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Wear a Smile: Be the Height of Fashion 2017

Lee Mildon believes that most people won’t notice your old clothing when you wear a smile. Your face is the first thing that people look at when meeting you, and having an attractive smile with straight teeth can make a difference in how you are greeted.

Smiles Are Great Investments 2017

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Smiles are great investments: the more you collect, the better you feel. Have you ever had a perfect stranger make your day just by giving you a friendly smile? You can pass that gift along by sharing your smile with others. If you are shy about smiling, consider these suggestions to make your smile more attractive and make you more confident.

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What Happens After an Invisalign Treatment is Completed?

 

 

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LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017

Once an Invisalign treatment is complete, patients come out with a beautiful new smile that has taken over a year to receive. But it is not over yet. In order to keep that beautiful smile, patients have to continue with an orthodontic aftercare process.

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The Greatest Self Has a Peaceful Smile

In one study, researchers found that 25 percent of participants hesitate to smile in pictures due to the appearance of their teeth. 28 percent of people in the study don’t smile when they’re featured in social media due to their smile. Lastly, over 80 percent of study participants believe that their teeth are ugly. That’s a lot of people who are unsatisfied with their smile!

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Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

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Orthodontic science today provides patients with a wide variety of options for tooth straightening, bite alignment and overall oral health.

For example, in addition to traditional metal braces (which themselves have come a very long way from their earliest predecessors), it is now possible to be treated with Empower, Empower clear and lingual (back of teeth) options as well. Children also have the flexibility to choose fun colors and patterns to personalize their treatment.

However, some things haven’t changed since the early days of orthodontia, and one of those is the recommendation to avoid certain types of foods during the treatment period. This is not to say some patients have not continued to eat these foods and still experienced excellent treatment results.

Avoiding certain foods can minimize the possibility of treatment disruption due to damaged hardware or tooth injury. In this article, learn which foods we advise you to limit or avoid during the period of your orthodontic treatment. Certain hardware components may look strong, but can actually be quite easily damaged with the wrong eating and oral habits.

Brackets, bands and archwires can be particularly prone to loosening and breakage when exposed to hard or sticky foods. Sometimes a food can be so hard it literally breaks the hardware or bends it sufficiently to require replacement.

As well, some foods are so sticky they can adhere to the hardware and require intensive cleaning of the hardware to avoid the risk of decay during treatment.

 

Side-Stepping the Temptation to Eat No-No Foods During Treatment

No one likes to be told, “you can’t eat this.” But you are making an investment into your orthodontic care, either for your own benefit or on behalf of a loved one, and you want the end result to meet all your expectations and goals.

Of course, it is your choice (or your child’s choice) whether or not to follow your orthodontist’s recommendations for foods to avoid during treatment, but your results are likely to improve if you do.

For younger patients (tweens, teens) in particular, they may feel understandably tempted when they see friends chomping on hard candy or chewing on taffy. Young people, in particular, can often err on the side of too-positive during treatment, thinking none of the food-related damages they’ve been warned about could possibly happen to them.

If you think your child may be tempted to “cheat” during treatment due to peer pressure, too-positive thinking or other reasons, consider trying out these ideas to help them stay focused and committed to achieving the best possible end result:

  • Send them off to group events with other favorite snacks that won’t damage orthodontic hardware.
  • Brainstorm a big reward treat for getting all the way through treatment without a food-related hardware damage incident.
  • Impart consequences (such as taking fees for food-related hardware repair) out of their allowance or taking away privileges.
  • Emphasize daily motivation, such as printing out a favorite celebrity’s picture smiling widely and showing off perfect white teeth, and post it where your child can see it daily.
  • Put on your own creative thinking cap for other motivational ideas!

 

The Lowdown on No-No Foods During Orthodontic Treatment

In a nutshell, no-no foods fall into three major categories: hard, sticky and sugary.

