Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wentz Holiday Hours

Wentz Orthodontics would like to inform you of our special holiday office hours.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 

New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with our families, and apologize for any inconvenience. Our Wentz Orthodontics staff would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Reason for the Season

Christmas is officially one week away, and while most are worried about last minute shopping and Christmas parties, we want to remind you the true meaning of Christmas.   As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us open our hearts to the joy that is the reason for the season.  We want to share some of our favorite Christmas bible verses with you as you continue to celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus, the Son of God.

Luke 2:14
Isaiah 9:6
John 3:16
For so many the true meaning of this precious season gets lost in the gift of giving and receiving. We hope these wonderful verses will remind you that Jesus is the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas from Wentz Orthodontics!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Countdown to Christmas 2015

Wentz Orthodontics is blessed to be a part of an amazing community. As we enjoy participating in several local events throughout the year, Christmas time is no exception. Recently, Dr. Wentz and Dr. Reeves were featured on the KCBD Countdown to Christmas! We are so proud of the feature that we want to share it again, for those of you who may have missed it!

The Countdown to Christmas 2015 is not only a great way to get involved in the community, but there are some amazing prizes for you to win! Be sure to register this year and try your luck on the $300 MasterCard Gift Card Wentz Orthodontics gave as a contest prize! We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Details On Crowded Teeth

One of the most common problems several of our patients get treated for at Wentz Orthodontics is crowded teeth.  We actually see this problem on a daily basis, and this term is defined just like it sounds, either the teeth are too big for the patients jaw size, or the mouth has too many teeth and is overcrowded. The problem with too many teeth in the mouth is the lack of space, as the teeth are shifted out of place resulting in a crooked position. Unfortunately, this can occur in both adult orthodontic patients as well as children.

It is pretty easy for us to determine this problem for our patients as an examination of the patients’ mouth can lead to a diagnoses. The teeth typically appear crooked and jammed in an unnatural way, causing teeth that can lead to future dental problems because they’re harder to clean. Another result of crowded teeth is the obvious fact of a smile that may not be considered cosmetically appealing and can lead to self-consciousness.

Depending on the severity of the overcrowded teeth, Wentz Orthodontics can determine which method of treatment will work best.  Sometimes having excess teeth extracted helps with expansion of teeth. Other times, palate expanders are used in the mouth to help widen the jaw; this method is only used on children, not adults; their jaws have already stopped growing.  Also, several types of braces give amazing results for adults and children with overcrowded teeth. It all really comes down to the individual being treated when we determine how to correct the crowding.

If you suffer from this condition, please call us to schedule your first visit to learn about some orthodontic treatment options.

Call us at: (800) 794-8124

Monday, November 30, 2015

Get To Know Elastic Bands A Little Better

Braces are often the main line of treatment for most orthodontic problems and nearly always need to be augmented by elastic bands to help achieve perfect results. Elastics helps move your teeth so as to minimize the teeth gaps and cure the 'over-biting' complain.

Elastics are fitted by your orthodontist and may leave your teeth and gums slightly sore after the fitting. Do not worry though, this goes away in a few days. These elastic bands need to be worn 24 hours a day, for as long as your orthodontist advises. You may, however, remove them during meal times and when brushing your teeth only to wear them again as soon as possible. Also, don’t forget to  wear new fresh bands after removing the previous ones.

At Wentz Orthodontics we advise wearing the elastic bands in the following way:

From upper right canine to lower right first molar and from upper left canine to first lower left molar. You might face problems in placing these correctly initially, but don’t worry we will teach and help you accordingly.

You can follow this guide unless you are personally instructed  to do yours a little differently.

Elastic bands might get broken at one point, it is advisable to replace both jaws' elastic bands. This is because with time the bands' elasticity decreases, so when one jaw's band is changed, it will have a stronger elasticity than the old one. Also, replace your elastic bands routinely to make sure the traction they apply on their teeth remains of a good strength as elasticity is lost through wear and tear.

Depending on the quality of elastics you use, you may be instructed when you should change the elastic bands, but mostly we advise changing them twice a day; once in the morning and once before bedtime. Keep extra bands with you at all times as they might break unexpectedly. You may pick up as many elastic bands as you want from your our office, it would only make us happier as it means you would be using them regularly.

