Posts made in October, 2014

Happy Halloween from your Port Coquitlam and Richmond Orthodontists!

Posted on Oct 30, 2014

Happy Halloween from HGS Ortho! We hope you have a wonderful time Trick or Treat-ing tomorrow night!

We know you’ll be enjoying your Halloween candy for a couple weeks to come, so we thought we’d take this time to remind you to floss and brush daily to keep those cavities at bay.

Please contact us HGS Ortho if you have any questions about oral health, cavities, or anything else, or if you would like to book an appointment.

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What’s the Difference between Braces, Functional Appliances and Retainers?

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between braces, oral functional appliances and retainers, here’s a handy at-a-glance guide brought to you by the team at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam that highlights what braces, functional appliances and retainers have to offer you.

What do they do?

Braces: Shift teeth into the correct position by exerting gentle pressure

Functional Appliances: Shift teeth and align the jaws using the muscle action produced when speaking, chewing and swallowing

Retainers: Stabilize the teeth so that the surrounding soft and hard tissues can conform to the new dental alignment

When are they used?

Braces: Are effective at all ages for correcting bite issues and crooked teeth

Functional Appliances: Typically for patients ages 7-13 with overbites and closed bites

Retainers: Can be used at any age, after orthodontic treatment or simply if teeth have misaligned again and require minor correction

What are the results?

Braces: A fantastic new smile that’s straight and correctly aligned

Functional Appliances: Improved bite, improved chewing ability and less wear on the teeth

Retainers: A post-orthodontic-treatment smile that will last for decades

Your orthodontic specialist can determine which oral appliance or combination of appliances is appropriate for you. Contact HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam to book an appointment.

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The Controversy Behind Braces for Young Children

Posted on Oct 16, 2014

Braces are no longer that awkward rite of passage that solely teenagers have to experience. These days, young children as old as seven are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Screening children no later than age seven is essential and we here at HGS Orthodontics can assess the best age for treatment.

Because preadolescent kids do not have self-esteem issues like teenagers do, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) says early treatment could be beneficial. Although the AAO approves of early orthodontic treatment, the issue is somewhat controversial. Experts have critiqued early treatment by claiming that children who get braces at an early age end up having to do another stage of treatment, and can have braces again well into their teenage years even though they started young. It all depends on whatever treatment is necessary to see if early treatment would work for your child.

Kids with an overbite or buck teeth won’t benefit from an earlier treatment. However, if a kid has an underbite where their lower jaw is too large or their upper jaw is tiny then this course of treatment would work well. The largest sector of children who are getting orthodontic treatment are kids with crowded or crooked teeth. Early treatment is ideal for this group as well, but they will undergo another stage of treatment later, totaling four years.

Most orthodontic treatment starts at age 9 and goes up to age 14, and the AAO says most orthodontic treatment lasts between one to three years – two years being the average. If you think your child may need braces, feel free to make an appointment at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam and we will be happy to talk to you about it today.





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October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

Posted on Oct 9, 2014

October is October is National Orthodontic Health Month! What better way to celebrate than with a recipe from TV Chef John Besh!

Take a look at this article  for a great cauliflower mac and cheese recipe that can enjoyed without getting all stuck in your braces!

And be sure to visit the American Association of Orthodontics for more information on National Orthodontic Health Month.


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Orthodontics 101: Treating Adults with Braces

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) found that five million people in the U.S. and Canada are currently receiving orthodontic treatment, and that one fifth of those five million orthodontic patients were adults (over 18).

At HGS Ortho, we have a team of orthodontic specialists that are all highly experienced in providing orthodontic care to our Port Coquitlam and Richmond patients.

If you’re an adult seeking orthodontic care, you have a number of treatment options for straightening your smile:

  • Invisalign Invisible aligners are perfect if you want to avoid the stigma and discomfort associated with metal braces. Invisalign aligners are completely removable and practically invisible.
  • Lingual braces are ideal if you require actual metal braces to straighten your smile and correct your bite. Lingual braces are installed on the back of your teeth instead of your front and therefore are far less visible.
  • Traditional metal braces are far less painful now, with new and improved technology that allows you to straighten your smile and correct your bite so that you can smile with confidence.

Whatever orthodontic treatment you choose, we at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam would love to give you the perfect smile you deserve. Correctly aligned teeth can improve your oral health and prevent any long-term dental complications, so contact HGS Ortho today for your orthodontic treatment.

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