Orthodontic Treatments in North Miami Beach, FL

A Straighter Smile With Braces

The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.

What Are Braces?

With all of the recent advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier. State-of-the-art appliances and treatments are now available, from traditional metal braces, to clear and tooth colored brackets, to NASA type wires that are heat activated and require fewer adjustments! Some patients may even be candidates for treatment with Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires!

If treatment is necessary, we will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you!

Invisalign Therapy

In our North Miami Beach dental office we offer the treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign the invisible retainers are an esthetic and very good solution for patient that do not want to have any metal wires, our dental office serves the areas of Aventura, North Miami Beach, Bal Harbor, Sunny Isles, and many others.

Reasons for Orthodontic Treatments

  • Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
  • Crowding – Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
  • Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
  • Disfiguring of the face & mouth – Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
  • Jaw & jaw joint pain
  • Missing or extra teeth – Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
  • Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
  • Self-image – An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
  • Spacing between teeth – Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
    Speech, chewing or biting problems
  • Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Specific to children:

  • Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
  • Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:

Planning Phase

Your first couple of visits may include the following:

  • A medical and dental history evaluation.
  • Castings or “molds” of your teeth.
  • Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning.
  • Photographs of your face and mouth.
  • X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

After careful planning, your orthodontist will design and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

Active Phase

Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.

Retention Phase

When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.

Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.

Orthodontics can not only help straighten your teeth, giving you an appealing smile, but can greatly contribute to the health of your jaw, teeth and sometimes your overall health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting braces won’t hurt your teeth since our team of dentists are experts when it comes to conducting orthodontic treatments. While you may feel some form of discomfort a few days after your procedure, this will go away on its own as your teeth and gums adjust to your braces. Our team will work with you throughout your treatment to ensure you feel comfortable.
The length of time you’ll have to wear braces depends on your unique dental case as well as factors including how crooked your teeth are, the extent of your bite misalignment, and how long your teeth have been misaligned. Typically, treatment times can take anywhere from six to 30 months depending on how well your smile responds to braces. Most patients wear their braces for 18 months on average.
It’s important to care for your teeth while wearing braces, as it can lead to further dental complications if not properly cleaned. During your consultation, Dr. Abbo will provide you or your child with instructions such as:

  • Brushing after every meal and flossing once a day
  • Using toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride
  • Avoiding foods with a lot of sugar to prevent bacteria
  • Staying away from sticky and chewy foods

Be sure to also schedule regular biannual checkups with your dentist at our North Miami Beach office to ensure that there aren’t any complications.

The cost of your braces depends on a variety of factors such as the type and the extent of your orthodontic issues. During your initial consultation at our North Miami Beach office, Dr. Abbo will evaluate your teeth and talk with you about your smile goals to come up with a personalized treatment plan and cost. At Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry, we offer a variety of financing options to make your treatment more accessible and affordable.
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