The most important thing you need to take care of when wearing elastic wear is the regularity. Do not wear them for a part of the day and then not for some other times of the day as it will greatly affect your results. This irregular use of elastic bands will it move your teeth adequately, resulting in persistence of your problem. Furthermore, your teeth and gums will remain tender and sore as they will not grow accustomed to the force of elastic bands, and it might actually move your progress a bit backwards each time you take the elastic bands off for a long duration.

So when you visit our office for the setting of your elastic bands, make sure you asks any questions that come to mind, and pick up a few extra bands to play it safe.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Secrets For Successful Shopping On Black Friday

Everyone knows the biggest day for the best shopping deals is the day after Thanksgiving! Black Friday has become an unofficial holiday for smart shoppers looking to save on holiday gifts.  If you’re one of those smart shoppers, you’re in luck because we have a few secrets to help you in your hunt for the best deals this year.

Rule #1 Be Prepared

Many stores give early bird Black Friday ads to customers on their email list. Check out your favorite stores online and subscribe to their e-mail list so you can start finding the deals before the stores open!

Rule#2 Get Bonus Discounts

If you get a thrill from shopping at the crack of dawn, you will love the rewards that may come with it. Many stores do giveaways to those who are in line to shop on Black Friday. Last year, Sports Authority gave the first 80 customers to walk in gift cards worth up to $500.

Rule# 3 Split Up

It’s fun to shop with family and friends, but with so many deals and so little time you can play it smart by dividing up the shopping. Compare your lists with your closest pals, and split up the stores and items!

Rule# 4 Stay Within Your Budget

Make a list of what you need and a set budget on what you have to spend.   Make sure you stay strict to the list and don’t purchase items you don’t need.  Sometimes it’s the things that aren’t on the list that blow your budget.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Teeth Tips To Remember This Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to show our appreciation of all things we are thankful for. It's a day we focus on the importance of those we care about most, and let's admit it, we're there for the food too!  With only a few days left before we feast, Wentz Orthodontics wants to give you some teeth tips to remember this Turkey Day!

Tip #1
Avoid teeth staining foods - Did you know that cranberries and certain types of pies can stain your teeth? Try to limit yourself when eating foods with strong coloring to them.  These same colors will eventually end up on your teeth, so brushing after your meal is important to help avoid unwanted stains on your teeth. 

Tip #2
Drink plenty of water - Nibbling on food all day is a given when you celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, make sure you drink plenty of water between meals to help flush out bacteria that can come when constantly snacking.  Water can help flush out food particles that would otherwise lay stagnant on your teeth. 

Tip #3 
Just say NO to soda - With all the desserts and side dishes you will have to choose from, adding more sugar to the mix with soda is not a good idea.  Soda has sugars that are unkind to your teeth, and for those with braces those sugars can cause decay around your brackets.  We suggest drinking water and milk instead to spare your teeth stains and decay.

Try to keep these steps in mind before you feast this Turkey Day, and you can give thanks for more years of healthy teeth.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Great Candy Buy-Back

We have teamed up with South Plains Food Bank to bring you "The Great Candy Buy-Back". Monday, Nov. 2 from 3-6 pm we will buy back your Halloween candy for $1 per pound (max 10 lbs of candy per child). All candy will be donated to the SPFB for Thanksgiving Baskets. This is a great opportunity for our patients who are currently in treatment and must avoid certain treats, our candy buy-back allow you to donate the candy to a wonderful cause. If you have any questions about The Great Candy Buy-Back please contact our office 806-79-BRACE.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Can Still Be Sweet With Braces!

Halloween Parfait Recipe
(provided by American Association of Orthodontist)


  • 3 boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring
  • one 9-ounce package plain chocolate wafers
  • 6 cups milk
  • chocolate syrup to taste
  • one 8-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained


  • Combine pudding mix and milk in a large bowl as directed on the package. Refrigerate until firm. Crush chocolate wafers into crumbs, using a food processor, or put the wafers into a plastic food storage bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Combine red and yellow food coloring in a small bowl. Stir into pudding thoroughly, until pudding is orange. 
  • Alternate layers of pudding with layers of chocolate crumbs in a parfait cup or glass for a total of three layers of pudding. 
  • Top each layer of crumbs with chocolate syrup to taste before adding the next pudding layer. Top each parfait with mandarin oranges and additional chocolate wafer crumbs.

Makes eight 8-ounce servings.

Have your own braces-friendly Halloween treats? Send them to us on social media and we'll share!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's National Orthodontic Health Month!

