11 Ways to Alleviate Discomfort [During Braces]

 

How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces. Your child has just gotten braces. Your child’s excited to get the perfect smile, and you’re excited to do something good for your child. A few hours later, the downside of having wire and brackets in their mouths set in. Your child can’t eat solid foods, they have to brush after every meal (even snacks!), they’re now self-conscious of whether food gets stuck between their wires, and now they’re in pain. They’re just not having a great time.

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Can Orthodontic Treatment Improve Your Future?

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A healthy mouth and teeth are incredibly important to both our physical health and mental well-being. Basic dental care and appointments are essential, but sometimes not enough. Furthermore, orthodontics is the practice of treating irregularities of the teeth which impact the mouth or jaw.

Problems Requiring Orthodontic Care

firstly, a trip to the orthodontist can be life changing. If you have any of the conditions below schedule an appointment as soon as possible:

  • Incorrect bite – An improper bite could be an under bite, over bite, or cross bite
  • Excessive spacing – If you have irregular spacing between any of your teeth this could be impacting your bite
  • Crowding – Crowding refers to teeth which are crooked or overlapping

Why Orthodontic Care is Necessary

Health – In fact misaligned teeth can be a hazard to your physical health. An orthodontic visit can help alleviate the following problems:

  • Oral health
  • Bone loss
  • Restore missing teeth
  • Malfunctioning teeth
  • Lack of Self-confidence (An attractive smile and healthy mouth are also an important part of self-esteem.)

Orthodontic Services

By and large, there are a couple of viable orthodontic treatments that will positively impact your life.

Braces – Gone are the days when having braces means you smile everyone sees a mouthful of metal. Lingual braces are mostly invisible and installed behind your teeth. They are ultimately worn for 12 -24 weeks.

Invisalign – Invisalign is a state of the art procedure which utilizes 3D computer graphics. As a matter of fact it involves custom made comfortable aligners which are placed strategically to adjust your teeth and mouth. Depending on the individual needs you may have anywhere from 12-48 aligners which you wear for up to two weeks each. Finally, you should remove the aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing.

Lingual braces and Invisalign services are available for teenagers and adults. Don’t spend another day with a malfunctioning and uncomfortable mouth so check out our website here and contact us for a consultation with an orthodontist today.

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

Can Orthodontic Treatment Improve Your Future?


Orthodontic Reputation Checklist 2017

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What Makes a Good Orthodontist?

An orthodontist’s prime duty is to deal with correcting misaligned or malpositioned teeth. However, like many professions, there’s a difference between a good orthodontic specialist, and just an okay one. Here’s what makes an orthodontic practice a good one.

The Character of the Orthodontic Specialist

Just like any doctor, you want an orthodontic specialist who carries themselves in a way that makes you feel like you’re in good hands. This doesn’t apply just to the doctor. You would want everyone in the office to have a modicum of professionalism. The staff is an extension of this.
If you walk in, or call, and don’t feel at ease, then you will likely not want to deal with the practice.

A good orthodontic practice knows this and builds a reputation on it. The office will do everything possible to make you understand they know they’re doing. They want you to feel comfortable while they do it.

 

The Integrity of the Orthodontic Practice

Integrity is extremely important, and it consists of a lot of different things.

The truth about procedures and pricing – The practice should remain upright and honest about all things. This can include pricing, how a procedure works, and what outcomes to expect. For example, when discussing pricing for a procedure, the practice should readily let you know what that price includes. Is everything in there?

  • Appointments
  • Appliances (and additional appliances)
  • X-rays
  • Retainers
  • Other fees

The office should let you know if everything is included, or if you’re paying piecemeal for certain things. If they offer payment options, they should let you know about all the ones available to you, and not just the ones they would prefer you use. In addition, the office should make absolutely sure of what your insurance can and cannot cover. From there they should work with you to fill in any gaps in your coverage.

Establishing trust – You should find it easy to trust the practice and everything it does. The practice shouldn’t hold back any information from you about anything concerning a procedure.

Showing references and allowing you to look into the practice – The practice should offer references. You should be able to look up reviews of the practice and see what others have to say. Finally, peruse the practice’s website for testimonials. All of these things tie into the office’s integrity.

 

Professional Associations, Accreditation, and Ongoing Training

You want a Board Certified specialist. Board certification means the specialist has gone through 100’s of hours of training beyond what they need to claim the title of Orthodontist. This points to a degree of dedication above and beyond the norm.

