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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Sodas: The Most Effective Teeth Killers

Orthodontic Dangers: Acid/Sodas and Loose Brackets

There is long standing evidence that drinking sodas or any type of drink that is carbonated and contains sugar will damage your teeth through the process of erosion. These drinks are extremely harmful to teeth. The question that many are pondering is whether or not these type of drinks pose any additional risks for those who wear braces.

The Indestructible Myth:

  1. Dr. Patricia Panucci is a respected orthodontist in the Manhattan Beach area, meaning she deals with quite a few cases in which the need to repair or replace braces exists. One of the most common misconceptions from those outside the world of dentistry is the belief that because the vast majority of braces are made of metal, they are indestructible. The truth is that there are a number of food types that can destroy the tooth and wreak havoc on braces.

The Dangers of Soda and Acid:

Whether you are wearing braces or not, the consumption of sweetened carbonated soft drinks poses an immediate threat to your teeth. In examining some of the comments on forums that discuss this very issue, it is easy to see that most people are completely oblivious to the dangers of the common soft drink beverages that are consumed daily. The problem is that being oblivious to the knowledge of the consequences of drinking these dangerous beverages does not exempt a person from them.

One of the most common negative effects of drinking carbonated sugary drinks is that they contribute heavily to tooth erosion. Tooth erosion is the slow process in which the surface of a person’s teeth is worn away. It is the loss of tooth structure, a gradual process with long lasting repercussions. This wearing away of the structure is due to the weakening of the dental enamel on the teeth. This thin layer of enamel is responsible for the maintenance of the tooth’s shape and structure. As the enamel wears away, it becomes increasingly difficult for the tooth to maintain its normal shape, strength and structure, resulting in a number of different dental issues. Tooth erosion is one of the greatest concerns when it comes to oral health care.

Diet Sodas Too

Because most people who are aware of the dangers of sodas to teeth believe that the culprit is the sugar contained in the sodas, they postulate that drinking diet sodas is the answer. This could not be further from the truth. The sugar in these drinks does play a major role in tooth decay, but it is the acid that has the greatest impact on the destruction of tooth enamel. Normally, the body has a natural way of combating the effects of acid on the teeth. The process is known as remineralization. Remineralization occurs when the calcium in your saliva helps to re-strengthen teeth after small amounts of acid have been consumed; however, when large amounts are consumed it does not allow the remineralization process to occur.

Damaged Braces

The acid in the sodas also wreaks havoc on braces, specifically the brackets. The acid degrades the effectiveness of the glue that is used to hold the braces onto the teeth. This causes the orthodontic brackets to become loose and subsequently fall off. This is one of the top reasons that orthodontist such as Dr. Panucci have to repair and replace braces.

If you or a loved one lives in the Manhattan Beach area, and you are in need of having your braces replaced or repaired, or maybe in need of a new set of braces, you should contact Dr. Panucci’s office to discuss the benefits of active self-ligating brackets.

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

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

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Photogenic Smiling

Updated: 31/07/16

Some History about Smiling in Photographs

smilingSmiling when we have our picture taken is so natural it would seem that people have been doing it since the camera was first invented. But if you’ve ever looked at old photos from the 19th century, you’ve probably noticed that people back then had serious, tight-lipped expressions on their faces in pictures. Was life so hard in those days that no one felt like smiling? No, that’s probably not it. There are a lot of theories as to why 19th-century folks kept straight faces for photos, and why the trend changed towards smiling later on.

Taking a Picture Back Then Took a Long Time

Before cameras, people didn’t usually smile when they had their portraits painted, probably because they had to sit for a long time for portraits and it’s hard to keep a smile pasted on your face for that long. The first people who ever sat for photographs may have assumed the non-smiling portrait tradition was logical, and besides, the first cameras required that the subjects of photos sit still for a long time too. The very first photo ever taken was taken from a window in France, and it took 8 hours to expose. That was in 1826, but by 1939 photos only took 15 minutes. Still, that’s a long time to sit with a smile on your face: hard enough for adults and probably even harder for children.

Getting Your Picture Taken Was a Serious Business

People in the past considered getting a photo taken to be a serious affair, sort of like getting married or receiving a college diploma. Today this may seem silly, but back then, people rarely owned their own cameras, and gathering the family for a portrait was time-consuming, expensive, and basically a big event.

Bad Teeth?

It’s true that people in the 19th century didn’t have easy or affordable access to dentists, and as a result, many people had bad teeth. But since bad teeth were so common, it probably wouldn’t have been a big embarrassment to show them in a photo. It’s unlikely; therefore, that this was the reason people didn’t smile for pictures.

