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Getting the Most out of Your Invisalign Treatment

One popular alternative to traditional braces is Invisalign.  Invisalign treatment uses clear aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth and bite.  The following tricks and tips help you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment and get you on the right road to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile.

The 22 Hour Rule

For Invisalign to be effective you need to wear the aligner for at least 20-22 hours a day.  To get those straight teeth in the least amount of time possible, keep this number in mind.  You should only have your aligners out to eat or brush and floss your teeth.

Changing the Aligners

When changing your aligners, whether it’s the very first aligner or the first day of a new set, put the aligner in just before you go to bed and wear it all night.  This might be the longest consistent period of time that the aligners are in and will start the tooth movement process.  You will also notice the aligners are easier to take out after 8 full hours of being in than if you try to take them out after only a few hours.

Being on Time

Keeping to your aligner schedule is a must.  Please make sure that you are checking for any spaces between the aligner and your teeth before switching to the next set.  If you are unsure of the fit please contact us.

Keep Clean

You are wearing your aligners 22 hours a day, so you must keep your teeth extra clean.  Your aligners are pressed tightly against your teeth so you will not have the natural saliva to help wash away food or prevent any type of bacterial build up.  Bacteria build up can cause enamel decalcification, cavities, and tartar. Be sure to floss and brush after each meal or snack or, at the very least, rinse your mouth with water before putting your aligners back in.

Proper Care

Each time you remove your aligners it is important that you properly clean them as well as your teeth.  It is not advised that you use toothpaste to clean your trays as this can scratch your aligners and create new places for bacteria to live.

The Invisalign approach to straight teeth is a great alternative to traditional metal braces.  By following these tips and strategies, you will be able to achieve that beautiful smile in no time at all.  If you have any other questions about Invisalign or are interested in seeing what type of orthodontic procedure is right for you please give us a call.  I look forward to seeing you soon.


New Year’s Resolutions For Your Braces

As we say goodbye to the unpredictability of 2020 I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a fresh start and the beginning of 2021.

As the New Year quickly approaches, you may be thinking about ways you can improve yourself and other resolutions that you may want to set.  While you are setting your New Year’s resolutions, may I suggest a few for your braces?

Set a Schedule

For your New Year’s resolutions to be successful, you need to follow and adhere to a schedule.  In general, to be successful you need to be able to manage time and set goals.  Adhering to an overall plan and setting schedules is important to achieving those goals.  The same advice applies to your braces.

For your orthodontic treatment to be successful and for you to reach the end goal of straight teeth and a beautiful smile, you are going to need to keep to a schedule.  Now, 2020 may have gone a little off track; that is okay, just reset and carry on in 2021.

When creating a schedule for your braces, be sure to include:

  • A regular brushing routine – when you wake up, after each meal, and before bed.
  • A regular flossing routine – after each meal if possible and definitely before bed.
  • Attend all scheduled orthodontic appointments.
  • Wear elastics as you have been instructed to.
  • Repair broken wires and brackets as quickly as possible.

By keeping to a schedule, you will see quicker results and achieve your end goal of straight teeth and a gorgeous smile.

Keep your Appointments

When setting your schedule, remember to include your orthodontic appointments.  At each appointment, we will note your progress and adjust your braces accordingly.  The better care you take of your braces, the faster you will reach the end of your treatment.  If an emergency arises or something unexpected comes up, call as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.  Do not just skip it.

Follow Instructions

Regardless of the activity or procedure, it is always a good idea to follow the instructions.  The same goes for directions that are given to you by your orthodontist.  If you are required to wear your elastics for an allotted amount of time, I highly recommend wearing them.  The closer you adhere to the instructions, the more effective and efficient the treatment will be.  If you are setting a New Year’s resolution for your braces this year, I recommend listening to and following all of our instructions.

Be Nice and Stay Positive

Regardless of what the New Year brings, keep a positive mindset.  When you are happy your brain releases endorphins that increase your immune system and make everything in your body work better. Even if you sometimes feel there is no end in sight to your orthodontic treatment, stay positive.  Everything is temporary. You will reach the finish line, you will achieve that goal of a perfect smile and straight teeth.   Be patient and above all else, be positive.

By following these simple suggestions for resolutions, you will be closer to your end goal of straight teeth and an attractive smile.  If you have any questions on these tips or would like to see what orthodontic options and treatments are right for you, please contact me today.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy New Year from Mountain Orthodontics.

Getting the Most Out of your Holiday Season with Braces

The holiday season is just around the corner and it is time to celebrate, safely.  Just because you have braces is not a reason to put a damper on the holiday cheer.  I would like to offer you the following tips to help you get the most out of your holiday season this year.

Dinner Time

One thing that almost everyone looks forward to is a delicious Christmas dinner.  The great news for people wearing braces is that you can enjoy most of the common Christmas dinner foods.  These include:

  • Turkey (or any kind of meat), tofu, and gravy.
  • Rolls and buns.
  • Vegetable dishes such as Brussel sprouts, cauliflower with cheese or root vegetable dishes.
  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Desserts such as puddings, cakes, and brownies.
  • Wine or champagne – just have a drink of water to wash away the acid and sugar.
  • Cocoa or hot chocolate.

Holiday Treats

Besides Christmas dinner, one of the best parts of the winter holidays is the cookies and other treats.  Just because you have braces does not mean that you cannot enjoy the festive goodies.  The general guideline of staying away from hard, sticky, and overly chewy items will still apply when choosing holiday treats.  As a reminder, here are some of the treats that you and your braces should avoid.

