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Your Smiles Are Getting Attention! Struble voted “Best Orthodontist” in Bend

March 28th, 2019

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You know what they say—parents know best. And locals know even better. That’s why we were thrilled to announce that Bend’s coolest moms, dads and rockstar patients voted for Struble not once, not twice, but 3 TIMES as The Best Orthodontic Practice in Central Oregon for 2018 and 2019.

A huge shout out to our amazing community for making us a favorite of Bend locals and newcomers alike. You are the reason we come to work every day with huge smiles on our faces. We wouldn’t have it any other way. You guys rock!

Thank you for the big social media love, for casting your votes, and for being all around model citizens with the shiniest smiles in town. That being said, here’s the recap of what we won with your help:

Bend Lifestyle Magazine’s Reader’s Choice 2 Years Running! 

2019 Bend Lifestyle Magazine Reader’s Choice
Voted Best Orthodontist

2018 Bend Lifestyle Magazine Reader’s Choice
Voted Best Orthodontist

Bend Nest Parenting Magazine’s Reader’s Choice 2 Years Running!

2019 Best of The Nest Children’s Orthodontist
2018 Best of The Nest Children's Orthodontist

HulaFrog’s Most Loved Orthodontist for 2019

2019 Most Loved Orthodontist

You make us look good and help our practice make a lasting impression! Speaking of impressions, did you hear about our new Impressionless Digital Scanner technology? You know, the kind that gives us instant 3D models of your mouth without the hassle those gooey impression trays? It’s worth checking out if you need a custom appliance made.

The goal of having great technology is to minimize your time spent in the chair so we can get you out the door for life’s most important appointments—like that “board meeting” up on Mt. Bachelor.

Again, THANK YOU for helping to spread the word about our practice. When you come in for your next appointment or if you’ve recently been in to see us, don’t forget to high-five one of our many excellent coordinators, orthodontic assistants, and doctors—who make the magic happen. Whether you’re from Bend, Redmond, Sisters, or somewhere in between— we cherish your business. And just so you know, you‘re our favorite too!

 

 

Struble Orthodontics expands to beautiful Redmond

November 29th, 2018

Struble Orthodontics is thrilled to announce the opening of a second Central Oregon location to better serve our patients commuting from Redmond, Terrebonne, Prineville, Sisters, Madras and beyond.

We’re offering everything our Bend location has including top-quality full-service specialty orthodontic care for children and adults.  As a bonus there will also be pediatric dental care available onsite from the experienced and talented team at Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry!  We offer an individualized, compassionate, comprehensive orthodontic experience and are bringing our services to Redmond to offer more options, better access, and to make your trips to see us both convenient and enjoyable.

Why we’ve expanded

You asked. . . . and we listened!  Many of our patients have been traveling long distances to see us. . . . we appreciate that sacrifice and we want to serve you better!

Part of the vision behind expanding to Redmond is to make orthodontic care more accessible to those living outside of the immediate Bend area.  This is why we chose a highly accessible location off Highway 97 and Airport Way in the Coppertop building in Redmond. As the population growth of Central Oregon continues to grow, we hope to be the primary point of service for new and existing patients seeking outstanding orthodontic care through the expansion of our staff and services. A second location allows us to better serve our existing patients by bringing our top quality care closer to home AND we are thrilled to meet new people and new patients in Redmond and the surrounding areas!

Is our Bend location going away?

Not to worry, we are here to stay! The original Struble Orthodontics location will remain in the Old Mill District. We are simply adding a second location in Redmond to allow better access to our outstanding orthodontic care and services.

How do I book an appointment at the new location?

You are encouraged to book appointments now through our regular Bend office until we are setup in Redmond, but please come and see us when we get moved in at the start of 2019. The clinic is beautiful and we cannot wait to share the new space with our patients and friends!  Dr. Struble, Dr. Crosta and the entire team are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces soon!

Will I still get to see the same doctors and team members in Redmond?

Yes, of course! While Dr. Struble and Dr. Crosta can’t be in two places at once, they will both be balancing their time between the two locations.  We are not taking time away from our Bend location but rather adding days for both doctors in Redmond. And you can certainly expect to see the same smiling faces on our team in the Redmond location.  We have several team members who live close to our new location and they are thrilled to take care of patients close to home! Dr. Struble plans to start seeing patients in Redmond the first week of January 2019!

The details again in case you missed it!

What? New Struble Orthodontics location in Redmond
When? Early January 2019 (exact date TBA)
Where? Located off Highway 97 and Airport Way in the Copper Top building.
Redmond Location Address:
Struble Orthodontics
3818 SW 21st Street, Suite 102
Redmond, OR 97756

Give us a call today to book an appointment: 541-527-4325!

Why Invisalign® Might Be Right For You

August 28th, 2018

The decision to improve your smile is hard for many of us. How will braces feel on my teeth? How long will I have them? Is it worth it? All might be questions you ask yourself--especially if you are an adult who’s lived with smile-insecurity or uncomfortable dental challenges for some time. However, the good news is that braces are no longer the only option! Invisalign® is the most advanced, clear aligner on the market, and with Invisalign® you will be able to cut down on the time of your treatment, the inconvenience of braces, and get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Here are a few ways to tell if Invisalign® will be right for you:

Time constraints
Is one of the significant barrier keeping you from talking with your orthodontist the time needed for treatment? Well, we have good news for you. The time required for treatment with Invisalign® versus braces may be much shorter. Of course, talk with your orthodontist to get a full assessment, but the quicker treatment associated with Invisalign® is a primary reason many of our patients (especially adults) choose Invisalign® over braces.

Visibility
If you work in a public-facing job or don’t feel super comfortable with the idea of how braces will look, Invisalign® could be the perfect solution for you! The clear aligners are virtually invisible, making this treatment option for straighter teeth a no-brainer if visibility is one of your concerns.

Comfort
With aligners made from SmartTrack material, you’re bound to be pleased with the flexibility and fit. Plus, you’ll have the ability to remove your aligners as needed to brush and floss your teeth, as well as eat your favorite foods.

Convenience
One of the biggest reasons patients feel hesitant to take steps to improve their smile is the inconvenience that comes along with braces. Invisalign® is a convenient and simple option that allows you to visit your orthodontist less during treatment but still get beautiful results. Plus, since you can remove the aligners when needed, and continue to live your life while your treatment is taking place, the Invisalign® option is perfect for working adults, parents with busy schedules, and young adults with lots of time constraints.

Bottom line, if any of the barriers above is keeping you from getting the smile you’ve always wanted, now's the time to break through that barrier and try Invisalign®!

In need of an orthodontic consultation? Come in and visit us at Struble Orthodontics. We’d love to see you and answer any questions you might have about your teeth!

10 Myths About Braces

April 10th, 2018

If you’re about to get braces and you’re a little nervous about some of the myths and rumors you’ve heard surrounding the process of how braces work and what can and can’t happen while you’re wearing them, we’re here to help! There are so many myths out there about life with braces, but here are 10 truths that we think are most helpful.

Braces must hurt to work

When you first get your braces on, you may experience some minor discomfort as your teeth adjust to the new gear they’ve just received, but the soreness will not last for the entire time you have your braces on. The discomfort you may feel will only be temporary and should not be a level of soreness that you can’t tolerate. Don’t let anyone scare you by telling you that you will be uncomfortable for the long-term.

The metal will set off metal detectors

If you’re worried that the next time you go to the airport your braces will set off the metal detector when you go through security, don’t be. The metal used for braces is not the same metal they are looking to detect, and it is highly unlikely that you will set off the airport detector. So rest assured that the next time your traveling on an airplane, or going to an event where metal detectors are present and mandatory, no one will notice you have braces unless you flash them your beautiful smile!

