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Spotlight On This Months Check-In 4 Charity: Smile for a Lifetime

September 1st, 2017
Just like that the warm summer months are winding down and September is here! For all of us at Spannhake Orthodontics, this also means a new charity of the month! With your help we will be supporting Smiles for a Lifetime.ABOUT THE CHARITYThe Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontics to individuals, ages 11-18, who may not have the opportunity to acquire assistance any other way. Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime aims to reach...  [Read full blog post]


What Age For Orthodontics?

August 23rd, 2017
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. This is the recommended age because typically the first of the adult teeth appear, and when some of the more important problems of dental development can require treatment. Treatment for young children is usually aimed at dealing with functional problems that immediately threaten the health of the teeth. The conditions that we treat in early childhood are problems of tooth eruption, crossbite,...  [Read full blog post]


Affording Smiles

August 17th, 2017
Some people hesitate to get braces because paying for them can be surprisingly difficult.  For most families, paying for braces can be a significant investment. That investment can become even larger when multiple family members need braces. At Spannhake Orthodontics our goal is to provide you and your family with affordable, high-quality orthodontic treatment that fits your budget.Quality orthodontic care is about more than just aesthetics, a mouth that is crowded or contains crooked...  [Read full blog post]


Just Say No

August 14th, 2017
Spannhake Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists have a prompt announcement for consumers about “DIY” orthodontic treatment. It is with great urgency that we emphasize to you all to be cautious about the trending “DIY” orthodontic treatment because straightening your teeth on your own can lead to lifelong dental problems. Do-It-Yourself videos and websites are popular among today’s culture, and while so many great ideas come from several of these outlets, there are...  [Read full blog post]


Does Spannhake Orthodontics Treat Adults?

August 2nd, 2017
Braces do the job of straightening teeth, regardless of age. More common than ever these days, you see adults wearing braces, and when you do, one question instantly pops into your head - do braces work for adults? The answer is YES. In fact, adults aged 20 to 40 years represent at least 40 percent of the population of people wearing braces. The reason why so many current adults skipped wearing braces during their youth is that they often feared of being bullied and teased because back in the...  [Read full blog post]


Tips For Going Back To School

July 28th, 2017
Caring for braces especially for students in school can be quiet hectic due to the restrictive devotions to maintain the braces and for this reason, Spannhake Orthodontics has decided to put up an article which will make caring for orthodontic braces easy in school. As a student who just had an orthodontic treatment, you should be rest assured that it is the best that can happen to give you the perfect smile again but the care for your teeth and gums help make it very effective. Take a look at...  [Read full blog post]


Why Your Child Needs An Early Evaluation

July 21st, 2017
Orthodontics deals with the correction of teeth and jaws that are not in the right position. Spannhake Orthodontics has been a versatile help in creating a straight and healthy smile to patients who are affected with crooked teeth and other oral problems such as: • Overbite: In which the front teeth lie so much far forward, protruding quite the lower teeth. • Underbite: In which the lower teeth lie too far forward, sticking out more than the upper teeth. • Crossbite: In which there is...  [Read full blog post]


Choose Your Look

July 11th, 2017
Orthodontic technology has brought us many options with regards to braces. These days, there are many types of braces, from metal braces to ceramic braces…even clear braces. But what braces are right for you?Metal Braces When it comes to braces, metal braces are the most commonly used. Metal braces involve brackets that are glued onto the front side of each individual tooth.  You may have heard the words “self-ligating" when people talk about metal braces. Self-ligating is an...  [Read full blog post]


Charity of the Month | SPCA International

July 7th, 2017
Did you know Spannhake Orthodontics is a member of Check-in 4 Charity? Check-in 4 Charity is a program designed to help businesses work together with their patients to make a difference. Every time you check-in on Facebook at our office, a donation is generated for the charity of the month! This month, we are supporting the SPCA International. About the SPCA International Spannhake Orthodontics is excited to encourage patients to check-in at our office this month to support the SPCA...  [Read full blog post]


Seniors Can Get Braces Too

June 26th, 2017
It's National Senior Health and Fitness day! Every year on the last Wednesday in May, it is estimated that 100,000 senior adults participate in health and fitness activities put on by several organizations nationwide. As we encourage senior citizens to be active today, we also want to remind you to stay current on your health visits and check-ups. This includes dental and orthodontics.Are you a senior who has considered orthodontic treatment? You may be surprised to know that seniors can...  [Read full blog post]


Tips For Invisalign Patients

June 23rd, 2017
Invisalign 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. To ensure the best possible results we decided to compile a list of a few tips for our patients currently using Invisalign.Wear your aligners for a minimum of 2 weeks, before moving into the next aligner. Sharp or rough edges can be smoothed with an emery...  [Read full blog post]


3 Super Quick Smoothie Recipes

June 16th, 2017
One of the most common questions we get from new patients is “what can I eat after I get my braces?”  Aside from the typical checklist of approved and nonapproved foods to eat during your orthodontic treatment at Spannhake Orthodontics, we like to go above and beyond and provide you with recipe ideas, too.  Yes, there are certain points in your treatment process when your mouth might be more sensitive than usual, but that doesn't mean you don't get to enjoy a...  [Read full blog post]


