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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.

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.

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February: The Month Dedicated to Children’s Oral Care

Children’s Dental Health Month: February

Orthodontics

Children’s dental health month is organized by the ADA (American Dental Association) every February to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health especially when it comes to children. During children’s dental health month Beach Braces will be working to promote the idea of  bringing children into our offices to have their health evaluated at an early age so that we can provide families with the greatest number of treatment options for any oral health condition.

The best time to get your children an initial orthodontic appointment is around the age of seven years old. At seven years of age adult teeth will begin to impact and make their way through your child’s jaw line to give an orthodontist a better picture of the way his/her teeth might impact and eventually set in place. Orthodontist can get initial x-rays as well as develop a treatment plan that can leave your child with their ideal smile. At this early age something as simple as taking out a few teeth could be all that your child needs to guide their progress and ensure that teeth impact correctly and create the formation for a perfect smile. Early treatment is the best way that parents can save hassle down the road.

Children’s dental health month is not only just about reminding children to floss, clean and keep up regular dental appointments. Children’s dental health month includes overall oral health and providing solutions to children who struggle with everyday tasks like chewing, speaking and breathing because of their oral health. Getting kids who struggle with these issues into our offices is the best way that we can provide them with solutions that can shape their future and improve their confidence and quality of life. We help children every day to experience issues with speech, chewing and confidence and have flexible treatment options to suit any budget and lifestyle.

On our website you can find a wide array of information about how you can help your children better care for their oral health. From cleaning tips to special instructions for children who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, we were to increase awareness of various oral health concerns not only just in February but the entire year round.

Children’s dental health month is important for us to promote, this campaign runs every year and is extremely beneficial to kids as we work directly with parents, other dental professionals, healthcare providers and teachers and caregivers as well. This means that children are not only learning about how they can better care for their oral health in our offices and at home but also in their own schools as well. On the ADA website educators and parents can find some great planning and instruction packages that they can use to help their kids learn how to improve their oral health to enjoy brighter smiles with less concern.

For more information on children’s dental health month or to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment contact beach braces today.

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

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

February: The month Dedicated to Children’s Oral Care

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South Bay, CA & Parrot Squawks

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Did You Know No. 3: Can You Hear the Parrot Squawks?

Have you ever heard the parrots squawk in your neighborhood? If you’re living in the South Bay, you probably hear them every day as the largest flocks of wild parrots are living in this area. Residents say that they could hear the loud squawks of these parrots all over town.

Wild parrots are parrots that have adapted to life in an ecosystem to which they are not native. These parrots may have been imported from the time that importation is not yet banned, and then escaped or released intentionally to the wild. Parrots have roughly 372 species with 86 genera. They are mostly found in subtropical and tropical areas and are divided into three super families: true parrots, cockatoos, and New Zealand parrots. The greatest diversity of parrots however can be found in Australasia, and South America.

Parrots have generally curved and strong bill, strong legs, upright stance, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Since most of the parrots are vividly colored and multi-colored (this makes them very attractive), people love to have them as pets. Parrots love to eat fruits, seeds, buds, nuts, and other plant materials. Although few species likes to eat animals and carrion; Lories and Lorikeets love to feed on soft fruits and floral nectar. Almost all parrots live in hollow trees and they lay white little eggs.

Since the parrots, along with crows, ravens, jays, and magpies are among the most intelligent birds, most people preferred them as pets. In addition, parrots can also imitate human voices making them more prevalent as pets than the other birds.

Overall, South Bay is not only famous because of the wild parrots. The town is also known to have the best orthodontic services offered by Beach Braces. Contact Beach Braces now to schedule an appointment: 310 – 379 – 0006.

Dr Panucci – Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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

South Bay, CA & Parrot Squawks

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Invisible Braces

What are the Benefits of Lingual Braces?

People 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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What is the Right Age to Take your Kids to an Orthodontists?

Age 7 is the Best Time See a Child’s Orthodontist

Orthodontics

Visiting a dentist to check for the early signs of tooth decay should be done as soon as a parent is confident that their child can handle the situation and this applies to visits to an orthodontist too. If there is any sign of misalignment developing in the child’s teeth then this should be addressed as soon as possible. A treatment program started early will ensure any corrections are made with the best outcome and at a lower cost than later in life. Watch the video by Beach Braces to find the answer to the question: Can Orthodontic Treatment be completed on patients with baby teeth?

