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8 Benefits of a Straight Smile

Exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water – all these things benefit your health and well-being. Spending time with family and friends and doing the things you love can keep you feeling good, too. But, did you know that your smile can play a part in your health and wellness, too? It’s true, your smile can play an important role in your overall health and affect your self-esteem. At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we help our patients in South Florida get their best smiles. Let’s take a look at 8 benefits of a straight smile:

 

  1. A straight smile looks good to others. Most people, when asked to rate the attractiveness of someone with straight teeth and someone with crooked teeth, will rate the person with a straight smile as more attractive, and assume they are more intelligent and successful too. That’s why people who are in the public eye fix their teeth, and anyone who wants to look their best may consider straightening their teeth with orthodontic treatment.
  2. Straight teeth may be healthier than crowded teeth, since crowded teeth exert unnecessary pressure on surrounding teeth, which can lead to tooth damage and even tooth loss. Straight teeth sit in perfect alignment in the mouth. Think of it this way – when you’re on a crowded bus, crammed next to the people around you, you’re a lot less comfortable than you are when you have enough space. Your teeth feel the same way!
  3. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Even if you brush three times a day and floss every night, if your teeth are crowded and crooked, there are surface areas on those teeth that are going to be harder to keep clean. Straight teeth, however, aren’t obstructed and can be cleaned across their entire surface.
  4. Chew as nature intended with straight teeth. For many of the foods you may be eating, the process of digestion begins in the mouth. Your teeth are made to be able to chew food, and chewing food thoroughly is important for your health. But some people with misaligned bites and crooked teeth find chewing to be uncomfortable. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, straightening your teeth through orthodontic treatment can lead to the “better function” of your teeth, including chewing.
  5. No more headaches if your headaches are caused by a misaligned bite. An overbite, underbite, crossbite, or other common bite issue means your teeth aren’t lining up as they should. This can cause tension on surrounding muscles in your face, neck, and jaw, leading to facial pain and headaches. If your headaches are due to your bite, aligning your teeth with Invisalign® treatment or another treatment option at the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics may help you solve the problem.
  6. No more TMJ pain if, like your headaches, your temporomandibular joint condition is caused or exacerbated by a bite issue or misaligned teeth. This painful, uncomfortable issue may be relieved once your bite is corrected and you can chew without jaw trouble.

7.Better selfies, school pictures, and family photos can be taken with a new and improved smile. Feeling good about your straight smile can give you the confidence you need to smile wide in photos and let you have keepsakes you’ll love to look back at. Orthodontic treatment in Miami and South Florida from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics can help you get a straight smile  that’s photo-ready.

  1. Increased self-esteem is commonly reported among people who straighten their smiles through orthodontic treatment. When you’re no longer embarrassed to show off your smile, and you like the way your smile looks, your self-esteem can grow. The American Association of Orthodontics also notes the positive effect that a straight smile can have on self-esteem.

 

If you need one or all of these benefits of a straight smile in your life, let us at the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics help you! Contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Yazji at our Miami, Brickell, or Weston office. See how straight teeth and a better smile from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics can benefit you.

5 Reasons to Smile this Summer!

Ahhhh! Summertime. Trips to the shore. Relaxing by the pool. Family reunions and vacation travel with friends and family. With so many reasons to smile and enjoy the summer season, why are you hiding your precious smile?

If you’re tired of looking grumpy or too serious in photographs, or if you find that you purposefully keep your lips pursed whenever you smile, maybe you should look into options for improving what you may be hiding.  If crooked or gapped teeth have you frowning when you should be smiling, it’s time to turn that frown upside down! There is no need to be ashamed of your teeth. With today’s advanced orthodontics, overbites, underbites, and other undesirable dental conditions are a thing of the past.

