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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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Smile. Be Someone’s Reason to Smile

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Be Someone’s Smile by Improving Your Smile

 

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

 

Learn More About the Newest Orthodontic Treatments

 

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

 

Schedule an Appointment for Each Member of Your Family

 

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

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

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

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

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Do-It-Yourself Orthodontic Treatment: The AAO Position

Orthodontics – Don’t Do-It-Yourself Braces! Here’s Why by AAO ft. Dr. Patti Panucci

For 18 months, the AAO has aggressively and proactively been warning consumers to be wary of various “do-it-yourself orthodontics” procedures when it comes to orthodontic care.  These procedures have been popularized on social media, with many showing young adults attempting to move their teeth with rubber bands, paperclips, and inappropriate use of orthodontic appliances without the personal evaluation and care of an orthodontic specialist.

The AAO believes that orthodontic care should always be performed under the direct supervision of an orthodontist. Regular orthodontic check-ups throughout treatment best serve the patient and allow the treating orthodontist to monitor not only tooth movement, but also the patient’s overall oral health, including hygiene issues that may impact treatment decisions.

Dr. Panucci endorses the AAO’s position 100% and was part of the Public Service Announcement that AAO put together about the dangers of do-it-yourself orthodontics, see video above.

Brace Yourself

If you want to find out more about the bad idea of do-it-yourself braces and dental work visit these pages on Inside Edition, the Washington Post, or Today Online Health and Wellness.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your teeth straightening options with Dr. Panucci, contact us here or call us at:  310-379-0006

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LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2016

Do Braces Come in Different Colors?

If you or your child needs to get braces, you have many color options to choose from. The days of being forced to wear ugly metallic braces are long gone. Now you can at least have colored braces that are stylish and make you feel more confident while you are wearing them. How do you decide which color to choose? Let’s take a look at some of the steps you should take to find the colored braces that are right for you:

Braces Colors FAQ

What is the color selector?

Talk to your orthodontist and find out if he or she has a braces color selector, which is sometimes called a color wheel. This will give you a list of all of the braces colors options that are available to you. Consider these colors for a long time before you actually get the braces. This will prevent you from being forced to make a fast decision.

What are my braces color options?

You need to remember that the colors that you see represented on the selector are going to appear lighter when you see them on your actual braces. There are also color wheels online that you can take a look at before you visit your orthodontist. These will give you an idea of what you can expect. Ideally, you want to find a color wheel online that is interactive. This will allow you to place the various colors onto a photo of teeth that are wearing braces. By doing this, you can see what you are going to look like when wearing the different colors. However, some of the colors featured on various websites may not be available at your orthodontist’s office. You should also consider getting clear braces.

Think about mixing certain colors, such as:

  • Rainbow colors
  • Silver and gold
  • The colors of your school
  • Your favorite colors
  • Colors associated with holidays: orange and black for Halloween, Green and red for Christmas, etc.
  • The colors of your favorite sports team
  • The colors of your country’s flag

What are some tips for selecting braces colors?

The colors of your hair and skin will both be major factors in determining how your braces eventually look on you. Avoid choosing colors that will clash with your particular color of skin and hair.

  • Hair and skin colors that are lighter have a tendency to look good with braces that are royal blue, plum, raspberry, salmon, bronze, petrol blue, blue-green, bluish red, green khaki, caramel and vermilion.
  • Hair and skin colors that are darker have a tendency to look good with braces that are violet, fuchsia, anise green, turquoise, gold, pink, pastel blue, orange or dark blue.

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. Her practice offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment today!

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

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

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Smile; Don’t Take Life to Seriously!

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

Be Goofy

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

Take Chances

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

Have Fun

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

Inspire Others

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

Smile

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

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

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

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What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

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Few children grow up to have perfect teeth. Despite the best efforts of parents to train their kids in effective dental hygiene and twice-a-year checkups with a dentist, permanent teeth may display problems. Common dental concerns include teeth that do not come in when they should or in their designated place. Uneven alignment between upper and lower teeth is another issue. In fact, there are several scenarios that suggest someone may need or benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontia is the dental specialization that deals with teeth position and arrangement. It often involves moving teeth into correct or more effective positions. One or more teeth may create problems that interfere with biting, chewing, or even speaking. Addressing the problem at an optimum age helps to ensure the best possible outcome.

