Port Coquitlam Orthodontist Dr. Terry Bianco (Dr. B)

Archbishop Carney School’s production of “West Side Story”

Each year Archbishop Carney School presents an awesome production, and this year it is “West Side Story”.  Check out their website at acrss.org/ for details! We are always proud sponsors of the event.  This year, show times are May 23rd – May 26th at 7 pm, at the Terry Fox Theatre.  Tickets are available from the school and also at Terry Fox Theatre on show nights.  Have fun everyone!

Stage 1 Dance – Showtime 2012

Stage 1 Dance is our local dance studio.  Each year, at the end of the season, they put together a wonderful production.  This year, Showtime 2012 is on May 28 and 29th.  Check out their website at www.stage1.ca and show your support for an evening of fun!  We are always proud sponsors of the event, and wish everyone involved much success and our best wishes.


The Port Coquitlam May Day Parade is one of the biggest events in the city.   It’s one of those events that brings the community together for a small town family feeling, while the city has actually grown to include all kinds of amenities.  This year, it is on May 12th 2012.

Thousands of people turn out and we certainly hope the weather will be as good as predicted, because that makes the day even more enjoyable.  Our Orthodontic office logo is a bee, as everyone calls Dr. Bianco, Dr. B., so a couple of years ago, we built a fabulous beehive for the parade, and some of the people who visit our office, had fun dressing up as bees.  We found some great “bee” music, added plants, and mounted our hive on a float.  Everyone had an amazing time!  Very best wishes to everyone who attends this year’s parade, and to all those who stay in Port Coquitlam to enjoy the other attractions and facilities.

Pacific Dental Conference 2012

From March 8th – 10th, the Pacific Dental Conference 2012 will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  This is the largest dental convention in North America.  The schedule is full, from hundreds of exhibits to many hours of continuing education.  Dr. Terry Bianco, Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, will be one of the speakers in the continuing education program.  His lecture is entitled, “To Bite, Or Not To Bite”.   Orthodontic treatment should not only be about creating a great smile.  What is important is that the patient’s bite is correct, as without this focus, the patient will not be able to enjoy the long term benefits of an excellent treatment result.  To achieve the best result for the patient, the importance of family dentists and other specialty fields working in unison, will also be explored.

Happy New Year

2012 – Best Wishes to Everyone for a Healthy, Happy Year, as we all begin building wonderful memories in each aspect of our lives.

For us, late last year was marked with tearful good wishes to Elsie, our Administration Co-ordinator, when she moved to Prince George with her husband.

We welcomed Carol to the position.  We know those who visit our office will enjoy her cheerful warmth, and her knowledge from many years in the dental profession.  This is only complimented by her experience as a seasoned mother of a son and daughter.

We look forward to continued relationships with existing patients, and to developing new ones with those we meet in 2012.

When Should My Child See The Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, such as Dr. Bianco, evaluate children by age 7.

While most are not ready for full treatment, many problems can be treated much easier if diagnosed early.  It may also be more cost effective.

If no treatment is advised at age 7, your child can be monitored at specific intervals through growth and development.

Why see a specialist?  Specialists in this field have two or three extra years of post graduate study, in an accredited university program.   In addition, they are required to complete many extra continuing education courses.



While enjoying a “spook-ta-cular” Halloween month, how about some ‘braces-friendly’ treats?

Fall is a great time to enjoy thinly sliced fresh apples, dipped in yogurt, or creamy chocolate sauce.  Treats such as plain chocolate candy, and peanut butter cups can also be enjoyed while in braces.  Other Fall treat ideas are soft, moist pumpkin raisin, or zucchini muffins?

Be sure to brush and floss afterwards!

Some foods should be avoided for the relatively  short time you are in braces.  It is a good idea not to eat sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy foods.  They are best left until treatment is finished and you can celebrate your beautiful smile.

If food does damage braces, please call for an appointment, and have the problem dealt with.

For “Trick or Treat Night” – remember –

Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

It is a good idea to carry a flashlight.

Light coloured or reflective costumes are safer.

Facepaint is better than masks for young ghosts and goblins.

Have an adult inspect candy before eating any.



Roth Study Club International Annual Meeting – Chicago

Chicago was the central location chosen for the prestigious Roth Study Club International Annual Meeting, (May 18-19th 2011) as it is attended by delegates from many parts of the world – Japan, Korea, Chile, Uruguay, Canada, Mexico, and  U.S.A.

A memorable quote from Ron Roth is: “Excellence is what it is all about.”  He devoted his life to the pursuance of excellence in how orthodontics could function at its highest level, looking for what would bring his patients a longer lasting, stable treatment result, and an improvement in their future.  In other words, tooth alignment integrated with the function and harmony of the jaw.

This meeting was well worth attending and presentations proved to be world class.  While there are extra procedures and care needed in our treatment philosophy, it is all worth it because it is the patient who receives the benefit – and that is why we are here to pursue excellence for our patients.

National Facial Protection Month – April

Each April, the American Association of Orthodontists urges athletes to “play it safe” by wearing mouth guards and other  appropriate protective gear when enjoying many sports activities.  Young children between the ages of 5 to 14 seem to be especially vulnerable to sports injuries to the face or mouth.

Mouth guards can help prevent injuries to the jaw, mouth and teeth, but only if they fit properly and if made of the correct material.  They are actually one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment.  Custom fitted mouth guards offer the greatest amount of protection, and we make ours in our ‘in house’ lab, where our Registered Lab Tech, Bill, carefully crafts each individual one.  Some have custom designs, or team logos, and some are special colours.

Time For An Easter Egg Hunt?

Lets’s hope it’s dry and sunny for all the Easter Egg Hunts this weekend! For at least part of the weekend, chocolate and Easter seem linked together, but it doesn’t have to be about too much chocolate!  It’s interesting that when young children are asked about their Easter Hunts, it is not necessarily the chocolate eggs that are remembered the most fondly.  It can be the little inexpensive ‘egg’ substitutes that make the biggest impression – the appropriate sized kite to fly on breezy Spring days, the excitement of searching round the garden, or park, looking for bugs to put in a small bug holder, so bugs can be studied closely, before being released.  A butterfly net, or small net for catching tiny fish in park ponds, might provide an entertaining afternoon – especially if coupled with a simple picnic on a sunny day.  Small toys, balls, or balloons, can surprise, when put in brightly coloured plastic pull apart eggs.  Building great family memories can be fun for the entire family.