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10 years of Thankfulness and Tips for Being Your Best Self this Winter

November 15th, 2019

Maybe it’s just the crunchy leaves falling in Drake Park, but as December nears (the expected move-in date to our NEW SPACE), we’re getting a little nostalgic this fall. Almost 10 years ago, Dr. Struble and her team started a single location for Struble Orthodontics on Simpson Avenue in her hometown. Now it’s a thriving, multi-location practice preparing to move into a beautiful space near the Old Mill. We are so thankful for the enthusiasm and trust our community has put behind us as we make this transition a success.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we wanted to add you to our gratefulness list and say thank you for supporting Team Struble and helping us grow into a permanent fixture here in Bend. One of the best things about setting up shop here is seeing familiar faces walk through the door who share a mutual love for the truly incredible place we all live. We’ve absolutely loved our home-sweet-home on Simpson Avenue. It’s seen many generations of Bendites grow up and move off to college with bright, shiny smiles. Our place on Simpson will forever be a bright spot in our memory for our entire team. That’s because it reminds us of you!

"My daughter was the first patient at Struble Orthodontics almost 8 years ago! She still gets compliments on her beautiful smile. We have loved watching this great team in action and are so excited to see the new space coming in 2020!" -Tiffany H.

"We are thankful to all of our patient families who have made our practice a success in our current space! It is amazing to look back at all the smiles we have created and relationships we have made over the last 8 years!" - Michelle (Clinical assistant and first-team member hired in 2011)

"Our team is so excited about our future in our new and improved space and can't wait to share it with everyone very soon!" - Alyssa and Nicole (Struble team members)

Winter health tips (because we all need a little reminder!)

1. Don’t share drinks
This is the one time of year when sharing is not caring! It’s easy to forget the basics, but sharing drinks makes it too easy to catch a cold or flu bug. We know, it’s a bummer. Be a pal and buy a hot chocolate for your friend if they want a taste of yours or always carry your own water so you don’t have to share a beverage when you’re parched.

2. Liquids
No surprise here. In Bend, we live in the desert and as temperatures drop, our bodies lose even more hydration and water. Pass the lotion, please. This means keeping your Hydroflask with you at all times, full of that life-saving energy source we all need. If you’re feeling tired midday— water. If your mouth is dry— water. If your lips start cracking...you get the idea.

3. New toothbrush, post-sickness
We all succumb to a cold every now and then. And when we do, one thing to keep in mind once you start feeling better is to toss your old toothbrush. Toothbrush bristles can be a source of stubborn bacteria that keeps colds hang on for longer than they need to. Once you start feeling better, start fresh and trash your old toothbrush.

4. Wear chapstick with SPF
Dry lips don’t have to be a thing in winter. Like water, chapstick will be your best friend during these months whether you’re earning your turns in the backcountry or tackling a new climbing route at Smith Rock. A balm or chapstick with SPF included is what we recommend. Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean you can’t get a sunburn in the sunshine in Central Oregon!

5. Invest in a good scarf/buff
Some Bendites will experience jaw or muscle pain as the cold weather onsets in the head and neck region. For this reason, warm neckwear is a can’t-live-without. A scarf keeps your lower jaw and neck warm, preventing heat loss. A scarf can also be wrapped to cover the lips and mouth to prevent chapped lips or sunburn. if you’re on the mountain or just shoveling snow on your driveway, bundle up with a good scarf.

American Association of Orthodontists Interviews Dr. Struble

September 25th, 2019

Blair Talks Hometowns and Treating Happy Smiles

Your teeth and gums are a complex and interconnected part of your health. They require expert attention so that you can live an active and carefree lifestyle. Much like you wouldn’t trust your car with just any mechanic, you wouldn’t trust your smile to anyone but the best orthodontist. That’s why at Struble we prioritize organized dentistry and our involvement in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

Our community of Central Oregon is home to over 150,000 residents who like to stay healthy. Bend attracts the active type—people who like to play hard and get outside. That’s why Dr. Blair Struble chose it as the perfect place to set up her thriving orthodontic practice. Struble Orthodontics is now a two-location practice with an exciting new building project off Bond and Wilson street near the Old Mill District. This new office will be opening in winter of 2019. A born-and-raised Bendite, Blair knew as soon as she had her dental school degree in hand that this was the place she’d come back to practice.

