Friday, April 24, 2015

Get Rewarded

Have you been earning points? If not, what are you waiting for? 
You can start today! 

Lenz Orthodontics Patient Rewards Hub
As a patient of Lenz Orthodontics you are automatically eligible for tons of awesome rewards and prizes. Patient Rewards Hub is a unique program that offers rewards to our patients through our website and FaceBook Page. 

It’s super easy and accessible. When you visit our office you can pick up a patient rewards card. Once you activate your card you can start earning points instantly through staying on top of your oral hygiene, playing games and participating in our monthly contest. 

It’s that simple, all you have to do is continue to be a great patient and log onto rewards hub via our website. As you earn points you can then cash in your points to redeem prizes such as gift cards to popular retailers. 

Lenz Orthodontics Patient Rewards Hub
We value our patients and want to provide them with best experiences they can get from an orthodontic office. The program is geared towards encouraging healthy habits and making your experience with us fun. So log on and earn those points! If you don’t have a card…ask someone in our office about getting one during your next office visit.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

A new trend in the fast food industry is to advertise foods with the motto “the bigger the better.” We’re sure you have heard of the McDonald’s “Big Mac”…but what about the Wendy’s “Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy ¾ pound Triple” or the Carl’s Jr. “½ pound Mile High Bacon Cheeseburger”? All of these burgers include massive patties along with a host of other condiments. And believe us…they all look incredibly delicious (just writing this blog is making our mouths water). But...should we really be trying to cram food that’s the size of a Mini Cooper into our mouths?
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Although these larger than life foods may appeal to your taste buds…taking bites that are too big to chew could be bad for your jaw and teeth, says the Academy of General Dentistry.  The bones attached to your teeth get quite the workout when you chew and over working your teeth to chew larger bites can put extra strain on them. The key area of the mouth that can be affected by super-sized meals is the jaw. Taking big bites causes you to open your jaw wider than usual. This can strain the jaw bone and surrounding muscles. This strain can cause Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). 

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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. TMD causes pain or tenderness of your jaw in the area in front of your ear, an occasional feeling of the jaw being stuck open or closed, facial muscle spasms that make it difficult to open your mouth, headaches that start in front of the ear and spread to the rest of the head or neck and clicking, popping or cracking sounds in the jaw when you open or close your mouth. 

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According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, between 5% and 15% of people in the United States experience pain associated with TMD. The effect of harming your jaw may result in needing appliance therapy. Typically, TMD splints are worn to reduce jaw stress. However, depending on the severity of jaw stress, treatments for TMD range from simple self-care practices and conservative treatments to injections and surgery.  

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Now…can you imagine having to tell your friends you had to undergo jaw surgery because you ate too many “Double Doubles”? That doesn’t sound awesome at all. So remember…as delicious as these super-sized foods look, they are not worth the strain they can cause on your jaw.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Clearly Different

Contrary to popular belief, traditional metal braces are only one of choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. At Lenz Orthodontics, we want you to know there are other options out there.

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Traditional metal braces include metal brackets attached to the teeth and connected by metal wires, which is the most common treatment option to date. However, as orthodontics has progressed we now have less visible options. 

Deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment to improve your smile not only affects your appearance, but it affects your lifestyle as well. Largely for adults, the stigma of traditional metal braces has deterred many from seeking treatment. And that is why we want you to know about the Invisalign System

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Invisalign offers the convenience and flexibility to live life without the hassle associated with traditional Orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic. There are no irritating brackets or wires to worry about and no food restrictions that will change your eating habits. Plus with fewer doctor visits, Invisalign fits into your busy lifestyle.

Esthetics are the number one reason for choosing to go clear, and Invisalign is designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to create a series of custom calibrated aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually, week-by-week, until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before! 

So if you are an adult who has dreaming about having the perfect smile…
the choice is clear!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Egg-Cellent Ideas

The Easter Bunny will be here before you know it! 
Have you started coloring your Easter Eggs yet?
Yes, the fun (yet tedious) task of coloring eggs is here and with all of the Egg Dying Kits on the market today, it's easy to fall into the same ol' same ol' when it comes to coloring your eggs. 

We say break free this year and create Easter Eggs worthy of the Smithsonian! There are so many different ways to decorate your Easter Eggs without having to dunk them. So before you get out your plastic cups and vinegar...give a few of these ideas a try. 

Glittery Eggs 
Photo provided by can you not love these super sparkly eggs! Glue and glitter is all you need to get this look. And it doesn't take nearly as long as waiting for your eggs to reach the deep, rich color that is on the box of the Egg Dying Kit. 

Tie-Dye Eggs 
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Now this one does use food coloring and vinegar. But the effect is so cool, we just couldn't pass about telling you about it. These eggs do require a little bit of wait time for the colors to set...but the unveiling of your masterpiece eggs is well worth it! 

Metallic Eggs 
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Leave it to Martha Stewart to suggest that we gold leaf our hard boiled eggs...or as she would put it...imitation gold leaf our hard boiled eggs. there anything better than a REAL Golden Egg? We don't think so.

We hope you have a great time this Easter! 
Now...get to decorating and let us know how it goes!