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Which Type of Floss is Best?

March 23rd, 2018
If you’ve visited the dental care aisle recently, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. We often have patients ask us which floss is the “best” type of floss. In essence, all of the options on the market today do the same thing, and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. We’ve listed a few of the options below.  Flossers: Flossers are small plastic instruments with a single floss strip and a pick on the opposite end. This option can be both...  [Read full blog post]


Bad Breath & Braces

March 8th, 2018
After getting braces, new patients may develop bad breath from not cleaning their teeth properly. Simply doing a quick job brushing your teeth is not enough to keep your teeth in great shape, especially when you wear braces. Bacteria feeds on food particles leftover after you eat, and this sneaky bacterium creates an unpleasant odor. We certainly understand bad breath can be uncomfortable to talk about, but it happens to most of us. The important thing to do if you’re experiencing bad breath...  [Read full blog post]


Do You Have a Loose Wire or Bracket?

February 20th, 2018
We know even despite your best efforts, the wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact Spannhake Orthodontics as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.In an emergency, you can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the...  [Read full blog post]


Eating With Braces

February 8th, 2018
Now that you have your braces, what foods can you still enjoy? While some foods are off limits, don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.Foods to AVOID with braces:Chewy foods — bagels, licoriceCrunchy foods — popcorn, chips, iceSticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gumHard foods —...  [Read full blog post]


Crowd Pleasing Braces-Friendly Game Day Recipes

January 30th, 2018
If you're still searching for a few more snacks to add to your Super Bowl menu, we've got two that will be sure to score with your friends & family.Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls1 can refrigerated pizza crust1 lb. deli ham (thinly sliced, but not shaved)12 slices Swiss cheeseGlaze:1/2 cup butter2 tablespoons brown sugar1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon poppy seedsDirections:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick...  [Read full blog post]


Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies

January 9th, 2018
At Spannhake Orthodontics we know that even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. This soreness is the way your body reacts to your teeth as they begin to move. Your braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy and beautiful smile but you may experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.Canker SoresCanker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments...  [Read full blog post]


I just got braces - now what?

December 18th, 2017
At Spannhake Orthodontics we believe you have taken the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful smile but you are probably wondering what comes next. The first week is the biggest period of adjustment, and there is a lot to learn in this short time. What to eat?  How to brush?  No worries, in a very short time your braces will feel completely natural.On the first day, your braces will probably feel sort of like a mouthful and it may take time to...  [Read full blog post]


The Tooth Truth

December 7th, 2017
Our dedication to providing extraordinary personal service with compassion and consideration to the unique needs of each of our patients is our top priority. We feel open communication is extremely important in creating a positive environment for our patients and insuring a successful treatment outcome. Here at Spannhake Orthodontics, we consider dental health to be an integral part of overall good health. We believe that good dental health can instill a sense of well-being, provide a lifelong...  [Read full blog post]


Thanksgiving Countdown!

November 16th, 2017
It seems like the month of November has really flown by! Thanksgiving is just a week away and we’re all looking forward to time with family and friends – not to mention all of the delicious food! While some holidays spotlight foods that might traditionally be a challenge to manage when you have braces, Thanksgiving is typically filled with foods that are braces approved!If you’re looking to add a new side dish or two to your Thanksgiving table this year, we’ve found two contenders that...  [Read full blog post]


Out With The Old & In With The New

November 9th, 2017
With cold and flu season starting, germs seem to be lurking everywhere! While it’s difficult to avoid catching the office cold or flu bug, you can help keep your number one oral hygiene accessory in great shape by replacing your toothbrush regularly. Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean, but how long should you a keep a toothbrush? It is recommended that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one every 3 to 4 months, and directly after any cold or flu. Replacing your...  [Read full blog post]


Four Flavorful Fall Smoothies

October 19th, 2017
With Fall in full swing and with it the hectic holidays just a step further down the road, we thought we’d put together a list of a few fall-themed smoothies that can serve as a great (and easy!) breakfast or after school snack.Pumpkin Banana SmoothieIf you’re a pumpkin fan, this smoothie is for you! While pumpkin is a trendy item, especially this time of year, what you might not know is pumpkin has both fiber and protein which makes for a healthy and filling smoothie.2 tablespoons canned...  [Read full blog post]


