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Braces Basics

Dr. Kanani provides tips, advice and basic information about all things braces.


Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Posted Oct 5th, 2018

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

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How To Floss with Braces

How To Floss with Braces

Posted Apr 10th, 2018

Flossing can be more than a little tricky to master when you first get your braces! The following instructions and tips will help you effectively floss with braces, and keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.

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What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

Posted Jan 10th, 2018

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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7 Things You Must Know Before Getting Invisalign

7 Things You Must Know Before Getting Invisalign

Posted Sep 18th, 2017

Invisalign is for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without the obvious look of traditional braces. Before choosing Invisalign, there is some important information you should consider.

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Types of Retainers

Types of Retainers

Posted Aug 11th, 2017

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 & Care For Your Retainer

How to Store & Care For Your Retainer

Posted Jul 21st, 2017

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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What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

Posted Jun 23rd, 2017

During your orthodontic treatment, you will have to pay regular visits to your orthodontist so that he can monitor your progress and make sure everything is going as planned.

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What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

What To Do About Lip & Cheek Irritation

Posted Jun 9th, 2017

Your braces will cause some soreness an irritation to the inside of your mouth when you first get them, until your mouth gets used to them. These ideas and products will help you cope in the meantime!

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Lingual Braces Vs. Translucent Braces

Lingual Braces Vs. Translucent Braces

Posted May 12th, 2017

Lingual braces are hidden from sight because they are placed behind the teeth.“Translucent” braces, made from a tooth-coloured ceramic, blends in with the colour of your teeth. We hope the information provided here will help you decide which of these options would be best for you!

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Tips for Eating With Braces

Tips for Eating With Braces

Posted Mar 10th, 2017

If you’ve just started with your braces treatment, or if you’ve recently had you braces tightened, you may find that your teeth and mouth are quite sore. This soreness typically lasts for about a week, and during this time, it can be hard to eat! Here are some tips to make it easier.

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What To Expect When Your Braces Are Removed

What To Expect When Your Braces Are Removed

Posted Feb 10th, 2017

If there’s one thing every orthodontics patient learns during treatment, it’s to adjust! And that doesn’t stop once your braces come off, either.

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How Long Do Braces Take To Work?

How Long Do Braces Take To Work?

Posted Sep 9th, 2016

Thinking about getting braces to straighten your teeth, but hesitating because you're not sure how long it will take? Or maybe you already wear braces, and you're wondering when you can finally get them off. This is the most common question orthodontists are asked, so you're definitely not alone.

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What Happens at My First Visit to the Orthodontist?

What Happens at My First Visit to the Orthodontist?

Posted Aug 23rd, 2016

During your first consultation at our Langley or Surrey office, you'll meet with Dr. Kanani and his team to discuss your needs, and your orthodontic treatment options.

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The Ortho Process – What Happens When?

The Ortho Process – What Happens When?

Posted Jun 15th, 2016

Depending on the type of treatment Dr. Kanani recommends — traditional wire braces, Invisalign® or another treatment option — the details of your individual orthodontic process vary. Nonetheless, the following can be used as a guideline for what to expect.

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Snapshot of Orthodontic Treatment Options

Snapshot of Orthodontic Treatment Options

Posted Jun 15th, 2016

Dr. Kanani offers multiple orthodontic options for Vancouver, BC area residents straightening teeth include include 'traditional' braces, clear braces (Invisalign®) or lingual braces.

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What is A Palatal Expander?

What is A Palatal Expander?

Posted Jun 13th, 2016

Palatal expanders are orthodontic appliances that are used widen the upper jaw (the maxilla) in children, so that the upper teeth fit together with the bottom ones properly.

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4 Myths About Braces

4 Myths About Braces

Posted Jun 13th, 2016

Misinformation about braces and orthodontic process abounds online, and this can sometimes make people avoid treatment altogether, or relapse treatment they’ve already had. Here, we’d like to clear up 5 common myths about braces.

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What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

Posted Jun 13th, 2016

The first time you visit one of Dr. Kanani's Surrey or Langley orthodontics practices, you'll have to fill out a complete medical and dental history form to guide us in your diagnosis and treatment. Here, you can read about what we need to know, and why we need to know it!

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Does Orthodontc Treatment Hurt?

Does Orthodontc Treatment Hurt?

Posted Jun 13th, 2016

Each patient is different, and each has different levels of sensitivity to pain. Though orthodontic treatment can sometimes be uncomfortable, it’s all part of the process, and the uncomfortable parts don’t usually last for long.

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What is a Retainer, and Why Do You Need One?

What is a Retainer, and Why Do You Need One?

Posted Jun 13th, 2016

Finally, the big day has finally arrived: your braces are coming off! Your orthodontic treatment is finally over! But not so fast... you need to wear a retainer.

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