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


Alleviate Discomfort During Braces 2017

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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.

 

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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
http://www.beachbraces.org/

Alleviate Discomfort During Braces 2017

 


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


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


The Expert Truth About Smiles

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There is no doubt that smiles open doors for all kinds of opportunities. It is a universally understood gesture in every part of the world. As a result, a smile is likely the first step in making friends and getting that coveted job.

Braces At Any Age

Initial evaluation by an orthodontist should be around age 7
Early treatment may result in less time wearing braces
Evaluation of emerging adult teeth

Middle and high school students
Adult teeth erupt and may present in crooked or awkward positions especially in this age group

Adults
Many adults over 25, 35 or even 50 come for orthodontic evaluations
It is never too late for a beautiful smile

Types of Braces

American Orthodontics EMPOWER combines the best of metal and plastic bracing techniques
Adjustable torque and fit for comfort
Can be metal, plastic or a combination of both
Provides correction for the most difficult alignment issues
Can be customized with color or theme of child’s choice to make orthodontia
a little more fun

EMPOWER clear
Similar to the metal type, but completely clear
Suitable for those who wish to be less conspicuous
Corrects with wires, but generally not as quickly as with metal

The popular Invisalign appliance is invisible as the name implies and simply sits over the top of teeth.
Consequently the best for minor orthodontic correction
Furthermore easily removes for eating and cleaning
Helpful to maintain teeth after completing course of orthodontia

Lingual
These appliances are worn behind the teeth and thus not visible from the outside

Each orthodontist at our practice is an expert in their field. Consequently, with advanced training in the latest and safest technologies, our orthodontists care about one thing only: our patients’ smiles.

We offer free consultations that thoroughly explore every patient’s options. Dr. Panucci and her expert and friendly staff that will ensure a helpful and comfortable visit.

Schedule your free consultation by visiting us here: http://www.beachbraces.org/visit/

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

The Expert Truth About Smiles


How to Maintain Your Braces

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How to Maintain Your Braces

Braces can make oral care difficult, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. In many ways, they make maintaining proper oral hygiene even more important. If you want to have a beautiful smile once your teeth are properly straightened and aligned. You will need to take the necessary measures to maintain your teeth and braces.

Proper brace maintenance should be discussed with your orthodontist. However, this guide can give you a quick, go-to resource for understanding the needs of your brace and your teeth.
While each brace is doing its job to put your teeth into the proper alignment, they can also make it difficult to follow an oral hygiene routine. As the brace has more hooks, curves, and corners than our teeth, food particles can get trapped more easily.

To properly maintain your braces, here are a few cleaning habits you should adopt:

Clean Often:

• Clean Often: You may be used to hearing that you should brush twice a day. During the tooth-straightening procedure, you may find that you need to brush more often. Because the food can become trapped more easily, you are at a higher risk of growing harmful bacteria. To be safe, you should try to brush after every time you eat. This can dislodge any food that has become trapped in a brace or wire. If you don’t have a toothbrush available, try rinsing with water.

Use The Right Brush:

• Use The Right Brush: You may think that a hard bristle toothbrush is best for cleaning but it can actually be damaging. Additionally, the stiffness of the brush bristles can make it difficult to really get under the wire or shape around the brace. Instead, choose a soft bristle brush that can form around each brace and move between the wires. You should be able to feel the bristles between your wires.

Floss:

• Floss: Flossing is important for everyone, but your wires can make it a little more difficult to properly floss. However, you shouldn’t stop flossing just because it is a little more difficult. In many ways, flossing is even more important because of how easily food can get trapped. If you’re really struggling to floss, talk to your orthodontist about special accessories that can make it easier. Floss threaders allow you to easily get between the wires or you can even use special floss that has a thicker end.

Use Mouthwash:

• Use Mouthwash: Mouthwash is recommended when trying to maintain oral hygiene. It can help deliver a punch of antibacterial power to your teeth and gums. Because it is so easy for food to be trapped in your teeth, mouthwash can help rinse that food away and kill any bacteria it may have caused. Mouthwash can also help relieve irritation and reduce swelling that can be caused by a brace or wire rubbing on your mouth or gums. Antibacterial properties can keep cuts or sores clean so that they can heal quickly and properly.

Avoid Certain Foods:

• Avoid Certain Foods: Cleaning our teeth properly isn’t the only thing we should do to keep each brace strong and intact. There are also some foods that you will want to avoid to ensure you have a beautiful smile when all the metal comes off. Foods to avoid include anything sweet or sugary, such as sodas or candies. Because the sugar has a better chance of getting stuck in your teeth, there is also a bigger chance that you will experience tooth decay. Sticky foods, like gum or caramel, should also be avoided because they can pull a brace from your tooth. Hard foods, like nuts or popcorn, can break your wires.

Eat Low Acidity Foods:

• Eat Low Acidity Foods: If you’re wondering what you can eat that won’t damage your brackets or wires, focus on foods with low acidity levels. These will not cause damage to your tooth enamel. Low acidity foods include eggs, milk, bananas and seafood. Vegetables, potatoes, and yogurt are also low acidity so they can be incorporated into your diet as much as you would like.

The Importance of Brace Maintenance

As you probably already know, undergoing a treatment to straighten your teeth can be expensive. But if you take proper care of your teeth, the beautiful smile you’ll have after you’re done will be well worth the money. However, if you don’t take care of your brackets and wires, you won’t get the smile you’re after. Or it will take longer to see your best results.

Don’t compromise a beautiful smile just because you’re feeling lazy. Ignoring your brushing or flossing for just one night allows tooth-damaging bacteria to grow. This can leave you with tooth decay or gum disease. While proper maintenance and oral hygiene can take a few minutes to complete, having a healthy smile that you can’t wait to show off will be worth it.

