Is Invisalign Suitable for Children? Everything You Need to Know

Clear aligners might seem to be the perfect orthodontic solution for everyone. Invisalign is an almost invisible solution and the trays can be taken in and out when needed, so there is no need to modify your diet or the way you brush your teeth. Their advantages are...

Periodontist vs Orthodontist – Who You Should See First

Specialist dentistry can be confusing for the average person. A specialist is a dentist with at least two years of experience, followed by at least three years of postgraduate study. In Western Australia, dentists complete their three years of post-grad full-time...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating with Invisalign

Knowing what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to eating and Invisalign can make a difference. Follow the simple rules to help contribute to a hassle-free Invisalign journey with an ideal outcome. 6 Do’s of Eating with Invisalign Your orthodontist is likely to...

Should you Use Fluoridated or Non-Fluoridated Toothpaste?

Few minerals are as controversial as fluoride. For decades, people worldwide have questioned whether we should be using it as a necessary ingredient in toothpaste. So, should we be using fluoridated toothpaste, or should we opt for non-fluoridated products? What is...

Which Problems Should be Treated Early?

In orthodontics, it’s never too late for adults to start treatment. An experienced orthodontist can treat any problem at any age. But when it comes to children, there are definite advantages to starting earlier rather than later for some dental issues. These include a...

Flossing with Braces – How to Floss When you Have Braces

Flossing with braces may seem an impossible task at first. But with practice it soon becomes second nature and an extension of brushing your teeth. Why is Flossing So Important? You might wonder how a small piece of floss can make much difference to your oral health....

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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BRACES AREN'T JUST FOR KIDS! You’re never too old to get the straight smile you deserve! Braces can even enhance the outcome of cosmetic dentistry like crowns! 😁 Still unsure? Visit our website to find an Orthodontist near you to discuss your best options: https://caortho.org/locations?zip=92374&d=5

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Taking your children to an orthodontist by age 7 is the best way to catch any problems that may exist before they worsen. Early prevention is the key to keeping your child's mouth healthy 😄 Did you know that most CAO orthodontists offer examinations at no (or low) cost, and at no obligation? Find an orthodontist near you at www.caortho.org.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT braces are older than modern toothbrushes? Can you imagine what it would’ve been like trying to keep them clean back then? 🤔 #themoreyouknow #funfact #braces #toothbrush #CAO #orthodontist #ortho #orthodontics ...

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 #orthodontist #orthodontics #CAO ...

Many children do not need early interceptive treatment, but an evaluation by age 7 is recommended to catch any problems that exist or may be developing 🤔 Most CAO orthodontists offer examinations at no (or low) cost, and at no obligation. Find an orthodontist near you at www.caortho.org!

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We're a few weeks in to the new school year, so make sure you have your braces maintenance kit ready! Make sure to pack a bag with floss, a small toothbrush, interdental brush, your elastics and anything else that helps your braces feel clean and fresh! 🤩😎 #schoolyear #braces #maintenancekit #smile #ortho #orthodontics #CAO #orthodontist ...

With an entire aisle of toothpaste options to choose from at the grocery store, we want to help our patients narrow things down a little based on their individual dental health needs.

Choose a whitening toothpaste to remove surface stains, but remember that it can’t change a tooth’s natural color or fight deeper stains. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives to polish the teeth and peroxide to break down surface stains. Using it twice a day can lead to visible results after several weeks, but make sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance! 👍

Orthodontic patients should wait until Braces Off Day before using whitening products, toothpaste included so that they don’t end up with patches of different colors where the brackets were.

Over-the-counter tooth sensitivity toothpaste is a good option for patients with sensitive teeth. 😬 It helps rebuild enamel and minimize discomfort, and if the over-the-counter type isn’t enough, the dentist can prescribe a stronger toothpaste.

What about ingredients like activated charcoal or aloe vera? There is little evidence to support the benefits these toothpastes claim to offer. Charcoal in particular is abrasive and may actually damage tooth enamel and make teeth more sensitive. Toothpaste with these ingredients also tends to lack fluoride, which helps rebuild tooth enamel. 💪 #toothpaste #TeethTips #ada
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📣 CAO Member Spotlight: Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca 📣

Dr. Gorczyca became an orthodontist because as a child she loved her orthodontist and his practice, and she wanted a job just like his! She worked hard and not only has her own practice now (Gorczyca Orthodontics) but also is a successful author and speaker on dental practice management topics!

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📣 CAO Member Spotlight: Dr. Eric Kardovich 📣
Dr. Kardovich and his team strive to help each patient achieve a healthy and beautiful smile through cutting-edge orthodontic treatment in a warm, caring, and fun environment.

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STRAIGHT TEETH can lead to better gum health 😁 Curious about orthodontic treatment for better oral health? Visit our website to find an orthodontist near you: https://caortho.org/locations?zip=92374&d=5

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JUST IMAGINE WHAT your smile will be like after those braces come off! Visit our website to find an orthodontist near you and start your journey to a new smile! 😄 #orthodontist #CAO #teeth #smile ...

THE BENEFITS OF having straight teeth are many. Studies indicate that people with straight teeth are seen as more successful, intelligent, and likely to get dates than people with crooked teeth. So what makes teeth grow in crooked so often? 🤔

According to the Soft Foods Theory, modern eating habits are a factor. By not eating the same tough, fibrous diet as our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we don’t stimulate as much jaw growth, giving our teeth less room to grow in straight. However, a hunter-gatherer diet will wear out the chewing surfaces much faster than a modern diet, so we don’t recommend it.

Genes also play a role. Someone who gets Dad’s big teeth and Mom’s small jaws will probably end up with some crowding problems. 😬 The children of parents who had braces are also more likely to need braces as well.

Another big factor is daily habits, such as thumbsucking or pacifier use past age four, a tongue-thrust reflex, habitual mouth breathing, or even something as simple as frequently resting the jaw on the hand can have a cumulative impact on the position of the teeth, the shape of the dental arch, and the way teeth drift later in adulthood. #StraightTeeth #CrookedTeeth #orthodontics
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IF YOU PUSH YOUR tongue against your teeth when you swallow, that’s called “tongue-thrusting,” and it can gradually force your teeth to move outward and affect the way you bite and speak! 🤔 #didyouknow #dentalfacts #orthodontist #CAO #facts ...

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IT’S NOT ACTUALLY true that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile; smiling takes at least ten muscles while frowning requires as few as six. We think the saying should be changed to “smile to burn more calories!” 😁 And that isn’t the only health benefit of smiling.

We obviously smile when we’re happy, but studies have suggested that the mere act of smiling is enough to make us feel happier. The feeling of happiness and the physical action of smiling are so tied together in our brains that even a fake smile can release endorphins. 😌

In the short term, endorphins reduce pain and relieve stress, functioning a lot like painkillers. Over time, the effects compound into health benefits like reducing our risk of getting cancer and becoming more resilient against illnesses. This is because when we are better at managing stress, our cells go through fewer stress-induced mutations.

In a lifetime of smiling, we might actually accrue enough health benefits from the cumulative endorphins to give ourselves longer lives. One thing that makes it easier to smile more is to be confident in our smiles, and that’s where professional dental care and diligent brushing and flossing come in. 👍 #smiling #HealthySmile #muscles #happiness
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