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Smile at everyone and brighten their day! ― RamanaPemmaraju


A little dose of sunshine, positive encouragement or bright smile can go a long way in starting your day off right. If your teeth are crooked, you might suffer from low self-esteem. Find out how an orthodontist can use Manhattan Beach braces to give you a brighter smile.

Make a Good First Impression

When you meet someone for the first time, you want to make a good impression naturally. A glum frown can leave an indelible impression. Some might take offense believing that you are showing disapproval for something they did.

Create Smiles

A good smile can set the tone and encourage people to exert their energy towards accomplishing important social or business goals. Smiles can be intoxicating, like morning coffee or an energy drink. You can even turn a bad situation around.

Smile More

All sets of teeth have minor imperfections in them. Braces on your children’s teeth can help them correct any problems before they become adults. Braces can create a foundation for self-esteem, positive visions and happiness.

“Smile at everyone and brighten their day! ― RamanaPemmaraju”

Those who allow the world to dictate their existence can quickly become depressed. Manhattan Beach braces give you mastery over your life and every situation. Here are some of the key benefits of a great smile:

  • Display Confidence
  • Demonstrate Good Hygiene
  • Create Positive Mood

Leaders demonstrate their command of a situation by expressing their happiness. A smile shares your feelings with employees or family members. Great teeth show your attention-to-detail and high standards. Be pro-active and create the positive mood for success in any endeavor you undertake.

For high-quality Manhattan Beach braces, contact the professional orthodontist Patricia J. Panucci who can get you smiling at all times ” … because everyone should love to smile!”

Call Manhattan Beach Braces today at 310-379-0006, or schedule an appointment for children, teenagers or adults.

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I never get tired of smiling. I’m just the kind of guy who likes to smile. – Jason Ritter


If you are the kind of person who never gets tired of smiling, then having straight teeth is essential. Most of us are not born with a perfect set of teeth like Jason Ritter, but fortunately, it is simple to visit an orthodontist to learn more about removable aligners and modern braces. You do not need to be an actor or the son of one in order to improve your smile. When visiting an orthodontic office for the first time, you will undergo a visual examination and have medical images taken by the orthodontic facility’s staff. After a thorough examination, you are told about the options available to improve your misalignments such as wide spaces and crooked teeth.

The Types of Orthodontia Available to You

There are several types of braces available for children, teenagers and adults, and your orthodontist is the best person to decide the type for you to wear. You might have orthodontic options such as:

• Invisalign – worn for six months to one year
• Self-ligating devices – worn for two to four years
• Clear brackets – worn for two to four years
• Wild smile brackets – worn for two to four years
• Invisalign teen – worn for six months to one year
• Jaw expanders – to increase the size of the oral cavity

How to Contact Manhattan Beach Braces

At Manhattan Beach Braces in California, Dr. Patricia J. Panucci uses the latest technology to design braces for her patients. You might think that straightening your teeth is all about achieving a perfect smile, but it is also about your overall health. Straight teeth allow you to consume a healthy diet and will prevent problems such as jaw pain. If you want to receive treatments from a top-notch orthodontist, then contact Manhattan Beach Braces today to schedule an appointment or a telephone call to 310-379-0006.

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I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

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Nothing lights up your face like a great smile, and straight white teeth are an important part of that picture. Few people are born with perfect teeth, however. That’s where orthodontic treatment at Beach Braces Orthodontics can make a big difference in both the looks and health of your teeth, mouth and jaw.

About Dr. Panucci

Dr. Patricia Panucci is a Manhattan Beach orthodontist who specializes in making your smile the best it can be. An orthodontist is not just a dentist, but a specialist in the field with extra training beyond the basics of dentistry. She will be able to assess dental problems, develop a plan to correct them and advise you on the best course of treatment for you or your child. Orthodontic treatment is complex and offers many options; Dr. Panucci can help you make the best choice for your situation.

Why Orthodontic Treatment?

