Swollen Gums with Braces – Should I Be Concerned?

If you have braces and you notice your gums are puffy or swollen, it’s worth getting it checked out. However, not all swollen gums are a sign that something is wrong. Many orthodontic patients experience minor gum issues that end up being nothing to worry about. But...

Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners During Flu Season

Caring for your Invisalign aligners during flu season doesn’t usually cross a patient’s mind unless they become ill. While those with traditional braces don’t have many steps they need to add to their usual wellness routine during this time of year, those with...

Retainer Options Following Orthodontic Treatment

The time has FINALLY come! You’re ready to get your braces removed and show off your perfect new smile. Now is the time to consider your retainer options. Retainers are necessary as long as you want to keep your completed smile looking perfect. What are Retainers?...

Do I Need Braces? Tell-Tale Signs It’s Time for Orthodontic Treatment

Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself: Do I need braces? If you’re like many people, you might compare your smile to that of famous performers or models and see some room for improvement. However, a pretty smile isn’t the only reason why you might need...

The Process of Applying Braces – What You Should Expect on the Day

The day you get your braces is a big day. You might be excited to start your journey to a brilliant new smile and possibly a little anxious about the unknown. We’ll support you at every point along the way. Below is the process for applying regular or lingual braces –...

New to Braces? The Best Soft Foods for Sore Teeth

When your braces are applied, it can take your teeth some time to get used to their new normal. Your teeth and gums can ache and take the enjoyment out of food. But there’s no need to go hungry, there are plenty of soft food options available until you can return to...

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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IT’S NOT ACTUALLY true that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile; smiling takes at least ten muscles while frowning requires as few as six. We think the saying should be changed to “smile to burn more calories!” 😁 And that isn’t the only health benefit of smiling.

We obviously smile when we’re happy, but studies have suggested that the mere act of smiling is enough to make us feel happier. The feeling of happiness and the physical action of smiling are so tied together in our brains that even a fake smile can release endorphins. 😌

In the short term, endorphins reduce pain and relieve stress, functioning a lot like painkillers. Over time, the effects compound into health benefits like reducing our risk of getting cancer and becoming more resilient against illnesses. This is because when we are better at managing stress, our cells go through fewer stress-induced mutations.

In a lifetime of smiling, we might actually accrue enough health benefits from the cumulative endorphins to give ourselves longer lives. One thing that makes it easier to smile more is to be confident in our smiles, and that’s where professional dental care and diligent brushing and flossing come in. 👍 #smiling #HealthySmile #muscles #happiness
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IF YOU DON'T want to repeat orthodontic treatment then make sure to wear your retainer daily! #MythVsFact #retainer #OrthodonticTreatment ...

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MOVING TEETH INTO their proper alignment is a complicated and fascinating process, so how do braces do it? 🤔 Let’s take a closer look.

The basic anatomy of braces is brackets, archwires, and o-rings. We place the brackets on the teeth in precisely the right place, then run the archwires through them and hold it all together with colorful o-rings. Archwires vary in thickness and material depending on the treatment plan. They provide steady, gradual pressure to the teeth as they straighten back into their original shape.

There are sometimes additional appliances and parts depending on what the treatment involves, like elastics that correct a bite problem. Elastics can only do their job when the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions! Don’t wear too few OR too many! ⚠️

When an orthodontic appliance puts pressure on the teeth, it sets off an intense cellular process within the jaws, and the bone actually reshapes itself. Specialized cells called osteoclasts break down bone cells in the way of a tooth while osteoblasts work to build new bone cells behind it so that it will keep fitting snugly in its socket.

This process is a gradual one. Our teeth still remember their old position after the braces come off. That’s why retainers are so important! 😁 #braces #elastics #retainer
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As the California component of the American Association of Orthodontists, we join our colleagues across the country in strongly supporting standards of care necessary to protect patients’ health and safety, no matter whether orthodontic treatment is provided by a dentist, an orthodontist, or elsewhere 🤗

For more information on these minimum standards of care, and the scientific evidence supporting them, please visit www.orthofacts.org.

