Posts made in October, 2013

How many times to brush teeth when having braces?

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

how brush braces It is a common question in online forums as busy patients find it hard to follow dentists’ advice of brushing more when having braces on. With my 40+ years experience as an orthodontist, I usually recommend brushing teeth after every major meal when having braces. Following is the recommended practice:

  • Brush after every meal
  • Brush once every morning and before bed
  • Floss once before going to sleep

For busy lifestyles, this can be reduces to 3-4 times a day. You can easily get used to brushing once in the afternoon. And once in the morning, once in the evening, and once before going to bed.

The logic behind excessive brushing when having braces is because the teeth get messier when having braces for the following reasons.

  • Food stuck can decay teeth. Food usually gets stuck inside the braces – you wouldn’t believe how much food gets stuck and this can decay the teeth.
  • Food stuck inside braces creates a bad smell
  • It feels yucky when certain food are stuck inside for longer periods

What if i can’t brush that often?

For even busy lifestyles you can limit to 2 times a day but should try to brush as much as possible. And try to be diligent by washing your mouth, cleaning braces whenever you get time. By doing this you can keep your teeth clean.

Want to get braces to improve your bite and smile? Call our offices in Coquitlam and Richmond by dialing 604.464.2527.


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Benefits of teeth straightening

Posted on Oct 24, 2013

teeth straightening benefitsMany think teeth straightening is only done in order to have a prettier smile. But it goes beyond aesthetics into maintenance of general health. Below are the lesser known benefits of teeth straightening:

Enjoying life

Have you seen people covering their mouth when it comes to the camera? You cannot move forward in life freely if you are shy to show your teeth. Getting teeth straight removes that barrier. You deserve to enjoy smiling.

Easier brushing – Better oral health

When teeth are straight, they’re easier to brush and floss. Brushing regularly avoids many dental complications from gum disease and oral infections.

Success in life

Smile plays a big part in personality. By giving you more confidence, teeth straightening makes you achieve more in life.

Teeth straightening is not complicated and now takes less time with new technology such as Invisalign. Modern teeth straightening treatments give you a great appearance after but also during your orthodontic treatment, as most of the materials used are invisible or similar to the colour of your teeth. Contact us to know more about teeth straightening.





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Diabetes can lead to gum disease – Disease Prevention & Control

Posted on Oct 17, 2013

gum disease periodontalDiabetes patients are two times more likely to develop periodontal disease/gum disease. A study carried out by Disease Prevention & Control  has revealed that one third of patients with diabetes have gum disease.

They have found the cause to be the high blood sugar levels slowing down healing from oral infections. Below are few tips to fight periodontal disease among diabetes patients.

  • Exercise regularly – Keep yourself fit to reduce glucose levels in blood.
  • Eat healthy – Eat better food all the time. Replace your fries, snacks with fruits. Have your favourite dishes but add on healthy variations as well.
  • Know the risks – Some people are more prone to diabetes depending on age, weight and other factors such as ethnic community.
  • Brush regularly – Put more attention to oral health. Don’t forget to brush two times a day. Specially after a large sugar containing food.
  • Visit the dentist regularly – Get a cleaning done from time to time. This way you will know if gum disease is developing and can tak e action soon.

You may be more vulnerable to gum disease during orthodontic treatment. Be sure to brush and floss as per our instructions and take care with your smile!

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Advantages of Invisalign to straighten Teeth

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Invisalign-advantages-in-straightening-teethWe have seen increasing enthusiasm for Invisalign in British Columbia for both our Richmond and Port Coquitlam offices. Below are the reasons why many prefer Invisalign.


Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable making them quite comfortable to wear, and causing less pain for the supporting tissues and gums.

Better Appearance

This is the biggest advantage of Invisalign – since they are transparent, they looks much better than metal braces, one of the reasons many adults prefer Invisalign aligners over metal braces.

Better Choice

This is a computerized treatment process which can offer different flexible treatment conditions for the patient. Many prefer this flexibility to suit their lifestyle.

Higher effectiveness

Invisalign braces are proven to straighten teeth better than other modes, and achieving better results in less amount of time is preffered by many patients.

Want to straighten your teeth?  Give us a call or contact us on our online contact form. We look forward to giving you a perfect smile in no time!


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What do you need to know before getting braces?

Posted on Oct 3, 2013

If it’s time for you to start orthodontic treatment and have braces placed on your teeth, you may already know most of the information outlined in this helpful article. Some of the common questions and misconceptions may surprise you, however, if you’re someone who is just starting to think about braces and orthodontic treatment.

We’re happy to help answer any questions you might have, including an estimate of cost, time and whether or not you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign invisible aligners. Give HGS Ortho a call or contact us through our online form. We look forward to helping you have a great orthodontic experience.

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