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Enjoy Halloween While Celebrating National Orthodontic Health Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

Are you ready to eat all those chocolate bars, candy canes, and marshmallows? Halloween is coming up, and we know kids are anxiously waiting to get their hands on that candy. But wait, did you know that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month?

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As orthodontic specialists, we care about your smile and want it to be healthy and bright. So, we are dedicating this month to helping you learn more about orthodontic treatment and how to care for your teeth.

We know that it’s very difficult for children to resist chocolate, especially around the Halloween season. It becomes even more difficult when your children are wearing braces, as soft and gooey candy-like marshmallows can get stuck in their brackets. Hard candies and sticky candies are totally off-limits, they can break the brackets so children should avoid this type of candy.

As a parent, you must be concerned about your child’s oral health. Misaligned teeth can occur as teeth develop. That’s why age 7 is an ideal time to get an orthodontic evaluation with your local orthodontist, Dr. Maria Yazji. Some children have bad habits such as thumb sucking and breathing constantly through the mouth that can lead to severe orthodontic issues. Dr. Yazji can do a comprehensive evaluation and recommend an early treatment if your child needs it. Delaying an orthodontic consultation can result in extended treatment times.

So, if your child needs orthodontic treatment or your dentist recommended visiting an orthodontist for a complete evaluation for braces to give them the smile they deserve, visit Dr. Maria Yazji in Weston, downtown Brickell, or West Miami and learn about orthodontic treatment options for you or your family.

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Are you already wearing braces? If you’re already embarked on the journey to a smile you’ll love and you don’t want to mess with your brackets and wires, follow the tips below by Dr. Maria Yazji to protect your orthodontic appliances during this fun-filled month.

  1. Don’t eat hard or sticky Halloween candies

It’s really hard to avoid fudge, gummies, taffy, caramel, pretzels, and jelly beans during the treat-filled month of Halloween. But if you want to get good results with your braces, avoid these treats while in treatment. Just try a little harder and avoid sugary candy.

  1. Stay away from nuts and cashews

Some chocolates usually contain nuts and cashews. Please try not to eat such candies, chips, and popcorn. They could get stuck in your brackets or wires. Popcorn alternatives include Pirate’s Booty and rice puffs.

  1. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day! 

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day, even if you don’t have braces, but if you’re in braces and you’ve eaten something sweet, it is best to brush your teeth right after the sweet meal. Also, brushing your teeth right after a sweet meal can save you from cavities. Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and don’t forget to floss.

At Dr. Yazji Orthodontics we see a lot of patients after Halloween with loose and broken brackets. Broken braces or broken appliances mean your teeth are not moving as planned by your orthodontist and that your treatment may take longer than Dr. Yazji originally designed. That’s why is very important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions.

If you have a broken appliance or loose bracket, call us so that we can schedule an appointment for you with adequate time for repair. We will work to fix the problem quickly, so you can continue your orthodontic treatment and avoid painful cuts from the loose brackets.

Ready to start smiling big? Book a free smile consultation with Dr. Maria Yazji in Weston, West Miami, or Brickell.


How I Regained My Confidence With Invisalign® Teen

A good smile radiates health, vitality, joy, and confidence, but for that perfect smile, one got to have perfect teeth.

Let me start this by saying I’ve always had crooked teeth. I never had that perfect Hollywood smile. As a child, my bad habit of sucking my thumb made my teeth visibly misaligned. As soon as I started to get my adult teeth, my mom thought I needed braces. My orthodontist had to widen my jaw and work with an oral surgeon to finally be able to get me braces so I could achieve that picture-perfect grin.

At that time, my mom wanted me to have regular braces because she didn’t trust me with the removable Invisalign® Teen aligners and I had no option but to wear braces as a teenager.

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At first, I endured everything because who wouldn’t want nicely aligned teeth. But as time passed, my braces became my worst nightmare. I wanted to eat popcorn, sticky candies, hard foods like pizza crust and I couldn’t.

The metal wires and brackets gave me canker sores, and I couldn’t eat properly for days. Brushing my teeth was time-consuming and very difficult. I had to spend a reasonable amount of time brushing food that got stuck in my brackets every day. The worst of all was my shattering confidence. I already thought I had the ugliest smile, and braces made this even worse, I didn’t want to smile at school or for pictures because I thought the metal braces made my smile look uglier.

To my surprise, I was told I only had to wear them for two years, but my stubborn teeth took more time than that. I missed a lot of check-up appointments to adjust my braces so that delayed the treatment a lot. As a young girl, I must admit that always despised my metal braces. But everything changed for the better when my orthodontist told me I could switch to Invisalign® aligners.

My mom used to say that braces or not, I was a beautiful girl, but that wasn’t enough for me. So, I decided to get Invisalign® treatment by one of the most experienced orthodontists, Dr. Maria Yazji.

Luckily my orthodontist in Downtown Brickell was already one of the most prominent Invisalign® providers in the country. Yes, my orthodontist, Dr. Yazji, is an Invisalign® Diamond Plus Provider nationwide, so I couldn’t go wrong.

At first, I was nervous. My crooked teeth, surgeries, and then my braces had made me skeptical of any dental procedure. But my orthodontist, Maria Yazji, knew it was Invisalign® the solution I needed and she made me feel comfortable enough to tell her my concerns. She explained the whole process in detail and showed me a preview of my new smile.

