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Smile. It’s Free Therapy

A smile is worth a thousand words, and is often the biggest and the best investment that you can give your child, and it can boost confidence and self-esteem in your child. That is why we believe that high-quality braces, which are backed up by continuing education and high technology, and most of all will give your child a beautiful smile that will enhance their appearance on the inside and outside.

 

Manhattan Beach Orthodontics, located in southern California, is committed to giving your child a beautiful smile,  Dr. Pannuci offers a unique orthodontic experience that is both affordable and fun. Our treatment will be easy on your budget, while also providing a fun, interactive experience for your child.

Treatment

Manhattan Beach Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options for your growing child. Your child’s mouth is carefully evaluated and a treatment plan that is best for your child is determined. Invisalign Teen, Wild Smile Brackets, Esthetic, and Lingual Braces, and Self-Ligating Metal Braces are all expertly done by Dr.P.

 

After the first adult molars come in at around age seven, we carefully examine your child’s mouth and teeth. By evaluating your child’s front and back bites, we can predict future orthodontic issues with your child’s care and plan your child’s treatment plan accordingly. By treating your child’s teeth in a timely manner, we are able to prevent or reduce the impact of crowded teeth and reduce the need of removing teeth thus reducing overall treatment time in general.

 

It is never too early to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment for a complimentary consultation with orthodontist Dr. Panucci, she will work with you to give your child a beautiful and healthy smile that will last a lifetime. We will choose the right treatment plan for your child’s needs, rather Invisalign or a traditional option. Call today!

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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LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2016

Do Braces Come in Different Colors?

If you or your child needs to get braces, you have many color options to choose from. The days of being forced to wear ugly metallic braces are long gone. Now you can at least have colored braces that are stylish and make you feel more confident while you are wearing them. How do you decide which color to choose? Let’s take a look at some of the steps you should take to find the colored braces that are right for you:

Braces Colors FAQ

What is the color selector?

Talk to your orthodontist and find out if he or she has a braces color selector, which is sometimes called a color wheel. This will give you a list of all of the braces colors options that are available to you. Consider these colors for a long time before you actually get the braces. This will prevent you from being forced to make a fast decision.

What are my braces color options?

You need to remember that the colors that you see represented on the selector are going to appear lighter when you see them on your actual braces. There are also color wheels online that you can take a look at before you visit your orthodontist. These will give you an idea of what you can expect. Ideally, you want to find a color wheel online that is interactive. This will allow you to place the various colors onto a photo of teeth that are wearing braces. By doing this, you can see what you are going to look like when wearing the different colors. However, some of the colors featured on various websites may not be available at your orthodontist’s office. You should also consider getting clear braces.

Think about mixing certain colors, such as:

  • Rainbow colors
  • Silver and gold
  • The colors of your school
  • Your favorite colors
  • Colors associated with holidays: orange and black for Halloween, Green and red for Christmas, etc.
  • The colors of your favorite sports team
  • The colors of your country’s flag

What are some tips for selecting braces colors?

The colors of your hair and skin will both be major factors in determining how your braces eventually look on you. Avoid choosing colors that will clash with your particular color of skin and hair.

  • Hair and skin colors that are lighter have a tendency to look good with braces that are royal blue, plum, raspberry, salmon, bronze, petrol blue, blue-green, bluish red, green khaki, caramel and vermilion.
  • Hair and skin colors that are darker have a tendency to look good with braces that are violet, fuchsia, anise green, turquoise, gold, pink, pastel blue, orange or dark blue.

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. Her practice offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment 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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Vegan Pasta Peperonata

Vegan Pasta Peperonata

INGREDIENTS

  • 12ounces rigatoni (3/4 box)
  • 1/4cup pine nuts
  • 1/4cup olive oil
  • 3bell peppers (preferably red and yellow), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2tablespoons chopped capers
  • 2tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 400º F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Spread the pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the olives, parsley, capers, vinegar, red pepper, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until heated though, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and pine nuts to the skillet and cook, tossing, for 1 minute.