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If you live in Miami or Broward County, Florida – your smile is about to get a whole lot sunnier! With three convenient offices in West Miami, Brickell/Downtown and Weston, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics will have you grinning from ear to ear in no time! Dr. Yazji, an experienced Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), earned her degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she graduated in the top 5% of her class from this top-ranked and selective university recognized for its rigorous academics. Dr. Yazji furthered her education with an additional two years of orthodontics specialty training, obtaining a Master of Science in Orthodontics degree (MS) from Northwestern University. As the daughter of two respected dentists, Dr. Yazji learned early that a beautiful smile can be life-altering. As she set out on her own orthodontic journey to provide the best and most advanced orthodontic treatment, she quickly developed an enviable reputation in South Florida from scores of appreciative and smiling patients who obtained the kind of orthodontic results that only a specialized, experienced and skillful doctor can deliver.

At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, you’ll discover a nurturing, family-friendly environment that welcomes patients of every age. Whether you’re a college student who is eager to correct some misaligned teeth prior to graduation, a bride who wants her best smile on her wedding day, or a busy mom who’s ready to perfect her own teeth  now that her children’s orthodontic treatment is complete – there is no better time than today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maria Yazji!

Still not convinced you’re ready to consult with Dr. Yazji this summer about an orthodontic treatment plan that is right for you? Here are 5 more reasons to smile this summer:

  1. Maria Yazji has successfully treated a wide spectrum of orthodontic problems in children and adults.
  2. Maria Yazji Orthodontics provides tooth-colored ceramic or silver brackets, Lingual braces, and colorful braces with fun shapes for kids.
  3. If Invisalign® clear and comfortable plastic aligners are your best treatment option, you’ll be happy to know that Dr. Yazji has been named an Invisalign Super Elite Premier Provider, placing her in the top 1% of Invisalign® doctors in North America.
  4. If you are an Invisalign® patient at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, you will be offered access to the Anywhere Orthodontics App which allows Dr. Yazji, South Florida’s premier Diamond Invisalign Provider, to monitor your Invisalign® treatment remotely and offer you pertinent feedback. It’s as simple as scanning, then sending your smile anywhere, anytime – and with the help of artificial intelligence, you can track and monitor your progress.
  5. Having a great smile can boost your self-esteem and help you face the world with a smile that exudes confidence and pride.

Dr. Maria Yazji has assembled a top-notch orthodontic team at her offices in South Florida. With Dr. Yazji at the helm, diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws, combined with superior patient satisfaction, has made Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics the place to turn to for the best orthodontic care in Broward and Miami. You can reach the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics at 786-338-9447, or visit www.orthodonticsinmiami.com or www.anywhereorthodontics.com to schedule an appointment. Hablamos español.

Feel Good, Look Good, and Make Others Want to Work with You

Did you know that smiling can actually help you get ahead in your professional career? There are many different reasons why this is true, but you don’t have to just take my word for it. Experts from all around the world agree; smiling will help you in your career.

Smiling just feels good. Science says that smiling can release endorphins and other mood-enhancing hormones. Those hormones can reduce your stress levels and induce pleasure. Smiling can even make you enjoy your job more!

Smiling looks good. By smiling, others will have a more positive impression of you. Psychology has found that smiling enhances others’ perception of your competence, likeability, and courteousness. Others will be more likely to trust you and work with you. The ability to effectively work with others is not only an attribute that an employer will look for but is also something that every successful leader should have. Getting hired or getting promoted often starts with a smile.

Smiling is contagious. It is human instinct to mirror others’ emotions. When you smile, the people around you are likely to reciprocate that emotion. People will associate you with positivity and satisfaction. Whether you work in sales or in the medical field, being someone that others feel good around is extremely important for your success in your career!

If you are insecure about your smile, it is not too late to get help. I know, committing to orthodontic treatment as a professional adult seems impossible, right? Luckily, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics understands your hesitation. They know that your tight schedules and hectic days do not allow a lot of time for long and invasive procedures. Dr. Yazji Orthodontics provides many convenient services and office hours so that you can find tan orthodontic treatment plan that works for you. Whether you want a quick fix or a long-lasting solution, there is a treatment option for you and your smile.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

For most busy professionals who want a picture perfect smile, a common treatment method is Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign is a simple alternative to traditional braces. Traditional braces draw attention to your teeth while Invisalign uses clear aligners that are barely visible. Invisalign aligners can be removed when necessary, making them a great choice for job seekers going on interviews, teens posing for yearbook or prom photos and for cleaning and eating.

