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Do-It-Yourself Orthodontic Treatment: The AAO Position

Orthodontics – Don’t Do-It-Yourself Braces! Here’s Why by AAO ft. Dr. Patti Panucci

For 18 months, the AAO has aggressively and proactively been warning consumers to be wary of various “do-it-yourself orthodontics” procedures when it comes to orthodontic care.  These procedures have been popularized on social media, with many showing young adults attempting to move their teeth with rubber bands, paperclips, and inappropriate use of orthodontic appliances without the personal evaluation and care of an orthodontic specialist.

The AAO believes that orthodontic care should always be performed under the direct supervision of an orthodontist. Regular orthodontic check-ups throughout treatment best serve the patient and allow the treating orthodontist to monitor not only tooth movement, but also the patient’s overall oral health, including hygiene issues that may impact treatment decisions.

Dr. Panucci endorses the AAO’s position 100% and was part of the Public Service Announcement that AAO put together about the dangers of do-it-yourself orthodontics, see video above.

Brace Yourself

If you want to find out more about the bad idea of do-it-yourself braces and dental work visit these pages on Inside Edition, the Washington Post, or Today Online Health and Wellness.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your teeth straightening options with Dr. Panucci, contact us here or call us at:  310-379-0006

Do-It-Yourself Orthodontic Treatment: The AAO Position

Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuits

Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuits


  • unsalted butter , for greasing
  • 4 large free-range egg whites
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 350 g ground almonds
  • 30 ml amaretto liqueur
  • icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas 3, and grease and line two baking sheets.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm. Gently fold in the sugar, almonds and amaretto to make a smooth paste.
  3. Using a teaspoon or a piping bag, place dollops of the mixture on the trays, 2cm apart.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, before dusting with icing sugar.


When to see an orthodontist

Orthodontists sometimes see conditions in teeth that may give clues about the person’s health that other medical professionals might have missed. One example is celiac disease. This allergy to gluten can result in the decay of tooth enamel. It can also lead to canker sores in the mouth. However, there are more and more gluten-free ingredients and recipes available all the time, and as a result, celiac sufferers have more access than ever before to a gluten-free diet.

One of the things gluten-free eaters miss the most is sweets like cookies and cake because they are often made with flour. That is why a recipe for gluten-free Amaretti biscuits is such a treat for people with celiac.

Damage to teeth from celiac cannot be reversed, but it can be stopped, and there are a number of procedures that can improve the look of teeth if necessary. Although invisalign braces are not a treatment that an orthodontist might do to repair teeth damaged from celiac disease, anyone with a gluten allergy who cares enough about the condition and appearance of their teeth to wear braces will not want to damage them further. Recipes like gluten-free Amaretti biscuits can help prevent that damage.

These are a great treat to have with tea or coffee, and one of the best things about them is that they are naturally gluten-free. Too often, recipes that are normally made with wheat or other grains that are adapted to be gluten-free are disappointing by comparison. This is not the case with these delicious gluten-free Amaretti biscuits.

Whether or not you are dedicated to living gluten-free, you might be concerned about your own smile or those of your family members. If your own teeth or your children’s teeth look overcrowded or crooked, give us a call today to speak to an orthodontist about invisalign braces.

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

Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuits

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Gluten-Free Chicken and Fruit Salad

glucten free chicken and fruit salad


  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons fruit-flavored vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups sliced cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups chopped melon, such as cantaloupe and/or honeydew
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing in a small bowl. Add the mixed greens to the large bowl and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates and top with chicken, melon, walnuts and feta. Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon of the reserved dressing.

Recipe from Eating Well

Choose Healthy Salads for Meals

If you must avoid foods with gluten, then learn to make delicious salads that are made with chicken and fruit. Combining these two ingredients might seem unusual at first, but this type of recipe is a powerhouse of nutrition. More importantly, if you wear braces, then the small pieces of fruit and chopped chicken are easy to chew, and this is also a gluten-free recipe. An orthodontist knows that their patients’ have sensitive gums when they begin to wear Invisalign aligners or other orthodontia, and soft foods are recommended to avoid discomfort.

Consume Protein and Vitamins

It is also vitally important to consume protein to remain energetic along with getting enough minerals and vitamins to keep your bones and teeth strong. A gluten-free chicken and fruit salad is simple to pack for lunches at school, and your child will enjoy this recipe. When you visit an orthodontist for an examination, they will use a state-of-the-art computer software system to collect images of your facial structure. With this software, an orthodontic specialist can show you what will happen to your teeth if you choose to wear braces or Invisalign aligners.

Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment

Beach Braces is located in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and this is where our orthodontist provides services to patients. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci offers orthodontic appointments to adults, teenagers and children with a variety of devices, including:

• Clear or aesthetic orthodontia
• Wild smile brackets for children and adults
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Lingual devices worn on the backs of teeth
• Self-ligating devices that require fewer office visits

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.

Gluten-Free Chicken and Fruit Salad

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An honest smile is an icebreaker


When you meet a stranger at work or out in public, an honest smile is an icebreaker. A smile is the universal greeting around the world to say hello to someone. It doesn’t matter if you are at a job interview or social event, just flashing a beautiful smile can open the door to a new career or friendship. If you have a perfect smile, then there is a good chance that you visited an orthodontist as a teenager for treatment. However, when an adult missed out on wearing braces as a teenager, it is still possible to have teeth straightened to improve a smile.

Choose Clear Plastic Aligners

There are several orthodontic treatments available today to reduce malocclusions of the teeth, including Invisalign aligners that are easy to wear each day and remove for oral hygiene. When you are approved to wear Invisalign to repair gaps between your teeth, an orthodontist uses three-dimensional images to create up to 25 sets of aligners in slightly different configurations. By wearing the aligners in the correct order, you will have an improved smile line in six months to one year without needing to have metal wires and brackets fastened to your teeth.

If you live in or near Manhattan Beach, Calif., then it is easy to find a fantastic orthodontist at Beach Braces to learn more about the different treatments available to create an honest smile. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is available for examinations at her orthodontic facility to help patients have an attractive smile with these types of braces:

• Clear
• Lingual
• Self-ligating
• Wild smile
• Invisalign

Dr. Patricia J. Panucci provides orthodontic care for children, teenagers and adults who want to have a gorgeous smile that is an icebreaker anywhere they go. To schedule an appointment, patients can call 310-379-0066.

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Life is BETTER when you’re SMILING! ― Karen McNair Gibbs

happiness quotes

When you’re enjoying life, you should be able to show your smile with pride. Smiling makes a person instantly more attractive and approachable, so when you smile, others around you can’t help but to feel like they want to talk to you. A smile says to the world that you’re enjoying life and this makes people want to know more about you! Seeing an orthodontist for a consultation for braces may feel overwhelming at first, but rest assured that by visiting an orthodontist, you’re taking a huge step in the right direction. Straight teeth are easier to clean, and it’s a big plus that they enhance your appearance, allowing your inner beauty to shine through your smile.

The Process

The process of orthodontics may not sound like much fun, but the process is worth it and our office makes the treatment process enjoyable with our caring staff that caters specifically to each client. Manhattan Beach braces will help you to feel 100% confident when smiling and talking. If you feel ashamed or embarrassed of your teeth, it’s time to do something about it. While getting orthodontics for children is very common from elementary school to high school, adult orthodontics are also common. It’s never too late to make your smile more beautiful so that you can feel amazing when you smile. Life truly is better when you’re smiling!

Beach Braces

At our orthodontic practice in Manhattan Beach, CA, we serve each patient with a smile and once their treatment is complete, they live our office smiling bigger than ever before. A beautiful smile is something that goes a long way in confidence and even future career opportunities. Beach Braces Orthodontics wants to set each client on the way to feeling amazing when they smile.  Make an appointment today!

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May is National Teen Self-esteem Month

National Teen Self-Esteem Month

May is National Teen Self-esteem Month

May is National Teen Self-esteem Month

National Teen Self-esteem Month is a time to recognize the importance of how young people feel about themselves and how their feelings can affect their physical and mental health. The teenage years are a time when a teen’s self-esteem needs to be nurtured and supported by family, friends and other necessary people in their lives.

What is self-esteem?

The National Association for Self-Esteem defines self-esteem as “The experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness.” Yet many teens find it difficult to meet these goals because of various hurdles.

For example, bullying (both in person and cyberbullying) is a serious problem among teenagers. Teens’ peers can say and write cruel, untrue things. Teen self-esteem can rapidly erode, and the result can be depression, eating disorders, drop in grades, truancy, drug and alcohol use and even suicide.


However, parents and other caring individuals can help teenagers meet these hurdles head on. Concerned individuals who want to know how to increase teenager self-esteem need to identify the factors that are bothering a young person, recognize the impact it has on the adolescent and then offer guidance in a cooperative manner.

Tips on how to raise self-esteem:

If you are a teen who is experiencing self-esteem issues or a concerned adult who is concerned about a teen’s self-esteem, here are some tips.

