New Address & Expanded Services for Beach Braces

Beach Braces - Orthodontics for Ages - Manhattan Beach CADr. Patricia Panucci announces that her Manhattan Beach, California-based BEACH BRACES opens the doors to its new and expanded offices Tuesday, May 3 at 220 N. Aviation Blvd. Suite A. (Click here for directions)

The new home for the 11-year-old orthodontic practice is three times the size of the former location on Manhattan Beach Boulevard and offers patients additional state-of-the-art features such as an iCAT 3D scanner that allows the most thorough evaluation of individual patient needs (the only unit of its kind currently in a South Bay orthodontic office), the option of a semi-private procedure room, in addition to five chairs arranged in a large airy patient bay with ceiling “sky” lights, a full on-site technician lab for the preparation of appliances, iPad work stations and massage chairs for waiting patients and parents. Plus, there’s a “multi-media room” for patient before and after photos, social media, as well as green screen technology that allows patients and parents to explore the planet (and elsewhere), with fun and creative photography.

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“The Beach Braces team has always prided ourselves on providing the latest in orthodontic technology and the best patient care. With our new location, we’ve added the most comfortable and attractive premises possible,” beams Dr.  Panucci.  “Our goal is to make “moving teeth” a fun experience.”

BEACH BRACES is a leading INVISALIGN ELITE provider, along with Invisalign Teen, Esthetic (clear) Braces, traditional metal braces, and Lingual Braces.

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Beach Braces

220 N. Aviation Blvd. Suite A

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266



New Address & Expanded Services for Manhattan Beach Orthodontist


Beach Braces is on the MOVE

Beach Braces since 2005Hello Beach Braces Friends!!

After celebrating 10 years on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Dr. Panucci and the Beach Braces Team is expanding.  The new office is located at 220 North Aviation Boulevard, Suite A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.  Our new space is much larger, features new state-of-the-art equipment and more PARKING!!

Our phone number (310-379-0006) and emails will remain the same. During the move we will still be answering your phone calls but will be unable to move or schedule appointments between April 29th to May 2nd.

Thank you for your continued support and patience with us during this transition, we are so excited to see you in the new office!!

Dr. Panucci and the Beach Braces Team

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?


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Braces can be a wonderful option for aligning your teeth and improving your overall long-term health. Properly aligned teeth can result in improved health by reducing the incidence of gum disease, reducing your prospects for a heart attack or stroke, and improving your appearance. When the time comes to remove your braces, it’s often a cause for celebration. But, that celebration can be hampered when white spots are discovered underneath the area where braces were attached to your teeth. The question for many parents is whether these white spots were a direct result of the braces, or an indication of some other condition that needs treatment.

What Are White Spots

White spot lesions are more professionally known as decalcification or demineralization. These spots are caused by subsurface porosities from the formation of dental plaque on the teeth. The plaque that causes cavities in teeth also causes white spots. The white spots are formed when the plaque on the teeth begins to remove minerals from the teeth. The removal of these minerals affects the ability of the teeth to reflect light. Generally, people experience white spots between the area of the braces and the gums. This area is notoriously difficult to brush, and among the reasons why many teens opt to use Invisalign Teen technology. Invisalign Teen makes it easier for them to clean the teeth since the aligners can be easily removed for proper cleaning.

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots?

Patients often want to know the answer to the question “Do orthodontic braces cause white spots?” The simple answer is no, but braces don’t make it easier to prevent them. Since the white spots occur underneath the braces, it can be extremely difficult for an orthodontist to detect and treat the plaque. The reason for this is that often, the white spots occur under swollen gum tissue and can’t be detected until after the braces have been removed. It’s not just a problem for people with braces either. University studies have noted that about a quarter of teens that have never had braces also develop white spots on their teeth. It’s not the braces that are to blame for the white spots, but having braces does make it more difficult to clean teeth properly and prevent the formation of these white spot lesions.