Braces are only for kids and teens

Yes, they are most commonly worn by children and teenagers, but anyone can have braces. Adults can wear braces later in life, especially if they are in need of orthodontic correction.

You can’t play your instrument with braces

If you’re an avid player of a wind instrument, you can still play beautiful music with your braces on. There may be a small adjustment period at first, but you will be perfectly capable of keeping up with your practicing and performing. Don’t worry about losing your touch or missing out on one of your favorite hobbies, you’ll be just as capable of playing with your braces working on your lovely smile!

Braces permanently straighten your teeth

Braces do work to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, but that does not mean it will last permanently once you have them removed. You must follow your orthodontist’s recommendation and wear the retainer to maintain your straight teeth after they are free from braces. The retainer will work to maintain what your braces worked so hard to achieve.

The wires on your braces will need constant changing

The wires on your braces will not need constant changing, however, they may need to be replaced a few times over the course of your time wearing braces. Your frequent visits to the orthodontist, while you have braces, will be merely to assess the progress of your teeth and to make sure everything is working correctly. The wiring should not need to be changed at every appointment unless there is an issue your orthodontist uncovers.  

Only braces can straighten my teeth

Braces are an effective way to correct and straighten your teeth, but they are not the only way. There are a few alternatives that can also work to correct your bite, such as retainers and invisible aligners. Talk to your orthodontist about the best option for you.

You can’t eat normally with braces

Having braces won’t affect your normal diet by any means. Yes, you’ll need to avoid certain things like sticky candies and hard, crunchy snacks, but for the most part you’ll be able to carry on your normal diet as usual--maybe with just a few more thinly chopped vegetables and smaller bites.

Braces take years of treatment

Some people may need up to two years to fully correct their bite, but that is definitely not the case for everyone. It is common to wear braces for anywhere from 6-18 months depending on what your needs might be. There is no need to stress about having braces on for years, your orthodontist will be able to give you a more direct estimate during your consultation.

Braces can only help people with crooked teeth

While they do help correct crooked teeth, braces can also help for other dental health problems. Jaw overbite or underbite, missing teeth, or other problems associated with your teeth or jaw,  can all be reasons for braces.

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In need of an orthodontic consultation? Come in and visit us at Struble Orthodontics. We’d love to see you and answer any questions you might have about your teeth!

7 Things Your Dentist Knows Just By Looking In Your Mouth

October 4th, 2017

Believe it or not, your dentist can discover a lot about your overall health by simply looking in your mouth. It may sound a little creepy, but it’s actually quite interesting how your mouth is a window to the rest of your body. Your oral health can show signs of bad habits and illness. It can be your dentist who first identifies the signs of diseases like anemia or cancer and allow you to seek out early treatment. Here are 7 things your dentist can find out about your health at your next appointment.

1. You are vitamin deficient

Your mouth can provide a lot of indicators alerting your dentist that you may be deficient in certain vitamins. Bleeding gums, increased infection, burning tongue syndrome, delayed healing among other conditions can all be caused due to a lack of certain vitamins.

2. You’re pregnant

Surprised or not, your dentist can identify signs from your mouth indicating that you are pregnant. It will likely be the case that you already know you are pregnant, so hopefully it won’t be a shock when they bring it up. Gingivitis is a big giveaway for pregnant women due to the increase in progesterone, causing bacteria to build up. In some cases, women can develop a temporary, benign pregnancy tumor on their gums/

3.You bite your nails

Your dentist won’t have to look at your nails to know you engage in this bad habit! Your teeth will do the talking for you. This habit can make your front teeth uneven and crack and chip at the enamel on your teeth. Your nails and teeth will thank you by quitting your nail biting cold turkey!

4. You have oral cancer

Cancer is never a word you want to hear, but it’s always good to be diagnosed sooner than later. Bleeding gums, patches of discoloration and jaw pain are all symptoms you may have oral cancer, and you should seek treatment immediately.

5. You have an eating disorder

People who are bulimic likely have a unique wear on their teeth that indicates to a dentist an eating disorder. The erosion is usually completely on the tongue side of your teeth and can lead to increased cavities over time. Acid erosion is not always a sign of an eating disorder, but if it is in fact true, your dentist can help you seek additional medical care and support.

6. If you’re actually flossing and how often

Something we all try to lie and get away with, but you can’t fool your dentist with this one. We all know how important flossing is, but when it comes to doing it as a part of your daily routine, the task can seem daunting. If you think you can get away with flossing right before your appointment, think again. Your red, irritated gums will give it away as soon as you go to open your mouth.

7. You love sugary drinks

If sports drinks and soda are part of your daily diet, your dentist will know. Drinks high in sugar will over time soften your teeth and can decrease the enamel, which can lead to chipped teeth. Cutting down on your intake of these sugary beverages will not only benefit your oral health, but your overall health as well.

Next time you go to the dentist, be prepared to find out more than just if you have any cavities. Your dentist has the capability to tell you a whole lot about your health, and inform you of things you should be aware of.

Tips for your braces treatment countdown

May 10th, 2016

Many teens will have to spend at least a year or two of their lives with braces. And although you know that braces can straighten your teeth and give you a healthier smile for life, the lengthy process can make it seem impossible. Counting down your time with braces can help it pass more quickly and build excitement for when you finally get them removed.

Mark your calendar

Take the typical calendar countdown a step further by designing your own. Use an online customization service to upload photos or designs for each month. After each day is done, write out a reason why you are getting your teeth straightened, or an event in the future when you will appreciate your straight teeth as you smile. It will all be worth it in the end!

Schedule rewards

When you receive regular rewards for continuing to wear your braces, they can seem less burdensome. Treat yourself to a nice reward every month that you wear your braces for the duration of the treatment. The time will pass much faster when you feel you are earning rewards for your patience.

Find a buddy

More likely than not, you aren’t the only one in your circle of friends with braces. Why not share the experience? Create a Facebook group where you can post updates, calendar markers, pictures, status updates, and the things you look forward to eating once the braces are off.

Plan a Celebration Day on Pinterest

Create a board on Pinterest that will be devoted to planning your celebration of the braces removal! You can pin great ideas, recipes, activities, crafts, motivational quotes, and much more.

Keep a selfie journal

After each check up with your orthodontist, smile and take a photo of yourself. That way, you can see the slow but steady improvements happening to your smile and track your progress. It will keep you motivated on the days you feel discouraged. Better yet, you’ll have something to look back on down the road and remember how your dedication payed off.

Do you have ideas for your own braces countdown? Share them with us in the comments! And remember, having braces can be a challenging experience, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. We’re here to help you through the process every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 541-848-6642.

Do I really need to use mouthwash?

February 8th, 2016

Keeping a healthy dental routine is important, but there can be a lot to remember. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, change out your toothbrush every three months, decide between an electric or manual toothbrush, pick a type of toothpaste with or without whitening, schedule a dentist appointment every six months, wear your rubber bands, don’t forget your retainer… Wheew! The list goes on. One more thing some people like to add to the list is mouthwash. But is it really necessary to add it to your daily routine?

What is mouthwash used for?

Mouthwashes are used for a variety of reasons, including:

  • to freshen breath
  • to help prevent or control tooth decay
  • to reduce plaque
  • to prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
  • to reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth

What types of mouthwashes are there?

According to the American Dental Association, there are two main kinds of mouthwash to choose from: cosmetic and therapeutic.

Cosmetic mouthrinses may temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave the mouth with a pleasant taste, but they don’t deal with the causes of bad breath. They don’t kill the bacteria that cause bad breath or chemically inactivate odor causing compounds. Also, none of the cosmetic mouthrinses helps reduce plaque, gingivitis or cavities.

