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The benefits of braces (besides straight teeth)

September 5th, 2014

Key points:

  • Beyond just having straight teeth, braces can give you both oral and cosmetic health benefits
  • Straight teeth contribute to a nicer smile, which helps boost self-esteem and a more positive self-image which can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life socially and professionally.

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Having straight teeth may be an obvious goal in orthodontics, but health factors such as the ability to properly clean and maintain teeth and gums should also play an important role in your decision to receive orthodontic treatment. Preventing future oral health problems now means your child won’t have to spend time and money correcting these issues later. Read on for the lesser-known benefits of braces besides having straight teeth!

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. This can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. It can also place you at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease during your lifetime, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, COPD, low birth weight/pre-term babies.

→ With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing and decreased risk of disease.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration.

→ Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth allowing for clearer speech and giving a major confidence-booster!

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders can occur from stress on the jaw joint when a person’s bite is off. More serious TMJ symptoms can include earaches, headaches, jaw pain, clicking or popping in the jaw joint, neck and shoulder pain and difficulty in biting or chewing.

→ With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment. Additionally, when one’s bite is properly aligned, unnecessary wear or grinding of the teeth is prevented.

Digestion

Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. Digestion is one of the most vital roles your body performs and poor digestive health carries many health risks. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should.

→ With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing. For your body’s sake, health starts at the mouth.

Increased Confidence

Correcting overbite, underbite, or overcrowding can help build confidence. Reducing pain and discomfort associated with these conditions can help you get a better night’s sleep, eat healthier foods (hopefully), and feel less stressed during the day.

→ Not only will you have a great smile, you will want to smile more often!

Want to learn more about what Dr. Struble and the team can do for your smile? Schedule a complimentary consultation!

Parent tips for Surviving Braces

August 5th, 2014

Braces aren’t easy for your child to deal with. But if you make the most of your child’s braces, and they’ll be rewarded with a show-stopping grin! And we’ll be there every step of the way.

Here are some tips to help you out:

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Ask an orthodontist
Parents can’t always tell when kids need dental work. Even if their teeth look straight, they can be crowded and bites can be off—causing issues in the future. Your dentist can recommend a good orthodontist. And the best part is, we provide free consultations.

Start in grade school
Now orthodontia for kids happens in phases. For example, they might start with a retainer in 5th grade so permanent teeth actually grow in straighter, or they might need braces twice. Being prepared can only help!

Save money
The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your child’s individual needs and treatment plan. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and assist you with what to expect before beginning treatment. Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans.

Smile
Kids in braces are self-conscious. Let them know they’re not alone. Show them your old photos and laugh at yourself. Tell them they look gorgeous and keep them smiling big.

Tylenol for tightenings
It's just like taking your kids for shots when they were babies—Tylenol or ibuprofen BEFORE the appointment. Be aware that their jaw might be sore and that headaches might last for a day or two.

Brushing and flossing
Remind your child to brush 2 times daily or after eating. Use a soft-bristled brush for the tops and bottoms of brackets and a proxabrush for in- between braces. It is also important to floss 1-2 times daily. Thread under archwire and between teeth. Use a floss threader if needed.

Mouthguards are your friends
Especially when playing sports. You can buy generic or ask for a custom fit mouthguard to prevent injuries and protect your child’s expensive appliance.

It’s worth it
The price and commitment of braces is worth the investmentit in order to steer clear of physical issues and self-consciousness later in life. Your child might not thank you now, but they’ll certainly appreciate it later!

We want your child’s experience with braces to be as seamless as possible. Call us at 541-848-6642 for more tips or schedule a complimentary consultation with us!

Dr. Struble's Favorite Things to Do In Bend!

July 7th, 2014

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Blair Struble has lived in Bend for over 20 years now, making her a true local. She shares many of her favorite stops around Bend, from high-desert lakes to seasonal farmer’s markets.

What is your favorite place to get a smoothie?
I love the Sambazon smoothie at Emerald City Smoothies. They are so refreshing on a hot, sunny, Central Oregon day!