Recipe from Real Simple

Cook Tasty Pasta

Finding easy to chew foods after you begin to wear Invisalign aligners is a good plan because your mouth’s soft tissues may develop some sensitivity. A fast recipe to prepare is vegan rigatoni peperonata, and the tiny pieces of olives, bell peppers and onions combined with pasta and herbs helps to make this dish delicious.

Choose Nutritious Vegetables

An orthodontist will recommend that patients wearing braces continue to consume a lot of nutrients from brightly-colored vegetables. However, some patients find it difficult to chew hard foods right after beginning their orthodontic treatment. While becoming accustomed to having plastic aligners or metal wires on your teeth, choose meals that contain numerous minerals and vitamins.

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. She offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment 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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Gluten Free Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

INGREDIENTS

• 12 large dry sea scallops, (about 1 pound; see Note)
• 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
• 1 1/4 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, (about 3 slices), cut into 12 long strips
• 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste
• 12 ounces baby spinach

PREPARATION

1. Place rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle both sides with lemon pepper. Wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around each scallop. Thread 3 scallops crosswise onto each skewer (securing the prosciutto to the scallop) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Broil until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon vinaigrette in a small bowl.
4. Place spinach in a colander and rinse under cold water. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add handfuls of spinach (with water still clinging to it) to the pan and cook, stirring, until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the spinach and add to the medium bowl; toss to coat with the vinaigrette. Divide the spinach among 4 plates and top each portion with 3 scallops. Drizzle the scallops with the reserved vinaigrette.

Recipe from Eating Well

Maintain Your Energy Levels

Consuming protein is important while undergoing orthodontic treatment to maintain your energy while keeping bones and teeth strong. Prosciutto-wrapped scallops with spinach are a tasty appetizer or main dish recipe that contains a lot of protein from the scallops along with the thin pieces of ham.

Highly Nutritious Recipe

The soft pieces of scallops and prosciutto are gluten free and easy for you to chew while wearing ceramic or metal braces, and this recipe’s ingredients will not damage any wires or brackets inside your mouth. In addition to protein from the thin prosciutto and the delicious seafood scallops, this meal offers vitamins A and C along with iron, magnesium and calcium.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Orthodontist

Undergoing treatment for misaligned teeth is easy by wearing Invisalign aligners or customized braces that are fitted by our orthodontist in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is able to examine your teeth with state-of-the-art equipment to determine the best orthodontia for your needs, including:

• Self-ligating devices
• Clear aesthetic devices
• Wild smile brackets
• Invisalign for teenagers or adults
• Lingual devices

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. She offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment 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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Replacing Missing Teeth If There Are Remaining Spaces After Treatment

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Missing teeth are a more common concern that most patients think. Many people who have missing teeth are concerned about how it will affect the way they present themselves to the public. However, there are also health reasons for replacing missing teeth. When you have gaps in your teeth, it can lead to problems with your gums and it can also be rather inconvenient when eating some types of foods. Not all missing teeth need to be replaced, and it really depends a lot on the individual circumstances surrounding the missing teeth.

The Importance of Straight Teeth

Whether you get orthodontic appliances applied as an adult or child, it’s important to people to maintain a healthy and effective smile. Especially in America, straight teeth indicate a certain status. Crooked and missing teeth erroneously indicate that the individual doesn’t take good care of their health.

There are also good health reasons for wanting a straighter smile. It can help prevent disease, promotes better gum health and makes it easier to care for teeth. Simply put, straight teeth are more functional than crooked teeth. So, what do you do when you’ve had braces and there are gaps between the teeth after treatment?

There are a few possible remedies. In some cases, a prosthetic implant may be warranted. With younger children and some adults, it may be necessary to leave the space to allow the teeth to adjust and move. Each situation has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluating Spaces Between the Teeth

It’s important to realize that spaces between the teeth don’t always need to be filled. It’s not completely uncommon for an adult to have a few teeth that are missing, and only a few of them need to be replaced. In some situations, filling the space between the teeth can be risky to the patient’s overall long-term health.

