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Impressionless Digital Scanners, Oh my!

February 8th, 2019

Guess what, Struble patients! We’ve got some fancy new technology in the office that we know you will just love. You know that uncomfortable feeling of having to sink your teeth into a cold, gooey dental impression tray and hold still? Those days of awkward fitting, strong- smelling dental impressions are over. Why? Because we have 3 brand-new iTero ® Element Scanners in our offices. Check out this video to see exactly how they work.

A no-goop solution for more accurate impressions with 3D scanning of your teeth

Your comfort is one of our top priorities at Struble. Have a top-notch fitting experience for retainers and Invisalign® aligners with this new technology. No one will miss the old way of doing impressions with putty-based materials that were awkward fitting and messy to clean up. There are clear benefits for switching from manual impression trays to digital scans.

Comfortable

Goo, be gone! We know how awkward those old-school impressions trays were and we are proud to eliminate that hassle to provide the best possible experience for our patients. We know you’re going to love it as much as we do.

Fast

Get in and out of the office in a flash because now you can see 3D scans of your mouth on screen immediately and review with your orthodontist. In some cases we can even provide an immediately treatment simulation to view your future smile transformation digitally! Get going on your Invisalign® plan without having to wait for clunky impression to set. It’s not too good to be true!

Accurate

Our 3D scanners (we have three!) means no need to retake messy impressions or hassle with the aftermath of putty ever again. Hooray! This 3D model of your mouth can be used over and over again for fitting purposes.

How long does the scan take?

Our Struble patients can take advantage of this highly accurate and efficient 3D method of scanning right now. Our highly trained team can complete your scan in only 3 to 4 minutes! No hassle or messy cleanup of putty residue. Everyone wins! We are proud to continually provide Central Oregon with this exceptional digital scanning technology. Come check it out at your next appointment with us.

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!

Thinking about getting adult braces? (Part 1)

August 31st, 2016

The thought of getting braces as an adult can be a daunting one. But it’s time to get rid of the typical “metal mouth” image that many people may still have in mind. According to Carefree Dental, adults now make up over 50 percent of orthodontic patients. And a Wall Street Journal article reports that the number of adults who received orthodontic treatment is up nearly 40 percent since 1996. By comparison, patients age 17 and younger in 2012 who underwent orthodontic treatment increased by 32 percent in the same period.

Advances in technology and design have made the adult braces experience both less painful and less noticeable. The reality is, there has never been a better time to take this step to improve your overall health. In this two-part blog series, we’ll discuss whether or not orthodontic treatment is right for you, followed by information on the cost, time commitment, and treatment options available.

Are braces for you?

Perhaps you needed braces as a child but never had the opportunity. Maybe you didn’t wear your retainer as often as you should have when you were younger and your teeth have shifted as a result. Alternatively, perhaps you didn't need braces as a kid but have developed problems over time. Some people's teeth shift more as they age. The natural growth of your jaw can also cause positioning issues.

Whatever your reason so seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, now is a great time to consider making the commitment to getting braces. And if you’re one of the ones who has had braces before, don’t fret! While the principles of getting braces are still the same, the experience second time around will be nothing like the one you would have had as a teen.

Aesthetics

There’s no question that one of the main reasons adults consider getting braces is for their appearance. Of the many studies published on the significance of attractiveness in social settings, a 2013 study that examined the influence of teeth on the smile is particularly eye-opening. Researchers took two identical photographs and digitally manipulated the teeth on one of them. Then, they posted the photos to an online dating site and counted the attempts to contact the person. The profile photograph with the better dental aesthetics received nearly five times as many contact attempts as the other.

You could say that while “braces-wearer” may not be the best highlight to put on an online dating profile, your orthodontic treatment and the resulting healthy smile could really make a difference in many aspects of your life moving forward. Besides, making your health a priority will always be an attractive quality.