Therapeutic mouthrinses, on the other hand, can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, cavities and bad breath. Some fight the bacteria present in plaque, a sticky film that forms on teeth and gums. Plaque bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. Plaque that is not removed with daily brushing and flossing can cause gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. If plaque is allowed to continue to accumulate, gingivitis can progress to advanced gum disease, called periodontitis. Plaque can also turn into tartar (or calculus), a hard substance that can only be removed during a professional cleaning.

Can a mouthrinse eliminate bad breath?

Therapeutic mouthrinses can help reduce bad breath. However, if you must constantly use a mouthrinse or breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odor, it would be a good idea to visit your dentist to see if there is some underlying cause that can be corrected.

Should you brush, floss or rinse first?

The sequence in which you brush, floss, and rinse makes no difference as long as you do a thorough job and use quality products. Check the mouthrinse manufacturer’s label for recommendations on how and when to use the product, and look for products that have the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.

At what age can a child use a fluoride mouthrinse?

The use of fluoride mouthrinses is not recommended for children six and younger because they may swallow the rinse. Always check the manufacturer’s label for precautions and age recommendations and talk to your dentist. Clinical studies indicate that regular use of a fluoride mouthrinse (daily or weekly, depending on the rinse) can provide additional protection against cavities over that provided by a fluoride toothpaste.

So, do I need a mouthrinse?

Ask your dentist at your next appointment whether you need a mouthrinse, as it is often dependent on your individual oral health needs. Rinsing is not a substitute for brushing or flossing, however, if you have difficulty brushing and flossing, a mouthrinse may provide additional protection against cavities and periodontal (gum) disease. Contact us if you have further questions.

Why do I need to get braces, but other people don’t?

January 14th, 2016

One question we often get is, Why do I need to get braces, but other people don’t? You’re not alone. Over four million people in the U.S. wear braces, and 25 percent of these individuals are adults. Issues that require orthodontic attention can be attributed to a number of different factors. Some of these factors are in your control, while others are hereditary. Read on for information on why many people’s teeth grow in crooked and how orthodontics can help.

The growth process

Throughout your childhood, your "baby" teeth fell out one by one, to be replaced by permanent, adult teeth. Although some people's adult teeth grow in at the right angle and with the right spacing, many people's teeth don't.

Teeth may grow in crooked, overlapping, rotated, or twisted. Some people's mouths are too small, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift into crooked positions. In other cases, a person's upper jaw and lower jaw aren't the same size, causing overbites and underbites.

The different types of disorders that result from teeth that don’t grow in straight are called malocclusions. This word comes from Latin and means "bad bite." In most cases, a "bad bite" isn't anyone's fault; crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites are often inherited traits, just like having brown eyes or big feet.

What causes malocclusions?

Many different factors can contribute to the way your teeth grow in. In some cases, things like dental disease, early loss of baby or adult teeth, some types of medical problems, an accident, or a habit like prolonged thumb sucking can cause the disorders.

Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing
  • Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and shift
  • Poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils

Common hereditary factors:

  • Extra teeth
  • Large teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Wide spaces between teeth
  • Small jaws

Why are malocclusions a problem?

Having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can also lead to serious health problems.

Without orthodontic care, teeth can:

  • Interfere with proper chewing. Because chewing is the first part of eating and digestion, it's important that teeth can do the job.
  • Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
  • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.
  • Cause people to feel self-conscious about how they look.

Dr. Struble and the team offer several treatment options that can help correct malocclusions. Give us a call at (541) 848-6642 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Which Halloween candy is safe to eat with braces?

October 10th, 2015

We all know Halloween means candy. And even though we sincerely want you to take the bull by the horns, live life to the fullest, carpe diem, all that good stuff, we also would really like to make your orthodontic treatment as quick, painless, and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a list of braces-friendly Halloween candy options for you to take advantage of. The good news is that you can still live it up in the candy department this October while keeping your teeth healthy and your orthodontist happy!

What to watch out for

Certain sweets can cause some serious damage to your teeth and braces, which can delay precious treatment time. Hard candies, chewy candies, caramels, taffy, nutty goodies, jelly beans, licorice, bubble gum, suckers, Tootsie Rolls, and sour candies are some of the foods that can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Skittles and M&M’s may seem innocent, but those tiny pieces of candy love to slip inside wires and pop off brackets. Better stay away. Furthermore, sour and fruity candies like Starbursts and Skittles are the worst because they are highly acidic, which can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth, paving the way for tooth decay and cavities.

These candies are your friends

Candy such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, or anything that contains the sugar substitute xylitol is not as harmful for your teeth as hard, chewy, or sticky sweets. Experts at the American Association of Orthodontists recommend softer treats or melt-in-your-mouth foods. These include:

  • Soft chocolate (Hershey’s Kisses are in the clear!)
  • Peanut butter cups (Go for those Reese’s Cups!)
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider
  • Cookies and crackers (Just be careful about hardness.)
  • Apples (Great in bite-size pieces! Don’t bite into a candied/caramel apple, but feel free to dip it in sauce.)
  • Kit Kat Bars
  • Three Musketeers
  • Malt Balls
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Snow Caps

Some extra tips

Staying away from sticky and hard candies this Halloween is the name of the game. In addition to avoiding broken brackets and bent wires, we encourage you to brush and floss between teeth immediately after eating candy, including around brackets and at the gum line, as well as swishing water in your mouth--even “good” candy can cause cavities!

If you happen to damage your braces, give us a call at 541-848-6642 and we can help get your teeth all straightened out again. And from everyone at Team Struble, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Stars with braces - they’re just like us!

September 17th, 2015

Most Hollywood stars rock a million dollar smile to be envious of. But the truth is, many of them didn’t start that way. In fact, a few had to go through braces treatment, just like you! Here are just a few.

Emma Watson

Watson said she went through a rather awkward stage that included “terrible skin,” fluctuating weight, and braces. Look where she is now!

Faith Hill

Hill wore an unlikely accessory on the red carpet for the Grammy Awards: her braces. She’d had them for about 4 months at the time. “I’m getting used to them,” she said, “I had braces as a kid and I forgot to wear my retainer. Kids, wear your retainer!”

Tom Cruise

Surprisingly enough, one of the world’s most famous smiles needed some orthodontic help at one point. He wore “invisible” braces that had ceramic brackets for a few months just after his 40th birthday. Barely anyone knew!

Dakota Fanning

Like Watson, Fanning went through some troublesome teeth years as a teenager. Braces and dental work gave her that stunning smile we see now. She even proudly sported her headgear during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Who would have thought that the 2013 Most Beautiful Woman named by People Magazine wore braces in high school!

Niall Horan

For all you One Direction fans, Horan wore braces for several months. He got them removed in April 2013.

Gwen Stefani

In 1999, the No Doubt singer started wearing metal in her mouth but claimed it was just a style choice. She had always wanted them as a child, but, she admitted, "I could afford them at that point, and that's when I went and got them."

Faye Dunaway

This Academy Award winning actress who got her braces at the age of 61! "You just sort of let your teeth go for a while. But it's time to have something done,” she said.

Ryan Seacrest, Prince Harry, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Drew Barrymore also belonged to the metal mouth club at one time or another. But the truth is that in the end, whether your braces are metal or invisible, whether you’re young or old, and whether you wear them in the classroom or on the red carpet, it all comes down to how you work it! Schedule your appointment with us today to get the rock star smile you’ve always dreamed of.

A big thank you (with ice cream) to our patients!

August 25th, 2015

The Struble Orthodontics office has been getting a little facelift lately, and we are so excited for it to be complete! Thank you so much to all who attended our ice cream celebration, and to those who couldn’t make it but have been so kind throughout our remodel. It was a beautiful sunny Bend day with good friends, fun games, lots of smiles--and delicious ice cream.

We have the BEST patients and Team Struble truly appreciates your “patience” during this time!