An adult that has small gaps between the teeth may not need to have the spaces filled if they pose no functional issue. There are remedies that can be used to correct the spacing, but they are not considered medically necessary procedures. If the space between the teeth is more than a few millimeters, then there can be a negative effect on the long-term health of the patient.

When there are large spaces between teeth, the gums are not as well protected. This leaves the gums vulnerable to damage. Over time, damaged gums may begin to recede. One specific issue is when the bone beneath the gum begins to get damaged because there isn’t anything there to anchor the bone. As the bone becomes weaker, the teeth may begin to wobble around. Tooth decay and loss may ensue.

Typically the best case scenario with large spaces, is that the teeth begin to shift. If you’ve had braces, this can negate the positive effects of the treatment.

Fixing the Spaces After Orthodontic Treatment

If you’ve recently had treatment with Invisalign or other orthodontic appliances, you’ll want to keep your teeth in good condition. A dental implant is often the best remedy to replace a missing tooth. This requires the tooth to be anchored directly to the jaw bone. The tooth then functions much like a normal tooth.

Other options that are not as ideal include a bridge or partial denture. These options tend to stand out, and they are more noticeable. They also may allow the possibility of additional bone atrophy. In some cases, this may be your only option. However, you should definitely visit with an orthodontist to find out what options are available to you. If the spaces are extremely small, you may even be able to use a composite resin filling to improve the aesthetics of the teeth.

If you need a remedy to replace a missing tooth and you haven’t yet straightened your teeth, all hope is not lost. One nice thing about Invisalign treatment is that even if you have a bridge or implant, you can still get treatment. The implant or bridge won’t be able to move, but all of the teeth around it can move. This is why it’s so important to consult with a competent orthodontist before you get any treatments to make sure you get the best possible treatment.

Your orthodontist may recommend getting Invisalign or other orthodontic appliances applied first, and then have a procedure to replace any missing teeth. This way, you can ensure that you get the best possible smile. This is important since once you get an implant for a missing tooth, that tooth can’t be moved. If the placement of a dental implant isn’t ideal, it can reduce your options for treatment.

Missing Teeth in Children

Children who have missing teeth after treatment is a pretty common occurrence, especially if the appliances were applied before all of their adult teeth have come in. There is a device that is very similar to a partial denture that can be used. The appliance is wired to the teeth. When the adult teeth begin to come in, the appliance can be removed. For children who have adult teeth that are missing, the procedures prescribed for adults are actually ideal. It really depends on the age of the children and the current condition of their teeth.


If you have any questions about treatment, give our orthodontic practice, Beach Braces, a call to find out what treatment options are available for you and your family.

How Can I Start The Straightening Process?

If you are in need of a straightening procedure, give a call to our Manhattan Beach, CA orthodontic practice. Our professionals are on hand ready to help you through the procedure and will explain the methods used in detail before they get started in properly straightening your child’s teeth. An appointment can be made for an initial consultation if desired. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

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The very mention of the word braces is enough to make any child fearful. Even though orthodontic treatment has become routine, it is still surrounded by many myths and misconceptions. By understanding the source of your child’s fear and working with your orthodontist, you can ease your child’s fear of braces so that they actually look forward to the process and the prospect of a straight, beautiful smile.

Fear of Pain

The most common concern that children have when starting orthodontic treatment is that it will be extremely painful. As a parent, you may even share some of this fear since no parent wants to see their child in pain. There is a good chance that your child has even heard urban legends about braces being painful.

In reality, orthodontic treatment does not involve the use of twisting or wrenching of the teeth into submission. Orthodontic appliances use gentle, consistent pressure to realign the teeth gradually. The pressure can cause the gums to become tender and ache a little, especially at first or after an adjustment. This discomfort is temporary and minor. In most cases, the discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers or numbing ointments.

Fear of the Unknown

Most people are afraid of situations where they don’t have control or understand what is happening. An orthodontist’s office can be a very intimidating place for a young child. They are laid out horizontally on a chair with bright lights shining in their face. The doctor then proceeds to use a collection of unfamiliar instruments in their mouth. You can help by letting the doctor know about your child’s fears ahead of time, so they can take the time to explain the whole procedure and the equipment involved. You can even ask the office staff if they have books or videos that your child can watch ahead of time to familiarize themselves with the process.

