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]
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!