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Smile. Be Someone’s Reason to Smile

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Be Someone’s Smile by Improving Your Smile

 

An orthodontist wants to be someone’s reason to smile, and that is why one of these individuals spends many years studying the orthodontic profession. Anyone visiting an orthodontic office can have a fast evaluation with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine if they have wide gaps between their teeth or other problems that require treatment. The process of an examination to learn more about your malocclusions requires only a few minutes, and most patients think that the experience is fun.

 

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After the examination, you will have a consultation with the orthodontist to decide if you want to wear clear aligners for approximately one year. Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable plastic, and you can smile while wearing these because no one can see the devices. Alternatively, you might learn that braces are a better option for your crooked teeth, but there are new types that repair malocclusions faster or that are worn on the backs of your teeth.

 

Schedule an Appointment for Each Member of Your Family

 

When you are trying to find an orthodontist for every member of your family, call Beach Braces,  Manhattan Beach, Calif. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci has the latest diagnostic equipment in her new office, making it easier to learn if you have mild, moderate or serious malocclusions. After learning more your mouth’s structure, Dr. Panucci will talk to you about the best orthodontic treatment for you or your child. Depending on your orthodontic needs, you might need to wear:

  • Invisalign aligners – appropriate for mild malocclusions
  • Self-ligating braces – made without elastic bands
  • Lingual devices – placed on the backs of teeth
  • Wild Smiles – colorful brackets and wires for children

To schedule an appointment, contact us with an online form at our website or call us today at 310-379-0006.

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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Are Braces Painful?

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Are Braces Painful?

Your orthodontist just told you that you need to get braces. Undoubtedly, you are feeling a little anxious. When your first learned that you needed some form of tooth-straightening device to improve your smile, it is likely that there were many questions that went through your mind. First and foremost, you may have asked, when am I going to be able to get these things off? You are also no doubt concerned about what the end results would be or how will your teeth look.

 

The Application of Teeth Straightening Appliances

After your initial consultation and after you have decided which teeth straightening device will be best for you, you will schedule an appointment to have your braces applied. During the placement process, you should feel little to no pain or discomfort.

Over the next few days, you will likely notice that it feels uncomfortable to eat. This is especially the case if you have had ceramic or metal brackets with wires and rubber bands installed. You’re going to have to change the way that you chew your food. You might experience some irritation on your gums and on your lips as you get accustomed to talking and chewing with bits of metal or ceramic in your mouth.

Most people will opt to eat softer foods like soup, yogurt, and ice cream for the first few days after they get the teeth straightening devices applied. Slowly, you will get used to having them in your mouth, and eating will no longer be uncomfortable.

Feeling Your Teeth Shift

An essential part of the teeth straightening process is forcing your teeth to realign. You are going to feel some pressure on your teeth caused by the metal wires and the elastic ligatures. The pain should not be so severe that you will require prescription painkillers. Usually, the discomfort can be addressed by using an over-the-counter product.

Some people have been able to relieve the irritation caused by the metal or the ceramic rubbing against the inside of their mouth by putting wax over the brackets. Your orthodontist will be able to give you more tips on how to minimize the discomfort you feel. The initial pressure of having your teeth realigned should subside within the first week.

Discomfort after Checkups

Periodically, you will have to return to the orthodontic office to have your dental appliances adjusted. These adjustments are key to making sure that your teeth are being aligned properly. In the days following these adjustments, you may experience some discomfort that is on par with what you experienced when you first had the appliances put on your teeth. However, this discomfort can be addressed by using over-the-counter painkillers.

Is Invisalign Painful?

The condition of your teeth may make you a candidate for teeth straightening processes that use plastic aligners as opposed to using metal brackets. If so, you may wonder if you will experience less pain using this procedure.

The truth is that regardless of the orthodontic treatment you use, there is going to be some pain or discomfort. Even though the process that Invisalign aligners use is different, the result is the same in that they adjust the position of your teeth. That being said, most patients who use plastic aligners to correct their teeth only feel a mild amount of discomfort throughout the treatment. The pain is usually the most severe during the first few days of wearing the dental aligner.