Smiling can benefit your life in so many different ways. There is no reason why you should feel the need to hide your smile. Feel good, look good, and make those around you want to work with you. If you want to get ahead professionally, start with your smile. Make an appointment for consultation with Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to see how they can help you smile more. We have three conveniently located offices for our patients in West Miami, Brickell, Weston, and surrounding areas. Hablamos español

Why Smiling Can Improve Your Dating Life

They were on their first date in a Miami restaurant. Their friends had set them up, saying they’re be a perfect match. But something wasn’t right. Throughout the night, he didn’t really smile. She thought it was strange, he didn’t seem to be having a good time. He actually was happy to be there, but he was insecure about his smile — he had never liked his crooked teeth. She thought he didn’t like her, though, and their first date fizzled out.

In the same restaurant, another couple was on their first date, too. They’d met online, both liking the other’s profile pic. They also both happened to have straight, bright smiles. She smiled widely, he exuded confidence. They found out that they had so much in common. They’d studied the same thing in school and were both up for big promotions. They definitely wanted to see each other again.

A great smile can do a lot for your dating life in South Florida. A Princeton study, noted on psychologicalscience.org, found that first impressions are formed in a tenth of a second. When you meet someone for the first time, it takes only this fraction of a second to form lasting opinions about them – and it’s the same for them when they meet you.

Of course, beauty is more than skin deep, but it’s known that people who have straight smiles are seen as being not only more attractive, but more intelligent and successful as well. These split-second assumptions based on appearance can come into play when you’re on the dating scene. A better smile can improve your confidence, allowing you to be more open to meeting new people and trying new things. If you have a smile that you’re not happy with, fixing it with Invisalign® clear aligners can give your self-confidence – and your dating life – the boost you’re looking for.

Invisalign® clear aligners, available at the West Miami, Brickell, and Weston offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, are convenient and custom fit to your unique bite. These thin plastic aligners can be used to correct common orthodontic issues, including:

  • crowding
  • gapped teeth
  • underbite
  • overbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite

Anywhere Orthodontics by Dr. Maria Yazji combines Invisalign® treatment with remote appointment options, in addition to regular in-office appointments, perfect for patients with busy schedules.

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And how will you look with Invisalign® aligners? Is Invisalign® noticeable? These transparent aligners are hardly noticeable, letting you go to work and school, take photos and selfies, and go on dates without the look of metal braces. As a Diamond Invisalign® provider, Dr. Maria Yazji has the training and experience needed to create beautiful smiles for patients in Miami and throughout South Florida.

If you’re wondering if Invisalign® is worth it, find out more about the benefits of a straight smile and convenient orthodontic treatment at your Invisalign® consultation. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Maria Yazji today. Improve your dating life in South Florida by getting a straight smile with Invisalign® treatment from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.  

Why a great smile can help your career?

There are many reasons why a beautiful smile can help your career. People who have a nice smile are usually seen as more attractive. More attractive people are usually thought to possess other desirable attributes such as confidence. In psychology, this phenomenon is known as the Halo Effect, but you don’t have to be a psychologist to realize that a nice smile can get you far in your career.

People who are smiling are seen as more friendly, confident, and trustworthy. Naturally, people are going to want to be around someone with those characteristics. Just as easy as it is for someone with a beautiful smile to build friendships, impressing employers, bosses, and clients can be just as simple for them!

Not only does a beautiful smile impress those around you, but it will also boost your self-esteem. Feeling good about yourself is important. Many professionals note that confidence is crucial for career advancement. According to a study done at Pennsylvania State University, individuals who smile more are more likely to receive a promotion.

Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics knows that orthodontic treatment goes way beyond simply straightening teeth. Orthodontic procedures can dramatically affect somebody’s life. Therefore, they are very sensitive to your wants, needs, and lifestyle when deciding a treatment plan that is right for you. With over fifty years of joint experience, the team at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics offers a wide variety of orthodontic services so that people of any age can achieve the smile they desire.

If you are in need of a more in-depth orthodontic intervention, perhaps due to a crossbite, overbite, crowded or gapped teeth, Dr. Yazji can help! In addition to being recognized as being in the top 1% when named Invisalign Super Elite Premier Provider, Dr. Maria Yazji also has decades of experience and expertise in managing tooth movement and guided facial development. She is trained in the latest techniques and the most modern treatment philosophies that emphasize the preservation of all teeth. In addition, Dr. Yazji is committed to keeping up with the current research and advances in orthodontics by taking numerous continuing education courses and reviewing the contemporary literature.

Beautiful Smile

When working with professionals or young adults, Dr. Maria Yazji understands that traditional braces are not usually their preferred option. Fortunately, there are other more discreet options when it comes to straightening teeth, such as clear Invisalign aligners.  Invisalign is a series of custom fit invisible aligners that the patient can change every two weeks as their treatment progresses. Best of all, the people our patients interact with daily will never even know they are receiving orthodontic treatment!
Having confidence and an approachable smile can be beneficial to your career and socially. Show off a smile that will make those around you want to continue working with you. If you have a smile that you are not one hundred percent confident with, finding an orthodontist who can help you can be a confusing task. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is ready to help you every step of the way. Call now or book an appointment online! A smile most certainly does not determine your intelligence or success, but it may very well determine the way people respond to you. Don’t take a chance on your career with a smile that doesn’t exude confidence.

Why improving your smile can advance your career

Whether we would like to admit it, or not, appearance influences our first impressions of people. Someone with wrinkled clothes can appear sloppy while someone with their hair perfectly groomed may come across as being very serious. Just like hairstyle and outfit choice, one’s smile can strongly affect our opinions of them. A smile is commonly the first thing we notice when we meet someone new. A person with a full set of straight teeth is often considered more attractive, happy, and healthy. Noticeable flaws in one’s smile can leave a negative impression. A beautiful and genuine smile displays happiness, confidence, and friendliness. Who wouldn’t want to be around someone like that?

Fortunately, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics knows all too well how a smile can impact one’s confidence. If you are hiding your teeth or smile, employers, coworkers, and clients will notice. When you aren’t smiling, you can seem angry, unapproachable, and you appear less confident. Coming across as someone who appears to lack confidence in themselves, or who may not seem to work well with others can hurt your career immensely. No matter what field you are pursuing, improving your smile can improve your employment prospects. Employers want to hire and promote someone who appears successful, competent, productive, and is a team player. They want friendly, confident, and genuine individuals representing their brand. Let your employer know that you are a good representation of the company by showing off a beautiful, genuine smile! Flash them see a smile they will remember!

Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics wants to help you achieve your career goals and feel confident. They offer many options for personalized orthodontic treatment, regardless of your age, profession, or needed treatment. Services such as braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and Acceledent can all assist you in perfecting your smile.

Dr. Maria Yazji DDS, MS, is well aware that traditional, metal braces may not be ideal for career-oriented adults. However, there is now an alternative. Dr. Yazji has extensively trained in the latest techniques and the most modern orthodontic treatment advancements that emphasize the preservation of all teeth.  After obtaining her doctorate degree in Dental Surgery (DDS) from Northwestern University in Chicago, graduating in the top 5% of her class, she then went on to complete another two years of orthodontics specialty training, obtaining a Master of Science in Orthodontics degree (MS) from Northwestern University. Dr. Yazji has also been named an Invisalign Super Elite Premier Provider, placing her in the top 1% of Invisalign doctors in North America.

