Oral Beauty Trends 2023

When we think of “beauty trends” our minds often gravitate toward makeup, new nail styles, trendy haircuts, and wild fashion. Over the last few years, the rising profile of oral beauty products and best practices has also entered this space. 

Oral beauty is all about projecting a beautiful and healthy smile to the world. While twice-a-day brushing and once-daily flossing will keep cavities away, these oral care mainstays won’t always provide you with a smile that you love. Issues like severe staining and dental crowding are impossible to correct on your own. Fortunately, oral beauty products have made obtaining a perfect smile easier than ever before. 

Here at Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we take oral beauty seriously. After all, part of being an excellent orthodontist is understanding how to combine health care and aesthetics to produce amazing results for your patients. We know how important it is to feel confident and beautiful when you smile, and that’s why we keep a close eye on oral beauty trends. If you’re looking for ways to improve your smile, consider these:

Oral Beauty Trend #1: Collagen Supplements

Collagen peptide supplements have grown increasingly popular in recent years. Typically used to produce food, beverages, healthcare, and cosmetic products, the global collagen market is growing for many reasons, including its popularity as a supplement. 

Collagen supplements

Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein that your body needs to produce various connective tissues, including cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments, skin, and teeth. Collagen provides strength and elasticity, and as we age, our bodies start to lose collagen, resulting in sagging skin, aching joints, and receding gums. Research suggests that taking collagen supplements may provide numerous benefits, like:

In addition to these benefits, collagen products are shown to promote gum health by improving elasticity and strengthening the underlying bones. Altogether, collagen has the potential to improve your appearance in a variety of ways.

Oral Beauty Trend #2: Watch Your Saliva’s pH Levels

Although we don’t often like to think about our spit, saliva is essential to healthy living. Every day, we rely on saliva to:

Beyond these roles, saliva also helps your mouth maintain a neutral pH level. You may remember this from chemistry class: the pH scale measures how acidic or basic a material is. It ranges from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most basic). 

Healthy saliva has a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. If the pH level falls below pH 5.5, it can cause tooth enamel demineralization and increase the risk of decay. Conversely, levels above ph 7.5 promote plaque formation, leading to gum disease and other problems. To keep your saliva at a healthy pH range, we recommend:

Oral Beauty Trend #3: Using At-Home Teeth Whitening Products

Everyone loves a brilliant white smile, but it can be hard to keep your teeth looking bright. Certain foods and beverages, aging, genetics, poor oral hygiene habits, and other factors all work together to gradually discolor our teeth over time. Thankfully, it has never been easier to whiten your smile. 

BHO Whitening pen

In-office bleaching is still the gold standard in the world of teeth whitening. During these treatments, dental professionals carefully apply powerful whitening gels to patients’ teeth in order to dramatically improve the brightness level. Although at-home treatments are not as effective, they are safe, easy to use, and extremely convenient. 

Beverly Hills Orthodontics currently offers two whitening products: 

  1. The BHO Teeth Whitening Pen, a compact whitening stick that you can use up to four times a day to freshen your look and improve your breath.
  2. BHO Cloud, a Teeth Whitening and Aligner Cleaner Combo, is a foam product that you spread across Invisalign aligners to both eliminate staining on the tray and improve the whiteness of your teeth. 

By using these products as instructed, you can quickly improve the look of your smile without leaving the house!

Oral Beauty Trend #4: Lip-Plumping Products

Fashion trends change constantly, but a simple glance at what’s trending on social media will tell you that plump, pouty lips are not going away. One of the easiest ways to increase your lip volume—without seeing a plastic surgeon—is to use lip-plumping products. 

These products are available in different forms, including balms, masks, creams, and glosses. What makes them unique is that they contain ingredients that stimulate increased blood flow to the mouth. Lip plumpers contain substances like cinnamon, capsaicin, menthol, and ginger extract that cause the lips to swell slightly upon application. As a result, the lips may look fuller, rounder, and of course, plumper (temporarily). 

Many modern lip plumpers also contain collagen and peptides to promote healthy skin. These ingredients aid moisturization and minimize the tingling sensation that usually accompanies lip plumpers. While these products are safe, you should always scan the ingredient list for potential allergens and use them as directed to avoid serious skin irritation.

Oral Beauty Trend #5: Diverse Orthodontic Treatment Options

Oral beauty trends

Gone are the days when braces reigned supreme in the world of orthodontics! Even though we still love braces for their simplicity and reliable results, we know that they are not ideal for everyone. Many orthodontic patients today prefer the discreet look and lack of dietary restrictions provided by Invisalign.

Invisalign is the biggest name in clear aligner treatment. Over the last 20 years, millions of orthodontic patients have obtained perfect smiles with the help of Invisalign aligners. In that time, advancements in Invisalign’s hardware and software have widened the pool of eligible patients. While Invisalign was previously restricted to treating mild orthodontic cases, orthodontists today can use clear aligners to treat even severe misalignments. 

At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we craft our treatments to fit the needs and lifestyle preferences of each unique client. Depending on the specifics of your case, our care plans may include:

With today’s technology, getting the orthodontic treatment you need is easier and more convenient than ever before!

Oral Beauty Services from Beverly Hills Orthodontics Can Give You a Smile You Love

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The products and services listed above are a great way to make your teeth shine brighter. However, if your smile requires a little more work, it might be time to consider professional treatment. At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we offer holistic solutions for all sorts of alignment problems, including:

Led by Ivy League-graduate Dr. Monica Madan, Beverly Hills Orthodontics uses the latest technology to create customized treatment plans to fit your lifestyle. Call one of our offices in Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, or Downtown LA to schedule a consultation with a Smile Specialist today. 

