Armed with the latest technology, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, Dr. Marlon C. Parato delves into the nooks and crannies of teeth and gums. His practice follows the philosophy "we inform before we perform," the same motto adopted by government spies disguised as lounge singers. Whether applying porcelain veneers or whitening teeth with Zoom! treatments, Dr. Parato and his staff make sure to arm their patients to the teeth with information about the procedure. In addition to tackling the plaque that plagues his regular patients’ teeth, Dr. Parato volunteers at the Aloha Medical Mission clinic, a pastime that echoes his earlier work at nonprofit health centers.
At Windward Smiles, Dr. Russell P. Kim helms a friendly, professional staff dedicated to ensuring handsome smiles and long-term dental health with Invisalign treatments. During the treatment, which lasts 6–18 months on average, a series of form-fitted, clear plastic trays gently herds mouth bones into proper order for 22 hours each day, without unsightly and uncomfortable wires, brackets, or suspension bridges. Every two weeks, a new set of removable trays realigns enamel ridges until teeth are fully balanced and evenly adjusted. In addition to promoting beautiful smiles and unsullied grins, having a well-trained set of perfectly arranged teeth ensures the long-term health of the oral cavity, making it easier to remove plaque and spitballs hurled by unruly taste buds.
Dr. Bryant B. LaPorte has practiced a full range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry for more than a quarter of a century. For him, evaluations are key to helping patients make informed decisions. He has kept his office current with evaluation technology, such as intraoral cameras, which allow him to see teeth as though he were actually standing inside your mouth—which is impossible, no matter how hard he tries. Additionally, ultraviolet light illuminates soft tissue during oral-cancer screenings, revealing tumors invisible to the naked eye, and digital x-rays expose the mouth’s inner workings without exposing patients to the high levels of radiation that emit from traditional x-rays.
As the sole board-certified implantologist in Hawaii, Dr. Michael Nishime attracts a steady procession of patients seeking to have their flawed grins rebuilt. But that isn’t the only thing he does at The Center for Implant and Esthetic Dentistry. He also tends to smiles with other surgical procedures, including bone grafting, apicoectomy, and wisdom-teeth extraction, as well as general dentistry, Invisalign, and teeth whitening. No matter what treatment patients get, Dr. Nishime believes they should be comfortable, and so he offers nitrous oxide, pill sedation, and recordings of pan-flute music to quell anxiety.
Dr. Leialoha Leung’s team of dental deputies transforms drab mouths into gleaming smilescapes with a potent blend of light, heat, pressure, and peroxide. Teeth can sink comfortably into custom-tailored SpaWhite trays loaded with pH-balanced foam, then bask languidly as blue Daylight beams activate the elixir. Each 30-minute session eradicates wine, coffee, and tobacco stains without home-whitening formulas’ burning pangs or powdered donuts’ ephemeral results. Once SpaWhite has worked its magic, Dr. Leialoha graciously examines every inch of newly incandescent tusks to ensure their integrity. On their way out, freshly illuminated faces can pause in front of the clinic’s panoramic windows to catch peeps of Diamond Head and Kahala before palming personal whitening pens for touchups and writing grocery lists on a spouse's teeth.
Only a short hairbrush toss from Aiea Bay, Beautiful Soul pampers the senses with a menu of indulgent spa services. Owner Leina Keomalu can rehab mugs with an exfoliating facial, or draw on her lash certification to outfit eyelids with elegant Novalash or faux mink extensions. Clients can also solicit the spa’s waxing services to nix unwanted hair from eyebrows, upper lips, or cherished pet rocks.
Though they’re versed in tackling dental emergencies, the doctors and staff members at Aloha Dental Center bring the same sure-handed skills to less-urgent mouth mending, including preventive cleanings and teeth-whitening treatments. The team straightens crooked grins with personalized orthodontics, or restores dilapidated smiles with porcelain veneers. In addition to expert services, team members also practice their bedside manners with kid-friendly pediatric dentistry and Spanish-speaking employees ready to bridge language gaps. Dental dilemmas clear up during convenient weekend and evening appointments, which accommodate busy schedules and romantic teeth-whitening dates.