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5 Reasons to Get Adult Orthodontic Treatment This Year

February 9th, 2021

One of our fabulous adult patients celebrating her new smile with Dr. Struble! This picture was taken before COVID otherwise they would be wearing masks :)

Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontics estimates that around 24% of adults seek orthodontic treatment?

So if you are wondering if orthodontic treatment is for you, know that you are not alone!

At Struble Orthodontics we feel that every patient deserves the best possible care throughout the orthodontic process and that you deserve to walk away feeling thrilled about your smile.

Now’s the time to start the treatment you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s that you’ve always been self-conscious of your smile, or that you’ve been advised to correct your bite or alignment, here are five reasons plus one bonus reason to start the process in 2021!

Breathing or Swallowing - did you know that your snoring, or breathing challenges at night or during the day may be due to the alignment of your teeth? Orthodontic treatment can help correct your breathing habits for better long-term sleep and health!

Self-image - it goes without saying that how you feel about your smile, and the placement of your teeth makes a huge difference in how you feel about your overall appearance. Have you spent years covering your mouth when you smile or avoiding a full toothy smile in photos? Now’s the time to claim the smile you have always wanted!

Overcrowding - Many adults suffer from overcrowding. This creates an ideal situation for plaque buildup, and tooth decay due to the inability to reach all of the crowded spaces between teeth, which can lead to long-term dental issues. Orthodontic treatment can fix overcrowding for good!

Over or underbite - Orthodontic treatment will correct an over or underbite. Causing a misalignment of the jaw, an overbite or underbite can lead to long-term and chronic issues in a variety of ways. Misalignment can lead to grinding teeth, clenching, and eating challenges, among others.

Speech, Chewing, and Biting - You may have never known that this is an issue for you, but your speech chewing and biting may be challenged by the placement of your teeth and the alignment of your jaw. For long-term overall health, don’t put off the orthodontic treatment you need to correct these issues, so you can live a happy life full of smiles.

Bonus! It's 2021 -  Since we are all wearing masks in public now, no one will even know your mouth is under construction. If you've been hesitant to start orthodontic treatment because you're worried about the appearance, now is the time to fix that smile.

At Struble Orthodontics, we make the process simple, transparent, and caring. Here’s what you can expect when working with the Struble team:

Introductory Consultation:
We feel that every great smile starts with a consultation. This is where you’ll share your medical history, concerns, and desires for the outcome.

Scheduled Appointments:
Our team is organized and prompt. They will get you on our schedule immediately after an initial consultation.

Dental Support:
It’s critical that you still visit a dentist while you are receiving orthodontic care with our team. We’ll support you if you need a referral, or have any questions about your dental care needs while you are our patient at Struble Orthodontics.

Still unsure? Hear what some of our adult patients have to say about their experience with the Struble team.

"At 75 years of age, I never thought I could have a nice smile again. My teeth had shifted so much something had to be done. At Struble Orthodontics I found the answer. Everyone was very pleasant and professional. They explained the whole process very clearly. It has been an excellent experience with great results." - Judy

“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

“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 are evident for all her patients. For so many reasons, Struble Orthodontics is an excellent choice for your orthodontic treatment!” — Dr. Jill Schroeder, dentist

Introducing the New Struble Orthodontics Office

December 1st, 2020

The team at Struble Orthodontics is thrilled to announce that they have a new, bigger, and better office space in Bend, Oregon. Check out the tour and photos.

Struble Orthodontics is a family-friendly, and service-oriented team of passionate dental professionals, that pride themselves on bringing their patients a comfortable, easy, and accessible experience when it comes to their orthodontics needs.

The practice has been serving the Bend, Oregon community since 2011 when Dr. Blair Stuble founded the office and has steadily grown to be one of the most trusted orthodontic providers in the area.

That’s why the whole Struble Orthodontics team is thrilled to introduce you to our new, expanded, and centrally located office in the heart of Bend -- with one of the best views in town!

"Our team is so thrilled with the new space! It allows us so much efficiency for our team and space for our patients. The one-way directional flow really helps with social distancing and our views remind us all how lucky we are to live and practice in this beautiful community!" - Dr. Struble and Dr. Crosta

Let’s take a look at the new and improved office of Dr. Blair Struble, Dr. Erica Crosta, and their team.