Keeping Teeth Cleaner

There are different types of braces that teens can get to help maintain a higher level of health. Invisalign Teen has a comparable cost to braces and allows for greater hygiene and cleaning. Teens that are suitable candidates for braces are also generally able to get Invisalign technology. By using Invisalign, it’s possible to keep teeth cleaner by removing plaque as it forms on the teeth. This can result in less white spot lesions and better overall gum and tooth health. Parents generally opt for removable Invisalign braces for this reason. Invisalign improves a teen’s self-esteem since other people will likely never know they have braces. The technology is virtually invisible and the advantage of being able to remove plaque can prevent white spot lesions from forming in the first place.

Reducing Lesions with Braces

If your child does have metal braces, your orthodontist can provide a list of foods and drinks to avoid reducing the chances of getting lesions. Proper brushing and cleaning can greatly reduce the possibility of forming plaque in the first place. Avoiding acidic drinks like soda, can also help reduce the likelihood of developing white spots. Using toothpaste that has fluoride and special brushes provided by your orthodontist can make cleaning more productive. The professionals at Beach Braces Orthodontics point out white spots when they begin to form. In some cases, it’s a good idea to remove braces early if severe white spots begin to develop late in the treatment cycle.

Proper Cleaning Prevents Tooth Decay


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There is no single better way to keep your teeth healthy than a complete and proper tooth care regimen. White spots on your teeth can be prevented by nightly brushing. Many parents wonder about the merits of expensive fluoride treatments and other remedies that can help prevent tooth decay and white spots from forming on the teeth. These are questions that you can bring up with your orthodontist, but several studies have pointed to the efficacy of daily and proper brushing techniques. When you brush your teeth, spit out the foam and leave the residue on the teeth. This has been shown to be as effective as buying prescription fluoride. You can also discuss the possibility of sealants and other additives that can be used during treatment. However, the best option for teens that want to keep their teeth healthy is the use of different types of braces, such as the type available with Invisalign.

Removing White Spots

Patients that have developed white spots have wide array of remedies available to remove those spots. The first thing you should do is to keep your teeth clean and let the enamel on your teeth get used to being without braces. Most white spots improve or completely disappear naturally as time passes. Teeth whitening may be an option, but you should consult with your orthodontist about this and other treatments you want to consider. A consultation is often the best and most reliable way to get answers to your questions. Another option that may be available for you is resin infiltration. The resin works to reopen porosities and replace lost tooth structures. This can help strengthen your teeth and remove white spots. Additionally, micro-abrasion is another possibility with severe cases of white spots. Still, the best defense against white spots is regular and proper teeth brushing along with regular visits to your orthodontist.

Get a Professional Consultation

If you currently have white spots or you would like to talk about options to prevent white spots when considering braces, make an appointment with your orthodontist to discuss your options. Beach Braces Orthodontics can help look at your individual situation and provide the best option for your situation.

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

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Pursuing a Career as an Orthodontist

How to Become An Orthodontist Specialist:

A career as an orthodontist is a great choice. An orthodontist is a specialist in dentistry who understands how to straighten teeth. An orthodontist also uses devices to readjust teeth, such as braces. Because advanced skills are needed to become an orthodontist, several years of training is required. An undergraduate program is also required; students must spend two to four years studying at a school. Dental school classes are needed too. Students must spend four years in dental school. After dental school is completed, students must attend a postgraduate orthodontics program. The program lasts two to three years.

Step One – Undergraduate Details And Dental School:

Students must finish the pre-dental requirements before they can train to be orthodontists. Many dental programs only admit individuals who have a bachelor’s degree. However, there are a few programs that accept individuals who have a limited undergraduate education.

There are a few required pre-dental courses that students must take. The courses are biology, physics, chemistry, and several other courses. Students can major in whatever subject they choose. Though, because students must take science courses, most individuals choose chemistry and biology. However, all students must take the Dental Admission Test when applying for dental school. The American Dental Association provides the test.

Step Two – Graduate:

Most dental programs last for about four years. After students graduate, they get a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. During the first few years of school, students spend a lot of time taking physiology courses, microbiology courses, biochemistry courses, and anatomy courses. During the last two years, students spend time with licensed dentists.