Orthodontic Health Month is about creating awareness about the importance of orthodontic health to patients and our surrounding communities. We want our patients to understand the health and lifestyle benefits of orthodontics. Here are a few common questions and answers regarding orthodontics we've answered for you. 

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.

Most malocclusions are inherited, and some are acquired. Inherited problems include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra teeth, congenitally missing teeth, and a wide range of discrepancies of the jaws, teeth, and face. Acquired problems can be caused by trauma, thumb or finger sucking, airway obstruction by tonsils and adenoids, dental diseases, and premature loss of baby or adult teeth. Many of these problems affect not only the alignment of teeth but also facial development and appearance as well.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child be evaluated by age seven. An orthodontic screening no later than age seven enables the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems that exist, advise if treatment will be necessary, and determine the best time for the treatment. Early detection of any orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.

Age is not a factor in considering orthodontic treatment for adults. Any adult in good general health with healthy gums and good bone support for the teeth is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults, and that number is still growing!

As we take time to bring awareness to orthodontics this month we want to remind you if you have any questions regarding orthodontics to contact us. Dr. Wentz and our staff love answering all your questions, so feel free to ask!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Foods To Enjoy

Summer has ended and Fall is here.

The official start of fall is September 23rd. Fall brings about much change as the leaves turn rusted colors, the weather becomes cooler and many fruits and vegetables begin to be harvested. Many people spend summer time eating lots of sweet treats, but as we transition to fall we should focus on healthier foods. Here are our top 3 favorite healthy fall foods.

Apples: This fruit can be ate alone as a snack or baked into your favorite dishes, such as apple pies.
wentz bracesThere’s a variety apples you can to choose from such as Granny Smith, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples.
Health Benefits: Full of Antioxidants, Provides Dietary Fiber
Harvest Season: August - November
Ortho-Friendly Ways To Eat Apples: Apple slices and apple sauce.

Pumpkins: Not only good for carving, pumpkins are great for pies, muffins and even its seeds eaten by themselves.
Health Benefits: Source of Potassium, Source of Fiber, Source of Vitamin B
Harvest Season: October - February
Ortho-Friendly Ways To Eat Pumpkins: Pumpkin soup, baked pumpkin spice treats, pumpkin pie.

Squash: Squash is a vegetable that is great as a side dish, paired with pasta or even cab be pureed and used as a dip.
Health Benefits: Contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Source of Vitamin A
Harvest Season: October - February
Ortho-Friendly Ways To Eat Squash: Butternut squash bread, squash soup, squash pudding and squash pasta.

Remember, while undergoing orthodontic treatment you must be mindful of what foods you are eating. Fall foods can be amazing, but we want to remind our patients that there are certain foods you must stay away from. For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. We not only want you to have a great looking smile, but healthy smile as well.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rethink Your Drink

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is important to your oral health while having braces, but what you drink can play a part too. Sugar is the main ingredient in many soft drinks, juices, sports drinks and energy drinks and as good as sugar sounds it is actually harmful for your teeth. “But those drinks taste so good”, we know, however sugar can cause dental decay which isn't good at all.

How is sugar harmful?
wentz orthodontics Sugar particles spark overproduction of acid and plaque in our mouths which creates tooth decay. Acid breaks down enamel in teeth causing erosion that can cause pain and cause teeth to become very sensitive. The more sugary soft drinks, the more acid that is produced, the bigger problem you have. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed. Also, if you’re consuming drinks with lot of sugar  while having braces you may find that your teeth have white spots, which is a condition called decalcification. When sugar is left on the teeth you can be left with a buildup of grim under your braces, thus causing white spots called decalcification.

How to prevent harm to your teeth from sugary drinks?
If you consume drinks that are high in sugar try not to do it often, and when you do make sure your brush and rinse after. However, eliminating sugary drinks from your diet and maintaining proper oral hygiene (visiting your dentist, brushing your teeth and flossing) is best for your oral health.

What are alternatives to sugary drinks?
  • Water
  • Fruit infused water
  • Tea
  • Veggie juice
  • Milk
For more information what you can and can not eat during treatment visit wentzorthodontics.com. If you have questions please contact our office, we are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Brushing 101

Image provided by Humana Dental

Having a clean mouth is important. It gives you fresh breath and a nicer-looking smile. Brushing and flossing removes a thin sticky film of bacteria that grows on your teeth. This sticky film, called plaque, is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth. Brushing after meals and flossing will help prevent plaque from forming and should become part of your daily schedule. Here’s a few things you need to know to make brushing a little easier.

