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.


What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

During your orthodontic treatment, you will have to pay regular visits to your orthodontist so that he can monitor your progress and make sure everything is going as planned.

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What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

You may experience some discomfort when you are first getting used to your new braces. These ideas and products will help you cope in the meantime!

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The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

Healthy primary (baby) teeth help kids chew their food and aid in digestion, and are one of the most important parts of their oral development as they grow up.

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Braces on the Go: What to Keep on Hand

Braces on the Go: What to Keep on Hand

Most orthodontic patients lead busy lives at school, work, and social obligations and it keeps them away from home throughout the day. This is a list of supplies which you should keep on hand to care for your braces when you're-on-the-go.

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Electric Toothbrushes & Braces

Electric Toothbrushes & Braces

To remove the plaque that can build up quickly in their crevices, braces need to be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. An electric toothbrush can make brushing your teeth with braces easier and more effective.

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Tips for Eating With Braces

Tips for Eating With Braces

When you first get your new braces, or right after you have them tightened, you may experience some pain and discomfort while eating. Here are some tips to make it easier!

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The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

Healthy primary (baby) teeth help kids chew their food and aid in digestion, and are one of the most important parts of their oral development as they grow up.

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What To Expect When Your Braces Are Removed

What To Expect When Your Braces Are Removed

If there's one thing all orthodontic patients have in comon, it's that they all learn to adjust! This is true during treatment, and after it's over, too.

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I have a loose wire on my Braces. What should I do?

I have a loose wire on my Braces. What should I do?

It's not uncommon for wires on braces to become loose. If this happens, make an appointment with your orthodontist. Meanwhile, here’s what to do.

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How To Floss with Braces

How To Floss with Braces

Flossing can be more than a little tricky to master when you first get your braces! The following instructions and tips will help you effectively floss with braces, and keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.

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7 Things You Must Know Before Trying Invisalign

7 Things You Must Know Before Trying Invisalign

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

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?

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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?

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?

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

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

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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