Step Three – Finish Postgraduate Orthodontics Classes:

After the dental program is complete, students must apply for orthodontic programs. Most students use a Postdoctoral Application Support Service to apply for the programs. Orthodontic programs last a few years. During this time, students gain knowledge that is helpful, such as tooth movement. Students may also receive training depending on the program.

Step Four – Board Certification:

After the training requirements are completed, students usually earn board certification. The certification displays a student’s skill and knowledge in orthodontics. Students who pass a clinical exam can gain certification from the American Board of Orthodontics. Students can take the exam after completing the postgraduate orthodontic program.

Step Five – Getting Licensed:

Orthodontist specialists must have a license. The state regulates the licensing requirements. In most cases, graduating from an established school is a requirement. Students who want to practice a specialty must finish a postgraduate program. In many states, a license lets individuals provide orthodontic and dentistry services.

When students finish school, the pursue careers at established locations, such as Beach Braces. Board certified American Association of Orthodontists companies provide the best services.

At Beach Braces, we have brought together some of the highly qualified professionals in the area to provide you with brilliant orthodontic care in your neighborhood. So go on, feel free to contact us for consultation or any oral issues that you might be facing.

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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Merry Xmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us!

Merry Christmas 

The holidays are a busy time for everyone. Over the Christmas holidays our office will have shortened hours and many of our employees may be out of the office or on vacation. We understand that it can be a difficult time to schedule an appointment in especially if you require emergency treatment or an adjustment, however you can find some temporary fixes online to get you through part of the holidays. You can also call into our answering service to schedule an appointment after the holidays have completed. Getting any orthodontic appliance adjusted immediately is the best way to ensure that your treatment can continue without having to extend the length of your treatments.

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Our office is very excited about Christmas and all of our staff are bright and enthusiastic, filled with Christmas cheer. We get excited about the holidays and all of the great things that they can bring such is good food, quality time with family and friends and lots of great gift giving and receiving.

With all of these celebrations going on it can be difficult to focus on your orthodontic treatment. We understand that there is a lot of traveling involved over the course of Christmas so orthodontic appliances can get lost and you can forget about some of the dietary restrictions that you might face if you are wearing braces.

Make sure to remain adamant about your oral care and to avoid some of the foods that have been listed on our website as being harmful to people wearing braces. These types of food can get caught in braces and also cause damage so they are really best to avoid even though it is the holiday season. For lost orthodontic appliances make sure that you call our offices immediately after you have lost your appliance so that we can order you a new one as soon as we get back.

This will ensure that your orthodontic treatment is not extended. It is important to keep track of your orthodontic appliances over the holiday season to help avoid future expenses.

For a list of our holiday hours or to schedule an appointment over Christmas when you are off work or off school feel free to call into our office to see when we can schedule you in. We are currently taking appointments through e-mail answer our by phone. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us!


Support Our Veterans on Veterans Day!

Veterans Day

We are happy to celebrate our veterans on Veterans Day each and every year. We understand there are 23.2 million veterans currently residing in the United States and their service deserves recognition each and every year. So take some time out on November 11 and think about the veterans that have given so much of themselves to our country to protect our freedom.

Our office proudly flies the flag and is filled with extremely energetic and patriotic people. If you are a veteran we would love to hear your story.American Flag

We believe in supporting our current veterans and also support those who have given the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day as well. Our client base consists of a number of veterans from various branches of military and we are always available to take on new patients who have served in all branches of the US military, Navy and Air Force to name a few.

We understand that scheduling appointments around your busy schedule can be a difficult task. We are flexible and building appointments and believe in supporting our troops. We can also offer up orthodontic appliances and solutions that work with your military career. Whether you are currently serving, retired or in the reserves we can establish solutions for your oral health and work to support you as a patient and as a veteran.

As always come out on Veterans Day so that we can show you our appreciation and support. We are taking appointments in and around this holiday and are also pleased to pay our respects throughout the day. Veterans Day is no normal day for our practice and we believe in emphasizing and communicating as a staff and clinic our true appreciation for our local veterans and veterans across the United States.

