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Have you made someone smile today? – Debasish Mridha

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Have you ever noticed that a nice smile is infectious? When someone smiles at you, you can’t help but smile back. And you can use this technique to your advantage in many ways in your life. An orthodontist can make your smile shine the way it was meant to once the teeth are straighter.

Feel the Love

Maybe you were too afraid to get braces when you were younger. They are a small price to pay for the glowing smile you’ll have when you’re done wearing them. Few procedures guarantee such amazing results as the installation of braces in your mouth. Your entire life will feel warmer and friendlier when people see your improved smile. And you’ll never be shy again about opening your mouth to reveal that amazing set of teeth you now have.

Have you ever wanted to feel like a more loving person? People who smile more give off the impression that they love life and the people on it. A nice smile can say a lot more than any words can say at times. You can tell your partner or your children you love them with a quick flash of that smile you’re now so proud to have. And everyone in your life will feel more welcome and loved in your presence. What can be more rewarding than that?

A better smile will definitely increase your credibility. People are more likely to respect your words and actions because of your smile. Should life work that way? That’s a great debate topic. But the fact is, people with better smiles command more respect in all aspects of life. And you can make that dream come true in your life.

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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Why is a Dentist Not an Orthodontist?

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How do the two differ? An orthodontist is a dentistry specialist who has additional education and training. Both specialists are important to your health whether you need only minor preventative checkups or some type of major work.  Taking care of your teeth makes you look better with a cleaner and brighter smile, and allows you to keep as many of your natural teeth as long as possible as you avoid tooth decay and gum diseases.

Education

Both specialists must get a bachelor’s degree, be accepted into dental school, and complete a four-year doctoral program.  Upon graduation, a general dentist may begin to practice dentistry as a D.D.S. (doctor of dental surgery) or D.M.D. (doctor of dental medicine).  To further the specialty, the dentist must serve a two or three year residency in orthodontics at a university-affiliated American Dental Association approved program and be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic board recognized by the American Dental Association, and will typically use D.D.S. or D.M.D. as well as M.S. for Master of Science.

Orthodontists Are Specialists

An orthodontist is the oral health care provider who specializes in diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusions, or “bad bites,” of the teeth and surrounding structures. Malocclusions can result from crowded, missing, or extra teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. This specialist is responsible for straightening teeth by moving them through bone by the use of bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances or retainers. This specialist treats children as well as adults who may wish to improve their appearance and bite.

Which Specialist Do You Need?

Dentist

This is the primary care dental provider who diagnoses and treats over-all oral health care such as regular check-ups, cleaning, teeth whitening, filling cavities, removing or repairing problem teeth, doing gum care, performing root canals, providing crowns as well as bridges and veneers, taking X-rays, and making models for dentures.

Orthodontist

He or she specializes in the alignment of teeth and jaws after diagnosis and then using non-surgical procedures to treat an overbite, underbite, overcrowded teeth, or gaps with braces, wires, retainers and other corrective appliances to straighten teeth and retrain mouth muscles.  In diagnosis and treatment planning, the orthodontist must (1) recognize the various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity; (2) define the nature of the problem, including the etiology if possible; (3) design a treatment strategy based on the specific needs and desires of the individual; and (4) present the treatment strategy to the patient in such a way that the patient fully understands the ramifications of his/her decision.

Different Types of Braces

Metal braces/Traditional braces

These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.

Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

Let Us Help

You are welcome to discuss your specific needs with our Beach Braces Orthodontics in Manhattan Beach, California, and get more details by contacting our office to set up an appointment.

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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Taking Braces Off for a Decade – Dr. Panucci and Beach Braces

Patient lends talent in video heralding Beach Braces’ 10th year in business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 July 2015

On August 10, Dr. Patricia J. Panucci will mark the 10th anniversary of the day she realized her childhood dream and officially opened her Manhattan Beach-based practice, Beach Braces. At that time, city leaders, the Beach Braces staff and several members of the local dental community celebrated the fledgling business with a ribbon cutting ceremony and best wishes for a successful future.