Today it’s another story. Smiling in photos probably became popular when home cameras became available and affordable, and photography sessions ceased to be formal occasions. However it started, there’s no doubt that today smiling when you have your picture taken is virtually a requirement. And people who have bad teeth today know all too well that it definitely is embarrassing to smile in photos. Those Hollywood smiles are what people want to see in pictures, and if you don’t have one, you either smile with your lips tightly closed, or avoid having your picture taken at all.

If you’ve ever wished you had a better smile, an orthodontist in Manhattan Beach can help. Dr. Patricia Panucci is a Manhattan Beach orthodontist who is committed to working with her patients to help them achieve optimum oral health and a great smile. Her orthodontic practice, Beach Braces, offers several types of braces including metal, clear, Invisalign and lingual (behind the teeth) braces. Call Beach Braces now for a consultation appointment and start on your way to a better smile, and better pictures.

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

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Joining the Facebook Revolution

Why Our Orthodontic Practice has a Facebook Page


Beach Braces understand the value of social media and how convenient it can be to find information and receive updates from your favorite businesses online. We decided that it was time for our staff to take to Facebook as well so that we can provide top-quality customer service across the Facebook social network and deliver information in this comfortable format.

On our Facebook page you will find regular updates, information, orthodontic tips, and events that our office is involved in within the community. By following along with our office you can feel more connected to our staff and also has a lot of your questions answered simply by checking your Facebook feed every day.

Our goal is to become more accessible as an office as well as a little less intimidating. Calling up your orthodontist when you have a question or learning more about your orthodontic treatment is something that a lot of people really struggle with. We find that by putting this information up online on Facebook and linking users back to our website or to helpful information we might find online, we can keep our patients informed about any new tips or advice we might have. This means that if we had discovered a new way that you can for instance, clean your retainer or better care for your oral health you can instantly get these updates right on your Facebook newsfeed. We also provide ongoing information concerning all of the treatment options that we have available so that if you did want to do a bit of extra homework and learn exactly how we are working to bring you a better smile, you can find out exactly how your orthodontic appliance was made and future steps for your treatment.

On Facebook we are very reachable, our staff is constantly checking back to create a really engaging page for all of our patients and other individuals within our community. If you have a question about orthodontic treatment or a concern about your own treatment please feel free to send us a message over Facebook and we can reply to you. You never know when your question might be applicable to someone else’s treatment or help somebody out so don’t be afraid to ask us anything over Facebook.

Along with information we are also pleased to show off some of our great work. We regularly post fun photos and before and after photos so that you can see just what orthodontic treatment could do for you. The idea is to make it easy for individuals who have received orthodontic treatment tour Beach Braces to recommend us to their friends or family members so that we can make a difference in their lives as well.

For ongoing tips with orthodontic care, better customer service and information, as well as some great stories that you can use to inspire you throughout your orthodontic treatment, please visit our Beach braces Facebook page and follow us today. If you have any more questions about our Facebook page feel free to contact us online or through our Beach Braces website directly.

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

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Myths about Chewing Gums: Busted

Getting to the Bottom of Chewing Gum Myths

There are many people who chew gums on a regular basis and consider it to be something that’s extremely healthy for their teeth and gums. Well there are a lot of rumors that go around concerning chewing gums and oral health. We’re about to present the real facts concerning chewing gums and how it can affect your overall oral health.

Chewing sugar-free gum can actually work to prevent tooth decay and tooth mineralization. Tooth mineralization can leave harmful stains as well as work to start breaking down teeth by causing lesions throughout the month, chewing gum actually has more claims on it than any other food product available with the EFSA, this means that the product claims to have more benefits than just about any other food product available on the market today.

Sugar-free gum helps in mineralization, reduces oral dryness which increases saliva, which in turn can help to protect teeth and help us digest, as well as neutralize plaque acids. All of these acids and adversities can contribute to your overall oral health and by taking preventive measures such as chewing sugar-free gum occasionally can work at promoting a better oral health.

Saliva is a way in which we have evolved to protect our teeth and to help us digest our food. Saliva brings calcium, phosphate and a natural balance of pH inside our mouths which will help to keep us healthy and our teeth strong and clean.

Xylitol is a popular ingredient in many sugar-free gums. This ingredient works to sweeten gum without having to use sugar but also can work to promote dental health in gums. By reducing the amount of sugar content and harmful sweetener content in gum these types of intense sweeteners can provide health benefits and lower teeth to look whiter and cleaner as well because they are constantly being exposed to extra ingredients that are beneficial to overall oral health. Xylitol is especially beneficial when gum chewers are able to chew two or three pieces a day to provide cleaning directly after meals. Chewing after meal will work to clean teeth when you don’t have access to a toothbrush and can restore the natural pH balance in your mouth to prevent acid buildup which can eat away at tooth enamel.

