Posts made in December, 2013

Importance of wearing retainers after an Orthodontic Treatment

Posted on Dec 26, 2013

The importance of wearing retainers after an orthodontic treatment cannot be stressed enough . The post below explains it very well and we recommend giving it a read.

The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer after Orthodontic …
It’s the big day and your braces are finally coming off! Does that mean you are completely done? Not so fast! After you complete your treatment here at West Orthodontics, Dr. West and our team will recommend you wear a …

Planning to get braces in Port Coquitlam or Richmond? Contact us at HGS Ortho for the best orthodontic treatments in town.

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Crowded teeth and braces

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

Getting braces while having crowded teeth can be tough. There were a lot of questions on the topic on Yahoo Answers.

It is absolutely a myth that you cannot get braces if you are having crowded teeth. It is little work for the orthodontist but 100% possibility. The process is the same as for a normal mouth as explained below.

  • First, your orthodontist will plan out the braces and will give you a date for spacers.
  • Spacers are to increase room in teeth for braces. This is the most effective part of the braces process for a crowded mouth. It is going to take additional 1-2 hours to apply spacers for a crowded mouth.
  • Once in the right place, spacers are needed only for few days even for a crowded mouth.
  • You can directly get braces after spacers or depending on the situation you will be given bands before

Have doubts if you are ready for braces? Call HGS Orthodontists in Port Coquitlam and Richmond or click here for more contact info.

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Braces – There’s more to it than teeth straightening

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

There’s a popular misconception that dental braces are only intended to straighten teeth. As an experienced orthodontist serving large areas across Port Coquitlam and Richmond, I disagree with this statement. Braces give a patient a great smile and correct bad bite (malocclusion), improving overall health.  Below is a good post from Next Generation Dental Blog about the benefits of braces.

Braces do more than straighten your kids’ teeth. | Next Generation …
Braces do more than straighten your kids’ teeth. They correct bad bites and put their teeth in better alignment. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it. Cavities …

The blog post further explains the simple steps for good dental health. They are

  • Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
  • Floss between your teeth daily
  • Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports activities
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t pierce your lips or any part of your mouth
  • See your dentist regularly

Do you have need for orthodontic treatment? Dr.Geoff Smith from Port Coquitlam and Richmond is the top orthodontist for corrections and braces. Contact us to book a consultation.

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Healthy snack ideas during dental braces

Posted on Dec 5, 2013

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It’s usually the teens and youth who gets braces and they are big fans of snacks. And one of the common questions asked about braces is “what foods are good for braces?” and some even extend the question to “what snacks are good?”. Below post from gives some really good snack ideas for patients wearing braces.

Healthy Snack Ideas for People With Braces? Good Questions | The …
Q: I recently got braces, and I have found that my healthy snack choices have greatly diminished. I cannot have popcorn, nuts, raw veggies, granola bars, or anything chewy (like dried fruit/raisins) or anything too crunchy (like …

Some of the ideas are:

  • Steamed edamame
  • Green grapes
  • Bananas
  • Melon cubes
  • Slices of avocado
  • Yogurt cups
  • Cottage cheese

Looking for a good orthodontist to get dental braces? Dr.Geoff Smith is the best orthodontist serving Port Coquitlam and Richmond. Contact us by clicking here.

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