teeth become crowded when the dental arch is small and the teeth are large. As a result of crowding, gums become thin and recede. Other results are impacted teeth, poor biting function, and undesirable appearance.
  • Spacing : Too much space between teeth occurs when the dental arch is very wide, or the teeth are very small. This may lead to gum injury as well as undesirable appearance.
  • Crossbite : This is when the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. This causes biting and chewing difficulties.
  • Open bite : This is when the upper and lower incisors do not touch when biting, thus placing pressure on the back teeth. This extra and excessive pressure on the back teeth causes tooth wear and makes chewing less efficient.
  • Deep bite : This occurs when the lower incisors bite too close or into the gum tissue behind the upper teeth. This leads to bone and gum tissue damage, excessive wear of the incisor teeth, and discomfort.

If for any of the reasons given above, you need to see an orthodontist during your trip to Oahu, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any one of the orthodontists given below. The list has been compiled for you by Oahu.us.

Dr. Kimi S. Caswell
932 Ward Ave. Ste.
410 Honolulu, HI
(808) 536-2223
Dr. Won Chaekal
1330 Ala Moana Blvd.
Ste. 302 Honolulu, HI
(808) 593-0889
Dr. Tammy M. L. Chang-Motooka
1441 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 520 Honolulu, HI
(808) 947-3737
Dr. David J. Dung
1600 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 519 Honolulu, HI
(808) 941-5241
Dr. Lili K. Horton
677 Ala Moana Blvd801
Honolulu, HI
(808) 550-4477
Dr. Wendell Hoshino
500 Ala Moana Blvd 300
Honolulu, HI
(808) 523-3169
Dr. Malia Kamisugi
1060 Young Street Ste.
201 Honolulu, HI
(808) 523-2402
(808) 528-2221
Dr. Arthur T. Kamisugi
1060 Young Street Ste.
201 Honolulu, HI
(808) 523-2402
Dr. Gerald Kim
1441 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste.
1515 Honolulu, HI
(808) 941-9888
Dr. Mary W.M. Kim
1441 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 1515 Honolulu, HI
(808) 941-9888
Dr. Stanley H. Masaki
1010 S. King Street
Ste. 302 Honolulu, HI
(808) 596-8118
Dr. George T. Masumoto
1441 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 410 Honolulu, HI
(808) 946-6066
Dr. Scott S. Masunaga
1010 S. King Street
Ste. 101 Honolulu, HI
(808) 597-1553
Dr. Isao Masunaga
1010 S. King Street
Ste. 401 Honolulu, HI
(808) 591-6667
Dr. Dean S. Obayashi
750 Palani Ave
Honolulu, HI
(808) 735-9700
Dr. Steven K. Sue
2065 South King St.
Ste. 304 Honolulu, HI
(808) 949-8876
Dr. Steven Tottori
1441 Kapiolani Blvd.710
Honolulu, HI
(808) 955-1226 &
525 Farrington Hwy104
Honolulu, HI 96707
(808) 674-9191
Dr. Alan S.T. Chang
98-1247 Kaahumanu St.
Ste. 202 Aiea, HI
(808) 487-2411
Dr. Sean Holliday
98-1247 Kaahumanu St
Ste 202 Aiea, HI
(808) 487-2411
Dr. Curtis N. Kamisugi
99-128 Aiea Heights Drive
Ste. 201 Aiea, HI
(808) 483-3000
Dr. Randal D. Morita
98-1247 Kaahumanu St.
Ste. 325 Aiea, HI
(808) 486-5505
Dr. Erik Tinhan
98-1247 Kaahumanu St 319
Aiea, HI
(808) 455-1084
Dr. Bradley K. Hook
315 Uluniu Street
Ste. 209 Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 261-0373
Dr. Lincoln A. Furuya
46-005 Kawa Street
Ste. 204 Kaneohe, HI
(808) 235-2932
Dr. Michael J. Wall
45-1048 Kam Hwy B
Kaneohe, HI
(808) 235-6801
Dr. Michael B. Wong
46-005 Kawa St.
Ste. 301 Kaneohe, HI
(808) 234-6244
Dr. Errol Y.W. Yim
45-939 Kam Hwy 103
Kaneohe, HI
(808) 247-6039
Dr. Carlton A. Shiraki
95-1249 Meheula Pkwy.
Ste. B-11 Mililani, HI
(808) 625-5000
Dr. Howard T. Fujino
94-873 Farrington Hwy.
Waipahu, HI
(808) 677-9741
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