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Wear a Perfect Smile 2017

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Your Smile

Smile. There are many reasons to smile. Some people smile for their significant others and children usually smile for their parents. The one thing that all these smiles should have in common is a healthy set of teeth. One thing that your orthodontist knows is that there is nothing more satisfying than smiling without feeling self-conscious due to dental issues.

What You Can Remedy

You will see what it feels like to talk to a skilled orthodontist when you give us an opportunity to help. There are a number of things that we can help with like the following:
  • Worn teeth that could lead to tooth sensitivity
  • Misaligned teeth that could lead to cavities or plaque
  • Bad bites that could make it hard to chew properly or speak
  • Overbites and underbites can be dealt with
  • Structural issues with the jaw

 

Of course, these are just some of the issues that our orthodontic specialists can help you with, but there are others. You should know that we have a number of different ways to help you with some of these issues, too.

 

Other Options

For example, many of our clients love Invisalign, which is akin to traditional braces except they are totally invisible. Invisalign could take as long as traditional braces to fix certain issues and are also removable.

The treatment does require you to come into the office every two weeks to get an adjusted set of aligners to put enough pressure on the teeth. The pressure helps correct issues with your teeth. We know that living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., can get hectic due to the traffic, but our team will do what is possible to accommodate any visit around your schedule. Visit us at Beach Braces, or give us a call at 310-379-0006 to see if we can give you another reason to smile.

 

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

Wear a Perfect Smile 2017


Brilliant Smile Checklist 2016

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What makes people truly memorable is their smile. Consequently, a brilliant flash of pearly white teeth leaves a lasting impression on admirers. If your teeth could look better, an orthodontist may be able to help.

Misaligned Bite

An uneven upper or lower bite due to improper jaw alignment is sometimes not only unsightly but also can interfere with basic functions. First of all, eating and speaking, this draws unwanted attention, and among kids, teasing or mocking comments.

Uneven Teeth

Teeth that are missing, tipped, twisted, or tilted are often a source of embarrassment. Like an ill-formed bite, these problems may lead to difficulty in chewing. Food that is not chewed completely before swallowing sometimes creates digestive issues, which then may lead to extended health disorders.

Dental Malformations

A tied tongue may need to be clipped, which can improve speech and dental appearance. Therefore an undescended tooth embedded in the soft palate may have to be pulled into its intended position. You can be repair chipped teeth . As a result these and related problems can be referred by an orthodontist to a specialist who can address these problems in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.

Braces

In conclusion, moving teeth into proper alignment will enhance your smile in several ways. First, orthodontic treatment with braces will remove the physical and psychological discomfort of having teeth where they do not belong, giving you another reason to smile. Second, teeth that are in alignment without interference from other disruptive conditions will streamline their appearance and functionality. Third, following treatment, it will be easier to care for your teeth and preserve them in their new, beautiful state.

A beautiful, brilliant smile is yours for the asking, so why wait? Contact Beach Braces to schedule an examination, where you can get answers to any questions you may have. Before you know it, your smile is admired by everyone who sees it.

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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How Does Smoking Affect Braces? Checklist 2016

 

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Smoking and Braces

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

FAQ

How important is oral health and braces?

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

How does smoking effect clean teeth?

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

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

How does smoking effect my overall health?

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

Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today

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

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

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

 

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

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2 Food Checklists to Avoid Brace Problems 2016

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Food is essential. Most of us pretended our chewing gum was braces more than once throughout our childhood, but we didn’t have to live with them. It’s safe to say we all went through a phase where we thought wearing braces was cool, especially when our friends were showing off their cool new colorful bands. Orange and black during the Halloween season, and they boasted red and green when it was Christmas. We looked at our straight teeth in the mirror and tried to convince our parents they were crooked and we needed thousands upon thousands of dollars in metal in our mouths.