Types of toothbrush you can use:

Soft toothbrush

  • Soft toothbrushes are toothbrushes with soft bristles. When shopping for a toothbrush you will notice they are labeled either “extra soft,” “soft,” “medium,” or “hard.” Extra soft is your best option for braces.

Electric toothbrush

  • An electric toothbrush, also known a power toothbrush, either battery powered or the kind you plug into the wall to recharge. Electronic toothbrushes clean teeth more effectively than traditional ones. Since you don't need to brush as hard with an electric toothbrush to get the same results, you are also less likely to injure your gums or inner cheeks.

How to brush: [source: oralb.com]

  • Prepare to brush. Take off elastics, and any other removable parts of your orthodontic appliance.
  • Clean your braces. Use your brush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Brush from the top of each wire and then from the bottom. (Take time to ensure that all plaque and debris are removed, and that you work all the way around upper and lower teeth.)
  • Brush your teeth. Clean each tooth individually. First, place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the junction between the tooth and the gum, then apply gentle pressure as you move in a circular motion. Do this for about 10 seconds. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.

Remember you must see your dentist twice a year for your regular dental cleanings. If you are having any trouble brushing your teeth let us know about it during your next visit or give us a call.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

10 Ways You Can Be Kind Today

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. -Ephesians 4:32

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Our summer contest is coming to end, but there is still time for you submit your acts of kindness by August 28th. Random acts of kindness are selfless acts performed by a person or people to either assist or to cheer up a person or people. Everyone benefits from kindness, and we’re adding an extra incentive if you let us know what you’ve done to be kind. We are asking all of our patients to tell us about random acts of kindness they have performed. When you let us know about your acts of kindness you will be entered to win $100, $200 or $300. For some performing random acts of kindness is a part of their daily routine, however if you need a few ideas check out the list below.

10 Ways You Can Be Kind Today

  • Volunteer to clean a room in your house
  • Help with dinner 
  • Help a sibling or younger family member with homework
  • Tell your friends you appreciate them 
  • Leave an online review for your favorite businesses or organization 
  • Share helpful tips with friends
  • Share kind words with a stranger
  • Make plans to spend time with your grandparents 
  • Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life
  • Give someone you care about a hug

You can enter our kindness contest in our office,by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag #wentzkindnesscontest or by sending an email to tamara@wentzmail.com. You can enter as many times as you like, but hurry the contest ends August 28th, 2015.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Braced For Impact

The kids are heading back to school and slowly but surely the heat is turning down. This means one thing, fall is among us.

There are so many great things about fall from the weather to the seasonal dishes. Another great part of fall is the beginning of sports like football, volleyball, basketball and soccer.  While we all love sports we also love staying safe and this fall we want you to "brace yourself" by wearing a mouth guard.

What is a mouth guard? (according to mouthhealty.org)

Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.

Here's a fact for you:

Sports-related injuries often end-up in the emergency room; however, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than 600,000 of these visits involve injury or damage to the teeth and mouth. This fact alone lets you know just how important it is to be protected by a mouth guard.

At Wentz Orthodontics we want all of patient athletes to be equipped with the proper mouth guards to ensure you're protected and comfortable. One of the most important tasks is selecting the proper mouth for your sport. Stop by our office today or wait until your next appointment and ask your assistant for a mouth guard to help protect your teeth, mouth and jaw.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back to School Breakfast

It’s time to head back to school. Whether you’re heading back to grade school, middle school, high school or college, there is one important component that relates to our patients doing well in school and in treatment. It’s breakfast!

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the meal that kick starts your day and gives you fuel you need to get through the day. In general, kids and teens that eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. You may be thinking how is breakfast important to treatment? Well it’s important that you eat food that is good for your oral health and safe for your appliance.

It's important for to have breakfast every day, but what you eat in the morning is crucial too. It’s best to choose breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar. Foods with these nutrients may boost attention span, concentration, and memory, which they need to learn in school. While under treatment hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided.

Knowing this here are a few foods that you can add to your breakfast menu:

1. Eggs- Eggs are loaded with Choline, a vitamin important to memory stem cells which is crucial to learn. Eggs can also be included in various recipes that the whole family can love.