Patients describe the pain as a sense of pressure or tenderness. For some patients, the discomfort comes because of the way they are taking the aligners out of their mouth and putting them back in. They might irritate their gums and their teeth. Some have commented that it is a challenge to eat certain foods or drink certain beverage the first few days after the procedure because of the discomfort they feel.

No Pain No Gain

Most agree that the pain is manageable. One tip that can help you minimize the discomfort you feel while using plastic dental aligners, is to wait to put in a new aligner until you are about to go to sleep. This way, if there is any initial discomfort, you will likely not feel it because you are asleep, or you will have to deal with it when you wake up.

Discomfort is minimized by:

  • Using over-the-counter painkillers
  • Eating softer foods when your teeth and gums feel sore or tender
  • Using a cold compress for around 15 minutes two times a day
  • Sucking on ice cubes periodically throughout the day to minimize the discomfort

Avoid the temptation to remove your aligners because they feel uncomfortable. In order to work, the Invisalign aligners must be in your mouth for at least 20 hours a day. While they can be uncomfortable, you will get the best results only if you follow the instructions provided by your orthodontic professional and if you take steps to minimize the discomfort caused by the aligners.

So…

So, does having teeth straightening procedures hurt? Yes, they can generate some mild pain or discomfort. However, the pain and discomfort are only temporary and easily managed. The results that come from having a healthy straight smile are many. Improved self-confidence, an attractive appearance, and the ability to chew your food better is more than worth any discomfort you might feel.

At Beach Braces, we understand how intimidating the entire orthodontic procedure might seem. For this reason, our team is dedicated to providing California residents oral health care in a way that is enjoyable, affordable, and most of all effective. Our orthodontists will walk you through every step of the procedures that you need to have done, and we will use the latest in modern technology to help craft a smile that you can be proud of. Contact us today and let us put our years of experience to work for you.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Fax: (310) 379-7051
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

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Smile. It’s Free Therapy

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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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Why Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

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In the past, a trip to the orthodontist for a teenager almost guaranteed a mouth full of metal. While parents reassured these teens that it was “for their own good,” the thought of spending a majority of their high school years with hardware on their teeth was devastating. Many people have even opted to live with misaligned teeth as a way to avoid wearing these metal brackets.

Now, however, teens do not have to panic at the thought of having their teeth straightened. In many cases, the use of Invisalign can straighten their teeth without any noticeable hardware on their teeth.

Why Teens Love Invisalign

Being a teenager is hard enough. There is already so much going on in their lives as they grow into adulthood that adding metal braces to the mix can be devastating. As everyone remembers from when they were a teen, being self-conscious is part of the teen years is something that is not often avoided. Adding large metal braces to this factor does not help with self-esteem issues.

Teens have found that using the clear plastic teeth straightening product, however, usually goes unnoticed by their peers. They can slip the device on their teeth and go about their daily routine without much notice to their teeth. If anything, as their teeth, begins to straighten, their confidence grows.

Eat What They Love

Another drawback to metal brackets is that you are restricted from many foods that teens enjoy. Simple pleasures like chewing gum and popcorn are forbidden when you have brackets, and eating an apple is only accomplished by cutting it into bite size pieces. While every orthodontist is going to recommend that their clients avoid candy, teens are bound to indulge and many candies can ruin metal brackets. When you are using this type of teeth straightening product, an indulgence once in a while on candy will not ruin the product.

Easier Oral Care

One of the most difficult tasks for teens wearing metal devices is proper oral care. These teens must take special care for flossing and brushing that go above and beyond a normal tooth care routine. When you are using the Invisalign product, tooth care remains easy, just brushing and flossing; this ensures that the teen will keep up their good oral hygiene routine.

In addition to easy oral care for the teeth and gums, cleaning and maintaining the aligner product is also quite simple. Patients who use this plastic aligner can clean them with specially formulated cleaning crystals each day. These cleaning crystals keep the product sparkling clean, free from plaque or other debris, and eliminate any type of odours that may occur from daily life. The ability to keep this product clean in such an easy manner is very beneficial to teens.

Sports And Other Activities

Being active in sports and other activities can be hampered when your teeth are covered in metal. Since many of these activities are very physical in nature, the chances of having an impact in the mouth area are high and can lead to injuries of the mouth if metal brackets are installed on the teeth.