Braces & Wisdom Teeth

June 9th, 2017
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually come in anywhere from 17 to 25 years old. Coincidentally, this age bracket is a popular time for orthodontic work, and many people are in braces or will soon have them taken off. It can be disconcerting in this time period to see completely new teeth emerging.At Spannhake Orthodontics in Westminster and Towson, we offer orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages. Whether you’re looking for braces, Invisalign or other orthodontic...  [Read full blog post]


Funfetti Dessert Pizza | SPRING RECIPE

May 26th, 2017
This Funfetti dessert pizza is a giant sprinkle cookie pizza with a marshmallow buttercream and topped with sprinkles and fruit. Try it out this Memorial weekend!INGREDIENTSFor the cookie:½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter1 cup granulated Sugar1 large eggs½ teaspoons vanilla extract1 ½ cups all-purpose flour¼ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon cream of tarter½ cup sprinklesFor the frosting:½ c (1 stick) unsalted butter4 oz marshmallow cream3 cups powdered sugar2 tablespoons heavy whipping...  [Read full blog post]


5 Tips For A Perfect Selfie

May 17th, 2017
#Selfies have been popular for a few years now, but do you know how to take the perfect one? We know, at first it may have seemed a little ridiculous, all these people taking photos of themselves and posting them online. But did you know that taking selfies is a great way to show off your personality and confidence?Taking a selfie is an art form in itself. A great selfie is more than just a quick camera click, it actually takes a level of skill to capture and edit the perfect one. After some...  [Read full blog post]


PROM PHOTO CONTEST | ENTER NOW

May 8th, 2017
It's about that time again! Another #SpannhakeOrthodonitcs Prom Photo Contest! All entries will be entered to WIN, winner selected at random! Get all the details you need below!ENTER ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!


MAY CONTEST ALERT | Can You Name That Smile?

May 1st, 2017
Can you name the smiles of each character below? Check out the flyer for details and enter to win a brand new VR headset! Fill out your entry at your next appointment for a chance to win!


Fluoride During Orthodontic Treatment | Is It Important?

April 28th, 2017
Spannhake Orthodontics wants you to know that there are several ways you can protect your smile throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rule of thumb and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, your treatment should be very successful.One thing we’d like to add, is did you know there is another way to keep your teeth healthy and bright during your treatment with braces?How is this possible? One word: fluoride. Fluoride is the...  [Read full blog post]


Fun Spring Activities

April 14th, 2017
Spring is in the air! As the flower buds are peeking out and birds are starting to chirp, it's time to leave those thoughts of snowstorms behind. Spring can be a wonderful time to explore the outdoors or go for a walk around town. Get your family moving together and establish some healthy habits, away from the electronics indoors. We have 5 fun ideas to get you in the mood for the loveliest season of the year. 1. Dust off the sports gear. Find a kick a ball, throw a Frisbee, shoot...  [Read full blog post]


Protect Your Braces

April 7th, 2017
Mouthguards can be custom made for your mouth by your dentist or orthodontist. However, if you can’t afford a custom-made mouthguard, you should still wear a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore.Protect Your Braces A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips,...  [Read full blog post]


#SPANNHAKESPRINGBREAK SELFIE CONTEST DETAILS

April 3rd, 2017
Enter now until April 30th for a chance to win a mystery prize!Click here to LIKE Spannhake Orthodontics on Facebook & upload your #SpannhakeSpringBreak selfie. 


Picture Perfect Smiles

March 31st, 2017
They say to celebrate good times, right? Well, we wanted to get into that phrase a little more by showcasing some of our patients who are celebrating their new smiles (whether it's freshly in braces or finally out)! At Spannhake Orthodontics our friendly staff develops a relationship with our patients on a more personal level, so our patients aren’t the only ones proud of their smiles but we are too. Meet some of our patients that are looking picture perfect this month! Great results...  [Read full blog post]


Easy Home-Made Pretzel Recipe | Braces Friendly

March 24th, 2017
INGREDIENTS1 package (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast1 1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)2 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons butter, melted1 1/2 teaspoons salt4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour8 cups water1/2 cup baking soda1 egg yolk1 tablespoon cold waterCoarse salt, optionalINSTRUCTIONSIn a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).Turn dough onto a floured...  [Read full blog post]


More On Retainers

March 15th, 2017
Several patients underestimate the importance of wearing their retainers after their braces come off, but it’s actually one of the most critical post care practices to keep your teeth straight. After all the time, money, and energy spent on braces, why spend all that when you don't plan to keep them straightened after treatment?What is a retainer?A retainer keeps teeth from moving back to the positions in which they started before you got braces. There are many different types of...  [Read full blog post]


Learn More On Adjusting To Braces

March 10th, 2017
Are you a new patient at Spannhake Orthodontics? You may or may not be excited about wearing your braces, but regardless we know you will be thrilled with the result of your new smile. As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming sometimes, so we decided to help you out with a few tips on adjusting to your braces. The first tip is to give yourself some time. Your braces may not be what you expected or wanted, but after a while when your teeth start...  [Read full blog post]





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