FAQs

The Clear Alternative to Braces

At Morita Orthodontics, we offer our patients a wide array of orthodontic treatment options to ensure we can meet the specific needs of each of patient we serve. One of the most popular treatment options we offer is the innovative Invisalign System aka the clear alternative to braces. This treatment option consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that are designed to comfortably and conveniently move teeth into their desired positions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign along with the answers.

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No. It is best to be treated by Dr. Scott Morita who has been specifically trained in providing Invisalign treatment.

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You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You can remove them when you eat & drink and when brushing & flossing your teeth.

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No. Unlike regular braces, you can eat all the foods you normally do as long as you take the aligners out before eating. Remember to brush your teeth (and the aligners) before putting your aligners back in.

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There is a short adjustment period when first getting started with Invisalign just as there is with other orthodontic treatment options. However, the more you speak while wearing the aligners, the quicker you will adjust.

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You will feel some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving into their new positions so it’s normal to feel some pressure and minor discomfort.

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No, you should not chew gum while wearing the aligners.

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Our Honolulu & Aiea orthodontic practice discourages smoking while wearing aligners as the smoke can discolor them.

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Brush your aligners with toothpaste to keep them clean and fresh.

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You will need to come into our Honolulu or Aiea orthodontics office every five to six weeks to ensure your treatment is going along as planned.

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All orthodontic patients are told to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Wearing your retainer as directed by our Aiea & Honolulu orthodontists will help ensure you have a healthy and straight smile that will last you a lifetime.

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Generally speaking, treatment time takes between 6 and 18 months. However, the exact time you spend in treatment will depend upon the severity of your orthodontic problem.

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Yes, Morita Orthodontics provides Invisalign treatment to children as long as their teeth including the second molars have grown in completely.

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Schedule An Appointment!

Our orthodontists, Dr. Randal D. Morita and Scott Morita are proud to offer Invisalign treatment to the patients we serve. To find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, please contact us today to set up an appointment time. During this important first visit, your orthodontist will discuss the treatment options available to you, which may include Invisalign.

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Locations

1441 Kapiolani Blvd #1000, Honolulu, HI 96814

98-1247 Kaahumanu St #325, Aiea, HI 96701