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Summertime is the Best Time for Braces

June 23rd, 2020
Summertime is a wonderful time of the year where families spend their days by the beach, have backyard barbecues, and schedule visits with their orthodontist. Yes, that’s right, we said schedule visits with their orthodontist.  If you ask any teen, they’ll probably tell you that there is no good time to get braces, however, summertime is actually the very best time to get braces. Why Summertime? 1. Time to Adjust- It’s no secret that getting braces can be pretty daunting to the...  [Read full blog post]


From Selfie to Straight Teeth Instantly

May 6th, 2020
Achieving a Better, Straighter Smile Isn't as Easy as You Think.  You may have noticed lately that some online direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies have been making orthodontic treatment sound super easy…Just take a selfie and make an impression of your teeth. You’ll receive aligners in the mail and after a few months…BAM! Straight teeth! While it may initially sound great to save money and buy your orthodontic treatment directly online without having to talk to anyone at...  [Read full blog post]


April is National Facial Protection Month

April 3rd, 2020
 Every April, National Facial Protection Month strives to raise public awareness and remind parents, caregivers, coaches, and athletes to play it safe while playing sports. Hook Orthodontics would like to take the time this month to remind our athletes to wear a mouthguard during recreational and organized sports. A mouthguard is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports.  A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your...  [Read full blog post]


Orthodontic Myths

March 18th, 2020
Choosing to get orthodontic care is a big decision for anyone. It means your ready for a lifetime change that will affect your smile in a positive way. At Hook Orthodontics, we understand and respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is an amazing experience. Our office utilizes the latest technology while offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the...  [Read full blog post]


Common Questions - Hook Orthodontics

February 12th, 2020
What is an Orthodontist? An orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists must first attend college, followed by a four-year graduate dental program at a university level dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). They must then successfully complete an additional two to three-year residency program of advanced dental education in orthodontics accredited by the ADA. Only dentists who...  [Read full blog post]


2 Common Bites in Orthodontics

January 8th, 2020
Our smiles are uniquely ours. However so is our bite. “In orthodontics, “bite” refers to the way the upper and lower teeth come together. A bad bite, called a “malocclusion,” happens when teeth meet improperly, or they don’t meet at all,” according to the American Association of Orthodontist.There are various bites that affect how we speak, eat and our overall mouth. Two common bites, orthodontic treatment can fix is a crossbite and underbite.A crossbite occurs when the upper...  [Read full blog post]


3 Sweets to Avoid this Christmas in Honolulu if You have Braces

December 11th, 2019
The Holidays are here and that means endless sweets and of course no school for kids. The holidays in Oahu, are the perfect time to celebrate with family and also a time where we can slip up on certain foods to avoid, especially if we have braces. From sugar to cookies to gingerbread houses, there is no end in the sweet treats. Here are three foods to avoid this holiday season.1. Candy Canes:These beautiful perfect treats are one to avoid this season if you have braces. The hard candy could...  [Read full blog post]


Hook Orthodontics: First Day in Braces in Honolulu

November 13th, 2019
At Hook Orthodontics, you can expect a professional team that will never take you for granted. Our staff is here to help you and your family get the care you deserve. We are highly trained in our area of service and attend continuing education courses to stay current with the latest treatment procedures, techniques and technology. We work as a team to create a warm and caring environment with an emphasis on you, the patient.The adhesive used to attach the braces to your teeth cures rapidly but...  [Read full blog post]


Hook Orthodontics: Avoid these Halloween Treats

October 16th, 2019
Halloween is right around the corner! The time of sweet treats and endless candies are here. While you may have your pumpkin carved out and Halloween costumes planned out, there is one big reminder you shouldn’t forget when it comes to Halloween and your teeth.If you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment at Hook Orthodontics and wear braces, there are certain types of candies and foods you should definitely avoid. Trade them for a braces-friendly treat such as pure chocolate, a soft...  [Read full blog post]


Hook Orthodontics: It's Time for a Second Opinion

September 9th, 2019
1)  Pretty simple. I don’t believe or like what I’m hearing. Heck, you may not like what I’m telling you. I was the fifth opinion once. The first four suggested a $4000 procedure, I recommended extracting a primary tooth only. It worked.2) The fees are too high. Higher does not mean better.3) Be careful of a hard sell.4) Most eight year old's do not need treatment.5) If you do Phase I treatment, your child probably won’t need orthodontic treatment, Phase II) later, or it may be...  [Read full blog post]


Hook Orthodontics: I Hate Social Media

August 29th, 2019
I know, my mom said you should not use the word “hate.” But I really hate social media. Here are the reasons why:1) You can’t believe everything on the internet. Yelp, Google and Facebook reviews are full of lies. I long for days of old where word of mouth referrals were the gold standard. Paying fees to SEO and consultants are supposed to help place your company on the first few pages of an online search. You can see this when doctors have hundreds on online reviews. It is very common to...  [Read full blog post]


Hook Orthodontics: 3 Summer Health Tips for Your Smile

July 17th, 2019
Summer is officially here in Oahu! That means summer vacation, kids are at home and some free time for your family. Summer is the perfect time to schedule orthodontic appointments or to begin treatment. Summer can also be a hard time to keep up with oral hygiene routines. According to a nationwide survey by Delta Dental, nearly 30% of parents say summer vacation is the most difficult time to get their children to keep up good oral health.Here are three tips to help keep your smile and teeth...  [Read full blog post]


