How To Know If You Need Invisalign

You can use your smile to change the world. But do you need to change your smile? A smile is a curve that sets everything straight, and having straight teeth can help with your self-confidence as you shine your light on the world with your pearly whites. Sometimes...

How Long Is The Invisalign Treatment

So you’ve decided it’s time to straighten your teeth. No one should hide their smile, after all. But where do you start? You’ve heard about Invisalign and how it has become one of the most popular orthodontic solutions these days. But you still have some nagging...

Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Getting Braces?

Many children are anxious about getting braces. Often, children are scared it will hurt, that they may look silly and get teased and that eating will be difficult. After a chat with your orthodontist, they should feel confident that although it may be uncomfortable...

How Long Can You Go Without Adjusting Your Braces?

When it comes to bonding braces, your orthodontist doesn’t just see you once, bond them, and off you go for the magic to begin. Having braces and Invisalign requires regular reviews, adjustments, and visits to your orthodontist. The top two ways to get your braces off...

The Difference Between Overbite And Underbite

The alignment of your upper teeth with your lower teeth impacts your appearance and your overall health. If your teeth are not misaligned, you may have difficulties with vital functions like chewing and speaking. Malocclusions or misaligned bites can also cause teeth...

How Do You Prevent or Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Bad breath is something we all want to avoid, especially while speaking in social situations. Luckily there are a few things you can do to reduce the chance of developing a bad breath, also referred to as halitosis. While there’s no cure for bad breath, you can help...

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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Our teeth are meant to fit together in a specific way. 😁 That’s how we chew our food effectively and pronounce our words clearly. When someone’s upper and lower teeth don’t fit together well, that’s a malocclusion or “bad bite.” Malocclusions can cause jaw problems, contribute to speech impediments, make teeth more likely to break, and even make digestion less efficient.

Malocclusions can happen due to genetics, but they are often the result of bad oral habits in childhood, like thumbsucking, lip sucking, tongue thrusting, nail biting, teeth clenching, and mouth breathing. 😬 Orthodontic treatment can correct malocclusions, such as:

1. Excessive overbite: the upper teeth overlap or overjet the lower teeth by too much for a healthy bite.
2. Deep bite: such a severe overbite that the upper front teeth completely overlap the lower front teeth, which may even drive into the gums behind the upper teeth, risking injury to the gum tissue.
3. Open bite: sometimes the result of a tongue thrust habit or aggressive thumbsucking in the preschool years and beyond. The upper front teeth flare out, leaving a gap between them and their lower counterparts when biting down.
4. Crossbite: when the jaw is closed, some upper teeth are on the outside and some lower teeth are on the outside.
5. Underbite: when the jaw is closed, the lower teeth jut out in front of the upper teeth.

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Sometimes an accident or a run-in with something from the banned foods list can lead to a problem with braces in between orthodontist appointments. 😬 If serious orthodontic emergencies aren’t addressed in-office soon, they can delay the end of treatment, but there’s a lot patients can do at home for minor issues.

Poking wires can sometimes be pushed into place with a pencil eraser or covered with wax, but we might need to clip the ends. Toothaches and soreness are usually temporary after an adjustment. Eating soft foods and swishing warm saltwater can help, as can over-the-counter painkillers.

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