News & Updates from the Ridge Meadows Team

 The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Posted in Articles

Usually patients undergo orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons, but having straight teeth has dental health benefits too! Here, our Maple Ridge orthodontists explain more.

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Portable Snack Options for Orthodontic Patients

Portable Snack Options for Orthodontic Patients

Posted in Braces Basics, Living With Braces

Throughout your orthodontic treatment there will be foods that you just can’t eat. Dietary limitations can make packing a lunch for school or work tricky. Here are some convenient and filling snack options for orthodontic patients.

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Is Acceledent safe?

Is Acceledent safe?

Posted in Braces Basics, Orthodontic Treatment Options

It might sound too good to be true but AcceleDent is an orthodontic device that can accelerate your orthodontic treatment process by as much as 50%. If you're wondering whether it’s really safe, here's a little more about how it works.

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Everything You Want to Know About Orthodontic Elastics

Everything You Want to Know About Orthodontic Elastics

Here's what you should know about your orthodontic elastics in order to get the most out of your braces treatment.

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Types of Braces: Traditional Metal

Types of Braces: Traditional Metal

Posted in Braces Basics

Traditional metal braces are still the what people tend think of when they picture braces. Here, our Maple Ridge orthodontists tell a little about these classic orthodontic appliances.

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Tips & Tricks for Feeling Confident with Braces

Tips & Tricks for Feeling Confident with Braces

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces

You may feel embarrassed or insecure if you have crooked or uneven teeth. But for many people, the solution – braces – can also cause confidence issues. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident when wearing braces.

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Invisalign on the Go: What You Need

Invisalign on the Go: What You Need

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces

While you're undergoing Invisalign® treatment there are some essential items that you’ll need to have with you at all times in order to keep your aligners clean and fresh while on the go.

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The Importance of Visiting the Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment

The Importance of Visiting the Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment

Posted in Living With Braces

While you have braces you will need to visit your orthodontist on a regular basis for checkups and adjustments. But be sure to keep visiting your regular dentist, too!

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How do I brush my teeth with braces?

How do I brush my teeth with braces?

Posted in Braces Basics

Cleaning your teeth properly becomes even more important when you have braces. Luckily, while you’ll have to take extra time and care, brushing your teeth with braces is quite easy… it just requires a little patience!

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Types of Braces: Lingual

Types of Braces: Lingual

Lingual braces sit on the backs of the teeth and are proving to be very popular for people with concerns about the appearance of traditional braces.

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Makeup for Braces: Play them up or down?

Makeup for Braces: Play them up or down?

Posted in Living With Braces

Depending on your preferences, you may want to highlight your braces, or you may want to hide them a bit. Here are some makeup tips to help you do either!

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Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Posted in Orthodontic Treatment Options

Many orthodontic patients choose to have their teeth whitened after their treatment. Here, our Maple Ridge orthodontists explain why.

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What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

Posted in Articles, Braces Basics

If you need to get your teeth straightened, you know to go see an orthodontist. However, you may not know exactly what an orthodontist's skill set entails. We would like to help educate you on what an orthodontist actually does.

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Orthodontic Emergencies: Don’t Panic!

Orthodontic Emergencies: Don’t Panic!

Posted in Articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

Once in a while, our patients find themselves in an emergency situation related to their braces or orthodontic treatment. Find out how to recognize an emergency, and what to do about it!

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A Day in the Life of a Braces-Wearer

A Day in the Life of a Braces-Wearer

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces

If you need orthodontic treatment, you may have some questions and concerns about how treatment will affect your daily life. Here, we address those our patients ask us about most often.

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Sore? Try a Saline Rinse

Sore? Try a Saline Rinse

Posted in Articles

As you progress with your orthodontic treatment, you may feel some soreness in your mouth. A saline rinse can manage discomfort and also promote healing.

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Lingual Braces: Pros & Cons

Lingual Braces: Pros & Cons

Posted in Articles, Orthodontic Treatment Options

For many people, lingual braces are the best of two worlds when it comes to orthodontic treatment. On one hand, they force consistent wear (unlike removable aligners), but are also invisible when worn. Like any orthodontic treatment though, they have their pros and cons.

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Oral Piercings & Braces

Oral Piercings & Braces

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces

Our Ridge Meadows orthodontists generally advise against oral piercings whether you have braces or not, because there are so many health risks associated with them.

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Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Posted in Braces Basics, Living With Braces

Orthodontic wax makes your braces treatment go more smoothly! The following are answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions about orthodontic wax.

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Types of Retainers

Types of Retainers

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces

Orthodontic treatment requires a big time commitment, especially considering the fact that, not only do you have to spend months or years wearing braces, you'll also have to wear a retainer after treatment to hold or “retain” the results.

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How To Store Your Removable Appliance/Retainer

How To Store Your Removable Appliance/Retainer

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces

Taking care of and storing your retainer properly when you aren't wearing it is essential. Here’s how to keep your retainer clean and damage free.

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How to Clean Invisalign Aligners (Trays)

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners (Trays)

Posted in Articles, Living With Braces, Orthodontic Treatment Options

With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners (trays) to brush and floss. The aligners need to be cleaned regularly too, so here's how to keep your Invisalign aligners sparkling.

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What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

Posted in Braces Basics, Living With Braces

Once you begin orthodontic treatment, you will visit your orthodontist regularly to ensure you're making progress and adjust your...

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What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

Posted in Braces Basics, Living With Braces

You may experience some discomfort when you are first getting used to your new braces. These ideas and products will help you cope in the meantime!

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The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth

Posted in Articles, Braces Basics

Healthy baby (primary) teeth help children chew and digest their food, and are one of the most important parts of their oral development as they grow up.

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