Typically, children should be evaluated for potential orthodontic work during their elementary school years. In fact, the age of seven is recommended by many orthodontic specialists. The specialist evaluates problems like an overbite or an underbite, crowding teeth, gaps and spaces, and jaw disorders. Failing to address these issues can eventually lead to tooth cavities, gum disease, earaches, headaches, and eating or speaking difficulties.

How are teeth straightened?

Teeth that are crooked, tilted, or tipped can often be corrected during orthodontic treatment. Depending on the examination findings, an orthodontist may suggest the placement of dental wires threaded through brackets that are bonded to the teeth to move teeth into their correct positions. The most suitable age for brackets and wires is when a child is a preteen (ten) or young teenager (fourteen). Since the affected parts are still growing, the teeth are easier to adjust with orthodontic treatment.

If teeth need to be moved, there are treatment options, with three types of braces. Metal brackets are traditional and are still widely used. Ceramic and plastic brackets may be clear or tinted to match the tooth color. They are not as noticeable as metal brackets and are well tolerated by most wearers. The lingual type adheres to the back side of teeth and can’t be seen by others. Wires connect the brackets and work to move the move into the desired positions.

A more recent style is a clear, removable appliance called aligners. A special version is called Invisalign. They can’t be seen, which boosts the confidence of young patients. For hygiene purposes, they can be removed to let the teeth be thoroughly brushed and flossed, which helps to deter decay. Aligners are switched after two weeks and are often used by patients with minimal spacing issues. Young patients who do not yet have permanent teeth do not wear aligners.

What if teeth are crowded?

The first phase of a treatment plan consists of wearing a palatal expander by those whose mouths are overly crowded by the teeth. In addition, if there are numerous permanent teeth that are crowding the mouth and making it difficult to straighten those that need work, some teeth may be extracted. Others may be shaved down on the external surface to help them fit more comfortably and neatly within the mouth.

The second phase takes place during adolescence and involves the placement of wires to move teeth to where they need to be. Most people undergo orthodontic treatment for between one and two years, although the amount of time may vary depending on the patient’s circumstances. When the wires are removed and the teeth are in their new, correct position, patients wear a retainer for a designated amount of time to maintain the teeth in their correct places until surrounding mouth tissues are aligned with the newly-even teeth.

Is treatment difficult?

Bonding the brackets to the teeth takes time and may be somewhat uncomfortable at first. In subsequent visits, the orthodontist will usually tighten the wires to continue moving the teeth to their target locations. After these visits, the teeth may feel slightly sore for a short time. But since they continue to move consistently due to the tightened wires, they will soon feel comfortable again.

Does dental hygiene change during orthodontic treatment?

While wearing corrective wires on teeth, hygiene is more important than ever. In addition to brushing after every meal with a soft-bristle toothbrush, patients should be sure to floss, taking care to use a flossing threader to get between the brackets and below the wires. Dental checkups are recommended every six months, along with professional dental cleanings to ensure the teeth remain healthy. Failure to maintain adequate cleaning can lead to dark stains around brackets and bands on the teeth.

Of course, if the patient experiences dental pain that feels like a cavity between six-month checkups, a dentist appointment should be made to get it checked.

What are other problems that may require brackets?

Before placing metal, ceramic, or Invisalign brackets on teeth, the specialist will look at related issues like gum health, teeth root decay, and jaw joint condition. If any of these areas need treatment, that will be factored into the equation for developing an overall treatment plan.

Crooked teeth do not have to be a persistent embarrassment. Professional orthodontia experts can provide a comprehensive examination and diagnosis, along with treatment recommendations, to correct malocclusions and related dental issues. Every child should be evaluated for the possible need of orthodontic treatment, although an increasing number of adults are seeking this type of treatment as well. If you think you or a family member might need orthodontic treatment, please contact Beach Braces for more information.

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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Top 5 Reasons to live in Manhattan Beach

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There are many cities in the United States that make great homes. Manhattan Beach, California, however, is particularly nice. There are many reasons why one might want to live in this city. If you are considering moving to the city, you should know about the top 5 reasons to live in Manhattan Beach.

1. The area is beautiful. It is very clean, and it is full of beautiful homes.

2. The area is very safe, and is great for people who enjoy walking everywhere. This is not a city where people have to be afraid of walking on the street by themselves.