In fact, that certification must be renewed every 10 years. This means the specialist goes through continuing training. Continuing training means the specialist is up-to-date with their knowledge and the techniques involved with orthodontics.

 

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When on the practice’s website, you can also look for logos indicating they are a part of professional associations and boards.

Only specialists can claim the AAO association. All other associations and boards typically include AAO certified specialists. There are also associations by locality and greater geographic area. Associations and group affiliations show you are dealing with a professional.

Specifically, you’re dealing with a professional that maintains their credentials. These distinctions are important. They differentiate an orthodontic specialist from those who just practice some aspects of orthodontic dentistry.

 

Reputation is Key

A good orthodontic practice will offer various options, and help you to choose which will work best for you. That also means the practice should have the equipment and technology available to do the kind of work you need.
For example, if you had your heart set on clear aligners, you wouldn’t want the specialist to tell you that’s just not possible. You wouldn’t want them to say they don’t have the proper equipment.

The practice should let you know exactly why you’re not a candidate, and offer you a solution. Or, they should let you know there are alternatives that can work better or cost less.

 

The Ability to Answer Any and All Questions

A good orthodontic specialist can and should answer all of your questions. In fact, you should compile a list of questions to ask before your first visit. There’s no reason a specialist or the office cannot answer even your most detailed questions. Questions about treatment:

  • What does whole treatment plan entail?
  • When’s the best time to start the treatment?
  • Are there alternatives to the particular treatment?
  • What happens if you don’t go through with the treatment?
  • Questions about timeframes
  • Questions about all costs
  • What should you do between visits?
  • Questions about the practice and prices
  • How long has the practice existed?
  • How long has the specialist practiced?
  • Does the office have any references

Correspondingly, a good practice will not leave you in the dark about anything you want to know. So feel free to ask your questions. The practice should give you straightforward and honest answers to your questions, without fail.

 

A Good Rapport with Children and Young Adults

Many people who need braces find out at an early age. That means the specialist should have a good rapport with young people. Both the specialist and the office should make young people feel comfortable and welcome.
The specialists should have the ability to put both parents and children at ease about any procedure. They should have the ability to explain to both you and your child what a procedure entails and how it will affect their life.

This means the specialist should have compassion and empathy, as well as an overall friendly demeanor.
All of these things are the hallmark of a good orthodontic specialist. They’re also all signs the orthodontist has a reputation that he or she cares about and cultivates. Therefore, if you want a good orthodontic specialist, start with the professionals at Beach Braces, an orthodontic practice for all ages.

 

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

Orthodontic Reputation Checklist 2017


Wear a Perfect Smile 2017

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Your Smile

Smile. There are many reasons to smile. Some people smile for their significant others and children usually smile for their parents. The one thing that all these smiles should have in common is a healthy set of teeth. One thing that your orthodontist knows is that there is nothing more satisfying than smiling without feeling self-conscious due to dental issues.

What You Can Remedy

You will see what it feels like to talk to a skilled orthodontist when you give us an opportunity to help. There are a number of things that we can help with like the following:
  • Worn teeth that could lead to tooth sensitivity
  • Misaligned teeth that could lead to cavities or plaque
  • Bad bites that could make it hard to chew properly or speak
  • Overbites and underbites can be dealt with
  • Structural issues with the jaw

 

Of course, these are just some of the issues that our orthodontic specialists can help you with, but there are others. You should know that we have a number of different ways to help you with some of these issues, too.

 

Other Options

For example, many of our clients love Invisalign, which is akin to traditional braces except they are totally invisible. Invisalign could take as long as traditional braces to fix certain issues and are also removable.

The treatment does require you to come into the office every two weeks to get an adjusted set of aligners to put enough pressure on the teeth. The pressure helps correct issues with your teeth. We know that living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., can get hectic due to the traffic, but our team will do what is possible to accommodate any visit around your schedule. Visit us at Beach Braces, or give us a call at 310-379-0006 to see if we can give you another reason to smile.

 

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

Wear a Perfect Smile 2017


5 Ways Orthodontics Can Help You

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You’re never fully dressed without a smile ~Martin Charnin

Orthodontics is ready to help you. A day in Manhattan Beach, Calif., is not complete without a great outfit and smile, yet some people do not let their smiles shine because of an orthodontic issue. There is no need to live without smiling because you have the orthodontic specialists at the Beach Braces office to help you deal with any dental issues.

A good orthodontist knows how important a smile is. Smiling helps a person feel happier than they would otherwise, and correcting dental issues can help improve self-esteem. You know that self-esteem can propel you forward in more ways than one. Your happiness matters to a good orthodontist.

