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Meet Dr. Crosta!

February 26th, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Erica Crosta to the Struble Orthodontics team!

Get to know her in 7 quick questions.

What led you to be an Orthodontist here in Bend?

I was born and raised in Portland with my parents, Lee and Valerie, and younger brother Bryan. Growing up, my family had a vacation home at Black Butte Ranch, so I spent a lot of my childhood in Central Oregon. I graduated from West Linn High School and went to Oregon State University (GO BEAVS!) where I earned my Bachelor of Science with a minor in Chemistry. Part of my college experience included spending a semester on Oahu and studying at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It was such a wonderful experience. I was able to take courses like marine biology and Hawaiian studies as well as teach myself how to surf!

I met my husband, Trevor, during my sophomore year of college and we have been together ever since! He has been so patient and supportive in life and throughout my educational career. After college, I took a year off from school and worked as a barista at Starbucks while applying to dental school. It was great to have some time off and regroup. I was then accepted into Oregon Health and Science University, where I earned my doctorate degree. During dental school, Trevor and I welcomed Garth, our loving golden retriever into our family. After dental school, Trevor, Garth, and I packed our U-Haul and headed down to the desert for my orthodontic training at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. When I wasn’t studying, you could find us camping, hiking and exploring the surrounding areas. It was so great to experience another outdoor haven, but we are happy to be back home in the Pacific Northwest and we absolutely LOVE Central Oregon!

What's your perfect day in Bend?

Bend is the perfect playground! Any activity outside would be my idea of a perfect day here. My husband and I love hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking etc etc….We like to stay active and this is the perfect place for it!

Cats or dogs?

I LOVE ALL ANIMALS! I do, however, have a special place in my heart for dogs. As I mentioned before, I have a golden retriever named Garth who is super lovable and goofy!

Ice cream or fro yo?

Both! I have a huge sweet tooth... especially for chocolate!

What's your favorite braces-friendly food?

French fries and a chocolate milkshake….yummy!

What's the best part about working at Struble Orthodontics?

I love my team at Struble Orthodontics! It is such a fun place to work because our team and patients are so awesome and welcoming!

What do you love most about what you do?

I love being able to help patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. I had orthodontic care when I was young and it made such a huge difference in my life. It’s amazing to be able to be a part of that journey for others.

Our team is growing and we’re so fortunate that Dr. Crosta can be a part of it. Don’t be afraid to say hello next time you’re in the office!

Why does your tongue get stuck to a frozen pole?

January 13th, 2017

It’s the classic scene in “A Christmas Story”: poor Flick gets triple-dog-dared to stick his tongue to a frozen pole, it gets stuck, and the fire department has to come rescue him in front of all his friends. As he found out the hard way, the phenomenon really does happen!

Why does your tongue get stuck to a frozen pole? Given the chilly weather in Central Oregon, this is a question that inevitably comes up. And while we can save ourselves the embarrassment and take a lesson from Flick to satisfy our own curiosities (seriously--don’t try this at home!), it’s still fascinating to look into the science behind why your tongue gets stuck on freezing objects.

How your tongue stays warm

Your tongue is covered with moisture, which begins to freeze when its temperature drops below 32°F. Your body counteracts this freezing by pumping warm blood to your tongue, which warms the moisture through conduction. Heat energy from the blood excites the atoms in your tongue. This makes them absorb energy and vibrate, causing their temperatures increase, passing the energy up the line until it eventually warms the surface moisture.

Thermal conductivity of metal

Metal is a much better conductor than your tongue (up to 400 times more powerful). The atoms in solid metals are packed tightly and transfer thermal energy more readily than your tongue is able to, so it takes heat faster than your body can replenish it. Metal also has free electrons that boost conductivity by moving from atom to atom and absorbing heat energy in the frozen pole, stirring up other atoms.

Putting two and two together

As your tongue touches the flagpole, the moisture on your tongue is robbed of heat. The temperature of the moisture drops. Water freezes inside tiny pores and surface irregularities on your tongue and the pole. You're stuck!

So how do you break free?

Don’t try to pull your tongue off unless you want a piece of it to be left on the pole (yikes). Call for help or have a friend pour warm water on the area where the tongue meets the pole, and the tongue should come free. Even if you do break free, you can still get some tongue damage. Best to keep away from frozen metal poles!

Easy “Orthodontist-Approved” Holiday Recipes

November 28th, 2016

‘Tis the season for festive meals with family and friends--and the delicious food that comes with it! But for some of our orthodontic patients, figuring out what they can and can’t eat this time of year can be a difficult task. Not to worry! The American Association of Orthodontists has put together a list of holiday recipes that are sure to keep both your teeth and your stomach happy.

“Orthodontists are often asked by patients of all ages about what’s ‘safe’ to eat during their treatment,” says Morris N. Poole, DDS, president of the AAO. “We are pleased to offer these ‘orthodontist approved’ recipes for everyone to enjoy.”

