Does My Child Really Need Braces or Invisalign? Why it’s More than Just Aesthetics

If, as a parent, you’ve wondered, does my child need braces? Can children have Invisalign? Or is my child too young for braces? Read on for answers. Can Children have Invisalign? It’s perfectly normal for parents to wonder whether children can have Invisalign. Many...

Crooked Teeth: Causes and Treatment

Crooked smile? No problem. These days there are many options to help straighten your teeth and brighten your smile. Painful metal braces aren’t your only option anymore. This is good news, especially for adults who would prefer not to wear standard metal braces....

Foods You Should Eat and Avoid with Braces: A Guide from Our Orthodontists

Our Orthodontists understand that maintaining a healthy diet is crucial, especially when you have braces. While braces work wonders in aligning your teeth and giving you a beautiful smile, they also require some dietary adjustments to ensure their effectiveness and...

Signs You Might Need Orthodontic Treatment

Are you experiencing dental issues that make you self-conscious about your smile? Do you find it difficult to chew or speak properly? If so, you may be in need of orthodontic treatment. Your Orthodontist will want to help! With their expertise and state-of-the-art...

How Much Does Invisalign Cost? Factors That Affect The Price Of Treatment

Whether you’re interested in Invisalign for yourself or for your child, you may be wondering how much your treatment will cost at your Orthodontics. Of course, the best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with your Orthodontist. But in the blog below, we’ll...
How Long Do You Have to Wear Invisalign?

How Long Do You Have to Wear Invisalign?

Being a parent is a challenging job! Just when you think you’ve made it through the tough, early years with little to no sleep, along come sleepless nights spent worrying if you’re making the right decision investing in your child’s teeth and addressing any dental...

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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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.

Straight teeth also contribute to improved confidence! 🤩 It`s easier to smile freely when not worrying about the way that smile looks. #StraightTeeth #StraightSmile #BenefitsOfStraightTeeth #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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THE FIXED OR BONDED RETAINER is virtually invisible and consists of a small wire bonded to the tongue side of the lower and sometimes upper front teeth. #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile ...

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There is a lot of false information out there about braces and what it’s like to have them. We’re here to bust our way through a few of the most popular braces myths getting in between people and the properly aligned smiles they could have. 👊

Myth 1: Playing sports with braces is too dangerous. ⚽️
Athletes (especially those who play contact sports) have likely heard that they should sit out a season while they get orthodontic treatment, but that’s not necessary. All they need is to follow some common sense safety measures like wearing a properly fitted mouthguard during practices and games.

Myth 2: It’s impossible to play an instrument with a mouthpiece while wearing braces. 🎺
We’ll admit that it can be more difficult to play brass or woodwind instruments with braces on, but it’s not impossible. There doesn’t have to be a choice between a properly aligned smile and a beloved instrument: orthodontic patients can have both. All it takes is some extra practice to get used to playing with braces.

Myth 3: Braces rust. 🚫
Most braces are made of metal, but not a metal that rusts. We use metals like stainless steel and titanium, so they will remain in perfect, shiny condition throughout the whole treatment.

Myth 4: Only teens can get braces. 👎
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If braces-wearers want to keep the results of their treatment long term, they should be carefully following the orthodontist`s instructions on how to use their retainers. Part of that isn`t just about wearing the retainers but about keeping them clean. 🫧

Retainers are just as susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup as our teeth are, so they need to be cleaned just as diligently. If we don`t, they will quickly become filmy, smelly, foul-tasting, and covered in crusty white spots. Gross! 🥴

For those with removable retainers, rinse them with cool water and brush them with gentle soap once (or more) a day. Permanent retainers can make flossing trickier but it`s important to persevere and floss around them even if it`s difficult because tartar can build up around them otherwise. Floss threaders can help with that!

Every once in a while, it`s a good idea to deep-clean that retainer, just like the hygienist deep-cleans our teeth at dental appointments. Do this with a simple mixture of water and baking soda, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Soak the retainer for a few minutes, then rinse and dry it. Never use hot water or harsh chemicals on a retainer! ❌

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Keeping up good oral health habits while wearing braces is important! Make sure to use a proxy brush to get in those hard-to-reach places while cleaning your teeth! 👌 #ProxyBrush #braces #TeethTip #BracesTip #CleanTeeth #tip #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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It`s time to expand your dental vocabulary! Learn what an archwire is and how it plays a crucial role in your orthodontic journey. Knowledge is power for a straighter smile! 😁 #OrthodonticTerminology #Archwire #DentalVocabulary #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Here’s how your gums and teeth benefit from having straighter teeth! 😁 From easier cleaning to a confident smile, the benefits are endless. ✨ #StraightTeeth #BenefitsOfBraces #ConfidentSmile #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Your smile is positively radiant and we’re here to unlock its full potential with our expert care! 😃✨ #SmilePower #smile #HealthySmile #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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THE NEW YEAR IS coming and we’re all getting ready to make some resolutions! Try making a resolution to always wear your retainer! Especially to get that new smile for the new year. #RetainerResolution #NewYear #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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