Malocclusion is the technical term for problems with your bite. This occurs because the teeth or jaw are not aligned properly. You might have an overbite, in which the top front teeth protrude over the bottom teeth. If your teeth are too crowded, it may be more difficult to brush and floss properly. Tooth decay and gum disease can result, affecting not only the health of your teeth but of your entire body. Other malocclusions can result in uneven tooth wear or problems with tooth growth as the permanent teeth begin to come in.

When to Start

Ideally, a child should have an orthodontic consultation at about seven years of age. This is when the first adult molars erupt, which establishes the bite in the back of the mouth. Although seven is too young for braces, an early consultation can start the process and pave the way for success when the appliances are actually applied. The exact age at which orthodontic treatment begins varies with the individual, but for children it generally begins when all the permanent teeth have erupted and the 12-year molars have come in. Some children may have a severe underbite (the lower jaw protrudes), a condition in which the jaw continues to grow well into the teens. If dental appliances are applied too early, these children may outgrow the correction and need further treatment, so the doctor will usually wait until their growth has stabilized. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children, though. Adults may also need treatment, either because they didn’t receive treatment while young or because something has changed. If an adult loses a tooth, for example, other teeth may shift.

Treatment Options

Orthodontic treatment includes a variety of different choices. Lingual brackets are an option that allows your braces to be invisible. Applied to the inside of the teeth, these don’t show at all. The focus is on the six upper and lower teeth in the front of the mouth that are most visible when you smile. This treatment is often quite short — 12 to 24 weeks. This is a good choice for people in the public eye, those who travel a lot and have difficulty making regular visits, or those who have other scheduling difficulties.

Some kinds of treatments can allow you to eliminate the wires and elastic bands used to tighten dental appliances. On the other hand, Wide Smiles is a form of treatment that can liven things up a bit. This treatment uses colored elastics and wires, and brackets shaped like tiny footballs, stars, hearts and other shapes. Invisalign is a treatment that uses a custom-fitted plastic cover.

It is generally not noticeable even when covering the teeth. Invisalign does require extra steps as each cover must be custom-created to make the necessary changes in your teeth. Since it can be removed, however, it’s much easier to brush and floss your teeth. Ceramics are another option that are also less visible than metal.

Cost may be a factor in choosing a particular type of orthodontic treatment. Treatments that are more complex or take longer are usually more expensive.
Some people may be a little sore after an adjustment, but orthodontic treatment rarely causes much pain. Dr. Panucci will work with you or your child to minimize any discomfort.

How Long will It Take?

Treatment time varies according to the individual. Severe malocclusions may need longer. In general, treatment times vary from 12 to 30 months, with average treatment times of 22 months. You will need an office visit every five to 10 weeks.

Pearly Whites

Once your treatment is finished, you may also choose to have your teeth whitened. You can choose from several possibilities. Dr. Panucci recommends Opalescence Treswhite Supreme teeth whitening trays. Available only from professional dental specialists, this treatment uses 15% hydrogen peroxide and can have noticeable results within seven to 10 days.

How You Can Help

That perfect smile will be more easily achieved if you are an active participant in your orthodontic treatment. A missed appointment is a missed opportunity, so don’t miss. Speaking of appointments, you will still need regular appointments with your family dentist for check-ups and cleaning in addition to your appointments with Dr. Panucci. Your oral hygiene is another important aspect of orthodontic treatment. We recommend you brush your teeth four times a day: after each meal and just before you go to bed. You’ll also learn how to floss your teeth during your orthodontic treatment. Dental appliances can be broken or dislodged. You’ll need to avoid foods like popcorn, hard candy and sticky candies like taffy or caramel. If you play sports, you should wear a mouth guard. Keep a list of questions or concerns to address at each visit or call us.

Come See Us

Today is the day to take your first steps toward that perfect smile for you or your child. Please call our Manhattan Beach office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Panucci for a free initial consultation. Your teeth will thank you and you will love looking in the mirror!