2. Blueberries - Blueberries are loaded with Vitamin C, as well as folic acid, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals, which have shown to help prevent cancer and diabetes. Try adding blueberries as a topping to cereal or even mix them into muffins and pancakes.

ed wentz3. Whole Wheat Bread – Whole wheat bread gives kids their iron, vitamins, magnesium, and zinc. So instead of making a sandwich on white bread for lunch you can use Whole Wheat Bread instead. It’s a little change that will make a big impact.

4. Oatmeal - Instead of high-sugar, high-fat options from the grocery store, try baking a batch of low-fat oatmeal cookies. Raisins, cranberries, dried apricots and nuts can be great additions to the cookie dough because of their nutritional value & taste.

5. Yogurt - Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Consider Yogurt as an alternative to ice-cream for dessert. When mixed with berries and granola, yogurt is a tasty treat.

These are just a few foods that are important to include in breakfast. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems.

For more information about foods that are best for you or your family give us a call and visit our Foods to Avoid List to see what you shouldn’t be eating while in treatment.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Be Good To Your Braces & They'll Be Good To You

This summer we’re promoting kindness and as we encourage you to be kind to others we also want you to be kind to your braces. 

What do you mean be kind to your braces?

When we say be kind to you braces we are asking that you take cares of your orthodontic appliance so that your treatment process can go as planned.  Dr. Wentz has determined braces are the best corrective option for you so we want you to take care of your braces. Taking care of your braces and following treatment instructions will help your achieve the best final results.

Here's how to be kind to your braces:

Brush and flossing daily

lubbock bracesYou will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth. Brushing after meals and flossing will help prevent plaque from forming and should become part of your daily schedule. We know that it can be a pain to floss around your braces, but flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. If you find flossing with braces difficult, don’t give up on it. There are tools that can help. Ask us about Floss Threaders. Floss Threaders definitely make flossing with braces much easier.

Avoid sticky or hard foods

Even though it may seem like the best foods are the foods that are sticky and/or hard, those foods can break a bracket or wire. An example of sticky food is laffy taffy and an example of hard food is hard shell taco. To see the full of foods to avoid click here.

Chew with the back of teeth

Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew.

Wear your elastics

Elastics move the teeth in a direction they could not be moved using braces alone. Change the elastics routinely even if they are not broken. After a while, elastics lose their strength. Change them after each meal and before bedtime. If one elastic breaks, replace both sides.  Carry extra elastics with you at all times. If you don't have enough to last until your next appointment, please stop by our office and pick more up or call us and we can send more to you. We don't want you to run out

Be mindful of wires and brackets 

Wentz OrthodonticsEvery day when you brush your teeth, check to make sure you do not have any loose braces by gently trying to slide each one. If a wire or band comes loose, do not be alarmed. If a tie wire is protruding and irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser) to carefully push the wire out of the way. If you have a broken or loose appliance, please call us to determine if your breakage is urgent and requires immediate repair.

This summer we're giving out rewards for your kindness! Let us know about your act of kindness and you'll be entered to win cash prize up to $300! Enter in our office, tag us on social media using the hashtag ‪#‎wentzkindnesscontest‬ or email tamara@wentzmail.com. Contest ends August 28th, 2015.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Retain Your Smile

Yes, we know your super excited to get your braces removed and an anticipating loving your new smile, but to keep that smile there is another step to the process. This final step is called Retention.

Once the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will receive retainers to stabilize the dental correction. Because the bone and soft tissues surrounding the teeth are stabilizing for several months after braces are removed, it is imperative that the retainers are worn as instructed. Failure to wear the retainers may result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which could necessitate re-treatment.  Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we feel that individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers indefinitely. A patient should wear retainers as prescribed by our practice.

So many patients tend to lose and misplace their retainers, but we want to make sure you don’t skip a beat in your retention process. Here’s what you need to do to take care of your retainer:

  • Don't fold it in your napkin or leave it on the table at a restaurant. Garbage cans don't make happy hunting grounds.
  • Don't put your retainer in your pocket. You might sit on it and break it. OUCH!
  • A protective case is provided for you. Always keep retainers in its protective case when it’s not in your mouth. 
  • Animals and younger children love to play with it. Please make sure your retainer is in your mouth at all times. Your retainer should only be out of your mouth when brushing or eating.
  • Keep things clean! Be sure to brush your teeth without your retainers in. Do not boil your retainer or put it in hot water. Brush your retainer with a toothbrush using toothpaste or water.

