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Does Wearing A Dental Brace Hurt?

Some of our patients put off having their smile perfected because they worry that having a brace might be painful – but there’s really no need to worry.

Before you go ahead with your smile treatment, you’ll have an extended consultation at Beach Smile Dental with Our dentist in Redondo Beach.  During that time, we’ll discuss what you want to achieve and we’ll suggest possible treatment options to achieve the look you want.

This is the time to raise any concerns that you might have about any of the treatment options.  Often, it’s at this stage that we get asked: “will wearing a brace hurt?”.

We’re always pleased to advise our patients that today’s braces are not only hardly noticeable, they are also extremely comfortable.  The brace can take a few days to get used to when it’s first adjusted at each check-up, and this can cause a couple of days of mild discomfort as you adjust to it, but this will soon pass.  And the rest of the time?  Well, you’re likely to forget you’ve even got a brace!

Having Your Brace Fitted

If you do decide to go ahead, we will take photos, X-rays, and models of your teeth to enable us to plan your treatment to the precise needs of your teeth, jaw and the shape of your face and mouth.   Once we’ve done this, a few days later, you’ll be invited to have the brace fitted.

Understandably, most patients are most nervous about this stage, but there is no need to worry; it’s completely painless and very quick.  This first fitting usually takes from half an hour to around an hour.

A couple of hours after your treatment, you may notice your teeth starting to feel a little uncomfortable as your mouth adjusts to the new feeling.  You’ll be getting used to the feeling of wearing a brace, but it causes only minor discomfort; it certainly isn’t ‘painful’.  Most patients who experience this will find a painkiller such as ibuprofen helps to take away any slight aches or niggles.  And, within a few days, your mouth will have adjusted to the braces and you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Wearing Your Braces
Depending on the brace system you use, you might need to make some adjustments to your teeth cleaning routine.  If you choose fixed braces, it might feel a little strange when you eat at first, but it certainly won’t be painful.  You might want to choose softer foods for the first few days while you get used to them.

If you are using a system like our Invisalign braces, you can remove the braces when eating and cleaning your teeth, so you won’t need to change a thing – except add brace cleaning to your usual teeth-cleaning regimen.

You’ll have regular check-ups with us, so if you do have questions you can raise them with us then – or simply give us a call anytime you need to.  During these check-ups, we will make some adjustments to your braces and this tightening may take a couple of days to get used to, much like when you had your braces fixed initially.  Again, this shouldn’t be painful for you.

Removing Your Braces
We’re pleased to report that removing your braces is just as painless!  A thirty-minute appointment is all it takes and your new perfect smile will be revealed.

You will need to wear a retainer at night to ensure your smile remains as perfect as the day we removed your braces.  This, too, should not cause you any discomfort; you’ll simply need to ensure it is cleaned regularly.  We also recommend using a hidden retainer during the day; this is simply a pain-free option that would ensure that your perfect smile stays perfect forever.

Of course, if you do have any concerns while you are wearing your braces, you can call and speak with one of our team, or make an appointment with Beach Smile Dental in Redondo Beach,CA for a check-up.  We are always happy to field any questions or concerns you might have – but, in our experience, it’s rare to have concerns once your braces are fitted.  You will soon get used to them and barely notice them being there.

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Why Have I Got Toothache and what is causing this?

Toothache can range from a tooth being sensitive to cold, to pain on biting or even be a constant pain that mean people can't sleep properly! There are many causes of toothache and we will discuss some of these and different options available for how they can be treated.

Dentin Hypersensitivity

This tends to occur in patients who's gums have shrunk back due to gum recession, leaving the roots of their teeth exposed. The roots of a tooth can become incredibly sensitive to cold, touch or even toothbrushing because they aren't protected by enamel which is the hard outer layer we have on the tops of the teeth. In these early stages we can take a non invasive approach, where a fluoride gel is placed on the exposed root surfaces and starting to use a sensitive toothpaste that you place on the exposed root surfaces before going to sleep and leaving on overnight to soak into the tooth.

Over time these root surfaces can become worn incredibly quickly as they are softer than enamel. As the wear progresses deeper the nerves in the tooth can become very inflamed and painful, to the point where toothache becomes more constant and worsened by heat in which case teeth may require root canal treatments or even extracting! So one option available would be to cover exposed root surfaces with a composite filling, which helps to protect the nerves in the tooth and treat the sensitivity to cold.

