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“Orthodontics is for everyone. No matter how old you are, you can do orthodontics. Aesthetic problems are no longer a problem. “- Dr. Betzy Marilena Portillo Portillo.
Dr. Betzy Marilena Portillo Portillo is an orthodontist with specialization in maxillofacial orthodontics. Her clinic is located in the Centro Dental San Lucas a multiprofessional center, where the newest techniques and equipment are used to treat teeth. Located in the municipality of San Lucas, Sacatepéquez, it is 12 km from La Antigua Guatemala. The doctor attends mainly to teenagers, although she also invites adults to come to her clinic for orthodontics. This Guatemalan dentist is a specialist in applying aesthetically discrete orthodontics.
Dr. Portillo has 9 years of experience in the field of orthodontics. So many current juvenile tendencies, as well as the implications of adult life, have led him to seek and implement the most discreet methods when brackets are involved. For these cases, it uses lingual orthodontics and invisible aligners, two types of orthodontics that serve to reduce the visibility of these dental appliances. They can be ceramic or sapphire. Currently, this trend is evident in young people, as well as in adults who have a presence in the media or who engage in public speaking. However, conventional orthodontics applies more frequently. If the case allows it, it also cares for those patients with dental prostheses that seek to improve the results of the treatment.
Dr. Portillo also performs more common and routine procedures such as teeth cleaning and dental veneers. Dental veneers are pieces of some material such as porcelain. They are used to correct aesthetic or pathological problems of the teeth, such as cavities, changes in color or shape of the teeth, as well as previous restorations. She can also work with dentures. The combination of orthodontics with dental prostheses can help you get better results.
At Dr. Portillo’s clinic, most patients will have a panoramic radiograph. In children and adolescents, who are still growing, they may also require a cephalometric radiograph. This type of radiography is also requested in case a surgical procedure is to be performed. These devices are available at the San Lucas Dental Center, so patients do not need to go to another center.
The San Lucas Dental Center, located between Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City, has grown to become one of the most modern dental care centers in Guatemala. It has renowned professionals and specialists in different areas of dentistry such as Dr. Portillo, Dr. Claudia Julieta Rodas, dentist of children, Dr. Ana Cecilia Cabrera, dentist of adolescents and adults, Dr. Martha Georgina Fonseca, dentist of elderly people, Dr. Héctor Torres, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Dr. Juan Sebastián Rodríguez, specialist in 3D implantology. In 2016, the dental clinic acquired the international accreditation of Acreditas Global, a subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Based in Chicago, the AAAHC authenticates compliance with quality and safety standards and protocols in health centers such as hospitals and ambulatory surgery clinics. Located 12 kilometers from Antigua Guatemala, the San Lucas Dental Center has the endorsement of the AAAHC to offer all types of dental treatment to the patient, both local and foreign. This dental clinic is ideal for those who want quality dental care without moving to the capital. The San Lucas Dental Center has worked socially in favor of nursing homes, such as those in San Lucas and Choacorral Sacatepéquez and children’s homes in the region. Until today, they have implemented 80 Ad honorem prostheses.
The method of Dr. Portillo contemplates the speed of execution, as well as the comfort of the patient, in any treatment that applies: orthodontics, dental cleaning, dental veneers, among others. The majority of their patients are adolescents and young people. Adults attend less frequently, as there is a belief that this type of treatment is suitable only for young people. However, the dentist clarifies that orthodontics is for all ages and that there are methodologies for all stages of life.
Association of Orthodontists of Guatemala.
Odontologs Association of Guatemala.
College of Stomatology of Guatemala.
Dental Center San Lucas.
Agexport, Guild of Exporters of Guatemala.
Acreditas Global, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Licentiate Surgeon Dentist / University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala.
Specialist in Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Orthopedics / San Carlos University of Guatemala, Guatemala.
Specialization in didactics of Higher Education / University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala.
Specialization in Educational Innovation / University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala.
MEDEX. Executive Master’s Degree in Business Management / UNIS BUSINESS SCHOOL, Guatemala.
She has worked on social development projects in urban areas with high poverty rates, such as the Junkabal Foundation, in the metropolitan dump area, zone 3 of the capital of Guatemala.
She participated and directed a project of tutoring for at-risk children in the Hermano Pedro day care center in canton 21 of Guatemala, a very poor area located next to an area of great development in Guatemala.