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One smile can’t change the world, but your smile changes mine

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You might feel like what you do cannot change the entire world, but you can improve one life each day by giving someone a beautiful smile. If you have ever smiled at a stranger while walking along the street, then that action raised their mood level. After they felt better, they were also able to smile at others, helping to make them feel happier too. Just one smile can make big changes for many people. However, if you feel too self-conscious to smile because your teeth are crooked, then it is time to visit an orthodontist to learn if Invisalign aligners or metal braces are required.

Improve Your Health

While your gorgeous smile is improving other individual’s lives, it is also going to make you feel better. Having straight teeth makes it easier to consume healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, helping to improve your overall health. Of course, while you are wearing metal braces, you might need to avoid chewing hard foods, but you only need to wear the devices for two to four years. Your orthodontist will make suggestions about how you can eat raw vegetables and fruit while having your malocclusions repaired.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are fortunate enough to live in or near Manhattan Beach, Calif., then schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia J. Panucci. At Beach Braces, our orthodontist provides care for children, teenagers and adults by offering an assortment of orthodontic treatments that include:

• Invisalign aligners for teenagers or adults
• Metal wire and bracket devices
• Color-matching ceramic devices
• Lingual devices worn on the backs of teeth
• Orthodontic retainers

Specializing in caring for younger children by offering early evaluations to find misalignments of the teeth, Dr. Panucci is also able to provide services to parents who want to improve their smiles. Call 310-379-0006 today to schedule an appointment.

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

One smile can’t change the world, but your smile changes mine

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Having Braces

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The very mention of the word braces is enough to make any child fearful. Even though orthodontic treatment has become routine, it is still surrounded by many myths and misconceptions. By understanding the source of your child’s fear and working with your orthodontist, you can ease your child’s fear of braces so that they actually look forward to the process and the prospect of a straight, beautiful smile.

Fear of Pain

The most common concern that children have when starting orthodontic treatment is that it will be extremely painful. As a parent, you may even share some of this fear since no parent wants to see their child in pain. There is a good chance that your child has even heard urban legends about braces being painful.

In reality, orthodontic treatment does not involve the use of twisting or wrenching of the teeth into submission. Orthodontic appliances use gentle, consistent pressure to realign the teeth gradually. The pressure can cause the gums to become tender and ache a little, especially at first or after an adjustment. This discomfort is temporary and minor. In most cases, the discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers or numbing ointments.

Fear of the Unknown

Most people are afraid of situations where they don’t have control or understand what is happening. An orthodontist’s office can be a very intimidating place for a young child. They are laid out horizontally on a chair with bright lights shining in their face. The doctor then proceeds to use a collection of unfamiliar instruments in their mouth. You can help by letting the doctor know about your child’s fears ahead of time, so they can take the time to explain the whole procedure and the equipment involved. You can even ask the office staff if they have books or videos that your child can watch ahead of time to familiarize themselves with the process.

Fear of Embarrassment

Children and teens are especially sensitive about anything that may make them appear different from their peers. You can help by explaining to your child that there is nothing to be ashamed about in trying to better themselves and improve their health. You can also point out that there are probably dozens of their school mates who are going through the same experience. It is also a good time to point out that any attempt to bully them is simply out of jealousy and not because they have any reason to be embarrassed. Your child can also take a proactive approach and make their orthodontia a focal point. Many kids enjoy using bright colored rubber bands and brackets that coordinate with their outfits. There are even choices such as Invisalign® that are completely invisible.

Fear of Food Getting Caught in the Teeth

Another common fear regarding orthodontic treatment is that large amounts of unsightly food will get caught in the wires and brackets, leading to embarrassment, bad breath, and even tooth decay. In reality, a person with braces is no more likely to get food stuck in their teeth than someone without them. Misaligned teeth also cause a much greater risk of periodontal disease than orthodontia. Drinking plenty of water can help wash away any stray bits of food. You should also encourage your child to exercise good oral hygiene techniques and to follow instructions for caring for their orthodontic appliances.

Fears Regarding the Length of Treatment

It is true that orthodontic treatment takes time. The prospect of having treatment last one to two years can seem like an eternity to a child or teen. It can help to provide your child with a little perspective. After all, a year is nothing when you consider that they will likely have 60 or more years to enjoy their new smile.