3. The weather is nice all the time. In this city, as well as other parts of Los Angeles, you will not have to deal with cold weather or snow that blocks the roads.

4. The area is quiet and peaceful, so you can enjoy your solitude and not have to deal with all sorts of obnoxious noises.

5. The ocean is absolutely stunning, and it is just a walk away from anywhere in the area.

Although there are clearly great things about living in the Manhattan Beach area, it is relevant to keep in mind that in this part of California, there is quite a bit of emphasis on appearance, and there are a lot of beautiful people walking around. As such, if you are self conscious about your teeth, it may be hard to live in this place. Fortunately, there is a solution for this. You can find an orthodontist.

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When you are faced with orthodontic treatment and want the brightest smile possible, make an appointment to visit Beach Braces Orthodontics. With a caring and professional staff, this Manhattan Beach orthodontics practice will ensure you walk away happy and confident in your new smile!

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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Top 5 things to do in Manhattan Beach

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If you live in Manhattan Beach, you know that there is never a shortage of things you can do. The weather is always nice, so you can enjoy both outdoor and indoor activities. The following is a list of the top 5 things to do in Manhattan Beach.

1. Relax at the beach. There are many beaches to choose from, and you can just sit by the water and enjoy the view.

2. Take a walk. Whether you are at the beach, on a pier, or walking through town, the scenery is always lively and beautiful. You can get exercise while also taking in the surroundings.

3. Go for a bike ride. There are so many bike trails to choose from, and many of these are parts of beaches, so you can enjoy the ocean as you ride along in the breeze.

4. Play volleyball at the beach. This area is known for casual volleyball games and tournaments that are going on all the time. The weather is always nice, so this is always a fun way to spend leisure time.

5. Go to a restaurant. There are many great restaurants in this area, and most of them have outdoor seating, so that you can enjoy the weather while you are enjoying great food.

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When you are faced with orthodontic treatment and want the brightest smile possible, make an appointment to visit Beach Braces Orthodontics. With a caring and professional staff, this Manhattan Beach orthodontics practice will ensure you walk away happy and confident in your new smile!

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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Top 5 Family Restaurants in Manhattan Beach

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If you live in Manhattan Beach, California, you know that there is a lot to do. There are lots of options in terms of restaurants, for example. The following is a list of the top 5 family restaurants in Manhattan Beach.

1. The Kettle is known for its great service, as well as its great food. It is welcoming to everyone in the family, including children.

2. The Manhattan Beach Creamery is not a restaurant per se, but they have delicious ice cream and ice cream based treats that the entire family will love.

3. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen has amazing pizza and other Italian dishes that are cooked just as they would be in an authentic Italian kitchen.

4. Pancho’s Kitchen is a family-friendly Mexican restaurant with a large selection of dishes everyone will love.

5. Four Daughters Kitchen known for its great food in terms of classic favorites, and they have spacious outdoor seating and free wifi as well.

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When you are faced with orthodontic treatment and want the brightest smile possible, make an appointment to visit Beach Braces Orthodontics. With a caring and professional staff, this Manhattan Beach orthodontics practice will ensure you walk away happy and confident in your new smile!

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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Top 5 pet friendly places in Manhattan Beach

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If you have a dog and you live in Manhattan Beach, there are a lot of great places that you can go with your dog. The weather is always beautiful, so there are lots of outdoor environments that both you and your dog will love. The following is a list of the top 5 pet friendly places in Manhattan Beach.

1. The Strand is one of the most popular places here. It is absolutely beautiful and a great place to walk, and you and your dog will love it. There are many choices in terms of paths that you can walk on.

2. Bruce’s Beach is a great park and a great place to relax. You can take a nice, quiet walk with your dog here.

3. El Porto Beach is not only a great place to surf and enjoy the ocean, but it is dog friendly as well.

4. Hermosa Beach has a great pier full of shops and restaurants, and it is a great beach to relax with your dog and take a nice walk by the ocean.

5. Le Pain Quotidien is a nice French cafe and bakery, and they have outdoor seating where dogs will always be welcome.

Call Today

When you are faced with orthodontic treatment and want the brightest smile possible, make an appointment to visit Beach Braces Orthodontics. With a caring and professional staff, this Manhattan Beach orthodontics practice will ensure you walk away happy and confident in your new smile!

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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