Can You Fix an Overbite with Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces have become increasingly popular in recent years. Their rise in popularity is related to several different factors, including more adults seeking orthodontic treatment and more people being self-conscious of their looks. Lingual braces can treat most...

Winning Smiles: How to Overcome Kids’ Objections to Braces

How To Get Kids Excited About Their Orthodontic Treatment Providing orthodontic treatment is a complex task. Not only do you have to execute the technical side of treatment, but there’s also the challenge of maintaining clear communication and good relationships with...

What Can and Can’t My Child Eat with Braces?

When your child gets braces they need to make some changes to their eating habits. There are some foods you can't eat with braces, but with a little effort, it shouldn’t be a big deal. While some foods should be avoided completely, there are many more that are fine to...

Orthodontic Terminology – 15 Words You Should Know

New patients and parents can find discussing treatment options a little overwhelming. This can be because orthodontists use a range of terms that can be confusing if you're not familiar with them. Understanding what each of the terms mean can help you prepare...

Lost or Broken Retainers? Why You Need to Act Fast

It’s very common for removable retainers to break and/or be thrown out accidentally. It takes time and money to get new retainers but it’s only a fraction of what you spent on braces. If you want to maintain your perfect smile, you should act quickly and organize...

Improving Sleep Problems with Orthodontics

Sleep is the one function humans can’t go without to stay healthy. Most people are concerned about the total hours of shut-eye they get each night, but may not realize that sleep quality is just as important as sleep length. Often sleep problems lead to poor quality...

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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Healthy gums, healthy heart! Flossing daily can help prevent gum disease and potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. Take care of your smile for a longer, healthier life! #HealthyHeart #flossing #LiveLonger #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Anyone who swims or scuba dives frequently could encounter some unique dental issues if they aren`t careful. Let`s take a closer look at the big ones.

The longer teeth are exposed to acidic chlorine ions in pool water, the more likely they are to develop brown or yellow stains. These are called swimmer`s calculus. As good as chlorine is at keeping a public pool sanitary for all swimmers, it can become acidic enough to affect tooth enamel. Swimmers can minimize this effect by swimming with their mouths closed as much as possible and drinking plenty of water to rinse traces of pool water off of their teeth.

Scuba divers have a different set of concerns, particularly "tooth squeeze" or barodontalgia. That feeling of pressure building up in the ears when diving to the bottom of the pool is very similar to what happens inside each tooth, especially teeth with untreated cavities or ineffective dental treatment. The pressure can build to such a degree that it can even fracture teeth, which is why we strongly encourage divers to visit the dentist before starting a new diving season.

Divers often also deal with ill-fitting scuba mouthpieces, which can lead to jaw strain and even TMD symptoms. We recommend getting a custom-fitted mouthpiece to protect the teeth and jaws. #swimming #ScubaDiving #SwimmersCalculus #barodontalgia #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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Land of the free, because of the brave! Celebrating the red, white, and blue this Independence Day. Let`s honor the spirit of freedom that unites us all. Happy Fourth of July! #IndependenceDay #July4th #USA #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Stains are bad enough on our clothes; we especially don`t want them on our teeth. Nothing can tarnish the joy and accomplishment of Braces-Off day like discolored patches where the brackets used to be. Where do these stains come from and how can patients avoid them?

Braces-wearers are more susceptible to stains than they would be otherwise, but stains aren`t inevitable. They happen because effective brushing and flossing is harder with all that hardware in the way, giving food particles and plaque countless new hiding places out of reach of a toothbrush. When plaque builds up around brackets, it can leave decalcified patches on the tooth`s surface, which becomes very noticeable when the braces come off.

The best way to prevent white spots and other stains is with good oral hygiene habits. Brush thoroughly at least twice a day (ideally after every meal), floss daily, and keep up with regular dental appointments. This will keep plaque under control, and the hygienist can get rid of whatever plaque or tartar remains.

Also avoid foods and drinks that tend to stain, such as coffee, dark tea, and colas. The dark-colored compounds in them can stain teeth directly. Acidic drinks (like soda), sugary treats, and starch-filled snacks can stain indirectly by eroding enamel or sticking to it and contributing to plaque buildup. Tobacco and alcohol are also huge stain culprits! #StainedTeeth #BracesStains #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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Happy Father’s day to all the #1 dads who do the most. We hope you have a great day! #1Dad #HappyFathersDay #FathersDay #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems don`t set in overnight. That`s why it`s so important to have regular checkups and to be diligent with daily oral hygiene habits. If it`s been a while since the last trip to the dentist, here are the top 5 signs it`s time to schedule a quick visit:

1. Persistent tooth pain or mouth sores: pain is the body`s alarm system, so don`t ignore it! Tooth pain rarely goes away on its own and can become much worse without treatment. A mouth sore that isn`t healing on its own could also be a sign of infection or disease.

2. Bleeding gums could be the result of an overly aggressive flossing or brushing technique (this is why soft bristles are best), but it`s rarely a sign of good gum health. Most likely, it`s a symptom of gum disease and should be checked by a dentist.

3. If an old filling or crown becomes too worn out, damaged, or falls off, get to the dentist quickly so that it can be repaired before infection has a chance to set in.

4. A serious medical condition like diabetes or an eating disorder can impact oral health. So could a new prescription.

5. Chronic bad breath isn`t just a source of embarrassment, it`s often a sign of a more serious problem like gum disease or tooth decay. Bring that problem to the dentist for help! #DentalVisit #GumDisease #ToothDecay #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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From confidence boosts to improved oral health, straight teeth have many benefits! Your best smile is waiting. #StraightTeeth #StraightTeethBenefits #BestSmile #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Self-care isn`t selfish; it`s essential. Prioritize yourself today. #SelfCareMatters #SelfCare #PrioritizeYourself #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Having wisdom teeth removed can be like a rite of passage for young adults, even though some people don`t even get wisdom teeth and others have enough room to fit the full set. But how do wisdom teeth affect orthodontic treatment?

Wisdom teeth have minimal impact on dental crowding, so they usually won`t need to be removed just to improve the alignment of the other teeth. Luckily, if they do need to be extracted (whether because they`re impacted and endangering the roots of neighboring teeth or there isn`t enough room for them to come in), that doesn`t have to interrupt orthodontic treatment.

Many teenagers get braces well before the age when wisdom teeth removal would be considered, and there`s a persistent myth that wisdom teeth can cause a post-braces smile to become crooked again. Our teeth do naturally shift as we age, but that`s not because of wisdom teeth. It IS, however, a big reason to be diligent in wearing retainers! #WisdomTeeth #OrthodonticTreatment #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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Hats off and cheers to the amazing Class of 2024! Congratulations on reaching this incredible milestone. Here`s to a bright future ahead! #ClassOf2024 #GraduationDay #CongratsGrads #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Before or after? How do you prep your toothbrush for the perfect clean? Share your brushing ritual with us! #BrushingHabits #toothbrush #ToothbrushDebate #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Whether you prefer traditional braces or invisible aligners, we`ve got the perfect solution to straighten your teeth and enhance your smile. Let`s craft your dream smile together! #OrthodonticOptions #SmileTransformation #DreamSmile #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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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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