Fear of Embarrassment

Children and teens are especially sensitive about anything that may make them appear different from their peers. You can help by explaining to your child that there is nothing to be ashamed about in trying to better themselves and improve their health. You can also point out that there are probably dozens of their school mates who are going through the same experience. It is also a good time to point out that any attempt to bully them is simply out of jealousy and not because they have any reason to be embarrassed. Your child can also take a proactive approach and make their orthodontia a focal point. Many kids enjoy using bright colored rubber bands and brackets that coordinate with their outfits. There are even choices such as Invisalign® that are completely invisible.

Fear of Food Getting Caught in the Teeth

Another common fear regarding orthodontic treatment is that large amounts of unsightly food will get caught in the wires and brackets, leading to embarrassment, bad breath, and even tooth decay. In reality, a person with braces is no more likely to get food stuck in their teeth than someone without them. Misaligned teeth also cause a much greater risk of periodontal disease than orthodontia. Drinking plenty of water can help wash away any stray bits of food. You should also encourage your child to exercise good oral hygiene techniques and to follow instructions for caring for their orthodontic appliances.

Fears Regarding the Length of Treatment

It is true that orthodontic treatment takes time. The prospect of having treatment last one to two years can seem like an eternity to a child or teen. It can help to provide your child with a little perspective. After all, a year is nothing when you consider that they will likely have 60 or more years to enjoy their new smile.

Tips for Younger Children

Younger children are often more at ease when there is a parent nearby. You can ask the orthodontist if it is possible to remain in the treatment room with your child. It may also help to allow your child to have a small stuffed toy that they can hold during the procedure. You can also try incorporating appointments with something fun by taking your child for their favorite outing. They will dread the appointment less if they know there is something to forward to afterward.

About Beach Braces

Dr. Patricia Panucci is an orthodontic specialist serving Manhattan Beach, CA. Dr. Panucci is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the California Association of Orthodontists. We combine state-of-the-art equipment and techniques with a personal touch and individualized treatment plans to help our patients achieve the best smile possible. We offer a variety of different orthodontic appliances, including Invisalign®.

Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our services or to schedule your complimentary initial exam.

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You remember the days when you wore braces. At first, you may have felt as though you were the only kid in school with braces on, but slowly, all of your friends started to make regular visits to the orthodontist as well. Yet a major difference exists between them and you. They are happy with their results, and you are still staring in the mirror wondering what is wrong with your teeth.

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[Besides Straight Teeth] What are the Benefits of Braces?

UPDATED – 29-10-17

Many patients visiting our Manhattan Beach orthodontics facility in California wonder about the additional benefits of wearing braces besides reducing gaps and straightening their teeth. First, everyone needs to know that there is a variety of custom-made dental appliances available at an orthodontics office.

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What is the Best Age for My Child to See an Orthodontist?

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It seems that there is an increasing number of younger children wearing braces these days. Not that long ago, it was common to see children in their pubescent years visiting the orthodontist for the first time; however, that common age has dropped drastically. Many mothers are asking, what is the best age for my child to see an orthodontist? Many of these moms may be shocked at the answer.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best age to bring your child in to see an orthodontist is seven. The inquisitive mind may want to gain a more lucid perspicacity of what can possibly be accomplished at such a young age. It is important to understand that not every orthodontic issue will be treatable at the age of seven; however, bringing your child in to visit the orthodontist at this age will allow the orthodontist to effectively identify any existing or potential problems as early as possible. This will allow for the proper planning and strategies as far as preventative and corrective measures are concerned. By age seven, most orthodontic-related problems can, at least, be identified.

