Are you looking for Orthodontic Braces in Miami Gardens?
Dr. Crespi at Lakes Orthodontics is a board certified orthodontist serving Miami Gardens. We specialize in many different types of orthodontic appliances including braces and Invisalign teen among others.
At Lakes-Ortho.com we know that when it comes to finding an orthodontist in Miami Gardens there are many alternative, however, if you compare apples to apples you will realize that Lakes-Ortho.com is your best choice! Stop by today.
Lakes-Ortho.com is centrally located at 8024 NW 154th Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33016, just minutes from Miami Gardens. We suggest you call in advance at (305) 820-6800, so that we can dedicated all of our attention to you
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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!
Is your Kid’s smile causing them to get bullied?
No parent ever wants his or her child to experience bullying. Unfortunately, bullying is a reality for the majority of children in America as 60% of children report seeing or experiencing bullying on a daily basis! In fact, Dosomething.org reports that over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying in the United States each year.
What do bullies look for in their victims?
Did you know that when bullies choose someone to bully they have three main physical characteristics that they look for to choose their victim:
- Strength (physical strength and appearance)
Teeth are the #1 targeted physical feature that will increase a child’s chance to get bullied. Parents should be proactive in helping to ensure that their kid’s teeth are healthy by teaching them the importance of good oral hygiene and taking their children to see a dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Five tips for parents that are concerned with bullying:
- Educate your children on the changes that are taking place with their teeth during childhood. Many kids lose their baby teeth and feel that they look weird or different. Have your dentist or orthodontist explain the process of the changes in their teeth to your children if you do not feel confident in your explanation.
- Show your kids your pictures or other family members when you lost your teeth or had braces. You are your kid’s hero and if they see that you went through the same issues that they are going through then this should make them feel better about themselves. If not, then Google search photos of some of their favorite actors or musicians and see if you can find some before and after photos of their teeth and show them that even famous people had to go through the same changes as them.
- Take your child to see an orthodontist by the age of 7. The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) has determined that the age of 7 is the perfect age to take your child for their first visit to see an orthodontist. This will help you and your child to listen to the opinion of a specialist and determine if your child’s teeth and jaw are developing correctly. Most children will not need treatment at the age of 7 but it will create peace of mind for both you and your child. Also, if your child does need early interceptive treatment this can often help them to correct issues that would have been much worse in the future. Not only can this potentially help with bullying but in many cases this can also save the discomfort and expense of future surgeries or much worse long-term effects.
- Ask your orthodontist to show your child before and after photos of other kids that had similar issues. This will reassure your child that they are not alone and that plenty of other kids went through the same thing that they are going through which is reassuring and should boost confidence.
- If you suspect that your child’s confidence and self-esteem are being affected by their smile/teeth then try to speak to the orthodontist in private prior to your first visit with your child. Often times an orthodontist can help to uncover issues that you did not even know were affecting your kid. Some of the major issues that should be warning signs that your child may be the victim of being bullied or teased are over jetting of flaring teeth (bucked teeth), speech difficulties or a lisp, severe under bite or overbite, asymmetrical growth of the jaw (jaw is not growing in-line with the center of the face), as well as several other issues that can and should be diagnosed by an orthodontist. In order to make sure that you choose the best orthodontist for your child make sure that you visit the ABO website and look up the closest board certified orthodontist in your area.