What were we thinking? There’s nothing particularly enjoyable about needing our smiles corrected, but many people go through life with crooked teeth easily fixable with the help of some orthodontic correction. Growing up, wearing colorful bands was a fun idea. Our friends who did require a mouth full of metal didn’t think it was so much fun when they realized just how limited they really were as it pertained to eating and basic oral hygiene. Braces might seem like a lot of fun to those who don’t wear them, but there’s some serious limitation involved. The biggest challenge comes when you can no longer eat your favorite things. Your orthodontist recommends avoiding a number of specific food items with orthodontics in your mouth.

Food to Avoid

Your orthodontic appliances are nothing more than metal and wire holding your teeth together to help straighten them and keep them in line. They’re not nearly as strong as you might imagine, which leaves them highly susceptible to damage from certain food items.

  • Sticky candy
  • Hard chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Hard cookies
  • Gum
  • Hard candy

These are items your orthodontist wants you to stay away from at all costs. Each one is designed to taste amazing, but they’re not good for your mouth’s new hardware. Hard, sticky items such as these do a number on your orthodontics, which causes more problems for your mouth. These are foods most susceptible to becoming stuck in your metal or wires, and sometimes that’s more painful than anything else.

Its only for a while

It’s not easy to say goodbye to these items when your mouth is full of hardware, but you shouldn’t eat any of the items on this list. Try to remind yourself it’s not forever. You aren’t being asked to give up your favorite movie theater popcorn for the rest of our life. You’re only giving it up until your smile is picture perfect and your hardware is removed for good.

Your kids might not appreciate all the changes they’re making now that they have a mouth filled with hardware, but you will. Not only do they need to be extra careful with their food, they have to get rid of some nasty habits. Do your kids bite their nails or chew on their pens when they’re sitting in class? If they do, they have to stop now. These are both dangerous to the hardware in their mouth. It can cause the wires to snap, the metal to bend, and another trip to the orthodontist to become necessary.

Food to Be Careful With

As if avoiding things like hard Taco Tuesday when your mouth is full of metal isn’t depressing enough, that’s not all you have to be careful with. Your orthodontist is going to provide you a list of things you should be very careful eating when you have your new hardware applied to your teeth. These are foods you can eat, but you need to cut up, break apart, and be very careful with during your meals.

  • Subs
  • Corn on the cob
  • Croutons
  • Thin pizza crust
  • Bread
  • Raw veggies
  • Rolls
  • Burgers
  • Meat
  • Fruit

If you love these items, you’ll feel good knowing you can still eat them. Just be careful with them as you eat. Try cutting them into small pieces, breaking your bread apart, and pulling your corn off the cob. These items tend to get stuck in your mouth, which can cause some damage to the hardware in there. You’re not going to have a difficult time eating them if you’re just a bit more careful about what you put into your mouth.

The good news is you can still eat most anything you loved before, but you have to be careful. You might not be able to have hard taco shells on Taco Tuesday, but you can have soft ones for a while. When your hardware is removed, you can go back to eating anything you want without worrying about your expensive hardware breaking. If you’re a child reading this, it does get better.

Good Hygiene Habits

Right now the excitement of having a mouth filled with metal is wearing off for the kids, and you’re dealing with unhappy little people who just want hard candy and popcorn. They’re unhappy about all the life changes they’ve had to make since their visit to the ortho, and you’re left dealing with the aftermath. It’s going to become slightly more difficult when you have to inform your kids they need to be extra careful with their teeth cleaning and care with all that equipment in there.

One of the first things you’ll do when your kids come home from the ortho with their new mouth accessory is replace their toothbrush. They need one with very soft bristles, as they are much less likely to damage the wires and metal. Your kids also need to begin flossing right away. If they weren’t great about it before, now is the time for them to get used to it on a regular basis. The ortho wants your kids to start brushing and flossing every time they eat. Food tends to get stuck in the wires and metal in their mouth. It can cause far more issues than not if it remains there.

It’s a good idea to provide your kids with a secondary soft toothbrush and some floss to carry with them to school. You might provide their teachers with a note stating they need a moment after lunch to run into the restroom and brush to keep their mouth healthy.

