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Brush Teeth With Baking Soda, Really?

Get a Healthy Teeth with Baking Soda

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Words of Wisdom No.6: “Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda Once A Week

No matter how much you brush on a recommended frequency, the right duration, and doing the proper routine, you may still find it hard to whiten your teeth especially if you drink a lot of coffee and smoke a lot. Aside from coffee, dark colored drinks can also influence the color of your teeth hence be very careful when choosing your drinks.Besides avoiding dark colored foods and going on a white teeth diet, you might ask if there are still other ways to whiten your teeth. Luckily, there are a hundred of ways in order to do so. Among them includes using baking soda once a week.

Brushing your teeth with baking soda once a week will help you remove stains on your teeth. The application process is just the same when you are brushing your teeth with the regular toothpaste. Just put the baking soda on your toothbrush and start doing the same routine when you brush daily. Make sure all parts of the teeth are covered as you don’t want your teeth to have some white parts and other yellowish parts.

After making sure you covered all of your teeth, wash your mouth thoroughly as well as your toothbrush. Aside from toothpaste, you can also use salt as an alternative to brush your teeth. Just make sure you spit it out after brushing so it doesn’t count as sodium intake. Brushing with salt should be done every other day if you think that your gums feel raw.

For  professional whitening of teeth with amazing results you can contact Dr Panucci today for a free consultation.

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

Brush Teeth With Baking Soda

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Get Fresh With Apple Cider Vinegar

Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar

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Words of Wisdom No.5: “Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar”

Did you know that gargling with apple cider vinegar every morning helps whiten your teeth?

Yes, you read it right. Apple cider vinegar can actually do a great job in removing stains in your teeth thus making them appear whiter with every gargle. Aside from removing these stains, apple cider vinegar can also kill bacteria in your teeth and gums hence minimizing the possibility of bad breath. This comes in handy especially in cases where  you don’t have a toothbrush on you and you need to make sure you have a good oral hygiene.

Apple cider vinegar is a good substitute knowing that it can easily be found in anyone’s kitchen. In case you are wondering, apple cider vinegar obviously came from apples. It is made by crushing apples and squeezing its juice out.

Just like detergent foods, using apple cider vinegar does not mean that you don’t need to brush your teeth anymore. You still need to do so the moment you get the chance to use your toothbrush. Experts recommend gargling with apple cider vinegar every morning before you proceed to brush your teeth.

There’s no more natural way to whiten teeth than using apple cider vinegar. Knowing some alternatives when it comes to oral hygiene allows you to still find a way to preserve your teeth no matter what the circumstances are. The use of apple cider vinegar is just among the hundreds of other alternatives you can explore and ask your orthodontist about.

If there are any question you would like to ask, please feel free to contact our office, who write a comment on our Facebook wall.

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

Get A Fresh Oral Hygiene With Apple Cider Vinegar

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Famous People with Braces

When many people get braces they are extremely hesitant about this form of treatment because it’s not something that we see a lot in traditional media and especially from celebrities.
While many people can’t think of a lot of celebrities that may have had braces or even walked the red carpet while wearing braces, there are certainly a large cast of stars that have used braces and have been seen out in public wearing their orthodontic appliances to straighten their smile and get the kind of straight teeth that they’ve always wanted.

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Seeing the celebrities that have had braces will help to give you and other patients the confidence that they need to be seen out in public even with braces. There’s no reason why you should feel self-conscious about smiling even with braces on as today braces can be heavily customized and also kept extremely hidden using certain products like Invisalign.
Celebrities can not only use braces as a new fashion accessory but can also enjoy the benefits of having the perfect smile they’ve always wanted after their braces are removed. Here are some of the top celebrities that have been seen wearing braces and orthodontic appliances over the course of their careers in the public eye.

1. Beyonce:

Beyonce walked the red carpet several times sporting traditional metal braces with customized brackets. She had braces for the required treatment period and now has a wonderful straight smile. Beyoncé was never shy about hiding her smile even with traditional metal braces on.

2. Faith Hill:

Faith Hill received adult braces so that she could work on her smile and this goes to show that people of any age and status can receive orthodontic treatment. Faith Hill was always showing off her smile and had a set of traditional metal braces with pink brackets to show off her own individual style.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

3. Katy Perry:

Katy Perry had a full set of braces and headgear for the video last Friday night. These braces and headgear were custom fitted by Dr. Panucci and she wears them throughout the video. This is a great example of somebody using braces even in a music video for a bit of fun.

4. Tom Cruise:

Tom Cruise appeared on a wide array of newspaper and magazine covers for showing off his very famous braces. Tom Cruise had an amazing smile even with his braces on and it goes to show just how men of all ages can receive orthodontic treatment to work on their smile without having to have confidence issues.
If you’re interested in receiving your own braces do not hesitate to contact Beach Braces orthodontic experts in Manhattan beach, Southern California. Call us today for a complimentary consultation.

Dr Panucci – Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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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.


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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.


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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

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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.