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Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life. – Jeanne Calment

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Halloween is the time of the year that kids can’t resist candy. However, unknown to them, the candy twists, blends and pulls off their braces. That is why the American Association of Orthodontists has come up with some words of caution for kids and parents to help their smile. Bobbing for apples is not recommended by any orthodontist. In fact, bites from apples put pressure on the front teeth, which may make the brackets loose. Candy corn is also a no – no, since the older it gets, the chewier it becomes, which is not good for those wearing straightening devices. To solve this constant mess, orthodontists have come up with solutions to try and solve the problem. Some of the practices that have proved effective include:

The Use of Orthodontic Wax

If you realize your child’s brackets are breaking, then it’s time to consider using an orthodontic wax. This wax is available from an orthodontist, or it can be purchased at most drug stores. This wax can hold any loose or broken brackets in place until the next appointment. If the holding wire pops loose and is irritating to the cheek, placing the wax at the end will also help to alleviate the pain.

Avoid Sticky or Chewy Candy

It is best to stick with softer candy, such as plain chocolate bars, and avoid sticky and chewy candy. Examples of sticky or chewy candy include Starburst or taffy. As children enjoy their favorite candy and chocolate, they should remember that it can mess up their teeth forcing them to have braces on for even longer.

By using caution with candy during the Halloween season, children can get their braces removed as quickly as possible, and can avoid unnecessary trips to the orthodontist.

We want your CANDY!

Operation Gratitude Halloween candy buy back is happening now! Stop by Dr. Panucci’s office between November 2nd– 6th and receive 10 points for every pound of candy you bring in.

Call Manhattan Beach Braces today at 310-379-0006, or schedule an appointment for children, teenagers or adults.

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The surplus of the heart overflows from a smile ― Charles de Leusse

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When your heart is overflowing with love, it is easy to smile just like Charles de Leusse. However, if you feel that your smile is unattractive, then it is time to request an appointment with an orthodontist. You are never too old to wear braces to repair malocclusions of the teeth, and there are new devices that work quickly. When you have slightly crooked teeth, it is possible to wear aligners for six months to a year to see an improvement in a smile. For wide gaps between teeth, you are going to need traditional metal and wire devices instead.

Modern Diagnostic Techniques

The only way to know the type of braces required is by scheduling an examination with a knowledgeable orthodontist who uses state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose problems with the jaw or teeth. Computer imaging techniques at modern orthodontic facilities makes it easy to determine if you need to have your oral cavity enlarged with a jaw expander or if you are ready for customized Invisalign aligners. If you need traditional braces, then it is possible to have color-matching brackets that make the devices almost invisible to everyone else. The most important part of wearing orthodontic devices is not delaying treatment no matter what your age.

Call an Orthodontist

The residents of California are fortunate because they can visit Manhattan Beach Braces where Dr. Patricia J. Panucci offers personalized consultations for patients of any age who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. She might suggest that you or a child wear these types of orthodontic devices:

• Self-ligating – requires fewer office visits
• Aligners – easy to remove for daily oral hygiene
• Metal brackets – an affordable option for straightening teeth
• Ceramic – color-matching brackets to reduce embarrassment

Call Manhattan Beach Braces today at 310-379-0006, or schedule an appointment for children, teenagers or adults.

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Are there alternatives to having teeth removed for braces?

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If you just found out that you, your child or someone that is close to you is going to need braces, also called orthodontic cases, it’s okay. There is absolutely nothing to be worried about. It is incredibly common, especially in childhood, to need braces. Most people who have had them would agree on one thing for sure: the earlier your dentist tells you to see an orthodontist about getting them, the better. The sooner you get them, the sooner they can be taken off and, while they are common in childhood, they’re not nearly as common for adults, so most people prefer to get them during childhood.

What Are They?