In Addition

In addition to practicing extra precaution with their new accessory, your kids need to consider additional mouth protection when playing sports. Your kids can still pay sports. There’s no reason they need to quit just because of their new accessory, but they must practice extra care to prevent damage or injury. A custom mouth guard is the best idea on the top and bottom of the mouth. It’s important not only to keep hardware from becoming damaged but to keep your child’s mouth from becoming injured. It’s not uncommon for a child to tear his or her lips or another child’s skin a contact sport with their metal, and we know you want to practice extra precaution to prevent this from occurring.

It might seem that life is ending with all these rules and worries, but the reward is worth it in the end. Your child’s smile will light up a room when it’s perfect. The added confidence they receive from their new smile will change their life. It’s a bit of sacrifice for a time, but it’s not the end of the world. The kids will become used to things, and they will appreciate this sacrifice later in life. If anything ever happens to the hardware in their mouth, call the orthodontist right away. Make sure to schedule an appointment to repair it as quickly as possible with http://www.beachbraces.org/. Dr. Panucci is there for you when you need additional care for your mouth, if you have questions, or if you have concerns about your new hardware.

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

2 Food Checklists to Avoid Brace Problems 2016


The Expert Truth About Smiles

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There is no doubt that smiles open doors for all kinds of opportunities. It is a universally understood gesture in every part of the world. As a result, a smile is likely the first step in making friends and getting that coveted job.

Braces At Any Age

Initial evaluation by an orthodontist should be around age 7
Early treatment may result in less time wearing braces
Evaluation of emerging adult teeth

Middle and high school students
Adult teeth erupt and may present in crooked or awkward positions especially in this age group

Adults
Many adults over 25, 35 or even 50 come for orthodontic evaluations
It is never too late for a beautiful smile

Types of Braces

American Orthodontics EMPOWER combines the best of metal and plastic bracing techniques
Adjustable torque and fit for comfort
Can be metal, plastic or a combination of both
Provides correction for the most difficult alignment issues
Can be customized with color or theme of child’s choice to make orthodontia
a little more fun

EMPOWER clear
Similar to the metal type, but completely clear
Suitable for those who wish to be less conspicuous
Corrects with wires, but generally not as quickly as with metal

The popular Invisalign appliance is invisible as the name implies and simply sits over the top of teeth.
Consequently the best for minor orthodontic correction
Furthermore easily removes for eating and cleaning
Helpful to maintain teeth after completing course of orthodontia

Lingual
These appliances are worn behind the teeth and thus not visible from the outside

Each orthodontist at our practice is an expert in their field. Consequently, with advanced training in the latest and safest technologies, our orthodontists care about one thing only: our patients’ smiles.

We offer free consultations that thoroughly explore every patient’s options. Dr. Panucci and her expert and friendly staff that will ensure a helpful and comfortable visit.

Schedule your free consultation by visiting us here: http://www.beachbraces.org/visit/

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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How to Maintain Your Braces

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How to Maintain Your Braces

Braces can make oral care difficult, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. In many ways, they make maintaining proper oral hygiene even more important. If you want to have a beautiful smile once your teeth are properly straightened and aligned. You will need to take the necessary measures to maintain your teeth and braces.

Proper brace maintenance should be discussed with your orthodontist. However, this guide can give you a quick, go-to resource for understanding the needs of your brace and your teeth.
While each brace is doing its job to put your teeth into the proper alignment, they can also make it difficult to follow an oral hygiene routine. As the brace has more hooks, curves, and corners than our teeth, food particles can get trapped more easily.

To properly maintain your braces, here are a few cleaning habits you should adopt:

Clean Often:

• Clean Often: You may be used to hearing that you should brush twice a day. During the tooth-straightening procedure, you may find that you need to brush more often. Because the food can become trapped more easily, you are at a higher risk of growing harmful bacteria. To be safe, you should try to brush after every time you eat. This can dislodge any food that has become trapped in a brace or wire. If you don’t have a toothbrush available, try rinsing with water.