Hometown Orthodontist: Pasadena’s Own Dr. Monica Madan

Truly, the jewel of Los Angeles is the City of Pasadena, known nationwide for the New Year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, the Rose Bowl college football game, and little old ladies who drive too fast. 

On a more local level, most Californians know Pasadena for its historic buildings, American Craftsman architecture, and the variety of shops and restaurants along Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena is also the hometown of Dr. Monica Madan, founder of Beverly Hills Orthodontics (BHO), one of the top Invisalign providers in the U.S.

BHO’s mission is to combine the latest technology with traditional orthodontics practices to create holistic care plans that complement each patient’s unique lifestyle and treatment preferences. Our care plans use diverse tools and approaches, including:

Since 2019, the Alhambra office has been the hub from which Dr. Madan and the BHO team serve members of the Pasadena community. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how Dr. Madan views her role as an orthodontist in Pasadena and how growing up here has influenced her professional and personal life. 

 Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena CA

From Beverly Hills to Pasadena—and Back Again

Although born in Beverly Hills, Dr. Madan recognizes Pasadena as her childhood home. At age 3, she and her family moved from Beverly Hills to Pasadena, where they lived together for over a decade. Sadly, when she was 17, Dr. Madan’s family lost their home to wildfires fanned by strong Santa Ana winds. Instead of rebuilding, the family moved back to Beverly Hills just as young Monica was preparing to graduate high school and attend Brown University. 

 Pasadena City Hall.

Dr. Madan credits her Pasadena childhood as a major influence on her life. The city’s diverse population allowed her to feel accepted immediately—as a young, bilingual Indian girl, she quickly made friends from various backgrounds, including her own. As she mentions in her 2020 Medium interview with Tiffany Yu:

“Pasadena was incredibly diverse, but no one talked about diversity in the same way it is discussed today. I just knew I was Indian, and that was great! I had a vibrant and robust social life outside of school with my family and friends who were mostly Indian.”

She attended High Point Academy through eighth grade before transitioning to Pasadena High School. During her time as a PHS bulldog, Dr. Madan truly enjoyed being part of the fabric of the local Pasadena community. As she recalls fondly, “I immersed myself in skater culture! I also taught swimming at the Y, went hiking in Eaton Canyon, worked for a while at the mayor’s office, and just—you know—hung around Old Town with my friends.” 

Among those formative hometown happenings, Dr. Madan was also a finalist for the Rose Queen Court. The Pasadena Star-News wrote a feature on her experience as a Princess with the Tournament of Roses Parade, during which she appeared on local and national TV broadcasts of the event. 

BHO’s Alhambra Office: Serving the Pasadena Area 

After completing her undergraduate degree at Brown, Dr. Madan attended the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry. Once she became a licensed dentist, Dr. Madan finished both her master’s degree and her orthodontic training in Seattle at the University of Washington—home to one of the best orthodontic programs in the world

Dr. Monica Madan is a Diamond Plus Invisalign provider

After graduating from UW in 2008, Dr. Madan returned to Beverly Hills to open her first office for Beverly Hills Orthodontics. In the following years, BHO gradually expanded to serve more of the Los Angeles area, including DTLA and Toluca Lake. 

BHO’s newest office, located in Alhambra, opened in 2019 to serve Dr. Madan’s hometown. Here, Pasadena residents can receive the same top-notch orthodontic care practiced in all BHO offices. 

The Alhambra office may be better known by its former business name, Beautiful New Smiles, which Dr. William Hentosz owned and operated for over 30 years. After his passing in 2019, Dr. Madan was approached to continue operating Beautiful New Smiles under the Beverly Hills Orthodontics brand. After a period of reflection, she accepted the offer and continued Dr. Hentosz’s legacy of providing excellent orthodontic care to the area she knows so well. 

Like all BHO locations, the Alhambra office’s mission is to create holistic treatment plans that are customized to meet the needs and lifestyle preferences of each patient. Serving the communities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, Monterey Park, Montebello, Temple City, Rosemead, Arcadia, Los Angeles, and San Marino, Dr. Madan and the team at our Alhambra office can help you improve your smile on your own terms. Schedule a consultation today to learn how! 

Searching for the Best Orthodontists in Pasadena?
You’ll Find Them in BHO’s Alhambra Office

Pasadena has always been an important part of Dr. Madan’s life. From shopping in Old Town to hiking in Eaton Canyon to attending PHS, Pasadena provided Dr. Madan with a rich, vibrant community in which she could grow and thrive. Now, she is proud to provide excellent orthodontic care for Pasadena residents from BHO’s Alhambra office. 

Beverly Hills Orthodontics corrects everything from mild crowding to severe overbites and underbites. Using the latest technology and treatment approaches, Dr. Madan and the BHO team follow a patient-centric philosophy to provide the best orthodontic experience possible. Contact our Alhambra office today to learn how we can improve your smile!

Do Braces Fix Overbites?

Even if you didn’t know the clinical term for it, you’ve probably seen someone who has an overbite. Also known as an “overjet” or “deep bite,” it’s one of the most common malocclusions that orthodontists treat. 

Malocclusion is the typical diagnosis for a patient whose top and bottom jaws do not close properly. The term stems from the Latin words, “mal” (meaning “bad”), and “occlusion” (or “bite”). An overbite is a specific type of misalignment in which the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth. 

The basic shape of the human skull results in a slight overbite, which is perfectly normal. With a healthy overbite, your top and bottom teeth connect properly as you chew, and when you close your mouth, the top teeth rest comfortably on top of your bottom teeth. To be diagnosed as a malocclusion, an overbite must be excessive enough to impede oral function, affect aesthetics, or impact oral health.

