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Dr. Yazji Provides Answers in West Miami for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAT)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAT) for West Miami – Your spouse has been complaining for years about your snoring.  You awake numerous times during the night and never really feel restful. Why? Well, it first helps to understand what exactly might be at play…Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea, is a condition caused by the complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway. This occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. As a result, it causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. Primarily considered to be a “man’s disease,” it poses serious and even life-threatening health risks for men as well as women. The list of health implications of OSA range from high blood pressure, obesity, weight gain, and, unfortunately, even early death. In order to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, you may need to take a sleep assessment test either at home or in a sleep clinic. Sleep assessments determine your quality of sleep and the number of times you wake during the night.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAT) for West Miami – If you’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics in West Miami can provide you with viable treatment options.  Depending on the severity of a patient’s OSA, the first line of treatment is either the use of an oral appliance or a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. The CPAP works by opening your airway using forced air. The CPAP treatment can be uncomfortable due to the bulky mask.  The problem though is that if you don’t use it, you’re not going to get the care you need.  As a result, patients have been exploring an alternative treatment – available at West Miami’s OSA specialist, Dr. Maria Yazji.

West Miami’s Sleep Apnea Specialist, Dr. Yazji offers a sustainable alternative – using oral appliance therapy! The individually customized oral appliance is a highly effective tool in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  This treatment has continued to increase in popularity as awareness grows amongst the public that oral appliances are an effective first-line treatment for many sleep apnea sufferers. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics customizes oral appliances that hold the lower jaw forward just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and muscles in the upper airway from collapsing and blocking the airway. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved oral appliance therapy (OAT) as a first-line treatment for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA – available at West Miami’s foremost orthodontist, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. The AASM also recommends oral appliances for patients with severe OSA, who are unable to tolerate or cannot wear CPAP devices.

Learn more about how Dr. Yazji and her highly trained team can help you achieve better sleep and better health with the aid of oral appliance therapy.  Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation at 954.217.3737 or visit our website.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign Expertise in West Broward

Invisalign Expertise in West Broward – The technological advances for consumers in the 21st century includes orthodontics and oral health.  The days of “metal only” braces are a thing of the past.  Today’s orthodontic treatment plans utilize state-of-the-art 3-D computer imaging technology. The innovations in orthodontics allows Sunrise’s leading orthodontist, Dr. Marie Yazji Orthodontics, to make customized braces which is at the core of the highly successful Invisalign Hidden Braces.  What is Invisalign?  Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable dental aligners ensuring accuracy as well as comfort. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics utilizes computer imaging to prepare a patient’s customized individual aligners.  Adults of all ages, including professionals, executives, and even teens, are thrilled with the ease in correcting their misaligned teeth.

The advantages and benefits of the Invisalign braces provided by Sunrise’s Preeminent Orthodontist include complete customization of braces that are undetectable and removable. Not only are the aligners imperceptible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. The challenges of oral hygiene with traditional braces, brushing and flossing, are erased with Invisalign. Sunrise’s #1 Invisalign Provider, Dr. Maria Yazji, is excited to bring this new technology and beautiful smiles to her Sunrise and Weston patients and she is delighted to guide you through the process.  You wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Little by little, week by week, your teeth will move as you replace each aligner with the next in the series until they have straightened into their final positions.  No metal or wires will need adjusting nor cause mouth abrasions!

Invisalign Expertise in West Broward

Invisalign Braces

As an Invisalign Super Elite Preferred Provider, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics’ Sunrise/Weston office is rated in the top 1% of Invisalign Providers in North America and brings 22 years of experience to her patients in designing beautiful, confident smiles! An initial complimentary orthodontic consultation will answer all your questions about this innovative and convenient orthodontic procedure. Dr. Yazji will provide the expertise you’re looking for regarding Invisalign clear aligners, a renewed smile, and fully aligned teeth.

If your smile deserves the ultimate self-confidence boost, our team will work with you. Dr. Maria Yazji and her dedicated staff will carefully outline your course of treatment as well as detail the finance options and insurance availability that will make your beautiful smile possible. Simply call the Best Invisalign Orthodontist in Sunrise and arrange a consultation with Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics at (954) 217-3737 or visit our website.


OAT Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Bruxism in North Lauderdale

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in North Lauderdale- If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism, it may not have been explained to you exactly what that is and what it does to your body.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by loose skin at the back of the throat obstructing the airway while you are sleeping and causing loud snoring and your breathing to stop temporarily. This may happen over and over each night, causing you not to get good rest and healthy sleep.

Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching and can cause great pain in your jaw. It is not related to talking or eating. Grinding your teeth can be caused by stress, but it most often occurs while you are sleeping, and can be caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by sleep apnea.

OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism or oral appliance therapy is a mouth appliance that fits comfortably and keeps the airway open, stopping sleep apnea and teeth grinding.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in North Lauderdale

Sleep Apnea

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and bruxism, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics will take impressions of your teeth and provide you with OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in North Lauderdale that is truly comfortable and helps solve the problems you might be having at night. Because it fits your mouth and doesn’t distort while you are wearing it the way that boil and wear over-the-counter oral appliances often do, this customized oral appliance therapy in North Lauderdale, Florida doesn’t cause mouth irritation and you are more likely to wear it at night. Treatments don’t work if you don’t use them, and the OAT treatment is so comfortable that most patients are happy to use it.

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are wonderful treatments for sleep apnea, but there is a high incidence of non-compliance with the treatment, and that is mainly because of the noise and because they are uncomfortable. You are hooked to a machine with a long hose, and many people unhook them while they are sleeping because they just do not sleep soundly with them. They also do not solve the problem of teeth grinding, and that is something that OAT treatment for sleep apnea in North Lauderdale can do.

If you think that you are ready to talk to someone about Oat treatment for sleep apnea in North Lauderdale to help with your bruxism or your obstructive sleep apnea, please contact the office of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to schedule an appointment at (954) 217-3737. Or if you prefer, visit their website for more information on the subject.

Insignia Advanced Smile Design

Best Braces for Adults in Weston, Florida

Best Braces for Adults in Weston – If you’ve reached a certain age and realized that you’ve been longing for a perfect smile since . . . forever; maybe now is the time to look into your options.

If you were imagining a mouth full of metal wires or awkward appliances, you may be surprised at the current offering of modern-day aligners available to you.

Braces for adults have come a long way since the days of unsightly and uncomfortable wires.  Insignia Advanced Smile Design is an exciting new treatment system offered at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics in Weston, Florida. These popular braces for adults are a top choice for busy grown folks on the go because they use innovative technology and 3-D scans to help achieve a beautiful smile in less time, with fewer office visits, and with a high level of customization not found with traditional braces treatment.

If you are looking for the quickest, easiest way to a fabulous smile, consider visiting  Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics where you will receive expert advice by certified Insignia specialist in Weston, Florida.

Best Braces for Adults in Weston

Insignia Advanced Smile Design

The process will begin with a 3-D orthodontic scan taken of your mouth to evaluate the positioning of your teeth and your facial structure. The scan will allow Dr. Yazji to determine the best and quickest way to realign your teeth. The best part is that you will be able to see a visual representation of how your smile will appear after treatment.  Once you see the before and after images of your smile, you will understand why so many Weston residents are flocking to Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics for Insignia Advanced Smile Design adult braces.

Stop waiting to look your best!  Call Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to get started on your own personal treatment plan that will create your most beautiful smile. You will truly be amazed at how quickly your desired results can be achieved.

Insignia Advanced Smile Design adult braces from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics will give you the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. If there is a school or family reunion in your future, what are you waiting for? The time is NOW to look and feel you’re very best!

If you are ready for your Insignia Advanced Smile Design, contact Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics in Weston, Florida to schedule an appointment at (954) 217-3737 or visit their website for more information. Insignia Advanced Smile Design is an advanced, interactive software system used to develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to your unique smile, and with the fastest treatment times. Call and get started today!

Sleep Apnea

OAT Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Bruxism in Parkland, Florida

OAT Treatment for Sleep Apnea – Obstructive sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder, and if you have been diagnosed with it, it is nothing to take lightly. Sleep apnea is caused by loose skin at the back of the throat that covers up your airway when you lie down and go to sleep. You stop breathing when this happens, and in some cases, it happens hundreds of times every night. You may also have been diagnosed with bruxism, or teeth grinding. This is a condition that goes hand in hand with sleep apnea, and it can be very painful.

Sleep apnea is a serious, life-threatening condition, and it causes your whole health to fail because your organs are not getting enough oxygen at night. You probably feel very tired all the time, which can also be dangerous, especially if you drive a car or even operate any kind of machinery at work or at home.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Miami – You may have been prescribed a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea; the machine uses air pressure to keep the throat open by pushing the air through a tube into a mask that fits over the nose or mouth. CPAP machines can save lives; unfortunately, many people with sleep apnea don’t use them at night. They’re uncomfortable and they’re loud. They can also restrict your movement.

Fortunately, there is OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Parkland, Florida. OAT stands for oral appliance therapy, and it is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This approved treatment is customized for you so that it fits in your mouth comfortably and fully. It stops the bruxism (teeth grinding) that you have also been diagnosed with and keeps your airway open comfortably. There is much more compliance with OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Parkland because the small appliance in your mouth is comfortable, and it makes no noise, unlike a CPAP machine.

OAT Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Jaw Pain

Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is an expert in OAT treatment in Parkland. She will take impressions of your teeth and provide you with a mouth appliance that is really comfortable and helps your sleep apnea . The customized oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea and bruxism she will provide you with won’t distort like over the counter boil and wear appliances. It also will fit your mouth well, and it doesn’t cause mouth irritation. This means you are much more likely to use it at night.