Orthodontics Can Help

The following are just some of the things you can expect your orthodontic specialist to help you with:

  • Excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or other oral issues
  • Misaligned teeth or crooked teeth
  • Bad bites, underbites, or overbites
  • Structural issues with the jaw, which could disfigure your face in time
  • Gaps between the teeth

These issues can make someone self-conscious, and your orthodontic specialist can help you reverse these problems. Some of these problems are a lot more serious than you might imagine. For example, excessive wear can actually lead to sensitive teeth because the enamel is compromised.

Misaligned teeth or crooked teeth give bacteria and food particles an opportunity to hide from your toothbrush or floss. This means the likelihood of cavities or other ailments is heightened due to these orthodontic-related ailments.

Rest Assured

You can be sure that everyone in our office will do everything in their power to make sure that your smile is as healthy and beautiful as it is meant to be. We can deal with some of these issues using options like Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are like traditional braces, except they are removable and invisible. You can visit us in our Beach Braces website, or call us at 310-379-0006 to schedule an appointment.

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

 5 Ways Orthodontics Can Help You


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Take a Photo in the Beach Braces Photo Booth!

Beach Braces Photo Booth

IT’S TIME TO HOP IN THE BEACH BRACES PHOTO BOOTH! We know how much fun our patients have taking a selfie to show off their brand new smile, so we decided to step things up a notch.

Throughout December, when you come to our office, you’ll have a chance to take a fun photo in our photo booth! Fully stocked with fun props and social signs, you’ll be able to get the perfect shot to share with your friends and family.

During your next visit to our Manhattan Beach office, not only will you get to take a fun photo in the photo booth, but you will be entered to win a prize!

Participating Is Easy!

  • Beach Braces Photo BombStep 1: Take a picture in the photo booth holding a fun prop or social sign.
  • Step 2: Post the photo to Facebook with our hashtag #beachbraces
  • Step 3: Receive a raffle entry to win a prize!

Share Your Photo and Enter to Win a Prize!

A $50 Target gift card. The winner will be randomly selected on December 30th.

Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates!

Put your best smile forward and good luck! We look forward to seeing all those great smiles!

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Brilliant Smile Checklist 2016

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What makes people truly memorable is their smile. Consequently, a brilliant flash of pearly white teeth leaves a lasting impression on admirers. If your teeth could look better, an orthodontist may be able to help.

Misaligned Bite

An uneven upper or lower bite due to improper jaw alignment is sometimes not only unsightly but also can interfere with basic functions. First of all, eating and speaking, this draws unwanted attention, and among kids, teasing or mocking comments.

Uneven Teeth

Teeth that are missing, tipped, twisted, or tilted are often a source of embarrassment. Like an ill-formed bite, these problems may lead to difficulty in chewing. Food that is not chewed completely before swallowing sometimes creates digestive issues, which then may lead to extended health disorders.

Dental Malformations

A tied tongue may need to be clipped, which can improve speech and dental appearance. Therefore an undescended tooth embedded in the soft palate may have to be pulled into its intended position. You can be repair chipped teeth . As a result these and related problems can be referred by an orthodontist to a specialist who can address these problems in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.

Braces

In conclusion, moving teeth into proper alignment will enhance your smile in several ways. First, orthodontic treatment with braces will remove the physical and psychological discomfort of having teeth where they do not belong, giving you another reason to smile. Second, teeth that are in alignment without interference from other disruptive conditions will streamline their appearance and functionality. Third, following treatment, it will be easier to care for your teeth and preserve them in their new, beautiful state.

A beautiful, brilliant smile is yours for the asking, so why wait? Contact Beach Braces to schedule an examination, where you can get answers to any questions you may have. Before you know it, your smile is admired by everyone who sees it.

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

Brilliant Smile Checklist 2016


How Does Smoking Affect Braces? Checklist 2016

 

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Smoking and Braces

We all know that smoking cigarettes and tobacco can be extremely harmful to our health in a variety of different ways. Many people associate puffing with conditions that affect our lungs but they do not consider oral health is one of the major health concerns associated with it is well.

FAQ

How important is oral health and braces?

When people receive braces it’s very important that they continue to maintain their oral health as well as regularly attend dental visits for checkups in cleaning. If a person has braces and continues to smoke they also work to detriment their oral health even further. Furthermore, they can risk severely staining their teeth and having them not recover their original clean and white exterior when orthodontic appliances have been removed.

