Pembroke Pines Orthodontist

Orthodontic TreatmentPembroke Pines, FL

While regular dental care is essential, orthodontic treatment is equally as crucial for one’s oral health. No matter how much brushing and flossing a patient does, they cannot change the alignment of their teeth. In many cases, crooked teeth will create areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss. Orthodontic treatment is a form of dental care that focuses on correcting the alignment of teeth to prevent infection, overcrowding and bite issues.

Orthodontic treatment is offered at Ortho Smiles in Pembroke Pines and the surrounding area. We can help patients receive the professional treatment they need for healthy and aligned teeth. Dr. Gina Cozzarelli can help patients enhance the alignment, appearance and position of their teeth with various orthodontic services.

If you are interested in learning more about our orthodontic services or want to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (954) 271-8073.

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Benefits of orthodontic treatment

When people think of orthodontic treatment, they tend to think of only needing braces as a child. While children and teens are more likely to need this treatment, adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as well. Since each patient is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all orthodontic treatment method.

Benefits of our orthodontic treatment include:

  • Customized treatment to match the size and shape of a patient’s teeth
  • Professional guidance and support throughout the treatment process
  • Straighter teeth that are easier to clean
  • Ability to identify any alignment issues early on to prevent them from getting worse
  • Helping younger patients grow up with healthy teeth in the proper position
  • Our orthodontic treatment services

    As an orthodontist, we strive to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for the patient to relax during an appointment. While we will schedule checkup appointments during the treatment process, patients need to follow the treatment plan and any at-home instructions we provide. With children, the parent/guardian will need to oversee the child keeps up regular hygiene at home.

    In many cases, patients will begin orthodontic treatment as a child and continue it into their teen years. Adult patients may continue to wear a retainer to prevent their teeth from shifting back out of alignment. Since people only get one set of permanent adult teeth, it is important to take care of them.

    A few of our orthodontic treatment services include:

  • Braces
  • Adult braces
  • Invisalign®
  • Athletic mouthguards
  • Orthodontic retainers
  • Braces

    Traditional braces involve attaching metal brackets to the surface enamel of teeth with dental cement and stringing a thin metal wire through them. This wire gradually shifts the teeth into the proper position for a straight smile. While past versions used to be large and bulky, current technology has allowed braces to be much smaller and more discreet.

    Since braces are not removable, they are the ideal treatment for children and younger patients. In general, patients will wear braces for around 18 months. The length of treatment can vary per patient.

    Adult braces

    Adults can need braces just as much as children do. When it comes to straightening teeth, adult braces are a sturdy and durable option. This orthodontic treatment is the same as traditional braces but can be clear to blend in with the teeth for a more discreet appearance. Clear braces will require the adult to be more diligent in cleaning the teeth since food that gets stuck in the brackets will be more noticeable.

    The length of time a patient needs to wear adult braces will vary on the patient’s overall condition and how well they stick to the treatment plan.


    Invisalign is a series of removable clear aligners that provide a discreet appearance while straightening the teeth. Instead of having brackets that are attached to the teeth, the patient will wear one set of aligner trays for two weeks or so, before moving to the next set in the series. The patient can remove the aligner trays when cleaning their teeth, eating, playing sports, taking pictures giving presentations and more.

    The patient will only need to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day. The more patients remove the aligners and leave them out, the longer the treatment will take.

    Athletic mouthguards

    Patients who finish a teeth-straightening treatment or participate in any sport will want to protect their teeth. Since people do not re-grow permanent adult teeth, protecting them during any form of contact sports is a beneficial precaution. We can take a mold of the teeth to develop a custom mouthguard that fits the patient’s mouth.

    Orthodontic retainers

    Orthodontic retainers help to hold the teeth in the proper position and keep them from shifting out of alignment. Following teeth straightening treatment, there is a chance of the teeth beginning to shift out of alignment. A retainer will be customized to each patient’s mouth and prevent them from shifting. The patient may wear the retainer during the day or only when asleep.

    Dr. Cozzarelli is a Member of AAO, ADA, and FDA:

    Member of American Association of Orthodontists Member of American Dental Association Member of Florida Dental Association