Here at Beverly Hills Orthodontics (BHO), we have corrected countless overbites since opening our doors in 2008. Today, overbite treatments still constitute a substantial portion of our annual cases, and we frequently answer overbite questions during patient consultations. Common questions include:

Below, the BHO team will answer these questions and more as we give you a rundown on overbites and overbite treatments. 

Do Braces Fix Overbites? Yes.
But Wait—There’s More!

The simple answer to “Do braces fix overbites?” is “yes.” The longer answer is “yes, but the braces are just one part of the treatment.”

Model of an overbite

Malocclusions are grouped into different classes and divisions based on the nature and severity of the misalignment. 

Class 1 malocclusions (aka neutrocclusion) display a normal, healthy alignment between the upper and lower jaws but may exhibit some minor problems, like dental crowding or spacing issues

Overbites fall under Class II malocclusions, which are organized into two divisions:

Orthodontists use a variety of methods to treat malocclusions of different classes and severity levels. Used in combination with braces, these measures shift the lower jaw into the desired position while braces straighten teeth by applying pressure to them. 

During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will examine your bite to better understand exactly what kinds of overbite problems you’re dealing with. They will also discuss which treatment options they recommend for your unique issues. 

Overbite Treatment Methods

At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we use four methods to treat overbites. Before treatment begins, we always discuss available options with patients to determine the approach that best meets their aesthetic goals and lifestyle preferences. Together, we work with patients to create a holistic care plan that is both effective and comfortable. Possible treatment methods include:

Patients qualify for these treatments based on a combination of age, misalignment severity, and other health factors. In general, treatment takes around 12-24+ months to complete and provides patients with numerous benefits, including:

For more information about overbite treatments, contact one of Beverly Hills Orthodontics’ four Los Angeles-area locations to schedule a consultation.  

Interested In Orthodontic Care? A Consultation at Beverly Hills Orthodontics Will Reveal Your Overbite Treatment Options

Braces are one of the most effective overbite treatments available today. By combining braces with additional measures, like elastics, headgear, or jaw surgery, orthodontists can correct mild-to-severe overbite problems in patients of all ages. 

If you have been considering braces for your overbite, Beverly Hills Orthodontics is here to help you review all your treatment options. Our founder, Dr. Monica Madan, graduated from the top orthodontic program in the country and uses the latest orthodontic tools and techniques to create specialized treatment plans. A consultation at one of our offices in Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, our Downtown LA, will allow our team to pinpoint your exact alignment issues and discuss which care options will work best for your lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more. 

Braces First Week Tips

Are you preparing for your first week wearing braces? Whether you are still researching orthodontic treatments or just had your brackets and wires bonded in place, it’s good to know what to expect for your first few days in braces. 

Braces: Components

Using braces has been a common practice to realign teeth that predates the beginning of modern orthodontics by a few millennia. In fact, braces are still one of the tools most preferred by orthodontists today, though the design has been updated considerably since ancient Egypt. They consist of at least two parts:

If you have an overbite, underbite, or open bite, your orthodontist may also use elastics (i.e., rubber bands) to help correct the issue.

Braces: Function

Throughout treatment, your orthodontist will periodically tighten the archwire to increase pressure on the brackets. This moves teeth in a controlled manner, allowing your orthodontist to gradually improve your tooth alignment until you have a perfectly straight smile. 

One reason behind the long-lived popularity of braces is their extreme versatility. Braces can correct nearly all mild-to-severe alignment issues, including:

For braces to succeed, however, you will need to follow your orthodontist’s instructions diligently. Below, you will find key advice and a host of braces first-week tips from the Beverly Hills Orthodontics (BHO) team that will help you start treatment off right!

Your Braces: First Week Expectations

First, let’s review what will happen during the first few days of treatment. Once we establish what to expect at the doctor’s office, you can follow our braces first-week tips to begin building good habits.

Attaching Your Braces

As you may have guessed, the first week of treatment begins when your orthodontist attaches your braces to your teeth. While it’s perfectly normal to be concerned or anxious about this process, we have some good news: attaching braces to your teeth is a painless procedure. And, it only takes an hour or two to complete. 

To attach the braces, your orthodontist will:

  1. Clean your teeth and dry them in preparation for bracket attachment.
  2. Use bonding material to attach the brackets across your rows of teeth.
  3. Shine a curing light on brackets to harden the bonding material and create a firm connection.
  4. Slide metal bands over your molars if necessary to anchor the braces. The bands are sized to your molars, so you should not feel any pain or discomfort, just a bit of pressure.
  5. Connect all the brackets together with an archwire. 

Once anchored by metal molar bands and threaded through each bracket, the archwire is cut close to the end of the bands to keep it from irritating the gums or cheeks. If your treatment includes overbite, underbite, or crossbite correction, your orthodontist will also attach elastics to the brackets and show you how to attach them yourself. 

As mentioned previously, the attachment process is completely pain-free. However, you will feel some pressure while bonding the brackets and bands. You should also expect the doctor to place an appliance in your mouth to keep it open for the entire procedure. 

After Your Office Visit

Immediately after your braces are attached, you may experience some short-term effects:

With these factors in mind, let’s take a look at how to make the most of your first week in braces.

Braces First Week Tips:
Begin Orthodontic Treatment on the Right Note

Most braces treatments take around 12 months to 2+ years to complete. Treatment duration is influenced by a number of things, including:

In addition to these aspects, good patient habits can positively influence how quickly your braces produce results. 

As a braces patient, your job is to keep your braces in working order. To do so, you must follow certain best practices and be diligent about your oral care routine. If not, you risk damaging your braces, infecting your gums, and developing cavities—all of which can create major delays in your treatment.