Braces are also known as orthodontic cases, or just cases. They can be either cosmetic or structural. Orthodontic cases help to align, straighten and position teeth, while also improving dental health. These cases can be used to correct various orthodontic issues; such as a mild, moderate or even a severe under bite, overbite, an open bite, deep bite or crooked teeth. They are often used with other orthodontic appliances in order to widen the jaw or palate and to assist with shaping the jaw and teeth.

Are there different types of orthodontic cases?

Yes, there are actually several different types for you to choose from. The most common is the traditional wired ones. They are made of stainless steel and sometimes titanium. They typically have metal brackets with elastic ties (small, sometimes colorful, rubber bands). Another type of orthodontic cases that are very similar to the traditional wired ones are called self-ligating wired orthodontic cases. These are also stainless steel or a combination of stainless steel and titanium; however, they do not require any form of elastic tie to hold the wire to the brackets. Instead, wires go through the brackets. Self-ligating orthodontic cases typically require less time and adjustments, as well as being less painful.

There are also options that are less noticeable than the shiny metal wires or colorful rubber bands. Esthetic orthodontic cases are specifically designed to blend in more naturally with the color of your teeth, or to be nearly invisible. The brackets for clear cases are usually made of plastic or ceramic materials, rather than metal; although, they work in a similar way.

Clear elastic ties (rubber bands) and white metal ties can be used with these so as to allow them to remain “invisible.” Alternately, clear orthodontic cases can also be self-ligating. Some people do prefer these because they are less noticeable; however, they can create more friction and are more brittle than the traditional alternative. This can make them more difficult and time consuming to remove at the end of treatment. Another cosmetic option are lingual cases. They are custom made and are bonded to the back of the teeth, so that they cannot be seen by anyone who doesn’t look inside of your mouth.

Yet another popular cosmetic option are the removable, clear aligners. These aligners gradually move teeth into the spaces and angles where they belong. They typically are not used for more complicated orthodontic scenarios. These cases tilt or rotate the teeth without any wires or tightening. If you choose one of these, you have to remove them in order to eat and you must brush and floss your teeth after every meal.

The final cosmetic option offered at Manhattan Beach Orthodontics is WildSmiles. The WildSmiles brackets come in different shapes, including stars, hearts, soccer balls, footballs, flowers and Super Diamonds. Your child can choose the shape and the color of the brackets they get. These brackets are just as safe and effective as traditional brackets.

Do you need to have any teeth removed in order to get orthodontic cases?

Teeth do not always need to be removed in order to get cases. It depends on the patients jaw, teeth, severity of crowding and their specific orthodontic needs. It is reasonable and understandable to get a second opinion from another orthodontist when tooth extraction is recommended. It is always best to keep teeth and just expand and develop dental arches to make room for the teeth, whenever it is possible.

Are there alternatives to having teeth removed? What are they?

Again, this depends on the specific scenario. In cases of severe crowding, you may have to have teeth removed, depending on the size and shape of the underlying bone. Sometimes, if the underlying bone is sufficient, mild to moderate crowding can be fixed with orthodontic cases alone by increasing the size of the arch. If the jaw is not big enough, expanders may be a possibility. In some cases, Dentofacial Orthopedics can be used prior to getting orthodontic cases. Dentofacial Orthopedics are basically fancy retainers that are used to expand bone structure. If a patient has protrusive teeth or a “full profile”, attempting expansion could simply make the situation worse. In these cases, tooth extraction is necessary.

If the patient has a moderate or severe overbite, there may be two options. The first is to move the jaw forward. Although, tooth removal is typically preferable to moving the lower jaw, as this requires surgery. The second option is to move the top teeth back. In mild or moderate cases, this can be done with rubber bands or springs. In a more severe case, removing two upper bicuspids may be necessary in order to create enough space.
At Manhattan Beach, we make sure to inform you of all of your options, as well as our opinion of which would be best for you. We will never remove teeth unless there is no other option and it is necessary.

Call Manhattan Beach Braces today at 310-379-0006, or schedule an appointment for children, teenagers or adults.