Feel free to visit us or call us on Veterans Day so that we can express just how appreciative we are to all of our veterans. Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice, we would love to hear your stories share your pride in your family members and their commitment to our country.

If you cannot join us for Veterans Day please make sure to stop and take a minute to thank a veteran and think about all they have done to protect you.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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It’s Halloween Season!

Halloween can be one of the most fun holidays that many young adults and children experience every single year. It is however very important to consider that if you are wearing orthodontic appliances that Halloween might be just a bit different for you during your treatment.

If you have braces it’s very important to consider that much of the candy that you might normally be eating on Halloween should be cut entirely out of your diet.


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Eating candy and sweets on Halloween can be a lot of fun and even though many dentists do not recommend an excessive amount of sugar as this can promote cavities, it is important to enjoy yourself especially on Halloween.

For patients that have orthodontic appliances in traditional braces however most types of candy should be avoided. Candy is usually very chewy and can get stuck in braces which can cause real damage to your teeth and to your oral health. Hard candies can damage braces and also get stuck promoting issues with oral health. Even worse, sticky candies and soft candies can stick in the wires of braces and cause cavities.

Rather than face issues cleaning your braces or even damaging your braces by eating candy on Halloween, it’s usually a good idea to just abstain. Stick with some of the foods that you can regularly eat. If you would like to go out for Halloween however consider collecting a donation for a local charity in lieu of candy or donating your candy to some of the other local neighborhood children. There is no reason why you can’t dress up and enjoy Halloween even with braces on.

For patients that have Invisalign and other removable appliances you can take off your aligners for just a short time in order to enjoy some candy on Halloween. Make sure to properly clean your aligners and thoroughly clean your teeth after you have enjoyed your night of fun. Invisalign makes it easier to enjoy holidays like Halloween but we still strongly encourage our patients to dress up and enjoy the holiday as well.

Feel free to come by our offices throughout October to see our Halloween decorations. If you have any questions about foods to avoid on Halloween, or should you need to schedule an emergency appointment after Halloween please do not hesitate to call or contact our office so that we can provide you with some answers.

Dr Panucci – Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

It’s Halloween Season!

National Orthodontic Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

This October is national orthodontic health month and it is especially important with the Halloween season coming up. National orthodontic health month is a time to raise awareness about the benefits of orthodontic treatment. We are interested in connecting with new patients, and educating people in the community about the benefits that they can experience after receiving proper orthodontic treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists recognizes October as orthodontic health month and a time to raise awareness for these benefits. The AAO has over 16,000 members located across North America and is one of the oldest professional associations for orthodontists. They have established this month is a good time to educate people about these benefits because it falls in line with Halloween, and because it’s always a

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good idea to explain the benefits of orthodontic work. By banding together during the month of October we only hope that each orthodontic member of the AAO will do their part to reach out in the community and educate new people about what they can receive along with orthodontic care.

Currently undergoing orthodontic treatment?

For people who are currently undergoing orthodontic care, October is a great time to brush up on your skills and to learn more about the treatments that you are undergoing. By Learning about some food that you can avoid during Halloween, as well as how to properly clean your teeth even with orthodontic appliances on, you can be more prepared to handle October during your treatment. There are bound to be lots of treats floating around and plenty of temptations. It’s important to note that some of these sticky treats could really set your progress back and lead to some serious oral health issues. Opting for some melt in your mouth treats over some harder sticky items could make sure that your progress isn’t interrupted.

Professionals across all levels of orthodontistry are recognized across orthodontic health month. Orthodontists will receive awards and certificates based off of their performance over the past year. Certified orthodontic assistants and orthodontists can be recognized on behalf of their various boards if they are certified by an exam. Certification lasts just one year but some of the most elite orthodontists and assistants carry these certifications to show their commitment to excellence.

If you are interested in receiving orthodontic care or you are interested in learning more about the treatment that you are undergoing, October is perhaps one of the best months to look into your orthodontic health.

Dr Panucci is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to orthodontic treatments, you can book a complimentary consultation by clicking here !