For individuals who are trying to perfect their smiles while continuing to work and appear professional, Dr. Yazji offers Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible to others, yet still provides the same benefits of traditional braces. Through a series of different sized aligners, Invisalign painlessly and gradually straightens your teeth. Invisalign is easy! No one will ever have to know you are seeking orthodontic treatment, but the confidence you will begin to radiate, may certainly get noticed!

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It’s important to leave a positive impression on your potential employers. Whether you want to be hired or be considered for advancement, you will want people to remember you for your good attributes and job qualifications and not become distracted or disqualified due to an imperfect smile. Especially when obtaining a beautiful smile may be a simple fix.

By displaying a beautiful smile, you will attract people in the best way possible. You shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed to show off your pearly whites. If you have reservations about your smile, it’s never too late to seek orthodontic treatment! Call, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics today to discuss about your options! Our offices are open Monday – Thursday from 8am-6pm, Friday from 9am-5pm, and Saturday by appointment. Hablamos español.

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Invisalign® + Remote Appointments = Fewer In-Office Visits

Getting braces is a commitment. It takes time to straighten your teeth, and it takes time out of your schedule to go to regular orthodontic office visits. This is exactly why some busy professionals and college students in Miami haven’t straightened their smiles yet – they just don’t have the time. But you can get a straight smile in less time, and with fewer in-office visits, with Invisalign® aligners and remote appointments from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.

 

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Invisalign® aligners from Dr. Yazji Orthodontics are great because they’re clear, convenient, and comfortable, but they also can let you get straight teeth in less time than you may think. The advanced orthodontics of Invisalign® aligners can straighten teeth often faster than other orthodontic methods.

If you’re a working adult in South Florida, you’ll love the convenience of Invisalign® Adult aligners from the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji. These clear aligners are hardly noticeable, and can be removed briefly to eat, brush your teeth, or for special occasions. If you’re a teen or college student in Miami Dade or Broward who wants a better smile, Invisalign® Teen  from Dr. Yazji Orthodontics is a great option. You can get the smile you want without the look of traditional metal braces.

Dr. Maria Yazji, DDS, is a Diamond Invisalign® Orthodontist, which places her in top-tier of Invisalign® Orthodontists in the country. At the offices of Dr. Yazji Orthodontics, advanced orthodontic technology and materials are used for Invisalign® treatment.

 

Remote Appointments

Combining the advanced treatment of Invisalign® with remote appointments is a win-win for busy patients in South Florida. Normally, Invisalign® patients have their teeth checked every few weeks before they upgrade to their next aligner. This used to require in-office visits, but now Invisalign® patients at Dr. Yazji Orthodontics can opt for remote orthodontic appointments using the Dental Monitoring App.

Instead of coming into the office every few weeks to check your smile, you’ll be able to scan your teeth using your smartphone. You’ll submit this scan using the app, and wait for instructions and comments from Dr. Yazji. That’s all there is to a remote appointment! These appointments can be done wherever you want, wherever you are. Get advanced orthodontic treatment on your terms with convenient remote appointments.

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Save Time and Money

If you want to fit orthodontic treatment into your schedule and your budget, time-saving treatment may be perfect for you. With Invisalign® clear aligners and remote appointments from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, you can get a beautiful smile while saving time and money.

To learn more about getting Invisalign® and using the remote orthodontic monitoring app as a patient at Dr. Yazji Orthodontics, come in for an Anywhere Orthodontics consultation with Dr. Yazji. Contact our Miami, Brickell, or Weston office to make an appointment. Get orthodontic treatment that fits your life in South Florida with Invisalign® and remote appointments from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.

3 Ways Sleep Apnea May Be Hurting Your Health

If you’re tired when you wake up, feeling drowsy throughout the day, and having trouble with your memory, are you just trying to deal with it the best you can? You may try to combat your tiredness with extra-large cups of coffee or energy drinks – yet don’t experience much improvement to your alertness or energy levels. You may have accepted this as normal for you. But these symptoms may be caused by the common condition of obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea, also known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), results from an OSA sufferer’s own anatomy. Sleep apnea can cause disrupted sleep night after night. According to this article published by the New York Times, at least 22 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea. Leaving this condition untreated can have seriously negative effects on your health and well-being. Let’s take a look at three ways your untreated sleep apnea may be hurting you.

