Coquitlam Family Othrodontics

News & Updates from the Coquitlam Team

Read the Coquitlam Orthodontics blog for news, tips, advice, and important information about braces and other orthodontic treatments for children, teens and adults.


Sore? Try a Saline Rinse

Sore? Try a Saline Rinse

in articles, Braces Basics

During your orthodontic treatment process, you may find that the inside of your mouth may feel sore from time to time. A saline rinse is a quick and easy way to manage your discomfort and promote healing.

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Lingual Braces: Pros & Cons

Lingual Braces: Pros & Cons

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

Linugal braces are, for many, the best of two worlds. Lingual braces force consistent wear (unlike removable aligners), but are nonetheless almost invisible when worn. However, like any orthodontic treatment option, they have their pros and cons.

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Oral Piercings & Braces

Oral Piercings & Braces

in articles, Living With Braces

The orthodontists at Coquitam Family Orthodontics advise against oral piercings in general, whether you have braces or not. If you do have braces, there are some additional risks associated with oral piercings.

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Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Orthodontic Wax FAQs

in articles, Braces Basics

Orthodontic wax will make your braces treatment go more smoothly – literally! Read on for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about orthodontic wax.

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Types of Retainers

Types of Retainers

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

Committing to orthodontic treatment is a big decision, especially when you consider the fact that it also means committing to wearing a retainer to hold or “retain” the results.

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How to Clean Invisalign Aligners (Trays)

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners (Trays)

in articles, Braces Basics

One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign orthodontic aligners is that they can be removed, allowing you to brush and floss like normal. But! Your aligners still need to be cleaned, too. Here’s how.

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How Exactly Do Braces Work?

How Exactly Do Braces Work?

in articles, Braces Basics

Lots of people wear braces, but many of them aren't really aware of the details of how they work. The following lays out the basics of how the different parts of your braces work together to straighten your teeth.

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What is ‘Phase I’ Orthodontic Treatment?

What is ‘Phase I’ Orthodontic Treatment?

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

Orthodontist can identify and treat developing orthodontic issues in children, preventing them from becoming more serious problems later on. This type of treatment is called Phase I (or early interventive) treatment.

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Taking Good Pictures with Braces

Taking Good Pictures with Braces

in articles, Living With Braces

Taking a good picture can be tricky at the best of times, and doing it with braces can be even more so. The following tips and ideas will help you take a better picture while wearing braces.

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What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

in articles, Braces Basics

During your first visit our office, you will fill out a complete medical and dental history form. Here, you can read about what we need to know, and why we need to know it!

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Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

During your orthodontic treatment, there will be times when you feel discomfort or mild pain. Discomfort is a normal part of the process, but it doesn’t usually last very long. Here are some ways to cope!

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Talking with Braces

Talking with Braces

in articles, Living With Braces

Many of our patients at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics face difficulties with talking when they first get their braces. Here are some tips to help you get used to talking while wearing braces!

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Books About Braces - 'Surviving Braces' by Jennifer Webb

Books About Braces - 'Surviving Braces' by Jennifer Webb

in articles, Living With Braces

Jennifer Webb's 'Surviving Braces' is a great guide and resource for those undergoing orthodontic treatment. It offers all sorts of of tips, ideas, advice, and recipes that will help make your braces journey go smoothly.

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Lingual Braces Vs. Invisalign Clear Aligners

Lingual Braces Vs. Invisalign Clear Aligners

in articles, Braces Basics

If you want a lower profile look to your orthodontic treatment but don’t feel comfortable trusting yourself with removable aligners (Invisalign), lingual ‘behind-the-teeth’ braces may be right for you.

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What is A Palatal Expander?

What is A Palatal Expander?

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

A palatal expander is an orthodontic appliance used to widen the upper jaw (the maxilla) in children, 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 articles, Living With Braces

This sweet and funny coming of age story is relatable for middle school-age kids, but it will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered through those middle school years – especially with those who, like Raina, had some dental drama thrown into the mix!

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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 articles, Braces Basics

At last! Your braces treatment is finished and the time has come to have them 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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What Causes Malocclusion?

What Causes Malocclusion?

in articles, Braces Basics

Malocclusion is a misalignment of the teeth, and it can result in many serious oral health issues. It is generally caused by a combination of inherited and behavioural factors.

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Types of Mouth Guards

Types of Mouth Guards

in articles, Braces Basics

The team at Coquitlam Famil Orthodontics recommends that our patients wear custom-made sports mouth guards if they play sports during their braces treatment.

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When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

As part of your treatment plan, your orthodontist may recommend surgical orthodontics if you are an adult whose bite problem cannot be completely fixed through less invasive means.

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How Straight Teeth Affect Your Self Confidence

How Straight Teeth Affect Your Self Confidence

in articles, Living With Braces

If your teeth are misaligned, you may sometimes feel a lack of confidence in your smile. Orthodontics can help!

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Taking Care of Baby Teeth To Avoid Braces

Taking Care of Baby Teeth To Avoid Braces

in articles, Braces Basics

Healthy baby teeth are essential to the proper development of children's mouths. Take care of your child's baby teeth now to help prevent the need for braces later on.

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The Pros & Cons of Translucent Ceramic Braces

The Pros & Cons of Translucent Ceramic Braces

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

'Translucent' ceramic braces are a fantastic choice for a low profile aesthetic, if traditional braces or clear removable aligners aren’t right for you. However, there are a few important factors to consider before you decide to go with ceramic braces.

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‘The Braces Cookbook’ by Pamela Waterman

‘The Braces Cookbook’ by Pamela Waterman

in articles, Living With Braces

It’s easy to get into a rut, eating the same few braces-friendly meals, week in and week out. 'The Braces Cookbook' by Pamela Waterman offers 50 wonderful comfort food recipes that are perfect for braces-wearers and their families!

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How Long Do I Have to Wear My Retainer?

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Retainer?

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

Orthodontics patients are often somewhat dismayed to learn that they will have to wear a retainer after their braces treatment is complete. Here’s some information about retainers, and how long they need to be worn.

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