Top-Rated Orthodontist in Medley, Fl.

You probably got here because you are seeking the services of a qualified orthodontist in Medley, Fl. Well, there are a few orthodontists in the area of Medley but for some reason, more and more families are taking the short trip north to Miami Lakes to visit Lakes Orthodontics. We are an award winning orthodontic practice specializing in metal braces, clear braces and Invisalign for children, teens, and adults. There are many reasons for choosing to visit Lakes Orthodontics which include the following facts:

  1. Carmen Briceño Crespi is an award winning orthodontic specialist and the only board certified orthodontist in North Miami-Dade. She is also a faculty board member at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she runs the orthodontic curriculum for the pediatric dental residents.
  2. Lakes Orthodontics is an orthodontic specialist practice NOT a general or cosmetic dental practice. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty so anyone with an entry-level dental degree can call himself or herself a “Cosmetic Dentist”. Only Lakes Orthodontics can say that they are board certified orthodontic specialist which is exactly what you need if you are looking for orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign.
  3. We employ nothing but the latest technology. Lakes Orthodontics is the only orthodontic practice in North Dade using the iTero Intraoral Scanner. This super high accuracy 3D scanner is capable of reducing the Invisalign ClinCheck (modeling procedure) by up to 50%; with 3D scanning, there are 10X fewer rejections, 7X fewer fit issues and more importantly to us, a better patient experience. This equals faster treatment times and more comfortable fitting Invisalign aligners for our patients.

These are just a few of the factors which families throughout Doral, Medley, Hialeah and Hialeah Gardens are taking into consideration when choosing the best orthodontic service they can afford. After all, it is human nature to seek the best and we are glad to offer you the very best, most high tech and fastest orthodontic services in South Florida. For more information or to schedule a free consultation where we can demonstrative how your teeth will look after the treatment, call (305) 820-6800.

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How do braces get placed on my teeth?

Lingual Braces at Lakes Ortho in Miami

Do braces hurt to put on my teeth?

This topic may seem a bit elementary to many at first glance, but I get these questions all the time at my orthodontic practice.  Over the years we have performed over 10,000 orthodontic treatments and although everyone’s case is unique we get a lot of very similar fears, concerns and questions.   Most people have seen braces on someone they know before they come to our office, but they really don’t understand how they work or how they get on the teeth to begin with.  Patients will look at the model teeth with braces on them on top of the consultation table and ask me, “How is it that braces actually work?  How do they get on my teeth?  Do you screw them on?”

How do braces work?  

Braces have come a very long way since they were invented in 1728There have been several advancements in orthodontics that have made braces smaller, less noticeable, more comfortable and now they even come in a variety of materials and colors.  The way most modern braces work today is that an orthodontic specialist (a dental specialist who is an expert in moving teeth and correcting bites) takes measurements and X-rays to determine the exact need of the patient and develops a treatment plan for the patient.  Based on this plan the orthodontist then prepares the surface of the teeth (basically cleans the teeth with a highspeed toothbrush) and then places the brackets (braces) on the teeth by cementing (dental adhesive) them on the teeth and then curing them with a special light in order to bond them together.  There is no screwing and most of the time there are no metal rings that have to be fit around the teeth unless there are special appliances that need to be anchored to the teeth.  An archwire (typically a metal wire) is then tied to the braces to connect them together and begin the process of applying pressure to the teeth in order to get them to move in the intended direction.  After the braces are put on teeth in the initial appointment then the braces and wires will be monitored and adjusted by the orthodontist periodically (typically every 4-6 weeks) until the teeth and bite are correct.  The entire process typically ranges from 12-24 months, but this can change based on the needs of the patient and the difficulty of the case.  After braces, the patients’ teeth and the bite should be in their ideal location and retainers will be made to fit the final position of the teeth.

Do braces hurt to put on my teeth?

Putting braces on your teeth does not hurt.  As mentioned above the braces are not screwed onto the teeth as they are glued/cemented to the teeth which requires very little pressure and is typically not painful.  The pain or soreness that some patients feel does not occur during the process of putting on the braces.  The discomfort that some patients describe is caused by the movement of the teeth that occurs after the braces are placed on the teeth.  The pain is typically felt for a few days and then the patient becomes accustomed to the braces.  There are plenty of tricks that patients can use to minimize the pain felt on the initial 2-3 day period of soreness such as a braces friendly diet, taking an aspirin and/or using plenty of orthodontic wax on the braces.  Braces take a little getting used to but the benefit of having a beautiful smile for a lifetime far outweighs the initial discomfort.