Acknowledge how body image affects your self-esteem. Lots of pressure is placed on teenagers to look a certain way, and typically those expectations are not realistic. Teens who have problems with body image could benefit from talking with someone they trust about their concerns.

Banish the negative. Teens who say negative things about themselves (e.g., I’m too fat, I’m not popular) or who listen to others who say such things need to replace the negative words with positive ones. Whenever negative thoughts or words occur, teens should replace them immediately with positive thoughts (e.g., I am great at math, I enjoy playing the trumpet).

Squash comparisons. When people compare themselves to others, they will always find someone who is better and worse at something than they are. Playing the comparison game is a waste of time and energy. Teens should be encouraged to celebrate who they are as unique beings who can make choices that will lead them on a path of personal fulfillment.

Smile. A smile communicates confidence and a great smile can make people feel on top of their game. Teens who don’t feel good about their smile can talk to their parents about what can be done to give them that extra boost of confidence.

National Teen Self-esteem Month is about many things, and one of them is how to increase teenager self-esteem in effective ways. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci, DMD, MS, and other folks at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach can help put a smile on the face of your teenager. Give us a call 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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Before And After With Invisalign

Invisalign Before and After

Conditions for Invisalign vary differently from patient to patient but it is possible to treat a wide array of different dental issues successfully with the help of Invisalign. Whether your case calls for treatment of a crooked tooth, or a serious dental correction such as an overbite or under bite Invisalign can be used quite effectively to treat some of these cases. With some before and after results we can see just how effective this treatment option is and how patients can enjoy effective results with many more advantages in comfort to treatments such as traditional braces.

Overly crowded teeth:

In this example we can see a 26-year-old female who is experiencing an issue with overcrowding. Her jaw line simply did not have enough space for all of her teeth to fit completely normally. Overly crowded teeth like these can cause serious dental decay and oral health issues but with the help of a treatment such as Invisalign patients can experience straight teeth that fall within normal functions and incur less of a risk of these issues.

We can see from the after results that Invisalign correctly positioned her teeth greatly improving her chances of incurring any issues with oral health. These results were experienced after just 10 months of treatment.


Before                                    After




In this example we can see a 38-year-old female who had upper teeth that completely overlapped her lower teeth. This is really more of a cosmetic issue but it can cause some issues with oral health. Straightening out her teeth was done over the course of 20 months with Invisalign treatment and her teeth now line up much more effectively than ever before giving her proper bite.


Before                                 After

Gapped teeth:

This 56-year-old patient had teeth that were spaced abnormally far apart. Large gaps in teeth can cause a number of periodontal diseases and can also cause confidence issues because of cosmetic issues in teeth. The results in this photo were experienced after just 10 months of Invisalign treatment. We can see that the patient’s teeth are now much more uniform and straight and that all of the major spaces have been removed giving him a much more perfect smile.

Gapped Teeth

Before                                    After

Cross bite: I

In this example a 27-year-old female patient was tired of her upper and lower jaws being misaligned. Her upper teeth would bite on the inside of her lower teeth and this was causing wear to her teeth as well as digestion issues. Instead of having to incur any health issues she decided to use Invisalign and experience these results nine months into her treatment.


Before                                  After


If you are interested in experiencing these types of results please contact Beach Braces today for a free consultation.

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

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

Before And After With Invisalign

food to avoid

Foods to avoid during Thanksgiving

Braces and Thanksgiving foods to avoid and foods that are safe

With the Thanksgiving season coming up you may be wondering about some of the foods that you can eat safely as you attend your holiday feasts. Adapting to major events like holidays is always difficult when you first get braces. It’s very important that you follow this guide and potentially even bring your own menu choices for your Thanksgiving get-togethers so that you can avoid any damage to your braces or any concerns for your oral health.

ecstaticist via Compflight

ecstaticist via Compflight

Eating the wrong foods could potentially set your overall treatment progress back and mean that you need to keep your orthodontic appliance on much longer than intended. Certain foods can also become lodged within your braces and impose oral health issues. Any food that cannot be removed from an orthodontic appliance will simply lead to bacteria build up in your mouth and this can cause cavities and other issues. Maintaining your oral health is extremely important through the holidays and although you may be missing out on some of your favorite foods through Thanksgiving, remember that it will all be worth it when you finally have the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. Here are some of the biggest foods to avoid, and foods that are safe for consumption with braces or an orthodontic appliance on.

Foods to avoid:


Nuts are hard and crunchy and can cause damage as well as stick inside your orthodontic appliances.