Of course, many of these foods are also the tastiest! Luckily, all things considered, orthodontic care takes up a relatively brief period of your life (or your child’s life) and this should be continually emphasized during the treatment period to minimize resentment and frustration.

It can be especially helpful here for the whole family to support the patient(s) by making a joint commitment to avoid eating these foods during the patient’s treatment.

Here is a representative go-by list of no-no foods by category:

Hard Foods

Hard foods are on every orthodontist;s “most wanted list” of food outlaws. Just one hard bite down on a piece of ice or a jawbreaker can send you running back to the clinic for new hardware and an unscheduled adjustment. Even worse, very hard foods can cause tooth chipping, cracking and breaking at any time and thus should be avoided.

  • Ice
  • Hard candy, especially jawbreakers
  • Raw carrots, apples, etc. (unless cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • Nuts
  • Thick chips or taco shells.
  • Popcorn (especially the un-popped kernels!)
  • Corn on the cob (it is fine to cut it off the cob and eat it that way)- Jerky snacks
  • Hard bread, bagels, croutons or pizza crust
  • Meats with small bones (ribs, chicken wings, turkey legs, etc.)

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Sticky Foods

Sticky foods are sooooo tasty…..but they are a real menace to braces hardware, pulling brackets and ligatures loose, bending or breaking arch-wires without breaking a sweat.

  • Taffy or toffee
  • Sticky or gummy candy or candy bars
  • Caramel
  • Very thick, chewy bread
  • Dried fruits or fruit roll-ups

Sugary Foods

Finally, sugary foods are like tooth decay in a cute little candy wrapper or soda can. Even too much sugar from natural fruit sources can cause decay if you don’t brush and floss with care every day.

  • Sugared sodas or fruit juices
  • Sugary candies
  • Cotton candy and gum

Other No-Nos to Avoid During Orthodontic Care

Many adults and teens, in particular, cope with stress by chewing on pencil erasers or pen caps or biting their nails.

Life sure can be stressful, and it is important to have ready outlets for relief. But chewing on caps, erasers or your own nails during treatment can not just damage but actually, break your orthodontic hardware.

For a child that has trouble remembering not to chomp down on a favorite toy or accessory or bite their nails when stressed, coating the tempting item with a bit of bitter apple (yup, the same stuff you probably use with the family dog and the household furnishings) usually works to swiftly eliminate this habit.

For older tweens and teens and adults, finding other creative ideas to relieve stress, such as bouncing a stress ball, adding a tiny desk-side Zen garden, trying out the adult coloring book fad or even shaking a Slinky are all fun ways to redirect that stress energy.

Your orthodontist will definitely thank you for committing to avoid both food and non-food no-nos during your treatment, but it is your own mouth that will thank you the most!

About Beach Braces

Dr. Patricia J. Panucci, DMD, MS, completed her DMD degree at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and completed her orthodontic residency at the prestigious University of Southern California. In addition to her orthodontic expertise, she also holds a master’s degree in craniofacial surgery.
Dr. Panucci is an East Coast transplant who got to the West Coast as soon as she could and stayed. Her practice treats patients of all ages, giving each the individualized patient-centric care that supports the clinic’s motto, “Everyone should love to smile.”
To learn more, contact the office at (310) 379-0006 or complete this online contact form.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?


An Awesome Smile Checklist 2017

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All things considered, in professional settings, public or social situations you want your smile to be fabulous. It is hard to feel confident with misaligned teeth, over or under bites, or crowded teeth. Consequently, correcting the problem with braces will result in a more confident smile.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Generally speaking, there are so many options today that can be used to fix your smile. Invisalign, esthetic and Lingual braces can be used for individuals who want to straighten their teeth without people knowing they are wearing orthodontics. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move the teeth into the correct position over time.

These aligners can be removed while you eat or brush your teeth. The aligners are replaced as your teeth straighten. Lingual braces are placed on behind the teeth. These allow straightening over time, too. People will not be able to tell that you have them on. Thus, you can wear orthodontics without anyone knowing you have them on if you want to.