How This Product Works

The largest reason that teens love this product is because of how easy it is to use and achieve results. There are never any wires to tighten; there are never any brackets to change. You are not required to wear rubber bands in your mouth, and you will never have to wear head gear.

When you decide to use this type of teeth straightening product, the orthodontist takes a mould of your mouth to determine the placement of your teeth and uses this to cast a mould of the teeth straightener. Using a specific calculation method, the aligner is created to gently begin to move your teeth into a different position. Once the aligner is completed, the teen simply slips on the clear plastic device and goes about their day.

About every two weeks a new aligner will be created to continue the straightening process. This process continues until the straightening is achieved. It is really that simple. invisalign teen smile

Confidence Levels Are Boosted

Confidence can help you achieve your goals and leads to many pleasurable things in life. Helping teens build confidence is one of the reasons parents choose to have teeth straightening performed for their teens. A person who is happy with their smile always feels more confident.

When you use an invisible straightening product, you are giving your teen a double-dose of confidence. Not only do they understand that their teeth will be straightened when the process is complete, they are comfortable knowing that they will not have large metal brackets installed on their teeth making them feel self-conscious.

This added confidence can make all the difference in the high school experience. Teens that would normally feel left out and excluded can feel confident in their appearance and achieve their desires and goals. Why confidence plays such a large part in the formative teen years is unknown, but it is something that will carry over for them into their adulthood.

Helping your teen achieve a smile that they desire is not as difficult as it used to be. It does not have to involve uncomfortable trips to the doctor for wire adjustments and bracket installations. It does not have to involve avoiding favorite foods or chewing gum. It does not have to involve avoiding sports or physical activities.

Teeth straightening in many cases can simply involve a clear plastic aligner that is easy to use, easy to clean and helps build self-confidence. Parents have grown to love these aligners and many wish that this product had been available when they were teens.

To find out if your teen is a good candidate for this type of teeth straightening program, you are encouraged to make an appointment with Beach Braces Orthodontics by calling 310 379 0006 or visiting our website at www.beachbraces.org. You can schedule an appointment online or over the phone for a consultation on this incredible teeth straightening product.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Fax: (310) 379-7051
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

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Smile; Don’t Take Life to Seriously!

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In today’s world, it seems like we are bombarded with stress and pressure. Sometimes, it can be hard for moms to get a break from the constant drive to be what society deems “perfect”. While it’s fantastic to strive to do your best, Dawn Gluskin reminds us all of some important truths when she states “Don’t take life too seriously! Nobody gets out alive anyway. Smile. Be goofy. Take chances. Have fun. Inspire.” Today we’re going to focus on how to do just that!

Be Goofy

Yes, there are times when you have to act like a mature adult, but there are also times when you can “let down your hair” and just enjoy the moment. Take the opportunity to goof off with your kids or enjoy time with some friends.

Take Chances

It’s easy for moms to get stuck in a comfort zone and feel nervous doing anything out of the norm. Today, break free from the bondage and feel free to step out there. Take chances and release your wild side.

Have Fun

Go out for pizza in the middle of the week, ride the scariest roller coaster at the amusement park, and listen to your favorite music on the way to work.

Inspire Others

Every day, you have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of those around you. Whether you’re in college, working full-time, or a stay-at-home mom who only sees her kids, husband, and the workers at the grocery store, you have the chance to make a difference. Look to inspire those around you with acts of kindness and words of understanding.

Smile

How can you tell a happy girl? By the big smile on her face! Make a conscious effort to always wear that frown upside down, and let your smile bring joy wherever you go. It’s amazing what a smile can do for not only those around you but even for your own attitude. If you feel uncomfortable about your smile, consider looking into braces or Invisalign treatment.

Here at Beach Braces Orthodontics, we specialize in helping both adults and children unlock their hidden self-confidence by developing a beautiful smile. We will work with you to help you get the smile you want by using braces or Invisalign treatments. Contact us today and find out how our orthodontist can help you improve your quality of life!

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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Baby Teeth vs. Permanent Teeth

Should I have a Baby Tooth Removed if a Permanent Tooth is Present?

