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Articles About Orthodontics

Read our blogs for tips, advice and important information about braces and orthodontics in Coquitlam.


What To Do About a Loose Wire on Your Braces

What To Do About a Loose Wire on Your Braces

in Living With Braces, Articles

During your orthodontic treatment, the sires on your braces may occasionally become loose. If this happens, make an appointment...

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How To Floss with Braces

in Braces Basics, Articles

Flossing can be more than a little tricky to master when you first get your braces! The following instructions and tips will help you effectively floss with braces, and keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.

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7 Things You Must Know Before Getting Invisalign

7 Things You Must Know Before Getting Invisalign

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

Invisalign is for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without the obvious look of traditional braces. Before choosing Invisalign, there is some important information you should consider.

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What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

in Braces Basics, Articles

If you need to get your teeth straightened, you know to go see an orthodontist. However, you may not know exactly what an orthodontist's skill set entails. We would like to help educate you on what an orthodontist actually does.

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What To Expect When Your Braces Are Removed

What To Expect When Your Braces Are Removed

in Living With Braces, Articles

Orthodontic patients all have one thing in common: they all learn to adjust! This is true during treatment, and after it's over, too!

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A Day in the Life of a Braces-Wearer

A Day in the Life of a Braces-Wearer

in Living With Braces, Articles

If you need orthodontic treatment, you may have some questions and concerns about how treatment will affect your daily life.

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Sore? Try a Saline Rinse

Sore? Try a Saline Rinse

in Braces Basics, Articles

As you progress with your orthodontic treatment, you may feel some soreness in your mouth. A saline rinse can manage discomfort and also promote healing.

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Lingual Braces: Pros & Cons

Lingual Braces: Pros & Cons

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

Lingual braces may be the orthodontic treatment you've been looking for. They force consistent wear and are nearly invisible when worn. As with any orthodontic treatment, they have their pros and cons.

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Oral Piercings & Braces

Oral Piercings & Braces

in Living With Braces, Articles

Our Coquitlam orthodontists generally advise against oral piercings whether you have braces or not, because there are so many health risks associated with them.

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Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Orthodontic Wax FAQs

in Braces Basics, Articles

Make your orthodontic treatment go more smoothly with orthodontic wax! Here are the answers to a few of our most frequently asked...

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Types of Retainers

Types of Retainers

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

Orthodontic treatment requires a big time commitment, especially considering the fact that, not only do you have to spend months or years wearing braces, you'll also have to wear a retainer after treatment to hold or “retain” the results.

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How to Store & Care For Your Retainer

How to Store & Care For Your Retainer

in Living With Braces, Articles

It's very important to take care of your retainer and store it properly when you aren't wearing it. Here’s how to keep it clean and damage free.

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How to Clean Invisalign Aligners (Trays)

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners (Trays)

in Braces Basics, Articles

Invisalign orthodontic aligners can be removed, allowing patients to brush and floss like normal. However, it's important to keep your aligners clean, too. Here’s how.

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What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

During your orthodontic treatment, you will have to pay regular visits to our Coquitlam orthodontic office, so that your orthodontist can monitor your progress and make sure everything is going as planned.

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What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

in Living With Braces, Articles

The inside of your mouth will likely become sore and irritated when you first get braces, in reaction to the new metal braces in your mouth. These ideas and products will help you cope!

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The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

in Braces Basics, Articles

Healthy baby (primary) teeth play an important role in children's healthy development, allowing them to chew and digest their...

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Braces on the Go: What to Keep on Hand

Braces on the Go: What to Keep on Hand

in Living With Braces, Articles

Most of our orthodontics patients lead busy lives that keep them away from home, often for hours on end, throughout the day. Here are the “on-the-go” supplies you should keep on hand to care for your braces.

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Electric Toothbrushes & Braces

Electric Toothbrushes & Braces

in Braces Basics, Articles

Braces require a lot of extra cleaning, since they create more crevices for plaque to build up. An electric toothbrush can really help to make brushing your teeth easier and more effective when you’re wearing braces.

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In-Ovation System Braces: The Pros and Cons

In-Ovation System Braces: The Pros and Cons

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

In-Ovation self-ligating braces are fantastic treatment choice for those seeking a more streamlined look and gentle approach to orthodontics. But there are certain factors you should consider before choosing this option!

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Books About Braces - 'Surviving Braces' by Jennifer Webb

Books About Braces - 'Surviving Braces' by Jennifer Webb

in Living With Braces, Articles

'Surviving Braces' by Jennifer Webb is a practical resource for anyone going through the orthodontic treatment. It provides a variety of tips, ideas and recipes to help make your braces journey go smoothly.

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Lingual Braces Vs. Invisalign Clear Aligners

Lingual Braces Vs. Invisalign Clear Aligners

in Braces Basics, Articles

While most adults would prefer a lower profile look for their orthodontic treatment, many don’t feel comfortable trusting themselves with removable aligners (Invisalign). For these people, lingual ‘behind-the-teeth’ braces are a great alternative!

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What is A Palatal Expander?

What is A Palatal Expander?

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

Palatal expanders are used in orthodontics to widen the upper jaw (the maxilla), so that the upper teeth fit together with the bottom ones properly.

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Books About Braces - ‘Smile’ by Raina Telgemeier

Books About Braces - ‘Smile’ by Raina Telgemeier

in Living With Braces, Articles

‘Smile’, a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, is all about the challenges of being a middle schooler going through orthodontic treatment.

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What is a Retainer, and Why Do You Need One?

What is a Retainer, and Why Do You Need One?

in Braces Basics, Articles

At last, the day has come: you're getting your braces removed! But just when you thought your orthodontic treatment was over, your orthodontist tells you that you need to wear a retainer!

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Why Shouldn't Children Use Invisalign?

Why Shouldn't Children Use Invisalign?

in Orthodontic Treatment Options, Articles

While Invisalign clear aligners are a great choice for teens and adults, they aren’t for everyone. For a few important reasons, children in particular are typically better off with more traditional orthodontic treatment options.

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