Your retainer is a special part of the road to a better smile. The benefits of orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if you keep these important tips for caring for your retainer in mind. For more information regarding Retention visit Wentzorthothodontics.com  or give us a call today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th of July Ortho-Friendly Treats

Every year on the 4th day of July we celebrate a great American holiday, Independence Day. Flags of bright red, white and blue appear everywhere you go. Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.

The best things about the 4th of July are Family, Food and Fireworks. Everyone will show off their patriotism in different ways on Saturday. One way to show support for Independence Day that the entire family to enjoy is by making 4th of July themed treats. Since some of our patients are currently abiding by Dr. Wentz’s rules to avoid anything hard, sticky and super sugary, we've listed 5 tasty ortho-friendly treats for our patients under treatment to enjoy.

5 Ortho-Friendly Fourth of July Treats (For recipes click the name of each treat)

Cupcake Cones

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Patriotic Punch

Jell-O Firecrackers

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Share your treats and your 4th of July fun with us, Tag us in your photos on Instagram and post photos to our wall on Facebook.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Protect Your Smile This Summer

It’s summer time so that means it’s time to get out and have some fun in the sun. Grab the kids and head outside. While you’re enjoying yourselves it’s still important stay safe which includes protecting your smile.

Wentz Ortho

We advocate protecting your smile all year round, however summer is a time where playing and fun activities are turned up a notch. Here are a few tips for enjoying your summer safely.

Stay hydrated

dr wentzIt’s going to get pretty hot this summer here in Lubbock and all around Texas. When you’re out in the sun you have to stay hydrated, but make sure you are drinking fluids that are good for you. Sports drinks that claim to help you with endurance usually are high in sugar. Super sugary drinks are not the best for your teeth. Sugar produces acid that causes tooth decay which can lead to cavities among other issues. To stay hydrated your best option is to drink lots of water.

Remember the foods you must avoid

Summer is filled with sweet treats, but you have to remember while under orthodontic treatment you must avoid certain foods. To protect your orthodontic appliance stay away from sticky, hard and crunchy foods and treats. Find healthier foods you can snack on that are tasty and good for you.

texas bracesGuard your grill

Summer is filled with fun and physical activities for kids and families. While participating in physical activities you have to protect your mouth with a mouth guard. Mouth guards protect teeth and jaw from potential injuries. Contact us for information regarding custom mouth guards.

Make your appointments

Summer time = free time for kids since they are on vacation from school, which is the perfect time for dental check-ups. You must make sure you make all of your scheduled appointments with Dr. Wentz to ensure that we can track the progress of your treatment.  Along with visiting us, it is important that you schedule time for a check-up with your dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.

We hope that all of our patients have a awesome summer and remember this summer we are giving away cash prizes when you complete a good deed. All you have to do is let us know about your act of kindness and you’ll be entered to win. Contest ends August 28th, 2015.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pick the Right Snacks

Sometimes getting kids and teens to eat healthy isn't an easy task, especially when they’re busy with school and other activities. And as parents we’re even busier. It’s OK to admit that sometimes it’s just easier to grab fast food on the way home from work or toss our kids a couple bucks to purchase lunch in the school cafeteria. But proper nutrition not only insures that our kids will grow into healthy adults, it also insures that the money we spent on their orthodontic care does not go to waste.

Did you know that a proper diet provides all the essential nutrients to bones and tissues undergoing change? So, the healthier you are the better the results of your orthodontic treatment.

Knowing this, here are 4 quick, tasty and nutritious snacks your kids are sure to love.

wentz orthodontics 1. Cheese: Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your child’s teeth. In addition to providing calcium, cheese also helps fight cavities. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Cheese stimulates the body’s salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris. This means cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. Also…the Calcium and phosphorous found in cheese prevents decreases in the plaque’s ph level and work to re-mineralize the enamel of your child’s teeth.

2. Whole Wheat Bread: Whole wheat bread gives kids their iron, vitamins, magnesium, and zinc. So instead of making a sandwich on white bread for lunch use Whole Wheat Bread instead. It’s a little change that will make a big impact.

texas braces 3. Oatmeal: Instead of high-sugar, high-fat options from the grocery store, try baking a batch of low-fat oatmeal cookies. Raisins, cranberries, dried apricots and nuts can be great additions to the cookie dough because of their nutritional value & taste.