If you bite a hard kernel your braces could become damaged and the soft parts of popcorn can very easily get stuck in braces as well.


Although chips are easy to eat pieces of chips can stay lodged in orthodontic appliances and are very difficult to get out. Chips should always be avoided if you wear braces.

Hard or sticky foods:

Most hard candies or sticky gummy candies should all be avoided.


Caramel is one of the most instructive foods that you can eat while wearing an orthodontic appliance. It can be hard as well as notoriously sticky and this means that it will only work to damage an orthodontic appliance should you try and eat it.

Foods that you can eat during Thanksgiving with braces or an orthodontic appliance:

Turkey and ham:

As long as you aren’t eating these off the bone and you are able to cut them into small and manageable pieces both of these Thanksgiving treats are perfectly safe to eat with an orthodontic appliance on.


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Mashed potatoes are easy to eat with orthodontic appliances on but you may want to avoid roasted or hard potatoes.


If you take corn off the cob you can eat it just fine with an orthodontic appliance.

Green beans:

As long as they have been cooked well you should face no problems.


As long as it’s not too crunchy you should be able to eat dressing just fine.

Some desserts:

Desserts like Jell-O or even some pie can be okay to eat just as long as they aren’t too crunchy. Always be sure to brush your teeth after you eat any desserts.

If you have any other questions or concerns about foods that you should eat or avoid with your orthodontic appliance do not hesitate to contact Beach Braces today.

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

Foods to avoid in Thanksgiving


Loose the Toothbrush

Chuck your Toothbrush


Words of wisdom No.2: “Chuck your Toothbrush”

Complete oral hygiene does not end by just brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Experts advise to also change the head of your electric toothbrush every two to three months. If you don’t, you’re just putting old bacteria back to your mouth every time you brush your teeth. If you’re not using an electric toothbrush, then you need to buy a new one (since you can’t change just the head). The time frame of two to three months does not even mean that by merely following this rule of thumb you’re complying enough to save your teeth from falling.

Experts also say that you need to look and feel the bristles of your brush. If you can see that the bristles are already torn or are going in different directions, then it’s a very good indication that you need to change it even if you’ve only been using it for a month.

Harold Katz, a Beverly Hills dentist, said that the best way to clean your teeth is to brush them with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums. He also added to do it in a circular motion rather just up and down or back and forth motion. Brushing too hard will also damage your teeth and gums so make sure to apply just the right amount of pressure.

You can hold your brush just like when you’re holding a pencil to make sure you don’t brush your teeth that hard. By following the simple steps above, then you can make sure you’re on the right track when it comes to cleaning your mouth and teeth thoroughly.

To read more articles about caring for your teeth, you can visit our blog. Beach Braces has many years experience in providing happy healthy smiles, you can book a complimentary consultation by clicking here.

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

Chuck Your Toothbrush

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Happy Columbus Day!

What is Columbus Day? 

As the second Monday in October is approaching very quickly we are almost ready to celebrate Columbus Day. On October 12 1492 Christopher Columbus arrived in America, today we celebrate Columbus Day over an extended long weekend holiday. Many of us spend Columbus Day together with family or friends enjoying good food and good times. It’s important to enjoy yourself over Columbus Day but also to be careful especially if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

We understand that accidents over the course of the Columbus Day holiday can happen and it can be very difficult to receive treatment especially with our offices facing shortened hours. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention feel free to check through our website for a number of quick fixes that you can make to orthodontic appliances to ensure your short-term comfort.

Are you going away for Columbus Day? 


If you are going away for Columbus Day or spending time with friends is also very important that you keep track of any removable appliances. For patients that use retainers or Invisalign dental aligners it’s very important that they keep track of their appliances and continue to use them over the course of the holiday. We understand that sometimes appliances can be lost or damaged over the long weekend and if this occurs make sure to phone into our answering service or e-mail us directly so that we can order you a replacement appliance as soon as possible.

If you go without your appliance for a long period of time it can greatly impact the length of your treatment and extend the length of your treatment. Make sure to continue wearing your appliance and to keep track of it especially when you are traveling, it can be a costly expense to replace it. Enjoying Columbus Day with friends and family may also affect your diet especially if you have a permanent orthodontic appliance. Make sure to consider your food options before going out to an event.

It is important to consider that their are certain foods you will need to avoid in order to maintain your oral health. For a description of the foods that you should best avoid over Columbus Day feel free to consult our website on some of the foods to avoid with braces.

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

Happy Columbus day!