Miami Lakes Orthodontics & Invisalign Specialist

Looking for an award-winning, board-certified, orthodontist specialists is in Miami Lakes? 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 top of her dental class and obtained her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry degree. She went on to complete her orthodontic specialty training at TAMHSC – Baylor College of Dentistry, earning a Master’s degree in Oral Biology and a certificate in Orthodontics. Her thesis on Miniscrew Implants, won the Milo Hellman Award, a prestigious research award from the AAO, which recognizes the most meritorious research paper submitted by a resident in a graduate orthodontics program in the U.S. and Canada

Since 2007, Dr. Briceño Crespi has been practicing orthodontics in South Miami alongside her mentor at Mariani Orthodontics. She is experienced in the latest technologies, such as Self-Ligating brackets, temporary anchorage devices, Invisalign®, Invisalign® Teen, as well as soft tissue lasers.

She is Board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Florida Dental Association. Dr. Briceño Crespi is also an attending faculty member at Miami Children’s heading the orthodontic curriculum for the pediatric dental residents.

Away from the office, Dr. Briceño Crespi enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time with her family and friends. She is married and loves her baby daughter and her American Bulldog.

Do you have a question? Please call us at (305) 820-6800 or use the form at the top of the page to request a FREE, no obligation consultation. We would like to make sure you know everything there is to know about Dr. Briceño Crespi at Miami Lakes Orthodontics before you settle on which practice you are going to chose for you and or your children. We know all about the crazy claims and huge Invisalign discounts circulating in the only the Sunday papers but just about every magazine, flyer and piece of mail you receive. Give us the opportunity to show you why more than 12,000 families have chosen to do business with Miami Lakes Orthodontics over all of those other cheap braces offers. Furthermore, if would like additional information about braces, clear aligners, or Invisalign, please take a look at our blog.

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How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Before embarking on any orthodontic journey, you will most likely be itching to know when the journey will be over. Whether it be braces or Invisalign, you will want to know how long you will have to wear the devices.

There are many benefits to Invisalign over traditional braces. For starters, Invisalign is an almost invisible alternative to traditional braces. It may seem superficial, but when you wear braces people could notice the braces before any other feature and, thus, know you mainly by the wires on your mouth. With Invisalign, your dental care will remain between you and your orthodontist. People will only be able to notice the Invisalign aligners if they examine your mouth closely.

On top of its superior appearance, Invisalign also is more comfortable and less painful than traditional braces. You are able to remove your aligners while eating, which makes the process a lot easier. Possibly the best benefit to Invisalign is that it can actually take less time than traditional braces. Braces generally take at least 2 years, while Invisalign can have your teeth looking perfect in 12 to 18 months.

Keep in mind that this is an average number. Some traditional braces are kept on for up to 4 years or even longer, and some are only kept on for 1 year. Invisalign varies as well, depending on the amount of movement your teeth have to make. You are required to keep your aligners at all times, unless you are eating or brushing your teeth. You should keep your eating periods within 2 to 4 hours per day so that you will be wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. If you wear your Invisalign aligners for less time than this, they will not be as effective. This will hinder their effectiveness, causing your teeth to move at a slower rate. When worn properly, Invisalign can work twice as fast as traditional braces do in fixing your teeth.

When wearing Invisalign, the aligners must be changed every 2 weeks or faster in many cases which means that you are constantly improving your teeth at a very rapid rate.  In addition, the Invisalign aligners can move teeth in different directions simultaneously as the plastic aligners make 360-degree contact with each individual tooth.  This is not possible with braces as the movement of the teeth is guided by a wire that cannot move each tooth in a separate direction.  The benefit to Invisalign adjustments is that they do not require a visit. All you have to do is swap out your aligners. Check-ups are still recommended every 6 weeks. Invisalign aligners do not impose any food restrictions as long as you are eating within 2 to 4 hours. This means you are free to enjoy popcorn, taffy, and all of the other foods that are banned from those who wear traditional braces. Coffee and soda will stain your aligners, so you should be very diligent in brushing your teeth after drinking these or eating anything similar that could stain your aligners.

Invisalign is more comfortable overall, as the metal brackets and wires are not poking and scraping the inside of your mouth at all times. With the smooth plastic of Invisalign, there is no need to fool with wax and other frustrating solutions.

If you are interested in Invisalign, please contact us for more information.