Follow these braces first week tips to form good habits as you start treatment:

  1. Do Not Eat Hard, Sticky, or Crunchy Foods. Many foods can damage your braces during treatment. Eating hard foods (e.g., nuts, carrots, whole apples, etc.) can inadvertently bend wires, loosen bands, and break brackets. Sticky foods (e.g., gum, candy, etc.) can pull wires out of position and loosen bands. Crunchy foods (e.g., hard-shell tacos, chips, etc.) can loosen the brackets bonded to your teeth.
  2. Avoid Nervous Chewing Habits. When many people are nervous or bored, they habitually chew non-food items, like pencils, pens, ice, or fingernails. All of these objects can damage your braces, so if you have been trying to quash that nail-biting habit, now is the time!
  3. Prioritize Your Oral Hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing are always important, but your oral care routine is especially critical while wearing braces. To prevent plaque accumulation and other dental problems, plan to brush your teeth and braces 3 times a day for 3 to 5 minutes, and floss at night. After brushing and flossing, your braces should always appear shiny and clean.
  4. Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Contact Sports. If there is a reasonable chance of someone or something colliding with your braces, you need to wear a mouthguard. One unprotected blow to a mouth with braces can lead to expensive repairs and painful injuries. Minimize this risk by wearing a mouthguard any time you participate in physical activities.

Interested in Braces? Schedule a Consultation With BHO Today!

Braces are one of the most reliable ways to achieve a flawless smile. No matter whether you struggle with crowding, open bite, underbite, or another malocclusion, braces can correct your alignment issues for a perfectly straight set of teeth. 

If you are ready to improve your smile, Beverly Hills Orthodontics is the practice for you. Led by Ivy League graduate Dr. Monica Madan, BHO uses the latest technology to create the best treatment plans possible. From accelerated orthodontic measures to different types of braces, we provide our patients with different care options that maximize comfort and convenience. Contact us today to discuss your treatment plan.

Do Braces Affect Speech?

Orthodontists worldwide use braces to treat all sorts of alignment problems. From overbites and underbites to crossbites and other malocclusions (the medical term for “bad bites”), all can be corrected with treatments using braces, lasting from a few months to a couple of years. 

Although Invisalign and other clear aligner treatments have steadily risen in popularity over the past two decades, braces are still one of the best, most adaptable orthodontic treatments available today. Almost all healthy adults and children/teenagers with malocclusions can benefit from wearing braces, and the treatment is versatile enough to treat even the most complicated alignment problems.

In addition to such wide-ranging capabilities, recent material advancements have improved the look and feel of braces as well. Smaller, more attractive, and more comfortable than braces from years past, many patients today still choose braces over Invisalign for their minimal upkeep requirements and responsibilities

If you have been considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you probably have questions about how braces impact a patient’s daily life. For example, one of the most common questions we hear here at Beverly Hills Orthodontics is, “Do braces affect speech?”

In this blog, we explore how braces can impact speech patterns, both during treatment and after. If you have any additional questions about orthodontic treatment, contact one of our offices in Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, or Downtown LA to find the answers.

Do Braces Affect Speech? Rarely 

We can begin by reassuring you that braces will not negatively impact your speech during treatment. However, some patients report minor changes to speech when their braces are first attached. 

The most commonly reported speech effects are minor lisping and struggling with certain sounds. In both cases, the solution is simple: practice speaking

At the same time, orthodontic treatment can change the sound of your “head voice” (i.e., the sound you hear when you speak) without necessarily affecting how your voice sounds to others. 

If you are at the beginning of treatment and feel that your voice has been affected by your braces, we have some suggestions:

  1. Record yourself speaking.
  2. Listen to the recording playback.
  3. Try to pinpoint which sounds you are struggling with.
  4. Repeat speaking any words aloud that contain the problem sound(s) to improve your articulation.
  5. Periodically re-record yourself and listen for progress. Repeat this process until you have eliminated the speech issue.

Almost all patients quickly adapt to their braces and overcome their speech issues within a few days. If your speech problems persist, there could be an issue with the braces themselves. Your orthodontist may have fitted them incorrectly or used improper wires. To avoid fitting issues, you should always seek orthodontic treatment from a trusted, licensed orthodontist. 

Properly performed orthodontic treatment will not disrupt your speaking ability. In fact, braces can actually improve your speech, as well as other oral functions.

How Braces Improve Speech and Other Oral Functions

Moderate-to-severe malocclusions can negatively impact oral functions, including speech. That’s because the physical production of human speech is a complicated process in which multiple body parts must work in harmony. 

In simple terms, your lungs produce air to create noise, your larynx manipulates the air via vocal cords to form the intended sound, and body parts in the mouth and nose (the tongue, soft palate, and sinus cavities) articulate the sound to form specific words. When these body parts can’t work together to form those intended words, it results in a speech impediment.

Speech impediments are complicated issues that are caused by multiple factors, including genetics, brain function, and motor control. Braces will not improve speech impaired by mental or motor functions. However, braces can improve speech clarity and reduce lisping levels influenced by improper jaw and tooth alignment. 

The chart below provides details on how correcting specific bite problems can improve speech:

Bite Issue Orthodontic Treatment Benefit
Irregular Incisors  Clearer pronunciation of “t” “d” and “s” sounds
Irregular Upper Anterior Teeth Clearer pronunciation of  “p” ”b” and “m” sounds
Open Bite Lower lisping levels and clearer pronunciation of  “s” “z” “t” ”d” ”n”  and ”l” sounds
Diastema (i.e., Tooth Gaps) Lower lisping levels
Cleft Palate Overall clearer speech and better pronunciation

By correcting jaw and tooth alignment, braces improve other oral functions as well, including biting and chewing. Proper alignment also makes oral care easier and more effective, leading to numerous health benefits.