How much water should I drink a day?

July 13th, 2015

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It’s amazing how much water is connected to your health. A lack of water can cause minor headaches and fatigue to full on dehydration. The benefits of drinking water are endless. After all, the human body is predominantly made up of water. In fact, fluoride, occurring naturally in foods and water, or added to the water supply, can be a powerful tool in fighting decay. It can reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60 percent.

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. You can usually tell if you’re dehydrated by some telltale signs, like if your pee is yellow instead of clear, or if your muscles are cramping.

So how much should you drink a day? 8 glasses? Half a gallon? 3 Hydroflasks?

Here’s the truth: there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It’s dependent on many different factors, like your age, height, weight, current health, environment, the weather...even your dog (not really). All complications aside, there is actually an easy and fairly accurate way to calculate what’s best for your own body.

The simple hydration equation

First, do a little math to figure out how much water your body needs at rest (like sitting in class, watching the new Minions movie, doing chores, etc.). This is the bare minimum requirement that your body needs to function. To find this, divide your body weight in half. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water per day if you weren’t doing anything strenuous.

If you’re going to go hiking, biking, swimming, play some soccer (shout out to the US Women’s National Team!), or anything active, especially in the sun and at high altitudes, recognize that you’re going to need to drink much more than those 100 ounces.

There’s no clear-cut answer for how much water you should drink. But let’s be honest, most of us can probably stand to be drinking a little more each day, especially in these hot summer months. It’s all a part of being our healthiest, happiest selves! Give us a call at 541-848-6642 if you want to know more about how drinking water affects your dental health.

Summer tips for braces-wearers

June 18th, 2015

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Summer is here! It’s a busy time of year for everyone, with family vacations, sports, and fun events. We’ve put together some tips to keep your braces and teeth in good shape so that you can make the most of your summer.

Travel

Whether you’re going on a road trip to grandma’s or flying to a different country, there are a couple things to keep in mind before you travel. First, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, make sure to schedule an appointment with us beforehand so that we can make sure your braces are in tip top shape. As for packing, make sure you have enough wax and bands to make it through the trip, in addition to your orthodontic hygiene kit and retainer case. That way, you can maintain good oral health even while on vacation.

Sports

We always recommend mouthguards for any contact sport whether the patient has braces or not. There are special mouth guards you can buy for braces or we can make you a custom mouthguard if you would like. While sports like baseball are not always considered a contact sport, don’t forget there are times that your child may have to slide into a base or may collide with another fielder.
We also recommend that the patients take their retainers out for all sports, contact and non contact. This includes swimming- the last thing we’d want is for your retainer to get lost in the pool! Also avoid leaving your retainer in hot places, like your car while at the beach. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause your retainer to shrink! Finally, always make sure to store your retainer in the case provided to you.

Food

Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks or dark colored juices- Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you’ve been working on! Try to keep a good teeth-brushing schedule, even if you’re busy. If you can’t fully brush your teeth after any meal, you can keep your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls by swirling your mouth with water.

If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please let us know. Until then, have some fun in the sun this summer!

Before Braces Bucket List

May 18th, 2015

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Congratulations! You’re getting braces. It’s an important step in the process of giving you a healthier, more beautiful smile. But just like like anything you have to work for, there are sacrifices that must be made in order to make sure the process goes smoothly.

So to make your life easier, we’ve put together a bucket list of things to do BEFORE you get your braces on.

1. Chew (sugarfree) gum. Blow lots of bubbles.
2. Hit the grocery and candy store. You’ll want to enjoy your favorite hard and chewy foods one last time (for a while): things like carrots, beef jerky, taffy, pizza crust, bagels, popcorn, hard candy, nuts, and seeds.
3. Run your tongue along your teeth--you won’t get to feel the smoothness of them for a while. In fact, when some patients get their braces off, they’re so not used to feeling their teeth that they say they feel “slimy”!
4. Stock up on braces-friendly foods sooner, rather than later. If you do your research on what you can eat and find some good recipes, it will make the transition easier.
5. Buy a nice soft toothbrush and pick out a pretty one: you’ll be spending a lot of time with it (about 2-5 minutes a few times a day) brushing your teeth with braces.

Getting your braces on is an exciting time. But it will also take some adjustments, including giving up some of the things you love now. It won’t last forever, and in the end it will be worth it. So stick it out--we believe in you!

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10 facts about Earth Day to get you inspired to celebrate!

April 14th, 2015

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Millions of people all around the world will participate in parades and marches, plant trees, collect garbage, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet. We encourage every single one of our patients and their families to participate, too! Here are some fun facts to get you ready.

1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
2. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
3. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
4. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
5. It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones.
6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
7. The amount of wood and paper thrown away annually is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
8. Only 27% of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees every year.
9. The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for 4 hours.
10. The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati- one of the poorest places on Earth — was the first country to declare its land uninhabitable due to sea level rise from climate change, and has asked for help in evacuating its population.

Most importantly of all, It’s up to YOU to save the planet!

There are many things you can do today (and every day from now on) to celebrate Earth Day. Comment on our Facebook page and tell us what you’re doing to help the environment!

Braces-Friendly Snack Ideas

March 16th, 2015

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We know that the transition to eating braces-friendly foods can be difficult; you can only eat so many mashed potatoes and bowls of apple sauce, right? Last May we wrote a post on breakfast ideas. We wanted to follow up with some healthy snack ideas for those of you who might be looking for more inspiration!

Remember, it's always a good idea to chew carefully, use bite-sized pieces, and brush after you eat. Braces work by applying a constant controlled force on your teeth in order to properly move them. If at any time this force is disrupted, it can delay your orthodontic treatment time—mainly by broken brackets and wires. This most frequently happens when you eat hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. So in order to keep your orthodontic treatment on track, it’s important to stick to braces-friendly foods.

1. Thinly sliced apples, dipped in peanut butter, yogurt, or creamy chocolate sauce
2. Cheese and crackers
3. Cereal mix: Pack a Ziploc bag full for a great school-time or on-the-go snack. Mix your favorite low-sugar cereal with Goldfish crackers or Cheez-its and other braces-safe bites like mini marshmallows, raisins or dried cranberries
4. Peanut Butter Tacos: Peanut butter & low-sugar jelly or honey on a soft tortilla shell, rolled up for easy eating on the go
5. String cheese
6. Hummus & soft pita bread sections, or soft raw veggies, like zucchini or red pepper strips that are easy to bite and chew
7. Soft fruit: strawberries, kiwi, bananas, orange or tangerine sections
8. Sugar-free yogurt smoothies
9. Soft granola bars
10. Pizza wheels: Pizza sauce on an English muffin, topped with shredded mozzarella
11. Roasted edamame with sea salt
12. Kale chips

There's even a cookbook devoted to brace-friendly recipes: The Braces Cookbook by Pamela Waterman, available on Amazon. It's a great resource for snack recipes, as well as healthy meals for brace-wearing individuals who want to avoid orthodontic issues.

With a little creativity, planning, and the willingness to make some adjustments in your diet, it's easy (and tasty) to eat well while being a safety-conscious orthodontic patient.

Got more questions about foods that are safe to eat? Give us call at 541-848-6642. And if you come up with any good recipes of your own, please comment and let us know!

How do braces move my teeth?

February 16th, 2015

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So your dentist told you that you have to get braces to straighten out your teeth or bite. But how do they actually work? We’ll give you the run-through.

Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a certain period of time (typically about two years). Brackets are glued onto your teeth, and have small slots that hold the orthodontic wires. These are kept in place with small elastic ties that fit around the brackets. Each of your teeth has a different size and shape, so the brackets are custom-made for the particular tooth that they will go onto. As time passes, these wires apply pressure on your teeth, which sets in motion the movement of your teeth into their desired positions.

