Posts made in November, 2013

Eating & drinking when having dental retainers on

Posted on Nov 28, 2013

dental retainers eat drink Dental retainers are  tools used after removing braces to keep teeth from shifting back into their old position. We get lot of questions about eating and drinking while having retainers. Most upper retainers are made of plastic and wire and easily fit to the roof of the mouth. A lower retainer can be removable or permanently fitted to lower teeth.

Eating food is not recommended while having dental retainers as food particles can get stuck to the retainers and damage them.

Many question if it’s okay to chew gum while wearing retainers. We really don’t recommend doing so.

All drinks except

  • Sugary
  • Hot
  • Fizzy

drinks can be consumed while having dental retainers on. It is recommended to drink a lot of mineral water and to brush the retainers regularly to keep them clean. Have more questions about braces or retainers? Contact the best orthodontist in PoCo and Richmond. We’re here to help you have a great orthodontic experience.



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Invisalign : How to care for your teeth

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

It is important to take care of your teeth while wearing your Invisalign invisible aligners, and you may need to invest more in your oral health care routine in order to achieve your best smile possible.

Check out the comment below to the youtube video “MY INVISALIGN experience – Before & After”.


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Dip your Invisalign aligners in a mixture of water and baking soda or special aligner cleaning products every night for 5-10 minutes, then brush them gently with a toothbrush. Be careful, however not to scratch the aligners.

Watch the full invisalign review video below.

Looking for getting invisalign clear braces in Port Coquitlam or Richmond? Contact Dr.Geoff Smith by clicking here.

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Fear of dentist is rare but can create oral health complications

Posted on Nov 14, 2013

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Japanese Neuroscientists are studying the different brain patterns which causes the fear of dentist. The researchers have been testing brain patterns while playing drilling and suction sounds with 34 patients.

The study revelaed that those who were afraid to go to the dentist showed marked differences in brain responses compared to the patients who were more relaxed about going to the dentist. Japanese pediatric dentist Hiroyuki Karibe from Nippon Dental University in Tokyo said although he had seen many patients gets the fear of dentist after hearing the drilling sounds, no one had ever studied the connection from a neurological point of view.

Only less than ten percent of patients have severe anxiety or fear of dentist and they usually postpone visits until toothaches and emergencies which poses huge threats to oral health complications – the study further revealed.

He further said that the study can lead to better precautions against anxious patients. We recommend anyone suffering from bite problems to come to HGS Ortho. We can help you have a straight, beautiful smile without fear. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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Using Mouth Guards to Protect Teeth during sports

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

Sports is one of the main reasons for losing teeth. Using a mouth guard can protect your teeth from most sports impacts, saving you the trouble in getting your teeth fixed.

How mouth guards protect teeth

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Mouth guards create a gap between the top of the jaw bone and the lower brain when met with a collision. This force if exerted on teeth without a mouth guard is sufficient to break one or more teeth.

A proper mouth guard should perfectly fit to the teeth. Currently there are many types of mouth guards available on the market. Most popular is the “boil and bite” type.

How to care for mouth guards

Caring for and cleaning mouth guards is very important. Keep the mouth guard in a plastic container without exposing it to high temperatures. Temperatures higher than room temperature can make the mouth guard deform in shape.

Mouth guards protect teeth and create better oral health which leads to better overall health. Sport mouth guards are especially important for those who are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. Want to know which mouth guard type is the best for you? Contact us for an appointment.

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