Use The Right Brush:

• Use The Right Brush: You may think that a hard bristle toothbrush is best for cleaning but it can actually be damaging. Additionally, the stiffness of the brush bristles can make it difficult to really get under the wire or shape around the brace. Instead, choose a soft bristle brush that can form around each brace and move between the wires. You should be able to feel the bristles between your wires.

Floss:

• Floss: Flossing is important for everyone, but your wires can make it a little more difficult to properly floss. However, you shouldn’t stop flossing just because it is a little more difficult. In many ways, flossing is even more important because of how easily food can get trapped. If you’re really struggling to floss, talk to your orthodontist about special accessories that can make it easier. Floss threaders allow you to easily get between the wires or you can even use special floss that has a thicker end.

Use Mouthwash:

• Use Mouthwash: Mouthwash is recommended when trying to maintain oral hygiene. It can help deliver a punch of antibacterial power to your teeth and gums. Because it is so easy for food to be trapped in your teeth, mouthwash can help rinse that food away and kill any bacteria it may have caused. Mouthwash can also help relieve irritation and reduce swelling that can be caused by a brace or wire rubbing on your mouth or gums. Antibacterial properties can keep cuts or sores clean so that they can heal quickly and properly.

Avoid Certain Foods:

• Avoid Certain Foods: Cleaning our teeth properly isn’t the only thing we should do to keep each brace strong and intact. There are also some foods that you will want to avoid to ensure you have a beautiful smile when all the metal comes off. Foods to avoid include anything sweet or sugary, such as sodas or candies. Because the sugar has a better chance of getting stuck in your teeth, there is also a bigger chance that you will experience tooth decay. Sticky foods, like gum or caramel, should also be avoided because they can pull a brace from your tooth. Hard foods, like nuts or popcorn, can break your wires.

Eat Low Acidity Foods:

• Eat Low Acidity Foods: If you’re wondering what you can eat that won’t damage your brackets or wires, focus on foods with low acidity levels. These will not cause damage to your tooth enamel. Low acidity foods include eggs, milk, bananas and seafood. Vegetables, potatoes, and yogurt are also low acidity so they can be incorporated into your diet as much as you would like.

The Importance of Brace Maintenance

As you probably already know, undergoing a treatment to straighten your teeth can be expensive. But if you take proper care of your teeth, the beautiful smile you’ll have after you’re done will be well worth the money. However, if you don’t take care of your brackets and wires, you won’t get the smile you’re after. Or it will take longer to see your best results.

Don’t compromise a beautiful smile just because you’re feeling lazy. Ignoring your brushing or flossing for just one night allows tooth-damaging bacteria to grow. This can leave you with tooth decay or gum disease. While proper maintenance and oral hygiene can take a few minutes to complete, having a healthy smile that you can’t wait to show off will be worth it.

Discuss

Be sure to discuss the unique needs of your mouth, brackets, wires, and teeth. Because each individual is different and will have different components of their procedure, you may need to take additional steps to ensure they are properly maintained. Have your orthodontist walk you through the various steps of a proper cleaning and what else you should be doing at home to maintain your smile.

If you have questions about brackets, wires, or other teeth straightening procedures, contact the expert dental team at BeachBraces. As leaders in the orthodontics industry, we have helped individuals of all ages and will all different needs get the smile they have always dreamed of. If you’re ready to make an appointment and begin discussing what your orthodontic options are, you can contact our Manhattan Beach office 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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How to Smile Like a Boss

 

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Smile

Smile. Jim Beggs believed that you should only have a frown on your face when it is impossible to smile. However, if you have crooked teeth, then you probably don’t want to smile due to embarrassment. It is important for children to begin wearing braces as soon as possible to repair their malocclusions, but if you are an adult with misaligned teeth, then it is easy to wear Invisalign aligners instead. While taking your child to an orthodontist for an appointment, make sure to schedule a free consultation to determine if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Eliminate Secondary Problems That Are Caused by Misaligned Teeth

You might frown each day because you wake up with a headache or jaw pain that is caused by a bad bite. By undergoing orthodontic treatment for a few months with clear plastic aligners, you can shift some of your teeth into better positions to improve your bite to prevent secondary problems such as earaches. Wearing aligners is easy because the devices are made of soft but durable plastic that is molded to fit over your teeth precisely. After wearing a set of aligners for two weeks, you will replace the devices with a new set that will apply pressure to your teeth.