  • Gingerbread – both houses and cookies.
  • Candy canes, peanut brittle and other hard candies including peppermint bark.
  • Chewy caramels, toffees, and pecan pie.
  • All types of nuts.

Stick to your Routine

Regardless of your choice of festive foods, treats and sweets, one of the most important things you can do this holiday season is to continue to adhere to your oral hygiene routine.  With all the excess sugar and acid that you are going to be exposing your teeth to, it is imperative that you regularly brush, floss and rinse.  Remember, when adhering to this routine, always be sure to:

  • Brush after every meal and before bedtime. Choose a soft or ultra soft bristle brush so that you do not damage the enamel on your teeth.  Be sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months as they tend to wear out.
  • Use a dentist recommended fluoridated toothpaste.
  • When flossing your teeth, use a waxed floss to prevent any tearing or floss getting stuck in your braces. Always accompany your flossing routine with a brace flosser for those hard or awkward spots.
  • Rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash to prevent any unwanted cavities or bacteria or plaque buildup.
  • Have plenty of brace wax on hand in case of an accidental wire break over the holidays.

By following these simple tips you and your braces will still be able to enjoy the holiday traditions, treats, and of course Christmas dinner.  If you have any other questions or would like clarification on any of the previously mentioned suggestions, or are interested in seeing what orthodontic procedure is right for you, please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Holidays from Mountain Orthodontics.





Trick or Treat – Surviving Halloween with Braces

Halloween has not been cancelled this year.  The most creative and fun holiday of the year is just around the corner so its time to sort out a costume, get your candy bag ready, and prepare to go out trick or treating.  Even if you have recently got braces, with a little guidance and a few tips, you will still be able to enjoy almost all the holiday treats.

Here are some suggestions and tips to help you navigate the somewhat sticky do’s and don’ts of Halloween with braces.

Halloween Don’ts

Chances are you are going to collect a wide variety of candy when out trick or treating.  Some of it is brace friendly but unfortunately some of it you are either going to have to give away or trade with friends or siblings.  Some of the worst candy offenders for your braces include:

  • Caramel, taffy, and soft chewy candy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard candy
  • Peanut M&M’s

Each of these candies can damage braces resulting in an emergency Halloween visit to the Squamish office.  Instead stick to treats such as:

  • Soft chocolate bars like KitKat’s , Aero bars, and Reese Peanut Butter Cups
  • Smarties and chocolate M & M’s
  • Soft cookies

Halloween Brace Care

Besides avoiding certain types of treats, the most important tip for you and your braces this Halloween is to brush and floss after every meal and especially after binging on your candy.  The tools that you will need include:

  • A soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Your favourite fluoridated toothpaste
  • Waxed dental floss
  • Floss threaders to help get the floss into those hard to reach brace parts

The last thing that you want this Halloween is a cavity or an unscheduled trip to your dentist because you neglected your teeth.

Halloween Safety Tips

Regardless of whether you have braces or not, staying safe this Halloween should be your priority.  When trick or treating always be sure to:

  • Wear bright coloured clothing.
  • Look both ways before crossing the road.
  • Always go through your child’s Halloween candy.
  • Stick to well-lit streets and houses.
  • Trick or treat in a group.

Halloween is a really fun holidays and is a great time to get creative and enjoy the timeless tradition of trick or treating.  By following these simple tips and guidelines, you will be able to enjoy all that this fun filled holiday offers while not jeopardizing your orthodontic treatment.  If you have any other questions about the best way to care for your braces during Halloween or are interested in what orthodontic treatment is right for you, please call or stop by today.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Halloween from Mountain Orthodontics!




Back to School with Braces

It is time to say goodbye to another B.C. summer and head back to the classroom for the start of a new school year. Although this year will be very different than any other, the key to success both in and out of the classroom is to establish a routine. Your regular visits to the orthodontist will also be different but, like school, a well thought out routine is the best way for you to get the most out of your braces.

Here are some invaluable tips on how to start the school year with your braces off right.

Pack a Care Kit

Just like finding success with the right school supplies, having success with your braces also requires the right supplies. When packing your backpack in the morning for school, be sure to include a brace care kit. Your brace care kit should include the following items:

  • A soft-bristled toothbrush that you can use after each snack or meal.
  • Your choice of toothpaste.
  • Waxed dental floss.
  • Dental or brace wax.
  • Lip balm.

All these items should be packed in an easy to access kit that can be used at any time during the school day.

Stay Hydrated

Not only is staying hydrated an important part of being and staying healthy, it is also a great way to ensure that no food particles are sticking to your teeth or braces. Also, by choosing water as your drink of choice, you are eliminating, or strictly limiting, sugary drinks such as pop or juice, both of which can badly damage your teeth and cause decay.

If you do decide to have a sugary drink for a treat, try to use a straw to keep the sugar as far away from your teeth as possible and always remember to brush your teeth after finishing your drink.

Keep Snacks Brace Friendly

By now, you are surely aware of what foods are and are not brace friendly. Generally speaking, you want to avoid crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods. They should not be a part of your school lunch. Any of these types of foods can damage wires or brackets resulting in an emergency trip to your orthodontist. Check out the school’s cafeteria menu or even better, pack your own healthy, brace friendly lunch. Again, remember to brush and floss your teeth after each snack and meal.

By following these simple yet effective back to school tips, you will be well on your way to attaining that beautiful smile and getting the most out of your braces. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of these or other tips, please don’t hesitate to call me today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

From everyone at Mountain Orthodontics, we hope you have a great school year?