So, to finally answer the question, “Do braces affect speech?”—Yes, but only in a positive way!

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If you are considering orthodontic treatment but are concerned that braces may change your voice, we have good news: braces will not negatively impact your speech. 

Although you may think you sound a bit funny at the beginning of treatment, patients quickly adjust to their braces and learn to speak clearly within a day or two. Moreover, braces have been shown to improve mechanical speech problems, so you may sound even better once treatment is complete!

At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we create a safe and welcoming environment for all our patients. No matter what questions or concerns are making you anxious, our team is here to give you answers and put your mind at ease. BHO’s founder, Dr. Monica Madan, graduated from the #1-ranked orthodontic program in the country and uses her expertise to craft holistic treatment programs that put patient comfort and lifestyle preferences above all else. Schedule a consultation today to learn how BHO can improve your smile!

Wedding Teeth Whitening and Straightening: Getting Ready for Your Big Day

I love weddings! And everything about them! While I could go on and on about wedding planning advice—or even after the wedding advice—I’ll stick to your smile in this article!

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting things in the world. You’ve met the love of your life and now you’re ready to plan the party of the century! From finding a venue to tasting cakes, the next few months are bound to be a whirlwind as you arrange your big day. 

First off, you’re probably already planning on having that perfect “glow” for your special day, in addition to hiring caterers, booking a photographer, and choosing the decor. That glow is about more than finding the perfect dress or tux—we’re talking about your smile!

Statistics from the American Dental Association show that about 25% of adults avoid smiling to hide the condition of their mouth and teeth. Moreover, more than 20% of adults feel anxious and embarrassed by the way their teeth look. 

Couple plans their teeth whitening treatments in time for their wedding

On a day as special as your wedding, you should be able to smile broadly—without feeling self-conscious. As you dance with friends and family, you don’t want to worry about how your teeth will look in your wedding photos.  

If you’re interested in improving your smile before your big day, Beverly Hills Orthodontics is here to help! Located in Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, and Downtown Los Angeles, BHO offers wedding teeth whitening and straightening services that can provide you with a flawless wedding-day smile. Here’s how our services can help you look your best.

Teeth Whitening: A Quick and Easy Way to Improve Your Look

Are you one of the countless people who struggle with stained teeth? Although beverages like coffee, tea, wine, and soda might be delicious, they can quickly take your smile from bright white to yellow-brown. Some other factors that can stain your smile include:

Smile Stainers
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Drinking beverages known to stain teeth, like red wine or coffee
  • Eating foods known to stain teeth, like blueberries, candy, curry, etc.
  • Taking certain medications (e.g., some antihistamines, steroids, or antihypertensive drugs)
  • Physical injuries

Stained enamel is notoriously difficult to clean on your own. While whitening strips, rinses, and toothpastes are readily available at most drug stores, they may not be as effective as you think. Over-the-counter whitening products can take more than a month to show results and, even then, they can only lighten your smile by a few shades. 

For an event as special as your wedding, you don’t want to leave things to chance. That’s why Beverly Hills Orthodontics offers in-office and take-home wedding teeth whitening services. Professional whitening treatments use more powerful bleaching agents than OTC options, delivering dramatic improvements. 

In-office treatment is quick, safe, and shows results within 24 hours.  Here’s how we perform whitening at BHO:

  1. We start with a simple cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar. 
  2. We apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth, then we shine a UV light on your smile to activate the whitening agents.   
  3. After 20 minutes of light curing, we apply more whitening gel for another round of whitening.
  4. After another 20 minutes of light curing, we apply more whitening gel for one final round—that’s 3 rounds of treatment for a knockout smile.

Within a day or so, you can expect your smile to lighten by 5 to 10 shades.

If you would rather brighten your teeth at home, BHO also offers a range of take-home whitening products that perform better than their drugstore counterparts. Our offerings include:

BHO Whitening Pen
BHO Aligner Foam

For more information about these different products, call one of our offices today to learn which approach will best suit your needs.

Orthodontics: Your Ticket to a Perfect Wedding-Day Smile

If you have stained teeth, an in-office whitening treatment can significantly brighten your smile within 24 hours. If you have crooked teeth or bite issues, however, treatment may take a little more time. 

On average, orthodontic treatment takes around 12 to 24 months to complete. The more severe and complex the problem, the longer treatment tends to be. 

If your wedding is still far enough in advance, both braces and Invisalign can perfect your smile by the time your big day arrives. If your wedding is just a few months away, we’ll need to be a bit more creative. 

Our team at Beverly Hills Orthodontics excels at treating special cases and creating accelerated treatment plans. Using a combination of Invisalign and accelerated orthodontic measures, BHO can correct your smile significantly faster than conventional treatments. Book a consultation today to learn if our accelerated services might fit into your wedding itinerary. 

Beverly Hills Orthodontics is Your Home for Wedding Teeth Whitening and Straightening

Smiling wedding attendees

If your big day is coming up, it’s only natural to want to look your best. Between the ceremony, reception, and any after-party festivities, you will end up with a lifetime of memories when the day is over. With the help of professional teeth whitening and straightening services from Beverly Hills Orthodontics, you can make sure your smile shines in each and every photo. 

Whether you have slight discoloration or complicated bite problems, Dr. Madan and the BHO team can create a treatment plan that fits into your wedding timeline. Depending on what issues you are dealing with, we can use Invisalign, braces, accelerated orthodontic devices, and other methods to perfect your smile in a comfortable, timely manner. Call us today to learn more. 