She took a new x-ray, a 3D scan of my teeth, pictures and in a couple of days I got my Invisalign® aligners. After a week or so, she glued some ‘buttons’ on my teeth which helped guide the movement of the teeth towards the desired position. They were enamel color, almost unnoticeable.

My Invisalign® treatment was so much better and more comfortable than braces. I had no brackets, no wires rubbing my cheeks, and I could remove my trays to brush my teeth and eat whatever I wanted. That was the best part!

Yes, it did hurt a little bit when I moved to the next set of trays, but overall, it was a much more comfortable experience than wearing braces.

Soon I began to regain my confidence. My crooked smile was fixed, and now I can smile or laugh or grin without feeling ashamed of my teeth. You should see my Instagram feed now, showing off my smile in every post. I can’t stop smiling!

I would say my life changed after my Invisalign® treatment by Dr. Maria Yazji in Brickell.

If you are also concerned about your smile, Dr. Maria Yazji offers complimentary appointments. So, if you have any questions about getting Invisalign®, feel free to call her office at 305.780.6418 and book an appointment or fill the contact form here.

She sees patients in Weston, Brickell, and West Miami. Believe me, it’s worth a shot.

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Important Update to Our Patients About Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Dear Valued Patient,

Important Update to Our Patients About Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in compliance with the executive order by Governor Ron DeSantis, we are directed to immediately cease performing elective services until May 8th, 2020. Important Update to Our Patients About Coronavirus (Covid-19).

We will be taking phone calls and replying to emails to assist you. Clinically, we will make ourselves available to our patients on an emergency basis for urgent matters involving severe pain. We will utilize photos taken by you, which can be emailed to to decide the level of care necessary.

We have prepared some videos to help you understand what constitutes an orthodontic emergency and what you can do at home to feel comfortable. You may click on the links below to watch them:

What Constitutes An Orthodontic Emergency?

What If I Have A Poking Wire?

What If A Bracket Comes Loose?

You can learn how to take pictures in this Video Tutorial for your virtual consultation.

Our phone assistance hours are from Monday – Friday 9AM – 4PM. Our doors will be locked at all times and “walk-ins” will not be seen. We will also continue to offer VIRTUAL CONSULTS for prospective new patients.

Here are the three options for appointments:

1) VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS: for current patients. You will take a few pictures and send them to us via email.

2) VIRTUAL CONSULTS: for new patients. We can help you determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Simply follow the instructions on this link to complete your Virtual Smile Consult. Dr. Maria Yazji will review the information and we will contact you to provide you with a preliminary diagnosis, treatment alternatives, approximate cost, and length of treatment.

3) EMERGENCIES: call our office during our temporary business hours Monday – Friday 9AM – 4PM. We may request photos to assess the problem. If absolutely necessary, an orthodontic assistant and/or Dr. Maria Yazji will meet you at one of our offices to help make you comfortable.

We look forward to connecting with you, even if it does mean virtually for the time being, and we are SO excited for the day we can re-open our doors to you and your families.

Together we will get through this difficult time.


How to Get Straight Teeth from the Best Invisalign Dentist in Coral Way, Florida

Best Invisalign Dentist in Coral Way Florida? Do you have a smile you’re unhappy with? Would straight teeth boost your self-confidence? Fixing your teeth can be convenient and comfortable with Invisalign treatment from the best Invisalign dentist in Coral Way – Dr. Maria Yazji.

Getting your best smile in Coral Way is possible when you come to one of the three South Florida offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. At the offices of Dr. Yazji, we are helping our patients get straight, healthy smiles with a variety of effective orthodontic services. Teens, young adults, and older adults in Coral Way are choosing Invisalign treatment because it’s convenient, comfortable, and looks great.

How will Invisalign straighten your teeth? By wearing customized Invisalign aligners, your teeth will gradually be moved into a straight position. Teeth that are straight are not only aesthetically pleasing; teeth often function better when bite issues are corrected. Without areas that are hard to clean and the excess pressure on your teeth from crowding, and without problematic malocclusion, your teeth can work as they should. When your orthodontic concerns are corrected by Dr. Yazji, the best Invisalign dentist in Coral Way, your smile will look good and help you to have good dental health.

How long is Invisalign worn for? Each day, you should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours. Your aligners can be removed briefly in appropriate circumstances, such as brushing, flossing, and eating. The duration of your orthodontic treatment will depend on your needs and the treatment plan your dentist creates for you. To find out how soon Invisalign can get you your best smile, make an appointment for an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Yazji.

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How do you know if Invisalign is right for you? Many common orthodontic problems can be corrected with Invisalign treatment from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. At our offices, your orthodontist will assess your smile and take a digital impression of your mouth. This highly accurate 3D impression will be used to diagnose your orthodontic needs and formulate the best orthodontic treatment plan for you.

A straight smile has health benefits and is known to improve self-image and confidence. Whether you want to correct your teenager’s teeth, re-align your teeth after they’ve shifted, or get orthodontic treatment for the first time, Invisalign has proven results. Our before and after gallery shows some of the straight, happy smiles our patients have gotten from their Invisalign treatment and the other orthodontic services we offer, including traditional braces and incognito lingual braces. Best Invisalign Dentist in Coral Way Florida…

Dr. Maria Yazji provides the best Invisalign services for patients in Coral Way, Florida. We have three South Florida offices with convenient hours, including availability on Saturdays (by appointment.) For more information on getting Invisalign, contact us today at the office location of your choice. Getting a straight smile is easy when you visit Dr. Maria Yazji, the best Invisalign dentist in Coral Way.

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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.