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Beach Braces: The BEST Kid’s Orthodontist, CA

Maya Got her Braces Off

Beach Braces is the best provider of high quality orthodontic treatment in Manhattan Beach, CA. Dr. Panucci is very friendly and caring orthodontist for both kids and adults. Maya is a highly satisfied little patient of Beach Braces, South Bay, CA. Watch the video to know more about her experience with Beach Braces.

 

Perfect smile is very important to boost up your kid’s self esteemContact us today for your child orthodontic treatment.

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

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

Beach Braces: The BEST Kid’s Orthodontist, CA

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Food to avoid with braces

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?

Eating Christmas Dinner with Braces

Food to avoid with braces

These days more people are wearing braces than ever before as so many brands available are almost invisible like Invisalign . As a result this means people are far less conscious of trying to improve their facial appearance through this technique.

When Christmas Day comes around and Christmas dinner is on the table waiting to be lovingly tackled, then those people with braces will be thinking about different ways of handling it without either damaging their braces or embarrassing themselves by snapping them while in the process of eating a piece of a Christmas cake. It is not that hard to enjoy the Christmas meal and all its festivities without damaging your braces. You just have to think about those foods that might be more difficult to eat and might create avoidable damage to your orthodontic appliance.

The most important foods to avoid are hard substances such as nuts that we might customarily open by cracking the outer part of the nut on our teeth. This could most certainly cause damage to braces. The wires could bend so that their purpose of ensuring your teeth move in the right direction is destroyed.  Anything too sticky could also do damage as pieces can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth. This could disturb the function of the braces so it will take longer for the braces to complete the job required. Basic common Christmas food, such as turkey, ham and most vegetables, won’t do any damage at all as long as the hard vegetables have been sufficiently cooked or cut up into small manageable pieces. Beach Braces has produced a special video for you to learn about foods that you should avoid with braces.

 

 

To give some useful examples for guidance, bread with a hard crust, carrots that have not been cooked and crisp apples could all damage braces. Once you sit down at that family get together just take the eating part slowly as some of the food you might not have eaten before since your braces were fitted might cause some discomfort. A gooey Christmas cake, mince pies or Christmas pudding could clog up your braces making eating and chewing more difficult and this amongst other things could distort your smile. By the way you can use our Beach Braces app to ask questions from Dr Panucci, monitor your treatment progress and much more.

When it comes to a drink with your Christmas dinner, you might have to change from your favorite drink, particularly if you like sugary drinks, such as sodas. This is because the sweet substance in a soda can become lodged between the brackets and your teeth and can cause the onset of tooth decay. It is far more difficult to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth while brackets are in place so the best way to avoid bad breath and tooth decay is to avoid the food that encourages the onslaught of tooth decay. However, if you have somehow got yourself in an uncomfortable situation by damaging your braces just contact Beach Braces for the earliest possible appointment to fix them.

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

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

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?

 


Toothbrushing Mistake 9

Toothbrushing Mistake No.9

Toothbrushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry”

Toothbrushing Mistake 9

There is more bacteria found in your mouth than any part of your body hence when you brush your teeth, some stays on your toothbrush. People don’t usually mind if their toothbrush is not  dry before storing them, and since most people store their toothbrush in the bathroom, a place where airborne bacteria is common, your damp toothbrush is the most appropriate choice for these bacteria to thrive in.

Not letting the toothbrush dry well enough can contaminate it. Contamination happens because there’s moisture left in your toothbrush making it a good environment for bacteria and germs to grow. When bacteria builds up during the time your toothbrush is stored, you will be putting more bacteria into your mouth the moment you start brushing. This is not cleaning your mouth at all; this is reestablishing the old bacteria in your mouth through your contaminated toothbrush. Of course, you don’t want this happening as the more bacteria in your mouth means more tooth decay.

In order to prevent this, make sure to air dry your toothbrush first before storing it in a cool and dry place. Also make sure that the container allows the air to flow, so your toothbrush can breathe properly and moisture can be prevented. Keeping your toothbrush dry literally means keeping your toothbrush clean and safe from bacteria which loves to thrive in damp places.

Brushing teeth correctly is very important . For more Toothbrusing Facts, visit our blog.

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

Toothbrushing Mistake No.9


Playing sport with braces

Can you Play Sports with Braces?

Playing Sports and Invisalign

Many parents have voiced their concern about their kids wearing orthodontic braces and participating in physical activities. Dr. Panucci assures us that wearing braces should not deter a child from participating in sports.

