By Dr. F. Lucie Casthely, DMD, MPH, MS
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic — beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions, which enables the orthodontist to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
Rezilta tretman òtodontik yo kapab dramatik – bèl souri, amelyorasyon sante dan ak kalite vi anpil nan plizyè laj.
Treatment typically lasts from 6 to 30 months, depending on age and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Outstanding results are also dependent on maximizing the coordination of care between you and the orthodontic team.
Dr. F. Lucie Casthely provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents and children. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic consultation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These early treatments can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.
Dr. F. Lucie Casthely, affectionately referred to as “Dr. Lucie” by her patients, obtained her Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1995, as well as a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health.
In order to specifically become an Orthodontist, “Dr. Lucie” subsequently pursued a formal education in Orthodontics at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she obtained a Master in Science (MS) and certification as a US-trained specialist in Orthodontics.
Casthely Orthodontics: 1400 NE Miami Gardens Dr., Suite 101, Miami, FL 33179 Phone: 305-940-4911 | Website: www.casthelyortho.com