Posts made in November, 2012

Benefits Of Braces: What Can Braces Do For You?

Posted on Nov 22, 2012

Benefits Of Braces: What Can Braces Do For You?

Do you have crooked teeth? Are two or more teeth crowding together? If your answer to all three questions is a big YES, then don’t think that you are alone in this struggle. In truth, there are so many people all over the world who are suffering from crooked teeth or crowding teeth. And yet despite the situation being common, it should not encourage you to just live with this fact.

After all, there are several options for you to choose from to alleviate yourself from this disturbing situation. If you are looking for a great solution to your problem, then getting dental braces should be your choice at HGS Ortho. Braces are one of the most distinguished orthodontic appliances that people can avail of. They can be made from a wide variety of materials including metal, plastic and ceramic. These are equally divided wires and brackets to even out the pressure put on the teeth. The pressure helps in bringing the teeth back to its original position.

If you are thinking of getting dental braces, you are up to enjoying many of its benefits. If you have crooked teeth, then dental braces should be able to fix it. With the pleasure that they place on the teeth, you can get that perfect white smile that you want only after a few months. The main objective in the installation of dental braces is teeth straightening. For best results, it is better to wear the braces for at least two years.

For people who are suffering from overbite and underbite, these problems can be treated with the health of dental braces. It does not only straighten teeth but it helps correct teeth positions too. There is no doubt that dental braces present possible dental solutions to help you solve your problems.

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What’s your best colour? Coloured braces

Posted on Nov 15, 2012

What’s your best colour? Coloured braces

If you’re currently undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment at HGS Ortho, your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, you already know that you can choose coloured rubber bands to express your personality to the world while getting the beautifully straight smile of your dreams. Rubber band elastics are typically changed at your every visit, so you can experiment with colours or change it up to suit your mood and your style.

Typically, our patients choose their favourite colour or colours, their team colours or something seasonal, like red and green for the holiday season. It’s really up to you, and don’t forget, you can change your rubber bands as often as at each appointment.

Are you an adult wearing orthodontics? You can choose rubber bands that are subtle and blend with your archwires and brackets, such as silver, clear and grey. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose your favourite colour or  a bold colour to express your personality.

No matter what colour(s) you choose, enjoy your smile!

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How do Braces Work?

Posted on Nov 8, 2012

How do Braces Work?

There is no question that one of the best ways to correct gaps, overcrowding, misaligned teeth and improper bite is through the use of braces. These metal wires, hooks and elastic work together to help you get the wonderful smile we all want. Having said that, how do braces work exactly? In this article we give you an idea as to how braces are installed and how they slowly fix your teeth and realign them.

Orthodontic braces have come a long way since they were first used and many improvements have been made when it comes to the materials used, the procedures, the expense and the results you get. The common parts of braces include the metal arch wire, bonding agent, brackets, and the ligature elastic. Some of the modern braces no longer need the elastic.

The pieces of the braces work together to apply pressure on the whole curvature of the teeth – the pressure will come from the arch wire and is applied to the brackets which slowly and gently nudge the teeth into their correct alignment. The elastic bands can also be used in order to realign the teeth to a certain position. This pressure will always be present as long as you have the braces on. It may feel uncomfortable at first but as time passes, you become more accustomed to the force being applied. This needs to be done slowly to avoid any possibility of teeth being lost in the process. The typical braces often take around 2 years to complete the realignment procedure.

As the braces begin to take effect, the pressure becomes weaker as the teeth move. It is customary to visit the dentist after a few weeks to have the braces readjusted so that the pressure is restored. Visits to your orthodontist will be regular to check on the braces and make sure the treatment is working. As the tooth moves, the new supporting bones keep the teeth on their new positions. Once the desired alignment is achieved, the braces will be ready to be removed.

This is how braces work in its most traditional sense. Nowadays there are a number of different kinds of braces available. Visit HGS Ortho to find out more about the modern types of braces and which one will be best for you.

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Stages of Orthodontic Treatment: What Should You Expect?

Posted on Nov 1, 2012

Stages of Orthodontic Treatment: What Should You Expect?

There are a lot of misconceptions about the stages of orthodontic treatment. Perhaps this may be because only a few people truly understand what orthodontic treatments are. All that the general public knows is that they have a tooth problem and they need to see a professional dentist. But because they are too busy or they do not have the time to take a break from their daytime job to see a dentist, they settle for pain relievers instead. Since intake of such medications can relieve them of the pain even if it is temporary, they would prefer it until the pain becomes totally unbearable.

This is the usual process involved whenever people talk about why they ended up seeing their dentist after all. Most of the time, people suffer from a terrible toothaches for weeks or even months and still they go to see their doctor the last minute. Instead of their dentist being their primary option for care, they choose to bear the pain because they fear that they might not have enough money to cover for the costs.

An orthodontic treatment like HGS Ortho always begins when the patient decides to seek the doctor’s advice. Assessment of the gravity of the situation then follows. It is in this stage that medical tests like x-rays are requested because the results of these can be used by the dentist to provide the best possible advice on what can be done to alleviate the dental situation. After that, the patient is told what should be done and is prepared for the best and worse parts of the treatment or procedure. The final stage of any orthodontic treatment is the process of healing. It is then that patients realize that they are lucky to have a reliable dentist who are skilled enough to help find a cure for their problems.

 

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