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3 Benefits of Orthodontics

November 28th 2018
Your thinking about getting braces or invisalign? Congratulations! Did you know there are other benefits to orthodontics, other than a straight smile? No doubt, you will feel confident and smile every chance you get, after treatment. Here are three benefits to orthodontics.1. Gum Disease: Out gums are the essential foundation to our teeth. Our gums are also connected to the overall health of our body. Having straight teeth, allows our teeth to be spaced out evenly and prevent tooth decay...  [Read full blog post]

Wentz Smiles

November 26th 2018
Our Lubbock, Plainview and surrounding communities are extraordinary. We love that our job allows us to help our patient's smiles radiate confidently. We also like to share our patients smiles on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for everyone to view.Wentz Orthodontics has been serving our communities and have been creating smiles in an atmosphere that is easy for parents and fun for kids for over 25 years. We want our patients to live life smiling! Here are a few of our patients this month and...  [Read full blog post]

Halloween Candy Spectacular

October 24th 2018
Halloween is here!Pumpkins, ghost, costumes and candy all make up this fantastic holiday. The endless amount of free sugar will sure make you extremely happy, however for your teeth, that is another story. These sugary treats can affect your teeth in different ways, especially when it comes to orthodontic treatment and the overall health of your teeth.Halloween is about having fun, dressing up and eating candy. It’s important to stick to your routines and be sure to brush your teeth, floss...  [Read full blog post]

World Smile Day

October 5th 2018
"Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart."Today is #WorldSmileDay and we love that our job is to create beautiful smiles and share them with everyone. Here are a few of our fantastic smiles this month, perfectly fitting for World Smile Day. 

#WentzOrthodontics Smiles

September 27th 2018
We love what we do at Wentz Orthodontics. We love that everyday, we get to see smiles transformed in our offices. We love that every smile is someone feeling more confident and radiantly smiling to the world. We approach everything we do with one goal in mind - to make a positive difference in people's lives and to honor God in the process. We have been blessed with a great team that shares our single-minded goal, and we couldn’t be more thankful! From the initial stages of your orthodontic...  [Read full blog post]

Common Questions to Orthodontics

September 14th 2018
The overall dental health of each patient is our primary concern at Wentz Orthodontics. We approach your health care by working closely with each patient's family dentist as well as other specialists when treatment calls for interdisciplinary care. We will work together to remove the barriers that are preventing you from having the smile you deserve! With that said, you might have a few questions about orthodontics if you’re considering orthodontic treatment. Here are a few of our common...  [Read full blog post]

#WentzOrthodontics Smiles

August 27th 2018
We love what we do at Wentz Orthodontics. Here you’re treated like family and we want our patients to live life smiling!For some people, life is compartmentalized into neat, little boxes; one for work, one for faith, one for family, and so on. For us work is a natural extension of our families’ lives, our faith in God and a pretty good measure of fun. We approach everything we do with one goal in mind - to make a positive difference in people's lives and to honor God in the process. We have...  [Read full blog post]

Adult Orthodontics

August 20th 2018
Wentz Orthodontics works in conjunction with your family dentist. We offer full comprehensive dental care and have the special advantage of having a board certified periodontist working with us.Braces aren't just for kids anymore! Numerous technological advances have made braces less noticeable, less painful and even less time-consuming. As America's baby boomers have become more health conscious, they're rejecting the notion that loosing teeth and dentures are a routine part of growing...  [Read full blog post]

Your Questions Answered: Wentz Orthodontics

July 3rd 2018
What Is Orthodontics?Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means bad bite. The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application, and control of corrective appliances, such as braces, to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment to achieve facial balance.What Causes Orthodontic Problems?Most...  [Read full blog post]

The Dangerous Trend of DIY Braces

July 2nd 2018
There is a growing dangerous trend that is increasing in popularity with social media and among young teens. This trend is do-it-yourself (DIY) braces. These DIY braces are dangerous and can lead to gum damage and tooth loss, among other consequences.What are DIY Braces?DIY Braces are braces people make out of household items such as rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line, paper clips and others that people think will get their teeth to move. People take these items and put them in their...  [Read full blog post]

A Healthy Foundation: Inflamed Gums

June 28th 2018
Before you visit an orthodontist, there are several health factors you need to have checked out. If you have swollen, inflamed gums, you know they can lead to serious discomfort. The most common cause of inflammation is gum disease, but improper brushing or flossing, tobacco use, chemotherapy, hormone changes, and irritation from dental hardware can also play a role.With more than 50 percent of American adults experiencing early gum disease, inflamed gums are a common ailment. Depending on the...  [Read full blog post]

Summer Smiles #WentzOrthodontics

June 20th 2018
Summer is officially here! Summers in Texas are HOT! But they also mean BBQ’s, spending time with friends and family, family vacations and tons of fun for everyone. With all the adventurous excitement of summer, it might be easy to forget a few of our regular simple tips that keep your smile healthy.Stay on Routine: Summer screams vacation and fun times for children. It is also the time where it is easy for routines to slip and forget. Don’t forget the nightly and morning routines from...  [Read full blog post]

Orthodontist and Dentists? What’s the Difference?

