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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]


DIY Summer Treat

June 23rd 2017
Wentz Orthodontics wants to help you keep your snack choices healthy this summer with braces-friendly healthy summer snack recipes.  By avoiding sticky sweets and sugary beverages, we will provide you with snack choices that are fit for orthodontic patients and promote overall wellness and health! All summer long, check here for healthy new summer snack recipes! STRAWBERRY-KIWI FRUIT POPSICLESIngredients:Popsicle Molds8 strawberries , cut into thin slices2 kiwis , cut into thin...  [Read full blog post]


Tips For Creating Your #WentzJingleJam Entry

June 16th 2017
Here at Wentz Orthodontics, we love giving back to the community and patients as much as we can. This month, we're giving you the chance to win 1 of 3 amazing prizes all valued at $1500 each! Don't feel overwhelmed with the requirements of entering, you don't need fancy equipment or video editing skills! Use your smartphone or any camera that allows you to video record, pop on your best smile, and show us some fun moves to our new Wentz Orthodontics jingle!Keep reading for a few tips on how to...  [Read full blog post]


Will Wisdom Teeth Affect Your Braces?

June 9th 2017
Some people require their wisdom teeth to be removed following orthodontic treatment with braces. Often the timing of the eruption of wisdom teeth coincides with the removal of braces. It is often difficult to determine if someone will have space in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to erupt or if the wisdom will become impacted.Many people have their wisdom teeth emerge as healthy, effective back molars. In this case, the tooth has grown in straight and is not affecting the person’s bite...  [Read full blog post]


Enter to Win $100 Home Depot Gift Card

May 26th 2017
It's time for another amazing Wentz Orthodontics contest! This time,  we're celebrating Father's day! Tell us why your dad makes you smile by posting on our facebook page, tagging us on instagram, or emailing your answer! You can email tamara@wentzmail.com.Be sure to include a photo of you with your dad! All entries will be entered to win a $100 Home Depot gift card for Dad!


EASY CROCKPOT RECIPE| Raspberry Chocolate Chip French Toast Casserole

May 17th 2017
This Crockpot Raspberry Chocolate Chip French Toast Casserole is easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. Perfect for a spring time breakfast or brunch!Ingredients1 cup milk4 large eggs2 tablespoons sugar1 teaspoon vanilla5-6 cups challah or brioche cubed1/2 pint raspberries1/2 cup dark chocolate chipsInstructionsWhisk the milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla together in a medium bowl.Place half of the challah cubes in a 4-5 quart slow cooker, pushing slightly down. Sprinkle with half the...  [Read full blog post]


You Still Need To See Your Dentist

May 12th 2017
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]


ENTER NOW! | Mother's Day Contest

May 8th 2017
Email tamara@wentzmail.com and tell us how wonderful your mom is for a chance to win a day at a local spa for your mom! Be sure to include a photo of your mom and you in the email. By entering, you are granting us permission to share your answer and picture online. If you do not want your entry shared, please be sure to note that in the email!


Another Way To Protect Your Teeth

April 28th 2017
Our team at Wentz Orthodontics knows that there are several ways you can protect your smile throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rule of thumb and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, your treatment should be very successful.One thing we’d like to add, is did you know there is another way to keep your teeth healthy and bright during your treatment with braces?How is this possible? One word: fluoride. Fluoride is the mineral...  [Read full blog post]


DIY Freezer Smoothie Packs

April 19th 2017
Ingredients1 cup spinach, packed1/2 banana, cut up into 1-inch pieces1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt, frozen (about 2 frozen cubes)1 cup mixed frozen fruit (mangoes, pineapple, strawberries)1 to 1 & 1/4 cup water OR milk (cow, almond, coconut, whatever kind you like)InstructionsIn a zip-top sandwich bag, add the spinach, banana pieces, frozen yogurt cubes, and mixed frozen fruit. Squeeze out the air and zip the bag shut. Place in freezer. Repeat for additional packs.To prepare: Pour 1 to...  [Read full blog post]


Save The Date | Annual Golf Tournament Info

April 14th 2017
Get your golf clubs out, it's time for another annual golf tournament. Wentz Orthodontics and the Children's Home of Lubbock presents our Annual Golf Tournament on May 8th to benefit some sweet children that need our help. Join us for a fun time; click here to register. Contact us for registration/sponsor information.This annual tournament gives local golfers the opportunity to rub shoulders with golf professional Bobby Wilson (Long Drive Hall of Fame and previous Long Drive Champion) and it...  [Read full blog post]


Mouthguards Save Teeth & Faces

April 7th 2017
A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age when it comes to protecting your mouthContact and collision sports such as boxing and martial arts are higher-risk sports for the mouth. Any athlete can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.Types of MouthguardsMouthguards can be custom made for your mouth by your dentist or orthodontist. However, if you can’t afford a...  [Read full blog post]