Deviation from Normal Patterns

Something as simple as disorder in the manner in which baby teeth fall out could be indicative of problematic issues that will need to be addressed at some point. Baby teeth normally fall out in a specific order, with their first eight primary teeth falling out between the ages of six to eight. It is also common for the child’s permanent molars to emerge during this same period. By age seven, a child should have at least four permanent incisors and four permanent molars. Deviation from the normality or this order could indicate developmental issues that may require specific attention

Spacing and Crowding

By the age of seven it will be possible for an orthodontist to determine if the child has crowding and spacing issues. Spacing issues normally refer to situations in which a tooth is lost prematurely or one does not develop properly — leaving a permanent space between teeth. These types of spaces can be problematic and will have to be addressed by the orthodontist.

Crowding general refers to a situation in which the teeth are bunched too close together. This condition may require the expansion of the arches or the removal of certain teeth.


Different Types of Braces

Obviously, one of the most commonly used tools by orthodontists is braces. Braces have the capacity to handle spacing problems, crowding and more. Not too long ago, the options, as far as braces are concerned, were quite limited; however, that has changed significantly.

Here are some of the options that are available:

Traditional braces: These are the braces that are seen most often. They are metal, and they are also highly visible. The brackets on the modern version of these braces is less conspicuous that its predecessor. Technology has also contributed to enhancing the efficacy of these braces. There are now heat-activated arch wires that have the capacity to use the subject’s body heat to promote an expedited movement process.

  • Pros: The least expensive style of all of the braces on the market
  • Cons: Highly conspicuous

Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are almost identical in design to medical braces, but they differ in the fact they are available in tooth color or clear in order to make them more inconspicuous.

  • Pros: Not as noticeable as metal braces. Additionally, they have the capacity to move teeth quicker than traditional braces
  • Cons: More expensive that traditional braces and there is a greater proclivity toward staining

Lingual Braces: The design of lingual braces are the same as traditional braces. What makes this type of process different is the placement. Instead of the traditional outside placement, they are placed on the inside of the teeth.

  • Pros: Completely invisible from an outside view
  • Cons: More expensive than traditional braces, and they are more difficult to clean and maintain

Invisalign: Invisalign uses a process that includes a series of 18 to 30 custom-designed clear plastic aligners that resemble mouth guards. These aligners are removable and they are replaced every couple of weeks.

  • Pros: Nearly invisible, and there are no limits to what the subject can eat or drink
  • Cons: Not effective for serious orthodontic issues, and they are only available for teens and adults.

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When visiting Manhattan Beach Orthodontics, you will be able to consult with a specialist that will be able to advise you on what the best options are as far as braces are concerned. Your child’s specific issues may limit the options that are available.

According to Dr. Greg Jorgenson, it is best to begin screening all young patients at no later than age seven. Another common issue that can be detected and addressed at this age is vertical biting problems. A vertical biting issue is when the bites are too deep, where the top teeth cover the bottom teeth completely. One of the common causes for vertical biting problems is lower jaw that is too small.

It is also possible to discover overbite problems, which are generally indicative of a tongue or finger problem. This is something that the orthodontist can begin addressing immediately through helping to identify the destructive habit. The sooner that the destructive habit can be eliminated, the less structural issues will have to be addressed later.

Procrastination in getting your child to their first orthodontist visit can lead to the exacerbation of existing issues. Additionally, it can cause you to miss an opportunity to prevent potential issues. When your child turns seven, call Manhattan Beach Orthodontics to schedule the initial examination and consultation. The professionals a Manhattan Beach Orthodontics will provide you with the assurance that will allow you to have the confidence that your child is in good hands.

If you live in Manhattan Beach, CA, you’re in luck.

Beach Braces Orthodontics, located in Manhattan Beach, specializes in Orthodontics for adults and children and would be happy to consult with you regarding lingual braces or any of the many other options available.

Dr. Panucci

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

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

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When Do I Get My Braces Off?

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As orthodontists, we are constantly asked by our patients when they can finally get those pesky braces off. While of course the amount of time braces are on depends on the individual and their specific needs, there are basic steps of treatment used here that pertain to most people.

