Pearl City Office

98-1268 Kaahumanu St., Suite #105
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Hawaii Kai Office - In The Tooth Doctor

377 Keahole St., Suite #211A
Honolulu, HI 96825

It is normal to have lots of questions when you visit the orthodontist for treatment. Dr. Erik TinHan and our team are happy to answer many of the most common questions below:

Can I still play sports if I have braces?

Yes, but we strongly advise that you wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your braces and your smile.

Will braces stop me from playing a musical instrument?

It may take some adjusting and practice, but you can still play your instrument while wearing braces.

Can I afford orthodontic treatment?

We offer a variety of financial options, and we will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget. We suggest you also review your insurance plan for orthodontic benefits.

I am pregnant. Can I still begin orthodontic treatment?

Consult with your primary physician before you begin orthodontic treatment, as pregnancy can cause changes in the body that affect your mouth. For example, the soft tissues in your mouth have a higher risk of infection during pregnancy.

Will my teeth need special care while I have braces?

It is very important that you continue to care for your teeth, as healthy teeth move more quickly. Your smile will take longer to clean, but proper care will keep your teeth healthy during and after treatment. Avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky foods, and do not chew on hard objects such as ice, pencils, or fingernails.

Can I get straighter teeth in just 1-2 visits to the dentist?

Certain cosmetic procedures, such as dental veneers, can cover mildly crooked teeth, but only an orthodontist can help you achieve a straight smile for a lifetime.

Are there options for discreet braces?

TinHan Orthodontics offers ceramic braces and Invisalign® for patients who do not want braces that show. Ceramic or clear appliances will blend with your smile to make your orthodontic treatment virtually invisible.

Will my tongue stud interfere with my orthodontic treatment?

Be careful when wearing jewelry in your smile, as it can contribute to tooth and gum damage, as well as broken orthodontic appliances.

How is an orthodontist different from a general dentist?

Orthodontists undergo an additional 2-3 years of education that focuses on proper tooth straightening and alignment. You can find an orthodontist near you through the American Association of or orthodontists.

We hope you have found this information helpful. Please feel free to contact TinHan Orthodontics if you have further questions about orthodontics in Pearl City and Hawaii Kai, Hawaii.