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4 Awesome Summer Drinks Instead of Soda

June 14th, 2017

As the temperatures slowly begin to rise, so does the need for cool, refreshing summertime beverages. Whether relaxing while floating the Deschutes or hanging out at a BBQ, soda is commonly what we reach for as a way to beat the summer heat. Like spending too much time in the sun, drinking too much soda is not optimal for our health.

Consuming too much soda can lead to cavities and lifelong tooth sensitivity, consequently causing you more trips to the dentist as well. Ideally, it’s best not to drink soda at all, which is easier said than done, depending on how much you already drink. We’ve rounded up a list of sugar-free substitutes to help keep you hydrated and healthy all summer long!

Lemon-Lime “Soda”

If citrus flavored soda usually your go to for quenching your thirst, try this alternative recipe from Everyday Health. It is sure to satisfy that same lemon-lime taste, without all the excess sugar.

Items needed:

Seltzer Water

1 Lemon

1 Lime

Stevia-based sweetener

Instructions:

  1. Slice lemon and lime

  2. Pour 8 oz of seltzer water into a glass

  3. Add lemon and lime slices, small amount of sweetener to taste

  4. Stir and sip!

Makes 1 serving

Dreamsicle Water

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy that delicious dreamsicle taste! This recipe from Yahoo will take you back to your childhood days and will be a drink you want to make all summer long for your friends and family.

Items needed:

Orange

Vanilla Extract

Mason Jar

Muddler

Instructions:

1. Slice your orange into thin slices

2. Add two slices to a mason jar.

3. Add a splash of vanilla extract

4. Muddle

5. Add water and shake. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

Grape Soda

We’ll let your tastebuds do the talking on this one, but we think this grape soda recipe from Build Your Bite is even tastier than your store-bought, sugar-packed version.

Items needed:

1/2 cup unsweetened grape juice

1 cup sparkling water (carbonated water)

1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir well, serve over ice!

Makes 1 serving

Infused Water

It is crucial to consume plenty of water throughout the year for a variety of health benefits, and with water the possibilities for infusion are endless. “Healthy, hydrating, and homemade,” these 14 recipes from Buzzfeed will help inspire your next concoction. Don’t hold back, give them all a try this summer!

5 Foods to Avoid with Braces

April 28th, 2017

Life with braces isn’t drastically different than life without them. However, there are a few food items you will need to say a temporary goodbye to eating. Certain foods can do serious damage to your braces and create unnecessary trips to the orthodontist's office to fix broken brackets or loose wires. But don’t panic! The list of foods you can eat heavily outweighs the list you should avoid.

The first week with braces can be the most uncomfortable. While your teeth are adjusting to the new hardware in your mouth, your diet will mainly consist of only soft foods for a few days. After the initial adjustment period has passed, you can begin eating “regular” food again--with the exception of a few things. Here are five of the top braces-damaging food culprits that you should take caution towards while you have braces.

Sticky and Hard Candies

First off, you’ll need to say “so long” to caramels, taffy, and gummy-anything candies! Soft and chewy candies like these can cause the brackets and wires on your braces to slowly become loose and wobbly, disrupting the dental correction process. If hard candies like jolly ranchers or jawbreakers are your weakness, be ready to cut those out as well. Pieces of hard candies can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth, and, even worse, they can completely break a bracket. Just look at it as taking a short, healthy break from sugar!

Hard Snacks

Crunchy snacks like popcorn, corn chips, pretzels, hard crusts, and crackers are tasty, but can bring on quite a battle with your braces. Imagine sitting down in a movie theater with a bag of popcorn and suddenly a bracket from one of your braces pops off from the hard kernel you just chomped down on! Not only do you miss out on finishing your bag of popcorn and movie, but now you’ll need to make a trip to the orthodontist. A good alternative for all you popcorn lovers is Pirate's Booty-very similar to popcorn, but without kernels that can embed in gum tissues and unpopped kernels that can debond brackets.

Chewing Gum

This one may go without saying, but we couldn't leave chewing gum off the list. Aside from the issue of it getting stuck in your braces, chewing gum can also bend the wires out of shape. This disrupts and prolongs the dental correction process. Bent wire = no straight teeth. So if you really love the minty fresh breath that gum provides, try something new and go with a mint--it will give you the fresh breath, but without the harm to your teeth!