Tips for Younger Children

Younger children are often more at ease when there is a parent nearby. You can ask the orthodontist if it is possible to remain in the treatment room with your child. It may also help to allow your child to have a small stuffed toy that they can hold during the procedure. You can also try incorporating appointments with something fun by taking your child for their favorite outing. They will dread the appointment less if they know there is something to forward to afterward.

About Beach Braces

Dr. Patricia Panucci is an orthodontic specialist serving Manhattan Beach, CA. Dr. Panucci is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the California Association of Orthodontists. We combine state-of-the-art equipment and techniques with a personal touch and individualized treatment plans to help our patients achieve the best smile possible. We offer a variety of different orthodontic appliances, including Invisalign®.

Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our services or to schedule your complimentary initial exam.

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You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got

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Love what You Got

If actress Julia Roberts never had that winning set of natural, straight teeth and that infectious, big smile, who knows exactly where her career could have gone. Let’s be honest, your smile does matter. People are charmed by your mouth and teeth. In fact, when it comes to dating, both women and men choose a great smile as one of their determining factors on attraction.

The best way to look at your smile is this way. It can be improved, makes a sound investment and will last just about forever. A new, attractive smile beats plastic surgery any day and can transform a person both from the inside and out.

Clear, Comfortable Celebrity Way

Modern braces are the intelligent system to select. Your orthodontist knows every detail about your teeth, bite, mouth and jaw. He or she can determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, the popular, clear plastic aligners that work fast to create a new smile with straight teeth. Celebrities often choose these aligners for that almost invisible look they can wear on the red carpet.

What Wires…What Brackets?

With the genius concept of clear braces, you don’t have to worry about the homely metal wires and brackets fastened to your teeth or be bothered with careful chewing and cleaning. Clear aligners allows you to remove these braces for eating, brushing and flossing. Plus these aligners are available to both younger patients and adults.

Never Too Late to Set Them Straight

A lot of adults feel self-conscious about their imperfect smile, avoiding certain social gatherings so that they don’t have to expose their teeth. Your orthodontist can change your life with a set of clear aligners. It’s a great makeover with awesome results.

Make Your Appointment Now!

Invisalign, it’s a beautiful system. Call Orthodontist Patricia J. Panucci today for a complimentary consultation.

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

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If you are too shy to talk to strangers, then remember that a smile is a charming way to communicate. A smile is a universal greeting around the world, and it looks better when your teeth are perfectly straight. When you have crooked teeth that lead to embarrassment, it is time to learn if braces or Invisalign aligners are required. While children and teenagers are the most common age groups that undergo orthodontic treatment, more adults are choosing to have their teeth straightened. There are good reasons to repair malocclusions, including improving your bite to avoid earaches and jaw pain.

Undergo an Examination with Medical Images

An orthodontist can help you to have a charming smile that makes others happy. The only way to know if you need orthodontic treatment is by having a thorough examination with three-dimensional medical images. With a specialized software program, an expert can determine the best type of orthodontia required for your misaligned teeth. When you have mild to moderate gaps between your teeth, you can wear Invisalign aligners that are easy to remove to perform oral hygiene. Alternatively, if you have overlapping teeth, then you need some type of braces.

Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment

At Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Dr. Patricia J. Panucci offers expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children to help them have an individualized smile. You can schedule at appointment by calling 310-379-0006 to learn more about straightening your teeth with these devices:

• Traditional metal brackets and wires
• Difficult to see lingual brackets worn on the backs of teeth
• Ceramic brackets and nearly invisible wires made of color-matching materials
• Clear and removable plastic Invisalign aligners designed for teenagers and adults

Contact our orthodontist today to have a consultation to begin the process toward having a charming smile.

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What Dental Issues Need To Be Addressed Before Braces Are Installed?

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Does your child have crooked teeth? Are their excessive spaces between them? In the young and formidable years, many children find that their teeth don’t come in as they should have. We handle both children and adults who have crooked teeth and want to improve their smile. With the use of braces, an orthodontist can correct many dental issues. We understand that your smile is one of the first things that a person notices, so naturally you want to ensure it is healthy. There are many different dental concerns that come into play before and after corrective measures are put in place. The orthodontist is often asked if the problems with the teeth need to be repaired first. While some problems need to be fixed immediately, others can be corrected by the use of linear-braces, or another style.

