Thursday, August 28, 2014


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By now you probably have watched the video on our Facebook page where Dr. Lenz and our team jumped into a pool full of ice water. Or you might have seen the internet taken over by videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. The viral movement was created in order to spread awareness about ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

The ice bucket challenge took social media by storm with everyone, including your favorite celebrities, participating. The way it works is you get a bucket of ice water, pour it on your head and post the video on social media challenging others to do the same. If the person does not accept the challenge they must then donate to an ALS associated charity.

The craze is for a good cause bring awareness to a rarely talked about disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of motor neurons eventually leads to death.
Today the challenge has been able to raise nearly 88.5 million dollars (reported by Huffington Post), with the association gaining 1.9 million new donors.

To learn more about ALS, how to donate and more visit the ALS Association official site

Watch our Ice Bucket Challenge Video here 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

School's Now in Session

It’s that time of the year again. It is time to set the kids alarms and pack their lunches. Care-free summer days are over, school is now in session.

Going back to school can be a sad moment for kids. However, this is a moment most parents are very fond of. Children are they’re back in the classroom and parents finally get back to their regular schedules. As your kids get back to the books you want to make sure their prepared for the school year ahead. Making sure your kids have the supplies essential to helping them learn is very important.

Classrooms are stocked with supplies needed to assist in learning, but most students are still required to have their own personal items. Depending on the age of your child some supplies are more necessary than others. We’ve compiled a list the top 5 supplies need in categories by level of education.

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Elementary: K-5th grade
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Safety scissors
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencil box

Middle School: 6th-8th grade
  • Supportive backpack
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  • Binder pencil case
  • Binder with dividers
  • Ball point pens
  • Calculator

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High School: 9th-12th
  • College ruled paper
  • Agenda calendar
  • Combination lock
  • Hole puncher
  • Highlighters

Now that you have the proper supplies needed for the school year, don’t forget to make an appointment with us to be sure your child’s teeth are in great shape for the new school year.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The New System, The Damon System

Move over tradition braces there’s a new system in town. This innovative braces system helps you get the perfect smile in a more convenient way, The Damon System.

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Damon braces have been uniquely prescribed for you. This innovative technology allows us to use high-tech, light-force wire to achieve tooth movement with less pressure on your teeth for more comfortable treatment. Since the Damon braces work more efficiently, we will require fewer office visits to achieve your beautiful smile!

The Damon bracket is a special self-ligating bracket which provides less friction, increased comfort and shorter treatment time.

The Damon System sets itself apart from traditional braces in three distinctive ways.

  • Quicker Results: Depending on your case, this may mean a savings of many months. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling soon!
  • More Comfort:  We can move your teeth into their correct positions with much less discomfort than traditional braces. Damon System braces are small, very comfortable, and easy to keep clean.
  • Fewer Office Visits: Because Damon System braces work more efficiently, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments will be faster and fewer in number.
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Want to learn more about the Damon System treatment ? Call our office and set an appointment today!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hard Hits and Guarded Teeth

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As fall approaches one thing is for sure, it’s almost time for football. Boys and young men around the country are starting to gear up to throw around the good ol’ pigskin. However, while scoring touchdowns and making tackles they must remember that safety the mouth has to be taken into consideration.

Football is a contact sport allowing for the possibility of many injuries while playing, including injuries to the face and mouth. Sports-related dental injuries are reported to be the cause of over 600,000 emergency rooms visits per year. You must take extra pre-caution to protect your teeth, during orthodontic treatment (ie, braces).

To protect your teeth you must wear a mouth guard. A mouth guard can help prevent injury to the teeth, mouth and even jaw. Mouth guards are made of flexible material that is fitted to protect your upper and lower teeth. You can buy a stock mouth guard or get a custom guard made. The right fit mouth guard will act as cushions protecting your mouth from hits and preventing serious injury.

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With a mouth guard you prevent injury that can result in permanent damage. For athletes under orthodontic treatment consult with us for the choosing the best mouth guard for you.