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]
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]
The Tooth Truth
December 19th 2017
Our dedication to providing extraordinary personal service with compassion and consideration to the unique needs of each of our patients is our top priority. We feel open communication is extremely important in creating a positive environment for our patients and insuring a successful treatment outcome. Here at Wentz Orthodontics, we consider dental health to be an integral part of overall good health. We believe that good dental health can instill a sense of well-being, provide a lifelong... [Read full blog post]
New Braces & You
December 4th 2017
At Wentz Orthodontics we believe you have taken the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful smile! You are probably wondering what comes next. The first week is the biggest period of adjustment, and there is a lot to learn in this short time. What to eat? How to brush? No worries, in a very short time your braces will feel completely natural. Click on the links above to head to our website. It is filled with useful information that can help... [Read full blog post]
November 16th 2017
It seems like the month of November has really flown by! Thanksgiving is just a week away and we’re all looking forward to time with family and friends – not to mention all of the delicious food! While some holidays spotlight foods that might traditionally be a challenge to manage when you have braces, Thanksgiving is typically filled with foods that are braces approved!If you’re looking to add a new side dish or two to your Thanksgiving table this year, we’ve found two contenders that... [Read full blog post]
Out With The Old & In With The New
November 9th 2017
With cold and flu season starting, germs seem to be lurking everywhere! While it’s difficult to avoid catching the office cold or flu bug, you can help keep your number one oral hygiene accessory in great shape by replacing your toothbrush regularly. Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean, but how long should you a keep a toothbrush? It is recommended that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one every 3 to 4 months, and directly after any cold or flu. Replacing your... [Read full blog post]
Help Us Reach 10 In A Row!
November 2nd 2017
Best of the West Voting is now live! We're hoping to make it 10 years in a row with your help! Voting has just begun and will be open until December 15th. Click here to vote!We are so very fortunate to be part of the community here in Lubbock. All of us at Wentz Orthodontics want to thank you for all of your support!
Thinking About Improving Your Smile?
October 24th 2017
When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. Whether you have been referred by your family dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from us on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial consultation at Wentz Orthodontics.One of the best ways to prepare for an orthodontic consultation is to understand the options available today - orthodontic care is a lot more versatile than in the past. You can start... [Read full blog post]
Four Flavorful Fall Smoothies
October 19th 2017
With Fall in full swing and with it the hectic holidays just a step further down the road, we thought we’d put together a list of a few fall-themed smoothies that can serve as a great (and easy!) breakfast or after school snack.Pumpkin Banana SmoothieIf you’re a pumpkin fan, this smoothie is for you! While pumpkin is a trendy item, especially this time of year, what you might not know is pumpkin has both fiber and protein which makes for a healthy and filling smoothie.2 tablespoons canned... [Read full blog post]
Calling All Expert Pumpkin Carvers!
October 13th 2017
We are SO excited to celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month with our annual PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST!Grab your art supplies and enter to win some pretty amazing prizes! Good luck to all of you & thank you for supporting Wentz Orthodontics. We LOVE our community!
Brushing With Braces
October 6th 2017
Having a clean mouth is very important. Brushing and flossing removes a thin sticky film of bacteria that grows on your teeth. This sticky film, called plaque, is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. We're sure you've noticed that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth. Brushing after meals and flossing will help prevent plaque from forming and should become part of your daily schedule. Here’s a few things... [Read full blog post]
Braces For Kids
August 23rd 2017
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. This is the recommended age because typically the first of the adult teeth appear, and when some of the more important problems of dental development can require treatment. Treatment for young children is usually aimed at dealing with functional problems that immediately threaten the health of the teeth. The conditions that we treat in early childhood are problems of tooth eruption, crossbite,... [Read full blog post]
The Process Of Clear Smiles
August 17th 2017
Whether you’re considering Invisalign treatment for yourself or someone else, knowing more about the entire process can help you be more confident in your decision to choose Invisalign.During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Wentz will discuss your concerns in detail to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. We will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create a digital 3-D image. From these images, Dr. Wentz will map out a precise... [Read full blog post]
August 14th 2017
Here is everything you need to know to make your own rainbow smoothie! Enjoy!IngredientsRED LAYER1 frozen banana1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain1/2 cup frozen raspberries1/2 cup frozen strawberrieswater or liquid for blendingORANGE LAYER1 frozen banana1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain1/2 cup frozen peaches1 small orange1/4 cup frozen mangowater or liquid for blendingYELLOW LAYER2 frozen bananas1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain1 cup frozen pineapplewater or liquid for... [Read full blog post]
Is There An Age Limit For Braces?
August 2nd 2017
Braces do the job of straightening teeth, regardless of age. More common than ever these days, you see adults wearing braces, and when you do, one question instantly pops into your head - do braces work for adults? The answer is YES. In fact, adults aged 20 to 40 years represent at least 40 percent of the population of people wearing braces. The reason why so many current adults skipped wearing braces during their youth is that they often feared of being bullied and teased because back in the... [Read full blog post]
Tips For Back To School With Braces
July 28th 2017
Caring for braces especially for students in school can be quiet hectic due to the restrictive devotions to maintain the braces and for this reason, Wentz Orthodontics has decided to put up an article which will make caring for orthodontic braces easy in school. As a student who just had an orthodontic treatment, you should be rest assured that it is the best that can happen to give you the perfect smile again but the care for your teeth and gums help make it very effective. Take a look at your... [Read full blog post]
Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment?
July 19th 2017
It is usually difficult for you as the parent to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is a good reference, but Wentz Orthodontics is your best resource since orthodontics is all we do.Early intervention can make a dramatic impact on establishing the proper occlusal foundation. The... [Read full blog post]
Don't Do It Yourself
July 14th 2017
Do-It-Yourself videos and websites are popular among today’s culture, and while so many great ideas come from several of these outlets, there are some things that you just shouldn’t do yourself! Straightening your teeth or attempting to move your teeth as a “DIY” project is definitely one of the things you should not be doing.Moving and straightening teeth is a medical procedure that needs to be supervised by an orthodontist. It’s important for you all to be wary of any videos or... [Read full blog post]
Avoid Bad Breath With Braces
July 3rd 2017
Bad breath is nothing any of us want to deal with, right? When you have braces, the chances of having bad breath are even worse because there are so many other places for bacteria to hide. If you are worried about how your breath smells, take these simple steps every day to ensure that you are not causing people to back up when you talk.Eat Right Sugar is not good for your diet in the first place, but it is horrible for your dental health. If you have braces, sugar can hide in some of the... [Read full blog post]
Are You Having An Orthodontic Emergency?
June 26th 2017
Broken or disturbed appliances are likely to occur from time to time during your orthodontic care. If there is any disturbance, such as loose bands, broken or poking wires, call our office as soon as possible so we can evaluate the urgency of the problem and schedule you to be seen accordingly.The following are helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until you can be seen in our office.If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with orthodontic wax or tuck it under... [Read full blog post]