What to Expect

The first step to your perfect smile begins with a trip to your orthodontist for an initial consultation. This will take about an hour. The process will be thoroughly explained. How to care for your orthodontics, foods to avoid, a timeline, pain relief methods and more will be covered during this visit. All of your questions will be answered.

Your Perfect Smile

In conclusion. After you have completed treatment you can expect a great smile. The orthodontist will remove all of the metal, wires and brackets to reveal straight even teeth. You may have to wear a retainer for a while to keep the teeth in their proper positions, thus, ultimately, you can start practicing on your smile immediately.

Finally, contact Dr. Panucci today. A little time, a little patience and the completed treatment will result in a confident, happy smile for you.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/
 An Awesome Smile Checklist 2017 

How Invisalign is Made?

LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Invisalign Explained

Many people who are considering Invisalign dental aligners may be curious to know the process of how they are made. Because Invisalign is a very different system than traditional braces the process for making Invisalign appliances also varies greatly from the process of making braces. Here are the steps that are required to make an individual patient’s Invisalign appliances.

FAQ

Do they take X-rays and photographs?

Detailed x-rays and photographs are taken of the patient’s teeth which are then sent away to Align Technology. Align technology is a company that works to build three-dimensional models from x-rays, photographs and impressions. This is why initial scans and photographs are needed.

Do they use computer modeling?

One Align technology receives an order for Invisalign and the required x-rays and photographs, their technicians can work to generate a 3-D model of a patient’s mouth. After the 3-D model has been rendered simulations can take place.

Do they use Simulation?

Technicians will then straighten their teeth in the 3-D model by moving them into their final position. This is done in partnership with the patient’s orthodontist. After the orthodontist and the technician have determined the necessary steps to straighten teeth into their final position, the orthodontist can speak with the patient again to determine exactly how they would like their teeth to look after treatment has finished. Between the patient and the orthodontist treatment options are laid out and the manufacturing can begin.

Where are they manufactured?

Using the computer simulations Align technology can then produce the individual aligners that will be required to complete the patient’s treatment. There will be a number of aligners used over the course of the treatment as the average length of time the patient must wear an individual aligner is around two weeks. Patients will need to change  these aligners throughout the course of their treatment to gradually move teeth into the position that the computer simulation identified. The manufacturer will create the aligners using a detailed manufacturing process.

How is treatment monitored?

Treatment is monitored and if adjustments need to be made the manufacture can be contacted to make adjustments to new aligners as they are ordered. With today’s computer modeling and detailed orthodontic dental scanners treatment is usually very accurate to the computer model simulations. Through simulations manufacturers and orthodontists have developed very accurate treatment that cuts down on costs, adjustments and appointment visits. As long as the patient continues to wear Invisalign for the prescribed amount of time each day, they can usually complete their treatment within just one year and with minimal orthodontic visits as compared to treatment with traditional braces.

As you can see the process of making and ordering Invisalign is slightly different than that of traditional braces. With the computer technology available , revolutionary clear materials and faster treatment time many patients are choosing Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment.

Call Us Today to Start Orthodontic Treatment

If you live in Manhattan Beach, Calif., then contact our orthodontist at Beach Braces. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci enjoys providing treatments for adults, teenagers and children with these orthodontic devices:

• Braces – self-ligating or lingual
• Aligners – clear plastic devices designed by Invisalign

At our orthodontic facility, we offer fast and thorough examinations with the top-of-the-line diagnostic computer imaging devices. make an appointment on-line with us today or call us at 310-379-0006 for your first orthodontic examination with Dr. Panucci.

 

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/


Improve Your Smile and Change Your Life

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Behold The New

Did you know that trying new things is good for you? As it turns out, stepping outside of our everyday routines for new, novel experiences can promote our health, happiness, and well-being.