Invisalign vs. Braces: Timeline Differences and the BHO Method

If you have been researching orthodontic treatment for yourself or for your children, there’s a good chance that you’ve already started to debate between Invisalign and braces. 

As today’s two most popular treatment methods, Invisalign and braces can treat all mild-to-severe malocclusions (i.e. “bad bites”) like overbites, underbites, crossbites, and underbites. They both correct these misalignments by exerting pressure on teeth, although they use very different methods to do so. 

Inivisalign utilizes custom-made tooth aligner sets to move teeth into the proper positions. Patients wear each aligner for about a week—sometimes only for a few days—before progressing to the next set. Each aligner is designed to move teeth in specific ways, allowing orthodontists to create customized plans for individual patients.

Braces exert tooth pressure via metal brackets and wires. At the beginning of treatment, metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to each of your teeth. An archwire is then threaded through each bracket. By adjusting the wire’s tightness, your orthodontist is able to move teeth in deliberate directions until they are in perfect alignment.

When deciding between Invisalign and braces, there are a lot of factors to consider, including:

In addition to the day-to-day elements, patients at Beverly Hills Orthodontics (BHO) often ask how long each treatment will take to complete. In this post, we’ll give you a timeline breakdown for Invisalign vs. braces. Along the way, we’ll examine what might influence the duration of your treatment and discuss how recent technological advancements are improving treatment times.

Evolving Orthodontic Technology: Changing Treatment Length

When taking a broad look at Invisalign vs. braces timeline differences, the average Invisalign case is shorter compared to the average braces case. Generally speaking, most Invisalign treatments take around 12 months to complete while braces require 18-24 months to deliver equivalent results. However, these general descriptions alone do not mean that Invisalign is quicker for everyone.

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Orthodontic issues are diverse, and individual cases vary in complexity. In the past, orthodontists only used Invisalign to treat mild problems, using braces to correct more severe issues. 

Mild issues take less time to correct than severe issues, so Invisalign cases on average took less time than braces treatments. With recent changes in technology, however, the estimated timeframe for treatment is also different. 

Invisalign technology has improved so much in recent years that today, orthodontists can use Invisalign to correct even the most severe cases. Moreover, Invisalign software and hardware enable orthodontists to design intricate treatment plans that move teeth with surprisingly high precision. 

Thanks to these advancements, we have personally seen Invisalign patients complete their treatments more quickly than those with braces. In our next section, we’ll take a closer look at why this occurs.

Invisalign vs. Braces: Timeline Differences + the BHO Method = Faster Results With Invisalign

At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, our Invisalign patients tend to finish their treatments more rapidly than braces patients with equivalent results. Why? The answer lies in taking full advantage of Invisalign technology using the BHO Method.

The BHO Method was created by Beverly Hills Orthodontics’ founder, Dr. Monica Madan. It is focused on creating the most efficient care plan possible while simultaneously honoring the preferences of each patient. Following the BHO Method, we:

  1. Calculate the positions of a patient’s teeth by measuring three planes of space: the anterior-posterior plane (front and back), vertical plane (up and down), and transverse plane (side-to-side).
  2. Examine how the teeth relate to one another by measuring the size of each tooth.
  3. Use these calculations to design treatments that maximize efficient realignment.

Our team uses the BHO Method to create all of our care plans, including those that use braces. However, we have discovered that our Invisalign plans and Invisalign hybrid treatment plans lead to the shortest treatment times because there are no compliance issues or side effects like those associated with braces. 

Although braces are highly effective at treating all sorts of alignment problems, they are susceptible to certain vulnerabilities that could extend treatment times, including:

In addition, braces do not move teeth with the same level of precision as Invisalign aligners. Tightening the archwire on a set of braces causes all the neighboring teeth to move; we cannot isolate movement to one tooth. To move teeth into the proper positions, we need to account for individual movements and correct them until your smile is perfectly straight.

Comparatively, Invisalign aligners can target specific teeth and move them with great accuracy. As a result, many Invisalign cases produce faster results than initially projected. While each case differs on an individual basis, many BHO patients complete their Invisalign treatments months before the projected end dates. In some cases, we have seen patients achieve a perfect smile in half the time it would have taken to produce the same result with braces.

Of course, there are additional factors to consider beyond speed when creating a treatment plan. If you’re ready to start planning your orthodontic treatment, call Beverly Hills Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation. 

Ready for the Perfect Smile? Schedule an Appointment at Beverly Hills Orthodontics Today

If you are looking for the most efficient orthodontic treatment possible, Beverly Hills Orthodontics is here to help. As a Diamond Plus Invisalign provider, BHO is officially recognized as one of the top Invisalign practices in the country. Led by Dr. Monica Madan, BHO specializes in creating customized treatment plans that meet the unique needs and lifestyle preferences of each patient. 

Using the BHO method, Dr. Madan and the Beverly Hills Orthodontics team can craft your ideal treatment during a consultation. Contact one of our offices in Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, and Downtown LA today to schedule an appointment.

Are Braces or Invisalign More Effective at Straightening Teeth?

Thinking about improving your smile? Every year, millions of patients seek out orthodontic care to boost oral health and enhance their appearance. From children to adults to senior citizens, orthodontic care helps people of all ages improve their quality of life.

Today, most patients have a choice between two popular treatments: braces and Invisalign. Both options are capable of correcting the same bite problems and alignment issues, but they do so in very different ways:

Because braces and Invisalign are so different, patients inevitably ask us which is better. That’s a hard question to answer because every patient has unique treatment requirements. While Invisalign may be a better fit for one patient’s lifestyle, braces may be better suited for another. 