Since that day Dr. Panucci has provided new smiles to nearly 4,000 patients, including 12-year-old Leah H., who recently lent her vocal talents to an animated video Dr. Panucci created as a fun way to celebrate the practice’s first decade in business.

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The video, aptly titled “Braces Off,” is the result of a collaboration that initially consisted of Dr. Panucci and her husband, who started by re-writing the lyrics of the number one hit single by pop sensation Taylor Swift titled “Shake It Off.” Once the lyrics were completed, Dr. Panucci called upon the Seattle-based creative agency J. Media Inc. to create the animation and incorporate the new lyrics into the production. Leah, who still had her braces on at the time of her recording session at Dr. Panucci’s makeshift studio in the Beach Braces consultation room, is now all smiles after having her own braces off about a month later. Leah is not the only star of the production, however; watch and listen closely and you’ll see how Dr. Panucci also gets in on the act, debuting her original rap regarding Gummy Bears.


On a serious note, Dr. Panucci extends her thanks to the families she’s served over the last decade, as well as the entire South Bay community for their continued support of her practice. Dr. Panucci always says everyone should love to smile, and she and her team are looking forward to many more years of helping patients put their best smile forward.

In addition to expressing gratitude to her patients and her community, Dr. Panucci wishes to offer a special thanks to Taylor Swift for inspiring the creation of the video – she and her patients are big fans!

Dr. Panucci is renowned as one of Southern California’s premier orthodontic specialists. The top priority at Beach Braces is to offer families the best quality care with cutting-edge technology and the most advanced techniques available so that patients of all ages can smile with confidence. By providing patients with great personal care and employing state-of-of-the-art procedures as they have for the past decade, the team at Beach Braces will continue to offer the the highest quality service for years to come.

The Beach Braces team can be contacted at:

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

Tel: 310-379-0006

Web: http://BeachBraces.org

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A beautiful smile without any reason is the smile of the existence! – Mehmet Murat ildan

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People smile for manifold reasons. They smile when they see a new baby for the first time or when a cute dog walks by their house. They smile when the ice cream truck comes for the first time in the summer or when they exchange wedding vows. However, people don’t always need a reason to smile, and you can your kids this important lesson by taking them to an orthodontist to ensure their beautiful smile.

Checking Out Their Braces

Once your children have braces, they may like to check them out in the mirror. While age often makes people jaded toward braces, kids may feel grown-up or sophisticated when they wear them. Also, if they have traditional braces, they usually get to have the colors changed every month-and-a-half or so, so they can revel in the colors of the seasons or in their favorite shades. They will learn how to smile about the simple things in life instead of always needing a big prize to make their teeth stand out.

Exuding More Confidence

A stunning smile is the end goal of braces. Once your kids are finished with their braces, they will have straight teeth. Even if they were happy with their appearance in the past, they will likely notice the positive change in the future. Then, they can smile with a stronger sense of confidence than they ever did before, which can affect them both internally and externally. When they are happier with how they look on the outside, they will likely also feel that inside. They will also begin to see how their sense of confidence comes from the inside, and they may even begin to inspire other young people to feel better about their own braces.

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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Smile is the vainest thing you can wear without costing you anything

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Smile is the Vainest Thing You Can Wear Without Costing You Anything

A smile is one of the most simple ways to change a person’s outlook and appearance for the better, putting on a smile can even release chemicals in your brain that can make the smiling person happier. Smiling allows you to exude confidence, happiness and a general sense of well-being that is contagious to the world around you. It is important for anybody to secure a brilliant smile, as it can benefits all walks of life. It has been proven time and time again that when you smile, the world smiles back. People with bright smiles are typically:

  • More Confident
  • Happier
  • Less stress out
  • Less likely to require dental health interventions later in life

How Orthodontists Can Help

The work that goes on to create a foundation for a great smile goes farther than brushing your teeth every day. A more in depth regimen of day to day care can result in the dental perfection that you need. A skilled and experienced orthodontist is imperative when it comes to improving the appearance of your mouth. These experts can help by providing you with many life-changing procedures, helping correct issues such as crooked teeth, discolored teeth and general jaw malformations.

