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!