Clean Retainers, Healthy Gums

The Best Way to Clean Your Retainer

Cleaning your retainer is extremely important no matter how often you need to wear it. After hours of wearing your retainer it really won’t take long for bacteria and plaque to start to build up on the appliance. Because we spend so much time cleaning our teeth and mouth to reduce the buildup of plaque and bacteria it doesn’t make sense for us to use a device that is covered with these materials which can compromise our oral health. This bacteria can also make the retainer look very dirty and sometimes amid a bit of an odor which can give us bad breath and also make us really apprehensive on using the appliance regularly. There are a number of great ways that you can clean your retainer and we will discuss them in this article.

Orthodontic Retainers

Cleaning Retainers

1. Retainer cleaning solution: From your orthodontist you can receive a special solution which is designed to clean retainers. It works similar to mouthwash and all you need to do is soak your retainer in this antibacterial mixture when you aren’t using it. This mixture has been created so that it won’t damage any of the components of the retainer and will also work to clean and sanitize all of the bacteria and plaque that might be on the device. It’s usually best to give your retainer a quick brush over with your toothbrush as well to remove any caked on plaque that you might find on the device before submerging it in the retainer cleaning solution.

2. Baking soda solution: Toothpastes have baking soda right in them because it can work well as a cleaning solution. By mixing baking soda with water you can create a paste that is very much the same consistency as toothpaste. With this baking soda solution you can brush over your entire retainer with your toothbrush. After brushing your entire orthodontic appliance make sure to give it a good rinse. Baking soda solutions work great for keeping your retainer fresh and free of bacteria.

3. Denture cleaner: Denture cleaner actually works fairly well at cleaning retainers as well. You can purchase denture cleaner from a pharmacy or many grocery stores as well. Your retainer will need to soak in the cleaner for around 15 to 20 min. to eliminate all of the bacteria. After your retainer has soaked rants your retainer and brush it thoroughly with your toothbrush. This will remove any excess plaque or caked on debris. If you can soak your retainer in mouthwash for around 20 min. this will also eliminate extra bacteria and give it a clean and fresh scent. Be sure to avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes as these can degrade some plastics in the orthodontic appliance.

Feel free to visit or call Beach Braces if you require more tips on cleaning your retainer or you would like to purchase some special cleaner for properly sterilizing orthodontic appliances. As always if you ever had any issues with your retainer or require adjustments Beach Braces is available for appointments and replacement appliance visits.

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

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

Clean Retainers, Healthy Gums

Invisible Braces

What are the Benefits of Lingual Braces?

upper lingual BracesPeople seeking dental treatment today are markedly different from patients a few decades ago, when saving one’s teeth from tooth decay or preventing tooth loss was of more importance. Children were often the recipients of braces in a desperate bid to straighten their teeth What has become far more important these days is how adults are able to improve their appearance through the use of modern orthodontic techniques. Clear braces, such as lingual braces, have attracted people’s attention more and more as a solution.

Lingual braces are often referred to as invisible braces and attract those people who want to improve their facial appearance and their smile but don’t want others to know they are doing this. As they are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth, they can barely be seen even up-close. Besides their invisible characteristics, lingual braces do offer other benefits. They are able to do quite complicated movements such as correcting rotations, altering the teeth’s height, and closing spaces caused by extractions.

Lingual braces do have their challenges. It takes a few days or even up to a fortnight to get used to them being so close to the tongue. The wires and brackets may feel slightly rough to begin with and could have a slight effect on your speech, but the recipient soon becomes adjusted to the inconveniences of lingual braces and looks forward to the eventual outcome of wearing them for so long.

If your current job restricts your ability to wear braces or you simply want to cover up the fact that you are having braces treatment then you will benefit greatly from lingual braces. 3D imaging  and diagnosis software, along with robotically made wires, are the fundamental keys to lingual orthodontics today.

If your teeth are crooked or even just a little bit out of place, then lingual braces are a great way to correct those noticeable deficiencies and enable the recipients to smile and open their mouth with confidence, particularly after the treatment process has been completed. Contact beach braces today for the appointment and taking a first step towards a perfect 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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From a Dentist to an Orthodontist

Who is an orthodontist?