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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Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign?

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Many people are finding Invisalign to be a wonderful way for them to straighten their teeth without wearing traditional braces. If you’re using Invisalign currently or are considering having this appliance for yourself, you may be wondering if you can still maintain a healthy diet when using this method of orthodontics. It is not only possible to maintain a healthy diet when you have braces, but it is also encouraged by almost any orthodontist out there. When you’re eating healthy, you’re able to live in a healthier manner and this can easily help your treatment whether it is for other medical things or orthodontics.

What to Know About a Healthy Diet with Orthodontics

Your orthodontist can sit down and talk to you about a healthy diet and eating schedule if you are curious about these things. When you are first fitted for Invisalign, they will most likely sit with you and talk to you about the foods that you can and cannot eat when you’re wearing the appliance. This doesn’t mean that the appliance can’t be taken out while you’re eating, but these are things that you’re going to want to talk to your orthodontic specialist about before doing anything on your own.

Have a smoothie. Smoothies are great option for a delicious meal in a glass, offering a convenient, balanced option. Throw whatever you like in a blender, add protein to make it more filling and even try a handful of spinach— if the smoothie is made right, you won’t even taste it!.

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Think soft. The first day or so of having your new braces on will mean you may not feel like chewing a whole lot. But that’s fine–try something soft but delicious like tender turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Soups, chili, pudding, oatmeal and yogurt are all good choices during your first few days with braces.

Easy to chew. A steak dinner is not the best thing to have at your “congratulations on getting your braces” dinner. But meat shouldn’t be off the table completely–how about some shaved turkey cold cuts? Or tasty baked haddock? Scrambled eggs, omelettes or quiche? Maybe you know someone who makes a mean meatloaf—there are lots of protein choices that won’t make you chew too hard.

Try new things. Having to change up what you eat for a few days is the perfect excuse to try some new foods–how about a soft cheese you haven’t had before, like Munster or Brie? Or a grain, like couscous or quinoa? How about a new smoothie recipe for breakfast? Baked apples for a snack or dessert? You may end up discovering a new staple for your everyday diet.

Stay healthy. Don’t fall into the ice cream trap. Sure, it’s good for a treat, but it won’t give you the nourishment you need to look and feel your best. Eating soft food doesn’t mean eating unhealthy.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky and hard candy
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky or hard chocolate

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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You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it’s just teeth. – Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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Are your teeth crooked or do you have an under bite or overbite? There’s nothing more beautiful than your smile and because your smile is so special let us help you make it what you want it to be. This summer, come see us at Beach Braces Orthodontics for a consultation. We would like to give you your best SMILE when you hit Manhattan Beach. Our orthodontist will transform your smile from just teeth to a beautiful and healthy smile you will want to show off everywhere!

What are the options?

Orthodontia is not what it used to be. Today there are many different types of braces and options for straightening your teeth such as:

Benefits of Straight Teeth

Not only does a straight and beautiful smile make you feel happier and more confident it also has health benefits. One health benefit of straight teeth is healthier gums. Straight teeth fit more snug around the gums and help fight periodontal problems. Straight teeth are also easier to clean. Floss will clean plaque build up off straight teeth better than crowded teeth. A third benefit is a decreased risk in tooth injury. In an accident, crooked teeth break easier. Face and neck pain as well as headaches can be caused by crooked teeth also. Straight teeth will also improve self-esteem. Studies show that a great smile leads to more smiling which lowers stress levels. The last benefit of straight teeth is less tooth decay. If untreated, the bacteria from the tooth decay can cause mouth sores, bleeding gums and possible tooth loss. These type of oral infections can lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia.

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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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.

