Thursday, July 11, 2019

How does your child sleep at night?

At Lenz Orthodontics we pride ourselves in being an “airway aware” orthodontic
practice. We think it’s important to ask yourself the below questions about your child’s
sleep habits - they can be very telling. If you notice any of the below signs, we
encourage you to come visit our practice for a complimentary consultation where we
can evaluate your child’s airway as well as their orthodontic needs. 

5 Questions to ask yourself about your child’s sleep:

Does your child snore at night?
Does your child take long pauses in breathing while sleeping?
Does your child breathe through their mouth rather than through the nose?
Does your child experience drowsiness/tiredness during the day? 
Does your child exhibit a change in behavior and/or a decline in school performance?

If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that they are suffering
from sleep disordered breathing (SDB) or even obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What is OSA?

OSA is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately 6 percent of children. It’s
caused by a partial or complete blockage of the airways while sleeping. During sleep,
your child’s throat muscles relax allowing the tongue and fatty tissues of the throat to fall back into the airways and block airflow. During a sleep apnea event, air is restricted
from moving beyond the blockage or restriction that ultimately reduces blood flow to the brain. As a result, the brain is signaled to partially awaken from sleep to tell the body it needs to breathe. This usually results in a loud gasping, choking, or snorting sounds as
the child takes a deep enough breath to fight past the obstruction. It is this process that
prevents your child from getting the restful and replenishing sleep they require. 

While this condition can be improved, it is often left untreated because parents aren’t
aware of the warning signs. So, how do you know if your kid actually has OSA or if they
are symptoms of something else? Visit Lenz Orthodontics for an airway evaluation. Due
to their expertise and familiarity with growth and development as well as orthopedic and surgical correction of the jaws, “airway aware” orthodontists are ideally suited to identify the symptoms of OSA. 


At Lenz Orthodontics we strive to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment but also ensure Incredible customer service and make you feel like you’re at home while you’re visiting us. We’re the friendliest, most fun orthodontic office around. Come by and meet me, Dr. Mike, my father, Dr. Mark Lenz and the entire staff to see what we mean! 
Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation - we can’t wait to meet you and your child!

Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road 
Racine, Wisconsin 53406

Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing 

Waterford, Wisconsin 53185

Monday, April 8, 2019

Lenz Orthodontics

We are so honored to have been recently featured in Belle City Magazine! Below is a snippet of the article and a link to the full feature!
Carl Matteson photo

Dr. Joe Lenz, Dr. Mike Lenz, Dr. Mary Lenz, Dr. Mark Lenz, Therese Lenz and Dr. Kristin Lenz Galbreath represent the second and third generations of dentists in their family.

Liam Galbreath is only six months old, but the odds are pretty good that he’ll become a fourth generation dentist in his family.

Both of his great-grandfathers were dentists, his grandfather and uncle are orthodontists, his mother, uncle and aunt are all dentists. And his grandmother is a dental hygienist.

If he doesn’t become a dentist, he’ll always be assured of excellent dental care and straight teeth.
After Dr. Mark [second generation] completed his orthodontic residency at Marquette in 1984, he opened his private orthodontic practice in Racine, was appointed to the faculty of the orthodontic department at Marquette University as an assistant clinical professor, and became board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 1991. 

Lenz Orthodontics opened a second location in Waterford in 2008.

Therese has worked alongside her husband in the orthodontic practice since the beginning and the couple raised their three children, all of whom attended Marquette University and became dentists. 


Son Dr. Mike Lenz [third generation] finished his Master’s Degree and a Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics in 2018 from Marquette and joined his father’s practice in August. He and his wife Dr Mary Lenz met as undergraduates at Marquette. Dr. Mary practices general dentistry in Twin Lakes, Wis.

Dr. Mike described his work as 1/3 scientist, 1/3 engineer and 1/3 artist, while his dad enjoys the transformation in confidence and self esteem, in both children and adults, “as we create beautiful healthy smiles!”

