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...

Can I Start Orthodontic Treatment While Pregnant?

With more adults accessing orthodontic treatment now compared to previous times, women often question if they can start their orthodontics while pregnant. The good news is that it’s perfectly fine to start or continue orthodontic treatment while pregnant, and it might...

Retainers After Invisalign – Ensuring a Lasting Smile

Orthodontic treatment may indeed last a lifetime. But to ensure a new smile lasts decades, looking after your teeth is essential. Finishing braces or Invisalign treatment is not the end of the treatment road. While the hard part may be over, a little ongoing effort is...

The Perfect Bite – Is There Such a Thing?

We’ve all seen a "perfect smile" but what do we mean by a perfect bite? It has nothing to do with the way a person chews their food but how the top and bottom teeth fit together. While few people are genetically blessed with the perfect bite, most people can improve...

What to Expect – The First Day of Braces

The First Day of Braces You might be a little worried about how they will feel and look, and at the same time, excited about starting the journey towards your new smile. There’s no doubt that braces fitting day is a big one, but we’re here to reassure you that in the...

3 Highlights of Early Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment for Pediatric Patients

The Power of Early Orthodontics for Children Orthodontics is evolving, particularly regarding the growing recognition of the benefits of early orthodontic treatment in pediatric patients. This paradigm shift recognizes the immense potential of interceptive treatment...

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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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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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! 🤓

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Having a perfectly straight smile isn`t just better-looking, it`s healthier! 😁 Let`s take a look at some of the other straight teeth benefits.

Straight teeth lead to better oral health. This is because they`re easier to keep clean by daily brushing and flossing than teeth that are very crowded. 🪥

Straight teeth are less prone to grinding. Teeth that aren`t aligned properly can grind against each other in ways they aren`t meant to, leading to damage and erosion. It can even contribute to jaw problems.

In order to speak clearly, it helps to have our teeth positioned correctly. Straight teeth make lisping and other pronunciation problems less likely.

Possibly the most surprising benefit to straight teeth is better digestion! It can be hard to chew effectively with a bad bite or crowding issues, and that can contribute to digestive problems like acid reflux and stomach discomfort. With straight teeth, it`ll be much easier to chew thoroughly, and that improvement to digestion will in turn contribute to overall health and well-being.

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