Orthodontic Treatment: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted on Jun 7, 2012

Orthodontic Treatment: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, the orthodontic team at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam offer you our sincerest congratulations. Investing in your smile is one of the most important decisions in your life. If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment or if you would like to book your orthodontic treatment consultation at our Richmond orthodontic clinic or at our Port Coquitlam orthodontic clinic, contact us today. We’re here to answer all your questions.

If you’re thinking about committing to orthodontic treatment at HGS Ortho, here are the top 5 things you need to know:

1. Orthodontic Treatment is Possible at Any Age 

If your jawbone, teeth and gums are healthy, you can improve your smile and your oral health through orthodontic treatment at any age. 20% of all orthodontic patients at our Richmond orthodontic clinic and Port Coquitlam orthodontic clinic are adults over the age of 21 and we offer socially-friendly orthodontic options such as clear braces and Invisalign invisible aligners.

2. Your Bite is Just as Important as Straight Teeth 

Your orthodontist at HGS Orthodontics in Richmond and Port Coquitlam doesn’t just evaluate the straightness of your teeth during your orthodontic consultation. Instead, the position of your jaw, the occlusion (the bite) of your teeth and the functionality of your mouth with regards to speaking and chewing are all evaluated and corrected during orthodontic treatment.

3. Oral Hygiene is Crucial for your Teeth 

It is essential to practice proper oral hygiene before, during and after your orthodontic treatment. Bacteria on your teeth can lead to plaque build-up, cavities and tooth loss so be sure to brush your teeth after every meal during your orthodontic treatment and be sure to floss at least once a day for a happy, healthy smile.

4. Be Aware of any Possible Allergies

If you’re allergic to latex, plastic or nickel, please be sure to inform your orthodontist at our Richmond orthodontic clinic or our Port Coquitlam orthodontic clinic before you begin any kind of orthodontic treatment. It’s possible to develop an allergy during your orthodontic treatment so if you experience swelling, hives, shortness of breath or excessive mouth sores, please call 911.

5. Retainers Help your Smile 

Retainers are part of your orthodontic treatment and help keep your teeth into their correct position. Retainers can either be bonded to the back of your teeth or removable. Retainers require cleaning every night to prevent bacteria and plaque growth and be sure to always keep your retainer in its case when not in use.

The orthodontics team at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam are happy to answer any questions you might have about orthodontic treatment. Contact us today!

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