“People always remember two dates,” Dr. Mark said. “When they got married and when they got their braces off.”

With new technology utilized by the practice, the orthodontists explained they no longer use headgear, extractions of teeth are rarely needed, the braces are smaller and more comfortable and the forces applied to straighten the teeth are 500 times gentler.

“And with our new intra-oral scanner we no longer take ‘goopy’ impressions!” Dr. Mark said. “It’s definitely not your parents’ experience with braces.”

He noted that about 30 percent of their practice is treating adults, including an 82 year old.”

“Our patients are always happy to be here,” Dr. Mike added.

For those in the Lenz family practicing general dentistry, they prefer the variety of procedures and treating entire families.

They’re a close knit group and enjoy spending a lot of time together.

“It all started with our fathers and the value they placed on family and service to others.” Dr. Mark and Therese agreed. “And perhaps their legacy will extend to a fourth generation.”

For full article text visit: Belle City Magazine! >>

At Lenz Orthodontics we strive to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment but also ensure Incredible customer service and make you feel like you’re at home while you’re visiting us. We’re the friendliest, most fun orthodontic office around. Come by and meet me, Dr. Mike, my father, Dr. Mark Lenz and the entire staff to see what we mean! Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation - we can’t wait to meet you! 

Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road 
Racine, Wisconsin 53406

Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing 
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


At our orthodontic practice, offering clear aligners is an important treatment option for both adults and teenagers. When utilized properly by a trained orthodontic specialist, Invisalign, the leading clear aligner brand, can provide both teens and adults with the beautiful straight teeth they’ve always wanted -- without braces.

A consultation with a trained orthodontist is the only way to know for sure whether it’s the appropriate treatment option, but understanding the benefits of Invisalign can help you make a decision as to whether it could be the right fit for your teen or yourself:

  1. They’re Completely Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No closed-lipped selfies here! If you or your teen are self-conscious about appearing in photos, Invisalign could be the right choice.
  2. They’re a Confidence Booster: A recent study found that teens wearing Invisalign are twice as likely to experience a boost in self-esteem while in treatment than teens treated with metal braces. Based on what we’ve seen with our patients, the same holds true for adults!
  3. They’re Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing our patients to eat and drink whatever they'd like while in treatment and play certain sports more easily.
  4. No Goopy Impressions: We utilize the iTero digital scanner, which means no more mouthfuls of the old goopy impressions! So your treatment will be smooth and comfortable from start to finish.

And here’s a benefit for adults (whether the patient or parent!): With Invisalign there won’t be any brackets to become loose or broken, so there are potentially fewer emergency visits to the orthodontist, and fewer interruptions to your busy schedule!

At Lenz Orthodontics we strive to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment but also ensure incredible customer service and make you feel like you’re at home while you’re visiting us. We’re the friendliest, most fun orthodontic office around. Come by and meet me, Dr. Mike, my father, Dr. Mark Lenz and the entire staff to see what we mean!  Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation - we can’t wait to meet you! 

Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road 
Racine, Wisconsin 53406

Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing 
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Read This Before Ordering Orthodontic Treatment Online

These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie.  Order food delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to your front door. However, at Lenz Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for trained, experienced professionals when it comes to your dental health. 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Lenz Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changes to your facial profile, and other issues. An orthodontist like Dr. Mark & Dr. Mike have many tools in his or her arsenal to help create your beautiful smile - Invisalign, for example, is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully qualified and certified orthodontist involved when making any changes to your teeth.

The Top 10 Questions To Ask

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  5. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  6. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  7. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have?
  8. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click Information for your state dental board can be found at

Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Mark & Dr. Mike earned their dental degrees (DDS) at Marquette University and each went on to fulfil post-graduate residencies in Orthodontics. They have a commitment to regular continuing education and have years of experience providing high quality orthodontic treatment to their patients.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Lenz Orthodontics. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile. 

