We believe everyone deserves a great smile – whether you’re 6 years old or 116 years old. That’s why our Miami orthodontic practice specializes in both Phase I, Phase II, and adult orthodontics. In addition to being specialists in these treatment areas, we also offer multiple treatment options like Invisalign, metal braces, gold braces, ceramic braces and orthognathic surgery, too.
A great smile can give you a boost in self-confidence as well as the courage to go out there and live life to the fullest. At Garcia Orthodontics, we work with all of our adult patients to create a custom treatment plan that works. We also look at the health of your teeth, your gums, and your jaw to ensure we select a treatment plan that will give you the results you want.
Phase II treatment typically takes place between the ages of 11 and 15. During this time, your child’s jaws are still growing and most of their adult teeth have finally come in. This makes it the perfect time for orthodontics. Another added benefit of doing orthodontic treatment while your child is in their teen years is that their peers are going through the same thing, making it a little cooler when it comes to needing braces. In addition, because their jaws are still growing, treatment times take a shorter amount of time than if your child waited to get braces or Invisalign until they were in their 20’s or 30’s.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children see an orthodontic specialist by the time they are seven years old. This is because during this time a child’s adult teeth are erupting and an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Garcia, can detect problems before they become major issues. This type of early treatment allows our orthodontists an opportunity to help shape the jaw as it is growing and as their adult teeth are emerging. By seeing an orthodontist early, most children greatly reduce the amount of time they’ll need to be in braces or appliances later.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than metal braces. For these reasons, we tend to only place ceramic braces on a patient’s upper front teeth versus their lower teeth.
Clear aligners use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. The aligners are invisible and removable, which means you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle with aligners.
Let your smile glow with our gold braces! Gold Braces are a great way to show off your personality and are just as strong as metal braces.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gently guide your teeth into their optimal position. And because the aligners are removable you can eat what you want.
Invisalign clear aligners have some serious health benefits besides invisibility, too. For example, keeping your gum tissue healthy because you’ll be brushing and flossing like you normally do. The three biggest things to remember are: 1) wear your aligners for the recommended time every day, 2) make sure you put your aligners back in after you eat, and 3) never wrap your aligners in a napkin because you run the risk of potentially throwing them away.
Lastly, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone. Dr. Garcia will talk with you about your smile goals and will let you know if Invisalign treatment is right for you or your child.
We don’t recommend surgery for every patient, but there are some orthodontic problems that require surgery in order to get your jaw and your teeth to align properly. Typically patients that require surgery are our older patients – those whose jaws are fully developed and no longer growing. A typical orthognathic surgery takes about two hours per jaw and can have lifelong benefits that go far beyond aesthetics.
Before the iTero 3D Impressionless Scanner, orthodontists had to use an ooey-gooey substance to get impressions of patients’ teeth. At Garcia Orthodontics in Miami, we’re thrilled to offer our patients the iTero Element Impressionless Scanner. It’s more detailed and takes ⅓ of the time to do. So, how does it work? It uses confocal imaging to digitally capture the shape of a patient’s teeth and gums, providing a multitude without the use of traditional impressions. We use this technology to take oral impressions for braces, Invisalign®, appliances, and retainers.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Dr. Garcia will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.