Jerky and Nuts

Thick jerkies and nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia nuts are not your friends when you have braces. Eating beef jerky can loosen the wires and brackets of your braces because it is so tough to eat. Same goes for eating most kinds of nuts. Nuts are very hard and small, two challenging things to eat with braces. If you are a nut lover, try getting your fix through a nut butter or spread. That way you can get the taste and nutrients from the nuts, but without doing damage to your brackets or wires!

Raw, Hard Fruits and Vegetables

Although they’re high in nutritional value, eating raw fruits and vegetables can be complicated with braces. Biting into a crunchy apple is challenging enough without brackets and wires on your teeth. This isn’t to say you should cut out raw fruits and vegetables from your diet, but they are going to require a little extra preparation while you have braces. Try cutting fruits like apples and pears into small, bite-sized chunks for a grab and go snack. If you love eating carrots and corn on the cob, cut and cook the carrots and cut the corn kernels off the cob before eating. And if you think these extra steps are just too much, there is always the option to drink your fruits and veggies by using a juicer. Yes, just because you have braces doesn’t mean you get to skip out on eating your fruits and veggies!

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In the end, the list of foods you should avoid eating isn’t very long, and your body will thank you for cutting them out in the end. Having straight and beautiful teeth will make giving up these foods worth it! If you do end up damaging your braces, we’re here for you. And don’t worry--we won’t say, “We told you so!”

Call us at (541) 848-6642 to schedule an appointment.

5 Things to Love About Invisalign

March 28th, 2017

Invisalign Braces Struble Orthodontics

We want you to love your braces. But we understand why you might prefer the less visible version over the metal wires and brackets--we all have enough things in life to worry about without adding braces into the mix! That’s why we're certified Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® providers.

While the benefits of a straight, healthy smile are endless, here are five more reasons why we love Invisalign.

1. Clear

Invisalign is a great option for adults and teens alike who don’t want their braces to be as visible. Show your teeth off with confidence during your treatment, knowing all along that you have a beautiful smile just weeks away!

2. Removable

With Invisalign, you’ll wear a set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little until they have reached the final position your doctor has prescribed. Since they’re removable, that means you can eat and drink whatever you want! No worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. Care, brushing, and flossing are also a lot easier to navigate.

3. Comfortable

Invisalign aligners are comfortable and durable, so they fit in with your extracurricular activities. Whether you're tossing the football around or playing the clarinet with the school band, you won't have to worry about your braces getting in the way! Even better, no metal and wires means you’ll spend less time in the doctor’s office with adjustments or even orthodontic emergencies.

4. Customized

Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology that is proven effective. You’ll visit Struble Orthodontics about once every six weeks to make sure the transition is going smoothly. Treatments typically last around nine to 15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment can range from 18 to 30, depending on your specific case. You can also view your own virtual treatment plan from the start to keep track of your progress. And, as a unique feature for teens, Invisalign clear aligners contain compliance indicators that fade from blue to clear to help gauge wear time.

5. Effective

Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features are clinically proven to achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement than other aligners. They have up to 50% faster treatment times, so with faster aligner changes, you’ll be on your way to the smile you want even faster.

Considerations

Sound too good to be true? There are still some important things to keep in mind. Investing in your smile can sometimes seem overwhelming, so the dedicated team at Struble Orthodontics will help you find an affordable and realistic financial arrangement that will work with your lifestyle and budget.   The aligners may provide discomfort in the first couple of days like metal braces, but they do avoid the mouth abrasions sometimes experienced by traditional appliances. And although the aligners are removable, you’ll still need to ensure you’re wearing them for as close to 22 hours in the day as possible, this will ensure steady and consistent progress toward your beautiful new smile that is waiting for you at the end of Invisalign!

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There’s no reason to be “bummed out” about getting braces. If you think Invisalign could be right for you, call (541) 848-6642 or click to schedule a free consultation with us! We know that whichever treatment you choose, we’ll have you loving your new beautiful straight smile in no time.

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!

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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