Orthodontist Miami Gardens, Fl.
Looking for orthodontic braces and or Invisalign in Miami Gardens? Please allow us to introduce ourselves, we are Lakes Orthodontics, an orthodontic braces and Invisalign specialist located at 8024 NW 154th Street Miami Lakes, Fl. 33016. Before you say well that is too far let us show you why so many patients from Aventura, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, and Doral choose Lakes Orthodontics and how we have become the #1 orthodontist in North Miami.
If you don’t believe us, then please check out our reviews. The fact is we are just 5-10 minutes away from North Miami, and even the Golden Gates intersection. Not only are we one of the top rated orthodontic practices in the area but Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi is the only board certified orthodontist in North Miami!
At Lakes Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic services that include traditional metal braces as well as Invisalign to kids, teens, and adults throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County. We are proud to be the practice of choice for patients as from Fort Lauderdale all the way to the Florida Keys. At Lakes Orthodontics, we accept a grand majority of dental insurance and have flexible payment options as well. Not getting the very best orthodontic treatment for you, your kids or your entire family no longer exists. Give us a call at (305) 820-6800 and one of our friendly team members will set you up with a no obligation, free consultation.
At Lakes Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic services that include traditional metal braces as well as Invisalign to kids, teens, and adults throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe County and accept a grand majority of dental insurance along with flexible payment options. Not getting the very best orthodontic treatment for you, your kids or your entire family no longer out of reach. Give us a call at (305) 820-6800 and one of our friendly team members will set you up with a no obligation, free consultation.
At Lakes Orthodontics, we employ the latest in technology. This means that not only will your braces and Invisalign treatment take less time but you can be sure that it will be done right the first time. Dr. Briceño Crespi is not only a board certified orthodontist member of the American Board of Orthodontics but also an award-winning member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Florida Dental Association. She is the recipient of the prestigious Milo Hellman Award, a research award from the American Association of Orthodontists, which recognizes the most meritorious research paper submitted by a resident in a graduate orthodontics program in the U.S. and Canada.
The importance of your smile in today’s over-communicated world.
Let’s face it; the way you look is more important today than it has ever been. This is due to the increased exposure that our appearance has to everyone around us because of social media and other forms of e-communication (not to mention selfies!!!). We are constantly seeing each other’s faces on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. This puts a lot of pressure on us to look good and feel confident about our appearance.
Most people tend to think about their bodies when they think of improving their looks and building confidence. Workouts and diets are usually on everyone’s mind (especially early in the year; New Year, New Me!). This makes a lot of sense living down here in my hometown of Miami Florida where we have year round “beach weather”, wear fewer clothes than most other places, and have a population of beautiful people from around the world.
However, as much as I agree that taking care of the body with diet and exercise helps us all to look and feel good, I think that we should all take a realistic look at ourselves and determine if we are happy with our smile. Yes, that’s right, your smile can also make you look and feel good and doesn’t require you joining a new gym or giving up carbs!
A Smile is a positive expression!
You have to understand that your smile is your most basic but also most powerful form of positive expression. Our smile is linked to the same nerve centers of the brain as feelings of joy and happiness. When we are happy, we smile. When we look at the people we love, we smile. Your smile makes you feel better on the inside and looks better on the outside. In fact, studies have found that when you smile you actually decrease the levels of stress enhancing hormones and increase positive mood enhancing hormones (endorphins). It even lowers your blood pressure!
Smiling is a natural reaction to joy and happiness and this is very influential. Numerous scientific studies have established that a sincere smile is considered as attractive to others. Other studies have found that there is a solid connection between enjoying good health, longevity and smiling. Essentially, the act of smiling, genuine or false, can have immediate and long-lasting benefits on the health and welfare of a person.
How does your smile make you look more attractive to other people?