4. Yogurt: Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Consider Yogurt as an alternative to ice-cream for dessert. When mixed with berries and granola…yogurt is a tasty treat.

For more information about which foods are best for keeping your kids and their teeth healthy visit our website or call our office directly.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Eat Better, Beat plaque

You've heard over and over about the basics of maintain good oral hygiene: brush twice a day, floss daily, visit your dentist twice a year and stay on top of orthodontic appointments. However, in between in order to keep your mouth healthy you must eat foods that help main oral health.

When you eat foods that are not good for your teeth, like sugary foods, you are aiding the production of bacteria formally known as plaque. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing.

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Here are some healthy foods and drinks to add to your diet to protect your teeth.

Dairy products: cheese, milk, yogurt
The calcium in dairy products helps put back minerals your teeth may have lost due to other foods.

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables:
These foods stimulate saliva flow which is the best defense your teeth has against cavities and gum disease.

Black and Green Tea:
Both teas contain polyphenols which can suppress or kill bacteria that could attack the teeth.

Foods with fluoride:
This includes drinking water and products you prepare with water like powder sugar-free juices. Commercial prepared poultry, seafood and cereal provide fluoride nutrients as well.

Remember maintaining you’re oral hygiene habits helps you keep a healthy mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly removes plaque from your teeth. Having a clean mouth is important. It gives you fresh breath and a nicer-looking smile. For our oral hygiene tip click here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Get Out and Get Active!

Did you know May was National Physical Fitness & Sports Month? 

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Recently implemented, during May the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition highlights the importance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and participating in sports activities. May is the ideal time to promote going outside and being active in nice weather. Warm weather motivates people to get moving. Versus the winter season, during warmer weather people are encouraged to go outdoors for free play, sports, and a healthy dose of physical activity.

According to the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, studies have shown that active kids do better! While it’s great to see our youth outside and active when the weather is nice, they alsoneed physical education and activity year-round. It’s a fact that children can be motivated by their parents, so why not get the whole family involved?

Here are a few ideas to get your family moving: (source: letsmove.gov)

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  • Play tag, swim, toss a ball, jump rope, hula-hoop, dance to music or even play a dancing video game. It doesn’t have to be sports—just get your family moving!
  • Walk the dog, go for a jog, go on a bike ride, take the stairs or head to the park and let kids run around for a while.
  • Celebrate special occasions—like birthdays or anniversaries—with something active, such as a hike, a volleyball or soccer game or playing Frisbee at the park.
  • Get the whole family involved in household chores like cleaning, vacuuming, and yard work.
  • Walk instead of drive whenever you can. If you have to drive, find a spot at the far end of the parking lot and walk to where you’re going.
  • Park farther away and count with your children the number of steps from the car to your destination. Write it down and see if you can park even farther away on your next stop.
  • Train as a family for a charity walk or run.

We continue to encourage great overall health for all of our patients. Share with us on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) what your currently doing or what do you plan on doing as a family to stay active!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Fab 5 of Food Groups

What you eat not only affects your oral health, but you overall health as well. It is important to be conscious of the food you are consuming. So before you eat think about what should be on your plate.

Whether it’s a quick snack or a full course meal, you should be mindful of your food choices. By making the choice to be mindful of what you are eating you are making the decision to include foods in your diet that are good your overall health. Tooth decay, periodontal disease and other health issues can be prevented by having a well-balanced diet. If you wondering how you can make it simple to eat better, it’s easy. All starts with choosing the right foods. The best way to do this is by choosing foods from the five food groups known as the building blocks for healthy dieting. Those food groups are: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.

What’s in each group?

Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.
See the Fruit Group food gallery for examples.

Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.

Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.

Protein: All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. Beans and peas are also part of the Vegetable Group.
For more information on beans and peas, see Beans and Peas Are Unique Foods.

Dairy: All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Most Dairy Group choices should be See the Dairy Group food gallery for examples. fat-free or low-fat. Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group. Foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not. Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage) is also part of the Dairy Group.

At Wentz Orthodontics we care about the health of all of our patients. In addition to your health, while under orthodontic treatment being mindful of what you eat also means eating foods that are safe for your orthodontic appliance. There are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances. Our aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible due to appliance breakage, and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices. Remember, teeth move best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you have a well-balanced diet.