Posts made in February, 2012

Orthodontic Emergencies: Be Prepared

Posted on Feb 16, 2012

Emergencies with your braces are generally uncommon. However, if they happen, our team of oral health care professionals at HGS Ortho in Port Coquitlam and Richmond can help you deal with any problems regarding your braces. Contact HGS Ortho as soon as possible and book an appointment.

Until your appointment, you can temporarily fix the problem yourself.

Here’s what you can do if:

  • Your Wire Is Poking You– Push the wire down with something soft like a pencil eraser or place wax on it to minimize your discomfort.
  • Your Bracket or Band Gets Loose – If your bracket or band is still clinging onto the wire, keep it in its place, and place wax on it. If the wire falls out completely, keep it in a tissue and bring it to your appointment.
  • A Wire Gets Loose – Using tweezers, secure your wire back into place. If you use wax but it doesn’t help, cut the wire with nail clippers. If you’re still uncomfortable, put wax on it.
  • An Appliance Gets Loose – If your appliance pokes you, cover it with wax.
  • You have Fussy Headgear –  Read instructions about your headgear carefully. The face-bow can get bent, and if this happens, call our office.
  • You have a Sore Mouth – Braces can cause pain when they’re first put on for a few days. A warm salt water rinse should alleviate your pain but if it doesn’t, a painkiller might help.

Remember these are only temporary solutions to your orthodontic problems. Please contact HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam as soon as possible to book an appointment.

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Have Crooked Teeth? Here’s What You Can Do About It!

Posted on Feb 9, 2012

Whether your less-than-perfect smile is a result of genetics or bruxism (tooth grinding), it’s essential to your oral health that your teeth align properly. Here are the facts about crooked teeth and why you may want to book an appointment at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam for orthodontic treatment consultation.

Issues with Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are the result of a malocclusion (a bad bite), that results in uneven wear on the teeth, stress on the jaw and gums and inefficient chewing. You may have trouble flossing properly between your crooked teeth and, therefore, be more susceptible to cavities, plaque build-up, tartar and gum disease. Crooked teeth are aesthetically unappealing as well and may affect your personal and professional life if you’re self-conscious about your smile and don’t smile often.

Solutions for Crooked Teeth 

Your options for crooked teeth include traditional metal braces, Invisalign invisible aligners and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Our orthodontic specialist will be able to suggest the appropriate treatment for your specific problem, but generally cosmetic dentistry is reserved for enamel repairs and fixing crooked teeth with veneers. If your teeth and jaws don’t properly align, then orthodontics will be the answer for you.

If you have questions or would like to book an appointment at HGS Orthodontics, contact us today!

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