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Blair Struble

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!

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.

All About Invisalign

January 3rd, 2014

Invisalign
We want you to love your braces. But we understand why you might prefer the less visible version over the metal wires and brackets. Some of our patients are past their teenage years and want an orthodontic solution that still conveys a professional image. That’s why we are certified to treat with Invisalign. It’s the "invisible" kind of braces that people can barely see, that still effectively straighten your teeth!

How it works
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, comfortable, removable aligners that no one can tell you are wearing. It’s made with 3D computer imaging technology that is proven effective. You 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. You’ll visit Dr. Struble 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. Take a look at our website to learn more about Invisalign!

Benefits of Invisalign
The aligners are removable which allows you to eat and drink whatever you want during treatment, so you don’t have to throw away the popcorn and Starbursts. Care, brushing, and flossing are also a lot easier to navigate. No metal and wires also means you spend less time in the doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can view your progress as you complete treatment.

Is Invisalign right for you?
Sound too good to be true? Here are a few things to consider. Depending on your insurance plan, Invisalign can be expensive, so you’ll need to decide if the benefits outweigh the costs or not. And although the aligners are removable, you’ll still need to ensure you’re wearing them for as close to 24 hours in the day as possible, or else your treatment may not be as effective. The aligners can be painful the first couple of days like metal braces, but they avoid the mouth abrasions caused by traditional appliances.

Schedule a free consultation with no strings attached to see if Invisalign is right for you! We know that whichever treatment you choose, we’ll have you loving your new beautiful straight smile in no time.

Navigating the Confusing World of Childhood Orthodontics

February 18th, 2013

Navigating the Confusing World of Childhood Orthodontics

By Dr. Blair Struble, DMD MSD
As an orthodontist and a mom, I often communicate with parents and friends about how confusing the world of orthodontics has become.  Many parents feel they are receiving mixed messages about when their child should receive treatment, what type of treatment is best, and which resources they can rely upon to find accurate information. Much of this confusion comes from the fact that orthodontics has changed so drastically since many of us parents received our own orthodontic treatment.  These exciting changes provide many benefits to the patient, but they have left many families unsure about how to seek orthodontic help for their child.

As an orthodontist, my most important job is to educate patients, parents and families so that they can receive the best treatment at the right time.  Below I’ve shared my answers to some of the most common questions I hear, in an attempt to help you navigate this confusing area of healthcare.

“My eight year-old child has many classmates who are already wearing braces.  Are they really necessary for kids so young?”
The reason this question comes up so frequently is that there simply isn’t one answer or orthodontic solution for every child. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven.  This surprises many parents, but early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems (for instance, identification of traumatic dental habits that can damage teeth, gums and bone over time) and greater opportunity for more effective treatment.  Additionally, orthodontic and orthopedic (jaw growth) issues detected earlier often require less invasive and less costly treatment both now and in the future.

Keep in mind, an early visit to the orthodontist does not mean that your seven year-old must receive orthodontic treatment.  It is rather an opportunity to both begin tracking oral growth and development and educate yourself about what might be on the horizon for your child.  Fortunately, most orthodontic offices offer complimentary initial examinations so you can understand what to expect when it comes to your child’s orthodontic needs at no cost to you.

“Will my child need to have teeth extracted for braces?”
Removing teeth is sometimes necessary in cases of severe crowding.  However, new technologies and advancements in orthodontic procedures have allowed us to significantly reduce the frequency of tooth extractions. Now more than ever, orthodontists are paying attention to facial profile esthetics. The decision to extract teeth should be made with careful consideration for facial attractiveness because facial proportions will change as your child matures.

“My child is really nervous and embarrassed about having braces.  Are there any other options available to us?
Fortunately, we now have alternative (and sometimes more attractive) ways of moving teeth, rather than just conventional braces.  We now have clear removable aligners, lingual braces that can be placed on the back of the front teeth, and clear braces that are much less visible than traditional metal brackets.  Some of these methods may not be as effective or efficient for your child so you should discuss these options with your orthodontist when determining the right treatment for your child.

“Will my child have a lot of pain and discomfort with braces like I did when I was a kid?”
Orthodontic advancements in wire technology, bracket design, and adhesive materials have significantly improved the comfort and convenience of braces.  Your child will still take some time getting used to their orthodontic appliances, but the wires are much more flexible and comfortable so the forces placed on teeth are significantly lighter.  Many braces (or brackets) are now designed for smoothness and comfort, so my patients suffer far fewer cheek and lip sores than many of us parents had to endure several decades ago.  Also, our dental materials allow us to bond nearly all appliances to the teeth rather than relying on uncomfortable spacers and cumbersome bands that can irritate gums and cause unnecessary tooth soreness.  All of these advancements help to make the process of receiving orthodontic care much more tolerable for our children than it was for us parents!

Struble Orthodontics is a state-of-the-art orthodontic clinic serving Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, and the surrounding communities. Our practice provides excellent care for patients of all ages; from kids ready for a set of braces to grownups who want to improve the health and beauty of their smiles. On behalf of Dr. Blair Struble and our entire team, we hope we can become partners in pursuit of wonderful smiles for you and your family.

