By Nancy Eagleton
Pedro Alquizar, DMD, MMSc, has opened Alquizar Orthodontics in The Crossroads in South Miami.
Although he has moved into an orthodontic office that’s been around for 50 years, he has transformed the space with chic décor, state-of-the-art technology, and offers the very latest in orthodontic treatments.
Dr. Alquizar specializes in orthodontic treatment for both children and adults, and utilizes digital radiography in his patient diagnoses. Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging that allows images to be viewed and enhanced digitally, and bypasses the chemical processing time of traditional x-rays.
“This technology sets me apart from other orthodontic offices,” Dr. Alquizar said. “I don’t have to wait for x-ray development. I can see the images right on the computer screen for a quick and accurate diagnosis.”
He said the self-ligating orthodontic brackets he uses on his patients cause less friction, are slightly more comfortable and, because there are no collars around the teeth, reduce plaque build up.
“With these brackets, the monthly adjustments are easier and take slightly less time, as well,” he said. “I really strive to offer the most up-to-date treatment options.”
Dr. Alquizar attended dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia and then attended Harvard University for three additional years to obtain his Masters of Medical Sciences and Certificate in Orthodontics. Currently, he is an attending professor in the pediatric dentistry program at Miami Children’s Hospital.
“There’s a science behind moving the teeth correctly and I’m a perfectionist,” Dr. Alquizar said. “I’m here to deliver the very best results possible for my patients.”
To accomplish this, it’s important for him to see children around the age of 8 for a complimentary consultation. During this evaluation, he examines the developing teeth and bite to determine if interceptive orthodontics, or Phase I treatments, are needed. Many children will need no early intervention and their oral health progress will be checked annually.
“Some kids may have a cross bite and a palate expander may be necessary. Some may have a strong over jet and may need braces at that time to pull the teeth in,” Dr. Alquizar said. “I also look to be sure there are no impacted teeth.”
He partners with the children and the parents at this early stage to determine the best course of action.
“Some patients and parents want early intervention. The smile is important and if an issue is causing low self-esteem, we work together to do what’s best for the child at that time.”
When no early intervention is needed, the average age for treatment is around 11 to 12, when most of the permanent teeth have come in. During treatment, Dr. Alquizar also educates children on the importance of good lifelong oral health practices.
He sees adult patients at all ages and stages because adult teeth can begin shifting at anytime.
“It’s very normal for teeth to shift. If you had braces, a retainer should be worn at night to keep the teeth straight,” Dr. Alquizar said. “I’ve had patients who’ve had braces on three times in their life. For many, the best option is to place a permanent retainer behind the lower teeth and the teeth will always stay straight.”
Alquizar Orthodontics — open Monday through Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — is located in The Crossroads at 7210 Red Rd., Suite 204, in South Miami. To schedule a consultation, call 305-667-5738.