National Oral Health Month at Hook Orthodontics

June 12th, 2019
June is Oral Health Month. A good oral hygiene routine is the foundation of a healthy smile, especially for young children. For parents, leading by example should establish healthy habits like brushing, cleaning between your teeth and seeing your dentist. This ultimately leads to the big difference in the health and happiness of your entire family and in children, fewer fears about visiting their dentist.Here are 2 tips from the American Dental Association that are a great reminder to...  [Read full blog post]


Facial Protection Month: Types of Mouth Guards:

April 10th, 2019
Did you know from the ages of 7 to 11 years old, children are most vulnerable to sports related mouth injuries? The importance of protecting our smile should be stressed enough and should remind our friends and community how easy it is to protect our teeth.Wearing a mouthguard is the safest way to protect your teeth while playing sports or just enjoying sports related activities. Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer a teeth related injury if they’re not wearing a mouth guard.Here are...  [Read full blog post]


All Transfers Welcomed at Hook Orthodontics

March 14th, 2019
Why are we a most respected orthodontic practice in Hawaii for over 25 years?  We have always practiced “The Golden Rule” or the principle of treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated.Our fees are thousands less.  All transfers are accepted with reasonable fees. We have been trained in all orthodontic appliances, including Damon and Invisalign.  Call for a consultation, you’ll be glad you did. Please read the two articles by Dr. Peter Greco, Editor for Ethics...  [Read full blog post]


Your Eight Year Old Does Not Need Braces

December 20th, 2018
You better think real hard and/or get a second opinion before you pay $4,000 and commit 1-2 years for Phase I treatment, then do it all over when all the permanent teeth come in. This Phase II will cost $5,000+. Total cost approximately $12,000.  That would commit a parent to take your child to the orthodontist for 3-5 years. That's about 50 appointments. Both parents and kids would be burned out when the REAL treatment is started. No thanks. None of my four children had Phase I. ...  [Read full blog post]


Invisalign for Adults

November 15th, 2018
When adults think of “orthodontics,” they think of teenagers, hard metal braces in their mouth and an inconvenience in their lives. This could be further from the truth. New technology and experienced orthodontic care have revolutionized the way people can receive orthodontic treatment and achieve a beautiful smile. Age is not a factor in considering orthodontic treatment for adults. Any adult in good general health with healthy gums and good bone support for the teeth is a good candidate...  [Read full blog post]


Halloween Fun: Health Tips and Alternatives

October 4th, 2018
October is here and that means fall, pumpkins, Halloween, costumes and endless amount of free sugar given out. As Halloween approaches, it is important to remember the affects of candy on your teeth and those who recently received orthodontic treatment, such as braces, invisalign and other treatment. Halloween seems like it can be a dreaded time for orthodontist, but in reality it is a perfect time to teach anyone how to prevent cavities, make healthy choices and be responsible for keeping...  [Read full blog post]


What to do if Your Braces Wire comes off and Other Issues

September 24th, 2018
At Hook Orthodontics, we believe in running a practice, not a business. We will provide all the information and recommendations necessary to parents, for making the best decisions they feel is best for their child or themselves.So you just received braces, woohoo, congrats! But a wire just became loose or is poking out? What do you do? First, let’s not panic, If it is an orthodontic emergency, definitely give us a call to set up an appointment as soon as possible. We will accommodate you and...  [Read full blog post]


How to Put Wax on Your Braces?

September 20th, 2018
At Hook Orthodontics, we believe in running a practice, not a business. We will provide all the information and recommendations necessary to parents, for making the best decisions they feel is best for their child or themselves. Our staff and Dr. Hook, are always available to answer questions and help you understand every aspect of your orthodontic treatment. If you are unsure about anything, let us know at your next appointment or give us a call with a question, one of our staff members will...  [Read full blog post]


Orthodontist in Kailua, Hawaii

September 6th, 2018
Welcome to Hook Orthodontics in Kailua, Hawaii! At Hook Orthodontics, we run a practice, not a business. This means that we treat every patient with respect and believe in giving them the best option. We believe in giving quality orthodontic care that meets every patients individual needs. Unlike most Orthodontic practices in the state that encourages unnecessary orthodontic treatment, we take every patient and asses them individually.Not every patient is a “one-size-fits-all” situation....  [Read full blog post]


Questions? We Have Answers

September 1st, 2018
Choosing to get orthodontic care is a big decision for anyone. It means your ready for a lifetime change that will affect your smile in a positive way. At Hook Orthodontics, we understand and respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is an amazing experience. Our office utilizes the latest technology while offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the...  [Read full blog post]


Common Questions Answered by Hook Orthodontics

August 2nd, 2018
How do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment? It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is a good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our complimentary initial exam is comprehensive and informative and...  [Read full blog post]


Summer Tips for a Summer Smile

June 28th, 2018
Summer is officially here! Summers mean BBQ’s, spending time with friends and family, family vacations and tons of fun for everyone. With all the adventurous excitement of summer, it might be easy to forget a few of our regular simple tips that keep your smile healthy.1. Stay on Routine: Summer screams vacation and fun times for children. It is also the time where it is easy for routines to slip and forget. Don’t forget the nightly and morning routines from simply brushing your...  [Read full blog post]


Can I Prevent Enamel Damage? - Hook Orthodontics

May 16th, 2018
Can I Prevent Enamel Damage?Are you concerned about damage to your tooth enamel? Well put your worries aside because there are several things you can do to prevent enamel damage such as decaying or discoloring.Preventing enamel decay can be as easy as cutting out or limiting high-acidic foods from your regular diet. High-acidic foods include items such as blueberries, sugar, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, cranberries, and more.  Another thing you can do is remove high...  [Read full blog post]