K.D.C group

Representative

Noriaki Kamiya

noriaki kamiya
The mouth is the entrance for life and the exit for the heart

The K.D.C group includes Kamiya Dental Clinical Ikebukuro and Kamiarai Dental Clinic, and believes the mouth is the entrance for life and the exit for the heart. Kamiya Dental Clinical Ikebukuro focuses on orthodontics (Invisalign, a treatment with braces) that realizes oral health and beauty. Kamiarai Dental Clinic offers a wide range of dental treatments, from general treatment of decayed teeth and periodontal disease to orthodontics in Saitama. The group concentrates on orthodontics: we are trying to increase the awareness and use of Invisalign, having been an early adopter. In August 2018, we founded KCONNECT Co., Ltd. to conduct business operations specializing in the introduction of Invisalign and to support collaboration.

Year of Birth
1981
Birthplace
Tokyo
Name
K.D.C group
Headquarters
Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Founded
2015
Type of business
Dental clinic group
url
https://www.matsu-shin.com/
wanted to learn how to brush teeth properly because I was rather hesitant to start teeth-straightening for my bad teeth alignment. The dentist ended up telling me that it was impossible to clean my teeth perfectly by brushing, and my teeth alignment should be straightened by orthodontics to facilitate tooth-brushing. At first, I was disappointed because I had visited the dentist many times and tried hard. However, I found out orthodontics might be the optimal preventative measure for periodontal disease and decayed teeth as well as treating the appearance and occlusion of teeth. In particular, the dental surgery world regards periodontal disease as a serious problem because the disease affects the health of the whole body. At that time, I was also introduced to the phrase, “the mouth is the entrance for life and the exit for the heart.” The mouth is the entrance for life, because it is used for food consumption and respiration. At the same time, the mouth is the exit for the heart because it discharges your thoughts. That phrase made me prouder of becoming a dentist, responsible for the health of the mouth. At the same time, I developed a sense of mission, thinking that dentists greatly contribute to society by preventing periodontal disease and dental cavities by orthodontics to prevent systemic diseases. Then, I started to receive orthodontics as a patient. The profoundness of orthodontics inspired me very much. The experience made me realize it was necessary for me to learn orthodontic skills as a dentist. I studied orthodontics while working as a dentist because my father had to retire early because of illness, and I lost the financial support to go to a graduate school for orthodontics. After finishing my dental internship at a place where my senior at university was working, I started to collect information to introduce orthodontic treatment. I had used the wires for my orthodontics treatment in 2009. The wires made it difficult to brush my teeth, so I looked for a better way. Then, I found Invisalign, new dental braces developed in the U.S.A. Surprisingly, I found out during my research that a clinic near the one where I worked at that time offered Invisalign in Japan. I ended up using the early version of Invisalign as a result of a large number of chance events. There were many obvious problems with the early system: the language used for the system was only English, the material of the braces was greatly inferior to the current material, and the treatment was more time-consuming than wires because the system lacked flexibility. I frequently discussed these improvements for upgrading the system and its effectiveness with the representative from the Japanese branch of Align Technology, which distributes Invisalign. Now, almost all of those improvements have been made, and the result is an excellent orthodontics system. Despite its excellence, the system can affect patients adversely if it is not used properly, for example, a prolonged treatment period and gingival recession caused by exposed bone stemming from the excessive transfer of teeth and/or lack of knowledge of important points of treatment. I felt strongly that it is essential to properly and effectively use Invisalign so that the dentists introducing this excellent system and their patients can be happy. My strong belief led to i connect, the support that K CONNECT Co., Ltd. provides for the introduction of and collaboration for Invisalign.
I don’t mean to imply that the wires that are widely used in Japan are inferior to Invisalign and other similar braces. Both therapies have advantages and disadvantages. Dentists should provide patients with the services in which they are specialized, and this will consequently bring about the best results. I don’t think all dentists should master every method of treatment. Nevertheless, dentists need to proactively seek out and obtain information and knowledge of treatment methods so that they can provide more options for their patients. I personally experienced both wires and Invisalign, allowing me to understand characteristics of the two therapies from both the point of view of the patient, and the dentist.

Patients are more aware of Invisalign, getting information on the Internet. However, they have no idea how to and where to receive treatment. In many cases, dentists cannot recommend treatment appropriately due to their own lack of knowledge, even if patients ask them about the option of Invisalign. More dentists are coming to me for consultation because they are concerned about the relationship of trust with their patients. It is expected that more patients will want to try Invisalign as the interest in the treatment is growing. I set up K CONNECT Co., Ltd. to build a support system and increase the number of the dentists who can offer the treatment properly.

I established K CONNECT Co., Ltd. to allow dentists to properly use the knowledge and latest information about Invisalign and spread the use more widely.
The biggest difference between Invisalign and wires is the saving of delicate manual work. Invisalign requires dentists to make a diagnosis before the preparation of braces and prepare an appropriate simulation video (treatment regimen). If a dentist makes an erroneous judgment in the preparation phase, it can result in malpractice, and in the worst case, the protrusion of teeth.

Having been introduced from America, Invisalign may cause accidents if it is used without sufficient preparation in Asian patients whose skeletal frame and bone thickness are different from westerners. The system needs fine tuning according to the skeletal frame of Japanese patients. It requires judgment based on experience and a history of treatment. I’m disseminating information on the proper way of treating patients with Invisalign based on data from the cases that I have treated. I’m planning to spread the support service in other Asian countries.

Japan is behind other countries in terms of orthodontics: the international community thinks Japanese people generally have bad teeth alignment. In America, people receive orthodontic treatment at least twice throughout their life, starting it during childhood. Recently, some Japanese patients have come to our clinic for orthodontics because they want to correct a bad teeth alignment before they start work abroad. Japanese people have gradually been more aware of teeth alignment due to interaction with people in other countries. I would like to continue to contribute to creation of an environment where there are enough dentists who are fully ready to offer reliable services without malpractice, even as more patients want to receive orthodontics.
noriaki kamiya
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*Information accurate as of time of publication.

K.D.C group

Representative
Noriaki Kamiya