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What is A Palatal Expander?

What is A Palatal Expander?

Posted 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

Posted 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?

Posted 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?

Posted 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

Posted 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?

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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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