Stages of Treatment

Typically, though, there are three stages of treatment that every patient must go through. The order of these treatment stages can be in any old order or even overlap, but they must occur nonetheless. These three stages are:

  • Fixing the crowding and spacing of teeth
  • Aligning the teeth
  • Correcting any issues with the bite

Fixing the Crowding and Spacing of Teeth

In order to fix the crowding of teeth, there are two different steps that can be taken. The orthodontist can either expand the arches or extract some of the teeth. Remember, teeth can’t be aligned properly if they do not have enough room in the mouth. As far as whether to expand the arches or remove teeth is, that is determined based on a number of factors. Some of these factors include:

  • How big the jaw and teeth are
  • Amount of bone and gum tissue that hold up the roots
  • Profile

The first step in resolving any crowding that may be going on in the mouth is to make room so that each and every tooth can be aligned properly. If the patient has ample amounts of room before getting the braces put on, this space will be closed up first and foremost.

Aligning the Teeth

Braces are an important part of straightening the patient’s teeth. That’s why wires, elastic chains and springs are put into place. In fact, these gadgets are known to help rotate and steer the teeth into their rightful position. Also, during this step repositioning is achieved with the use of individual brackets. Sometimes these brackets aren’t put in right away. Some of the reasons for this stem from:

  • The alignment
  • The bite
  • The shape of the teeth

Once the teeth in the mouth have been somewhat aligned, the brackets can then be placed in. This helps make sure that they’re on in the right position.

Correcting Any Issues with the Bite

The last stage of treatment focuses on fixing the bite found in the mouth. In other words, the upper teeth have to fit the lower ones. Braces will help eliminate an overbite or underbite that may have occurred over time as well as a crossbite or deep bite. To get rid of any issues with the bite, wires, rubber bands, springs and possibly even surgery are employed. Once the backs of the top teeth land right on the fronts of the bottom ones, the perfect bite is achieved.

Figuring Out When to Take the Braces Off

Usually during the last stage, when the bite is being corrected, patients start asking “when do I get my braces off?” That’s because during that time, the look of crowded, crooked teeth is completely gone. The patient is therefore completely satisfied with the way their teeth looks. However, the braces can’t be taken off right there and then because this last stage where the bite is being fixed is so important to the health and stability of the teeth.

In order for a patient to figure out whether or not they are close to getting their braces off, they should go through the following checklist:

1. Are your teeth currently straight?
2. Are any spaces that were once between your teeth completely gone?
3. Do the upper front teeth now correctly overlap the lower front teeth?
4. Is your overbite or underbite issue eliminated?

Your Orthodontist Knows Best

If you notice that your chid’s teeth are still not straight, have visible room between them or there is a clear overbite going on, it is definitely not time to get their braces taken off. However, if the answer to each of the questions listed in the checklist above is yes, there is a good chance that they can have their braces removed. Remember, though, it is up to their orthodontist on when they should have their braces taken off. They have the ultimate say as they are experts in this field. They have a level of knowledge and experience that allows them to know exactly when your child’s teeth have achieved the look desired. Trust us, you do not want to have your child’s braces taken off too soon because that can just lead to further problems. After all, you want the issues that led them to having braces put in to begin with completely corrected.

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Get the Help Your Child Needs Need

Do not waste your child’s time with any other orthodontists that can’t achieve what we can. When you notice that your child’s smile doesn’t look the way they want it to, visit us at Beach Braces. We are dedicated to helping your child obtain the smile of their dream. We truly care about you and your kid and it shows in everything we do. Our orthodontists are all more than qualified to handle your child’s needs so rest assured you and your child are in trusted hands here. Believe us, you will see a clear difference in your child before and after braces. All you have to do is give us a call. From there, one of our staff members will be more than happy to go over each of our dental services and procedures. We will even answer any questions you may have like “what are some payment options?” and “does invisalign work?” Your child deserves to get their teeth straightened and any bite problem fixed. Your child does not have to feel stuck so start making changes. Remember, now is the time to take action so get in touch with us today.

If you live in Manhattan Beach, CA, you’re in luck.

Beach Braces Orthodontics, located in Manhattan Beach, specializes in Orthodontics for adults and children and would be happy to consult with you regarding lingual braces or any of the many other options available.

Dr. Panucci

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

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

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