When you first get your braces on, we start out with wires that are flexible, but still strong enough to apply a constant force on your teeth. As your teeth straighten out over time, however, we use progressively thicker and firmer wires to help move your teeth in place for an ideal bite.

Every time you visit our office for an adjustment, we swap out the wires in order to keep putting pressure on your teeth, which is why it’s so important for you to keep your adjustment visits during your treatment. Most adjustment appointments are scheduled four to eight weeks apart to give your teeth time to move.

Most of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatments. These elastics typically go from one or more of the upper braces to one or more of the lower braces, and pull on your teeth to move them in the direction they need to move in order to achieve an optimal bite. You’ll go through a few of these tightening, and before you know it--voila! You’ll have a straight, healthy, beautiful smile.

Not long ago, orthodontists had stainless steel wires and that was about it. Today, however, we have a number of different high-tech wires at our disposal to move your teeth faster and more comfortably. While the basic principle of how braces works remains the same, we have a number of different options to fit your specific needs.

Give us a call at 541-848-6642 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see how our staff can work their magic on your smile.

5 tips to keep your new years resolution going strong

January 12th, 2015

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We’re about halfway through January. How is your New Years resolution coming along? Whether it’s to start a new diet, save money, or stop taking so many selfies, here are a few tips to help you keep on track. You’ve got this!

  1. Set short term goals for long term results. People who break their resolution into small, manageable chunks are more likely to achieve success.
  2. Use the buddy system. Everything is better with a friend! Find a walking buddy, or challenge a friend to see who can save more on groceries for a specific recipe and see who wins.
  3. Celebrate the little victories. But don’t choose something that goes against your goal, like eating a cake if you’re trying to lose weight. Treat yourself by picking something like a long relaxing bubble bath every week you reach your short term goal.
  4. Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome. Research has shown that no matter what your resolution is, you’re already much more likely to make improvements than someone who hasn’t made a formal resolution. You’ll also have better success if you stick to goals you actually have control over. For example, it’s easier to make a conscious decision to work out and fill your plate with more veggies than to change a number on a scale.
  5. Don’t give up so easily. Many people throw in the towel after one little slip up. Instead, forgive yourself and move on. After all, January 1 is just one day out of 365. You have the power to start over whenever you want to!

Is a new smile on your bucket list for 2015? Come in to Struble Orthodontics for a free consultation! That’s one more thing you can easily check off your to-do list for a happier, healthier you.

Tips for preparing for braces

December 17th, 2014

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Getting braces isn’t easy. It will require some adjustments, not only to your teeth but to many aspects of your lifestyle. Mentally preparing for braces will help reduce anxiety before and during the initial stages of wearing braces. We’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind in order to ease the process.

Remember: braces are a commitment
Whether you are going with traditional braces or new technology like Invisalign, braces are a commitment both for parents and for children. They will require time, energy, and money. Help your child understand the commitment that is being made before you move forward. Talk him or her the hygiene commitments, the need to keep appointments, and how certain foods should be cut out of diets. Finally, be sure to sit down and discuss with your child that braces don't just magically take care of themselves.

Educate yourself about all your options
For many parents who had braces when they were kids, there was just one option: metal braces. Now there are all kinds of different options, including ceramic and Invisalign. There are also different treatments as well as payment plans to consider. Be sure to schedule a free consultation with us at (541) 848-6642 to see what will work best for you.

Explain the initial visits
The procedure can seem intimidating, especially if the child has heard stories about discomfort or pain from braces in the past. Parents should take time to explain why the orthodontist is taking so many pictures, x-rays and impressions of the teeth. That way, parents are removing the mystery of the procedure and allowing children to feel relaxed as the initial steps are taken to prepare for the braces.

Encourage children to talk to the orthodontist
An orthodontist is trained to deal with the concerns of their patients. By allowing the orthodontist to answer questions and give explanations, a child will feel more comfortable during the process. The orthodontist can explain the elements of the process that parents might not fully understand or know how to explain in child-appropriate terminology.

Discuss hygiene
Hygiene is a challenge at the beginning, so parents should prepare children for the differences between normal tooth care and working around the braces to properly clean and floss the teeth. By dealing with the concerns, questions and complications before getting the braced put on, children will know the basics and can get started without problems later. Read up on our last blog for more on how to keep your teeth clean with braces.

Talk about social concerns
Getting braces might be seen as a rite of passage, but some children become worried about the reaction of friends, classmates and other individuals related to social activities. Parents should discuss the social concerns with children and explain the purpose of braces to help with potential self-esteem issues. Braces are not always viewed as a positive when a child feels self-conscious about changing appearances.

Be ready to help
Your children will need help with their braces. They will need help flossing, tightening things, even brushing and dealing with pokey wires and brackets that rub on sensitive gums. Prepare yourself to be okay with the "hands on." And let your kids know that you will always be there to help.

Preparing a child for braces is not always easy, but it can reduce feelings of anxiety or worry associated with the procedure. The more parents work on preparation, the better a child will feel during and after the process is completed. Above all, remember that it will all be worth it once we reveal your beautiful new smile at the end!

What foods can I eat with braces this Thanksgiving?

November 14th, 2014

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First off, we’d like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our family, friends, coworkers, and patients--and the delicious food we’re about to consume. And you can be thankful that you don’t have to hold back this year because of your braces! Most Thanksgiving staples are ok to eat, but there are a few that you should avoid.

Braces-friendly foods:

  • Turkey and Ham – you can actually eat the mainstay foods of the holiday! Just cut the meat into smaller, more manageable pieces and avoid eating it off the bone.
  • Corn – as long as it is not on the cob
  • Potatoes – sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes are fine as long as they’re soft
  • Dressing – as long as there’s nothing crunchy in it
  • Green beans – when they’re cooked nice and soft
  • Casserole – as long as it’s not crunchy
  • Desserts – make sure it’s not crunchy and that you brush your teeth really well afterwards

Foods to avoid:

  • Popcorn – biting into a hard kernel can damage your braces
  • Chips – another Thanksgiving snack you should avoid
  • Nuts – almonds, cashews, and the like should be avoided for the same reasons as popcorn
  • Caramel – this will stick to your braces
  • Basically any hard, crunchy or sticky foods

We hope this will help you get through the holiday without any orthodontic emergencies, while still enjoying the food you look forward to eating all year! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (541) 848-6642. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

6 steps to keeping your mouth healthy while wearing braces

October 13th, 2014

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Take a look in the mirror at your new braces. The brackets and wires have nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems may be higher while you are wearing braces. Putting some extra attention into your teeth and gums will prevent tooth decay and staining, so you’ll have the smile you always dreamed of once your braces are off.

Use an interdental toothbrush
A regular toothbrush just doesn’t cut it when you are wearing braces. Using an interdental toothbrush will allow you to effectively clean behind your braces. This type of brush has bristles that are shaped like a Christmas tree that can get in there and remove food residue in the braces and on the teeth. We also recommend using a WaterPik, which uses highly pressurized pulsating water to help get all of those hard-to-reach places.

Improve your brushing technique
1) Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
2) Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don't miss any teeth.
3) Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires.

Brush (and floss!) after every meal
Braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, so it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but trust us, when you get your braces off it will all be worth it.

Don’t forget the mouth rinse
Even after properly brushing and flossing, there are probably some food particles in your braces. A fluoride mouth rinse is the best way to ensure that every bit of food is removed after meals. If you don’t have mouth rinse available, just use water--it’s better than nothing!

Eat right
Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to avoiding tooth decay. If you can nix decay-causing sugary foods from the outset, you’ll spend less time trying to treat problems in the future. Acidic foods and drinks can also damage tooth enamel when consumed frequently or when sipped over extended periods of time. Soda is especially hard on teeth because it not only contains acidic flavor additives, but it also includes 10–12 teaspoons of sugar, which further increases your chance of developing cavities.

