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Retainers - An Essential Part of Your Orthodontic Treatment

Retainers - An Essential Part of Your Orthodontic Treatment

Finally, after months or even years your braces are coming off! Congratulations, but as exciting as it is, your treatment isn't done quite yet. After your braces come off you're going to need to wear a retainer for a while. Our Coquitlam orthodontists explain why...

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What are palatal expanders and how do they work?

What are palatal expanders and how do they work?

A child's narrow palate can lead to dental issues such as crowding, impacted teeth, or a crossbite. To help correct, or prevent, these issues and more, your Coquitlam orthodontist may recommend a palatal expander for your child. Here's how these common dental appliances work...

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So, what does malocclusion mean anyway?

So, what does malocclusion mean anyway?

Our Coquitlam orthodontists know that the word 'malocclusion' might sound intimidating but it simply means that your teeth are misaligned. Malocclusion can lead to crooked teeth or in some cases a misaligned bite. Here's more about how malocclusion can affect your smile.

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What colour of elastics should I choose for my braces?

What colour of elastics should I choose for my braces?

Switching elastic colours every time you visit us for an adjustment can be a fun way to learn to love your braces. Different colours can transform your smile, but how do you know which colour to choose? Here are a few tips from our Coquitlam orthodontists to help you decide which colour of braces elastics to pick next.

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Should I wear a sports mouthguard with my braces?

Should I wear a sports mouthguard with my braces?

Throughout your orthodontic treatment with braces (or aligners) it's extra important to protect your teeth against the damage that could be caused by a blow to the face while playing sports. Today our Coquitlam orthodontists explain why a sports mouthguard is an essential piece of equipment whenever you play sports.

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Coquitlam Braces Book Club - 'Smile' by Raina Telgemeier

Coquitlam Braces Book Club - 'Smile' by Raina Telgemeier

Today our Coquitlam orthodontist shares ‘Smile’ a graphic novel for kids aged 8-12. This delightful book by Raina Telgemeier depicts the emotional ups and downs of dealing with braces, and so much more.

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How do braces straighten your teeth?

How do braces straighten your teeth?

If you're about to get braces to straighten your smile, you may be curious about how they work. Here our Coquitlam orthodontists share a little about how braces help to straighten your teeth.

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What is tongue thrust and why is it a problem?

What is tongue thrust and why is it a problem?

Tongue thrust (also called reverse swallowing or immature swallow) can cause serious orthodontic problems if left unaddressed, but what exactly is it? Today our Coquitlam orthodontist explains a little about tongue thrusting and why treatment is important.

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Getting Braces - A Step by Step Guide

Getting Braces - A Step by Step Guide

While each of our patients is unique, the process of getting braces is much the same for everyone. Here our Coquitlam orthodontists guide you step-by-step through the process of getting braces put on.

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Smile & Say Cheese! Looking Great In Pictures with Braces

Smile & Say Cheese! Looking Great In Pictures with Braces

Are you too self-conscious about how your smile looks with braces, to smile openly in pictures? Today our Coquitlam orthodontists share some tips on how you can feel more confident smiling in pictures, while you have braces.

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