Reversible Pulpitis

This most typically occurs as a result of decay deep in a tooth, in close proximity to the nerves. This causes the nerves in the tooth to become painful in short bursts usually when something cold comes into contact with the tooth. At this stage treatment is based around removing the cause which is the decay deep in the tooth and placing a filling. However in the future the nerves in the tooth may die off as a result of the previous damage they have received in which case root canal treatment or extraction may be considered.

Infected Tooth

At this point the tooth will usually be constantly painful through day and night, causing sleepless nights, which can be worsened when pressure is applied to the tooth when biting and chewing. Tooth infections can be present without experiencing any pain however if left patients risk bacteria entering their blood stream or facial swellings that interfere with breathing. The treatment options here involve removing the cause of the infection which is bacteria within the root canal system of the tooth through root canal treatment or removing the tooth.

Now it would be great if we can avoid these problems before they occur which is why we advise people to regular dental check ups and consider having fillings on decayed teeth before they get to this point.

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Veneers: All You Need to Know
A lovely smile is a sign of confidence and happiness. Unfortunately, too many people feel insecure about their teeth and hide their lovely smile with their hand, or smile with their lips closed. Having teeth that you are proud of can change your life in positive ways, and veneers are a popular solution to beautify teeth. Not sure what they are? We explain everything below in a ‘who, what, when, where, why and how’ format.

Who should get veneers?

Anyone who wants to improve their smile can get a veneer or several. Veneers can be used to fix chipped, uneven or discolored teeth. They can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth.
What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are made to fit the shape of your teeth. Veneers are created from porcelain or composite resin, with porcelain being the more durable solution.

When should you get veneers?

Porcelain Veneers can be placed on teeth once your adult tooth has fully grown into your smile from late teens to early 20's. There is no upper age limit for veneers

Where can you get veneers?

At Beach Smile Dental in Redondo Beach, CA we can fit you with veneers and have you walking out with an enhanced smile . Using the latest technology, we’re able to create porcelain veneers. We also work very closely with our dental lab techs for more complex cases, which is a longer process.for more information please click below link or contact us directly

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Dental Deep Cleaning VS Dental Cleaning

Cleaning of the teeth is an important aspect of every person’s life. Not only is it good for enabling you to have a super smile with fresh breath, but also it helps in preventing various gum diseases that occur and can lead to loss of teeth and other dental problems. Choosing the type of dental cleaning.

Regular cleaning, sometimes referred to as prophylaxis, is usually a preventive process that dentists usually recommend to patients who have tartar, plaque and stains that have developed in the teeth. This is common for those who have gingivitis, also called gum or periodontal disease.

Unlike regular cleaning, deep cleaning is usually advisable when the patient has signs of gum disease. The signs will range from loss of bone around teeth, loose teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, deeper gum pockets, plaque accumulation and tartar forming beneath the gums.

The cost of the teeth cleaning treatment usually is determined by the type. Regular cleaning is cheaper as compared to deep cleaning

The treatments from both regular cleaning and deep cleaning usually have different results. Regular cleaning treatment is usually meant to clear plaque, calculus and debris removal above the gum line. With deep cleaning, the treatment usually ensures that the root of the tooth is smoothened and shaped well to remove bacteria. Also, it is done to remove plaque, debris, calculus, and bacteria below the gum line. This often using a local anesthetic for numbing and sometimes antibiotics may need to be taken afterwards.

Cleaning of the teeth is very essential to all people. When it is not done often enough, it can result in loss of teeth and gum disease. There are studies that have shown that people with moderate or extensive gum disease also tend to be more at risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Therefore, to avoid all these problems, it is advisable to seek advice from your dentist to determine whether you need deep dental cleaning or regular teeth cleaning to maintain your dental hygiene. for more information click below link

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What is Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic product to effectively help correct a number of different orthodontic issues and gives you a balanced, even smile. This method of straightening teeth can be more comfortable, pain-free and virtually invisible compared to traditional braces. In addition to this, effective oral hygiene can be maintained throughout the teeth straightening process.

The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners, thin plastic trays, that apply a constant force to teeth to affect their movement and are changed every two weeks. They look a little like a traditional mouthguard, made of a thin, lightweight, clear plastic. The aligners are worn day and night but can be removed when eating, flossing or cleaning your teeth. As each aligner is worn and changed, they move the teeth very gradually until the required result is achieved.