Struble Orthodontics is a proud member of the American Association of Orthodontists and both our doctors have taken the additional commitment to be “Board Certified” Orthodontists. When you are looking for an orthodontist or an orthodontic practice for yourself or your child, finding a credentialed doctor with the right training is important. The AAO ensures all practicing members have completed an accredited orthodontic residency program post-dental school. They equip 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad with industry best-practices, industry events like conferences, and on-going training and learning opportunities for doctors and staff.

The AAO stopped by Struble’s office to ask Blair what makes Central Oregon a special place to share the gift of smiles and what inspired her into taking care of people’s teeth. She might even surprise you with a fun fact of how long she wore braces as a teenager (**hint: it was longer than a year!) Check out Blair’s interview with AAO now and learn how it all got started here in Bend and more reasons why industry associations like AAO make Struble Orthodontics a safe and friendly place to bring the whole family. From the whole team, we look forward to seeing you come through our doors soon!

Struble Orthodontics is moving to The Old Mill District!

August 9th, 2019


We can't wait to show you the view!

Struble Orthodontics is moving to a beautiful new space to better serve our patients with brand-new treatment rooms and top-tier orthodontic options. Drumroll please: yes, you heard it here first. We’re moving to the Old Mill District!

We have simply outgrown our current space. While it has been a beautiful place to grow our practice, we know our patients and our team will benefit from the expansion. The new building will include premium technology upgrades and aesthetic improvements. We are building a twenty-first-century space where children, teens, and adults in the Central Oregon area can receive exceptional orthodontic services. Better scheduling and administrative spaces for our team are also on the way.


You are going to love it! We already do.

You can spot Struble’s new building site currently under construction on the corner of Bond and Wilson. This locates our clinic near the central and desirable Old Mill District with access from all directions. Struble’s new location is just off the parkway on the first roundabout as you enter the Old Mill District.

What to expect from the new building:

  • One of the best mountain views Central Oregon has to offer!
  • Dedicated parking spots and easy elevator and stair access
  • A third-floor location with stunning views of the Cascades and Old Mill District
  • Spacious expansion
  • A convenient and central location near Old Mill District with easy access to north, east, south, and west areas
  • Technology upgrades including internet fiber and 3D imaging

The new clinic is set up with 3D lab printing technology as well as two digital X-ray spaces. The team at Struble is also adding internet fiber to the building to dramatically increase internet speeds and enhance data security. This will provide a dedicated internet connection solely for Struble Orthodontics staff and patients.


Is it moving day yet?

Our current practice will likely close briefly in December to make this exciting move. Don’t worry, we will announce it well in advance. This means we are on track to start seeing patients in the new space as early as January 2020. More details to follow as moving day nears! Until then, keep your fingers crossed and take a peek at our building site as you pass by Bond and Wilson on your way into Bend.

May is for Learning! Struble Orthodontics attends the American Association of Orthodontics 2019 Session in Hollywood

June 7th, 2019

Showing our Struble smiles at Hollywood’s Universal Studios

You may have missed us around the office the first week of May. The team flew south together to attend the 2018 American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session in Los Angeles. The weather was great, the palm trees were beautiful, and as always, we managed to sneak in a little fun with our work. We enjoyed team lunches, strolls along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even a trip to Universal Studios! Here are a few highlights of what we learned from this enriching work trip.


Class is in session!

A few of our favorite topics covered at the AAO Session:

  • Career happiness and culture-building in the office
  • Surgical advancement techniques
  • Bracket bonding techniques
  • Innovations in clear aligners
  • 3D-Printing technology
Blair spotting her name on the list of orthodontists who have been members of the American Association of Orthodontists for 10+ years!

World-class doctors and practitioners in orthodontics covered everything from spotting sleep apnea disorders to developing patient-centric care plans to non-surgical methods to help with bite correction. Our front office staff was able to learn new culture-building techniques for the office, how to master effective communication, and tips for handling team expansion and growth with ease, which is hugely valuable with our new office location opening in Redmond this year.


Dr. Struble and Dr. Crosta together at the 2019 American Association of Orthodontics Annual Session

Fostering a culture of growth, fun, and innovation is what we believe in at Struble Orthodontics. Providing the best orthodontic quality treatment to our patients is not just about having great technology but encouraging and investing in the future of each team member. Continuing education opportunities for busy orthodontic practices come few and far between, so we seized this moment to celebrate our team and are so glad we did! This trip to the AAO 2019 session gave us new creative ideas and practical application points to begin using in our practice. As always, our primary goal is to our wonderful Bend and Redmond patients and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve learned. Please do come in and see us or schedule your next appointment.

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