May 24th 2018
Photo: American Association of OrthodontistsAt Wentz Orthodontics, we are a family committed to providing patients with high quality orthodontic care in a fun-filled family environment.You may be asking, what is the difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist? An Orthodontist specializes in orthodontic treatment beyond the basic dental health care. The most common being, specialists in straightening teeth. Dr. Wentz is a board certified orthodontist and Dr. Reeves is a dual-degreed...  [Read full blog post]

Summer! Foods! Braces? - Wentz Orthodontics

May 16th 2018
Summer is around the corner! Here at Wentz Orthodontics, we are excited for BBQ’s, picnics, pool parties and vacation time! However, we are not so excited about the summer heat!  Summer in Texas, are the defining moment for kids. Everyone is out of school and ready to relax. With relaxation and an abnormal routine, it is easy for kids with braces to forget two important food categories they’re supposed to avoid: hard foods and sticky foods! Here are some great and not so great...  [Read full blog post]

Braces and Cavities!

April 30th 2018
If you’re a patient at Wentz Orthodontics, you are used to visiting us for your regular adjustment appointment every 6-8 weeks. While our hygienist is in your mouth making those adjustments, it’s important for you to remember our team is working on your braces and trips to your general dentist are still very much needed.When we work on your braces, we are not looking specifically for any cavities and anything we do notice is a by-product of monitoring your oral health from an orthodontic...  [Read full blog post]

You and Your Dental Health

April 27th 2018
It's not easy to maintain consistent good oral health. That's because in the invisible but serious battle against gum disease and tooth decay, there's no neutral ground. You're either fighting it offensively, or your losing. The moment after you brush and floss, those native oral bacteria are repopulating their favorite playground, your mouth. Our approach includes the professional cleanings that your dentist provides and an emphasis on careful patient education so that you can continue the...  [Read full blog post]

Your First Visit!

April 26th 2018
We are so excited you are thinking about visiting us! Your journey to a new, fabulous smile is about to begin! We are honored you have selected Wentz Orthodontics to take this trip with you. We would like to begin your Wentz experience by welcoming you with your very own, reserved, personalized parking spot! Look for your name as you enter our parking lot! At your first visit, we ask that you bring your insurance card and Health History Forms (Adult / Child). You will meet...  [Read full blog post]

What Makes Wentz Orthodontics Unique?

April 24th 2018
Dr. Wentz and our team, are committed to providing patients with high quality orthodontic care in a fun-filled environment. We can't wait to see you in our office! So what makes our office unique? Dr. Wentz is a board certified orthodontist.Dr. Reeves is dual-degreed in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.We are an Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider, which means we are in the top 1% of Invisalign providers in the country.No more impressions! Using the iTero Intra-Oral Digital Scanner, we...  [Read full blog post]

Which Type of Floss is Best?

March 23rd 2018
If you’ve visited the dental care aisle recently, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. We often have patients ask us which floss is the “best” type of floss. In essence, all of the options on the market today do the same thing, and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. We’ve listed a few of the options below.  Flossers: Flossers are small plastic instruments with a single floss strip and a pick on the opposite end. This option can be both...  [Read full blog post]

Bad Breath & Braces

March 12th 2018
After getting braces, new patients may develop bad breath from not cleaning their teeth properly. Simply doing a quick job brushing your teeth is not enough to keep your teeth in great shape, especially when you wear braces. Bacteria feeds on food particles leftover after you eat, and this sneaky bacterium creates an unpleasant odor. We certainly understand bad breath can be uncomfortable to talk about, but it happens to most of us. The important thing to do if you’re experiencing bad breath...  [Read full blog post]

Do You Have a Loose Wire or Bracket?

February 20th 2018
We know even despite your best efforts, the wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact Wentz Orthodontics as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.In an emergency, you can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose...  [Read full blog post]

Eating With Braces

February 9th 2018
Now that you have your braces, what foods can you still enjoy? While some foods are off limits, don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.Foods to AVOID with braces:Chewy foods — bagels, licoriceCrunchy foods — popcorn, chips, iceSticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gumHard foods —...  [Read full blog post]

Crowd Pleasing Braces Friendly Game Day Recipes

January 30th 2018
If you're still searching for a few more snacks to add to your Super Bowl menu, we've got two that will be sure to score with your friends & family.Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls1 can refrigerated pizza crust1 lb. deli ham (thinly sliced, but not shaved) 12 slices Swiss cheeseGlaze:1/2 cup butter2 tablespoons brown sugar1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon poppy seedsDirections:1.         Preheat oven to 350...  [Read full blog post]

Smile Emergency?

January 12th 2018
At Wentz Orthodontics we know that even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. This soreness is the way your body reacts to your teeth as they begin to move. Your braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy and beautiful smile but you may experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.Canker SoresCanker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments...  [Read full blog post]

More Than Just A Beautiful Smile

January 8th 2018
It’s important to understand that orthodontic health is much more than straight teeth. When Drs. Wentz and Reeves create beautiful smiles for our patients, they place all the elements of the face into their perfect alignment for a healthy as well as beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment at Wentz Orthodontics also provides many additional health benefits. Here are just a few you might not realize:Aid Digestive Health: Perfectly aligned teeth help you chew your food more effectively,...  [Read full blog post]

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