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Wear a Smile: Be the Height of Fashion 2017

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

Smiles Are Great Investments 2017

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

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The Greatest Self Has a Peaceful Smile

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

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Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Lowdown on No-No Foods During Orthodontic Treatment

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

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

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

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

Hard Foods

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

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

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Sticky Foods

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

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

Sugary Foods

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

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

Other No-Nos to Avoid During Orthodontic Care

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

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

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

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

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

About Beach Braces

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

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

Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?


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/

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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
http://www.beachbraces.org/

 

New You, New Year, New Smile List 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


5 Ways Orthodontics Can Help You

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

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

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

Orthodontics Can Help

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

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

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

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

Rest Assured

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

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

 5 Ways Orthodontics Can Help You