It’s Your Birthday!

I’ll never forget the one time it was one of our patient’s birthdays and we had put together a simple gift for her on the side table.  After the orthodontic adjustment visit was over, we said goodbye and the family left the office.  I turned around and realized that we had forgotten to give our surprise gift!  Kim, our orthodontic assistant swept up the package and chased after them down the hallway, turned sharp left and towards the elevator.  The family had just gotten in and the doors were closing when they saw Kim running towards them, calling and waving but CLUNK, the elevator doors shut tight!  Kim then ran down 3 flights of stairs to try to catch them on the way down at the ground floor, and then….I bet you can guess!  The family went down but then went back up!  Kim could see the lighted buttons climb their way back up slowly…..  So up she went, hightailing it up another 3 flights until she met them at the top floor, out of breath, but having enough air to say to the little girl,  “Happy birthday!  This is from all of us!  And the little smile she got [...] Read More

Why an Orthodontist Can Change your Life?

Orthodontics lead to a beautiful smile, however, there are far more benefits from orthodontic treatment than you may think! Orthodontic treatment involves changes in the jaw bones, facial bones and even the soft tissues of your mouth, like your lips, can change as your teeth are moved into their new positions. Orthodontic treatment can lead to improved eating experiences, improved oral health, improved aesthetics and  even a brighter, whiter smile.

Improved Eating Experiences

A beautiful straight smile is not the only benefit of orthodontics, a healthy bite can also lead to improved chewing efficiency. Orthodontic treatment allows for your teeth to move into their new positions which means your upper and lower jaw can meet together properly.  You may notice that chewing becomes easier and more comfortable.

Having your teeth in their new positions also makes it easier to keep up your oral health, as flossing and brushing your teeth becomes easier because all your teeth are not overlapping each other. With better oral health there is also less chance of bacteria growing between your teeth.

Enhanced Aesthetics

A straighter, more beautiful smile is one of the most well-known [...] Read More

Ouch! My New Braces hurt! What do I do?

Braces Care 101:  What to expect with new braces

Imagine for a moment that you or your child just put on new braces Friday afternoon, you’re super excited but don’t know what to expect!  Will it be painful?  Will my teeth be sore?  For how long?  What’s normal and when should I be concerned?  Calgary Orthodontist Dr. Andrew Chen would like to share some key insights and helpful tips to help guide you through your first few days as you’re getting used to your brand new braces.

Know what’s normal

Everyone is different, but most people will need a normal “getting used to” period to adjust to the feeling of new braces.  General mouth soreness is not unusual, and this tends to get better with every day that goes by.  Children will definitely feel better and recover faster than adults, and we normally have kids in our office report back to us about feeling better in just under 3 days while adults often need about one week to get fully comfortable.

The most common feeling has to do with the active wires in the mouth.  The orthodontic wires used at your first few appointments have what’s known [...] Read More