Read on for recipes for the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Christmas Wreath, and Chanukah Gelt Wontons.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

8 8-ounce servings

  • 1-15 ounce can of pure pumpkin
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar, or more if you like it sweeter
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers for topping
  1. Combine pumpkin, milk, half and half, yogurt, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in blender. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add ice and blend again.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers.

Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Christmas Wreath

12-24 servings

  • 1 box of puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 12 medium thick stalks of asparagus, woody part of the stems removed
  • 12 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash
  • Red bell pepper for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Unfold the puff pastry sheets and cut each one into 12 squares.
  3. Wrap each asparagus stalk with a slice of prosciutto and cut in half crosswise.
  4. Place each prosciutto wrapped asparagus piece on top of a puff pastry square, diagonally, and roll up.
  5. Place 12 on each baking sheet and brush with egg wash.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden.
  7. On a round serving platter, place the puffs in a wreath shape and serve while warm. Cut red bell pepper into pieces to make a bow and use as garnish if desired.

Chanukah Gelt Wontons

Makes 12

  • 24 round wonton wrappers
  • 12 large chocolate coins (1 ½”)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ cup cinnamon sugar

  1. Lay out 12 of the wonton wrappers on a clean work surface.
  2. Unwrap the chocolate coins and place one in the center of each wonton wrapper.
  3. Lightly brush the edges of each wonton wrapper with water and place another wonton wrapper on top, pressing the edges to seal in the chocolate coin.
  4. Place butter and canola oil into a large frying pan and melt on medium heat.
  5. Fry each wonton for 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Place the cinnamon sugar in a shallow bowl and dip both side of the wonton until coated.
  7. Let cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature.

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We wish you a happy holidays from everyone at Struble Orthodontics! If you have questions or need recommendations about what to eat over the holidays with braces, feel free to contact us.

All About Overbites

October 21st, 2016

In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Along with underbites, crossbites, and open bites, an overbite is a type of malocclusion.

A Malo-what?

The term "occlusion" refers to the alignment of your teeth. Therefore, a malocclusion is a deviation or misalignment from a normal occlusion. Malocclusions can fall into one of three categories:

  • Class 1 is when a normal bite is accompanied by a slight overlap of the upper teeth. This is the most common malocclusion.

  • Class 2 is diagnosed when the overbite is severe, often known as a retrognathic.

  • Class 3 is a severe underbite – when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth. It's referred to as prognathic.

What are the Causes?

Although some overbites are hereditary, others are caused by a malformed jaw. Jaws can grow unevenly under the pressure of certain habits when a child is young, such as thumb-sucking, prolonged bottle-feeding or tongue-thrusting. Habits developed later in life, such as eraser head-chewing or nail-biting, can form an overbite as well. This can result in an underdeveloped lower jaw or an overdeveloped upper jaw.

Treatment Options

Elastics

Elastics are used in less severe cases. Elastics attach, depending on which way we want the teeth and jaws to move, from the bottom braces to the top ones or vice versa. This allows the upper jaw to come out and the lower jaw to go in. In cases where there’s an overbite, we would do the opposite because we want the lower jaw to go out and the upper jaw to come in.

An Appliance

If someone has a large overbite, we use a spring that sits inside the mouth and cheeks. The spring allows you to chew and open/close your mouth normally, while working to gently move your jaw 24 hours a day. It’s used in severe cases where you could stick your whole thumb in between your upper and lower jaw. It also speeds up treatment compared to wearing the elastics.

Age

There's no age limit on when an overbite can be treated, but it's easier to fix in younger children because their jaws haven't fully developed. The best time is usually before children hit their peak growth spurt (ages 10-11 years old for girls and 11-13 for boys).

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If you think your child has an overbite, call us at (541) 848-6642. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

live life with a smile

“An excellent rating does not go far enough to express how awesome Dr. Struble has been. As a busy college senior, she has repeatedly worked with my schedule to make sure all my needs were met. I had met with other orthodontists in Bend in the past, and experienced a lack of patient care. She is an incredible orthodontist and person, and I highly recommend her practice to ANYONE who needs orthodontic care.”

~ Zach R.

“As a dentist, I highly recommend Struble Orthodontics not only for my patients but for my family members too. Dr. Struble’s superb training in orthodontics is reflected in her outstanding care. Her kindness and caring is evident for all her patients. For so many reasons, Struble Orthodontics is an excellent choice for your orthodontic treatment!”

~ Dr. Jill Schroeder

“I recommend Dr. Struble without any hesitation. Her expertise coupled with a wonderful "bedside" manner immediately put me at ease. She is thorough and demonstrates a level of attention to detail you wish for in an orthodontist. The staff is friendly, competent and professional. I appreciate the ease of making appointments and love the environment of the office.”

~ Anonymous
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