Lenz Orthodontics is offers flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation and be the first to have your smartphone help straighten your teen’s smile! 

Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road 
Racine, Wisconsin 53406

Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing 
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thrilled to Join My Dad at Lenz Orthodontics

I’m thrilled to be joining my dad’s practice this summer to carry on the family tradition of dental and orthodontic care. One of the things I love most about my profession is the positive effect it has on our patients’ lives. Each day I am able to work together with our patients toward creating beautiful, healthy smiles. Most importantly, however, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know all of our patients and watching them grow throughout treatment!

I’ve always looked up to my dad, whose compassion for his patients inspired my own journey through orthodontic training. I wanted to be just like him, and still do! Like my dad, I was also very interested in art and science and learned that orthodontics is truly a way to combine both disciplines. The passion my dad has for the art in each smile he creates is truly what sets him apart, and I am excited to share in that enthusiasm.

For me, joining Lenz Orthodontics is a chance to uphold the reputation for excellence in orthodontic care that the Lenz family has built in the Racine community over three generations. My goal is to work at my Dad’s level of expertise while treating  patients with as much compassion as he does.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Michael

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Next Generation Joins Lenz Orthodontics

By Dr. Mark Lenz

I’m delighted and proud to announce that the next generation of my family will be joining Lenz Orthodontics. My son, Dr. Michael Lenz, will begin seeing patients this summer at our practice.  He continues the tradition of oral care in the Lenz family that started with my father, who was a dentist in the community, and extends to Michael’s wife and siblings, all of whom are dentists. You can imagine that I’m a very proud dad! And don’t you worry, I’m not going anywhere.

For those of you that know me well, family always comes first and I’m excited to work side-by-side with my son just as I did with my own father. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to have worked hard for 36 years and to know that my dedication to the community will continue on through my son’s work. At the same time I look forward to partnering with my son to offer patients the same caring service and state-of-the-art treatment that they have come to know from Lenz Orthodontics, all while taking the practice to the next level.

You can call him Dr. Mike.

Dr. Mike is a third generation dentist having graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry, where he also completed his orthodontic residency. When he’s not chairside, he enjoys outdoor activities including running, skiing and traveling with his wife, Mary. I look forward to introducing you to my son in the near future!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Straight Smile Is the Best First Impression

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but the reality is: we all do. First impressions are really important and your smile says a lot about you. That’s why at Lenz Orthodontics, we care about not only helping our teens, but about helping adults as well. A straight smile is crucial to making that first impression count...and metal braces as an adult isn’t necessarily the most desired look. Because of this we offer Invisalign Adult! The clear alternative to metal braces.

In a recent study* by Invisalign, confirms that “people with straight teeth are perceived more likely to be happy, successful and second date worthy.” Speaking of dating, 55% of respondents said that a straight smile had a better likelihood of attracting potential partners on a dating site by their picture alone.

Already found your partner but still think straighter teeth would have a strong impact on your life? You’re right! 58% of respondents said that they perceive people with straight teeth to be more successful in business and their professional lives. That means a straight smile can be a big component of your interview kit, rocking your next presentation or winning that next sale.

So how does Invisalign Adult work?

During a consultation at Lenz Orthodontics, Dr. Lenz determines the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. Then the Lenz Orthodontics team has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replaces each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Lenz has prescribed.
Other than a great first impression once you’ve finished, Invisalign offers a great first impression while you’re working to achieve that great smile:
Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No hiding your smile in meetings, engagement photos or school pick-ups and no closed-lipped selfies here!
Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.
Removable: Don’t want your date to know you’re working on your smile? Take them off for the evening...just remember to put them back in before you go to sleep! It may not seem like it, but they’re constantly working while you go throughout your day.
Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You only need to visit us at Lenz Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.
Cost Effective: At Lenz Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment.

First Impressions are super important to us too - call us today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lenz to assess if you are a good candidate for Invisalign Adult.  We can’t wait to meet you!