A study conducted by psychologist Rich Walker of Winston-Salem State University found that people that engaged in a variety of experiences held on to more positive emotions and fewer negative ones than people with less diverse experiences. A majority of positive emotions is important because, according to Walker, when positive and negative emotions are at a one-to-one ratio, there is potential for a host of disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Shake up your routine do something new. Here are seven ideas to try this week:

  • 1. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter.
  • 2. Go out for a new type of cuisine.
  • 3. Research nearby parks and take a walk in one of which you’ve never visited.
  • 4. Go on Meetup.com and find a group that interests you.
  • 5. Try a new recipe for dinner.
  • 6. Introduce yourself to a neighbor to whom you’ve never spoken.
  • 7. Plant a small garden.

 

Seize The Day

Adopting a seize the day attitude can have a positive impact on your life. Have you been putting off discussing Invisalign braces with your orthodontist? If you’re given a chance to make an improvement in your life, take it. Taking action improves self-confidence and can spread into other areas of our lives. Before you know it, you may be asking for that well-deserved promotion, planning a trip that you’ve always wanted to take, or finally asking that special someone out for dinner. And all because you took the first step toward taking control of your oral health.

Furthermore, self-consciousness about your smile shouldn’t be the thing that holds you back from trying new things. Call Beach Braces today and make an appointment with an orthodontist to see if Invisalign Braces are right for you. Your life is waiting.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

Improve Your Smile and Change Your Life


How to Start Orthodontic Treatment 2017

Straightening Your Teeth Makes It Easier to Perform Oral Hygiene

Robert H. Schuller was a motivational speaker who believed that in order to succeed at anything, you have to start at the beginning. When you have crooked teeth that are difficult to brush and floss, you must begin to solve this problem by visiting an orthodontist. At an orthodontic facility, you can undergo an examination to determine if you have mild, moderate or severe malocclusions.

After an evaluation, you will know if you require long-term treatment with braces or if treatment with aligners is suitable. Having your misaligned teeth straightened makes it easier to perform oral hygiene to prevent cavities, gingivitis and halitosis.

Begin to Wear Plastic Aligners Within a Few Days

When you need orthodontic treatment, it is better to start wearing the appropriate devices right away to begin enjoying an attractive smile and better bite sooner. Today, you don’t need to wait for several weeks for your customized aligners because the items are ready within a few days.

You will receive approximately 25 sets of aligners that are made in slightly different configurations to shift your teeth into the best positions, and you should wear each set of aligners for two weeks before switching to a new set. Occasionally, you will visit your orthodontist to have a new examination to make sure that the aligners are working optimally.

Call Us Today to Start Orthodontic Treatment

If you live in Manhattan Beach, Calif., then contact our orthodontist at Beach Braces. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci enjoys providing treatments for adults, teenagers and children with these orthodontic devices:

• Braces – self-ligating or lingual
• Aligners – clear plastic devices designed by Invisalign

At our orthodontic facility, we offer fast and thorough examinations with the top-of-the-line diagnostic computer imaging devices. make an appointment on-line with us today or call us at 310-379-0006 for your first orthodontic examination with Dr. Panucci.

 

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

How to Start Orthodontic Treatment 2017


Teenagers and TMJ Truths and Myths 2017

If you are a parent to a teenager, you probably often feel it is like pulling teeth (literally) to get information out of them. Either they have their heads stuck in their laptops or they are texting with friends or studying or playing sports….being a teen means having a very busy schedule!

But when spring rolls around, suddenly your normally preoccupied teen is complaining of jaw pain. What is going on? What could be causing the pain? And why does it seem like your teen has more aches and pains in spring than at any other time of year?

In this article, learn what causes this spring-time jaw joint pain and how you can help your teen feel better fast!

TMD: A Common Reason for Teen Jaw Joint Pain

A number of factors can contribute to the sudden onset of your teen’s jaw joint pain. Thanks to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), there is more effort to educate parents and the public about the prevalence of TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, in adolescents and teenagers.

