News & Updates from the Coquitlam Team

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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Mapping Your Invisalign Journey - from Start to Straight Smile Finish

Mapping Your Invisalign Journey - from Start to Straight Smile Finish

Today our Coquitlam orthodontists share a little about what you can expect from your Invisalign treatment journey, from start to straight-smile finish.

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Orthodontic Wax - What It Is & How To Use It

Orthodontic Wax - What It Is & How To Use It

If the inside of your mouth is feeling a little tender since you got your new braces, Orthodontic wax may help to relieve pain and prevent further irritation. Our Coquitlam orthodontists explain what orthodontic wax is and how to use it.

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Invisalign for Busy Teens

Invisalign for Busy Teens

Invisalign for Busy Teens

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Life with Braces - What to Expect

Life with Braces - What to Expect

Our Coquitlam orthodontists understand that getting used to having braces takes time. Here are a few tips to help you through the adjustment period, and to make life with braces a little easier.

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Braces: Food You Can & Cannot Eat

Braces: Food You Can & Cannot Eat

In recent years braces have become more comfortable and studier, but there are still foods you shouldn't eat while you have braces. Here our Coquitlam orthodontist shares which foods you should avoid, and which foods to enjoy, while you have braces. 

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Invisalign vs Metal Braces

Invisalign vs Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners are both effective orthodontic treatment options for straightening your smile. Today, our Coquitlam orthodontists tell you more about each of these options.

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Braces Adjustments: What to Expect

Braces Adjustments: What to Expect

Frequent adjustments to your braces are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. So, what should you expect when you visit your orthodontist for your braces adjustment? 

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Why try Invisalign® before braces?

Why try Invisalign® before braces?

Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign® clear aligners offer a variety convenient features. That's why our Coquitlam orthodontists think you may want to consider trying Invisalign before you try another orthodontic treatment. 

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Travelling with Braces

Travelling with Braces

For people with braces, travel can be somewhat complicated, especially if they aren’t prepared. To be sure that you stay on track with your braces treatment during your next vacation, our Coquitlam orthodontists share some tips for traveling with braces.

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Is teeth whitening a good idea after braces?

Is teeth whitening a good idea after braces?

You might consider having your teeth whitened after your orthodontic treatment is complete and your braces come off. Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists explain more.

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Makeup for Braces: Play them up or down?

Makeup for Braces: Play them up or down?

Everyone is different! When it comes to makeup, you might want to highlight your braces, or perhaps you'd prefer to hide them a bit. Here are some makeup tips to help you do either!

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Invisalign on the Go: What You Need to Take With You

Invisalign on the Go: What You Need to Take With You

There are some essential items that you'll need to take along with you with you during your Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Here's a short list of what to take when you're on the go.

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Types of Braces: Lingual

Types of Braces: Lingual

Over recent years braces technology has made a lot of progress, now there are a variety of types to choose from. Lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth which makes them good option for people with concerns about the appearance of traditional braces.

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Orthodontic Elastics - What You Should Know

Orthodontic Elastics - What You Should Know

Here's what you need to know about your orthodontic elastics in order to get the most out of your braces treatment.

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Portable Snack Options for Orthodontic Patients

Portable Snack Options for Orthodontic Patients

While undergoing orthodontic treatment, there will be certain foods that you just can’t eat. Dietary limitations can make packing a lunch for school or work tricky, so here are some ideas for convenient and filling snack options.

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