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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

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Take Care Of Your Teeth With “Detergent” Foods

Eat ‘Detergent’ Foods

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Words of Wisdom No.4: “Eat ‘Detergent’ Foods

Not all of us know that there are “detergent foods”. As the name implies, detergent foods can help you clean your teeth especially in circumstances where you forgot to bring your toothbrush on a sleep over or on a camping trip. If you don’t have any means of cleaning your teeth, then try to see if you can eat some detergent foods such as apple, popcorn, celery, or carrots. These foods are crisp and therefore help clean your teeth when eaten.

A good strategy is to eat detergent foods last, after you have eaten all the other foods you wanted to eat. If some situations prevent you from brushing your teeth right away, the detergent foods mentioned above can be found easily in your friend’s kitchen or fridge. You don’t have to go all the way to store in order to buy them. Else, you should be buying a new toothbrush instead if you could somehow go to stores.

The list of detergent foods does not end on the items provided above. As long as they possess the same characteristic of crispness, then you can try to see if they qualify as detergent foods or not. Please note that eating detergent foods does not mean you don’t have to brush your teeth anymore. You still need to do so the moment you get the chance to brush your teeth.

Overall, knowing about them comes in handy in different situations and you’ll be thanking yourself for reading this one day. If there is any questions you would like to ask, please feel free to contact our office to get more advice about taking care of your teeth.

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

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Clean Your Tongue Correctly

Clean Your Tongue

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Words of Wisdom No.3: “Clean Your Tongue”

Only few have a good knowledge when it comes to hygiene. Most people do not know the importance of overall cleanliness hence their efforts are rendered useless.

Cleaning your tongue is part of your overall oral health. Not cleaning your tongue will make brushing three times a day useless as the bacteria from the tongue will still spread all throughout your mouth. So how do you clean your tongue? Simple!

You can use a tongue scraper every morning in order to remove tongue plaque. This can also freshen up your breath so you could greet every people you meet all throughout the day with confidence. If you don’t have a tongue scraper, you can use your toothbrush to gently brush your tongue. Although you can clean your tongue pretty well with a toothbrush, experts still recommend using a tongue scraper as it does the job more efficiently than toothbrushes.

Removing the plaque in your tongue prevents bacteria build up which eventually causes bad breath. No matter how much you brush your teeth, if you don’t include your tongue then you’ll still have that odor caused by bacteria.

Always remember, skipping your tongue won’t do you any good. You have to clean your mouth as a whole, including the ceiling of your mouth in which is often skipped by kids and adults. Lastly, don’t forget to also include the upper and lower inner sides of your teeth when brushing.

Visit our blog to read more about cleaning teeth and taking care of your oral health. You can also get a free 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.

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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.

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A White-Teeth Diet

Go On a White-Teeth Diet

a white-teeth diet

Words of Wisdom No.1: “Go On a White-Teeth Diet”

If you are aiming to have permanently white teeth then try to consider going on a white-teeth diet. A white-teeth diet involves avoiding colored drinks such as red wine, colas, black tea, coffee, and any other dark juices or beverages.

The analogy is simple. If you put something colored in your mouth, then it will eventually stain your teeth. Since you don’t really have much control of which color of foods you eat, you can have a better control when it comes to drinks. You can always choose to drink water instead of coffee, or clear sodas instead of dark colored ones.

You also need to avoid smoking. Nicotine can build up in your teeth making it look yellowish. You should bear in mind that Nicotine builds up gradually so you may not see its effect immediately. But take note that the effects will still show in time and by then, it will be very hard to make your teeth white again.

If you cannot avoid drinking dark beverages on the other hand, what you can at least do is to brush your teeth immediately after drinking. This will lessen the time of exposure of these colored substances on your teeth. If you have noticed that you already have yellowish teeth, try using a good bleaching agent. You can buy this over-the-counter or you can also consult your orthodontist for a prescription.

Always remember, having healthy and white teeth can help you preserve them while you age. Most senior citizens lost their teeth at an early age because of negligence when it comes to oral health. Be smart, and don’t make the same mistakes.

Beach Braces has many years experiences in taking care of teeth so if you need more advices about taking care of your teeth, feel free to contact us here.

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

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When Is The Best Age To Start Wearing Braces?

The Optimal Age to Start Wearing Braces 

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for an orthodontic consultation?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the development of the bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front to back and side to side tooth relationships. For example, the present erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smile.

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment lasts about 12 months- 21 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image. A second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.

What are the advantages of “early treatment”?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

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  • Creating room for crowed, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for erupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with  full braces

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow the patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendation.

Does every child need head gear and expander?

No. Every patient is different.  The orthodontist will evaluate the patients orthodontic treatment needs and recommend the appropriate appliances. Expanders are used to expand jaw/palate growth, while the headgear is used to influence the growth of the upper or lower jaws.

How long will my child’s expander be in place?

We typically keep the expander in place for the duration of the Phase One treatment. This allows us to hold the space that was created for the erupting adult teeth to come in and allows the upper jaw to stabilize in its new position.

Contact us for a free consultation or to get more information about orthodontic treatments.

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

When Is The Best Age To Start Wearing Braces?