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From Miami to Pembroke Pines, more often than not when people think of braces they now also think of Invisalign. Invisalign is a manufacturer of clear orthodontic aligners that offer an alternative to conventional braces. Treatment consists of a series of clear aligners often referred to as trays, which progressively force teeth to move into the correct position over time. Although Invisalign is an alternative solution to braces, it is not for everyone as many dentists may have you believe.

When it comes to Invisalign, braces, or any other orthodontic procedure your average family dentist typically lacks the proper training to correctly diagnose, plan and treat your orthodontic issues. Your family dentist serves a similar purpose to your family doctor. They are there to help you with your general needs such as check-ups, cleanings, etc., but they should refer you to a specialist if you need a dental procedure that is outside of their training, such as oral surgery or orthodontics. This is very similar to going to your family doctor for a checkup and being diagnosed with a heart issue. Family doctors wouldn’t perform your heart surgery himself! They would refer you to a heart specialist (cardiologist) who would then give you the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

While both orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health they do this in different ways. A dentist is a professional who studies the medical specialty dealing with the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. On the other hand, an orthodontist is a dentist with specialized training who focuses on the alignment of teeth, correcting bites, and occlusion. While all orthodontists are dentists, not all dentists are orthodontists!

At Lakes Orthodontics we are an orthodontic specialist dealing exclusively with correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. Dr. Carmen Briceño Crespi is also the only board-certified orthodontist specialist (https://www.americanboardortho.com) between Doral and Pembroke Pines. As a Miami board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Briceño Crespi has taken hundreds of additional hours of education, which makes her the most qualified specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide you with the highest level of patient care.

We are also Invisalign Preferred Providers, which means that we have achieved a significant level of experience in treating patients with Invisalign treatment options. The Invisalign system now offers three types of treatment plans which can be tailored to your specific needs:

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Invisalign

Also known as Invisalign complete, is the most popular prescription for individuals who have never had orthodontic treatment. This is available for initial submission, mid-course correction, and refinement. On average this type of case takes about 12 months for adults. However, the actual length of treatment can only be determined by an orthodontic specialist.

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Invisalign Teen

Many teenagers that are in need of Invisalign treatment are very self-conscious about their appearance. Invisalign Teen is a treatment option that offers an almost invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions and less than appealing look that come with metal braces.

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Invisalign Express

Not everyone has huge gaps, underbite and or other severe case and for this type of patient, Invisalign has developed Invisalign Express. Invisalign Express treats simple cases in 4-6 months with as little as 5 to 10 aligners. Invisalign Express can also be used as a phase II treatment after conventional braces I order to assure your teeth will not migrate back to their old positions.

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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!