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Braces for Teens in Miami, Fl

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 board-certified orthodontic specialist, 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 you to your ideal smile. We then make a custom treatment plan and let you decide what style and type of treatment you want to choose.

At Lakes Orthodontics, we offer you the latest and “coolest” ways to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Braces today are much smaller and less noticeable than in the past, and they come in a variety of materials, styles, and colors.

Choose your style of braces:

Our practice offers a variety of orthodontic treatment options for our patients to choose from. Some common options include:

  • Ceramic (clear) braces
  • Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and Invisalign Express.
  • Traditional metal braces with or without colors (colors can be changed at each appointment).

Another common question is: “How long will I have to wear braces?”
At Lakes Orthodontics, we treat every patient based on their specific needs and preferences, and then we custom design a treatment plan to help them achieve their ideal smile!

The length of treatment time is dependent on three main factors:

What are the patient’s needs?
The amount of time that it will take to correct a problem will determine the length of the overall treatment. Besides, each patient reacts to his or her treatment differently. After all, we are humans, not robots! Treatment times can vary based on how rapidly your body responds and how much work is necessary to give you the beautiful smile you deserve. An estimated treatment time is always given to each patient after Dr. Briceño Crespi studies and designs each patient’s specific treatment.

The Patient! The Teen!
Your willingness to follow Dr. Crespi’s instructions and use the appliances we give you makes a huge impact on the length of time it takes to complete treatment and result in your beautiful smile. It is always important to remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this will help make your treatment time faster and end with optimal results!

Make it to your appointments!
Teens are very busy and always have a lot going on in their lives between school, sports, social events, etc. Canceling their adjustment appointments for other activities will delay the length of treatment. Remember, Dr. Briceño Crespi plans out a custom designed treatment plan for each patient that includes scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor, adjust, and advance her patient’s treatment. The average time between appointments is six weeks apart, and adjustments tend to take a half hour or less.

For a Free consultation, please call us at 305.820.6800. When it comes to braces for teens, Lakes Orthodontics has the options and skill set to please not only you but your teen as well!

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How Does Invisalign Work?

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If you are interested in how Invisalign aligners work, you are probably the most curious about how long they will take to straighten your teeth. Your dentist will give you a set of aligners that are fitted specifically to your teeth. They will then alter that set a bit to create a series of increasingly straight aligners. You will swap out sets once every two weeks, in most cases. The number of sets aligner sets you will have will depend on the amount of movement that is needed to fix your teeth.

Braces work by pulling. A combination of wires, brackets, and rubber brands helps to pull teeth into place. Invisalign, on the other hand, works through push. Each aligner will push your teeth in the desired direction a little at a time. Once the process is over, the aligners will have pushed your teeth into place.

Whether braces or Invisalign will be more effective in straightening teeth depends on these forces. The pull force exerted by traditional braces is effective at erupting an impacted tooth, but there are also many instances wherein Invisalign is the obvious choice for reasons that have nothing to do with appearance. Invisalign’s technique is also unique in that it allows direct 360-degree contact with every single tooth in your mouth.

Traditional braces utilize the flex of a distorted wire. As the wire returns to its natural position, force is applied and the teeth move. Invisalign uses force that comes from the flex of resilient plastic. Just like wires are constantly being changed and tightened, aligner trays will have to be changed quite often. This is because the teeth are only able to move a certain amount at a certain speed. This speed and distance are decided based on the physiologic bone remodeling needed and also the nerve and blood vessel migration. This basically means that the farther your teeth have to travel, the more aligners you will have.

As long as the tray fits on your teeth, it is working. If the tray is not able to move your teeth, it will not fit in your mouth. You must not hurry the process. Your teeth can only move at a certain speed. The best thing you can do to quicken the process is to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours out of each day. Bite correction falls under the same rules for Invisalign as it does for traditional braces. The wires and brackets of braces straighten teeth just as the Invisalign aligners do, but neither of these alone is enough to correct your bite. In order to correct your bite, you will most likely need the assistance of rubber bands, expanders, or other devices. These can be used with Invisalign just as they are with traditional braces.

If you are thinking about the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces, we recommend that you contact us for more information on how Invisalign can help you have the smile you’ve always wanted without the pain and shame often caused by traditional braces.