5 Fun Spring Activities

March 31st 2017
Spring is in the air! As the flower buds are peeking out and birds are starting to chirp, it's time to leave those thoughts of winter behind. Spring can be a wonderful time to explore the outdoors or go for a walk around town. Get your family moving together and establish some healthy habits, away from the electronics indoors. We have 5 fun ideas to get you in the mood for the loveliest season of the year.Dust off the sports gear. Find a kick a ball, throw a Frisbee, shoot hoops, whatever...  [Read full blog post]


Nutella Stuffed Pancakes | MARCH RECIPE

March 24th 2017
When you have pillowy soft, fluffy pancakes that are stuffed with warm, oozy Nutella, you don’t need anything else. Try out this amazing braces friendly breakfast recipe this weekend! These are best eaten warm but still fabulous at room temperature. Recipe makes 6 to 7 pancakes.NUTELLA STUFFED PANCAKESINGREDIENTS10 - 14 tbsp NutellaDry Ingredients1½ cups plain flour3 tsp baking powder4 tbsp sugarPinch of saltWet Ingredients1 egg1 cup + 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)Other1...  [Read full blog post]


How To Stop Nail-Biting

March 15th 2017
Do you ever find yourself biting your nails? Nail-biting is a very common habit which usually has its beginnings in childhood. It can leave your fingers and nail beds red and swollen. If you think your nails are the only ones getting roughed up by your nail-biting habit, you're mistaken—so are your teeth!There are several things you can do to ease up on your nail-biting:Trim your nails shorter and/or get regular manicures – Trimming your nails shorter is an effective remedy because it...  [Read full blog post]


Tips To Adjust To Your Braces

March 10th 2017
Are you a new patient at Wentz Orthodontics? You may or may not be excited about wearing your braces, but regardless we know you will be thrilled with the result of your new smile. As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming sometimes, so we decided to help you out with a few tips on adjusting to your braces. The first tip is to give yourself some time. Your braces may not be what you expected or wanted, but after a while when your teeth start...  [Read full blog post]


#WentzSBsmiles Contest Info

March 1st 2017
It's time for another wonderful Wentz Orthodontics contest! Use #WentzSBsmiles to send us your pictures this Spring Break for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!


Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches | NEW RECIPE

February 24th 2017
These Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches are prepared with an unbaked egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough. Use your favorite ice cream or make it homemade!Best of all, it's braces friendly & taste buds approved! INGREDIENTS:1/2 Cup butter1/2 Cup brown sugar, packed1/4 Cup granulated sugar3 T milk2 t McCormick® Extra Rich Pure Vanilla Extract1/4 t salt1 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour1 Cup mini chocolate chips2 Cups ice cream, softenedDIRECTIONS:Microwave butter and sugars in large microwavable...  [Read full blog post]


Braces Friendly Breakfast Recipe

February 17th 2017
Enjoy this cake with any sort of fruit that inspires you! Roasted apricots, fresh plums, or smashed blackberries would be great if you're not a strawberry fan!Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk CakeFor the Roasted Strawberries:8-ounces medium strawberries, hulled2 tablespoons maple syrup1 tablespoon olive oilpinch of salt2 teaspoons balsamic vinegarFor the Buttermilk Cake:2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon aluminimum-free baking powder (I use Rumford Baking Powder)1/2 cup granulated...  [Read full blog post]


If Tom Can Do It, So Can You

February 9th 2017
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. At Wentz Orthodontics we offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups; including adults.Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss,...  [Read full blog post]


Tater Tot Skewers for Super Bowl Sunday

February 3rd 2017
INGREDIENTS Bag of Tater Tots8 slices of cooked bacon chopped1 cup of cheese grated1 tablespoon ranch seasoningSkewersINSTRUCTIONSCook your tater tots according to directions until golden brown in color - Set oven for 425 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.Once you pull them out of the oven, let cool for approximately 2-5 minutes until you can skewer them onto the skewers. We suggest 6-7 per skewer.Once on the skewers and on the pan, sprinkle ranch dressing over each of the tater...  [Read full blog post]


Nacho Loaded Potato Skins | Braces Friendly Super Bowl Snack

January 26th 2017
Have you heard of Nacho Loaded Potato Skins? What does that even mean? It means basically that this is the end all be all game day snack. Imagine a crispy potato skin stuffed with refried beans, bacon, topped with cheese, salsa, guacamole, and chives. Can you dig it? We thought we would provide the recipe for our patients who are looking for a braces friendly alternative to tortilla chip nachos during Super Bowl Sunday! Enjoy!NACHO LOADED POTATO SKINSINGREDIENTS6 Russet Potatoes, scrubbed and...  [Read full blog post]



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