  1. Tiredness from sleep apnea is persistent and can be severe enough to cause problems with day-to-day activities. If you have undiagnosed sleep apnea, you’re feeling tired for a good reason – your sleep is constantly being disrupted. Obstructive sleep apnea causes a person to briefly stop breathing and wake gasping for air many times each night. Many sleep apnea patients don’t remember waking up in the night, but tiredness poor memory and difficulty concentrating are telltale signs of this condition.

Dr. Atul Malhotra, the director of Sleep Medicine at the University of California San Diego, says that with sleep apnea “you get sleepiness, lack of energy and an inability to concentrate.” These detrimental effects of sleep apnea can have consequences at work, school, and in every aspect of your life. Treating sleep apnea in Miami can help you reclaim your energy levels and get restful sleep.

 

  1. Systemic effects and metabolic disorders as a result of sleep apnea can include:
  • The development of type 2 diabetes
  • An increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • A greater risk of developing high blood pressure

Sleep apnea causes your oxygen levels to decrease during the night. Instead of resting and restoring itself during sleep, your body becomes stressed because of OSA and your vital organs receive less oxygen than they need. These decreased oxygen levels can affect your brain, your heart, and every other major organ in your body. Keeping your airway open throughout the night lets your oxygen levels remain stable and helps prevent the unwanted effects of sleep apnea.

 

  1. Mood problems due to poor sleep quality may be another unpleasant consequence of OSA. A poor night’s sleep can make most people a little cranky, but obstructive sleep apnea patients are living with the mood effects of poor sleep, every day. Sleep apnea causes a lack of rest, which can cause or worsen depression, irritability, and relationship problems. Studies done by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control have discovered that having OSA means you also have a greater risk of depression. Fortunately, treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in South Florida is available at the offices of Yazji Orthodontics.

 

At Yazji Orthodontics, we help our patients with sleep apnea get the rest they need using personalized OAT treatment. Oral Appliance Therapy for obstructive sleep apnea from the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is an alternative to CPAP machine treatment and low-quality over-the-counter appliances for sleep apnea. Contact our Weston, Brickell or Miami office today to schedule an OAT treatment consultation with Dr. Yazji. Don’t let obstructive sleep apnea harm your health – get OAT treatment from Yazji Orthodontics.

Do you want your best smile but can’t fit in too many orthodontic visits?

Time is precious, I think we can all agree on that. There are never enough hours in the day to complete all those tasks we keep adding to our to-do lists. Still, we must prioritize and make decisions about what we will spend our time doing and which tasks we can put off for another day. An average day generally involves exercising, commuting, working, lunch, networking, dinner, time with friends and family, errands . . .  the list goes on and on. So, where does that leave you and the things you do for YOU? Like getting your teeth and smile in tip-top shape?

That’s where Anywhere Orthodontics comes in! It’s a simple solution that will fit into your busy lifestyle while at the same time help you to achieve that beautiful Invisalign® smile you’ve always desired.  At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we know that people like you, struggle every day to fit in time for themselves, for self-improvement or for health reasons – and we want to help. Anywhere Orthodontics  was developed because we know your time is limited.  We want to give you that needed assistance to help you create your perfect smile, on your time and on your terms.

It’s as simple as 1,2,3! It really is that easy and these are the 3 simple steps needed to achieve your Invisalign goals:

  1. Call to schedule an appointment and to find out about our Invisalign treatment plan and how our remote orthodontic service for Invisalign® can work for you.
  2. Personalization – Come in and meet with our experienced and knowledgeable orthodontics team to begin your smile transformation with a 3D scan. Dr. Maria Yazji, a Diamond Invisalign® Orthodontist, will design your personalized treatment plan and send you home with your first sets of Invisalign® aligners.
  3. Remote Appointments – Find out how you can stay connected using Anywhere Orthodontics to keep up with your orthodontic progress without the need for extra office visits. Anywhere Orthodontics uses artificial intelligence to help monitor your Invisalign progress. Discover how scanned images from your smartphone can provide you with timely feedback and answers to your treatment questions, anytime, anywhere. Bingo! Time saved!