Where do you like to go jogging?
I love to get outdoors in the summer. I live on the south side of Bend very close to the south river trail access. My dog Boss and I love to take walks and jogs down along the river. The scenery is so beautiful down there and my dog loves to cool off in the river. I don't run as much anymore because I have found a new passion in mountain biking. I love riding the Phil's trailhead west of Bend!

What is your favorite thing to do with your kids in Bend?
My daughter Taylor loves the High Desert Museum. She enjoys the "Backpack Explorers" day camps. She loves feeding fish to the otters and learning about the burrowing owls native to Central Oregon. We also love checking out all the great parks in our community!

Is there anything in Bend that you want to do that you haven't tried yet?
I would love to get up to Elk Lake to check out the summer concerts on the lake. There are always so many things I want to do each summer, just not enough time to accomplish them all! We also try to get to as many summer festivals as we can, because they’re fun and my kids love the entertainment.

What is your favorite thing about summer in Bend?
The city is just bustling with activity. I love that any day (year round even!) you can find a fun activity. We love the farmer's markets, street fairs, and festivals. I also love the 4th of July Pet Parade. I grew up going to that parade every year and it’s been so much fun to watch it grow from a tiny little hometown parade to an activity that people and pets of all ages participate in. We love taking our girls (Taylor and Tennyson) down there in our Red Radio Flyer and walking our dog Boss in the parade.

How has Bend changed since you grew up here? How has it stayed the same?
Bend has changed drastically, but I love the great things that growth has brought to our area. There is so much more recreation and development of outdoor opportunities. We have so many fabulous restaurant and shopping options now that we never had when I was growing up. However, I love that it still has a great small hometown feel and that everyone is so friendly and active here. I still feel like I can walk downtown and see friendly faces everywhere. I truly believe there is no place better than Bend, Oregon and I hope my kids feel the same after they grow up here.

Where is your favorite place to get dessert?
I will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart for Goody's. I grew up going to that soda fountain and I love their Oreo Cookie Shakes made with their homemade ice cream. Definitely a local's favorite!

What's the best place to watch the sunset from?
We have this small little hidden away place in our neighborhood called "Sunset Hill." It is aptly named because it has breathtaking views of not only the Deschutes River but also of our beautiful and majestic mountains. It is definitely the best place I know to watch the sunset but only a few people in the neighborhood know how to get there, so I'm keeping that one secret!

Struble Orthodontics is your local expert in orthodontic care. Call or click to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Struble at 541-848-6642.

Braces-friendly (and kid-friendly) breakfast ideas

May 14th, 2014

Braces friendly breakfast ideas

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be a challenge at first to eat a balanced meal while adjusting to braces. A healthy breakfast provides energy and jump-starts metabolism. The good news is that once you find the right foods, it’s not so bad. We have some tried and true breakfast ideas to help make the transition easier to start your day off right!

Scrambled eggs are soft and easy to eat. Adding ketchup can make the eggs even tastier, especially for kids. Minimal chewing is required, and that’s the key to a braces-friendly recipe.

A smoothie is not only a good source of fruit, but it’s also gentle on braces. More importantly, smoothies are fun to make. You can toss anything in the blender (bananas, mangoes, strawberries, spinach) and create a drink that’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.

Substitute oatmeal for crunchy cereal. If you wear braces, eating crunchy cereals or granola for breakfast is risky: Bite down the wrong way and you could snap the wires or dislodge the brackets. You can still get your grains by having oatmeal. It’s healthy, delicious and easy on your appliance. Try adding rainbow sprinkles if your child has a sweet tooth.

Pancakes are a Sunday morning favorite, AND they’re braces-friendly. Make it healthier by hiding blueberries in the pancake batter.

Toast with jam is ok, but skip the peanut butter or go for creamy. If you have braces, the general rule of thumb is to steer clear of foods that are hard or chewy. These types of foods can break wires. Experiment with other soft toppings to mix up your mornings!

Yogurt is always a good idea. Add in some fruit and honey or agave and you’ve got yourself a healthy breakfast!

With a little bit of creativity, eating breakfast with braces suddenly doesn’t seem that hard. Call us at 541-848-6642 for more suggestions or schedule a complimentary consultation with us!

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