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Dr. Briceño Crespi at Lakes-Ortho.com is a board certified orthodontist serving Miami Gardens. We specialize in all types of orthodontic appliances including Invisalign and soft tissue lasers among others.

At Lakes Orthodontics we are aware that when it comes to finding an orthodontist in Miami Gardens you have several options, however, if you take our experience, pedigree, and rating you should acknowledge that Lakes Orthodontics is the right choice! Come visit us today.

Lakes-Ortho.com is centrally located at 8024 NW 154th Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33016, just minutes from Miami Gardens. We recommend you call in advance at (305) 820-6800, so that we can dedicated all of our attention to you

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Orthodontist in Miami Gardens, Fl.

Pros and Cons with Invisalign

Miami Invisalign Orthodontist Dr. Carmen Crespi, explains the pros and cons of Invisalign? If you follow us, you have probably heard us discuss or possibly even blog about Invisalign treatment being overused or used for the wrong reasons.  The problem is that Invisalign has become so popular that many unqualified dental professionals are simply telling patients that they are candidates for Invisalign, which is simply not the case.  A huge number of patients are being misdiagnosed and prescribed Invisalign treatment when they are not truly candidates in the first place.  You have to remember that Invisalign is not a one size fits all treatment, which is a very common misconception by the general public. Invisalign is a treatment option that dental professionals can prescribe to their patients to help solve orthodontic issues such as misaligned teeth or some jaw or joint disorders but is not a cure-all for everyone.

The most important consideration for a patient seeking orthodontic treatment/Invisalign treatment should be: Is the dental professional who is giving me a consultation qualified to diagnose my treatment and give me the proper prescription and treatment plan?

Invisalign is a treatment option that requires proper diagnoses and treatment planning in order to achieve successful results. Do not misconstrue this as a criticism on Invisalign as a treatment option as we have achieved wonderful results for our patients that are true candidates for the Invisalign product line and under the diagnoses and care of an orthodontic professional.

The fact remains that in many people’s mind when you talk about orthodontic services and/or braces, in general, the first thing that pops into their head is Invisalign. This is because Invisalign is a true pioneer in the orthodontic industry with their patented clear braces solution.

At our Miami Lakes office, we prescribe quite a bit of Invisalign’s products, and that is why we have been awarded as an Invisalign Preferred Provider. Unlike many other practices, Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi is a board certified Miami Orthodontics specialist, which makes her the most educated and qualified doctor to diagnose, plan and treat your Invisalign case.  We proudly offer the complete Invisalign product line from Invisalign complete to Invisalign Teen and even Invisalign Express; a short term expedited clear braces solution.

As mentioned earlier, Invisalign is often a fantastic solution for many of our patients. However, there are many instances where Invisalign is not the right solution for your orthodontic needs.  Some of the most common issues that generally should not be treated with Invisalign are severe crowding, skeletal discrepancies, impacted teeth, and/or bite issues.

  • Severe crowding: a significant lack of space which may require extractions.
  • Skeletal Discrepancies: significant growth or lack of growth of one or both jaws.
  • Impacted teeth: teeth that are embedded in bone which is not able to naturally erupt.
  • Bite issues: underbites, overbites, and open bites are often very difficult to treat with a removable aligner.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment and/or Invisalign treatment, please contact Lakes Orthodontics today for your complimentary consultation with an award-winning orthodontic specialist: Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi.  Remember, although Invisalign is a wonderful treatment option, the most important part of your treatment is to have an orthodontic specialist properly diagnose, plan, and treat your orthodontic needs.  Don’t hesitate, call Lakes Orthodontics today!


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How do I know if I should choose braces or Invisalign to fix my teeth?

My name is Alex Crespi and I am the proud co-founder of Lakes Orthodontics.  I have the privilege of working with my beautiful wife who just so happens to be an award winning orthodontic specialist, Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi. Together we have helped over 11,000 people to raise their self-esteem and achieve a beautiful smile through our orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign. One of the most exciting parts of my career is to be able to sit down with patients and listen to their story and help them to find a solution to fix their smile.

One of the most frequent questions that I get from our adult patients has to do with helping them to decide on which type of treatment they should choose. I often hear, “OK Alex, I know that I want to fix my teeth but how do I know if I should choose braces or Invisalign?” This isn’t always a simple choice as there are several things to consider when choosing your treatment type.