Anywhere Orthodontics is a convenient option for patients who may sometimes find it difficult to pop in at their orthodontist’s office when questions arise. Remote Appointments are perfect for college students living out of town for example, or teens with busy afterschool schedules, or adults who can’t leave their office early or who travel out of town frequently for business or pleasure. If a question or concern arises and you can’t get to an appointment soon enough, Anywhere Orthodontics makes it possible for the on-the-go folks to keep their orthodontic progress on track!  Do you fit that always-on-the-go profile? If so, what are you waiting for? It’s your turn to smile!

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We have three convenient South Florida locations in West Miami, Brickell and Weston staffed with the finest orthodontic team in South Florida. Dr. Maria Yazji is affiliated with such organizations as the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the World Federation of Orthodontics, the Southern Association of Orthodontics, and the American Lingual Orthodontic Association-International and offers many years of expertise treating patients of every age.  If you are ready to get that perfect smile started – in spite of your busy life – and would like to learn more about our remote orthodontic service for Invisalign®, give us a call today or visit our website for additional information.

Office Hours:  Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat by appointment

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Your Risks and Treatment Options

Do you wake up feeling tired? Have you been told that you snore? These signs and symptoms may point to obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, is a common condition that impacts the sleep — and health — of many adults. But with the right OSA treatment in South Florida, obstructive sleep apnea won’t be a problem for you.

 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea means that your airway becomes partially blocked when you sleep, causing you to briefly stop breathing. This can happen many times each night, and compromise the quality of your sleep.

 

What causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The soft tissue in your throat that isn’t a problem while you’re upright repositions when you lie down, causing your airway to become blocked.  OSA can be the temporary side effect of a cold and can become a problem during pregnancy. OSA can develop due to allergies or weight gain. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking some prescription medicines may worsen obstructive sleep apnea. In some cases, genetics are thought to play a role in OSA.

 

What are the risks associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If obstructive sleep apnea is a persistent problem for you, your health is at risk. OSA disrupts sleep, which can have negative effects on health and well-being, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Greater risk of developing diabetes
  • Greater risk of depression and mood disorders
  • Daytime drowsiness

And other health risks.

Your body needs deep restorative sleep to rest and heal. Your organs need oxygen. OSA can cause poor sleep and decreases oxygen levels, leaving you tired and less healthy every morning.

 

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea treated?

Treatment of OSA involves keeping the airway open continuously during sleep. A CPAP machine, over-the counter oral devices, and oral appliance therapy are popular obstructive sleep apnea treatment methods.

A CPAP machine requires the OSA patient to wear a mask throughout the night. Many patients stop using their CPAP machine, saying it’s too loud or too inconvenient.  Without treatment, their sleep apnea continues.

An over-the-counter appliance for OSA fits into the mouth and keeps the airway unobstructed during sleep. There’s no mask, no machine, no noise. But OSA patients have found that these boil-and-bite devices lose their shape after being boiled a few times, and can be uncomfortable. When a patient stops wearing their OTC sleep apnea device, their poor sleep quality returns.

OAT treatment from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is a good way to correct obstructive sleep apnea. An OAT device is custom-made for the OSA patient at one of our three South Florida offices. This device is worn every night, keeping the airway clear and letting the OSA patient get the restful sleep they need. An OAT device is made to comfortably fit each patient, retain its shape, and conveniently treat obstructive sleep apnea. Contact our Weston, Brickell, or Miami office for an OAT Treatment consultation with Dr. Yazji. Don’t let the risks of OSA harm your health — get treatment for your obstructive sleep apnea at the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.

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