News & Updates from Austin Heights Orthodontics

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


What Retainers Do & Why You Need To Wear One

What Retainers Do & Why You Need To Wear One

It's an exciting day when you have your braces removed, finally your straight new smile is revealed! But wait...you aren't quite finished with your orthodontic treatment yet...now you'll need to wear a retainer for awhile. Our Coquitlam orthodontists explain what retainers are and why you need to wear one after your braces come off.

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Tips For Adjusting to Living With Braces

Tips For Adjusting to Living With Braces

The team at Austin Heights Orthodontics in Coquitlam know that it can take some to get used to wearing braces. That's why, to help make your adjustment to braces a little easier we've put together a few tips for living with braces.

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Your Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Braces

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Braces

Every one of our patients is unique, but the process of getting braces is much the same for everyone. Below, our Coquitlam orthodontists guide you step-by-step through the exciting process of getting your new braces put on.

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Invisalign® for Teens - Perfect for Busy Teen Lifestyles

Invisalign® for Teens - Perfect for Busy Teen Lifestyles

Invisalign® for Teens can be the ideal orthodontic treatment for active teenagers. Today, our Coquitlam orthodontist explains how Invisalign teen aligners help to make orthodontic treatment more easier for teens. 

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Say 'Cheese' - Look Great in Pictures While You Have Braces

Say 'Cheese' - Look Great in Pictures While You Have Braces

Are you too worried about how your smile will look with braces to smile openly in pictures? Today our Coquitlam orthodontists share some tips on how you can look your very best in pictures, while you have braces.

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What You Can & Cannot Eat While Wearing Braces

What You Can & Cannot Eat While Wearing Braces

While braces have become more comfortable and studier over recent years, there are still foods you should avoid eating while you have braces. Our Coquitlam orthodontists explain which foods you can eat, and which foods you cannot eat, while you have braces. 

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Invisalign vs Braces

Invisalign vs Braces

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners are both effective orthodontic treatment options. To help you decide which option is best to straighten your smile, here's more about braces and Invisalign from our Coquitlam orthodontists.

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Braces Adjustments - What to Expect

Braces Adjustments - What to Expect

When you have braces, returning to your Coquitlam orthodontist periodically for adjustments is an important part of your treatment. Here's more on what to expect when you visit us for your adjustment appointments. 

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Why try Invisalign® before braces?

Why try Invisalign® before braces?

Straightening your smile with Invisalign® is easy! In fact, Invisalign offers a number of benefits when compared to traditional metal braces. Here's more from our Coquitlam orthodontist on why you should consider Invisalign for straightening your teeth. 

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Travelling with Braces

Travelling with Braces

Travelling when you have braces can be somewhat complicated, but planning ahead can help you to avoid running into issues. Our Coquitlam orthodontists share some tips to help you stay on track with your orthodontic treatment during your next vacation.

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The Invisalign Journey

The Invisalign Journey

You're ready to take your first steps in your journey to a straighter smile with Invisalign. Now you're wondering what happens next. Here's what you can expect from your Invisalign journey from start to finish.

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What can I use to supplement orthodontic treatment?

What can I use to supplement orthodontic treatment?

If you're looking for a way to safely supplement your orthodontic treatment in order to achieve a straight new smile faster, OrthoPulse might be right for you. 

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Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Orthodontic wax is a product that will help make your braces treatment more comfortable. Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists answers some frequently asked questions about orthodontic wax. 

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What You Need to Know About Orthodontic Elastics

What You Need to Know About Orthodontic Elastics

Orthodontic elastics are an important element of traditional metal braces. These tiny rubber bands come in a rainbow of colours that patients can choose from. Here's a little more about your orthodontic elastics.

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Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Often orthodontic patients decide to have their teeth whitened after their treatment is complete. Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists explain why.

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Types of Braces: Lingual

Types of Braces: Lingual

Over the years there has been a lot of progress in regards to the variety of orthodontic treatments available. Lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth and are proving popular for people with concerns about the appearance of traditional metal braces.

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Play them up or down? Makeup Tips for Braces

Play them up or down? Makeup Tips for Braces

Whether you'd like to highlight your braces, or camouflage them a bit, here are some makeup tips to help you get the look you want.

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Portable Snack Options for People with Braces

Portable Snack Options for People with Braces

Dietary limitations caused by wearing braces can make packing a lunch of school or work difficult at first. Here are some ideas for convenient and filling snack options to get you started.

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Is Acceledent safe?

Is Acceledent safe?

AcceleDent is an orthodontic device that can accelerate your orthodontic treatment process by up to 50%. But is it safe?

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 The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

People generally decide to undergo orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons. However, there are a number of dental health benefits to having straight teeth! Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists explain what they are.

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Types of Braces: A Little About Traditional Metal Braces

Types of Braces: A Little About Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when they picture braces. Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists talk a little about these classic orthodontic appliances.

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Feeling Confident with Braces: Tips & Tricks

Feeling Confident with Braces: Tips & Tricks

If you have uneven or crooked teeth, you might feel embarrassed or insecure. For many people however, the solution – braces – can also cause confidence issues. Here are a few tips to help you to feel confident while wearing braces.

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Invisalign on the Go: What You Need

Invisalign on the Go: What You Need

When undergoing Invisalign treatment, there are some essentials that you will need to have with you to keep your aligners clean and fresh while on the go.

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The Importance of Visiting the Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment

The Importance of Visiting the Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment

During your orthodontic treatment, you will have to visit your orthodontist on a regular basis for checkups and adjustments. But don’t forget to keep visiting your dentist, too!

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How do I brush my teeth with braces?

How do I brush my teeth with braces?

Cleaning your teeth properly becomes even more important than usual when you have braces. Fortunately, while you’ll have to take extra care, brushing your teeth with braces is quite easy… it just requires a little patience!

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