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10 facts about Earth Day to get you inspired to celebrate!

April 14th, 2015

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Millions of people all around the world will participate in parades and marches, plant trees, collect garbage, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet. We encourage every single one of our patients and their families to participate, too! Here are some fun facts to get you ready.

1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
2. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
3. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
4. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
5. It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones.
6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
7. The amount of wood and paper thrown away annually is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
8. Only 27% of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees every year.
9. The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for 4 hours.
10. The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati- one of the poorest places on Earth — was the first country to declare its land uninhabitable due to sea level rise from climate change, and has asked for help in evacuating its population.

Most importantly of all, It’s up to YOU to save the planet!

There are many things you can do today (and every day from now on) to celebrate Earth Day. Comment on our Facebook page and tell us what you’re doing to help the environment!

Braces-Friendly Snack Ideas

March 16th, 2015

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We know that the transition to eating braces-friendly foods can be difficult; you can only eat so many mashed potatoes and bowls of apple sauce, right? Last May we wrote a post on breakfast ideas. We wanted to follow up with some healthy snack ideas for those of you who might be looking for more inspiration!

Remember, it's always a good idea to chew carefully, use bite-sized pieces, and brush after you eat. Braces work by applying a constant controlled force on your teeth in order to properly move them. If at any time this force is disrupted, it can delay your orthodontic treatment time—mainly by broken brackets and wires. This most frequently happens when you eat hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. So in order to keep your orthodontic treatment on track, it’s important to stick to braces-friendly foods.

1. Thinly sliced apples, dipped in peanut butter, yogurt, or creamy chocolate sauce
2. Cheese and crackers
3. Cereal mix: Pack a Ziploc bag full for a great school-time or on-the-go snack. Mix your favorite low-sugar cereal with Goldfish crackers or Cheez-its and other braces-safe bites like mini marshmallows, raisins or dried cranberries
4. Peanut Butter Tacos: Peanut butter & low-sugar jelly or honey on a soft tortilla shell, rolled up for easy eating on the go
5. String cheese
6. Hummus & soft pita bread sections, or soft raw veggies, like zucchini or red pepper strips that are easy to bite and chew
7. Soft fruit: strawberries, kiwi, bananas, orange or tangerine sections
8. Sugar-free yogurt smoothies
9. Soft granola bars
10. Pizza wheels: Pizza sauce on an English muffin, topped with shredded mozzarella
11. Roasted edamame with sea salt
12. Kale chips

There's even a cookbook devoted to brace-friendly recipes: The Braces Cookbook by Pamela Waterman, available on Amazon. It's a great resource for snack recipes, as well as healthy meals for brace-wearing individuals who want to avoid orthodontic issues.

With a little creativity, planning, and the willingness to make some adjustments in your diet, it's easy (and tasty) to eat well while being a safety-conscious orthodontic patient.

Got more questions about foods that are safe to eat? Give us call at 541-848-6642. And if you come up with any good recipes of your own, please comment and let us know!

How do braces move my teeth?

February 16th, 2015

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So your dentist told you that you have to get braces to straighten out your teeth or bite. But how do they actually work? We’ll give you the run-through.

Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a certain period of time (typically about two years). Brackets are glued onto your teeth, and have small slots that hold the orthodontic wires. These are kept in place with small elastic ties that fit around the brackets. Each of your teeth has a different size and shape, so the brackets are custom-made for the particular tooth that they will go onto. As time passes, these wires apply pressure on your teeth, which sets in motion the movement of your teeth into their desired positions.

When you first get your braces on, we start out with wires that are flexible, but still strong enough to apply a constant force on your teeth. As your teeth straighten out over time, however, we use progressively thicker and firmer wires to help move your teeth in place for an ideal bite.

Every time you visit our office for an adjustment, we swap out the wires in order to keep putting pressure on your teeth, which is why it’s so important for you to keep your adjustment visits during your treatment. Most adjustment appointments are scheduled four to eight weeks apart to give your teeth time to move.

Most of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatments. These elastics typically go from one or more of the upper braces to one or more of the lower braces, and pull on your teeth to move them in the direction they need to move in order to achieve an optimal bite. You’ll go through a few of these tightening, and before you know it--voila! You’ll have a straight, healthy, beautiful smile.

Not long ago, orthodontists had stainless steel wires and that was about it. Today, however, we have a number of different high-tech wires at our disposal to move your teeth faster and more comfortably. While the basic principle of how braces works remains the same, we have a number of different options to fit your specific needs.

Give us a call at 541-848-6642 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see how our staff can work their magic on your smile.

5 tips to keep your new years resolution going strong

January 12th, 2015

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We’re about halfway through January. How is your New Years resolution coming along? Whether it’s to start a new diet, save money, or stop taking so many selfies, here are a few tips to help you keep on track. You’ve got this!

  1. Set short term goals for long term results. People who break their resolution into small, manageable chunks are more likely to achieve success.
  2. Use the buddy system. Everything is better with a friend! Find a walking buddy, or challenge a friend to see who can save more on groceries for a specific recipe and see who wins.
  3. Celebrate the little victories. But don’t choose something that goes against your goal, like eating a cake if you’re trying to lose weight. Treat yourself by picking something like a long relaxing bubble bath every week you reach your short term goal.
  4. Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome. Research has shown that no matter what your resolution is, you’re already much more likely to make improvements than someone who hasn’t made a formal resolution. You’ll also have better success if you stick to goals you actually have control over. For example, it’s easier to make a conscious decision to work out and fill your plate with more veggies than to change a number on a scale.
  5. Don’t give up so easily. Many people throw in the towel after one little slip up. Instead, forgive yourself and move on. After all, January 1 is just one day out of 365. You have the power to start over whenever you want to!

Is a new smile on your bucket list for 2015? Come in to Struble Orthodontics for a free consultation! That’s one more thing you can easily check off your to-do list for a happier, healthier you.

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