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“If you’ve put a smile on someone’s face today, you’ve done more good than you know. – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Many people fuss over their smile.  In fact, the number of adults over the age of 21 seeking Manhattan Beach braces has been on a constant rise in the past decade. According to statistics, more adults than ever before are seeking out braces to straighten their teeth. When it comes to adults and straightening the teeth, it’s important to discuss the outcomes with an orthodontist before undergoing treatment. All Manhattan Beach braces designs take on the same basic principle: they harness the teeth together with wires that are adjusted periodically to exert the right tension for the tissue to anchor them.

How it works

The side to side and back to back rotary pressure enables the tooth to move within the bones that surround it. This allows the tooth socket to reposition. Irrespective of your age, corrective progress can cause your teeth to be sore due to the shifting forces of straightening. Older people might feel more discomfort since adult teeth don’t shift as easily as those of children. Additionally, adults with gum disease or cavities may end up complicating the treatment process. However, adults tend to be willing, and highly motivated, to pursue treatment and ensure a successful outcome. Such treatments can take up to three years with most insurance companies willing to cover part of the cost.

The Solution

Proven orthodontic treatment methods can significantly improve your self-esteem, appearance and health. If you need assistance on how best to follow up on treatment, then you should get in touch with Beach Braces Orthodontics today. You can schedule your appointment today!

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Life is BETTER when you’re SMILING! ― Karen McNair Gibbs

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When you’re enjoying life, you should be able to show your smile with pride. Smiling makes a person instantly more attractive and approachable, so when you smile, others around you can’t help but to feel like they want to talk to you. A smile says to the world that you’re enjoying life and this makes people want to know more about you! Seeing an orthodontist for a consultation for braces may feel overwhelming at first, but rest assured that by visiting an orthodontist, you’re taking a huge step in the right direction. Straight teeth are easier to clean, and it’s a big plus that they enhance your appearance, allowing your inner beauty to shine through your smile.

The Process

The process of orthodontics may not sound like much fun, but the process is worth it and our office makes the treatment process enjoyable with our caring staff that caters specifically to each client. Manhattan Beach braces will help you to feel 100% confident when smiling and talking. If you feel ashamed or embarrassed of your teeth, it’s time to do something about it. While getting orthodontics for children is very common from elementary school to high school, adult orthodontics are also common. It’s never too late to make your smile more beautiful so that you can feel amazing when you smile. Life truly is better when you’re smiling!

Beach Braces

At our orthodontic practice in Manhattan Beach, CA, we serve each patient with a smile and once their treatment is complete, they live our office smiling bigger than ever before. A beautiful smile is something that goes a long way in confidence and even future career opportunities. Beach Braces Orthodontics wants to set each client on the way to feeling amazing when they smile.  Make an appointment today!

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Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-ray?


While braces can seem like a ho-hum boring piece of the realm of teenagers, an orthodontist must make sure that they will be helpful to the customer. This is where x-rays come in handy.

Orthodontic X-Rays

X-rays can be a frustrating thing to take when your child is small. If they won’t sit still for the dentist, why would they for the orthodontist when they take x-rays? However, the orthodontic x-rays serve a different purpose than they would via a dentist’s office.  The main type of X-ray used is called a bitewing. This type gives the taker a detailed picture of a small section of teeth.

Lighter areas on the X-ray indicate:

– enamel
– fillings.

Darker areas indicate:

– root canals
– decay
– bones.

The orthodontists are trained to read the light and dark areas in order to determine if there are issues in a particular area of the mouth. Normal tissues look different than abnormal tissues on the X-rays, and knowing the difference could help figure out what to be done next.

Some reasons an X-ray would be taken include:

– a first time at the office,
– to see the bones if pain is reported,
– to see how recovery is going after a surgery.

There are many other reasons an X-ray would be taken.

Among the reasons orthodontists take x-rays to begin with is to be able to identify abnormalities. Whether these are tumors or pathogens that could end up doing serious harm, many show up on x-rays. Often times, these issues are first identified on the x-rays – whether they are done in Manhattan Beach or in Paris. After they have been identified, the patient is referred for a treatment based on what is wrong.

