Posts made in January, 2012

Eating with Braces: Foods to Avoid

Posted on Jan 26, 2012

Eating with braces can be tricky. At HGS Orthodontics, we want to ensure our Richmond and Port Coquitlam patients get the information they need when it comes to eating with braces.

The first thing that people with braces should know is that taking care of your braces is especially important. Be sure to take proper care of your braces because if any section of your braces come apart, this could affect the orthodontic treatment. Your teeth may move in the wrong direction and you’ll have to have a long appointment to get all the necessary fixes.

Protect your braces by keeping an eye on the sort of food you’re eating. Here’s a great list of foods that you should avoid if you have braces for a happy orthodontic treatment:

– Hard fruits and vegetable such as apples and carrots

– Any kind of nut or snack containing nuts

– Corn of any kind: on the cob, popcorn, etc.

– Bagels, pretzels and pizza

– Foods that are likely to stick to your braces such as candy, chewing gum and jerky

As well, don’t chew on pencils or fingernails and be sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid cavities and gum disease. Please contact HGS Ortho in Port Coquitlam and Richmond, BC if you have any questions!


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Orthodontic Emergencies: Staying Prepared

Posted on Jan 19, 2012

Orthodontic emergency braces fix

Real emergencies with your braces are uncommon; however, when they happen Dr. Geoff Smith at HGS Ortho in Port Coquitlam and Richmond wants to ensure you’re prepared. Be sure to contact us if you are having excruciating pain or if you have any questions about your braces.

If you’re experiencing discomfort or any problems with your braces, here’s what you can do after booking your appointment at HGS Orthodontics.

If any of your wires or appliances are poking you, use a soft eraser to push it down or cover it with wax.

If your bracket or bands loosen, try to keep it in place with wax.

If a wire loosens, try to put it back in place. A pair tweezers should do the job. Wax may help alleviate the discomfort and if you absolutely must, you can cut the wire with nail clippers.

Contact HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam if your headgear bothers you – this isn’t something you can fix yourself.

Pain/discomfort is common for the first few days. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take over-the-counter pain medicine.

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Orthodontics 101: Repairing Damaged Braces

Posted on Jan 5, 2012

Braces can be fragile and subject to damage if proper care is not taken. Damaged braces can cost extra to replace and require additional treatment time, which is why HGS Orthodontics is here to help. At HGS Ortho, we can be efficient if you tell us which piece of your braces is causing discomfort. The diagram below lists all the parts of your braces.

The Elastic Tie is the band that holds your archwire in place.

The Archwire is the main wire that gets changed during treatment to help teeth move into the correct position.

Any loops in the archwire close spaces but many archwires don’t require loops.

Brackets keeps the archwire secure and usually are placed directly onto the tooth, eliminating the need for a band.

The Headgear Tube is a hollow attachment on the back bands.

The Coil Spring opens spaces between teeth.

The Tie Wire twists around the bracket to hold the archwire together.

The Band is the ring of metal fitting on the tooth through which brackets are attached to the tooth.

Hooks are ‘arms’ that can be removed.

An Elastic is a tiny rubber band that connects different parts of the braces and improves tooth movement.

If you have any questions about damaged braces, we are here to help. Contact HGS Ortho today! 

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