When That Baby Tooth Keeps Hanging Around

If you have a baby tooth that refuses to fall out for your child, it can be a nuisance. This especially holds true when the permanent tooth comes in and that other tooth is still hanging in there. In addition to cosmetic reasons, you may have concerns about overcrowding in your child’s mouth if the tooth is left in place. Before you make any hasty decisions or jump to conclusions about braces, pay a visit to your dentist first to find some answers.

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Baby Teeth Can Become a Problem

When your dentist evaluates your child’s situation, a thorough examination comes first. From that point, it will be important to determine why the permanent tooth is coming in and the primary tooth is still in place. This generally occurs as a result of a spacing or crowding issue. When both types of teeth are in place, your dentist will generally recommend removal of the baby tooth. However, this is not going to solve any orthodontic issues that have occurred. It will make it easier for your child to have good oral hygiene as it becomes easier to clean permanent teeth. It is important to keep your child’s gums and teeth healthy. Once the baby tooth has been removed, your dentist is likely to refer you to an orthodontist.

Dealing with Overcrowding or Improper Alignment of Your Child’s Teeth

When your child has primary teeth present at the same time as permanent teeth, there is likely to be an underlying, orthodontic issue. The only way to determine if this is the case you have to go beyond your dentist’s office. A referral to an orthodontist can help you to answer any questions and determine what will be the best course of action. Beach Braces may be the answer for you. The younger your child is when issues are identified, the easier it will be to handle any problems with his or her teeth. From tooth removal to the use of retainers or braces, there are many options that could bring your child’s teeth into proper alignment. The main goal is to bring out that beautiful smile and help your child to have healthy, strong teeth.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to find out more about the impact of baby teeth that won’t let go, contact Dr. Patricia J. Panucci today. She’ll be able to examine your child and use medical imagery to get a comprehensive picture of your child’s mouth. From that point, she will be able to discuss your concerns and advise you on what is next. The solution may be as simple as removing a tooth. You can also visit her webiste to explore your options. Find answers to your questions and the support of a caring, professional staff. Your child already has a wonderful smile. Sometimes it just needs a little extra help along the way from the experts.

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

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

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The Problem of Receding Gum Lines

Very Bad, Receding Gum Line. Best Options?

One of the major health problems facing women as their age is receding gum lines. The severity of this problem is often overlooked until the symptoms are glaring and causing continual discomfort. In fact, 60% of women will face the problem of gingivitis sometime in their life. There are many causes of a receding gum line. These include the following:

  •  Periodontal diseases. Bacteria that builds up along your gum line and eats away at the bone and tissue.
  •  Your Genes. Thirty percent of the population is susceptible to receding and sensitive gums.
  •  Build up of plaque: This can result from not taking preventative care seriously. Taking the time to brush and floss prevents the build up of plaque.
  •  Women’s Life Changes: The hormonal issues that women face can cause the mouth and gums to become more sensitive. This can include menopause, pregnancy and pre-menopause.
  •  Improper Teeth Brushing: Using the wrong toothbrush, not flossing and brushing too hard can weaken gum tissue.
  •  Other issues can include a misaligned bite or grinding your teeth together when you sleep. Smoking and tobacco use also cause plaque build up.

Recognizing and treating the symptoms of gum disease are important to prevent further problems. The symptoms of gum disease are:

  •  Bleeding gums during and after when the teeth are brushed.
  •  Gums that are swollen, tender and darker than usual.
  •  Gums that are visibly pulling away from the teeth.
  •  Pockets of decay along gum line.
  •  Teeth that have shifted or are becoming loose.
  •  If your mouth tastes metallic or you have consistent bad breath.
  •  These are the major symptoms but you could have individual signs of gum disease.

If you are struggling with the symptoms of gum disease and gum recession, there is a hope and relief. In order to have the best treatment, it is important to seek the advice and help of a specialist. If you are looking for orthodontic treatment in Manhattan Beach, Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is an experienced orthodontist in her field.

