Welcome To Hom Orthodontics

Our Mission

Our practice’s top priority is to provide you with the highest quality orthodontics in a friendly, comfortable environment. We utilize the latest technological advances, such as clear braces, Invisalign and Damon self-ligating braces, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.

Our Pledge

Your needs are our priority. We are dedicated to providing friendly, personalized service that says we care about you. We promise to use state-of-the-art technology to provide you with the best in orthodontic care, and we want you to be amazed with your beautiful smile. We know you will see our commitment to excellence in all that we do.

“Thank you for placing your trust in us! It is an honor and a privilege to serve you.”

As an enthusiastic, caring, well-trained team with great attitudes and talents, we are continually striving to improve ourselves in order to serve you better


Dr. Barney Hom

Dr. Barney M. Hom has provided quality orthodontic care to the residents of Manhattan Beach, CA and the surrounding communities for over 25 years. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, he earned a certificate in orthodontics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has served on the faculty at UCLA’s Orthodontic Department for over 20 years. He is also board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

He maintains active memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the Academy of Orthodontic Excellence, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Western Los Angeles Dental Society.

Dr. Hom comes from a family of dentists with two brothers and three brothers-in-law in the profession. One brother is an oral, maxillofacial surgeon in Northern California and another one is a periodontist in Ohio. One brother-in-law is the chairman at UCLA’s Orthodontic Department and another one is an orthodontist practicing in Rancho Santa Margarita. In addition, a third brother-in-law is a general dentist in the South Bay.

Dr. Hom is a native of California and lives in the South Bay with his wife Candice and son Brian. He enjoys all sports, traveling, and reading. Dr. Hom donates generously to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Palos Verdes Education Foundation, and the UCLA Orthodontic Department.

Meet The Team

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

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Your needs are our priority. We are dedicated to providing friendly, personalized service that says
we care about you


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Types of Treatment

Early & Adult Treatment
Types of Braces
Early & Adult Treatment

Early Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.


What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

Adult Treatment

Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.


Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.

During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.

Types of Braces


Metal braces are among the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive.These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.”

However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past. Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves



Ceramic braces are made of translucent material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to the ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

Clear ceramic braces are made of ceramic alloys. Because of their transparency, they also have a great following, especially among adults who are to correct their buckteeth but without shouting to the world, they’re being corrected every time they smile.



The Damon System bracket is self-ligating, so it eliminates the need for elastic ties to keep the wire in. Without a tie, the braces stay clean and friction is reduced allowing your treatment to progress more efficiently and with less discomfort along the way. Damon System braces are available with both a metal & an aesthetic option.

Traditional braces on the left are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.

Learn more at mysmileconsult.com.


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Jan M.

I was referred to Dr. Hom by my kid’s dentist, who recommended him highly above other orthodontists. I have had two children get braces through Dr. Hom’s office and have been extremely pleased with the results and the 2+ year process to get them straightened. His staff is very personable and professional and they keep you on a regular visit schedule, and remind you of them. Because they liked the people, my kids did not ever argue about going there, which was a big plus in my book. The vast majority of the time, my kids were seen immediately and Dr. Hom explained clearly to both myself and my child what was going on and what they needed to do, both visually and verbally. Occasionally, he was short with his explanation, but slowed down and was responsive when questioned and provided more detail. Further, I found the prices fair and appreciated that they allowed us to pay for them over time without interest. I know other parents who have used him and have been equally satisfied. You will be very happy if you choose Dr. Hom!

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Odette M.

We were referred to Dr. Hom’s office more than 10 years ago by a friend. Both of my sons have had braces & we have been very happy with the results. The staff is AMAZING!!! We are always greeted with smiles & are asked how we are doing with genuine concern & curiosity. The ladies are always helpful & will listen to your concerns. I appreciate that Dr. Hom sees every patient prior to leaving the office. He engages with every patient. Dr. Hom is generous with his payment plans with no interest. I really love that even 8 years after my oldest son has had his braces off he still does not charge for routine yearly checks on his retainers. It has been a pleasure to go to his office & refer him to friends.

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Patricia S.

We were referred to Dr. Hom by our kids’ dentist several years ago. So far, two of my three children have had to have braces. Dr. Hom and his staff are extremely professional, kind and friendly. Even though its a process our kids would have rather not gone through, we can’t imagine an orthodontist any better than Dr. Hom. The cost and time frame were exactly as he quoted us up front and the results….straight, shiny teeth and smiles all around!! We will always recommend Dr. Hom to anyone looking for an orthodontist. It just doesn’t get any better!!!

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Cathy S.

As a family of five, four of us have already gone through or are currently going through treatment with Dr. Hom. When he’s old enough the fifth in our family will go too! We have received extremely careful, professional and kind care from Dr. Hom an his exceptional staff!!!

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Wayne G.

Dr. Barney Hom has taken care of both of our children. He was highly recommended to us by our dentist, who had used him for her own and for her daughters’ orthodontic procedures. We are very satisfied with the work that he has done with our kids. We had been told that he won’t advocate unnecessary procedures, and that he is careful with the optimal timing of braces. We found these things to be true. His office staff is pleasant and efficient, and both the waiting area and work areas are clean, bright, and comfortable. We were almost always able to schedule appointments after school hours, which was very helpful. Most important, both of our kids have great-looking and healthy teeth.

No matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.The Invisalign© System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients and some teenagers with certain orthodontic bit problems. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners.

Invisalign is a terrific option for working professionals or patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile, however it is not ideal for every case. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign© system.

Our entire team is delighted to work with you!
We know you will see our commitment to
excellence in all that we do


Before & After












First Visit
Life with Braces
Common Problems
After Hours Info
First Visit


We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • Is this a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption
    or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

We will then schedule a consultation visit to discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions.Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken by your dentist within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card.
  • By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.

Life with Braces

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste, unless the child is under the age of 3. If a child is younger than age 3, parents should clean their child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. After age 3, parents should supervise brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure children do not swallow excess toothpaste.


When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse. Brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner
  • At bedtime

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.


Foods to Avoid
For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Although sturdy, stable and advanced, braces are orthodontic appliances that you need to treat with care. That means eating foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together and in place. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are simply easier on your mouth hardware.

Common Problems

In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth
Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth or they may only be a cosmetic issue.
Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusions. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, too
In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth
In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Open bites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
Dental Midlines Not Matching
Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

After Hours Info

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible, so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. In the meantime, this feature can help resolve minor problems you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment


Sore Teeth
If your teeth are sore after a visit you may take acetaminophen or other non-asprin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Wire Irritation
If your braces cause irritation try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.


Loose Bracket
If the main wire or a bracket comes loose, first call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted. It you have a situation wher eyou must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed an sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office on the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

Lost Separator
If a separater comes out call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. Some patients may lose a separator during treatment, which is common.


What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist within field of dentistry. They attend 2-3 years of advanced training after dental school, focusing on tooth movement and facial development.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

A beautiful smile
Better functionality of your bite
Improved self confidence
Reduced wearing on your teeth
Guidance of permanent teeth into ideal position
Improved health of teeth and gums
Easier to clean your teeth by flossing & brushing

What are signs that braces may be needed?

Excessive spaces in between teeth, particularly in the front
Excessive crowding of teeth, causing teeth to rotate
Upper teeth protruding excessively over lower teeth
Lower teeth protruding past the upper teeth
Upper teeth covering the majority of lower teeth when biting
Center of upper teeth do not align with center of lower teeth
Difficulty chewing foods
Excessive or uneven tooth wear

At what age should orthodontic treatment begin?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven. Many orthodontic problems can be solved more easily at a younger age, before jaw growth slows, to avoid the need for more complicated procedures. That being said, treatment can be sought out at any age, and there are many attractive treatment options available to adults today that ensure an efficient, aesthetic, and comfortable orthodontic experience.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment duration is dependent on the severity of the case and the compliance of the patient. A patient who maintains good oral hygiene, keeps appointments, and follows instructions throughout treatment will complete their treatment on or ahead of schedule. The average treatment time is typically one to two years.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first few days. Simple, over-the-counter pain medication usually alleviates this. In addition, we provide soft wax and silicone to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.

How often will appointments be?

We average 6-8 weeks between visits, though it depends on the case and treatment plan. In the beginning of treatment, some patients need to be seen more frequently, while others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. As we get closer to finishing your treatment, appointments become more frequent. When we factor all visits together, we average about 6 weeks between appointments.


A device that assists in the straightening of teeth. Examples are braces, Invisalign, and retainers.
The wire that extends through each bracket slot in braces.
A metal device that wraps around the tooth to hold a bracket or tube in place.
Bite Turbo
A small orthodontic device placed on the back of the upper front teeth to prevent full closure of the teeth. This protects the lower braces from being damaged by the bite.
The technique of attaching an orthodontic device directly to the enamel of the tooth with the use of adhesive.
The metal device (also referred to as a brace) for fastening the archwire to the tooth or band.
Coil Spring
A spring that fits between the bracket and the archwire to open space between teeth.
A small rubber band that attaches to the braces to exert force on teeth to facilitate movement.
Elastic Tie
A small rubber band that encircles the bracket to seat the archwire in the bracket slot.
A device used to improve the placement of the bite or jaw.
Herbst Appliance
A device that corrects overbite by holding the lower jaw in a protrusive position.
A small device to which elastics or other auxiliary devices are attached.
A type of braces that are placed behind teeth so that no one can see them. Also known as Incognito braces.
A type of treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to clear retainers, to gradually move teeth.
A wire used to tie a tooth to an orthodontic appliance or another tooth.
Mouth Guard
A tooth or gum shield worn by patients (athletes) to prevent injuries.
Palatal Expander
A device used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together.
A device, usually made of plastic and wires, to hold teeth in position after treatment.
A device or instrument designed to wedge teeth apart, particularly teeth in tight contact. Frequently used for the examination of proximal surfaces, finishing a restoration or before banding.
A soft, malleable substance placed on brackets to prevent rubbing or irritation.

We promise to use state-of-the-art technology to provide you with the best in orthodontic care, and we want you to be amazed with your beautiful smile.


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