Spotlight on This Months Check-In 4 Charity: Breast Cancer Research Foundation

October 1st, 2017
This month with your help, we are supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of the BreastCancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. The only way to achieve this goal is through research. Research is revolutionizing our understanding of cancer. Research is leading us to the core of this insidious disease. Research is transforming lives every day as women and men get the help they need. They believe...  [Read full blog post]


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]



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“I did a great deal of research and speaking with community parents prior to selecting Dr. Spannhake as an orthodontist. I have been pleased with every aspect of Dr. Spannhake's practice. I have had no issues scheduling appointments, changing appointment dates, getting my questions answered, and stopping into the office for "quick fixes" to my daughter's braces. The staff is friendly, pleasant and respects the importance of color selection for rubber bands and retainers for children:) I have been working with the practice for a full year now and have not one complaint!“ - Debra L.
“I LOVE this place they are so nice“ - Lalonnie R
“They are so honest and nice.“ - Mike f
“Spannhake Orthodontics is amazing. My braces experience took a little longer than normal, but that's only because my mouth and jaws decided to grow oddly, requiring jaw surgery, but It was worth all the waiting and I know my teeth are going to look amazing.“ - Abby B
“Great place to get your smile fixed. My daughter is the one who see Dr. Spannhake and she enjoys going in to the office and seeing the smiling staff. The staff is great with explaining to us what they are going to do and how they do it. I feel very comfortable leaving there knowing they have my daughters intrested at heart. The doctor is great with our daughter and the staff is very friendly.“ - Mike B
“I was a bit nervous to go to the orthodontist office for the first time at the age of 27. But, Dr. Spannhake and her staff were so warm and knowledgeable that I was put to ease almost as soon as I walked into her office. All my questions were answered in the initial invisilign consultation; both about the procedure and the insurance and finance side. I am now 17 weeks into my treatments and I am outstand with the results. I am always seen on time and the staff continues to be as helpful and cheery as they were on day one! I would recommend Dr. Spannhake and her staff to anyone looking for an orthodontist in the Westminster area.“ - Heather B
“This is the best ortho dentist ever...the staff here is like family and they always help my mom and I in all of my dental needs...they are friendly and always willing to help..here at Spannhake office they listen and are just fun...some kid are terrified in coming to a dentist office but not here....its cool ...u even get to do your homework while u wait...“ - Isaiah Johnson
“The people here are very nice, and it's very quick to get a checkup and it's very well organized and welcoming.“ - Roland Joice
“Very good service. Glad we use you!“ - miriam s
“I appreciate your service“ - Chani S
“they help my smile look great.“ - Jodie P
“They make my teeth look nice. They are also nice to me.“ - Andi P
“Dr. S and the whole staff are so professional and helpful.“ - Patrick J
“Dr. Spannhake did a very nice job with my teeth and they have very fast appointments and they make it very painless.“ - Jeremy S
“Both of my children started with Dr. Spannhake and have been very pleased. She is a wonderful orthodontist, so kind and caring and takes time to say hello and ask how we are doing. The staff is very efficient. When we come in, the schedule seems to run on time most days. We are happy, happy, happy here and seeing great results!“ - Tina M
“I might have one of the slowest teeth in the world! the great thing is that my parents found Spanhake Orthodontics to help my teeth. Unlike many other treatment centers, all of the staff is very patient and if a problem occurs in my teeth, they don't stop to think. They do it right away. Spanhake Orthodontics is a place where there is no pain, you can trust anyone to take care of you, and you walk out with a great smile.“ - Toshi Davis
“I had my braces taken off 6 months ago and I love my new smile! I met Dr. Spannhake 2 years ago to address my issues with TMG and my need for orthodontics. She went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable and pain free throughout my treatment!“ - Autumn Keller
“Dr. Spannhake is the best. I count on her to help me have a beautiful smile. She always takes good care of me.“ - Lillie W
