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  • Braces, Mouthguards, and Sports

    With the beginning of spring comes the start of spring sports.  Soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, baseball and softball players are loading up on equipment and getting ready for the first games of the season.  If you partake in sports, do you have your uniform ready to go?  How about a mouthguard?  [...]

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    Valentine’s Day:  Caring for Your Braces

    With all the sweets that have become a part of the Valentine’s Day tradition, Vancouver orthodontist Dr. Croft and his team have a few suggestions to any of you who wear braces.  We know sweets can be tempting and difficult to resist, but your oral health and beautiful smile is our goal.  [...]

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    Poster from Academy of American Poets. Each year, the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month.  It is a time to celebrate poets and their craft. National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. None of us at Columbia Orthodontics claim to be poets, but [...]

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    How Important is Wearing Your Retainer?

    The best day in the life of a person who wears braces is the day they come off.  No longer do you have to worry about food getting stuck; no longer do you have to bear the aches of tightening wires or wires poking your cheek.  You have followed the instructions to the letter that your Vancouver [...]

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    Is your time in braces about to come an end? Can you believe how fast the time has passed? You probably thought you would never get out of braces, but believe it or not, the end is finally here. So now that your teeth are straight and you have that great smile what’s next? When you visit your [...]

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    Get the Smile You’ve Always Wanted from an Orthodontist in Vancouver

    If you’re like most people then you probably want a great smile. However, there are many people who aren’t lucky enough to be born with that beautiful smile. If you find yourself in that category then maybe you’ve thought about getting braces. There are a lot of things to consider when getting[...]

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    Don’t Hide That Smile This Holiday Season

    Many people who wear braces tend to hide their smile.  Whether it is because they aren’t a fan of their brackets, or they are used to hiding their smile because of crooked teeth, our Vancouver orthodontist team says, “Let your smile shine!”  We have a number of Braces Services that we offer [...]

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    Caring for Your Braces

    The thought of braces may make you cringe, but in the long run, your personalized oral treatment plan laid out by your Vancouver orthodontist is well worth it.  Whether you need braces for a few months or a few years, the end result is a glowing smile that you’ll want to share with everyone. [...]

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    SureSmile Celebrity

    Stacy was selected by SureSmile as one of the leading scan technicians in the country! (WOW!) Because of her expertise, Stacy was invited to be a special guest speaker at the 2010 SureSmile conference in Texas.       Stacy has 21 years experience in the Ortho/Dental field and is the lead [...]

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    Meet Dr. Croft!

    Despite coming from a family of orthodontists (my father and grandfather were both orthodonitsts) my early dreams centered more on becoming the next Michael Jordon or Perry Mason… My athletic ability limited my NBA aspirations and over time I became more interested in a career in [...]

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    What to Do When Your Braces Hurt

    A lot of new patients to orthodontia are nervous. What exactly should you expect? There’s a wide range of orthodontic options, and each patient calls for slightly different treatment. Sometimes your individual treatment may cause you discomfort, but we’re here to help! Here’s a breakdown of [...]

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    Forensic Dentistry and Bite Marks

    We’re going to look at how forensic dentists analyze bite marks. You’re probably familiar with a couple of high-profile cases where DNA evidence exonerated suspects after bite analysis was used to “put them away.” It should be noted that bite analyses are usually only part of the evidence. [...]

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    What Are Braces Made Of?

    You love your teeth because they allow you to eat and look great. But you might need braces due to some problems with them. There are many materials that orthodontists use to make braces, and we will talk a little bit about them here. Stainless Steel Stainless steel is truly amazing when it comes [...]

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    5 Reasons Why Summer is the BEST Time for Braces!

    Summer brings to mind many images of fun travel plans, lazy days by the water and freedom from the demands of everyday life. You know what summer is great for too? Finally getting those braces that you’ve been putting off! We fully respect your much needed time for some serious chill time this [...]

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    Wearing braces can be a big change for some of us, but it’s imperative to remember that the benefits we are going to receive after going through all the hassle.   Because of this, we can’t just worry about maintaining the actual braces, we must care for our teeth in anticipation of the [...]

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    When they were little, my children spent several evenings putting names on Valentines. They carefully choose the nice pictures and sayings for those fellow students with which they had the closest connections. I often volunteered to help with the elementary school parties where students decorated[...]

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    Try this for a winter treat. Are you wanting to get 2016 off to a healthy start?  Here are some of the healthiest winter foods available.  During the winter there are fewer foods available, because some foods cannot grow in the colder conditions.  If you are curious about the foods [...]

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    Dental work should not change your life’s activities. Dr. Croft and his team know that many people out there feel some concern when trying to decide if and what kind of dental device to correct their tooth problems. Both braces and Invisalign can produce good results in giving you the smile[...]

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    With New Years coming up, here are a list of ten important suggestions for your resolutions in 2016. Get outside: Fresh air and sunshine can improve mood and energy levels.  Try to get outdoors every day, even for just a few minutes. Exercise:  Of course we all know how important[...]

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    Don’t be embarrassed about your smile. Regardless of your age, 6-years-old to 75-years-old, if you feel self conscious about your teeth, it is hard to enjoy so many of the social aspects of life. Having crooked, unevenly spaced or misaligned teeth can interfere with your life at any [...]

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