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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Can I consider further treatment if I’m not satisfied with my smile after braces is off?

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You remember the days when you wore braces. At first, you may have felt as though you were the only kid in school with braces on, but slowly, all of your friends started to make regular visits to the orthodontist as well. Yet a major difference exists between them and you. They are happy with their results, and you are still staring in the mirror wondering what is wrong with your teeth.

Opting for Treatment Again

Some people will you that you cannot receive treatment if you’ve worn braces in the past, but that is completely inaccurate. Just because you had braces when you were younger does not preclude you from obtaining them as an adult. Of course, the ability to obtain braces does require a visit with the orthodontist. This professional can let you know whether braces are the right solution for you now or if you need to follow another course of treatment. The corrective process for your teeth depends upon what the current issue is. However, the short answer is yes, people can get braces or further treatment even if they have worn them in the past.

Encouraging Retainer and Headgear Usage

Perhaps you only recently had your braces removed, or maybe your children were wearing them. You just had them taken off, or your kids had them removed. In any case, you aren’t happy with what you see. However, as the professional will likely tell you, wearing the retainer or headgear is part of the process. Remember, the teeth have spent a decent amount of time covered by braces. Therefore, they need to adjust to their new state, and a retainer or headgear piece can help them to do that. Wearing these devices is part of the further treatment in which you are interested.

Understanding the Reason for Misaligned Teeth

You may feel angry toward your previous dental professionals. You may have put a great deal of time and money into your braces, and now, you just need to have them done all over again. While poor work could have caused your new dental problems, that is not the only reason. For example, your wisdom teeth may have grown in long after your braces were removed, thereby causing your teeth to shift again. You may have endured an oral disease, or maybe you were involved in an accident that did damage to your teeth. Different causes can act as the catalyst here. Also, when you reflect on the past, you may remember that you didn’t exactly follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions the first time that you had braces. That mistake could lead to your teeth shifting.

Knowing that Newer Options Exist

Also, you may feel as though the braces didn’t work the first time, so you don’t understand why you need to have them done yet again. However, keep in mind that many changes have come into fruition in recent years. You don’t have to get the exact same braces that you had in the past. Back when you were a kid, you probably went to the orthodontist’s office every few weeks to have new colors put on the braces. While you loved that practice back then, that doesn’t quite seem like your style anymore. You may be eligible for Invisalign, and no one will ever know that you have braces. Another option is to have the braces put on the back of your teeth. If you feel self-conscious about wearing the same type of braces that you did as a kid, you can feel confident in knowing that other option are available. You must speak with the dental professional to find out if you qualify for them.

Recognizing Other Treatment Options Exist

You may also worry about what you will do if braces aren’t an option for you. Dental technology has advanced so much that the professionals can find a plan that makes sense for your needs.However, the exact course of treatment will depend upon your issue. For example, let’s say that you had perfectly straight teeth until your wisdom teeth came in. Once they grew in, they begin to cause misalignment of the teeth in the back of your mouth. The dental professional may decide that removing the wisdom teeth will help the teeth to move back into their normal spots. Instead of spending years with braces on your teeth again, you can have a simple removal process done. Also, the dental professional may discover that your teeth are misaligned because of an accident or injury and that the a surgery can reverse the damage.

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Putting in Your Best Effort

No matter what type of treatment option you get, you want to make sure that you are putting in your best effort this time, especially if your first try with braces didn’t work because of mistakes that you made. Find out from the professional specifically what you can and cannot eat, and ask what method of brushing and flossing you should use to ensure that best success for your braces. Also, when the end of the road comes with your braces, you may very well need to wear a retainer or headgear again. Instead of tossing these items aside and deciding that they aren’t important, make sure that you wear them. If you are trying to help your children avoid getting braces for the second time or if they are already on their second round, you should encourage them to also follow these routines. Remember, braces are not just only about aesthetics; they help you to have a healthy mouth, which is connected to the heath of your being as a whole.

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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