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Archive for May, 2011

What’s on your reading list?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

With the school year close to winding down for a lot of our patients at (Insert Name of Practice), we wanted to remind all our patients about the importance of reading. Sure it’s easy to keep putting off reading this time of year, but reading is a vital step in brain development and literacy.

Today, we thought we’d ask: What’s on YOUR reading list? What are some of your all-time favorites? Out of ideas for great reads? Ask us for suggestions, and Dr. Michelle Couto and our team would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas on what to read next!

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your book picks or your all-time favorite novels or literature on our Facebook page!

The Importance of Retainers, from Dr. Couto

Monday, May 16th, 2011


If you recently completed treatment at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Dr. Michelle Couto will provide—or has provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers, however, always provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed by Dr. Couto is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime.

To learn more about the advantages of wearing retainers after your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Couto, please read this helpful article about retainers from KidsHealth or give us a call!

HOW TO: Floss with Braces

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Dr. Michelle Couto will tell you that keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and could possibly reduce your treatment time.

Here is a very concise video explaining the proper way to floss your teeth with braces. Give Coquitlam Family Orthodontics a call if you have more questions about flossing. Enjoy!

What’s the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

“Dentists, Orthodontists, they’re all the same right?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Dr. Michelle Couto started out in dental school and earned a DMD (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school however, Dr. Couto decided she wanted to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So she stayed in school for a few more years and became an expert in orthodontics, which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn’t it nice to know there’s a dental expert here at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?

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