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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!

5 Foods to Avoid with Braces

April 28th, 2017

Life with braces isn’t drastically different than life without them. However, there are a few food items you will need to say a temporary goodbye to eating. Certain foods can do serious damage to your braces and create unnecessary trips to the orthodontist's office to fix broken brackets or loose wires. But don’t panic! The list of foods you can eat heavily outweighs the list you should avoid.

The first week with braces can be the most uncomfortable. While your teeth are adjusting to the new hardware in your mouth, your diet will mainly consist of only soft foods for a few days. After the initial adjustment period has passed, you can begin eating “regular” food again--with the exception of a few things. Here are five of the top braces-damaging food culprits that you should take caution towards while you have braces.

Sticky and Hard Candies

First off, you’ll need to say “so long” to caramels, taffy, and gummy-anything candies! Soft and chewy candies like these can cause the brackets and wires on your braces to slowly become loose and wobbly, disrupting the dental correction process. If hard candies like jolly ranchers or jawbreakers are your weakness, be ready to cut those out as well. Pieces of hard candies can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth, and, even worse, they can completely break a bracket. Just look at it as taking a short, healthy break from sugar!

Hard Snacks

Crunchy snacks like popcorn, corn chips, pretzels, hard crusts, and crackers are tasty, but can bring on quite a battle with your braces. Imagine sitting down in a movie theater with a bag of popcorn and suddenly a bracket from one of your braces pops off from the hard kernel you just chomped down on! Not only do you miss out on finishing your bag of popcorn and movie, but now you’ll need to make a trip to the orthodontist. A good alternative for all you popcorn lovers is Pirate's Booty-very similar to popcorn, but without kernels that can embed in gum tissues and unpopped kernels that can debond brackets.

Chewing Gum

This one may go without saying, but we couldn't leave chewing gum off the list. Aside from the issue of it getting stuck in your braces, chewing gum can also bend the wires out of shape. This disrupts and prolongs the dental correction process. Bent wire = no straight teeth. So if you really love the minty fresh breath that gum provides, try something new and go with a mint--it will give you the fresh breath, but without the harm to your teeth!

Jerky and Nuts

Thick jerkies and nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia nuts are not your friends when you have braces. Eating beef jerky can loosen the wires and brackets of your braces because it is so tough to eat. Same goes for eating most kinds of nuts. Nuts are very hard and small, two challenging things to eat with braces. If you are a nut lover, try getting your fix through a nut butter or spread. That way you can get the taste and nutrients from the nuts, but without doing damage to your brackets or wires!

Raw, Hard Fruits and Vegetables

Although they’re high in nutritional value, eating raw fruits and vegetables can be complicated with braces. Biting into a crunchy apple is challenging enough without brackets and wires on your teeth. This isn’t to say you should cut out raw fruits and vegetables from your diet, but they are going to require a little extra preparation while you have braces. Try cutting fruits like apples and pears into small, bite-sized chunks for a grab and go snack. If you love eating carrots and corn on the cob, cut and cook the carrots and cut the corn kernels off the cob before eating. And if you think these extra steps are just too much, there is always the option to drink your fruits and veggies by using a juicer. Yes, just because you have braces doesn’t mean you get to skip out on eating your fruits and veggies!

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In the end, the list of foods you should avoid eating isn’t very long, and your body will thank you for cutting them out in the end. Having straight and beautiful teeth will make giving up these foods worth it! If you do end up damaging your braces, we’re here for you. And don’t worry--we won’t say, “We told you so!”

Call us at (541) 848-6642 to schedule an appointment.

5 Things to Love About Invisalign

March 28th, 2017

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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--we all have enough things in life to worry about without adding braces into the mix! That’s why we're certified Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® providers.

While the benefits of a straight, healthy smile are endless, here are five more reasons why we love Invisalign.

1. Clear

Invisalign is a great option for adults and teens alike who don’t want their braces to be as visible. Show your teeth off with confidence during your treatment, knowing all along that you have a beautiful smile just weeks away!

2. Removable

With Invisalign, you’ll 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. Since they’re removable, that means you can eat and drink whatever you want! No worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. Care, brushing, and flossing are also a lot easier to navigate.

