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Braces Through the Years

Although there are always new technologies, braces are actually a very old way to straighten a smile. We are talking Ancient Greek and Roman old. Archaeological evidence has proven that being an orthodontist is actually a very old profession!


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Ancient Braces

  • 400-300 BC: We’ve gained a lot from the Ancient Romans and Greeks, including evidence of the first ever braces. In fact Aristotle and Hippocrates were some of the first to think of using a type of appliance to correct misaligned teeth. A body was even found in a Roman tomb that had its teeth bound with gold wire and documentation that the wire was intended to be used as a dental device.
  • The 1700s: During this period the father of modern dentistry, Pierre Fauchard, was experiencing with such devices as the “blandeau.” The blandeau was the first apparatus known to widen the palate. In 1728 he even published a book about his methods. His research was followed in 1754 by a book authored by Louis Bourdet. He actually improved upon the original blandeau and was the first dentist to extract the bicuspids to remedy the overcrowding of teeth.
  • The 1800s: This is the century when orthodontics began to emerge as its own specialty apart from general dentistry. Orthodontists began experimenting with different materials like gold, platinum, rubber, wood ivory and zinc to create various hooks, spurs, loops and ligatures. The first elastics were used on braces in 1843 and E.J. Tucker began manufacturing rubber bands intended for use in braces in 1850. It was also in this era that Norman W. Kingsley hypothesized that it was better to use force over timed intervals to move teeth.
  • The 1900s: In 1901, Edward Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia (Renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s) and created the first classification system for malocclusions. Stainless steel overwhelmingly replaced gold as the metal of choice in the 1960s and lingual braces became the first “invisible” braces.
  • Today: There’s never been a better time to have a smile out of alignment. Braces are not just smaller than they used to be; they are available in different materials and styles that can make them practically invisible. It is also possible to accelerate your treatment with technology like Propel.


When it’s time to seek orthodontic care, call the office that has been making the South Coast smile since 1977. At Cronauer and Angelakis, we offer complimentary consultations to evaluate your smile and help you make an informed decision about the best treatment plan for you and your budget. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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What Kind Of Braces Are Available?

There’s never been a better time to wear braces. Modern advances in orthodontics have made them smaller, faster and much easier to wear than their earlier counterparts. In fact, there’s even styles that are practically invisible!

There are many kids of braces for you to choose from when deciding on braces.  To read more about the different types of braces, you can read the full article HERE.  We would also love if you came in for a consultation, so we can go over your options.  Braces have come a long way in the last decade – you can choose from many different types.

braces don't have to be traditional metal braces

you have options when it comes to your braces!

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Why Does My Child Have Bad Breath?!

Does Your Kid Need A Breath Mint? This Might Be Why…

Bad breath in children

Does Your Child Have Bad Breath?

Here are some things that might cause your child’s bad breath:

  • Bacteria: The most common cause of halitosis in children is a build up of bacteria on the back of the tongue, between the teeth and at the gum line. When children don’t practice good daily hygiene, this bacteria produces hydrogen sulfide—the same compound that creates the telltale smell in rotten eggs.
  • Diet: Foods like garlic and onions don’t just leave an odor in your mouth. When these foods are absorbed into the bloodstream, their odors eventually end up in your lungs and are detectable in your breath. Once the foods are completely out of your system, the odor will go away.
  • Health Issues: Disease in the liver, respiratory tract, sinuses, or kidneys can have bad breath as a symptom. Diabetes is also known to cause a distinctive odor in a child’s breath.
  • Medications: Many medications list halitosis as a side effect.
  • Oral Conditions: Periodontal disease, tooth decay, dry mouth and oral yeast infections are common oral conditions that can cause halitosis.

We Can help you fix it!  To find out ways to stop their bad breath, please visit our website here!  We would love to partner with you, to make this a non-issue for your child.  Not only is it embarrassing, it’s just not healthy!

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Why Do I Need My Braces Adjusted?

Braces need to be adjusted periodically

Braces Need Periodic Ajustments

After your braces have been put on, you might be surprised to learn that you will need to return to our office every three to six weeks to have them adjusted or tightened. To understand why we do this, you first need to know how braces work.

There are several different types of braces, but they all work based on the same principle. By applying force over time, your teeth are slowly pushed into their proper positions. As this movement occurs, your wires and bands are no longer as tight and will need to be replaced to continue the progress that is being made in your mouth. If you are wearing Invisalign clear aligners, the same goal is accomplished by replacing your current tray with the next size down.

As it takes a minimum of three weeks to observe movement of your teeth, this is the most common interval to schedule visits. Adjustment appointments also give us the opportunity to measure your progress and modify your treatment plan if necessary. Your actual interval will vary based on the type of braces that you are wearing and your body’s response to them.

At your appointment, you can expect to have your old wires and elastic ligatures removed and your teeth thoroughly brushed and floss. Next, you will select new colors for your bands and the new bands and wires will be applied. You may experience some tenderness after we are finished, but this won’t last very long.

Wearing braces is a partnership between you and us. When you do your part by practicing good home care and making regular adjustment appointments, we can do our part to ensure that you are getting the best treatment possible. Missing your adjustment appointments will extend the duration of your treatment and could lead to other problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. It won’t take very long so schedule your appointment today.

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How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

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Orthodontic Treatment

One of the first questions patients asked after getting braces or retainers is, “when can I get them off?” Depending on the severity of your malocclusion and the appliances used, the answer to that question is unique as the patients we treat! You can rest assured that we won’t keep you in treatment a day longer than is necessary to achieve your dream smile!

Traditional braces: If you have traditional-style braces, expect to be wearing them for 1-3 years. Treatment time varies based on the severity of your alignment issues and scheduling regular orthodontic appointments to tighten the wires. If a bracket should break or come off, have it fixed immediately to prevent extending the duration of your treatment.

InvisAligners: Using x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, we will create a 3-D model that allows us to create a plan for the movement of your teeth. A treatment ranges from 18-30 trays that are replaced every two weeks. For adults, results are usually realized in about a year and the treatment time is comparable to traditional braces for teens. It is vital that you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day to achieve the quickest results and replace them at the regularly scheduled intervals.

ClearAligners: Similar to InvisAligners these accelerated braces were invented by our own Dr. Cronauer. ClearAligners can correct mild to moderate issues in as little as three to eight months! Once again, it is necessary to wear as directed to get the best results.

In-Ovation System Braces: Thanks to their self-ligating design, In-Ovation System braces are able to move your teeth quicker than traditional braces, thereby reducing the wearing time by several months.

Retainers: Once your treatment has concluded, we recommend that you wear retainers for at least a year after treatment to prevent your teeth from moving from their new positions. Failure to do so could lead to having to wear braces all over again.


No matter which appliance is chosen for your situation, the best results only come when you completely follow the directions for care at home. Failure to follow these instructions not only results in prolonged treatment, but could also cause damage to your teeth!  For more information about any or all of our tretment services, please visit our website HERE! Cronauer & Angelakis Orthodontics.

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So Many Choices For Braces! We Can Help.

Braces come in different materials and styles

You Have Choices When Choosing Your Braces


Dental braces, also known as ‘orthodontic braces’ are used to align and straighten teeth. We use them to adjust the spacing between teeth for more attractive smiles and proper functioning teeth. Take a look below at some of the braces we offer.  Are any of them right for you?


READ MORE...about the different kinds of braces, and why you might choose each one.  If it seems a little overwhelming at first, don’t worry!  We are here to help and make suggestions!