Discuss

Be sure to discuss the unique needs of your mouth, brackets, wires, and teeth. Because each individual is different and will have different components of their procedure, you may need to take additional steps to ensure they are properly maintained. Have your orthodontist walk you through the various steps of a proper cleaning and what else you should be doing at home to maintain your smile.

If you have questions about brackets, wires, or other teeth straightening procedures, contact the expert dental team at BeachBraces. As leaders in the orthodontics industry, we have helped individuals of all ages and will all different needs get the smile they have always dreamed of. If you’re ready to make an appointment and begin discussing what your orthodontic options are, you can contact our Manhattan Beach office at 310-379-0006.

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220 N. Aviation Blvd
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Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
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Old Tony’s, South Bay, CA

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Did You Know No. 10: What Do You Know about Fire Chiefs?

The Fire Chief is a notorious drink served by Old Tony’s in the South Bay (Redondo Beach Pier). The drink’s name was coined as the bartender used to light the concoction before serving it to the customers. However, the Redondo Beach Fire Department had ended this practice a few years ago. Even without the Fire Chief though, Old Tony’s continued to serve delicious dishes and powerful concoctions to their customers. Since Old Tony’s is a great place for a romantic seaside dinning, more and more tourists are visiting this place not only to eat but also to relax and watch breath-taking views.

Aside from its strategic geographical location, Old Tony’s also sees to it that they are delivering the best services in order to make better customer experiences. The staffs are very friendly and courteous as they greet each customer that enters and leaves the establishment. Old Tony’s provides weekly live entertainment around 7pm up to 11pm every day.

Little History of Old Tony’s

Being a family owned and operated restaurant, Old Tony’s features a large selection of seafood daily. They are also known for their Mai Tai’s as the customers are able to keep their glass. Old Tony’s has been around for decades but it was originally opened in a small shack of a building which was later on expanded in 1961. Tony added sliding windows in which they open in order to feed the birds and the customers instantly fell in love with this. In 1963, Tony expanded the business by adding a bar at the top of the restaurant.

Can’t eat well? If you have severe teeth misalignment problems, don’t hesitate to contact the best orthodontic clinic in California: Beach Braces. Call them now at: 310 – 379 – 0006.

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

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

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Surfing: At South Bay

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Did You Know No. 9: Surfing by George Freeth since 1907

Have you ever wondered how surfing was discovered, created, or invented? Although surfing is already being performed in Polynesia for a thousand years, it was only until 1907 when surfing became known to the world. George Freeth is a Hawaiian-Irish athlete hired by Henry Huntington to demonstrate the art of surfing in Redondo Beach. Huntington is a baron who has invested heavily in real estate (Redondo Beach) and would like to entice more visitors through surfing. Since then, surfing became famous in California especially in Beach cities which includes Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach.

Freeth had seen a Polynesian painting that shows his mother’s ancestors riding surfboards. This sparks Freeth’s interest in surfing and he decide to revive the art of riding in waves. At first Freeth had little success with his 16-foot board that is popular at that time. So he decided to cut it in half to make it easier to manage and control thus creating the original “longboard” nowadays. This invention made him the talk of the town. While Freeth is demonstrating the art of surfing, the visitors are very delighted that he was scheduled to surf twice a day in front of Hotel Redondo.

Aside from bringing the art of surfing to the world, Freeth also became the first official lifeguard in southern California as he swims, dives, and enters water polo competitions in the region. The torpedo rescue can which is being used by lifeguards today was invented by Freeth. Overall, Freeth promulgated a surfing revolution which became a phenomenon in California coast.

Can’t surf properly because of some oral problems? If you have severe teeth misalignment problems, don’t hesitate to contact the best orthodontic clinic in California: Beach Braces. Call them now at: 310 – 379 – 0006.

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 Bands of South Bay, CA

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Did You Know No. 8: South Bay – The Greatest Bands

South Bay has been the home of various culture, ethnicity, sports, and festivities. South Bay is famous because of its beach cities which include Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach, each possessing unique features which attract not only the local residents but also the tourists. Although most people prefer to live in big cities such as New York, others also prefer the relaxing atmosphere that beach cities have to offer. Whether it’s getting tanned under the sun or surfing the big waves, Americans just love to feel the breeze of the ocean and unwind.

The South Bay is also the primary tourist destinations when it comes to holidays. Especially during the 4th of July, Hermosa Beach’s Iron Man Competition attracts big mass of crowd. The Iron Man Competition consists of running a mile, surfing a mile, and then drinking 6-pack beer at the end. The first one to consume all the drinks (6-pack beer) wins. This craziest and wildest activity during the 4th of July starts around 9 A.M onwards. Although, only those people over 21 years old can participate.

Aside from the Hermosa Beach, the South Bay is also known to be the hotbed of some of the world’s greatest bands. This includes the Redd Kross (Hawthorne), Beach Boys, The Decendents (Manhattan), Black Flag (Redondo Beach), Circle Jerks (Hermosa Beach), Pennywise (Hermosa Beach), and 98 Mute (Hermosa Beach). Furthermore, Kurupt (Hawthorne), The Deviates (South Bay), and Driven Out (South Bay) also originated from the South Bay.

Overall, South Bay is pretty much offering the luxury, convenience, and accessibility (best orthodontic clinics included) that most residents seek. Do you have severe teeth misalignment problems? Don’t hesitate to contact the best orthodontic clinic in California: Beach Braces. Call them now at: 310 – 379 – 0006.

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

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

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