Long Term Health Benefits

While cosmetic concerns are a completely valid motivation for seeking out orthodontic treatment, the long-term health benefits are even more important. Here are just a few of the health risks that may arise from failing to treat crooked teeth, overcrowding, overbites or underbites, jaw joint disorders, and incorrect jaw position:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Problems with chewing, speaking, and/or biting
  • Gastrointestinal problems from inability to chew food properly
  • Jaw pain
  • Trouble cleaning the teeth properly, leading to plaque and food accumulation between teeth
  • Increased incidence of tooth decay and periodontal disease
  • Gum and bone erosion
  • Irregular wear of the tooth enamel
  • Facial pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders

Whatever your reasons for waiting until now, you can't afford to let your dental and orthodontic problems go untreated. In the end, decades of straight teeth and drastically improved oral and physical health are well worth a couple years of awkwardness, expense, and occasional discomfort.

Look out for our next blog in October for information on treatment options and cost!

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.

Your “weird” braces questions answered

November 10th, 2015

Getting braces affects many aspects of daily life. When you come in for your consultation and subsequent visits, you’ll get information on how to take care of them, what to eat, how to keep your teeth clean, etc. But what about those obscure questions you never thought to ask, or were perhaps too embarassed to? We’ve got a few covered--but please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have more. Your dental health is our priority!

Can I put charms on my braces?

Unfortunately no. Charms belong on bracelets. If you bite down on the charm, you could damage your braces or your teeth. You could also swallow your jewelry. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your braces! Decorating your braces with colored bands is always an option.

Is it OK to use my teeth as a bottle opener?

While it may seem more convenient and relatively harmless, this is a BIG no. Never use your teeth as a bottle opener. This becomes even more important when you are wearing braces. While braces straighten your teeth, your teeth are moving in the process. That makes them weaker, and the metal in the braces does not make them invincible. Buying a bottle opener is much less expensive than having to replace your braces.

Can I use my braces as a radio?

Contrary to what you might think, your braces are not designed to work as a radio. There are tales of people who have picked up radio signals from dental fillings or braces. While this is remotely possible, attaching an antenna to your mouth is just not a good idea. Besides, you will get better quality music from a radio. (Don’t get any ideas!)

Can I kiss someone while wearing braces?

You can still kiss someone while wearing braces. In fact, even if both of you wear braces, the chances of them getting locked together are almost negligible. However, to avoid cutting your partner’s lips, kiss with caution.

Again, if you have more questions, feel free to ask any of us at Struble Orthodontics. Or, leave your question in the comments!

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.

You’re Never Too Old For Braces

March 21st, 2013

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While it is recommended that patients first visit the orthodontist around age seven, treatment is definitely not limited to children and teens. It’s never too late to achieve that healthy, beautiful smile you always wanted. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) estimates that one in five patients treated by association members is over the age of 21, so you’re hardly alone. Faith Hill is even rockin’ the clear braces at age 45.

Many adults seek out orthodontic help because of a bad bite, crowded or spaced apart teeth, or abnormal jaw pain that is caused by crooked teeth. And with a healthy mouth comes added perks. For one thing, not receiving orthodontic treatment when needed can result in bigger problems (and bigger expenses) later in life.

Perhaps even more important than the size of your wallet is the confidence gained by a healthy smile. A survey by the AAO found that 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. But whether you’re single or off the market, a new smile can affect more than just your love life. On a professional level, 78% of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. And while we like to think our friends appreciate us more for what’s on the inside, 36% of Americans believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth.

But what about the excruciating thought of walking into your next board meeting with a giant set of metal braces? We know this can be discouraging, but trust us; it’s not nearly as bad as you might think. Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. Today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces that are not only customized and comfortable, but good-looking too.

Conventional braces come in clear and ceramic, so they’re not as noticeable as the bright pink options our teen patients often seek out (although if you want to embrace the kid in you, go for it!). Another alternative is lingual braces that are put on the back of the teeth. Or you can choose to go with invisible braces such as Invisalign. Options vary according to versatility, the specific case of the patient, and cost. No matter what you decide, we’ll give you a healthy smile worthy of a red carpet appearance.

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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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