Many adults who have bite problems or crooked teeth refrain from having their teeth straightened simply because they don’t want to be seen in the workplace wearing ‘railroad track’ braces. Invisalign elegantly solves this problem. They are virtually undetectable. And they’re more comfortable – in fact, many people soon forget they’re wearing them.


Another advantage is that the aligners can be removed for brief periods. While they should be worn constantly, it is acceptable to remove them for a maximum of two hours a day – perfect for special occasions or big presentations.

What’s the process?

After an initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist, a 3D digital image of your teeth will be produced. A set of custom aligners, specifically made for you, is then produced from this image. At this point, it’s also possible to see a computerised estimate of how your teeth will look once the treatment is complete. This gives you a realistic expectation of the final outcome.

Each aligner is worn for two weeks before moving to the next one in the series. Generally, treatment can take between 9-18 months and a visit to the dentist or orthodontist is required every 4-6 weeks. While the number of aligners needed is different for each patient and their treatment plan, it usually requires 18 to 36 aligners to achieve the final result.

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What are dental braces retainers?

Braces exert even, constant pressure onto teeth in order to move them to a desired position. The procedure may start with the use of separators to create space between the back molar teeth. After the separators are removed, bands are placed around the molars that will anchor the braces.

A small bracket is then glued to each tooth using dental cement. Wire is placed through each bracket and attached to the bands. This creates the pressure that will slowly move the teeth into position. Regular visits to the orthodontist/dentist are required to check the progress of the teeth and adjust the tension as required. For more information please see Invisalign

Which dental conditions require dental braces retainers?

Braces can be used on a number of conditions where the teeth need to be moved into a new position. These include crooked teeth, crowded teeth, large gaps between teeth, overbites, and under-bites. Braces are not just a cosmetic procedure to improve the look of your smile – they can also be a permanent orthodontic solution to serious dental conditions such as misaligned and underdeveloped jaws which can affect normal jaw development and general health.

Common types of dental braces retainers

Metal dental braces are the traditional type of braces and can be used to correct most dental problems.
Ceramic braces are exactly the same as metal braces but less noticeable. The brackets can be clear or tooth-colored while the wires are far less noticeable.
Lingual braces are attached to the back surface of the teeth so they are virtually unnoticeable. They can irritate the tongue and it takes a bit more effort to keep them clean.
How long are braces worn?
The length of time that you need to wear braces is dependent on the condition you are being treated for, the type of braces you are wearing and your age. It could be as little as six months or as long as two years. Discuss this with your dentist or orthodontist at your initial appointment to get a more accurate idea of the period of time.

Eating with braces
You will need to make some adjustments to what you eat once you are fitted with braces. The obvious foods to avoid are sugary sticky lollies, bubblegum, chewing gum and popcorn. It’s also best to avoid hard foods like nuts, biscuits and crusty breads.

You do need to watch out for foods that you generally bite into with your front teeth, such as apples, corn on the cob, carrots and chicken wings. However, there’s no need to cut these foods from your diet. Simply cut them into small chunks and use your back teeth for chewing.

The good news is that there are still plenty of delicious foods that you can enjoy. Steamed vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and seafood are all suitable. Soft fruits, such as bananas, oranges and kiwi fruit, are fantastic, and soups, eggs and chicken can all stay on the menu.

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What Is Cosmetic dentistry if you are thinking about significantly (or subtly) improving your smile, . From simple, inexpensive procedures or full makeovers, there are many different ways cosmetic dentistry can create a confident, healthy and natural-looking smile by improving the appearance of your teeth, gums and or bite.

Our cosmetic dentistry spans a number of dental fields and can vary in complexity from teeth whitening to simple filling replacements (using natural tooth color matched composite resin) or complete makeovers using dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, Fastbraces Orthodontics & dentures (if required).
Which Dental Treatments Are Cosmetic?

All cosmetic dentistry treatments improve the appearance of your teeth, with some restoring function and/or improving your oral health as well. Help us find the best treatments for your new smile.