Surgery is often necessary in cases of extreme gum recession and disease. You can feel confident that Dr. Patricia J. Panucci and our staff at Beach Braces will outline the various possibilities and options to correct your gum recession as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Treatment may be as simple as correcting bad habits such as forced brushing or scaling and root planing to clean the teeth and heal inflammation in the gums. Regular professional cleanings can help as a preventative measure. If the issue was an incorrect bite, then a bite adjustment may be recommended. Soft tissue grafting is a possibility as well in extreme situations. Give us a call today to start the journey towards a healthier smile.

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

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

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Don’t Let Indian Curries Stop Your Smile

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Teeth Staining Food # 8: Indian Curries

If you’re like most people with stains on their teeth, you probably avoid smiling. You might cover your mouth with your hands or bite on your cheek to keep others from seeing your teeth. This is a common problem reported by those who indulge in Indian curries. While those curries provide the perfect balance of heat and flavor, the dishes often contain curry powder, which stains your teeth and causes yellow discolorations. Other curries contain tomatoes and other acidic ingredients that not only stain the teeth but chip away at the enamel too. With the right services, you can show off your teeth and still eat your favorite dishes.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

Tooth whitening typically uses a bleaching agent that bleaches yellow spots and makes those spots look white again. With teeth whitening, offices sometimes use a combination of bleaching agents and light therapy to protect the gums from those agents. Some doctors also use internal procedures that go deep inside the teeth to whiten from within. Though there are some natural and home remedies that you can try, most patients experience more success with a visit to a doctor or orthodontist.

Do You Need Braces?

If you hide your smile because of crooked teeth, or you notice your child doing the same thing, now is the time to look at the average cost of braces. The total cost that you pay depends on whether you choose Invisalign or another product and whether you have dental insurance. Patricia J. Panucci welcomes questions from her patients. With one phone call to Beach Braces, you can find out more about the procedures that she offers, how to make an appointment and how much the procedures cost.

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

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

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Pursuing a Career as an Orthodontist

How to Become An Orthodontist Specialist:

A career as an orthodontist is a great choice. An orthodontist is a specialist in dentistry who understands how to straighten teeth. An orthodontist also uses devices to readjust teeth, such as braces. Because advanced skills are needed to become an orthodontist, several years of training is required. An undergraduate program is also required; students must spend two to four years studying at a school. Dental school classes are needed too. Students must spend four years in dental school. After dental school is completed, students must attend a postgraduate orthodontics program. The program lasts two to three years.

Step One – Undergraduate Details And Dental School:

Students must finish the pre-dental requirements before they can train to be orthodontists. Many dental programs only admit individuals who have a bachelor’s degree. However, there are a few programs that accept individuals who have a limited undergraduate education.

There are a few required pre-dental courses that students must take. The courses are biology, physics, chemistry, and several other courses. Students can major in whatever subject they choose. Though, because students must take science courses, most individuals choose chemistry and biology. However, all students must take the Dental Admission Test when applying for dental school. The American Dental Association provides the test.

Step Two – Graduate:

Most dental programs last for about four years. After students graduate, they get a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. During the first few years of school, students spend a lot of time taking physiology courses, microbiology courses, biochemistry courses, and anatomy courses. During the last two years, students spend time with licensed dentists.

Step Three – Finish Postgraduate Orthodontics Classes:

After the dental program is complete, students must apply for orthodontic programs. Most students use a Postdoctoral Application Support Service to apply for the programs. Orthodontic programs last a few years. During this time, students gain knowledge that is helpful, such as tooth movement. Students may also receive training depending on the program.

Step Four – Board Certification:

After the training requirements are completed, students usually earn board certification. The certification displays a student’s skill and knowledge in orthodontics. Students who pass a clinical exam can gain certification from the American Board of Orthodontics. Students can take the exam after completing the postgraduate orthodontic program.

Step Five – Getting Licensed:

Orthodontist specialists must have a license. The state regulates the licensing requirements. In most cases, graduating from an established school is a requirement. Students who want to practice a specialty must finish a postgraduate program. In many states, a license lets individuals provide orthodontic and dentistry services.

When students finish school, the pursue careers at established locations, such as Beach Braces. Board certified American Association of Orthodontists companies provide the best services.

At Beach Braces, we have brought together some of the highly qualified professionals in the area to provide you with brilliant orthodontic care in your neighborhood. So go on, feel free to contact us for consultation or any oral issues that you might be facing.

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

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

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