Give us a call today for a free consultaion (541)-848-6642 or request an appointment here.

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

November 15th, 2012

Struble Orthodontics and her staff in Bend Oregon

You can feel the love as soon as you walk in the room.

It’s the new offices for Dr. Blair Hanson Struble, where more than seventy people have gathered to show their congratulations in the form of a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Congratulations cards, flowers, and even cookies bearing her name littered the counter and friendly faces greeted you at the door. The new offices were incredibly spacious in light of the friendly crowd.

Cookies and Cards for Struble Orthodontics in Bend Oregon

Dr. Struble, a true central Oregonian, is a new member to the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Various members of the Commerce were there, as well as family and friends, when Dr. Struble and her team introduced their new office space with a good old-fashioned ceremonial ribbon cutting. It was an exciting event, and the Chamber of Commerce members were certainly excited to be there. With a healthy spread of fruits, cheeses, and a selection of local craft beer from Bend, everyone was enjoying the moment.

Located on the Colorado/Simpson roundabout (the fishy roundabout) across the street from Deschutes Brewery's corporate offices, the new office gives way to a wide and open setting, which will be beneficial for both the team and their patients. On Tuesday, the office doors opened and everyone had a chance to get their first walk-through. Not only will patients be able to relax in a comfortable environment, they can enjoy the beautiful view from their large windows and open operatory.

Sarah and Michelle having fun at the Ribbon Cutting for Struble Orthodontics

Sarah and Jeannie, two members of Dr. Struble’s team, have a combined 18 years of dentistry experience between them. “We definitely laugh a lot,” Sarah says. “It feels like home and not a job.” “It’s a fun environment and we enjoy our patients,” Jeannie agrees. “We’re in it for the long haul.”

And at last, it was time to cut the ceremonial ribbon. We all gathered around for the moment and a picture. Dr. Struble was beaming as she described the outpouring of support by family and friends alike. “I have the most amazing team,” she says. “I love my staff, and it’s truly fun to go to work every day… This is a beginning of a long career.” The ribbon was cut, and with good enthusiasm.

Bend Oregon Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

The passion for what this office does is evident from the expression of collective positive energy of everyone present. And they showed it by—no wonder—sets of smiling faces.

Struble Orthodontics serves Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, and Sisters along with their surrounding communities. Their practice takes care of patients of all ages and works hard to improve the health and beauty of every smile that walks in the door.

Dr. Blair Struble and her family

Dr. Struble is a certified orthodontic specialist in Bend Oregon

September 27th, 2012

Dr. Struble is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Not all Orthodontists are Board Certified. In fact, less than 50% of practicing orthodontists are Board Certified.

Dr. Struble is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Central Oregon Dental Society.

She grew up right here in Bend, Oregon, and was educated at some of the finest institutions in the Pacific Northwest. She did her undergraduate work at Willamette University in Salem then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland to earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. After that, she spent some time in Seattle pursuing my Masters of Science in Dentistry and Certification in Orthodontics at the University of Washington.

She uses her experience in the field to lecture to local high school, hygiene and dental assisting students about orthodontic techniques and technologies.  She also spends much of her time visiting the local public schools to speak to elementary age children about the importance of great oral hygiene practices.

Dr. Struble is an orthodontist that believes in constant learning and likes to keep her practice up to date on the most recent advancements in orthodontics to keep Bend smiling.

Struble Orthodontics is Expanding

July 24th, 2012

Hi and WELCOME!  We are so glad you are here visiting us.

We are busy at Struble Orthodontics. Currently we are sharing office space with our good friends Drs. Steve + Stephanie Christensen at Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry while we complete the construction of our new state of the art office in the heart of Bend. The new office will be located in the beautiful Point Building at 929 SW Simpson Ave., Suite 201.

The future home of Struble Orthodontics-The Point Building

We are proud to be working with a local Bend business that has been here for years, Kirby Nagelhout Construction. With their help, we secured permits this month and are breaking ground in July. October is our completion date. And then, drum roll please…Struble Orthodontics will have its own home. A home that makes our patients feel comfortable and welcomed and provides the most technically advanced environment to provide our patients with the best orthodontic care. Every detail is being considered for the comfort of our patients-even the faucets in the bathroom.

We also just launched our website with great tools to make it easy for our patients to communicate with our practice. Our patients can email the staff and doctors, schedule an appointment,  access your account, get new patient forms,  provide a testimonial, and refer a friend. You can also learn more about our practice at our website www.strubleortho.com, our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StrubleOrthodontics, or our Google+ page plus.google.com/111303176339730085637. Join our community to stay connected, like us on Facebook and add our practice to your circle on Google+. Also, if you have something to say about your experience at Struble Orthodontics share it with us on one of our above community pages.

We are accepting new patients. If you or a friend are in need of orthodontic care please visit our website-www.strubleortho.com or give us a call (541) 848-6642.

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