A look from the outside of 400 SW Bond Street, Suite 300, the new office of Struble Orthodontics.

The new front office at Struble Orthodontics. We look forward to seeing you!

Happy Struble patients, and a great view!

"I love the new space! It is so open and bright with so much more space! The view of the mountains out the windows is beautiful and the nice spacious patient area feels so safe and inviting! - Cindy

“I love the sleek, clean new look! Very crisp and modern!" - Jen (Patient mom)

The new Struble office is located at, 400 SW Bond Street, Suite 300, Bend, OR 97702. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

5 Reasons to Smile About Having Straight Teeth

August 31st, 2020

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If you’re tripping over your paddleboard as you head out the door to catch the last bit of summer like we are, you probably know that fall is just around the corner. And we are getting our stoke in while there’s still sun to enjoy! Here around the office, we are basking in the smell of fresh paint and mountain views at our brand new location. Pssst...it’s in the Old Mill District if you haven’t heard! Keep tabs on our blog next month for a special photo tour of the space.

But for now, there’s something really high on our list at all times of the year, and that’s your healthy teeth and gums. We want to be real with you, having the perfect smile means much more than just a straight row of white, evenly spaced teeth. It is easy to forget how common problems like teeth overcrowding, bite or alignment issues, and jaw pain can compromise our overall health.

Orthodontists like Dr. Struble and Dr. Crosta care about your holistic health which is why they love teeth. Having properly aligned teeth is about more than just photogenic angles and cosmetic benefits (although those are great!). A healthy bite and gums prevent injury and discomfort to our mouths. Bite issues cause long-term damage and wear to your teeth and even to your heart due to plaque buildup happening in those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Getting a consultation by scheduling an appointment with us is a low-risk way to do the absolute best thing for your oral health. If you are concerned about something, why not check things out now? No need to wait until the Fall to come in and see us. But while we’re waiting, here are a few reasons why getting a healthy smile is about more than just looks:

A healthy and aligned bite affects a lot of things going on in your mouth.

Crossbite, underbite, and overbite are all examples of bite alignment issues that cause stress on your teeth. This includes uneven wearing, chipping or breakage of teeth, and even oral injuries to your gums and side of your mouth! For the long-term, it is a great idea to address bite issues early to give your teeth the best chance of longevity and maintenance.

Straight teeth help you to chew food, aid in digestion and even help you to communicate clearly.

Compounded issues with bite or jaw alignment can make eating food or chewing difficult. Malocclusion, what happens when your jaw is closed and teeth are misaligned, can cause difficulty when chewing certain foods and has even been linked to mild speech impediments. Inability to chew correctly also makes it hard for your stomach to digest foods you eat, particularly with anything dense it has to work harder over time to break down. Chewing is so important and is something we all do every day, but don’t often think about.

Your heart is counting on you!

Yep, that’s right. Your heart is counting on the removal of plaque from your mouth to keep it nice and strong. We know, (that’s what your dental appointments are for), but orthodontists play an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy to minimize plaque buildup. Plaque is that sticky stuff that adheres to the surface of your tooth and also to the walls of arteries inside the heart, eventually causing blockages. When teeth are crooked, it makes it easier for plaque to hang out in your mouth.

An aligned bite means reduced tension headaches related to an offset jaw.

You may not think about it much, but your jaw is as equally an important part of a healthy smile as your teeth. Alignment issues with the jaw can cause tension or stress on your Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ). Keeping your jaw healthy requires the teeth to sit in symmetrical alignment. That way, facial muscles can relax and aren’t pulling or causing strain. Those of us who’ve experienced tension headaches know exactly how important this is!

Healthy teeth help our real smile to come through!

You know what they say, if you got it, flaunt it, and we love it when our patients flaunt their beautiful new smiles. See here for Before and After Photos of the happy grins we bring to Central Oregon daily. We work hard to guarantee you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. And we love serving you with that extra bit of confidence you need to face the world!