An easy answer for this question is that orthodontists are specialists who work at aligning jaws and moving teeth into accurate position so that patients can achieve their ideal smile. The process of explaining orthodontic qualifications as well as telling the difference between orthodontists and the various other dental specializations is however a little bit more complicated of an answer.

Orthodontic professionals are fairly rare commodity. All orthodontists begin their career as dentists first and foremost, only 6/100 dental school graduates however will go on and pursue a career in orthodontics. This specialization can take years of extra education and the programs only accept the best and brightest applicants. It can usually takes 10 or more years of post-secondary education to eventually become a full-fledged orthodontist.

The Journey to Become an orthodontist

Stage 1:

The first step in the journey to become an orthodontist is to get a college diploma in an applicable study to dentistry. This diploma could be in the medical or science field and it’s important that students should keep their marks high so that they can eventually qualify for the dental school.

Stage 2:

The next stage is to complete dental school and graduate with high marks so that the future orthodontist can then qualify for orthodontic school.

Stage 3:

After the student has qualified for an orthodontic program with an accredited orthodontic residency he or she needs to complete at least two extra years after dental school which involves hands-on practice through the orthodontic residency program. During this time orthodontic students will learn all that he or she needs to know about guiding facial development as well as managing the movement of teeth to produce better smiles.

Only after all of this education, someone becomes a practicing orthodontist. Generally, when students complete one of these programs they will limit their work to orthodontic work only to the various treatments for orthodontic problems.


An orthodontist is specially equipped to create beautiful smiles as well as diagnose and prevent a number of problems that can occur. Some orthodontists will specialize in treatments for conditions like sleep apnea. Orthodontists dedicate their entire professional careers to helping people create their dream smiles as well as allowing patients to chew and speak without any discomfort.

Orthodontists also need to continuously educate themselves as new appliances keep on coming. Using tools like braces, aligners, retainers and advanced imaging tools, orthodontist can improve their practice and deliver better results to their patients. This is why continuous education is very important for them. By joining in to associations like the American Association of orthodontists, or by demonstrating a high quality of service and becoming a preferred provider of certain orthodontic appliances, an orthodontist can get access to a new technology as it is released as well as work as an advisor for the development of the orthodontic appliances.

If you are interested in seeing a qualified orthodontist in Manhattan Beach area please call Beach Braces today for a free consultation appointment.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.
From a Dentist to an Orthodontist

Difference Between Orthodontists & Other Dental Specialists

Learn Before Taking First Step Towards a Perfect Smile


Working as an orthodontist is all about expanding your treatment options and constantly educating yourself to offer more to your patients. New forms of technology such as Invisalign and Suresmile are making orthodontic treatment faster and easier than ever before. With this ease of treatment there are a number of concerns about orthodontists potentially asking family dentists to start using these treatment options in their own practice without a qualified orthodontist to track treatment every step of the way. While there are some orthodontic treatment options that are now available from dentists you will have many more options available from a fully qualified orthodontist and with these options you can experience better treatment results.

Some questions you can ask to make sure whether an orthodontic specialist is well qualified or not:

  • Are you a qualified orthodontic specialist?
  • Did you attend a formal accredited orthodontic program with a residency that was also accredited?
  • Which state is your specialty license with and when did you achieve your specialty license with a state dental board?
  • Where did you graduate in terms of class ranks in dental school?

Knowing the difference between a dental specialist and an orthodontist:

A little-known fact is that roughly 50% of primary care dentists graduated in the bottom 50% of their dental school classes. This is why receiving expert care for orthodontics is so important. Primary care dentists may have received a residency but there is no guarantee that this residency was full-time for accredited. A simple residency is not enough someone to qualify as an credible orthodontist, it must be strewn accredited program and they must receive a recognized diploma in orthodontics after their residency has been completed. Residencies of this type are generally full-time and require extra education after dental school. Just 6/100 dentists are generally chosen to go on to orthodontic school so they are a very few selected champs. With this extra education however they are better suited to deliver treatment options that can give you better results.

