The Coquitlam Family Orthodontics Blog

What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

Posted 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?

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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?

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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The Impact of Early Orthodontic Intervention on Future Treatment

The Impact of Early Orthodontic Intervention on Future Treatment

Posted in Orthodontic Treatment Options

Malocclusion is not necessarily predictable, and it's not necessarily avoidable, either. However, with regular dental checkups and early orthodontic evaluation and (in some cases) treatment, your child may be able to avoid it in the future.

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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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