Kailua-Kona Dentist

Six Month Smile

Six Month Smile

The patients of Carter S. Yokoyama DDS in Kailua-Kona know that he is a renowned general and cosmetic dentist. An award winner for his advanced care, he is thoroughly committed to remaining on the cutting edge of his field. He gets ongoing training and remains actively engaged in exploring the most recent discoveries that he can then share with his many patients. This is one of the reasons he is glad to offer patients “Six Month Smiles”.

What Are Six Month Smiles?

Unlike other orthodontic or cosmetic remedies for crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth, this remedy takes only six months to achieve what methods like braces and retainers can take years to achieve. It uses nearly invisible (clear and tooth colored) components to do its work, and most patients say that very few people notice they even have the appliances on their teeth. Within as little as six months, a patient can see all of their issues corrected by these custom-made appliances.

Naturally, it requires a skilled dentist like Dr. Yokoyama to determine if a patient is a good candidate for such progressive treatment, but if they are, they receive the full benefits of the dentist’s excellent training. Before any dentist can provide this treatment, they have to complete a special certification process, and only then can they begin performing assessments and performing a treatment. Dr. Yokoyama has this certification and offers consultations to those who are eager to discover if this is the right solution for their needs.

How Is It Done?

When you are assessed and found a suitable candidate for Six Month Smiles treatment, you will have molds made of your teeth and bite pattern. These are then sent to a specialized lab where your braces are custom made to address the current conditions in your smile. The specially made braces and wires are then placed on your teeth by Dr. Yokoyama in his dental office, and over the course of the next six months, you will work with him to ensure that your teeth are moving into the positions anticipated by the makers of the Six Month Smiles braces.

As indicated, not everyone is a candidate for such rapid corrective dentistry. Those with seriously misaligned bites or extremely wide gaps between their teeth may not be able to use this method. However, in his Kailua-Kona dentist office, Dr. Yokoyama offers other options for addressing orthodontic issues. From dental makeovers to porcelain veneers and so much more, he is one of the most advanced cosmetic, restorative and general dentists on the island.

The First Step

If you are eager to discover if the Six Month Smiles solution is the ideal answer for you, get in touch with our office to schedule a consultation.  As a highly skilled and well informed dental practitioner, Dr. Carter Yokoyama DDS is happy to discuss any of your dental concerns and help you discover the ideal solutions to any of your needs. Give the office a call at (808) 322-0101 or use our convenient online contact form and we will get in touch shortly. 

To learn more, read our blog: Six Month Smiles Overview.


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Beautiful office, helpful and friendly staff, caring and knowledgeable doctor and hygienist, utmost care to keep everything clean and sanitary, current on research, new studies and technology within dentistry. Highly recommended Dr. Yokoyama’s office!
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The staff in this office are a blessing to the community. I've been visiting the office for more than five years now. I always leave my appointments confident that I had excellent quality, personalized care from professionals with high standards. On top of that, they leave you feeling like family and I come away better educated about the latest research and how to improve my oral/dental health
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I've always been warmly greeted by Michelle upon entering the very clean and professional office. She's been a great help in properly managing my dental benefits. All the staff has a great mix of professionalism and warm, personal care. Dr Yokoyama takes time to explain what is going on with your dental care and possesses great skill in his profession.
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Dr. Carter Yokoyama is the best dentist I've ever experienced and I've been on Earth a long while. The office/dental staff is exemplary, none better!

Meet Your Dentist, Dr. Carter Yokoyama

Dr. Carter S. Yokoyama grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii where he graduated from Punahou School in 1984. He completed both his undergraduate studies and dental school at the University of Washington, in Seattle. He graduated from the UW School of Dentistry in 1992 and is licensed to practice in both Hawaii and Washington. Dr. Yokoyama is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and American Dental Association