In this blog post, we answer one of the most common questions we hear during consultations, “Are braces or Invisalign more effective?” Along the way, we will take a closer look at how these treatment methods work and why they excel at treating specific issues.

Q: Are Braces or Invisalign More Effective?
A: It Depends. How Are You at Following Instructions? 

It’s impossible to give a definitive answer about whether one orthodontic treatment is better than another. After all, every smile is unique, and the physical properties of teeth, gums, and jaws, vary from one person to the next. Moreover, malocclusions (i.e., “bad bites,” aka tooth misalignment) come in many forms and disrupt tooth alignment in various ways.

Malocclusions (e.g., crowding, crossbite, open bite, underbite, etc.) also vary in severity, ranging from a simple tooth overlap to complex jaw problems. The seriousness of each condition can be further affected by a number of factors, including:

Given the diverse number of malocclusion cases and the potentially amplifying factors, it’s hard to answer—categorically—whether braces or Invisalign are more effective at straightening teeth. However, we can answer the question according to which kinds of malocclusions braces or Invisalign are more effective at treating.

Braces vs. Invisalign for Specific Malocclusions

Although malocclusion cases vary enormously from person to person, some methods are better suited to treat certain bite problems more efficiently than others. The reasons are related to the different ways braces and Invisalign work.

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Invisalign aligners offer a higher level of precision when compared to braces. When creating aligners, Invisalign software allows orthodontists to target specific teeth. Consequently, one pair of aligners can move just a few particular teeth while leaving the rest in place. Such precision makes Invisalign more efficient at treating:

In addition to these malocclusions, Invisalign is also more effective at general bite correction than braces. That said, Invisalign alone cannot treat severe malocclusion cases. 

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Braces move teeth with a system of brackets and wires so the orthodontist can change their positions by adjusting the archwire to exert or release pressure. Because the wire is connected to multiple teeth, it’s difficult to move a single tooth at a time. Attempts inevitably cause the wire to move all other teeth as well. 

In comparison, aligners exert only a limited amount of pressure. For significantly misaligned or impacted teeth, braces can apply enough pressure to move teeth in greater intervals. If you have severe malocclusion, braces offer a simple path toward a perfect smile. 

However, sometimes the most efficient solution to these cases is hybrid treatment—a combination of braces and Invisalign. With a hybrid treatment plan, your orthodontist uses braces to move teeth into a more manageable position before removing the brackets and finishing treatment with a series of Invisalign aligners.

In other words, if Invisalign alone can’t correct your malocclusion, hybrid treatment is the most effective treatment available. That’s why you need an experienced professional like Dr. Monica Madan to design a personalized, yet efficient treatment plan to perfect your smile.

Have More Questions about Braces and Invisalign? Beverly Hills Orthodontics Has Answers

It’s hard to state definitively which treatment option is more effective at straightening teeth. Although Invisalign can treat issues like open bites and crowding more rapidly, there are cases where Invisalign requires additional measures to correct a smile. Braces may be a bit slower than Invisalign, but they can correct severe problems without requiring a hybrid approach. 

Of course, there are many factors to consider beyond speed when choosing an orthodontic treatment. The only way to be certain about the option that’s right for you is by scheduling a professional consultation at a practice like Beverly Hills Orthodontics

No matter your age or what issues you’re facing, Beverly Hills Orthodontics can craft a treatment plan that improves your smile in a quick, comfortable manner. Contact one of our four locations to schedule your consultation today, in  Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, or Downtown Los Angeles.

BHO has been improving smiles since 2008 and is recognized as one of the top 1% of Diamond Plus Invisalign providers in the country — as featured on The Doctors and in Allure. Call or text us at 310-785-0770 to learn more, or visit our contact page to book an appointment.

Do Braces Damage Teeth?

Fixed braces have been around far longer than most people realize. In fact, the concept behind braces (i.e., using wires to physically realign teeth) reaches all the way back to ancient Egypt. Archaeologists uncovered this fact by examining the crude braces affixed to the teeth of certain mummies. 

Although we know some ancient cultures performed simple orthodontic work, it wasn’t until the 1800s that physicians created what we would call “modern braces.” French physician Christophe-Francois Delabarre invented modern braces in 1819 when he first used wires and wedges to correct tooth misalignments. In the following years, more physicians improved upon Delabarre’s invention to create braces that resemble what we use today.

To this day, braces are still one of the most popular devices in orthodontics. Safe, reliable, and capable of treating mild-to-severe alignment problems, braces remain a popular go-to option for correcting bite issues. 

Despite this familiarity, patients always have questions about braces before treatment begins. Some of the most common questions we hear at consultations include:

If you’ve been asking yourself the same questions, you’ve come to the right place for answers. Read on to learn how braces work and how they can improve your oral health.

Do Braces Damage Teeth? NO.

For those new to braces, they can seem a bit intimidating. After all, braces are most commonly made with a metal like titanium or stainless steel. If you don’t understand how they work, it’s natural for you to wonder if braces damage teeth. 

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Simply put, braces fitted by a professional, licensed orthodontist will not harm your teeth. 

The bonding process uses a composite adhesive to affix brackets to your teeth. Not only is bonding completely safe, but it’s also pain-free and takes only a few minutes to complete. 

After attaching all the brackets, your orthodontist threads a metal archwire in between them. This is another safe, painless process that is relatively brief. 

Once in place, the braces allow your orthodontist to reposition your teeth by adjusting the archwire’s tension. The wire applies constant pressure to the teeth, and by periodically adjusting how tight the wire is, your orthodontist gradually moves your teeth until into flawless alignment.

Broadly speaking, treatment takes around 12-24 months to complete. After that, your orthodontist will remove the brackets and wires—revealing your gorgeous new smile!  