Addressing Crooked Teeth

Each and every person has a unique shape and size to their mouth. However, certain things can lead to crooked teeth. As a child, thumb sucking, gingivitis, and genetics can cause the teeth to be misaligned. Also, it becomes easy for food and bacteria to become lodged between the overlaps. Braces are a great way to correct teeth that are crooked. At Beach Braces, our orthodontist puts small brackets on each and every tooth, and a glue is applied that will secure the brackets in place. Lastly, wires are put through specific locations that are used to pull and straighten the teeth. These devices put pressure on the bones to realign the teeth and correct their crooked appearance. There are many different options on the market today. Invisalign is a great option using a series of clear trays. It is one of the few correction methods that are completely undetectable. However, Invisalign is only for those who have minor problems with crooked teeth.

Handling The Spaces In-Between The Teeth

Before installing correction devices, any gaps that are between the teeth need to be addressed. These spaces leave the gum tissue unprotected, and food can damage the tissues over time. When hard food particles get in-between the gaps, they can cause the gap to increase in size. Those who have periodontal disease may find their teeth will also loosen over time. Porcelain veneers are used to close any gaps. They provide instant results to improve the smile. It is usually recommended the use of veneers or crowns along with correctional devices. If a tooth is completely missing, a bridge or denture may be used. Some adults have a space in their mouth due to a labial frenum. Surgical intervention may be needed to close this frenum; however, a child has this surgery the gap typically closes on its own.

Overcrowding Issues

Your orthodontist wants you to know that crooked teeth can be fixed at any age. Children who have dental issues can have them addressed as soon as seven years of age. Crowding affects people in many ways, so the doctor will evaluate the situation and see what the best course of treatment. Both metal and plastic brackets can be used for each brace, and each case is evaluated for the best option possible. Many find there is some slight discomfort when each brace is put in place. However, as the wires are tightened the jaw area will be sore, which means the teeth are moving.

The treatment’s length of time varies depending on the complexity of the problem. The age can also be a big factor in the length of the treatment plan. If there is not a crowding issue, corrective measures should be sufficient for 18-30 months. After each brace is removed, a retainer will need to be used to keep the realigned teeth from slipping into their old position. The earlier the treatment the better, as children who have proper dental procedures done can thwart any future dental issues. Interceptive treatment can help protruding teeth, to enhance one’s speech and also to maintain the teeth and jaws alignment while chewing.

An Overbite

In the US alone, there are thousands of people who have an overbite because they sucked their thumbs in their younger years. Headgear was used by dental experts in the past to put pressure on the upper jaw. Thankfully, due to technological advancements, orthodontics now allows the use of elastics and other devices to repair an overbite situation.

Elastics are applied on top of each brace and slowly move the upper jaw forward and the bottom jaw inward. However, this appliance is only used in cases where the overbite is minor. Those who have a severe overbite will need to use a special device that has a spring. The spring sits on the cheeks and allows chewing food to be done with ease. Throughout the day, the spring applies pressure to key locations, which causes the jaw to move into a better position. Realigning a jaw is not easy and one must remember to be patient. It is always best to have any orthodontics work done at an early age to achieve the best results.

Manhattan Beach, CA Orthodontics Wants To Help

Your children’s teeth are one of the most important investments you can make. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci wants to ensure that your child’s smile is perfect. If your child is dealing with a misalignment issue that needs to be addressed, call our office for a consultation. Our high-technology practice uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure you and your child’s dental health. You can schedule at appointment by calling 310-379-0006 to learn more about straightening your teeth.

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If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. – Andy Rooney



Andy Rooney was a television and radio writer who lived to an old age. He had a lot of wisdom about smiling such as believing that if you smile while alone, then you really mean it. If you want to have a beautiful smile, then you may need to visit an orthodontist to have an examination with medical images. One of the best things that a parent can do for a child is learning if they need to wear braces on their teeth. Having proper alignment of the teeth makes it easier for a child to consume a healthy diet and learn how to speak correctly. A sturdy bite can ensure that a child’s facial structure grows correctly to avoid needing additional orthodontia at an older age.