 

 

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that a child should have his or her first orthodontic evaluation as soon as any orthodontic problem is noticed and at least by the age of 7. This is because by 7 years old the first molars start to erupt, which determines the back bite. This is when an orthodontist can assess side to side and front to back tooth interactions.  For example, when incisors start to erupt it could mean open bite, possible overbite, crowding and gummy smiles.

Intercepting teeth development in their early stages can:

  • Create a room for erupted teeth that may cause overcrowding
  • Have an influence on jaw growth leading to better facial symmetry
  • Allow enough space for unerupted teeth
  • Lower trauma risk to front teeth that are protruding
  • Lower the necessity to undertake tooth removal and decrease the treatment time through the use of braces

Improving the facial appearance and the smile is all part of the orthodontic treatment processes but there are other improvements that can be made to the functioning of the mouth and teeth through orthodontics. This is orthodontic treatment for a bad bite, which is often called malocclusion. A malocclusion occurs when there is misalignment in the tooth or jaw. A malocclusion can have a variety of effects, including altering how you smile, your chewing motion and how you go about cleaning your teeth.

American Association of Orthodontists’ studies indicate that untreated malocclusions can lead to difficulties when brushing and flossing crowded teeth. The result is a greater likelihood of the onset of tooth decay and more severe gum disease. Protruding teeth can be chipped and damaged more easily. Cross bites can lead to poor growth and the uneven wearing of teeth. Open bites can lead to the habit of tongue-thrusting habits and the onset of speech impediments.

Life can be so much easier later on for your child if an orthodontic assessment is arranged by the age of 7 years at least. Request for your child’s first appointment with Beach Braces now.

Dr Panucci – Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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

What is the Right Age to Take your Kids to an Orthodontists?

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An Early Orthodontic Consultation – A key to a Perfect Smile

When is the right time for an orthodontic checkup?

The short answer to this question is no later than the age of seven years old.

When most people think of orthodontics and patients who have received orthodontic treatment, they think of older children and teenagers. Receiving an early evaluation however can be one of the best ways that you can prepare yourself for an orthodontic treatment as well as get any early treatment out of the way in the event that a child may need two stage treatment. There are number of advantages to your child seeing an orthodontist no later than the age of seven and this figure has been determined by the American Association of Orthodontists.

Benefits of an Early Evaluation

Early evaluation can allow an orthodontist to spot any problems with the growth of a child’s jaw or with teeth as they are just starting to emerge and replace baby teeth. Even though a child’s baby teeth may appear straight but their emerging teeth may tell a different story. Taking the time to do x-rays early on can help an orthodontist to better identify problems and change the way that teeth impact and grow in. If jaws are misaligned, these issues can be fixed using nonsurgical methods. Resetting a jawline can be much more difficult in older patients as the bone structure is more permanently formed and far more difficult to manipulate.

An orthodontic checkup at an early age can help an orthodontist to monitor your child’s jaw growth and development to make sure that everything will form correctly. Monitoring this growth will allow an orthodontist to intervene if there are any issues so that manipulations can be made to make sure that a child’s smile has a chance to come in naturally.

The Risks of Avoiding Early Treatment

Serious and complicated issues can also occur without proper monitoring. A child could have issues with chewing, speaking or breathing if his or her permanent teeth are allowed to come in without proper consultation.

Early treatment reduces the amount of trauma when it comes to overall orthodontic treatment. It can help to improve appearance as a child grows, can help to lower the risk of serious issues arising and also can work to guide the growth and formation of jaws before they set in place.

Early treatment really is the best way that you can give your child an opportunity to form a perfect healthy smile.

If you have a child that requires early treatment or consultation please call Beach Braces today and we can schedule you an appointment.

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.

Responsibilities

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.
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Food to avoid with braces

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?

Eating Christmas Dinner with Braces

Food to avoid with braces

These days more people are wearing braces than ever before as so many brands available are almost invisible like Invisalign . As a result this means people are far less conscious of trying to improve their facial appearance through this technique.

When Christmas Day comes around and Christmas dinner is on the table waiting to be lovingly tackled, then those people with braces will be thinking about different ways of handling it without either damaging their braces or embarrassing themselves by snapping them while in the process of eating a piece of a Christmas cake. It is not that hard to enjoy the Christmas meal and all its festivities without damaging your braces. You just have to think about those foods that might be more difficult to eat and might create avoidable damage to your orthodontic appliance.