How does smoking effect clean teeth?

Smoking can reduce someone’s ability to fight off tooth decay by making someone’s mouth much more prone to plaque and extra toxins that are ingested through smoking. Smoking cigarettes and tobacco can actually cause major damage to the bones in your mouth as well as your gums. Regularly smoking while you have orthodontic appliances on will only add to these concerns. If you are committed to having a healthier mouth and to really straightening your smile you should really also consider giving up smoking so that you can hold onto your perfectly straight and healthy smile and maintain your overall oral health.

If you are willing to quit smoking when you receive your braces you can experience a number of great health benefits. And you can severely reduce your risk of oral health issues that are associated with smoking.

How does smoking effect my overall health?

Making a commitment to straighten your teeth should also involve an overall commitment to improving your oral health. Much of the damage that puffing may have done inside your mouth is completely reversible if you are willing to abstain from the habits entirely. If you’re willing to quit cigarettes for even just a few months you will find an overall increase in your lung function. Also, a greatly reduced risk of oral health issues such as gum disease and more. If you keep up smoke-free habits after your treatment for up to five years you can reduce the risk of cancer in your mouth which is another major concern in oral health issues for smokers.

Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today

The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:

  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating devices
  • Wild smile brackets
  • Aesthetic devices
  • Invisalign for adults and teenagers

Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. Its easy to get a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved look.

 

Beach Braces
1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Suite B, Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006
http://www.beachbraces.org/

How Does Smoking Affect Braces?


4 Best Ways to Wear a Great Smile 2016

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Wear an Attractive Smile

When you get dressed in the morning, make sure to smile and look at your teeth because nothing you wear is more important than your smile. If you are spending hundreds of dollars on expensive blouses and slacks, then you can also invest in repairing your teeth by visiting an orthodontist. The first thing that someone notices about you is your smile instead of your outfit, so when you decide to learn more about modern orthodontic treatment, you are making a great choice. At an orthodontic facility, you will undergo a complete examination to determine if you have mild, moderate or severe malocclusions of your teeth.

Straighten Your Teeth

If you have a few teeth that are misaligned, then you are likely a candidate for Invisalign aligners. These plastic aligners are clear, and you can smile throughout the day without anyone noticing the devices. You must wear your aligners as much as possible, but it is possible to remove the devices when you are eating food or brushing your teeth. After two weeks, you will throw away the old aligners to change to a new set. Alternatively, if you have severely misaligned teeth, then you need to wear braces for two to four years. Fortunately, there are lingual devices that you can wear on the backs of your teeth to ensure that your smile is still gorgeous.

Call Our Orthodontist

To schedule your first appointment in California, call Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci offers expert orthodontic care to adults, children, and teenagers with these types of orthodontic devices:

• Braces – lingual or self-ligating
• Invisalign – for adults and teenagers
• AcceleDent Aura – reduces orthodontic treatment time
• Colorful brackets – requested by teenagers and children

Call our orthodontist today at 310-379-0006 for a free consultation to learn how to wear a gorgeous smile for the rest of your life.

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

4 Ways to Wear a Great Smile


2 Food Checklists to Avoid Brace Problems 2016

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Food is essential. Most of us pretended our chewing gum was braces more than once throughout our childhood, but we didn’t have to live with them. It’s safe to say we all went through a phase where we thought wearing braces was cool, especially when our friends were showing off their cool new colorful bands. Orange and black during the Halloween season, and they boasted red and green when it was Christmas. We looked at our straight teeth in the mirror and tried to convince our parents they were crooked and we needed thousands upon thousands of dollars in metal in our mouths.

What were we thinking? There’s nothing particularly enjoyable about needing our smiles corrected, but many people go through life with crooked teeth easily fixable with the help of some orthodontic correction. Growing up, wearing colorful bands was a fun idea. Our friends who did require a mouth full of metal didn’t think it was so much fun when they realized just how limited they really were as it pertained to eating and basic oral hygiene. Braces might seem like a lot of fun to those who don’t wear them, but there’s some serious limitation involved. The biggest challenge comes when you can no longer eat your favorite things. Your orthodontist recommends avoiding a number of specific food items with orthodontics in your mouth.

Food to Avoid

Your orthodontic appliances are nothing more than metal and wire holding your teeth together to help straighten them and keep them in line. They’re not nearly as strong as you might imagine, which leaves them highly susceptible to damage from certain food items.