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude: A Candy Buyback

With Halloween fast approaching, there are many orthodontists that are looking for solutions to steer their patients away from all of the sugar and junk that could ruin the progress of their orthodontic treatment. Luckily there is a solution and it comes in the form of operation gratitude which is a candy buyback program for orthodontists and dentists. 

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As children collect candy for Halloween and throughout the Halloween season,  participating orthodontists can encourage them to hold back on eating the candy and to collect it. At an appropriate time participating practices will be able to buy back the stockpiles of candy and in exchange give children coupons for food, services, toothbrushes or other creative exchanges. After the orthodontists and dentists collect all of this candy up and exchange it, they are asked to send the candy off to operation gratitude.

Where does all the candy go?

Operation gratitude then bundles up all of the candy that is collected from practices across North America to eventually send the candy along with supplies in the operation gratitude program which is a military support group designated to support US military troops. All of these candies and supplies will eventually be sent overseas and deployed to US military troops who are in harms way.

The program is a big win for orthodontists as it can work to reduce any October issues in orthodontic and oral care. The program also works to benefit American soldiers were deployed in harm’s way and gives them a much-needed morale boost. Many practices that participate in this program experience overwhelming support and the children, who have been told to avoid candy throughout October, certainly enjoy getting some type of treat in exchange for their Halloween efforts.

Halloween is a fun time of year for kids and there is no reason why they should have to miss out because they are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. Kids with orthodontic appliances can still go out and collect candy and with a program like this one orthodontic office can still reward them for taking part in the Halloween season.

The program has been widely successful and this year will be shipping its 1 millionth care package on December 7, 2013. Operation gratitude runs entirely on donations and even some money is needed to handle the shipping costs for their care packages. Donations can be made via the website, or at any one of the orthodontic candy buyback programs that occur throughout early November and October.

For more information contact our office by clicking here, alternatively post any comments on our Facebook wall.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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The Kids Healthy Mouths Campaign

What Do You Know About The Kids Healthy Mouths Campaign

You may have recently seen a PSA campaign regarding the kids healthy mouths program. Kids healthy mouths is a partnership that was created and spearheaded by spokesperson Laila Ali and backed by a partnership between the healthy mouths, healthy lives program and the ad Council.

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The PSA campaign is targeted towards parents and children and drives home the importance of brushing for 2 minutes, two times per day. The 2 x 2 campaign is designed to target children to ensure that they maintain their oral health and care during the early years of their lives avoiding dental decay.

Dental decay is currently one of the most common chronic childhood diseases. Over 16 million children in the United States are currently suffering from some form of untreated tooth decay. The idea of these PSA’s is to create a light and comfortable message for kids by reminding them of some other silly activities that they generally spend time doing rather than brushing their teeth for 2 min.

It is the hope that these PSA’s can affect real change and that children will see them and be encouraged to brush their teeth two times daily for 2 min, to severely cut down the instances of dental decay among children in the United States.

How can poor dental health affect children? 

Poor dental and oral health can really affect childhood health. Many children experienced cavities and oral pain which can also cause extra expense for parents as well as some health issues. Cavities and oral pain can make life difficult for children and could require extra care especially if left untreated for a long period of time.

Research has shown that only 44% of parents report that their children were brushing their teeth at least twice a day. By providing proper instructions, exposure and reminders through these PSA’s the aim is for more children and parents to get on the bandwagon,  creating positive change when it comes to focusing on oral health in children.

Coupled with these PSA’s comes a variety of internet material to help parents teach their children how to brush. The two-minute two times website is an excellent resource for parents to teach their children good cleaning habits.

Useful Websites

Some great information can be found on these websites, including referrals for local dentists, product recommendations as well as the different types of toothbrushes that should be used for children. Extra resources such as the brush checklist can also be used by parents to help children establish healthy routines for brushing and to keep track of their cleaning habits. You can also view our blog for common tooth brushing mistakes that we list on a weekly basis.

If you would like to learn more about the kids healthy mouth campaign please feel free to visit www.2min2x.org

For all the latest tips, news and competitions please like our Facebook page.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

The Kids Healthy Mouths Campaign.