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How important is your smile?

Monday, November 28th, 2011


At Coquitlam Family Orthodontics, we are committed to providing the most pleasant orthodontic experience for you and your family! Dr. Michelle Couto, along with our staff, strive to know our patients on a personal basis. When we work together with the patients, the most successful treatment results are achieved!

The bottom line is, we know having a great smile is important to you. And it’s important to us, too.

And speaking of smiling, in a poll conducted by Glamour Magazine earlier this year, people were asked, “If you had to pick between having perfect teeth, eyesight or hair, which would you choose?”

Well, 44 percent of folks out there chose teeth! In addition, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, conducted a study and found that 99.7 percent of those polled believed a smile is an important social asset. Respondents said straightness, whiteness, cleanliness, as well as the sincerity and sparkle of one’s smile were all important factors not only socially, but career-wise as well.

Come and meet the team! We offer complimentary consultations for you and your family. We’ll show you around our practice and introduce you to our staff and Dr. Couto. Then we’ll sit down and discuss your health and what orthodontic treatments are right for you. Our appointment hours are centered on your busy schedule! We offer early morning appointments as well as evenings, and weekends. Contact our Coquitlam orthodontic office today to schedule an appointment!

Do we have your current contact info?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011


There is nasty weather headed for our area this fall and winter! Please help Dr. Couto and our team at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics get prepared by calling us and letting us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

At times of power outages and inclement weather, we need to be able to get a hold of you. Please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so we may be able to reach you. Thank you!

Patient question: “I got my braces. Now what?”

Sunday, November 13th, 2011


We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before before orthodontic treatment began.

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why Dr. Michelle Couto and our team at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. We encourage the use of fluoride rinse as well; ask Dr. Couto for a recommendation.

When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to 3 or 5 days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?” We would encourage you to avoid eating sticky, hard, crunchy or chewy snacks that can stick to your teeth.

Dr. Couto and team will tell you it’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our Coquitlam, BC office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

Lastly, in addition to visiting Coquitlam Family Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Dr. Couto wants to know: Are you wearing your mouthguard?

Monday, November 7th, 2011


With fall sports close to wrapping up and winter sports right around the corner, many patients here at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics will once again pick up the ball, bring the cleats out of seasonal retirement and hit the fields for the return of sports action! During this time, however, Dr. Michelle Couto and our team urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the field. Here are a few ways to ensure your mouth’s safety this fall and winter, courtesy of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists:

1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as basketball, wrestling and hockey
2. Wear a helmet
3. Wear protective eyewear
4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
5. Be alert, even as a spectator

We hope that helps. Dr. Couto and team will tell you protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact our office or ask us on Facebook. Stay safe!

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