“So happy. My daughter lost a tooth this weekend that was wired in that was causing her pain. Called the afterhours # and got a call right back. We managed to cut the wires and get the tooth out. Called this AM and the Westminster office was closed and the Towson office was able to squeeze us in this morning. I figured we would be at the office a while but we were in and out in 15 minutes. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. Thank you again for getting us in!!“ - Sarah F
“Very nice service“ - Mark B
“After wearing braces 40 years ago, my bottom teeth shifted some. I came in to see if it could be fixed, Dr. Spannhake is the greatest, I am nearly done and my bottom teeth are going to be straight again.“ - Suzy Z
“Everybody is so nice. I am autistic and they are very patient with me. They are so nice.“ - Cory K
“I love it here. Everyone is so nice and make me feel comfortable every time I'm here.“ - Lexi K
“Everyone at Dr. Spannhake's office is very nice. There's not a long wait to be seen. I am happy my mom chose Dr. Spannhake's for my braces!“ - Brett K
“I can't say enough about Dr. Spannhakes office. They are wonderful with my kids. I have a son with special needs and they are so patient and understanding with him.“ - Melissa K
“Ive been going here for a year so far and proud to say it has been very awesome keep up the good work.“ - Franck Solefack
“Overall, I have been pleased over my last year of treatment. There have been times when the treatment was a bit rough. Perhaps those working on me did not realize the pain being inflicted, or perhaps I have extra sensitivity to pain. I work at a major hospital in downtown Baltimore, and the wait times at Dr. Spannhake's office amaze me they are so short. The front desk staff are very efficient. I can typically get appointments that suit my schedule the best. After more intensive procedures I receive a phone call the next day to ask how I am doing. My treatment is going well. Overall, I am happy.“ - Amanda H.
“Great staff and wonderful service for my daughter!! Wouldn't go any where else.“ - Jennifer H.
“Our boys teeth look great. We are very pleased with the high level of service with have received from Dr. Spannhake and her wonderful staff.“ - Chris D
“After finding my that my teeth had become crooked and I was developing more of any overbite as I aged, I looked around for a good orthodontist as I decided 2014 was the year to treat myself for my birthday. I was not comfortable with an office full of 10-15 year olds so I asked my periodontist who did he use (as he had just completed his transformation) and he said Dr. Elizabeth Spannhake. I am so happy with her work and how I am treated by her staff - this was the best birthday present ever!“ - Maxine S.
“Very friendly staff, I so excited to have my Invisalign. I cant wait til I have a straight beautiful smile !“ - Alisha.N
“We are so happy that we were referred to Dr. Spannhake after our ordeal with another orthodontist! We love everything about the Towson practice...prompt, professional, caring. My daughter's experience has been amazing and we look forward to the next 20 months.“ - Colleen Hanley
“My birthday treat to myself! My periodontist was a patient and he couldn't be anymore happier - so I made an appointment. Can't tell you how pleased I am with her office staff at Towson and I love, love, love Dr. Spannhake. Thanks for taking an old lady and making her feel young again!“ - Maxine S.
“I love the professional service provided to my son and I at the Towson location! Looking forward to the next 18-24 months!“ - Charlene W
“I just went for an Ortho consultation for my daughter and the staff and Mrs Spannhake were so nice! They were so friendly and answered all questions my daughter and I had. I am excited to begin my daughters journey with this office in Westminster!!! I highly recommend checking this place out!“ - Crystal S
“Two members of our family are patients and I plan to bring my youngest for a consultation too. Great staff. Only wish they were open more days in Westminster, but are always accomidating.“ - Andrea S.
“Y'all are really nice and they remember your face.“ - Kaleb B.
“After meeting with a few orthodontic offices for consultations, we chose Dr. Spannhake's office because of how much our son loved it right away. The office is clean and inviting, and the staff is friendly and professional. We are VERY happy with our decision! We have an orthodontist right up the street from our house, and yet drive 25 minutes to Westminster just to see Dr. Spannhake :-)“ - Jackson H
“I love the fact that they are not invasive in treatments. The staff are friendly and time efficient. The treatment was very quick. the best part, the enviornment is safe, accomidating, and CLEAN!!!!! please take your child to Spannhake Orhtodontics....it would be a regretable mistake if you don't........“ - Elijah W
“We've been very happy with Spannhake Orthodontics so far. We heard very good things about them and we haven't been disappointed. My daughter is very comfortable with everyone there. And that's what mattered most to me!“ - Cindy P
“braces were easy thanks to the spannhake ortho team“ - bailey d