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📣 CAO Member Spotlight: Dr. Mehdi Fotovat 📣

As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Mehdi Fotovat at Web Braces (https://www.webbracess.com/) has provided care to the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley community for over 25 years! 🤩🎉

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For some companies offering orthodontic treatment “direct-to-consumer,” or through clear aligners mailed directly to the patient, x-rays or other radiographic images of the patient’s teeth are not taken by the company or the dentist/orthodontist providing treatment ❌ But the science is clear, these records are essential to getting safe and effective treatment! Learn more about the records needed here: https://bit.ly/3y9mPHt.

Get the facts at www.orthofacts.org and see a CAO member orthodontist to determine the treatment option that is right for you: https://bit.ly/3a7OhO3

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HAVING STRAIGHT TEETH doesn’t just look better; it leads to better health! Straight teeth make it easier to breathe and improve digestion! 😁 #orthodontist #orthodontics #CAO ...

📣 CAO Member Spotlight: Dr. Parmis Sionit 📣

Dr. Sionit at Carmel Valley Orthodontics (www.carmelvalleyortho.com) became an orthodontist because of her love of children, interest in healthcare, desire to do something artistic & esthetic, and because she sees the incredible value of a beautiful smile 🤩

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If you are considering at-home orthodontic treatment, consider this: Eliminating in-person doctor involvement is a primary way for companies providing orthodontic appliances directly to patients to attempt to gain a cost advantage, but is the risk to your health and safety worth it? 🤔 Moving teeth is a complex biological process and can result in irreversible harm to the patient if not monitored properly.

Get the facts at www.orthofacts.org and see a CAO member orthodontist to determine the treatment option that is right for you: https://caortho.org/locations?zip=92374&d=5

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ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT CAN open blocked airways by correcting your bite which makes it easier to close your mouth while you sleep! 😴#OrthodonticTreatment #BetterSleep #StraightTeeth ...

ONE OF THE BEST reasons to get orthodontic treatment is that a straight, properly aligned smile is a major confidence booster! 🤗 #orthodontist #orthodontics #CAO ...

📣 CAO Member Spotlight: Dr. Glen Frial 📣

CAO members like Dr. Glen Frial at Frial Orthodontics (https://www.frialbraces4u.com/) are small business owners who give back to their communities. Dr. Frial serves kids and families not just as an orthodontist, but as a little league umpire in his community for over 15 years ⚾🎉

➡️ Facebook: Frial Orthodontics - Glenn P. Frial, DDS, MS, APC
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CAO Member Spotlight 🔊
📍 Carlsbad Village Orthodontics (IG: @Carlsbad.Orthodontics)

CAO member Dr. Kelly Taylor and her team at Carlsbad Village Orthodontics (www.CarlsbadVillageOrtho.com) are passionate about patient-centered care and their office is a happy place to be.

Dr. Taylor really enjoys getting to know patients and finds the confidence gained by both children and adult patients the most rewarding part of her job 🤩🎉

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HAVING A GOOD BITE doesn’t just look better, it makes it easier to chew and reduces your risk of chipped teeth! 😎 #orthodontist #orthodontics #CAO ...

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The best defense against white spots and stains is a good oral hygiene routine: brushing thoroughly after meals, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling regular dental appointments. Professional cleanings by a hygienist are vital for controlling plaque. 👍

Another important strategy is cutting down on foods and drinks likely to stain, including colas, coffee, dark teas, sugary treats like cookies and candy, and starchy snacks like chips. These can all contribute to post-braces stains, either directly or by feeding the oral bacteria in plaque.

Other big stain culprits are tobacco and alcohol. We recommend avoiding them, especially while the braces are on. 🚫 #OralHygieneRoutine #BracesStains #BracesTips
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