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 Happens After Your Braces are Removed?

Your new smile is finally here! You might think your orthodontic journey ends the moment your braces come off, but not quite. To ensure your new smile stays perfect, you still have a little way to go. But it’s easy, and the reward is a lifetime of healthy, straight...

Teeth Whitening After Braces – Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?

Teeth whitening has increased in popularity over the last decade. We see celebrities flashing their iridescent smiles on social media all the time. For many patients, after their braces are removed, they want to achieve the same Hollywood look! You’ve gone through all...

How Long Do Adults Wear Braces For?

You can get braces at any age and it’s more common now to see adults with braces than it was a few decades ago. But how long do adults need to wear braces for and are treatment times different compared to children? Just like teenagers, adults want to know how long...

Electric Toothbrush or Manual Toothbrush – What’s Better for Cleaning Your Braces?

It’s a hotly debated topic – using a rechargeable electric toothbrush vs a manual toothbrush. There are pros and cons of both types of brushes, but most important is that you’re using a toothbrush to clean your teeth twice per day. Ask anyone in the dentistry field...

Invisalign Vs Braces (The Pros and Cons of Each)

It’s a difficult decision, you want to straighten your teeth but can’t decide which way to go when weighing the pros and cons of braces vs Invisalign. You should do your research, ask questions, and - with the help of your orthodontist - make an informed decision. The...

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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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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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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Honoring the heroes who served with unwavering dedication. This Memorial Day, we pay tribute to their courage and sacrifice. #MemorialDay #LestWeForget #honor #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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Watch out for trouble foods! Whether hard, sticky, or tough to bite, certain foods can spell trouble for your appliances and prolong your treatment. Stay mindful and keep your orthodontic journey smooth sailing! #OrthodonticCare #MindfulEating #BracesFoods #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Celebrating the heart of the home! Happy Mother`s Day to all the #1 moms out there. Tag your mom below to wish her a wonderful day! #MothersDay #HappyMothersDay #HeartOfTheHome #1Mom #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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This is a reminder that your mental health matters not just this month but every month! Take care of yourself. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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Straightening smiles and improving lives! Orthodontic treatment does more than just straighten teeth! It can alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and even sleep apnea. Discover the power of a well-aligned smile! #OrthodonticTreatment #StraightTeeth #BenefitsOfStraightTeeth #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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The human capacity for finding different solutions to problems is nearly endless. Enough trial and error will usually be able to find an effective fix. However, we urge everyone to save the trial and error for non-medical projects. Something as complicated as moving teeth into their proper alignment should only be attempted by fully trained experts.

Orthodontists take many factors into account when devising a patient`s treatment plan, such as growth patterns in bones, the position of wisdom teeth, and the patient`s overall health. Someone with a few hours of internet "research" cannot compare.

DIY braces might seem like a clever way around the expense of braces, but they are a serious gamble. Rubber bands, paper clips, earring backs, and fishing line are no substitute for brackets and wires placed using years and years of training and experience. At best, they just won`t work very well. At worst, they could cause major damage, even tooth loss.

One infamous example is David Campbell, who used rubber bands to try to close the gap between his front teeth. The rubber bands seemed to disappear overnight, so he added more. In reality, they were slipping underneath his gums, where they strangled the roots of his teeth. It cost him more to fix the damage and save his front teeth than it would have cost to simply get braces! #OrthodonticTreatment #DIYBraces #braces #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals
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BRACES, PIECE BY PIECE: Hooks are what we attach rubber bands to (which do much of the work to correct your bite)! #braces #BenefitsOfBraces #StraightTeeth #orthodontics #healthysmile #aligningteeth #CAO #findorthodontist #orthodontist #CaliforniaAssociationofOrthodontists #braces #aligners #invisalign #straightteeth #smile #ClearAligners #smilegoals ...

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