Why Do I Need To Wear Elastics?

WE KNOW THAT RUBBER ELASTICS are sometimes the most difficult part of having braces. They are, however, extremely important for improving your smile! Elastics work together with the brackets and wire in your braces to straighten your teeth and correct your bite....

Malocclusions: What Makes a Bite Bad?

HUMAN TEETH ARE supposed to fit together in a particular way. That’s how we can speak clearly and chew effectively. If someone’s upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly, we call it a malocclusion or bad bite. Besides impeding the important functions of...

Healthy You in 2022

Know the facts when considering orthodontic treatment as an adult It’s a new year, you have made your resolutions, and on the top of your list is looking (and feeling) healthy!  As a part of looking healthy and with the understanding that on-camera meetings are here...

Let’s Answer Some Orthodontic FAQs!

MANY PEOPLE DON’T know much about orthodontic treatment, and we tend to hear a lot of the same questions from patients. Let’s answer a few of those now in a quick FAQ session! 1. What does “malocclusion” mean? The word “malocclusion” means “bad bite” in Latin. It’s...

Debunking the Top Braces Excuses

A LOT OF ADULTS believe (incorrectly) that they missed their chance at having straight teeth because they didn’t get braces in their teens. In the last few decades, the number of adults benefiting from orthodontic treatment has risen dramatically, and we’re here to...

What to Do With a Knocked-Out Tooth?

LOSING BABY TEETH is a totally normal part of a child’s development, but what happens if an adult tooth gets knocked out? This counts as a serious dental and orthodontic emergency. If a whole tooth gets knocked out in one piece, there is a limited window (not much...

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 you are considering clear aligners or traditional braces, orthodontists have the training, the expertise, and the treatment options to make sure you get your best smile. Why trust your smile to anything less than a specialist?

Become A Member

CAO is a component of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO). Members are entitled to the benefits of numerous on and off-line resources for the building and maintaining of their orthodontic practices. Learn more about joining or renewing membership, as well as key AAO benefits below.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN metal braces and ceramic ones are that metal braces are made of medical-grade stainless steel and ceramic ones are made from a material called �polycrystalline alumina that can either be clear or the same color as your tooth. 😃#MetalBraces #CeramicBraces #braces ...

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IT MAY SEEM like the difference between these two retainers is obvious but they each have their pros and cons. A pro for a removable retainer is it makes it easy to brush and floss your teeth and a con is it can easily be lost or misplaced. Permanent retainers are just the opposite. They are harder to brush and floss around but they never get lost! We will help you decide which is best for you! #RemovableRetainer #PermanentRetainer #orthodontist ...

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