  • Sticky candy
  • Hard chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Hard cookies
  • Gum
  • Hard candy

These are items your orthodontist wants you to stay away from at all costs. Each one is designed to taste amazing, but they’re not good for your mouth’s new hardware. Hard, sticky items such as these do a number on your orthodontics, which causes more problems for your mouth. These are foods most susceptible to becoming stuck in your metal or wires, and sometimes that’s more painful than anything else.

Its only for a while

It’s not easy to say goodbye to these items when your mouth is full of hardware, but you shouldn’t eat any of the items on this list. Try to remind yourself it’s not forever. You aren’t being asked to give up your favorite movie theater popcorn for the rest of our life. You’re only giving it up until your smile is picture perfect and your hardware is removed for good.

Your kids might not appreciate all the changes they’re making now that they have a mouth filled with hardware, but you will. Not only do they need to be extra careful with their food, they have to get rid of some nasty habits. Do your kids bite their nails or chew on their pens when they’re sitting in class? If they do, they have to stop now. These are both dangerous to the hardware in their mouth. It can cause the wires to snap, the metal to bend, and another trip to the orthodontist to become necessary.

Food to Be Careful With

As if avoiding things like hard Taco Tuesday when your mouth is full of metal isn’t depressing enough, that’s not all you have to be careful with. Your orthodontist is going to provide you a list of things you should be very careful eating when you have your new hardware applied to your teeth. These are foods you can eat, but you need to cut up, break apart, and be very careful with during your meals.

  • Subs
  • Corn on the cob
  • Croutons
  • Thin pizza crust
  • Bread
  • Raw veggies
  • Rolls
  • Burgers
  • Meat
  • Fruit

If you love these items, you’ll feel good knowing you can still eat them. Just be careful with them as you eat. Try cutting them into small pieces, breaking your bread apart, and pulling your corn off the cob. These items tend to get stuck in your mouth, which can cause some damage to the hardware in there. You’re not going to have a difficult time eating them if you’re just a bit more careful about what you put into your mouth.

The good news is you can still eat most anything you loved before, but you have to be careful. You might not be able to have hard taco shells on Taco Tuesday, but you can have soft ones for a while. When your hardware is removed, you can go back to eating anything you want without worrying about your expensive hardware breaking. If you’re a child reading this, it does get better.

Good Hygiene Habits

Right now the excitement of having a mouth filled with metal is wearing off for the kids, and you’re dealing with unhappy little people who just want hard candy and popcorn. They’re unhappy about all the life changes they’ve had to make since their visit to the ortho, and you’re left dealing with the aftermath. It’s going to become slightly more difficult when you have to inform your kids they need to be extra careful with their teeth cleaning and care with all that equipment in there.

One of the first things you’ll do when your kids come home from the ortho with their new mouth accessory is replace their toothbrush. They need one with very soft bristles, as they are much less likely to damage the wires and metal. Your kids also need to begin flossing right away. If they weren’t great about it before, now is the time for them to get used to it on a regular basis. The ortho wants your kids to start brushing and flossing every time they eat. Food tends to get stuck in the wires and metal in their mouth. It can cause far more issues than not if it remains there.

It’s a good idea to provide your kids with a secondary soft toothbrush and some floss to carry with them to school. You might provide their teachers with a note stating they need a moment after lunch to run into the restroom and brush to keep their mouth healthy.

In Addition

In addition to practicing extra precaution with their new accessory, your kids need to consider additional mouth protection when playing sports. Your kids can still pay sports. There’s no reason they need to quit just because of their new accessory, but they must practice extra care to prevent damage or injury. A custom mouth guard is the best idea on the top and bottom of the mouth. It’s important not only to keep hardware from becoming damaged but to keep your child’s mouth from becoming injured. It’s not uncommon for a child to tear his or her lips or another child’s skin a contact sport with their metal, and we know you want to practice extra precaution to prevent this from occurring.

It might seem that life is ending with all these rules and worries, but the reward is worth it in the end. Your child’s smile will light up a room when it’s perfect. The added confidence they receive from their new smile will change their life. It’s a bit of sacrifice for a time, but it’s not the end of the world. The kids will become used to things, and they will appreciate this sacrifice later in life. If anything ever happens to the hardware in their mouth, call the orthodontist right away. Make sure to schedule an appointment to repair it as quickly as possible with http://www.beachbraces.org/. Dr. Panucci is there for you when you need additional care for your mouth, if you have questions, or if you have concerns about your new hardware.

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

2 Food Checklists to Avoid Brace Problems 2016