Your smile is most often one of the two things that someone else notices when he or she first looks at you. Whether you like it or not, if your smile is not up to par then you are sending out negative signals to someone who is looking at you. This has to do with the way our brain works. We are constantly scanning the world that we look at for imperfections and searching for symmetry. The human body should be perfectly symmetrical (try to remember high school biology and bilateral symmetry). If you draw a straight line vertically down the human body you should have equally spaced body parts on both sides (eyes, ears, arms, legs, etc.). Your smile works the same way. You should be able to draw a line down the middle of your face and it should intersect the middle of your central teeth (top and bottom). If it does not, then you have a misalignment of your teeth, which could be for several reasons including missing teeth, misaligned or crooked teeth, or possibly a misalignment of your bite or jaw. A misalignment of your teeth makes your appearance asymmetrical which is unpleasing to the eye. This type of misalignment can not only cause other people to look at you differently but they can also cause you to have functional issues with your teeth and not be able to clean them properly which can create much larger health issues (not to mention bad breath, plaque build-up, and other problems).
How can your smile make you feel more attractive?
The power of the smile is not just limited to looking more attractive to other people but also transfers to feeling attractive from within you. When we smile we feel better because we release endorphins but we also get a boost of confidence when we know that our smile looks great. Your smile is with you in every situation that you are in every day for the rest of your life: school, graduation, college, work, dates, job interviews, meeting new people, weddings, etc. Shouldn’t you feel 100% confident that when the situation that you are in makes you smile that you will be putting the best version of yourself forward? If you do not feel confident in your smile then you should get an evaluation from an orthodontist and have them give you an assessment and explain your options to get your smile looking and feeling great. Or, you can live the rest of your life making excuses for not liking your smile and not live to your full potential. You decide.
The top 3 things that make you look attractive or unattractive when it comes to your smile
Are you having a hard time with your appearance? Are you looking in the mirror and not liking what you see? Do you think you are not attractive enough? Are you questioning what you can change about yourself? Are you questioning what you can do or change so that people will find you attractive? Some people immediately think about losing weight. There is no need to transform your entire body. Why not just focus on your smile. A beautiful smile can make you feel attractive and therefore boost your confidence. Think of these three points below.
- Healthy teeth (bad oral hygiene, plaque, discolored or missing teeth).
Good oral hygiene is a basic necessity for your teeth to be attractive. If you are missing teeth, have discolored or plaque covered teeth then are obvious that people who look at you will be put off by your appearance and find you unattractive. A study called ‘POWER OF THE SMILE’ showed that people with an unattractive smile were perceived to be less trustworthy and less intelligent than people with a healthy attractive smile.
- Crooked teeth (misalignment of teeth)
Not having the proper alignment of your teeth is detrimental not only to your look (symmetry of your smile) but also to your ability to properly clean and take care of your teeth. If your teeth are crooked it means that you do not have proper spacing in between teeth and this can cause some of your tooth surface to be unreachable by your toothbrush. This can then lead to tooth disease and problems such as bad breath, plaque buildup, cavities, bone loss, gum disease, and even tooth loss!
- Facial imbalance (teeth not landing properly or midline being off-centered).
The face and body are created with bilateral symmetry. This means that if you were to draw a straight line down the middle of the body from the head, you would have two equal sides. Each side would have one ear, eye, eyebrow, arm, leg, etc. This symmetry is one of the things that our subconscious mind looks for when looking at other people, and determining if they are attractive. The face also has its own symmetry, which is divided, in the middle of your face by your nose. Your teeth are also subject to the same symmetrical eye test. The mouth is supposed to have 28 permanent teeth (not including wisdom teeth). Your central or “front teeth” are supposed to be in a central position among your teeth and your face. Again, the whole bilateral symmetry concept comes into play with your teeth. Simply put, the middle of your smile should be in alignment with the center of your face. If not, you will appear asymmetrical or “odd” to the person looking at you.
As found in the ‘POWER OF THE SMILE’ study, “bad teeth” makes one seem untrustworthy or unintelligent or even unattractive. No one wants to be seen as or thought of as unattractive, unintelligent or even untrustworthy. If you have any of these problems, such as missing, crooked or discolored teeth, bad breath, etc., you will want to take care of them as soon as possible. It will put you on the right track to feeling better about yourself and you will have a beautiful smile that will boost your confidence.