3. Comfortable

Invisalign aligners are comfortable and durable, so they fit in with your extracurricular activities. Whether you're tossing the football around or playing the clarinet with the school band, you won't have to worry about your braces getting in the way! Even better, no metal and wires means you’ll spend less time in the doctor’s office with adjustments or even orthodontic emergencies.

4. Customized

Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology that is proven effective. You’ll visit Struble Orthodontics 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. You can also view your own virtual treatment plan from the start to keep track of your progress. And, as a unique feature for teens, Invisalign clear aligners contain compliance indicators that fade from blue to clear to help gauge wear time.

5. Effective

Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features are clinically proven to achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement than other aligners. They have up to 50% faster treatment times, so with faster aligner changes, you’ll be on your way to the smile you want even faster.

Considerations

Sound too good to be true? There are still some important things to keep in mind. Investing in your smile can sometimes seem overwhelming, so the dedicated team at Struble Orthodontics will help you find an affordable and realistic financial arrangement that will work with your lifestyle and budget.   The aligners may provide discomfort in the first couple of days like metal braces, but they do avoid the mouth abrasions sometimes experienced by traditional appliances. And although the aligners are removable, you’ll still need to ensure you’re wearing them for as close to 22 hours in the day as possible, this will ensure steady and consistent progress toward your beautiful new smile that is waiting for you at the end of Invisalign!

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There’s no reason to be “bummed out” about getting braces. If you think Invisalign could be right for you, call (541) 848-6642 or click to schedule a free consultation with us! We know that whichever treatment you choose, we’ll have you loving your new beautiful straight smile in no time.

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 braces hurt?

April 13th, 2016

Feeling anxious about getting braces? You may have heard rumors and horror stories about pain experienced from braces. We’re here to set those straight! While we can’t promise that your treatment will be free from discomfort, what we can tell you is that it’s completely manageable. Here's what you can expect throughout the process:

Soreness caused from braces and appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

There should be minimal pain when braces are applied to the teeth. It may take you longer to eat meals the day you have them applied to your teeth, as you'll need to adjust to chewing. It's best to stick with softer foods for the first few days, such as yogurt, soup, and macaroni and cheese.

What if the pain doesn’t go away?

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. Over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good options for relieving mouth soreness and headaches associated with getting used to braces.  It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We will provide you with plenty of wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Orthodontic Appointments

You may feel the same discomfort for a few days after orthodontist appointments. Braces work by slowly moving your teeth into proper alignment. Adjustments to the braces are needed so they continue to properly move the teeth. The orthodontist will periodically need to adjust the archwires and change the elastic ligatures.

It's normal to feel anxious about braces. Most people find the discomfort associated with braces to be inconvenient, but manageable. Everyone on Team Struble is happy to offer any tools and suggestions you need for easing any pain or discomfort in the days following having braces installed or adjusted.

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.

What’s the best way to floss with braces?

December 16th, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday cookies, candy canes, and hot chocolate--and for building up mountains of plaque on your teeth! Believe us when we say your trusty little box of dental floss will be your teeth’s best friend this holiday season.

Why should you floss?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces.

Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Which type of floss should I use?

Floss comes in a wide variety of brands, flavors, coatings, and colors, but in the end it does one main job: cleaning the areas in between your teeth. The easy answer to which kind of dental floss is best for you is whatever kind enables you to successfully and regularly clean those areas.

The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day, and you should be prepared to spend about three times as long on your dental routine with braces than without. Flossing with braces can definitely be more challenging, but it is essential that you do so in order to maintain a healthy dental routine to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment.

Tips for flossing with braces:

  1. Use waxed floss or a product specifically designed to clean around your braces, as unwaxed floss can get caught and shred in your braces.
  2. Sliding the floss between the teeth above the wire is a bit like threading a needle. An orthodontic floss threader is an inexpensive and disposable tool available in nearly any store that sells toothbrushes and toothpaste. It is indispensable when flossing teeth with braces because it allows you to pull the floss through the teeth above the wire and reach the gum line.

Don’t wait until New Years to make a habit of flossing daily your new resolution. Start fighting plaque buildup from all those holiday goodies today! And if you have more questions about proper flossing technique and which floss is best for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (541) 848-6642.

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.

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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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.

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!

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!

Braces-friendly (and kid-friendly) breakfast ideas

May 14th, 2014

Braces friendly breakfast ideas

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!

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).

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.

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!

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.

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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