Learn More about Invisalign Treatment

While taking your child to an orthodontist, it is good idea to have your own examination to learn if Invisalign aligners can help to reduce the small gaps between your teeth. If your child is reluctant to wear braces, then seeing you wear removable aligners is an excellent way to set a good example for them. To make your life easier, you can ask the orthodontist to schedule appointments on the same day to get a new set of aligners or have wires tightened on your child’s teeth.

Call Us to Schedule an Examination with Medical Images

If you want to learn more about orthodontic treatments in order to smile while you are alone, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia J. Panucci at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif. You can learn about a variety of orthodontic treatments, including self-ligating metal devices, clear orthodontia treatments, invisalign for adults and teenagers, wild smile brackets, and lingual devices.


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Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. – Yoko Ono

When Yoko Ono advised us to smile in the mirror every morning, she may not have been considering people who have bad teeth. When you have bad teeth, crooked teeth or just an unattractive smile, smiling in the mirror is hard. If you understand this, then maybe it’s time for you to make a change.

Get the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

A visit to our orthodontist is the first step towards a new smile. Orthodontics is the straightening of teeth and the alignment of the bite or the way the top and bottom teeth come together. Today’s orthodontics offers you more options than ever for getting straight teeth that will make you want to smile more.


Traditional metal braces are smaller than they used to be, and it has become more common for older teens and adults to wear braces. There are other options too, such as lingual (behind the teeth), clear, colored or with colored bands, and Wild Smiles with fun bracket shapes. These are great for kids and they can choose their bracket shape and even mix and match from six available shapes.


If your teeth need mostly straightening in the front and you don’t have a complicated bite issue, you may be a candidate for Invisalign aligners. The aligners are removable, and you take them out to brush your teeth and to eat. This makes them easy to wear, and because they are clear, most people won’t even notice that you are wearing them. Invisalign is not available to young children, but they are available for older kids who have most of their permanent teeth, teenagers and adults.

Why Smiling is Important

Smiling is good for your well-being, and your relationships with other people. If you don’t smile in the mirror or at other people because you don’t like your teeth, you may be sending a negative impression. There’s really nothing as important as your smile when you interact with others and when you look at yourself in the mirror. If you aren’t happy with your smile, call our orthodontist now to set up a consultation appointment.

Smile more, help more, trust more, love more to live more. ― DebasishMridha

Do you find yourself constantly closing your mouth when you take pictures? Are you more conscious of your teeth in social situations? Are you looking for a way to correct your problems and bring confidence not only to your smile but your life in general? If you are a mother, you know how frenetic and fast-paced life can be. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with being a mother and there is not always time to take care appointments and needs for yourself when the children have to get to school.

Here to Help You Save Time

For those that live in Manhattan Beach, CA who are also mothers, finding time to do important things for yourself can be a challenge. However, it is important to make sure that you look your best and feel your best. We at specialize in providing high quality orthodontic work to people who need help. If you are looking for a qualified orthodontist who deals in invisalign and braces, we’re exactly what you need. We recognize that many of our clients and patients don’t have a lot of free time to spare, often due to responsibilities like children or careers. It is our aim to provide the best service we can, while still preserving what little free time you have in your day.

Dedicated to Your Smile

Our specialists are here for you. We will work with you through every step of the process to guarantee a great smile. If you are someone who is constantly strapped for time or have the responsibility of caring for children, you know how difficult it is to take care of yourself and important things pertaining to your well-being. We at are dedicated to helping you look your best, with a confident smile. If you are in the market for an orthodontist specialist who works with invisalign and braces, give us a call. You’ll be smiling in no time!

What to Expect When Seeing an Orthodontist

When it comes to orthodontics, what we do with in the name. Orthodontic comes from the Greek words ‘ortho’ (straight or correct) and ‘dontia’ (teeth). We correct your smile to give you your best possible look.

Our main goal of treatment is to create the healthier, straighter smile you’ve always dreamed of. The decision to begin orthodontic treatment is an important one for many families to make.