Get Regular Checkups
Visit your dentist regularly while you are wearing braces--typically every 3-6 months--to ensure that little problems don’t turn into big ones.

Your braces are working hard to straighten your teeth, but they do make it a little more difficult to keep your mouth clean. Making these simple alterations to your daily routine can ensure that you get the best results possible. Give us a call with any questions or concerns you may have: (541) 848-6642.

The benefits of braces (besides straight teeth)

September 5th, 2014

Key points:

  • Beyond just having straight teeth, braces can give you both oral and cosmetic health benefits
  • Straight teeth contribute to a nicer smile, which helps boost self-esteem and a more positive self-image which can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life socially and professionally.

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Having straight teeth may be an obvious goal in orthodontics, but health factors such as the ability to properly clean and maintain teeth and gums should also play an important role in your decision to receive orthodontic treatment. Preventing future oral health problems now means your child won’t have to spend time and money correcting these issues later. Read on for the lesser-known benefits of braces besides having straight teeth!

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. This can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. It can also place you at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease during your lifetime, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, COPD, low birth weight/pre-term babies.

→ With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing and decreased risk of disease.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration.

→ Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth allowing for clearer speech and giving a major confidence-booster!

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders can occur from stress on the jaw joint when a person’s bite is off. More serious TMJ symptoms can include earaches, headaches, jaw pain, clicking or popping in the jaw joint, neck and shoulder pain and difficulty in biting or chewing.

→ With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment. Additionally, when one’s bite is properly aligned, unnecessary wear or grinding of the teeth is prevented.

Digestion

Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. Digestion is one of the most vital roles your body performs and poor digestive health carries many health risks. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should.

→ With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing. For your body’s sake, health starts at the mouth.

Increased Confidence

Correcting overbite, underbite, or overcrowding can help build confidence. Reducing pain and discomfort associated with these conditions can help you get a better night’s sleep, eat healthier foods (hopefully), and feel less stressed during the day.

→ Not only will you have a great smile, you will want to smile more often!

Want to learn more about what Dr. Struble and the team can do for your smile? Schedule a complimentary consultation!

Parent tips for Surviving Braces

August 5th, 2014

Braces aren’t easy for your child to deal with. But if you make the most of your child’s braces, and they’ll be rewarded with a show-stopping grin! And we’ll be there every step of the way.

Here are some tips to help you out:

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Ask an orthodontist
Parents can’t always tell when kids need dental work. Even if their teeth look straight, they can be crowded and bites can be off—causing issues in the future. Your dentist can recommend a good orthodontist. And the best part is, we provide free consultations.

Start in grade school
Now orthodontia for kids happens in phases. For example, they might start with a retainer in 5th grade so permanent teeth actually grow in straighter, or they might need braces twice. Being prepared can only help!

Save money
The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your child’s individual needs and treatment plan. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and assist you with what to expect before beginning treatment. Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans.

Smile
Kids in braces are self-conscious. Let them know they’re not alone. Show them your old photos and laugh at yourself. Tell them they look gorgeous and keep them smiling big.

Tylenol for tightenings
It's just like taking your kids for shots when they were babies—Tylenol or ibuprofen BEFORE the appointment. Be aware that their jaw might be sore and that headaches might last for a day or two.

Brushing and flossing
Remind your child to brush 2 times daily or after eating. Use a soft-bristled brush for the tops and bottoms of brackets and a proxabrush for in- between braces. It is also important to floss 1-2 times daily. Thread under archwire and between teeth. Use a floss threader if needed.

Mouthguards are your friends
Especially when playing sports. You can buy generic or ask for a custom fit mouthguard to prevent injuries and protect your child’s expensive appliance.

It’s worth it
The price and commitment of braces is worth the investmentit in order to steer clear of physical issues and self-consciousness later in life. Your child might not thank you now, but they’ll certainly appreciate it later!

We want your child’s experience with braces to be as seamless as possible. Call us at 541-848-6642 for more tips or schedule a complimentary consultation with us!

Braces-friendly (and kid-friendly) breakfast ideas

May 14th, 2014

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be a challenge at first to eat a balanced meal while adjusting to braces. A healthy breakfast provides energy and jump-starts metabolism. The good news is that once you find the right foods, it’s not so bad. We have some tried and true breakfast ideas to help make the transition easier to start your day off right!

Scrambled eggs are soft and easy to eat. Adding ketchup can make the eggs even tastier, especially for kids. Minimal chewing is required, and that’s the key to a braces-friendly recipe.

A smoothie is not only a good source of fruit, but it’s also gentle on braces. More importantly, smoothies are fun to make. You can toss anything in the blender (bananas, mangoes, strawberries, spinach) and create a drink that’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.

Substitute oatmeal for crunchy cereal. If you wear braces, eating crunchy cereals or granola for breakfast is risky: Bite down the wrong way and you could snap the wires or dislodge the brackets. You can still get your grains by having oatmeal. It’s healthy, delicious and easy on your appliance. Try adding rainbow sprinkles if your child has a sweet tooth.

Pancakes are a Sunday morning favorite, AND they’re braces-friendly. Make it healthier by hiding blueberries in the pancake batter.

Toast with jam is ok, but skip the peanut butter or go for creamy. If you have braces, the general rule of thumb is to steer clear of foods that are hard or chewy. These types of foods can break wires. Experiment with other soft toppings to mix up your mornings!

Yogurt is always a good idea. Add in some fruit and honey or agave and you’ve got yourself a healthy breakfast!

With a little bit of creativity, eating breakfast with braces suddenly doesn’t seem that hard. Call us at 541-848-6642 for more suggestions or schedule a complimentary consultation with us!

Fun Facts About Teeth!

April 14th, 2014

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We brush them, floss them, smile with them, chew, crunch, and munch with them. There’s even a fairy for them. Our teeth are an essential part of our daily lives, and yet there’s a lot that we don’t know about them. So we’ve compiled a list of facts about teeth. How many do you know?

If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

An average American spends 38.5 total days brushing teeth over a lifetime.

If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!

73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.

Teeth are made out of calcium, mineral salts and phosphorus.

While The Academy of General Dentistry recommends that the average person brush for 2-3 minutes, most people only brush for 45 to 70 seconds a day.

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!

An Elephant's tooth can weigh over 6 pounds and measures one foot across.

The average person spends 38 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.

One third of your teeth are underneath your gums.

Giraffes only have bottom teeth.

Just like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.

A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!

We buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness in children.

Do you want to know more about the health of your teeth? Call or click to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Struble at 541-848-6642.

The Hidden Benefits of Smiling

March 10th, 2014

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Here at Struble Orthodontics, we’re in the business of giving you the perfect smile. It may seem like a simple thing, but research shows that smiling more can have numerous positive impacts on your life. Here are just a few:

  • Smiling makes you look younger, more attractive, and is associated with being trustworthy.
  • Smiling also has the power to boost your mood and improve your overall happiness.

Smiling helps the body relax, which allows the immune system to react more quickly and effectively against invaders. People who smile more are less likely to develop heart disease. When you smile, it also lowers your blood pressure and increases endorphins. Numerous medical studies have found that smiling lowers your heart rate, steadies your breathing, and relaxes your body, all of which contribute to a stronger immune system.

It changes your mood
Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish stress hormones. Endorphins can also put you in a better mood. Psychologists have found that if you grin for 60 seconds, it releases serotonin that tricks the body into making you feel happy again. So if you’re feeling down, smile! Even if it isn’t genuine at first, it can still turn your day around. It also gives you a natural high: a loving smile can produce the same emotional response as eating 2,000 chocolate bars!