Potential Causes of Damage: Bad Oral Hygiene

Braces should never pose a risk to your teeth. Professional orthodontists attend rigorous training programs to learn how to use braces as a safe, effective treatment. By partnering with a trained orthodontist like BHO’s Dr. Monica Madan, you can find braces treatment for:

To avoid potential problems, always seek orthodontic work from a trusted professional and always follow their oral care guidelines. Remember, braces do not damage teeth, but teeth can still develop cavities among other problems during your braces treatment. Patients with braces must be meticulous about their oral hygiene.

While wearing braces, you must be diligent about your oral care to avoid potential health issues. We recommend the following measures for the best possible outcome:

  1. Use an Electric Toothbrush to Clean Your Teeth. Electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque than conventional toothbrushes and can help your teeth stay cavity-free throughout treatment. We recommend the toothbrushes by BHO or Sonicare.
  2. Brush Your Teeth Up to Five Times a Day. We know this sounds like a lot, but food can get stuck in between your teeth and brackets throughout the day. Brushing once at night, after meals, and before bedtime will keep your teeth from developing cavities.
  3. Focus on Cleaning Every Bracket. Brackets quickly become filled with plaque if you do not faithfully clean them every day. Brush above, below, and in between each bracket to keep any plaque from developing. Using an oscillating brush head specifically built for cleaning brackets will help, too.
  4. Floss Daily and Try Floss Alternatives. Although braces may make flossing more difficult, it’s important to continue flossing every day during treatment. If you are struggling with traditional floss, thread floss and water flossers may also help.
  5. Rinse With Mouthwash Every Day. Fluoridated mouthwash can fortify your teeth against cavities and other issues. 

Ready To Improve Your Smile? Call Beverly Hills Orthodontics Today

If concerns about whether braces damage teeth have made you hesitant about orthodontics, you can rest assured that braces are one of the most reliable, safe, and effective treatment methods available today. Capable of treating all kinds of bite problems with a wide range of severity, braces can help give you a healthier, better-functioning, and more attractive smile 

As as a diamond Plus Provider, Beverly Hills Orthodontics has been using braces to improve smiles since 2008. With offices in Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, and Downtown LA, the BHO team is here to provide you with the best orthodontic care in the Los Angeles area. If you have any lingering questions about braces, oral care, or anything else related to orthodontics, we can give you answers during a consultation. Call today to schedule!

Are Dentists Orthodontists?

For those who are unfamiliar with the world of oral health, dentists and orthodontists may not appear to be very different. After all, dentists and orthodontists are similar in many ways: we both attend dental school and we both work with teeth.

Given these commonalities, we here at Beverly Hills Orthodontics understand why new patients don’t always have a clear understanding of what orthodontists actually are. In fact, we spend many of our consultations explaining what sets us apart from dentists. Some of the most common questions we hear from patients include:

If you’ve been asking yourself the same questions, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll attempt to clear up any “dentist vs. orthodontist” confusion by answering these questions and more. By the end of the blog, you’ll be able to tell the difference between dentists and orthodontists so you know which of these physicians is best suited to treat your specific issues. 

Are Dentists Orthodontists?
No!—But All Orthodontists Are Dentists

If the headline above seems confusing, give us a minute to explain. Dentistry is a medical field focused on maintaining the health of:

Hopefully, you have been visiting a dentist regularly since you were around 12 months old. From this point on, all people should visit the dentist twice a year for essential services, including:

A dentist who provides these services is called a general dentist. Anyone who graduates from dental school can become a general dentist once they pass their three National Board Dental Examinations. 

Some dental school graduates, however, pursue further specializations. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes 12 dental subspecialties, including:

Dentists, Orthodontists, and Why Specialties Matter 

Now that we’ve established that dentists are not orthodontists, we can focus on why we differentiate between dentists and orthodontists at all. 

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Structurally speaking, the human mouth is complex. Although we don’t often realize it, basic tasks like eating, speaking, and laughing require bones, gums, teeth, and muscles to work in harmony. A general dentist can provide basic oral care, but complex issues—like bite problems—require a specialist.

Distinctive Dental Training

After graduating from dental school, orthodontists attend a 3-year residency training program focused only on orthodontics. Their study concentrates on understanding how teeth move and learning to correct complicated alignment problems such as:

General dentists do not receive this training. Correcting bite problems requires a deeper understanding of oral function, tooth movement, facial growth, and facial orthopedics—far more than what standard dental school covers.

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Residency programs provide orthodontists with the expertise and experience required to:

While dentists are typically not trained to perform these specialized tasks, some do offer Invisalign services. They are able to do so because the manufacturer-supplied software creates treatment plans for them. Invisalign software is advanced enough to design aligners, although each face is unique and can present complications midway through treatment. 

The difference between dentists and orthodontists is similar to knowing you should visit a general doctor for a cold vs. understanding you need an ophthalmologist for eye surgery. If you want a perfect smile without the risks and limitations of dentist-provided Invisalign, schedule an appointment with a licensed orthodontist. 

Schedule a Consultation at Beverly Hills Orthodontics Today

Dentists provide many important services, like cleaning teeth and gums, identifying problems, and performing procedures to keep your mouth healthy. Many also specialize in cosmetics, like veneers. Orthodontists and general dentists often work closely to provide patients the best care possible.

If you are serious about improving your smile, you want to partner with a professional orthodontist like BHO’s own Dr. Monica Madan. Dr. Madan and the BHO team understand what it takes to create custom treatment plans that meet the lifestyle preferences of each patient. Whether you have mild crowding issues or severe bite problems, BHO can give you a perfect smile using methods that work around your schedule. Call us today to learn more.