We know how important it is for you to have a smile that makes you feel good about yourself. We also know how important understanding the process is for you from beginning to end. That’s why we want you to understand what you should expect at your first orthodontic visit.

By scheduling an initial consultation, you will ensure that the finished result of your orthodontic procedure will provide you with the look and comfort you want. Because we take advantage of the latest state of the art technology, we can deliver the most high quality results to fit your unique needs. To do this, Dr. Panucci stays up to date with the cutting edge of orthodontic research found in the most current orthodontic journals.

In the case of children, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that an orthodontic evaluation be conducted for all children by the age of seven. Although treatment might not be needed at the time of evaluation, possible orthodontic problems can be avoided or lessened by intervening early.

How to Find an Orthodontist Near Me

Your initial orthodontic visit is an opportunity for you to discover which orthodontic treatment is the best for your needs. We welcome any questions or concerns you may have during this process, and our orthodontic team will be happy to address them during your first visit. We will discuss your options with you if treatment is recommended. We also provide you with examples of finished results via models and photographs featuring our oral appliances and retainers. Examples of our popular Invisalign aligners are also available for you to see.

We understand how valuable your time is to you. That’s why we make sure that your initial orthodontic visit covers everything you need to get set up.

We want you to be as relaxed as possible during your first visit, so we’ve prepared a detailed description of what the orthodontic process entails.

Step 1
At your first visit to our orthodontic offices, one of our orthodontists will determine how we can help you through a detailed orthodontic examination. We make sure we schedule plenty of time to go evaluate your orthodontic needs. This is usually around 30 minutes. In addition, a special X-ray may be ordered to help Dr. Panucci accurately diagnose your problem and suggest the exact treatment you require.

If treatment is suggested, an estimated cost of the treatment, an approximate timeline for how long it will take to complete and options available to you for setting up treatment.

Step 2
The next step we take towards realizing your new smile is completing your orthodontic records. During this step, we will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth. We will also take photographs of you and your teeth. Not only will this assist Dr. Panucci in designing your unique treatment plan, it will also provide you with before and after photos. Seeing these photos of how far they’ve come at the end of treatment is something our clients particularly enjoy.

Step 3

For the next step, your orthodontist will confer with you about your orthodontic records. You will also be shown examples of oral appliances, aligners, and any other equipment your treatment may require. You will also be able to use this consultation as an opportunity to ask Dr. Panucci any questions you may have about what your treatment will entail.

After this part of the consultation is complete, one of our financial coordinators will also be available to walk you through the financial process. This will include information on coverage and payment options. Once you’ve chosen to begin treatment, we can schedule your appointment to get your oral appliances within a few days.

Step 4

During this next step, you will finally be fitted with your new oral appliance. What happens next depends on whether you are getting traditional braces or aligners. Either way, this appointment will last no more than ninety minutes.

For Those Getting Traditional Braces
This process will be conducted by one of our skilled and experienced orthodontic assistants who will see to it that you are comfortable during the entire procedure. Additionally, any questions you have about this part of the process will be answered in full. After this session with our orthodontic assistant, your orthodontist will position each bracket onto your teeth with the utmost attention to detail.

For Those Getting Invisalign Aligners
Once your impressions for your aligners have been taken, they will be prepared the same day. Your impressions will go to the Invisalign lab where they will be scanned to create a detailed computer model of your teeth. This model will be used to craft your custom aligners. As soon as our office receives your custom aligners from the lab, you will be notified by phone or email to set up an appointment. This next part of the process is important as this is when your orthodontist will set the attachments to your teeth. We use these attachments to help us modify your teeth placement.

Once your aligners have been placed you will need to wear your aligners diligently everyday for almost the whole day in order to assure proper realignment. You will be allowed breaks of only 1-2 hours per day from wearing your aligners. Your aligners will be changed every two weeks or as prescribed by Dr. Panucci.

Step 5
Whether you chose traditional braces or aligners, this step is the magic moment when you finally get your oral appliances removed. Removing your appliances will only take around 80 to 90 minutes. It is a very simple and comfortable procedure. Once finished, we’ll give you those photos of your teeth before you started this amazing journey so that you’ll be able to fully appreciate how beautiful your new smile is!

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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.


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

Don’t Take Life to Seriously!