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Dr. Struble

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!

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Learning to Love Your Braces

April 25th, 2013


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!

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