Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Your Oral Health To-Do List

The time has already changed with daylight savings and we're progressively seeing change in the weather as it gets warmer and warmer, and this all because it's SPRING!

When spring comes around the flowers bloom and everyone get the urge to clean. Spring cleaning helps you clean and remove clutter as you enter a new season. As you get your home nice and clean let's also focus on cleaning up your oral health habits. It's not easy to maintain consistent good oral health. That's because in the invisible but serious battle against gum disease and tooth decay, there's no neutral ground. You're either fighting it offensively, or your losing. The moment after you brush and floss, those native oral bacteria are repopulating their favorite playground, your mouth. This is why it's important that develop good habits and stick to a regular routine. To guide you we've composed a to-do list for you.

Oral Health Spring Cleaning To-Do List:

Staying on top of your oral health is important all year long. We want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums, healthy teeth and gums makes for a great treatment process.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You Can't Put an Age Limit on Beautiful Smiles

Lubbock braces

Don't let age stop you from having the straight teeth you've always dreamed of. Braces aren't just for kids anymore. Parents are still making regular trips to the orthodontist's office, but these days more and more are leaving their kids in the waiting room.

Sad, but true…over time our bodies start to wear out, including our teeth. As you age, your teeth break down. Unfortunately, it's one of the most visible signs of aging. As teeth wear, the lower and the upper jaw move closer together. Shortening of your teeth causes your lips to change, creases to form on the sides of your nose and mouth, a deep crease develops between your chin and lower lip and jowls develop on the sides of your jaw. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can also contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay and abnormal wear of the tooth enamel.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Numerous technological advances have made braces less noticeable, less painful and even less time-consuming.

As America's baby boomers have become more health conscious, they're rejecting the notion that loosing teeth and dentures are a routine part of growing older. These days people are exercising more and eating healthier and braces are another way of demonstrating that you care about yourself and your overall health.

Don’t believe us? Still think you’re too old for braces? There are many adult celebrities who have been seen on your favorite red carpet rocking brace faced smiles.

Faye Dunaway - Age 61 
Tom Cruise - Age 40
Faith Hill - Age 45  

When people think of braces the assumption is that treatment is specifically for children and young adults. However, you can perfect your smile at any age. If you are consider adult treatment don't wait, give us a call today!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Making the Clear Choice with the Top Provider

You've just been told by your general dentist that you have some teeth that need to be straightened and you need to visit an orthodontist. Well, you’ll be glad to know you have lots of options!  A retainer? Traditional metal braces? Invisalign?.. Never fear, we can answer all your questions.  In today's blog let’s discuss the option of Invisalign.

The Invisalign System straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible. And wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Wentz has planned out for you.

Invisalign is made to fit your lifestyle:
  • Clear, virtually invisible aligners
  • Removable, so will not get in the way of your activities
  • Easy to remove to eat, brush, and floss
  • Graduate to a new set of aligners about every two weeks
  • Easy to monitor your progress with regular appointments
  • Effective for a wide range of smiles.

Only licensed dental professionals who have been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Wentz Orthodontics is an Elite Top 1% Provider for Invisalign.  This means that Wentz Orthodontics is part of the top 1% of all North American Invisalign providers and are among the most experienced. We have worked hard to provide our patients with the best Invisalign care for adults and teens, allowing us to become the only office in the south plains region to have the Top 1% provider designation.

We are blessed to have received such an honorable accolade from Invisalign. Our experience and treatment methods set us apart from others in our region. For years we have provided our community with exceptional Invisalign care. Instead of the old-fashioned impression, we are able to use cutting edge technology like the iTero digital scanning system to create a 3-D digital computerized image, allowing us to offer a faster and more comfortable experience resulting in more precise fitting Invisalign aligners.

Dr. Wentz Invisalign Texas
iTero Digital Scanning System
While there are some general dentists who can provide Invisalign services, it is  encouraged that you have an experienced orthodontist provide you with Invisalign care. Orthodontists and dentists specialize in different things, but we do work as a team for you and your oral health. While Dr. Wentz works diligently to perfect your smile, please continue to visit your dentist every 6 months!

Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. An orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment today. You may be surprised how fast and affordable your treatment can be!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Power of Music

Music can be found everywhere, from your car radio to the melodies made by the sounds of nature. But did you know there are benefits associated with hearing your favorite tunes.

Can you still remember your favorite childhood songs? Years can past by yet once you hear the beat of your favorite song you can instantly remember the words. This is one of the effects of music. Many researchers have confirmed the positive effects music can have on your overall health and day to day lives.

Here are 3 Positive Affects of Music:(source: Huffington Post)

Music can reduce stress- In stressful situation music can help calm nerves. For example, many people feel anxiety while visiting dentist or orthodontist but listening to music during treatment can you relax. "Research has shown that listening to music -- at least music with a slow tempo and low pitch, without lyrics or loud instrumentation -- can calm people down, even during highly stressful or painful events."

Music helps aid in memorization- Many people just music to stimulate memory. For instance students often play music while studying. "Music enjoyment elicits dopamine release, and dopamine release has been tied to motivation, which in turn is implicated in learning and memory."

Music gives you an energy boost for physical activity- According to sports researchers Peter Terry and Costas Karageorghis, “Music has the capacity to capture attention, lift spirits, generate emotion, change or regulate mood, evoke memories, increase work output, reduce inhibitions and encourage rhythmic movement -- all of which have potential applications in sport and exercise.”

Knowing what positive affects music can have on the mind and body, we want to give you a chance to reap the benefits live! Enter to win 4 tickets to see country music star Brad Paisey live in concert Saturday, March 7th.

For more information about this contest give us a call today, contest ends March 5th so hurry and enter!