Our Mission:  The Platinum Rule

Ala Moana Dentistry
Keiko Watanabe, DDS, PhD
1440 Kapiolani Boulevard,
Ste. 1239
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-955-1440

Most people know the "Golden Rule", which states, "Treat others as you would like to be treated." This is typically a great philosophy however, other people frequently have different needs, desires, expectations and hopes than our own.  The "Platinum Rule" states, "treat others the way they want to be treated".  Although this is more challenging, it proves to be a more rewarding  philosophy for us and our patients.  Ala Moana Dentistry`s mission is to provide the Honolulu community and surrounding areas with the highest quality dental care at a reasonable price. We are a conservative dental practice devoted to comprehensive care that focuses on proper function and then addresses cosmetic issues. We pride ourselves on long lasting results backed with a guarantee and long lasting relationship with our patients.  We strive to apply the Platinum Rule when you come to office in the hopes that we address your individual   concerns and offer solutions that meet your needs.  

Our Promise & Guarantee

We promise all patients will be greeted politely or the cost of your treatment will be free.

We stand behind our work! If you are not completely satisfied with your results we will work to make you happy.  That means our relationship does not end when treatment is finished.   You can call, or come in, if you have any questions or difficulty with the dental worked performed in our office.  We can offer this guarantee because we are this confident in the quality of our dentistry. Ala Moana Dentistry cares that you are satisfied. 

High Standards

  Ala Moana Dentistry does not cut corners! We hold ourselves to the highest standards which enables us to provide quality dental care to our patients. Using the finest materials, equipment and labs.  We offer comprehensive treatment planning, which often allows patients several different options.  For example, a patient with a missing tooth may be offered a denture, bridge or an implant.  There are pros and cons to each choice but, once educated, we encourage our patients to draw their own conclusions as to the best treatment.  Without compromising care, we try to maximize the use of our patients insurance.  Thus, if treatment can be completed in segments, we may be able to stretch it out over a longer period of time and utilize more of your insurance benefit.  Should a dental emergency occur, we usually can see a patient the same day.


Education & Prevention

With all our patients, we take the time to answer your questions.  One-of-our main goals is to have educated patients.  When patients are educated they become empowered and have sense of control over their treatment.  In order to demonstrate our commitment to education, we invested in this web site. Please use this web site as a method for investigating dental procedures, see videos of procedures, learn about our monthly/seasonal specials and linking to other quality resources on the internet. 

Ben Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".  This is very true in dentistry.  With routine exams, radiographs (x-rays) and prophys (cleanings) our office can detect problems before they fully develop.  Our exam reviews your medical history where we can also detect a host of other medical problems i.e., cancer.  As with many situations in life, the longer a patient waits the worse the problem will become.  It will also become more expensive and time consuming.  We are true believers that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health.  In many cases, there is no cosmetic dentistry that is better than keeping your natural teeth.


Uncompromising Safety

We follow HIPPA guidelines which help to insure the safety and privacy of patient data. Our office is also equipped with a private check out area, private conference room and locking file cabinets. Infection control in our office is also very important to us.  To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Every operatory is cleaned after each patient and modern sterilization are used for our instruments.


Training & Expertise

We are proud to tell you that our doctor and staff are highly trained.  Our doctor is licensed in the state of Hawaii, has more than 12 years of experience and has graduated Valedictorian from an ADA approved dental school, University of the Pacific in San Francisco.  Where some schools focus on research, University of the Pacific is renowned for exemplifying the highest ethical standards in dental education and produces highest quality dental clinicians.  All staff are licensed and/or certificated which can be presented upon request.  To provide you the best possible service our office regularly participates in continual education seminars.  We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care.  Also, being members of the ADA, HDA, and HDS helps us to stay abreast of the changes in our profession.

A Positive Experience

In our office you will be treated like family!  In most cases we know our patients by their first name.  Our office takes the time to answer all your questions, work with your insurance company, and recommend an appropriate treatment.  The longer you are a patient-the better we can get to know you-the better we can assist you.  While all dentist graduate from dental schools, not all dentists have top-notch skill or deliver personalized, sensitive and gentle care.  At Ala Moana Dentistry, we provide both: exceptional skill and gentle care.  Our goal is to earn your trust, not by our words but, through our actions.