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Fix Your Smile Instead Of Worrying About New Clothing

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.

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.)



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

Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

An Awesome Smile Checklist 2017


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
 An Awesome Smile Checklist 2017 

Improve Your Smile and Change Your Life


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

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

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New You, New Year, New Smile List 2017

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. – Oprah Winfrey

As the new year dawns, it’s a time for fresh starts and new experiences. If you have been concerned about your smile, make the new year – new you time to do something about it. Improving your smile is as simple as having professional orthodontic work done in a relatively short span of time. Here are 5 reasons to consult an orthodontist about your smile in the coming year.


Orthodontia is More Affordable Than Ever

In recent years, the cost of orthodontic treatment has come down in many practices. In addition, there are more payment options than before, including some that are interest-free, so more people in all income levels can afford to get this valuable service.


Braces Enhance the Smiles of People of All Ages

As people live longer and enjoy a better quality of life, they are getting braces at all ages to maintain an attractive appearance and a healthy smile. No matter your age, you don’t have to feel awkward about wires and brackets.


You Can Get the Dazzling Smile You Have Always Wanted

If you have ever daydreamed about a beautiful smile, it can be yours! Consult an orthodontic practice for an evaluation of how to get the smile of your dreams.


Your Overall Dental Health Will Improve

As teeth that are tipped, twisted, or missing are repaired or replaced, your mouth will regain a healthier aspect, so those remaining teeth will stay in place and be easier to care for.


Your Confidence Will Improve

Having a superlative smile makes people notice you. You can flash your teeth without worrying whether others will notice an overbite or other problems.

Take this new year – new you opportunity to get a smile that others will admire. Contact our Beach Braces orthodontist team for a professional evaluation to find out how you can get a brand new smile.


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


New You, New Year, New Smile List 2017



Alleviate Discomfort During Braces 2017


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.

How can you help your child get through this painful process? Here are some tips on how to ease the pain for your child.

Painkillers Will be Your Best Friend

With that being said, do not abuse them. Only let your child have them if they’re in extreme pain. Painkillers like Ibuprofen and the like should do the trick. Be sure to consult your doctor on the recommended dosage. The pain should subside after a week, but if it doesn’t, a trip to the orthodontist to be on the safe side never hurts.

Use a Saline Gargle

Only have your child use a saline gargle if they’re comfortable gargling. If so, have them do it every day until the pain subsides. Use a glass of water and a pinch of salt. This will ease the pain and your child will feel better.

Only Soft Foods for the First Few Days

Your child will be hungry for a few days because it’ll be hard for them to chew foods. They shouldn’t try to eat any crunchy, sticky, or sweet foods. This includes chips, gummy bears, steak, and other similar foods. Instead make sure they eat soft foods, like yogurt, soups, and the like. Solid foods will only hurt their mouth even more, and the food could possibly become stuck in their wires and even knock off their brackets. This means another trip to the office for more pain, so make sure to keep it soft and simple! Speaking of soft foods…

Eat Some Ice Cream!

This is one of the few times when your child will be encouraged to eat sugar! Get your child some ice cream as soon as you can after the procedure is finished. It will relieve swelling and inflammation of the gums. Eating ice cream 1 – 2 times a day should be enough until the pain subsides. Not only will your child receive a cool sensation to dull the pain but they will also get to enjoy a delicious treat in the process.

Soup and Warm Milk Will Help Circulation

Soup and warm milk may not sound like the most appealing liquids, but they’re quite helpful. Heat from these liquids will increase blood circulation in your child’s gums, meaning they will feel less pain.

They Will Hurt, But Wear the Rubber Bands

This is probably one of the most painful parts of the process. Rubber bands are used to correct bites. Depending on how the orthodontist tells your child to apply the rubber bands (from back to front or front to back) will correct the child’s overbite or under-bite. It’s extra pressure combined with brackets and wires that are already moving teeth around. It’ll at least keep hooks from digging into the skin, which also causes pain.

Leave the Sores Alone

Sores may form around your child’s teeth from all the pain and movement. They should not touch the sores with their tongue and certainly not with their fingers! It’s like a pimple: They’ll want to get rid of it but they’ll only make the problem worse. They should do their best to control themselves.




No Acidic Drinks

It may be a liquid but it’s an acidic liquid. Drinking something highly acidic will only irritate sores even more. Be sure your child stays away from sodas and citrus fruit juices. Water, milk and other non-acidic drinks will have to do.

Ice Cubes Are Helpful With Discomfort

If your child has never been the one to eat ice, it would be a good time to start doing so. But they do not need to chew the ice! They should just let the ice sit in their mouths and melt. It will provide the same benefits as ice cream. Chewing the ice may break a bracket and make for more discomfort.

Soft-Bristled Toothbrushes are Your Child’s Best Friend

It may seem like your child needs a toothbrush with hard bristles to get their teeth clean, but this is not the case. A toothbrush with soft bristles is needed to gently clean wires and brackets. Also be sure your child brushes gently in a circular motion on each bracket.

Mouth Guards Are Helpful

Mouth guards can stop the discomfort your child may feel from the various brackets cutting into their mouth or the wires that are poking the back of their jaw. They’ll definitely have to have one if they’re involved in sports. It can also protect their mouth at night so that your child doesn’t accidentally grind their brackets off in their sleep.

Braces are not something to be taken lightly. A lot of time and dedication is needed to properly care for them. Your child will have to brush more, stay away from some foods permanently while they’re on, deal with pain after every visit to tighten them, take extra care when flossing, and so much more. But it’s all worth it.

At Beach Braces, you’ll have an orthodontist dedicated to making the process go as smoothly as possible and to ensure your child has the best results. Please feel free to call us. Our phone number is 310-379-0006. Alternatively, you can make an appointment on-line.

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

Alleviate Discomfort During Braces 2017


Can Orthodontic Treatment Improve Your Future?



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

Can Orthodontic Treatment Improve Your Future?

Orthodontic Reputation Checklist 2017


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.


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

Orthodontic Reputation Checklist 2017