You’ll make an impression
Smiling can make people look more attractive. It naturally lifts the face for a youthful look of three years younger on average. Psychological research has shown that attractive people are perceived as more successful, intelligent, and friendly. If you are smiling, you are three times more likely to be remembered than an individual who is displaying negative or neutral features. Studies also show that we are more trustful of others when they smile genuinely.

It’s contagious
Studies report that seeing just one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, causing you to grin. So when you smile, you’re sharing the health benefits with those around you!

You’ll live longer
When you are smiling, it’s difficult not to be positive. And a positive attitude has been shown to increase life expectancy. In fact, people who smile often can live around seven years longer than others do.

Smiling is an important part of your health. Give us a call at 541-848-6642 to schedule a free consultation and see what we can do for your smile!

5 braces hacks everyone should know.

February 10th, 2014

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We do our best to make your orthodontics experience as painless as possible. But mini (and not so mini) emergencies are inevitable. When something unexpected happens that damages your appliance or mouth, give us a call at 541-848-6642 so we can get everything straightened out. Until then, take note of these 5 tips and tricks to help make life with braces easier!

1. Wax is your best friend. If you have a loose bracket, band, wire, or appliance, you could end up making it worse if you try to fix it yourself. It’s best to just cover the sharp end with wax and call us to determine if you should come in for a repair visit or if you can manage on your own. If you don’t have any wax, try using a pencil eraser. Just make sure it’s clean!

2. If you have hooks, wear rubber bands all the time (besides when you’re eating and brushing your teeth.) It will stop the hooks from digging into or getting caught on your cheeks--not to mention, it will make your treatment progress faster.

3. Make a kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, wax, and lip balm to access in between meals and throughout the day. That way if something happens on the go, you’ll be prepared.

4. Is your mouth sore? Are your teeth hurting? A quick and easy household remedy is a saltwater solution. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. Other options include taking aspirin and placing Orabase on the affected area, both of which can be found at your local pharmacy.
5. Smile! Even if you’re self-conscious about your braces, it’s important to keep smiling. People tend to notice your mouth more when it looks like you’re trying to hide something. Braces are very common, so there’s no reason to keep them hidden.

We hope these help you out! For more tips, check out our blog post on "Learning to Love Your Braces".

All About Invisalign

January 3rd, 2014

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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.

When do I get my braces off?

October 11th, 2013

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Our patients ask us this question all the time. And as excited as we are about braces, we understand that you are just itching to see your beautiful smile underneath! The average wear time for braces is 1-3 years, but varies significantly depending on each wearer. In more difficult cases, it can take almost 6 years for braces to be removed. Although we can’t magically speed up the process, we can give you insight into the science behind the treatment and factors that help decrease your time in braces.

It’s not just about straight teeth!

You look in the mirror after a few months of wearing braces and your teeth are looking pretty straight. So that means you’re done, right? But orthodontics isn’t just about straight teeth. The ultimate goal of good orthodontic treatment is a healthy bite that lasts a lifetime and a beautiful smile to go with it.

Most patients will see major changes in their appearance in the first six months of treatment. This is because the first objective after the initial placement of the braces is to uncrowd the teeth or close spaces, depending on the problem. After that, the changes aren’t as noticeable as they are primarily bite-related.

Although your teeth might look straight, it is important that the upper and lower jaws fit together correctly, too. Think of your bite as a gear: if you align and straighten the teeth and jaws early on, you can prevent premature wear and tear of your bite in the future. Like our Facebook page for more lifestyle tips like these!

Factors that affect orthodontic treatment time:

Many factors affect how long it will take before we can remove your braces and reveal those pearly whites. Some are out of our control, like the severity of the bite problem requiring attention. We also consider our patient’s age, the distance and location of wayward teeth, and the growth and tissue’s response to treatment.

Some factors are in the hands of Dr. Struble and her team, or the patients themselves. We are experts in the treatment plan and the use of proper orthodontic technique. On your part, showing up on time for appointments and taking care of your appliances is crucial. So if you really want your braces gone, hold off on the Starbursts, peanuts, and corn on the cob!

The state and health of the teeth and gums are also important, so make sure you’ve been brushing and flossing thoroughly. Also, proper use of retainers after races prevents your teeth from heading back to where they came from. That means if you have to take your retainer out before your first kiss, then so be it. Just make sure you put it back in!

Schedule a complimentary consultation, and we can get you on your way to a healthy, beautiful smile in no time (or 1-3 years, to be more exact).

Experience the Struble Orthodontics Office Tour!

September 17th, 2013

Welcome to Struble Orthodontics! We like every patient to feel at home with us as they experience the best views and orthodontic care that Central Oregon has to offer! First things first, follow the link to the office tour video and take a look around. We know how much you’ll love what you see!

Let our warm and inviting office staff greet you as you approach the front desk. They will be the first to welcome you into our comfortable waiting rooms and treatment areas. Our free WiFi and video gaming center ensures your family will stay connected to all the technologies that mean the most to you. This is the perfect location to catch up on the latest issue of your favorite magazine, or to browse the web as you wait.

Follow us through our treatment center to experience breathtaking views of the Old Mill District from our open operatory, where patients receive the best and safest techniques in orthodontic care. Even take a stroll past our “Smile Board” where the photos of patient success stories live, and of course, help yourself to some complimentary fresh brewed coffee!

We hope to make every visit to our practice a pleasant, relaxing experience. We understand your need to receive treatment in a setting where you feel comfortable, safe, and welcome. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with us, or stop by for a complete tour of our practice in person to learn more about the treatments we provide!

5 fun facts about Dr. Struble!

September 12th, 2013

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She puts wires on your teeth, gives you wax and rubber bands, and tells you not to eat your favorite hard candies for the next few months. But there is a lot you may not know about the Dr. Struble you see during your routine braces checkup. Here are 5 more reasons to love the woman behind the beautiful smiles and our practice!

1. Dr. Struble’s family moved to Bend from North Dakota when she was 4, which means she has called Bend home for more than 20 years. Now that’s a true local!

2. Not only is she a healthcare practitioner, but she is also a business owner, volleyball coach, and parent, which makes for one hectic but fulfilling schedule.

3. She played volleyball for Mountain View High School and Willamette University, where she earned her place in the starting lineup as a freshman in 1998. She now coaches volleyball at Summit High School to give something back for all that she has gained from her own high school sports experience. Her 2-year-old daughter Taylor comes to many of their practices and is their biggest fan!

4. Dr. Struble is active! She grew up windsurfing, biking, hiking and taking mountain excursions with her dad each year. Volleyball is still her favorite pastime, but she also enjoys being active with her daughter in tow, whether jogging with a stroller or skate skiing with a chariot. Talk about a workout!

5. Being an orthodontist is hard work and it also takes a toll physically. That’s why Dr. Struble makes a point of squeezing exercise into her busy schedule. She keeps her cardio and fitness up to maintain good muscle posture for her job and to ensure she can continue doing what she loves most as an orthodontist!

Leave a comment on our Facebook page and tell us what you love most about Dr. Struble!

The Evolution of Braces

July 13th, 2013

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At Struble Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on using the latest technology and the best techniques available. Did you know that the practice of orthodontics dates to the time of Aristotle and Hippocrates? The first documented methods for straightening teeth emerged between 400 and 300 BC. Around the same time period, archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in Italy with metal bands and gold wire wrapped around the teeth, along with documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

It wasn't until the eighteenth century that the father of modern dentistry, Frenchman Pierre Fauchard, published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. He used a device called a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.

Orthodontics emerged as a dental specialty during the early nineteenth century. The first wire crib used in 1819 marked the beginning of modern orthodontics. Materials used during this time period included gold, silver, platinum, steel, gum rubber, vulcanize, ivory, zinc, copper, brass, and occasionally even wood. Can you imagine getting splinters from your braces? Ouch. Are you wearing braces now? See our Life with Braces page for tips and suggestions on treating your appliance right!

