How Long Do Adults Wear Braces For?

You can get braces at any age and it’s more common now to see adults with braces than it was a few decades ago. But how long do adults need to wear braces for and are treatment times different compared to children? Just like teenagers, adults want to know how long...

Electric Toothbrush or Manual Toothbrush – What’s Better for Cleaning Your Braces?

It’s a hotly debated topic – using a rechargeable electric toothbrush vs a manual toothbrush. There are pros and cons of both types of brushes, but most important is that you’re using a toothbrush to clean your teeth twice per day. Ask anyone in the dentistry field...

Invisalign Vs Braces (The Pros and Cons of Each)

It’s a difficult decision, you want to straighten your teeth but can’t decide which way to go when weighing the pros and cons of braces vs Invisalign. You should do your research, ask questions, and - with the help of your orthodontist - make an informed decision. The...

Before and After Braces Treatment – Smile Journeys

Getting braces is a big decision for children, their parents, and anyone considering the treatment. It can take time to weigh up the pros and cons and take the leap. If a parent had braces, they may be reluctant to put their child through the process, or if an adult...

Digital Orthodontics – The Future of Precision and Efficiency

We live in a digital world. There’s a digital element to most aspects of our lives, and orthodontics is no exception. In the last 30 years, the field of orthodontics has evolved significantly. There are more orthodontic options to choose from and better treatment...

What is Accelerated Orthodontics?

Accelerated orthodontics sounds like something all orthodontic patients would agree to. Getting your braces off as fast as possible to reveal an amazing smile, what’s not to love? Find out what accelerated orthodontics is and whether you’re a good candidate. What is...

What is the CAO?

The California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) is the California component of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)—the largest and oldest dental specialty organization. The CAO represents nearly 1,500 orthodontic members who practice in California. CAO members are specialists who have completed dental school and then successfully completed 2–3 years of additional training at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Our members are experts in diagnosing and treating all orthodontic problems in patients of all ages—from child to adult. Whether a patient is considering clear aligners or traditional braces, orthodontists have the expertise and the treatment options to make sure they get their best smile.

Become A Member

CAO is a component of the American Association of Orthodontists and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. Members receive an abundance of resources to assist in building and maintaining their orthodontic practices. Orthodontists practicing in California join at the national (AAO) level and are automatically admitted to the constituent (PCSO) and component (CAO) organizations, gaining access to member benefits for each organization.

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There’s a good reason dental health professionals warn their patients not to chew ice. This habit can cause serious and permanent damage to teeth and gums, so what makes it so addicting in spite of the dangers?

Compulsive ice eating is called pagophagia. Sometimes it`s a symptom of pica, a psychological disorder in which a person feels compelled to eat large quantities of non-food items, such as dirt, clay, hair, or ice. A nutrition gap could be responsible.

Recent studies suggest a link between anemia and compulsive ice eating. The theory is that chewing ice makes up for the lack of iron (which we need to carry oxygen to the brain) by stimulating blood flow to the head. It`s an interesting workaround but doesn`t address the root cause. Iron supplements would be more effective, without the drawbacks to dental health.

What can ice do to our teeth and gums? The same thing it can do to pavement over repeated freezes and thaws. The problem isn`t how hard ice is, but how cold it is. Tooth enamel is very brittle and can easily fracture due to so many dramatic temperature changes from the contact with ice. The gums are also in danger. The ice numbs them, so it`s hard to notice if they`re getting sliced and damaged. #ChewingIce #BadHabit #TeethDamage #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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The human capacity for finding different solutions to problems is nearly endless. Enough trial and error will usually be able to find an effective fix. However, we urge everyone to save the trial and error for non-medical projects. Something as complicated as moving teeth into their proper alignment should only be attempted by fully trained experts.

Orthodontists take many factors into account when devising a patient`s treatment plan, such as growth patterns in bones, the position of wisdom teeth, and the patient`s overall health. Someone with a few hours of internet "research" cannot compare.

DIY braces might seem like a clever way around the expense of braces, but they are a serious gamble. Rubber bands, paper clips, earring backs, and fishing line are no substitute for brackets and wires placed using years and years of training and experience. At best, they just won`t work very well. At worst, they could cause major damage, even tooth loss.

One infamous example is David Campbell, who used rubber bands to try to close the gap between his front teeth. The rubber bands seemed to disappear overnight, so he added more. In reality, they were slipping underneath his gums, where they strangled the roots of his teeth. It cost him more to fix the damage and save his front teeth than it would have cost to simply get braces! #OrthodonticTreatment #DIYBraces #braces #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 54,000 new oral cancer cases just in 2024. In recent decades, the survival rate of these cancers has risen considerably, and early detection is a huge part of that. That`s why we`re using Oral Cancer Awareness month to educate our patients about oral cancer`s symptoms and risk factors.

There are unavoidable risk factors: men are twice as prone to oral cancer as women and it affects people over the age of 45 much more. 👨👩 Preventative care and early detection are especially important for people in these categories.

Other risk factors can be controlled. By far the biggest is any kind of tobacco use. As much as 85% of oral cancer is linked to tobacco. Frequent and heavy alcohol consumption is another risk factor that can be avoided, as is too much sun exposure (which can lead to lip cancer), HPV, and not prioritizing oral hygiene habits. 🦷

Symptoms of oral cancer include persistent lip or mouth sores that don`t heal, odd lumps on the lip, mouth, throat, or neck, strange thickness in the cheek, numbness in the tongue or mouth, red or white patches inside the mouth, difficulty chewing or swallowing, a sensation like something is stuck in the throat, and even chronic bad breath. The dentist will often spot the signs before anyone else! 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ #OralCancerAwarenessMonth #OralCancer #SignsOfOralCancer #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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May your Easter be filled with joy, warmth, and lots of love. Happy Easter! 🐰🌼🐣 #Easter #joy #love #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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The default image that pops into our heads when we think of braces is usually of a teenage orthodontic patient, but more and more adults are getting their teeth straightened. It`s generally more ideal to get braces as a teen, but no one is too old to get a straighter smile. 😁

Even people who had braces as teens might end up needing them again, because our teeth shift constantly over the course of our lives. Enamel loss, tooth grinding, tooth loss, and something as simple as persistently mouth-breathing, leaning one`s head on one`s hand, or stomach-sleeping can cause shifting. 😬

Good dental hygiene habits, side-sleeping and back-sleeping, and nose-breathing are all better for dental alignment, but they can`t undo shifting what already happened, and that`s where orthodontic treatment comes in. Teeth of any age will respond to orthodontic appliances, and adult patients have one advantage over their teen counterparts: they are more mature and better able to follow the orthodontist`s extructions to the letter. That means better and timelier results! 🤓

Many people who could benefit from braces avoid them because they don`t want to be a fully grown adult who is a "brace-face." Luckily, clear aligners can give them the same results without a mouth full of metal. This transformation can be a secret one. 🤫 #Braces #ClearAligners #AdultBraces #OrthodonticTreatment #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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