There are a few precautions that children wearing braces should take if they are participating in full contact sports.  They need to make sure they are wearing protective mouth guards.

There is the alternative of bubble wrapping your child, although it’s not highly recommended, watch the hilarious how to do video below:


Bubblewrap – Year Round

Invisalign is an excellent choice for active teens. Invisalign Teen gives you the benefits of straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces. Because Invisalign is removable, the plastic aligners pop out very easily before heading out to the field or participating in other contact sports.

Whether you have Invisalign braces or conventional braces don’t let them stop you from participating in contact sports.

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

 Can you Play Sports with Braces?


Invisalign v Braces

Which are your preferred braces?

Traditional Metal Braces vs. Damon System Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Today you now have a choice in planning your orthodontic treatment! Taking a proactive part in designing your treatment can help you better understand how appliances work and why you should follow their strict instructions.  Since numerous types of appliances are now available, choosing among them might be hard for those who have little knowledge regarding their advantages and disadvantages. In order to prevent regrets during or after your treatment, it is best to gain broad awareness about orthodontic treatments.  Below is a good comparison of traditional metal braces and clear braces you can use as your guide. Invisalign v Braces

Examining each of them and comparing them with each other can help you calculate which option is best for you. By “best” we mean lesser pain, lesser discomfort, more convenience, lesser cost, and shorter treatment duration.  Since having all these advantages at once is hard to achieve given you have limited resources or other restrictions, you can pick which criteria you prefer the most such as price, duration, or convenience and base your decision on it.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are known for their strength and durability that can withstand the test of time for patients of all ages. These braces require an elastic rubber band, also called ligature, in order to connect or hold the archwire into the bracket. On the other hand, some orthodontists utilize metal tie wires instead of these elastic bands. These tie wires are twisted around the bracket thus enabling them to apply pressure on your teeth. This pressure will then slowly move your teeth to their desired positions over time.

Advantages

These kind of braces are less expensive compared to the other types of braces thus it is the most commonly used worldwide to keep orthodontists overhead down.  You are allowed you to play with multi-colored ligatures that serve as decorations on your teeth when you smile.  Aside from that, an option for a darker ligature is also available for those who smoke or drink coffee in order to hide staining.

Disadvantages

Traditional metal braces are easier to notice compared to the Damon System Bracket or Damon Clear Braces. Because of this, most teens and adults prefer the smaller Damon Braces or even clear aligners. Furthermore, since this type of braces is cemented on your teeth, proper brushing and cleaning is a must in order to prevent tooth decays.  Lastly, metal braces tend to be uncomfortable at first 3 weeks as your tongue, cheek, and lips get used to it.  The older bracket systems also require more force to get the teeth to move which translates to discomfort for the patient.  Because of this, Dr. Wilson has chosen to not use the older braces systems in his office due to less patient satisfaction upon completion of treatment and a less superior result that the Damon System

Damon System Braces

The Damon Bracket system is the leading orthodontic bracket on the market today.  It is the only “passive, self-ligating bracket” and has a special patent that no other braces system can reproduce.  It’s know for getting a more superior result in a shorter time with less discomfort.  It is the “Cadillac” of all braces systems out there today.  It’s also know for giving the patient a wider, more esthetic smile that can not be achieved with other braces systems.

Advantages

The advantages over traditional braces or the old bracket systems are many.  Just to list a few:  Smaller bracket, more hygienic, less discomfort, faster treatment times, fewer appointments, a broader/fuller smile, along with many more advantages.

Disadvantages

It is the most expensive braces system out there, which is why most orthodontists don’t use it because it increases their overhead.  However, Dr. Wilson has elected NOT to charge a premium or increase his fees because of this since he is able to finish his patients faster and in fewer appointments so this decreases the time needed for each patient as far as overall chair time, which tends to wash out his increased overhead on the bracket.  Thus, this creates a built-in savings for the patient.

Clear Aligners

Having clear braces is a good option for those who don’t have the confidence to wear metal braces. Clear braces are made up of plastic and the most common brand is Invisalign. Unlike metal braces, clear braces or aligners need to be replaced once every two weeks.

Advantages

The main advantage of using clear braces is cosmetic. Patients are conscious regarding how they look when friends and families notice their weird appliances such as palatal expander, metal braces, or metal retainers. Aside from that, since clear aligners are removable, it will be easier for you to clean the appliances as well as your teeth. You can even remove them when playing instruments, swimming, or engaging in sports.