Teeth Whitening — is an affordable procedure to whiten and brighten your smile, in our dental hygienist’s chair.
Composite Bonding — the appearance and strength of chipped teeth can be improved with the attachment of tooth-colored composite resin. This process requires minimal preparation (drilling) of the tooth.
Porcelain & Composite Veneers — a wide range of dental imperfections can be concealed with veneers (hard, thin shells of tooth-colored material that substitute tooth enamel)
Porcelain Crowns — significantly damaged tooth structure can be concealed and replaced with natural-looking porcelain crowns.
Porcelain Bridgework — these are a tooth replacement attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space between a missing tooth.
Dental Implants — the root of a missing tooth is usually replaced by an implant (typically made of titanium) A crown is then fitted over the visible part of a tooth to create a natural-looking replacement.
Tooth-Colored / Composite Fillings — these biomimetic (life like) alternatives to traditional amalgam(black fillings) are natural looking, virtually invisible and long lasting.
Fastbraces Orthodontics — these fast, affordable and easy new technology braces are being opted for to straighten teeth quickly.
Laser Dentistry — laser surgery can reshape gum tissue, remove lumps and bumps, smooth out, reshape or even save teeth that would traditionally have been unsalvageable and require extraction.

Getting A Consultation

Our Dentist in Redondo Beach we are passionate about cosmetic dentistry and have been providing both sophisticated & simple solutions to clients across Los Angles

Our wide range of techniques and procedures can quickly and efficiently improve the color, position, shape, size, alignment and your overall smile appearance. You can find examples of cosmetic cases and the results we have achieved by clicking here

From unsightly fillings to crooked or uneven teeth, gaps discolored or stained teeth – we can help. Talk to us and describe in detail what you like or dislike about your smile, and what you’d like to change. We’ll provide a comprehensive oral exam, discuss your treatment options (from inexpensive improvements upwards) and plan a course of action.

Start today & discover what your options are. Book a no-obligation cosmetic consultation with us now. for more information click below link

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What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a thick, often spongy shield that fits over your teeth. Mouth guards are usually worn during sports and other activities that involve a high risk of impact to the face. They can be helpful outside of sports too. For instance, you might need to use a specialist mouth guard for jaw issues or teeth grinding. Dentists sometimes use special types of mouth guards to help treat snoring or sleep apnoea as well.

At Beach Smile Dental in Redondo Beach we have a passion for sport, whether it’s playing soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, surfing, skateboarding or cycling on a long, open road. There’s a thrill that appeals to sport lovers, but the spills can be devastating. Whether it’s a collision on the field, a tumble on a street or equipment failure – the risk of contact to the face and teeth is an ever-present danger. To minimize this risk, it’s a good idea to wear a mouth guard.

What are the risk factors when playing sport?

An injury can result in a loss of one or more teeth, broken or chipped teeth, jaw fractures or injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth. Dental trauma can also include damage to the gums and lips.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), about one-third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related. Sports Medicine Association America suggests that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury.

The good news is that injuries can often be prevented by using a custom-fitted mouth guard every time you play or train.

How can a mouth guard help?

When there’s direct impact to the lower part of your face, the force can travel through your jaw, teeth and even the upper part of your skull. This can increase the risk of injuries like front teeth fractures and even concussions. Blows to your lower jaw might cause the jaws to slam together and damage both rows of teeth.

Mouth guards act as a buffer for these kinds of impact. The spongy material helps to absorb the shock and lessen the force applied to your teeth, jaws or skull.

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Are there alternatives to dental root canal treatment?

An alternative to root canal treatment is extraction and replacement of the tooth with either a bridge, an implant, or dentures. However, it is always preferable to keep your natural tooth rather than replace it with a false tooth. The other advantage of root canal treatment is that it is usually cheaper than the other options.

How long does a root canal treatment last?

After your treatment, the tooth will feel just like normal. It may seem strange that a tooth without a pulp can be functional and look normal but, happily, that is the case. A treated tooth can last a lifetime but that is dependent on an effective and frequent oral hygiene regimen, and regular visits to the dentist – at least twice a year.

What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, or root canal therapy, is a common dental procedure used to save a tooth that has been damaged. Inside each of your teeth is a small bundle of nerves and blood vessels called the “pulp.” The pulp kept your tooth alive while it was growing when you were a child, and it also allows your teeth to sense pressure and temperature. Unfortunately, the pulp is very sensitive, and if your tooth is damaged it can be exposed to infection. Once this happens the pulp has to be removed with root canal therapy.
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