What’s Local and Open for Fun-in-the-Sun?

July 14th, 2020

Photo credit: centraloregondaily.com

You’ve made it through the great experiment of virtual schooling with your kids. We applaud you, parents, for taking the plunge. It’s not easy being a teacher, driver, pet-wrangler, work-from-home hero but you’ve done it. You should be proud! But in the relief of a break from virtual lessons lingers a bigger question: “What CAN I do this summer with my kids?”

We’re so glad you asked. We’ve curated a stellar list of local spots not limited to campgrounds, flyfishing spots, zipline thrills, natural waterfalls, and soul-finding adventures. The possibilities are endless, and none of them require you (or the kids) to sit behind a screen. Yippee! Summer is ready for you. The question is, are you ready?

Here’s our best-of list of places OPEN FOR BUSINESS and ready to rock. So pack a cooler full of snacks, a towel, a sunhat, your family’s collection of facemasks, a bottle of hand-sani, and head out the door. Adventure awaits!

We hope you make the most of these sun-seeking suggestions and find fun as you go!

Surf the Whitewater Park or float the river, if you please.
While Deschutes County is still in Phase 2 of re-opening, we respect the river in abiding by her new rules. Bring your own watercraft aka floaties. There will be no rental tubes available at Farewell Bend, but you probably have some in that garage of yours anyway. Keep six feet apart from parties you did not come to the river with, and be generous with space when entering and exiting the water so that there is no crowding. The River float shuttle is not currently operating so you will need to drop a car at the point of take-out or prepare to walk back yourself. And as always, be kind to Mother Nature and dispense of any trash you create along the way. Need more deets? Go here.

Get a family campout in the books
Ready to break loose from your local haunts and explore the great beyond (meaning somewhere other than the far reaches of your grocery store parking lot?) Great news. Both state and local parks are open (with mask requirements still in effect). If this doesn’t make you jump for joy after months of stay-at-home mandates, you might want to check your pulse. Pack the car for a day-trip filled with the dazzling scenery of Crater Lake State Park or an overnight camp out in one of Oregon’s beautiful national forests. (Warning: some spots do not have trash service or running water available. So vault toilets, it is!) As a whole, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest are open for business, especially day use areas including picnic areas, boat ramps, trailheads, and more. However, be prepared to pack out your own waste and provide your own water. Check here for updates on campsite statuses and last-minute preparations.

Zipline Mount Bachelor
Explore your own backyard, from the air! And no, we’re not talking about that fancy drone you bought for Christmas. Bachelor is the perfect spot to catch high-elevation thrills on a heartstopping 1,400 feet of vertical zipline with panoramic views of Central Oregon’s volcanic landscape including South Sister, Paulina Peak, Broken Top, and Tumalo Mountain. The journey begins at Pine Marten Lodge. Kids must be 10 years of age, at least 48 inches in height to ride, and must be accompanied by an adult. Strong winds and bad weather days may cause postponement of your experience, so make sure to check conditions before you leave.

Take the Paulina Plunge
There’s nothing that a full day of natural waterslides and gravity won’t cure! Wanderlust Tours, a local outfit, can be your trusted guide to fun this summer. Take one of their guided trips to visit six glistening waterfalls and two natural water slides for your littles to explore and play. The trip includes a downhill mountain biking portion which is great for confident beginners in your family. Trail-a-bike Tandems are available for your non-riding kiddos so that the whole family can enjoy the ride. Pack a swimsuit and get out there!

Pack a picnic for your bookworm
Action-packed adventures aren’t for everyone and we realize that some of us aren’t adrenaline junkies at heart. Got a curious kid who loves to explore new literary landscapes? Head to any Deschutes Public Library, open for pick up and check out, and find a stack of summer reads for the family. Pick a grassy spot to settle down with a blanket after stopping by one of Bend’s many great local food truck options (we like Thai on the Fly or grabbing a Shave Ice at Dakine Grindz). Low-key outings can be enjoyable too. People-watching for the win!

We’re excited to see you get outside and float, camp, bike and hike your way through Bend’s fabulous summer. Some of the best social distancing activities are those we do on a regular basis here anyway!

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