In addition to orthodontists you may have heard of a variety of other dental specialists including:

  • Oral Surgeons
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Periodontists
  • Endodontists
  • Prosthodontists

Each one of these experts has his or her own distinct qualification which can be related to orthodontistry or be required at some point during treatment. However, none of these dental specialists are fully qualified to assess, perform and oversee orthodontic treatment.

If you would like to get into contact with an orthodontic professional for a free consultation today then Dr. Panucci should be your first choice. Contact Beach Braces for consultation today.

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

 Difference Between Orthodontists & Other Dental Specialists 

Where in The World is Dr. P?

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Dr. Panucci loves her job as an Orthodontist, but she also loves to travel!!!

Now it’s your chance to take “Dr. P” traveling with you!!


Take a photo with “Dr.P” wherever you go & post it on any of Beach Braces social networks or email us the photo:

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3 random drawings this year for an iPAD mini!!!

(April 30th, Aug 30th & December 19th)

Participating Prize: 20 BB rewards points per patient

(1 entry per trimester)

Contest Ends on December 19th, 2013

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Where is Dr. P Promotion Terms & Conditions

This is the chance for patients of all ages to use their creativity! If you are going on vacation, a baseball game, a hockey game, an art show, field trip or simply working on a school project, take “Dr. P” with you and capture that special moment!! Patients under 18, please make sure you have your parent’s permission before entering this contest.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Contest begins: February 1st , 2013
  • Contest ends: December 19th , 2013
  • Contest will be split up into 3 trimesters (Feb. 1st-April 30th & May 1st –Aug. 31st & Sept.1st –Dec. 19th). One winner will be randomly selected at the end of each trimester, so be original, & creative!!
  • A patient can only submit 1 photo per trimester
  • Winning prize is an IPAD mini
  • Participating prize is 20 points

Photo Requirements:

  • The patient & “Dr.P” must both be included in the photo
  • Make sure you include your location and Patient’s name
  • Add a brief summary of what you are doing.

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As we receive photo entries through different social networks, we will be posting them on facebook for everyone can see! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!

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Your Orthodontic Experience

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Dunk the Doc – GoPro – Manhattan Beach Ca

Dunk the Doc

Dr. Panucci and the Beach Braces Team recently held their annual Patient Appreciation Party, which included the In-N-Out Burger Cookout Trailer, the Red Bull MXT, a Snow Cone machine, groovy tunes and a dunk tank, where patients had the opportunity to Dunk the Doc.

Watch the video to see the above and below water action as Dr. Panucci gets dunked. The aquatic action was caught on multiple GoPro sports cameras!

Smile for a Lifetime - Dunk the Doc FunraiserAll participants paid $5 for a chance to dunk Dr. Panucci, with proceeds going directly to Smile for a Lifetime, a non-profit, charitable organization that provides quality orthodontic treatment for patients who may not have the opportunity to achieve a beautiful, straight smile without financial assistance.  For more information, go to the Smile For a Lifetime Foundation website:

To contact Dr. Panucci please click here.

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Dunk the Doc

Post Your New Smile on Facebook

Post Your New Smile on Facebook

Have you ever noticed how people have their own trademark smiles? If you haven’t noticed it before, just take a look at the profile pictures that you have on your Facebook. If you are like most people, you will see that most of your pictures, no matter what the pose or occasion, will have that same smile that you use.

New Smiles on FacebookFor some people, this trademark smile is a big wide grin that shows off their perfect teeth. But for others who have something that they prefer to hide, like crooked or stained teeth or some other dental imperfection, their pictures will usually show restrained smiles or closed-mouth smiles.

If you are one of these people who are too embarrassed about their dental imperfections to show off their full smile, you might find some consolation in the fact that you are not alone. As a matter of fact, it is only a rare breed of people who have naturally perfect teeth and gorgeous smiles. Most people, especially those celebrities that you see perennially flashing their pearly whites on the red carpet and on TV, actually have to work a lot on their teeth in order to achieve that camera-perfect smile.

Justin Bieber Wears Braces!

Here's a short video with Justin Bieber showing his Invisalign

Thanks to several technological advancements that have been made in the field of orthodontics in the last couple of decades, it is now possible for everyone to have a perfect smile regardless of how awful they think their teeth may look in the beginning. These days, teeth that are chipped, crooked, discolored or whatnot can easily be fixed.