Some types of sugar-free gum also provide whitening and cleaning along with their product. Some types of gum include fluoride, which works as a tooth whitening in cleaning agent. Many types of toothpaste contain fluoride as an active agent for cleaning and quite a few professional whitening sugar-free gums also contain fluoride today as well. With many different types of sugar-free gum available on the market it’s very important to choose carefully as different ingredients can provide certain health and cleaning benefits better than others.

If you would like more recommendations for sugar-free gum or for us to answer any other gum myths please contact Beach Braces for any questions you have about chewing gum and oral health.

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

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

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February: The Month Dedicated to Children’s Oral Care

Children’s Dental Health Month: February


Children’s dental health month is organized by the ADA (American Dental Association) every February to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health especially when it comes to children. During children’s dental health month Beach Braces will be working to promote the idea of  bringing children into our offices to have their health evaluated at an early age so that we can provide families with the greatest number of treatment options for any oral health condition.

The best time to get your children an initial orthodontic appointment is around the age of seven years old. At seven years of age adult teeth will begin to impact and make their way through your child’s jaw line to give an orthodontist a better picture of the way his/her teeth might impact and eventually set in place. Orthodontist can get initial x-rays as well as develop a treatment plan that can leave your child with their ideal smile. At this early age something as simple as taking out a few teeth could be all that your child needs to guide their progress and ensure that teeth impact correctly and create the formation for a perfect smile. Early treatment is the best way that parents can save hassle down the road.

Children’s dental health month is not only just about reminding children to floss, clean and keep up regular dental appointments. Children’s dental health month includes overall oral health and providing solutions to children who struggle with everyday tasks like chewing, speaking and breathing because of their oral health. Getting kids who struggle with these issues into our offices is the best way that we can provide them with solutions that can shape their future and improve their confidence and quality of life. We help children every day to experience issues with speech, chewing and confidence and have flexible treatment options to suit any budget and lifestyle.

On our website you can find a wide array of information about how you can help your children better care for their oral health. From cleaning tips to special instructions for children who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, we were to increase awareness of various oral health concerns not only just in February but the entire year round.

Children’s dental health month is important for us to promote, this campaign runs every year and is extremely beneficial to kids as we work directly with parents, other dental professionals, healthcare providers and teachers and caregivers as well. This means that children are not only learning about how they can better care for their oral health in our offices and at home but also in their own schools as well. On the ADA website educators and parents can find some great planning and instruction packages that they can use to help their kids learn how to improve their oral health to enjoy brighter smiles with less concern.

For more information on children’s dental health month or to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment contact beach braces today.

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

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

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An Early Orthodontic Consultation – A key to a Perfect Smile

When is the right time for an orthodontic checkup?

The short answer to this question is no later than the age of seven years old.

When most people think of orthodontics and patients who have received orthodontic treatment, they think of older children and teenagers. Receiving an early evaluation however can be one of the best ways that you can prepare yourself for an orthodontic treatment as well as get any early treatment out of the way in the event that a child may need two stage treatment. There are number of advantages to your child seeing an orthodontist no later than the age of seven and this figure has been determined by the American Association of Orthodontists.

Benefits of an Early Evaluation

Early evaluation can allow an orthodontist to spot any problems with the growth of a child’s jaw or with teeth as they are just starting to emerge and replace baby teeth. Even though a child’s baby teeth may appear straight but their emerging teeth may tell a different story. Taking the time to do x-rays early on can help an orthodontist to better identify problems and change the way that teeth impact and grow in. If jaws are misaligned, these issues can be fixed using nonsurgical methods. Resetting a jawline can be much more difficult in older patients as the bone structure is more permanently formed and far more difficult to manipulate.

An orthodontic checkup at an early age can help an orthodontist to monitor your child’s jaw growth and development to make sure that everything will form correctly. Monitoring this growth will allow an orthodontist to intervene if there are any issues so that manipulations can be made to make sure that a child’s smile has a chance to come in naturally.

The Risks of Avoiding Early Treatment

Serious and complicated issues can also occur without proper monitoring. A child could have issues with chewing, speaking or breathing if his or her permanent teeth are allowed to come in without proper consultation.

Early treatment reduces the amount of trauma when it comes to overall orthodontic treatment. It can help to improve appearance as a child grows, can help to lower the risk of serious issues arising and also can work to guide the growth and formation of jaws before they set in place.

Early treatment really is the best way that you can give your child an opportunity to form a perfect healthy smile.

If you have a child that requires early treatment or consultation please call Beach Braces today and we can schedule you an appointment.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.
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From a Dentist to an Orthodontist

Who is an orthodontist?