Call Us to Schedule an Appointment for a Complete Examination

If you live in or near Manhattan Beach, Calif., then make sure to schedule an appointment at Beach Braces. Our orthodontic facility has top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment in order to create the best orthodontic devices for our patient’s teeth. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is able to assist patients with these orthodontic treatments:

• Self-ligating devices
• Invisalign for adults and teens
• Clear braces
• WildSmile brackets
• Lingual devices

In addition, our orthodontist offers the AcceleDent Aura system that can reduce your orthodontic treatment time.

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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Smiling Is My Favorite Exercise

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Exercise For a Healthy Smile

A healthy smile does indeed brighten up a person’s face like sunshine from within. Beautiful teeth not only improve a smile but also improve the overall health of teeth and jaw.

Importance of Straightening Teeth

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the straightening of teeth and improving the bite. Misaligned teeth and jaw problems can cause a myriad of problems further down the road. These include tooth loss, therefore a persons bone structure can be comprised and tooth enamel worn down.

Age for Orthodontics

A child can be evaluated for orthodontic check-ups around the age of 7, moreover, the child’s progression from baby teeth to adult teeth can be monitored annually to assess the need for orthodontia. The earlier misaligned teeth are corrected, the shorter the treatment and easier the correction.

However, it’s never too late for adults to obtain an evaluation and consultation with an orthodontist. Improving one’s smile is not just cosmetic, it keeps the jaw and the bite healthy and strong. In addition, it adds to confidence and bolsters self-esteem. In our practice, we firmly believe it is never too late to obtain and maintain a bright beautiful smile.

Braces

There are several types of orthodontic corrective devices available for both children and adults including colored braces. Traditional metal ones used in conjunction with rubber bands slowly move teeth to the desired position, additionally, there are the types that are attached to just the inner side of teeth where less correction is needed and invisible from the outside. Also available are invisible or clear ones which are less noticeable for minor to moderate correction. Invisalign is a system is nearly invisible and can correct minor orthodontic problems, thus they are easy to wear and to maintain and are completely inconspicuous. Braces or retainers can be in most cases worn at night.

For a healthy smile call Beach Braces for an orthodontist consultation 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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A Beautiful Smile Is The Prettiest Thing You Can Wear

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A beautiful Smile

A beautiful smile is the first thing most people notice. But for those who aren’t happy with their teeth, it can be difficult to smile confidently. When someone isn’t happy with the way their teeth look when they smile, they may hesitate to show their smile. A consultation with an orthodontist can help find a solution for those who are hesitant to show their smile to the world. Some of the most common solutions for helping improve the smile are braces and Invisalign.

Braces

The most well-known treatments to straighten teeth and make the smile look beautiful are braces. Most often teenagers are the main users of these devices, but some adults may also choose them for teeth alignment. The great thing about them is that they are very effective with even the most difficult teeth issues.

Invisalign

The best thing about Invisalign is that it’s virtually undetectable. It acts to slowly move teeth and align them properly to make the smile look proportionate. Those who have completed the treatment have a gorgeous smile that allows them to truly express themselves without being self-conscious about their teeth.

If you have been feeling less than confident in the look of your smile, contact Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, CA, to work with an experienced orthodontist. They provide orthodontic services for all ages. The team has worked with children as well as adults to get them on the path to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile that can be displayed with confidence. They offer their patients an experience that is relaxed, affordable and interactive. They work closely with patients to find the best treatments for their smile to help them achieve the goal of having straighter teeth and a smile that can be shared with the world. After all, there is nothing more appealing than a pleasant, genuine smile.

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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