If you think that you are ready to talk to someone about Oat treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Parkland, please contact the office of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to schedule an appointment at (954) 217-3737. Or if you prefer, visit their website for more information on the subject.

Incognito Lingual Braces

No One Will Know That You Are Wearing Braces in Coconut Grove

With 3M™ Incognito™ Lingual Hidden Braces, no one will ever know you’re wearing braces – unless you tell them. In your search for the ideal orthodontic option of Incognito Customized Lingual Braces in Coconut Grove, look no further than Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics! Incognito Hidden Braces work behind the scenes – literally – so no one can see that you’re wearing braces. The braces are hidden behind your teeth and practically invisible when you smile. And they’re 100% customized for you, so you can be confident in the results.

If you can be treated with conventional braces, it is likely you can be treated with Incognito Hidden Braces. There are minimal discomfort and speech interference making the process an ideal choice!  The lingual braces are the only 100% customized invisible fixed orthodontic appliance system on the market today! You’ll smile with confidence during and after your treatment from Coconut Grove’s Favorite Incognito Provider!

What are Incognito Lingual braces?  The word lingual refers to the tooth surface next to your tongue, and that’s where Incognito Braces are placed – totally hidden! No metal brackets and wires like the traditional braces that you’re accustomed to teenagers wearing. Each Incognito bracket is custom manufactured for each individual patient!  Adult orthodontic patients are embracing this state-of-the-art orthodontic procedure, especially executives or those who wish a discreet path to a more perfect smile!

Lingual Hidden Braces

Incognito Lingual Braces

Patients that generally benefit from lingual braces have crowded teeth, underbites and overbites, crossbites, gaps between teeth or rotated teeth. In addition to the focus on your smile, correcting your bite is a critically important facet of orthodontic care and your overall oral health. Biting, chewing and speaking are improved when teeth and jaws are in full alignment. As Coconut Grove’s leading Incognito Provider, Dr. Maria Yazji uses state-of-the-art iTero digital impressions that create images of your teeth that are sent directly to our computer.  Each bracket is manufactured for each individual patient so your appliance is customized specifically for you and thus ensures accuracy as well as your comfort!

Coconut Grove’s premier orthodontist, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, offers lingual braces to patients ranging in age from teens to senior citizens.  Since adults are not keen on the “youthful” metal look, the 21st century choice of Incognito lingual braces available to adult patients today is innovative and almost imperceptible. Be one of those adult patients who finds a new self, full of confidence with a newly perfected smile!  Contact Coconut Grove’s Top Incognito Lingual Provider, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics today for your initial complimentary orthodontic consultation. Please give us a call at (786) 558-5688 or visit our website.


Coronavirus: Office Closure

Coronavirus – To All Our Orthodontic Patients,

Coronavirus – As we continue to navigate these challenging times due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to close our offices through March 30th to help prevent the spread of this virus.  We will reassess the situation again at that point and update you.

We feel this is the most responsible decision for you, our valued patients, our communities, our team members, and our own families, as well.

Patients who are experiencing an orthodontic emergency or those who have lost / broken retainers are asked to contact us to make special arrangements to be seen.

We believe that our joint social responsibility is what will make a difference during this extraordinary time. Stay safe, stay strong, stay home, and take care of yourselves. We are all in this together.


OAT Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Bruxism in Oakland Park, Florida

Sleep Apnea and Bruxism in Oakland Park – If you have been recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) in Oakland Park, Florida, you are probably worried. You might think that the CPAP machine that many doctors prescribe for the treatment is going to be a big adjustment for you, and you might be right.

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines stop obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the airway open with air forced through a tube and into a mask that you wear while you sleep. They can be bulky and uncomfortable, and many people have problems wearing them at night. They are lifesaving machines, as they stop sleep apnea and make sure that you do not stop breathing while you sleep, but they do nothing to fix the bruxism that you may be experiencing.

Sleep Apnea and Bruxism in Oakland Park


Fortunately, there is another treatment, and it is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. They have officially declared the use of this dental appliance is a suitable first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) based on comprehensive, long-term studies showing that it works.

It is called OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism, and that stands for Oral Appliance Therapy. It is an appliance that fits in your mouth, customized to you, so that it is very comfortable. It not only keeps your airway open so that you don’t stop breathing, it stops you from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw as well.

Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics are experts in OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Oakland Park, and to make your appliance, they would first take impressions of your teeth. Your appliance is personalized for your mouth, unlike boil and wear appliances you can buy over the counter. They don’t distort, and they are very comfortable to wear, making patient compliance with OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Oakland Park better than CPAP machines and their bulky masks and noisy oxygen.