An easy answer for this question is that orthodontists are specialists who work at aligning jaws and moving teeth into accurate position so that patients can achieve their ideal smile. The process of explaining orthodontic qualifications as well as telling the difference between orthodontists and the various other dental specializations is however a little bit more complicated of an answer.

Orthodontic professionals are fairly rare commodity. All orthodontists begin their career as dentists first and foremost, only 6/100 dental school graduates however will go on and pursue a career in orthodontics. This specialization can take years of extra education and the programs only accept the best and brightest applicants. It can usually takes 10 or more years of post-secondary education to eventually become a full-fledged orthodontist.

The Journey to Become an orthodontist

Stage 1:

The first step in the journey to become an orthodontist is to get a college diploma in an applicable study to dentistry. This diploma could be in the medical or science field and it’s important that students should keep their marks high so that they can eventually qualify for the dental school.

Stage 2:

The next stage is to complete dental school and graduate with high marks so that the future orthodontist can then qualify for orthodontic school.

Stage 3:

After the student has qualified for an orthodontic program with an accredited orthodontic residency he or she needs to complete at least two extra years after dental school which involves hands-on practice through the orthodontic residency program. During this time orthodontic students will learn all that he or she needs to know about guiding facial development as well as managing the movement of teeth to produce better smiles.

Only after all of this education, someone becomes a practicing orthodontist. Generally, when students complete one of these programs they will limit their work to orthodontic work only to the various treatments for orthodontic problems.


An orthodontist is specially equipped to create beautiful smiles as well as diagnose and prevent a number of problems that can occur. Some orthodontists will specialize in treatments for conditions like sleep apnea. Orthodontists dedicate their entire professional careers to helping people create their dream smiles as well as allowing patients to chew and speak without any discomfort.

Orthodontists also need to continuously educate themselves as new appliances keep on coming. Using tools like braces, aligners, retainers and advanced imaging tools, orthodontist can improve their practice and deliver better results to their patients. This is why continuous education is very important for them. By joining in to associations like the American Association of orthodontists, or by demonstrating a high quality of service and becoming a preferred provider of certain orthodontic appliances, an orthodontist can get access to a new technology as it is released as well as work as an advisor for the development of the orthodontic appliances.

If you are interested in seeing a qualified orthodontist in Manhattan Beach area please call Beach Braces today for a free consultation appointment.

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

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?

Eating Christmas Dinner with Braces

Food to avoid with braces

These days more people are wearing braces than ever before as so many brands available are almost invisible like Invisalign . As a result this means people are far less conscious of trying to improve their facial appearance through this technique.

When Christmas Day comes around and Christmas dinner is on the table waiting to be lovingly tackled, then those people with braces will be thinking about different ways of handling it without either damaging their braces or embarrassing themselves by snapping them while in the process of eating a piece of a Christmas cake. It is not that hard to enjoy the Christmas meal and all its festivities without damaging your braces. You just have to think about those foods that might be more difficult to eat and might create avoidable damage to your orthodontic appliance.

The most important foods to avoid are hard substances such as nuts that we might customarily open by cracking the outer part of the nut on our teeth. This could most certainly cause damage to braces. The wires could bend so that their purpose of ensuring your teeth move in the right direction is destroyed.  Anything too sticky could also do damage as pieces can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth. This could disturb the function of the braces so it will take longer for the braces to complete the job required. Basic common Christmas food, such as turkey, ham and most vegetables, won’t do any damage at all as long as the hard vegetables have been sufficiently cooked or cut up into small manageable pieces. Beach Braces has produced a special video for you to learn about foods that you should avoid with braces.



To give some useful examples for guidance, bread with a hard crust, carrots that have not been cooked and crisp apples could all damage braces. Once you sit down at that family get together just take the eating part slowly as some of the food you might not have eaten before since your braces were fitted might cause some discomfort. A gooey Christmas cake, mince pies or Christmas pudding could clog up your braces making eating and chewing more difficult and this amongst other things could distort your smile. By the way you can use our Beach Braces app to ask questions from Dr Panucci, monitor your treatment progress and much more.

When it comes to a drink with your Christmas dinner, you might have to change from your favorite drink, particularly if you like sugary drinks, such as sodas. This is because the sweet substance in a soda can become lodged between the brackets and your teeth and can cause the onset of tooth decay. It is far more difficult to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth while brackets are in place so the best way to avoid bad breath and tooth decay is to avoid the food that encourages the onslaught of tooth decay. However, if you have somehow got yourself in an uncomfortable situation by damaging your braces just contact Beach Braces for the earliest possible appointment to fix them.

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

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

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?