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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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An Awesome Smile Checklist 2017

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All things considered, in professional settings, public or social situations you want your smile to be fabulous. It is hard to feel confident with misaligned teeth, over or under bites, or crowded teeth. Consequently, correcting the problem with braces will result in a more confident smile.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Generally speaking, there are so many options today that can be used to fix your smile. Invisalign, esthetic and Lingual braces can be used for individuals who want to straighten their teeth without people knowing they are wearing orthodontics. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move the teeth into the correct position over time.

These aligners can be removed while you eat or brush your teeth. The aligners are replaced as your teeth straighten. Lingual braces are placed on behind the teeth. These allow straightening over time, too. People will not be able to tell that you have them on. Thus, you can wear orthodontics without anyone knowing you have them on if you want to.

What to Expect

The first step to your perfect smile begins with a trip to your orthodontist for an initial consultation. This will take about an hour. The process will be thoroughly explained. How to care for your orthodontics, foods to avoid, a timeline, pain relief methods and more will be covered during this visit. All of your questions will be answered.

Your Perfect Smile

In conclusion. After you have completed treatment you can expect a great smile. The orthodontist will remove all of the metal, wires and brackets to reveal straight even teeth. You may have to wear a retainer for a while to keep the teeth in their proper positions, thus, ultimately, you can start practicing on your smile immediately.

Finally, contact Dr. Panucci today. A little time, a little patience and the completed treatment will result in a confident, happy smile for you.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/
 An Awesome Smile Checklist 2017 

How to Start Orthodontic Treatment 2017

Straightening Your Teeth Makes It Easier to Perform Oral Hygiene

Robert H. Schuller was a motivational speaker who believed that in order to succeed at anything, you have to start at the beginning. When you have crooked teeth that are difficult to brush and floss, you must begin to solve this problem by visiting an orthodontist. At an orthodontic facility, you can undergo an examination to determine if you have mild, moderate or severe malocclusions.

After an evaluation, you will know if you require long-term treatment with braces or if treatment with aligners is suitable. Having your misaligned teeth straightened makes it easier to perform oral hygiene to prevent cavities, gingivitis and halitosis.

Begin to Wear Plastic Aligners Within a Few Days

When you need orthodontic treatment, it is better to start wearing the appropriate devices right away to begin enjoying an attractive smile and better bite sooner. Today, you don’t need to wait for several weeks for your customized aligners because the items are ready within a few days.

You will receive approximately 25 sets of aligners that are made in slightly different configurations to shift your teeth into the best positions, and you should wear each set of aligners for two weeks before switching to a new set. Occasionally, you will visit your orthodontist to have a new examination to make sure that the aligners are working optimally.

Call Us Today to Start Orthodontic Treatment

If you live in Manhattan Beach, Calif., then contact our orthodontist at Beach Braces. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci enjoys providing treatments for adults, teenagers and children with these orthodontic devices:

• Braces – self-ligating or lingual
• Aligners – clear plastic devices designed by Invisalign

At our orthodontic facility, we offer fast and thorough examinations with the top-of-the-line diagnostic computer imaging devices. make an appointment on-line with us today or call us at 310-379-0006 for your first orthodontic examination with Dr. Panucci.

 

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

How to Start Orthodontic Treatment 2017


Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-ray?

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LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 24, 2017

While braces can seem like a ho-hum boring piece of the realm of teenagers, an orthodontist must make sure that they will be helpful to the customer. This is where x-rays come in handy.

FAQ

What are Orthodontic X-Rays?

X-rays can be a frustrating thing to take when your child is small. If they won’t sit still for the dentist, why would they for the orthodontist when they take x-rays? However, the orthodontic x-rays serve a different purpose than they would via a dentist’s office.  The main type of X-ray used is called a bitewing. This type gives the taker a detailed picture of a small section of teeth.

Lighter areas on the X-ray indicate:

  •  Enamel
  •  Fillings

Darker areas indicate:

  • Root canals
  • Decay
  • Bones.

The orthodontists are trained to read the light and dark areas in order to determine if there are issues in a particular area of the mouth. Normal tissues look different than abnormal tissues on the X-rays and knowing the difference could help figure out what to be done next.

Some reasons an X-ray would be taken include:

  •  A first time at the office
  • To see the bones if pain is reported
  • To see how recovery is going after a surgery

Why would an x-ray be taken?

Among the reasons orthodontists take x-rays, to begin with, is to be able to identify abnormalities. Whether these are tumors or pathogens that could end up doing serious harm, many show up on x-rays. Often times, these issues are first identified on the x-rays – whether they are done in Manhattan Beach or in Paris. After they have been identified, the patient is referred for a treatment based on what is wrong.

Another reason that x-rays will be taken when having an orthodontic visit is to check on the progress of the treatment. Braces do move the teeth and straighten them out – and for some people, this causes their roots to shorten. This is incredibly rare since only 2% of patients experience this. However, the X-rays can help decide if there is a problem with having too many teeth in the mouth. Sometimes the treatment will begin and teeth will begin to align, but then an overcrowding problem arises. If this happens, a decision is reached about what to do – whether that is the tooth is pulled or if the teeth need to be shifted in a different direction.