The most important foods to avoid are hard substances such as nuts that we might customarily open by cracking the outer part of the nut on our teeth. This could most certainly cause damage to braces. The wires could bend so that their purpose of ensuring your teeth move in the right direction is destroyed.  Anything too sticky could also do damage as pieces can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth. This could disturb the function of the braces so it will take longer for the braces to complete the job required. Basic common Christmas food, such as turkey, ham and most vegetables, won’t do any damage at all as long as the hard vegetables have been sufficiently cooked or cut up into small manageable pieces. Beach Braces has produced a special video for you to learn about foods that you should avoid with braces.

 

 

To give some useful examples for guidance, bread with a hard crust, carrots that have not been cooked and crisp apples could all damage braces. Once you sit down at that family get together just take the eating part slowly as some of the food you might not have eaten before since your braces were fitted might cause some discomfort. A gooey Christmas cake, mince pies or Christmas pudding could clog up your braces making eating and chewing more difficult and this amongst other things could distort your smile. By the way you can use our Beach Braces app to ask questions from Dr Panucci, monitor your treatment progress and much more.

When it comes to a drink with your Christmas dinner, you might have to change from your favorite drink, particularly if you like sugary drinks, such as sodas. This is because the sweet substance in a soda can become lodged between the brackets and your teeth and can cause the onset of tooth decay. It is far more difficult to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth while brackets are in place so the best way to avoid bad breath and tooth decay is to avoid the food that encourages the onslaught of tooth decay. However, if you have somehow got yourself in an uncomfortable situation by damaging your braces just contact Beach Braces for the earliest possible appointment to fix them.

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 Quote 27

It only takes a second to smile

It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. We should smile more often.

Smile Quote 27

Beach Braces Smile Quote #27 “It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. We should smile more often.”

Smiling is an action that comes to us nearly as easy as breathing. Reacting to a fun event, something that interests us or even a dear memory can trigger a smile and show the true face of our happiness to the world. The great thing about smiles is that they usually don’t stop with just one person smiling. One smile can trigger a multitude of smiles and before you know it everyone that is around the first person to smile is all recalling a happy memory or living out a happy moment together.

As we may see people in passing, in the workplace, at school or at home we may encounter individuals that are having a difficult day or just look genuinely unhappy. All it takes is a split second of your time to truly impact somebody’s life and allow them to feel just a bit better in a moment of weakness or sadness. We all know how to smile and it doesn’t take much to bring one on. Something as simple as smiling and another person can really help to brighten the day as well as make us smile completely contagious.

If you happen to see somebody who is having a difficult day, be sure to smile at them and help them to forget whatever is troubling them for just a small fraction of that day. It is in these moments that a person’s attitudes can change and they can begin to feel real happiness is well. Smiles can be truly important tools for helping our fellow human beings.

Dr Panucci will help you to get a perfect smile and you can always smile confidently, or click here to get a free consultation.

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

It only takes a second to smile


Smile quote 26

Love and happiness are the greatest possessions

We divided ourselves among caste, creed, culture and countries but what is undivided remains most valuable: a mere smile and the love

Smile quote 26

Beach Braces Smile Quote #26 “We divided ourselves among caste, creed, culture and countries but what is undivided remains most valuable: a mere smile and the love”

Love and happiness are amongst some of the greatest possessions that we can ever attain in our lives. Even though we may have differences when it comes to wealth, upbringing, culture or even possessions is really just happiness and love that makes life worse truly living.

Why not show off your happiness and spread a bit of love by living life from behind a beautiful smile. Even though all of us in the world have some remarkable differences, a smile can speak volumes and is something that shows universal happiness.

People from other cultures may be unable to communicate, people who are divided by class or wealth may also find it difficult to relate however a smile is something that is shared. Smiles are contagious and happiness is an amazing and powerful form of communication. Just as children growing up in the poorest parts of the world may be able to crack a smile and resonate that feeling of happiness through a TV screen to someone here, we can also share smiles with people that we meet in passing each and every day.

Sharing our smile and sharing our happiness with others every day makes our existence much more valuable and can make life much more fun for everyone around us. Even though we do have all of these fantastic differences at the base of what it means to live and love, comes showing our emotions. With a smile on we feel confident and we can instantly relate to the people around us. Smiles are undivided possessions that allow us to show our most valuable asset of happiness.

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

Love and happiness are the greatest possessions