How to choose between braces or Invisalign?

First of all, are you a candidate for Invisalign? Many times patients will come into our office and want to have Invisalign treatment to fix their teeth.  However, before we prescribe Invisalign, we always have to make sure that the patient would be best treated with Invisalign.  We have to make sure that we can accomplish our treatment goals with Invisalign prior to offering the treatment.  In order to make sure that Invisalign treatment is possible we take a quick exam and X-ray in the office.  This allows us to be 100% certain that we are offering you the best solution to fix your smile and accomplish your goals.

If you are in fact a candidate for Invisalign, the next question should be do prefer to use braces or Invisalign. The reason to choose one treatment over the other should be based on what you feel will work best for your lifestyle and budget as well as the level of involvement/responsibility that you want to take on with your treatment.  I have listed some of the pros and cons to both braces and Invisalign to help you make your decision.

Why choose Invisalign over braces:

  • Appearance – Invisalign is clear and virtually unnoticeable to other people. Your appearance will stay almost identical, as you will not have braces on your teeth.
  • Eating – You will eat exactly the same way that you do not with Invisalign as you simply take off the aligners to eat your food. Braces can make eating a bit more tedious.
  • Hygiene – Cleaning your teeth with Invisalign is exactly the same as cleaning your teeth right now. You simply take off the aligners to brush , floss and rinse your teeth.
  • Comfort – No wires or braces in your mouth makes Invisalign more comfortable as nothing is rubbing against your lips or cheeks.
  • No risk of injury playing sports – Invisalign is definitely safer for athletes as there is no risk of having metal braces that can potentially cut the lips or cheeks if there is an impact.
  • No emergency appointments for broken braces – Many patients and parents like that Invisalign does not have emergency appointments for broken braces or appliances.

Why choose braces over Invisalign:

  • Less daily responsibility – Patients wearing braces do not have to worry about taking them off and putting them back on as they have to do with Invisalign. Once the braces are put on the teeth they are doing their job and moving your teeth towards the final position.  Invisalign only works when it is on your teeth and not wearing them for enough time (22 hours per day) can delay treatment results.
  • No opportunity for losing aligners and delaying results – Losing or misplacing your Invisalign aligners can slow down your treatment results and cause delays in your overall treatment time.
  • Not having to take Invisalign on and off frequently for eating and drinking – Many patients say that although they have to be a bit more cautious when eating and drinking with braces they still prefer braces over Invisalign because they can eat and drink most things without having to take off their braces. With Invisalign, you have to take off the aligners when eating or drinking (except water) which can become frustrating.
  • Parents like to have control over their kids treatment – Many parents prefer braces over Invisalign as it takes away the opportunity for their kids to be non-compliant. “How will I know if my son or daughter is actually wearing the aligners?”
  • Braces are more effective for complex issues – Although Invisalign has made great advancements in tooth movement technology, braces can accomplish more complex movements than Invisalign.

I hope that this information was helpful in clearing up some of the differences in both braces and Invisalign.  It is important to remember that regardless of which type of treatment you prefer you should always start your process by getting the opinion of an orthodontic specialist.  A board certified orthodontist has years of specialized training and experience and can help you to understand your options and get a proper diagnoses.  To find a board certified orthodontist near you simply use the orthodontic locator tool found on the ABO website.

If you are in or near Miami Florida then simply visit us, (address here) or call 305-820-6800 and schedule your free initial exam and X-ray today.  Contact Lakes Orthodontics and always remember to smile with confidence!


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Braces for Teens Many parents and their teenagers get very anxious when they start thinking of adding braces into the emotional and physical roller coaster of adolescence. Don't worry! Orthodontic treatment is far less scary than you may think. We always begin with a complimentary evaluation with a , Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi, and our fantastic staff. Once we identify a need for treatment, we explain in detail all of the options available to get [...]

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About us

Specialist Orthodontist Miami, Fl Looking for an award winning, board certified, orthodontist specialists is in Miami? Look no further than Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi and Lakes Orthodontics. Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi was born in Venezuela and moved to Miami Lakes during her teenage years. She graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School in 1996. She obtained her Bachelor's in Science degree from the University of Miami, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then attended the University of Florida where she graduated [...]

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