Posts made in March, 2012

Find Your Perfect Smile With Invisalign

Posted on Mar 22, 2012

If you want a straight smile but don’t want the hassle of metal braces, Invisalign Invisible aligners may be the clear solution for you.

Invisalign is an orthodontic innovation that uses clear plastic aligners instead of metal braces to straighten your teeth. At HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam, our dedicated team of Invisalign providers would love to give you the perfect smile you deserve!

Practically invisible, Invisalign aligners will give you the freedom to smile with confidence and enjoy life to the fullest. Cleaning your teeth is also incredibly easy with Invisalign – Invisalign invisible aligners are completely removable, which also means that you can enjoy all your favourite foods without any worries.

The Invisalign technology comes with yet another bonus – very little pain or discomfort is associated with the Invisalign aligners so if you’ve put off straightening your smile for fear of the pain associated with traditional metal braces, there’s good news for you. Invisalign aligners are virtually pain-free.

Patients are advised to follow directions carefully, and to make regular appointments at HGS Ortho. We’ll make sure your Invisalign aligners are working properly to give you a fantastic smile and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about Invisalign or the progress of your treatment.

Contact us at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam today to find out if Invisalign is right for you or to book your Invisalign invisible aligners appointment.

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Introducing the SureSmile!

Posted on Mar 15, 2012

Unlike orthodontic treatment of the past, today’s orthodontic care is becoming more futuristic and easier on the patient than every before. One such innovation is Suresmile:

What is SureSmile? 

SureSmile is a system that uses 3d models and robotic adjustments to improve the look of your teeth.

How does SureSmile work?

Orthodontic specialists create a 3d model of the end results of treatment – how your teeth will look after SureSmile braces – and the SureSmile system works out all the adjustments necessary during treatment. The orthodontists do not make any adjustments by hand.

What are the benefits of SureSmile?

Robotic accuracy gives you the closest, most comfortable archwire fit. This cuts down on pain and discomfort after braces are adjusted and reduces brace-wearing time by about 30% (8 months).

To learn more about the recent advancements in orthodontic care, please contact us today!

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For a Straight Smile, Orthodontics Works for You

Posted on Mar 8, 2012

For adults and teens looking for a straight smile, orthodontics is the answer. You can avoid low self-esteem, gum disease/decay, cracked or chipped teeth and chewing/swallowing difficulty if you begin orthodontic treatment as early as possible. Here’s a few things to consider about the process:


You may have to visit your orthodontist every 4-7 weeks for adjustments and check-ups and the actual treatment may take from six months to three years to get you a straight smile. It all depends on your age, the type and severity of your issues and the kind of oral appliances used in treatment. Adults generally require longer treatment than teenagers or children. If you are interested in an alternative to braces, ask your orthodontist about Invisalign invisible aligners.


Your health insurance generally covers half of your straight smile treatment (to a certain limit). Check with your dental health insurance provider for details. Your orthodontist may offer payment plans so ask about your options. Orthodontics (and a straight smile) are well worth the investment.


Initially and after adjustment, braces may feel tight on your teeth but there’s no real pain associated with orthodontics. There are very few side effects to treatment and most are the result of improper care or poor oral health. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions to the letter and you shouldn’t have any issues and get a straight smile all that much sooner.

Success Rate 

Orthodontics have a high success rate, especially for patients who carefully follow the advice of their orthodontist.  Some minor treatment may be necessary to correct tooth problems that arise later from natural wear or bad oral health habits. Ask your orthodontist what you can do to preserve your great new smile.


Brushing and flossing are extremely important when wearing braces. Food particles can become trapped around the brackets and it’s very important to floss correctly, using a threader. Your orthodontist will show you the proper oral care techniques.

You shouldn’t bite down on hard things such as ice cubes, nuts or pencils if you have braces. Sticky foods such as toffee and chewing gum are best avoided as they can pull off your brackets and lengthen treatment as a result.

If you follow your orthodontic specialist’s advice and you’ll have a fantastic straight smile before you know it!

Book a consultation at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam, BC for more information.



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