 

What is The Issue

If the overcrowding issue is the problem, an X-ray is usually taken before treatment so that a proper treatment can be done. One or two will be taken along the way if braces are the decision – but most patients only have an X-ray taken before and after the treatment.

A fourth reason an X-ray would be taken is to determine if the jaw bone has any issues that need to be fixed. Whether this means that the jaw is too big, too small, or off center, it can be a problem. When the issue has been determined, tooth position is looked at. If there was no jaw issue, the teeth are still looked at. Missing teeth, extra teeth, or even misplaced teeth are of particular interest to orthodontists. All the information in the X-ray is used to determine if a surgery or tooth extraction is needed to correct the problem.

Kids

While children may not sit still for long, getting them to sit still for an X-ray is incredibly useful. These X-rays are used to determine growth patterns in children. They are also used to look at any adult teeth that have yet to push through. Predictions of what kind of growth can be made via these X-rays as well.

Adults

In adults, panoramic X-rays (or X-rays that show the entire mouth like a book) are used to identify if a particular treatment will work. Results can be quantified and can be predicted to a certain degree. Changes with treatments can also be seen via the panoramic X-rays.

Lateral cephalograms (or side view X-rays) are used for the same reasons. Like the bitewing, these offer a look at a small section of teeth. Unlike the bitewing, however, the lateral cephalograms show little detail on any one tooth – and show the side of the skull and spinal cord. Computer tracing can be used to help determine how the teeth look with the lips and nose – drawn in of course. Teeth can be traced and a triangle drawn to figure out if there are reasons to use a specific treatment.

While getting an X-ray at the doctor’s entails heavy coats and a large room, the same technology used by orthodontists has regulations set by the state. There is no need to worry about unnecessary exposure. The operators are hand-picked to be sanctioned by the state. The room that the equipment is in has also been sanctioned before it was ever introduced to the X-ray machine.

There is More

On another note, the machines expose a person to less radiation than they’re exposed to in an airplane. The “as little as reasonably achievable” – or ALARA – The rule of thumb helps to keep this practice safe. The idea is to keep the patient exposed to as little radiation as possible. Most people have between three and five X-rays in three to four years, which means it is safe to expect one a year – two if needed for treatment.

Moreover, since the X-rays are stored digitally now, they can be transferred to any office via email. There’s virtually no need for a patient to receive another X-ray if there is little time between the time of the X-ray and the change in offices.

All in all, the X-rays taken by any orthodontist will be used to safely determine what kind of treatment is needed. Should a patient refuse to take an X-ray, a treatment may not be able to be started until more is known about the state of their teeth, gums, jaw, bones, etc. It’s possible this can only be done through X-rays – depending on what is in need of assessment at that time.

Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today

The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:

  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating devices
  • Wild smile brackets
  • Aesthetic devices
  • Invisalign for adults and teenagers

In conclusion, make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. It’s easy to get a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved look.

 

Beach Braces
1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Suite B, Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006
http://www.beachbraces.org/

Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-ray?

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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.

 

Discomfort

 

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

 


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


How Does Smoking Affect Braces? Checklist 2016

 

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Smoking and Braces

We all know that smoking cigarettes and tobacco can be extremely harmful to our health in a variety of different ways. Many people associate puffing with conditions that affect our lungs but they do not consider oral health is one of the major health concerns associated with it is well.

FAQ

How important is oral health and braces?

When people receive braces it’s very important that they continue to maintain their oral health as well as regularly attend dental visits for checkups in cleaning. If a person has braces and continues to smoke they also work to detriment their oral health even further. Furthermore, they can risk severely staining their teeth and having them not recover their original clean and white exterior when orthodontic appliances have been removed.

How does smoking effect clean teeth?

Smoking can reduce someone’s ability to fight off tooth decay by making someone’s mouth much more prone to plaque and extra toxins that are ingested through smoking. Smoking cigarettes and tobacco can actually cause major damage to the bones in your mouth as well as your gums. Regularly smoking while you have orthodontic appliances on will only add to these concerns. If you are committed to having a healthier mouth and to really straightening your smile you should really also consider giving up smoking so that you can hold onto your perfectly straight and healthy smile and maintain your overall oral health.

If you are willing to quit smoking when you receive your braces you can experience a number of great health benefits. And you can severely reduce your risk of oral health issues that are associated with smoking.

How does smoking effect my overall health?

Making a commitment to straighten your teeth should also involve an overall commitment to improving your oral health. Much of the damage that puffing may have done inside your mouth is completely reversible if you are willing to abstain from the habits entirely. If you’re willing to quit cigarettes for even just a few months you will find an overall increase in your lung function. Also, a greatly reduced risk of oral health issues such as gum disease and more. If you keep up smoke-free habits after your treatment for up to five years you can reduce the risk of cancer in your mouth which is another major concern in oral health issues for smokers.

Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today

The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:

  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating devices
  • Wild smile brackets
  • Aesthetic devices
  • Invisalign for adults and teenagers

Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. Its easy to get a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved look.

 

Beach Braces
1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Suite B, Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006
http://www.beachbraces.org/

How Does Smoking Affect Braces?


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