Another reason that x-rays will be taken when have an orthodontic visit is to check on the progress of the treatment. Braces do move the teeth and straighten them out – and for some people, this causes their roots to shorten. This is incredibly rare since only 2% of patients experience this. However, the X-rays can help decide if there is a problem with having too many teeth in the mouth. Sometimes the treatment will begin and teeth will begin to align, but then an overcrowding problem arises. If this happens, a decision is reached about what to do – whether that is the tooth is pulled or if the teeth need to be shifted in a different direction.

If the overcrowding issue is the problem, an X-ray is usually taken before treatment so that a proper treatment can be done. One or two will be taken along the way if braces was the decision – but most patients only have an X-ray taken before and after the treatment.

A fourth reason an X-ray would be taken is to determine if the jaw bone has any issues that need to be fixed. Whether this means that the jaw is too big, too small, or off center, it can be a problem. When the issue has been determined, tooth position is looked at. If there was no jaw issue, the teeth are still looked at. Missing teeth, extra teeth, or even misplaced teeth are of particular interest to orthodontists. All the information in the X-ray is used to determine if a surgery or tooth extraction is needed to correct the problem.

While children may not sit still for long, getting them to sit still for an X-ray is incredibly useful. These X-rays are used to determine growth patterns in children. They are also used to look at any adult teeth that have yet to push through. Predictions of what kind of growth can be made via these X-rays as well.

In adults, panoramic X-rays (or X-rays that show the entire mouth like a book) are used to identify if a particular treatment will work. Results can be quantified and can be predicted to a certain degree. Changes with treatments can also be seen via the panoramic X-rays.

Lateral cephalograms (or side view X-rays) are used for the same reasons. Like the bitewing, these offer a look at a small section of teeth. Unlike the bitewing, however, the lateral cephalograms show little detail on any one tooth – and show the side of the skull and spinal cord. Computer tracing can be used to help determine how the teeth look with the lips and nose – drawn in of course. Teeth can be traced and a triangle drawn to figure out if there are reasons to use a specific treatment.

While getting an X-ray at the doctor’s entails heavy coats and a large room, the same technology used by orthodontists has regulations set by the state. There is no need to worry about unnecessary exposure. The operators are hand-picked to be sanctioned by the state. The room that the equipment is in has also been sanctioned before it was ever introduced to the X-ray machine.

On another note, the machines expose a person to less radiation than they’re exposed to in an airplane. The “as little as reasonably achievable” – or ALARA – rule of thumb helps to keep this practice safe. The idea is to keep the patient exposed to as little radiation as possible. Most people have between three and five X-rays in three to four years, which means it is safe to expect one a year – two if needed for treatment.

Moreover, since the X-rays are stored digitally now, they can be transferred to any office via email. There’s virtually no need for a patient to receive another X-ray if there is little time between the time of the X-ray and the change in offices.

All in all, the X-rays taken by any orthodontist will be used to safely determine what kind of treatment is needed. Should a patient refuse to take an X-ray, a treatment may not be able to be started until more is known about the state of their teeth, gums, jaw, bones, etc. It’s very possible this can only be done through X-rays – depending on what is in need of assessment at that time.

Visiting the orthodontist at any age can help turn your smile into the joy of laughter. Call Manhattan Beach Braces today to set up your first appointment.

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Beach Braces – Small Space, Big Impact


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Contact Beach Braces to Learn More about Orthodontic Treatment

Dr. Patricia J. Panucci offers a complimentary examination to patients at her Beach Braces facility that is located in California. She provides services to children, teenagers and adults who reside in:

• Hermosa Beach
• Manhattan Beach
• Redondo Beach
• Hawthorne
• El Segundo

Call her office today at 310-379-0006 to schedule an appointment to determine the best type of braces required for you to smile in the mirror each morning.

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