Disadvantages

Because of its convenience and comfort, clear braces are slightly more expensive compared to other types of braces.  They are also more fragile so handling them carefully is a must in order not to break them.  Furthermore, there’s a higher risk of losing them since you can easily remove them and misplace your braces case or holder.  However, Invisalign Teen has 6 replacement aligners for free built in.

Dr. Wilson is a leading orthodontist in Gainesville GA and is an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider.

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

Which are your preferred braces?

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Smilessss

“A Smile is the Universal Welcome”

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Beach Braces Smile Quote  #6 “A Smile is the Universal Welcome”

Studies say that it takes more muscles to produce a frown than a smile.  Why spend all that time and energy on something so negative?  If you want to appear more positive and appealing to others a smile is the best place to start.  However, not everyone is born with the perfect smile.  With medical and technological advances now there are options for correction in our smile.  You have the option to get metal braces, clear braces, and invisalign.  Not only that, but the orthodontist can help with dental hygiene in order to keep your smile as bright as possible.  Getting corrective dental assistance will help you feel more comfortable with your smile.  When you are comfortable with your own smile you will also feel more comfortable with yourself, making it easier to meet others.  If you want to feel more comfortable with yourself and your smile, take the steps to getting a consultation and ultimately a better smile.  Think of all the things a smile will get you as opposed to the frown you have now.  Make the first move, call for a consultation today!

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

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Nicky’s Orthodontic Treatment Day 3

Nicky’s Orthodontic Treatment Day 3

fast braces - orthodontic treatmentToday we join Nicky S on day 3 of her Orthodontic Treatment with Beach Braces.

On day 3 we find Nicky is feeling more comfortable wearing both her upper and lower braces. She is talking clearer and her inner cheeks are getting used to the braces too. You can watch Nicky’s vlog below:

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Nicky’s Orthodontic Treatment Day 3 at Beach Braces T:310-379-0006

Click here to watch Nicky’s Day 2 vlog – Life With Braces – Wax.

Dr. Panucci and the Beach Braces team are specialists in orthodontics in Manhattan Beach, California. Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Phone: 310-379-0006

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Life With Braces – Wax

Life With Braces – Wax

On day 2 of Nicky’s Life with Braces orthodontic experience she feels a little discomfort in her cheeks. Not seen Day 1 yet? Just click here.

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Upper and Lower Braces Treatment – Day 2

Do Braces Hurt?

life with braces - gishy gooSometime when you are new to braces they can cause a little discomfort in your mouth and cheeks. This is perfectly natural and nothing to worry about. You’ll soon get used to them but you can use a little wax to stop them causing you minor irritation. To alleviate the discomfort, Nicky used a little wax.

After squeezing out a small amount of wax from two tubes she mixes it together so the two compounds react and starts to set. She then stuck it on to the wire or bracket that was causing the slight discomfort and within a couple of minutes it sets leaving her mouth irritation free.

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Gishy Goo comes in 5 different colors and taste like bubblegum. Click her for more information about wax and Gishy Goo or contact our office.

Patricia J. Panucci DMD, MS • Specialist in Orthodontics For Children and Adults in Southern California

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

Life With Braces – Wax

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Life With Braces – Oral Hygiene

Life With Braces – Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene is very important to your overall health and especially for your gums, teeth and mouth while wearing braces.

In the second of her video series, Nicky S demonstrates the cool tools and applications she was supplied with by Beach Braces to ensure her oral hygiene stays a top priority while undergoing her orthodontic experience.

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Nicky S. Life with Braces – Oral Hygiene

oral hygiene - mouth washRegular brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth and braces clean. Sometimes food particles can get stuck in the wires of braces and extra care is needed to clean them without causing any damage. An interdental toothbrush is ideal for cleaning your teeth between brushing to gently eliminate any small particles of food trapped between the teeth and braces.

Oral Hygiene Working Through the Night

Nicky also uses a mouthwash every day before sleeping. This mouthwash keeps working throughout the night and keeps her oral hygiene fresh. Nicky’s favorite flavor is… bubble gum! Yummy!!

We have a collection of Patient Care Videos to help you keep your oral hygiene at it’s best. To view videos about brushing with an interdental brush, flossing and many more ways of taking care of your life with braces click here.

Dr. Panucci of Beach Braces is a Specialist in Orthodontics for Children and Adults in Southern California, covering Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach and the South Bay area. Contact Beach Braces here.

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

Life With Braces – Oral Hygiene

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