The temporomandibular joint is actually one of the most complicated joints in the whole body. It has three parts: the temporal bone, the mandible and the disc that cushions the bone and mandible as the joint moves.

While orthodontic researchers are not yet completely clear on why TMD seems more common in younger patients, one theory is that the teeth and jaw are still moving and shifting and this can place undue strain on the jaw joint.

When the jaw joint is distressed or disturbed, it is common to feel like the jaw joint “pops” when you open and close your mouth. The popping is caused by the joint’s inability to fit together smoothly as it does its work of talking, smiling, chewing and other movements.

There can also be other symptoms, including pain in the jaw joint area, a feeling of heat, muscle spasms, the jaw locking in the open or closed position, swelling, headaches, a grinding sensation when moving the jaw joint or tingling and pressure around the joint area.

TMD and Females

Not only is TMD more prevalent in younger patients, but it is also more common in females than in males. Here, there is a working theory that the estrogen receptors located in the jaw area that may impact pain perception as well as jaw joint function.

For this reason, once they enter their reproductive years, teenage girls may be especially prone to report pain, popping and other symptoms that can indicate TMD.

But What If It Is Not TMD?

While it is true that TMD is more common in women than men, and especially so for young women today, a feeling of pain, popping or grinding is not conclusive of TMJ disorder in and of itself.

The TMJ Association estimates that approximately 12 percent of Americans (35 million people) are currently affected by TMD. But many more people than these also experience jaw pain and other symptoms strongly associated with TMD.

Because the temporomandibular joint itself is so complex, it can be quite vulnerable to dysfunction. Just biting down on something very hard can cause this joint tremendous stress. Repetitive chewing, such as with chewy candies or gum, can also cause an overuse injury. Improper diet, inadequate hydration, athletic injuries, too little sleep and other factors can also cause pain and stress in the jaw joint area.

For this reason, diagnosing actual TMD usually requires more than just a presentation of symptoms. Your orthodontist will also need to do a physical exam of the mouth, jaw joint area and neck in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

 

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Why Teens Have More Jaw Pain in Spring

Within the orthodontia community, certain patterns become easy to spot with time. One such pattern is the number of parents who call the family orthodontist every spring because their teenager has suddenly started complaining about jaw pain.

Maybe the teen isn’t even that worried about it, but the parent is worried. So the call is made and a consultation is scheduled. However (much to the relief of parents and their wallets!) in most cases, the jaw pain their teen is experiencing is not actually coming from the temporomandibular joint at all.

Rather, the pain is more frequently located in the jaw muscles used for chewing. The reason for this is simple: STRESS. Spring is a particularly stressful time in a young person’s life. Final exams loom and sports teams are making their big push for victory. Homecoming and that ultimate rite of passage, prom, are approaching fast. Graduation is not far behind, and with that, a move to a new grade and possibly a new school.

Stressed out teens may struggle to eat healthily or sleep well enough. They may chew gum or candies to burn off excess tension and at night, they may unknowingly be clenching or grinding their jaws together, which puts a tremendous amount of stress on the chewing muscles.

Then they wake up in the morning and feel jaw soreness, dry mouth, headaches and, of course, fatigue. From here, it is easy to assume the worst and plan accordingly. In nine cases out of 10, TMD is not at the root of your teen’s jaw pain. And either way, a visit to your orthodontist can ease your worries and theirs!

Contact Beach Braces for Help

Dr. Patricia J. Panucci has had a passion for good oral health since she was a girl. After completing her education and a three-year residency at the University of Southern California, Dr. Panucci graduated with a certificate in orthodontia and a master’s degree in craniofacial biology.

Beach Braces was born of Dr. Panucci’s love for the laid-back California beach communities and the beautiful smiles she saw while jogging with her now husband, Charlie. Beach Braces offers orthodontic care for patients of all ages. Contact Dr. Panucci’s office at 310-379-0006 or online.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

Teenagers and TMJ Truths and Myths 2017