Orthodontics near Coral Gables, FL

Orthodontics used to consist of large metal bands that were placed around each tooth in order to move the teeth. The latest materials are far less noticeable and our innovative dental technology enables us to move teeth faster. Orthodontic appliances today are made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable appliances or they may be brackets bonded directly to the teeth. The appliance will place a constant, yet gentle force on the teeth, which moves them into the proper position.

Metal Brackets

Metal brackets are small brackets that are bonded directly to each tooth and attached with a wire. These metal brackets and wires are far less noticeable than they used to be! Children and adults of all ages are choosing metal brackets for their orthodontic needs.

Clear or Ceramic Braces

Clear braces are similar to metal braces but are made of white material and are virtually undetectable! They bond to the front of the tooth and are connected by a wire. These braces are used mostly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. They do require a little more attention, which is why your dentist in Coral Gables, FL will let you know if they are the right options for you!

Other appliances are used in combination or in conjunction with braces and must be used as directed by Dr. Velazquez. Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment, so make sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct position if you consistently wear your prescribed rubber bands, headgear, retainers or another appliance.

Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dentofacial Orthopedics is the process of normalizing the growth of a patient's bone structure and repairing any imbalances of the face and jaws.

Accelerated Braces

Traditional braces are a great way to have a beautiful smile, but the amount of time it takes can be disheartening. Luckily, there is the option of accelerated orthodontics. At AVM Dentistry, accelerated orthodontics is available for anyone that doesn't want to wait 2-4 years to have straight teeth. The majority of patients have straight teeth within 3-5 months, though it can take up to eight months for severe cases.