Smile with Confidence

Depending on the level of damage or imperfections in your teeth, the corrections or treatments may cost anywhere from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars. The best way to find out which procedure would give you that perfect smile is to consult with your dentist. They can refer you to an orthodontist who specializes in whatever it is that you need. For mild treatments, you would only need to undergo a few months treatment, after which you can already have the smile that you had always wanted. So it’s possible in just a couple of hours to post your new smile on Facebook and just wait for the positive comments to start pouring in.

New Smiles on FacebookOf course, there are also some more intensive treatments that require several sessions in order to complete. There are also long-term treatments like wearing braces that can take up to a couple of years before you can see the results. In any case, there are no dental imperfections these days that cannot be corrected or improved.

Healthy Teeth and Healthy Smiles

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money just to have a beautiful smile, you can also do a lot of other ordinary things like brushing your teeth three times a day, flossing regularly, or using a whitening strip. If you are a smoker, you can also consider quitting because smoking causes your teeth to become yellow and weakens your gums at the same time.

No matter how you choose to do it, people will be sure to notice your whiter teeth and brighter, more beautiful smile.

Contact Beach Braces for your complimentary consultation today!

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006 • Fax: (310) 379-7051
Post Your New Smile on Facebook


Save Face – It’s National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month, and Dr. Panucci and the Beach Braces Team wants to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports.

National Facial ProtectionA child’s mouth and face can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while playing sports.  In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, more than half of the 7 million sports- and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth as young as 5 years old… Ouch!

Last year, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation forecasted that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events – yet, in a survey commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists, 67% of parents admit that their child does not wear a mouth guard during organized sports. This raises a question: If mouth guards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive solution to help dramatically decrease the risk of oral and injuries, why aren’t more kids wearing this kind of facial protection?

Parents are encouraged to talk with us about the right mouth guards for their young athletes, and to urge coaches to require that young athletes wear their mouth guards at every practice and every game.
Damage to braces can lengthen treatment times, it also can affect results, so contact Beach Braces for advice if damage occurs.

Dr. Panucci’s Top Tips for Facial Protection

Dr. Panucci say “to prevent facial injuries remember these four important tips”.

  1. Always Wear mouth guards for contact sports to help prevent injuries to the teeth and mouth.
  2. Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact.
  3. Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable.
  4. Be alert even as a spectator. Alert spectators can avoid foul baseballs and flying hockey pucks. Watch your step when climbing bleachers.

Dr. Panucci help kids and adults obtain healthy, beautiful smiles and the last thing she wants to see is a patient get injured because they weren’t wearing adequate facial protection. So get your mouth guard and go hit a home run!

National Facial Protection

Dr. Patricia J Panucci is an orthodontic specialist offering Invisalign & Invisalign Teen, Lingual Braces and more in Manhattan Beach, CA and in the South Bay area of Southern California including Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Hawthorne and El Segundo.

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

National Facial Protection Month


Hello Manhattan Beach!

Welcome to the new look website and of Beach Braces

Jude R gives Beach Braces a big thumbs up!This is our first post and will be the start of our new Beach Braces blog. Here you’ll find all the latest news and views from Dr. Panucci and the Beach Braces team including our latest patient photographs, videos, competitions and newsletters.

Our old blog will now be archived but you can still view historic posts by clicking here.

Take a look round our new Beach Braces site, we have lots of surprises in store for you including:

  • A New Beach Braces Rewards Hub – this replaces our old Sand Dollars Rewards
  • A New Games Page – let us know which ones you like to play
  • Our Video Gallery – all our Youtube videos in one place to you can easily watch and learn all about your orthodontic experience at Beach Braces
  • Our Before & After Photo Gallery – real Beach Braces patients before and after their orthodontic treatment
  • Our Fun Photos – fun stuff from our office

And so much more. Please let us know what you like the most.

Beach Braces Go Social!

Our new Beach Braces website is now also ‘social friendly’ so you can now share the things you love easily with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. We also recommend ‘checking in’ with Facebook Places or Foursquare directly from your cell phone every time you visit our office. Who knows, you could soon be the Mayor of Beach Braces!

We really appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment… because everyone should love to smile!

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

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

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