In the 1900s, Edward Angle developed the first classification system for malocclusion (misaligned teeth) that is still in use today. He also founded the American Society of Orthodontists in 1901, a society which Dr. Blair Struble belongs to. And about 50 years ago, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel. Bye bye grills!

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way since the days of Aristotle, and it is one of the fastest evolving and exciting areas of dentistry. It continues to improve each year to make your orthodontic experience as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

The Magic Age 7 for Early Prevention

June 7th, 2013

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Some things in life are out of your control, like discovering that Safeway ran out of your favorite chewy candies right after finally getting your braces off, or finding out that Dr. Struble can’t offer you hot pink braces with kitties on them.

Both are disappointing circumstances, but there was nothing you could’ve done to avoid them. On the other hand, there are things you can prevent from happening. Like breaking a tooth on hard candy you knew not to chew, or learning the importance of wearing your retainer, after your second set of braces!

Precautions are precautions for a reason.  At Struble Orthodontics, we know that early prevention is the key to avoiding undesirable and potentially costly situations later on down the road. That’s why we offer complimentary consultations to all of our patients, and early orthodontic treatment to our youngest patients.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. We consider age 7 the magic number for early prevention! Most children lose all their teeth by age 13. After this point, the jawbones harden and stop growing, causing orthodontic procedures to take more time and often creating a need for tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no need for extraction or surgery in the years to come.

How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early to late loss of baby teeth (before or after ages 5-13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking their thumb after age 5
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth (crossbites)
  • Crowded front teeth at age 7-8

Early prevention can correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems and make room for permanent teeth to come in properly.  This lessens the chance of extractions, thereby saving you time, money and grief in the future. If your child is between the ages of 7 and 8 and shows signs of needing early orthodontic care, please contact our practice so we can take the next steps in caring for your child’s smile. Then we’ll talk about the hot pink braces with kittens on them!

Kids Rock the Races: A Dynamic Local Event!

April 25th, 2013

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There is no better time than summer in Bend for helping your child discover a love for sports! Lay It Out Events is sponsoring a great opportunity for children under 10 years old to discover their “inner athlete” with a safe and kid-friendly series of summer events: Kids Rock the Races! These five age-appropriate races from May through the end of July are offered alongside several local athletic events, the first of which is the Salmon Run on May 4th.

Struble Orthodontics loves to give away free stuff.
That’s why we’re partnering with Lay It Out Events to offer free kid’s registration passes for the races (a $10 value) while supplies last! We hope to see many of our patients showing off their beautiful smiles as they cross the finish line. Pick your race here and register, or stop by on your next appointment and pick one up. Like our Facebook page to see additional special offers!

Win fun prizes by entering the race!
The races are non-competitive and feature a kid’s passport, qualifying your child for a prize each time their passport is stamped at one of the events. Help your child develop an active and healthy lifestyle, while building friendships at the same time. This affordable event is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. We hope to see you there!

Learning to Love Your Braces

April 25th, 2013

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We like to think that you’ll love every minute of wearing your braces. But it’s no secret that there are sacrifices to make before revealing the sparkling, healthy teeth hiding behind those wires. Proper care for your braces will allow you to get them off sooner, and with less grief throughout the process.

To avoid damaging your new appliances, you might need a loved one to lock up your Cool Ranch Doritos or that Costco pack of red licorice. Basically if it’s chewy, crunchy, sticky, hard, or requires biting into, stay away! But don’t worry; you’ll be snacking on your favorite foods in no time. And the good news is, there are plenty of foods that you CAN eat with braces to hold you over—including ice cream and cake. See? It can’t be that bad.

Even though you might have to change your diet a little, braces don’t have to stop you from playing sports. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and your appliance. In case of an emergency, always check your mouth for damage and contact us.

When you first get your braces, your mouth might feel a little tender or sore. Not to worry! We have a super advanced solution to ease the pain: saltwater. Just dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water, swish (don’t swallow) in your mouth for a couple of minutes, and voila! If this doesn't quite do it for you, pain relievers and wax can lessen the tenderness too.

Also pay attention to looseness. If it’s your teeth, that’s normal (that just means the braces are doing their job right so that your teeth can move into position). But if it’s your wires and bands, make sure you contact the office as soon as possible so we can get everything straightened out (pun intended).

Finally, keep in mind that those pearly whites can only be corrected properly if you follow all the instructions Dr. Struble provides. We know wires, rubber bands, and retainers maybe aren’t the most fashionable, but your beautiful new smile will be!

3 Tips to Calm your Child's Fear of the Dentist

January 23rd, 2013


It’s time for your child’s first trip to the dentist. Are they nervous?

Most experts recommend that a child makes their first trip to the dentist just before their full set of teeth comes in. Bringing your kids to the dentist early on is an important way to establish healthy habits in oral hygiene. As many trips as you take to the dentist, however, it may not get any easier on the kids.

  1. A visit to a dentist’s office can be intimidating to a child, especially when they have never spent any time at one. Unfamiliar faces and places—especially when dental tools are involved—seem big and scary to little eyes. For parents and guardians who are looking to help ease the discomfort, especially for a first-time visit, we have a few tips especially for you.
  2. Freely answer your child’s questions, but stay positive. If your child raises concerns about going to the dentist, don’t be evasive. Be straightforward about where they are going and why. However, don’t give away unnecessary details such as shots or fillings which may cause more anxiety. Instead, use positive phrasing, such as telling your child that the dentist will be “checking out your smile.”
  3. If it helps, some parents like to play pretend dentist with their children. Give your child a toothbrush and a mirror and have them check out the teeth of their favorite doll or stuffed animal. Reading them picture books about going to the dentist also engages your child and reinforces a positive attitude. Remind your child that trips to the dentist are beneficial to them. Always offer your encouragement, especially if they feel uneasy or resistant.

Finally, relax. Dentists and their assistants have plenty of experience dealing with children and their fears, so they usually know how to handle a variety of situations.

Emergency Dental Kits for your Home

December 19th, 2012

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It’s an unexpected kit, but certainly a useful one.

Emergency Dental Kit for your Home | Struble Orthodontics Bend Oregon

It’s called an emergency dental kit, and they are designed as a temporary fix for common dental emergencies. These kits are easily put together and can fit alongside your home First Aid kit in your home closet or bathroom. The best part about your dental emergency kit is that all of these items can be found at the local pharmacy.

So, what should go in your kit?
General antibiotics and Ibuprofen act as a staple for toothaches and mouth pain.
Table salt packets can clean an open wound or sore in the mouth.
An anesthetic containing Benzocaine will also offer relief from irritation and cold sores on your lips, tongue and cheek.

For tooth pain, you can also find toothache drops. Apply directly to the tooth and it should ease the pain temporarily.
Irritation from sharp wires from braces can be deflected by cotton balls or beeswax, which can provide a barrier until you can see your dentist.
Lastly, a clean cloth and gauze should be in your kit in case of bleeding.

You can put together your own custom dental emergency kit yourself just by visiting your local pharmacy, or you can find a few online—Emergency Dental Kit was designed by a dentist and has supplies in case of common injuries. These include broken fillings, loose crowns, toothaches, tooth splinting and more. Keep in mind, however, that this kit is simply meant as a temporary aid until you can visit your dentist to fix the root of the problem. For true medical emergencies, see your doctor right away.

Keep in mind some important tips when using your dental emergency kit:

  • Always wash your hands before and after using the materials in your kit
  • Keep out of reach of children and make sure an adult is always present when the kit is in use
  • Clearly label the shelf life of the different components of the kit and update when necessary

Enjoy putting your dental kit together for your own home!

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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“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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