If you think that you are ready to talk to someone about OAT treatment for sleep apnea in Oakland Park, Florida to help with your snoring or your obstructive sleep apnea, please contact the office of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to schedule an appointment at (954) 217-3737. Or if you prefer, visit their website for more information on the subject.

Orthodontics for Kids


Early Orthodontic Treatment in Cooper City – This is an article to bring attention to early orthodontic treatment, addressing problems with your child’s teeth.  By the age of seven, if you notice problems in your child’s mouth, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Maria Yazji and see what can be done to make the corrections necessary for a beautiful smile.

This first appointment will include x-rays, a complete orthodontic exam for alignment correction with braces for children and teens, a diagnosis for a treatment plan, and a price quote for the treatment.  The type of braces would be discussed with many options now available to resolve dental problems.

Focusing on children under 12 years of age, a FREE, customized mouth guard would be included with any plan.  Dr. Yazji believes that if the mouth guard fits properly, a child would be more inclined to wear it.  It is an important appliance to be used along with her treatment which may include braces.

The most convenient office to make your appointment would be to use Dr. Yazji’s Weston office located at 2751 Executive Park Drive #101, WestonFL 33331.  The best way to get there is on 818 West to 75 North.   If you are not familiar with the area, you may ask for directions when you call to set up your appointment.

There are many appliances that can be used at a young age to modify the growing jaw,  correct early orthodontic problems or improve facial aesthetics without needing surgery for corrections.  If addressed at a young age, when the bones are still flexible enough to work with, corrections to align the upper jaw with the lower jaw is much easier to do.

Early Orthodontic Treatment in Cooper City

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Parents, please take notice to how your child is chewing and alignment of their teeth.  If they should need early orthodontic treatment, please call Dr. Yazji as soon as you notice anything that may need attention.  If you are not sure, please call for an appointment and get a professional opinion with x-rays to show what you are dealing with by the time your child is seven years of age.

Thank you for allowing us to give you our advice regarding early orthodontic treatment. If you should have any questions about your family’s teeth and oral care, we have a happy and professional team ready to assist you.  Our staff at Maria Yazji Orthodontics has many years of training and practice in the dental field.

Cooper City is part of the Miami Metropolitan Area and was named for Morris Cooper, who founded the community in 1959.  In 2007, Cooper City was rated as one of the Best 10 Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine and they have two busy parks in Cooper City and they are Bill Lips and Cooper City Optimist. Cooper City Optimist is where most of everything takes place and BILL LIPS SPORTS COMPLEX is a neighborhood park with a recreational softball team.  The best orthodontist for Cooper City residents is at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics in Weston.

2751 Executive Park Drive #101

Weston, FL 33331


Hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm, and Fri 9am-5pm, Saturdays by appointment only.

We look forward to helping solve your Orthodontic needs for your Pre-Teen Dental Health, your Teen Orthodontic Treatment or any other Youth Oral Health.  Please call to set your appointment and make Beautiful Smiles!

Insignia Advanced Smile Design

Health Benefits of a Perfect Smile

Health Benefits of a Perfect Smile – If you have bite problems or your teeth are crooked, you have probably considered braces for cosmetic reasons. But did you know that there are many health reasons to straighten your teeth, too?

If your teeth are not aligned correctly, your bite can be off, as well. Having bite problems such as an overbite or underbite can cause mouth pain and jaw pain. You also may have problems chewing or speaking, because teeth that do not fit together properly do not work as well as teeth that are properly aligned.

The health of your teeth and gums may suffer, as well. When your teeth are crooked, crowded or misaligned, you may have problems cleaning them properly through no fault of your own. This can lead to gingivitis (gum disease) and tooth decay. Left untreated, gum disease, and tooth decay can contribute to your overall health in a bad way – they have even been proven to be a significant factor in diabetes and heart disease.

Dr. Yazji Orthodontics and Insignia Advanced Smile Design in West Park, Florida can help prevent that possible pain and health problems. Dr. Yazji knows that straight teeth and a perfect smile are the best defense against any potential periodontal problems and will guide you through the process of perfecting your smile.

First, you will receive a thorough exam, making sure that you are a good candidate for Insignia Advanced Smile Design. Then a scan is done of your mouth, using cutting edge 3-D technology, noting the placement of your teeth and how they can be moved to best serve your quest for a beautiful smile. You will be able to see a 3-D visualization of your new smile before treatment even begins.

Insignia Advanced Smile Design braces are custom made, unlike traditional braces, and this results in lesser time in the dentist chair and fewer visits to the dentist’s office. This means less money spent on you and a much shorter treatment time. Your smile will be beautiful in less time than you might think, and that is a wonderful thing.

If you think that you are ready to talk to someone about getting Insignia Advanced Smile Design in West Park, Florida, please contact the office of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to schedule an appointment at (954) 217-3737. Or if you prefer, visit their website for more information on the subject.

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