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.


7 Things You Must Know Before Trying Invisalign

7 Things You Must Know Before Trying Invisalign

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

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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Dating with Braces

Dating with Braces

in articles, Living With Braces

Many teenagers and adults with braces worry about what it will be like to date during treatment. Here are some tips and ideas for not letting your braces put a stop to your romantic endeavors!

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What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

in articles, Braces Basics

You probably know that to have your teeth straightened, you go to an orthodontist. But you may not know exactly what it entails to be an orthodontist. Today, we’d like to enlighten you!

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Orthodontic Emergencies: Don’t Panic!

Orthodontic Emergencies: Don’t Panic!

in articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

Once in a while, our patients find themselves in an emergency situation related to their braces or orthodontic treatment. Find out how to recognize an emergency, and what to do about it!

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A Day in the Life of a Braces-Wearer

A Day in the Life of a Braces-Wearer

in articles, Living With Braces

For those considering orthodontic treatment, one of the aspects of treatment they have the most questions about is how it will impact their daily lives.

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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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