Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Spectacular

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"There's nothing to do", "I'm Bored", "We never get to do anything fun"…says every child, everywhere, every summer.

No worries, your friends at Spannhake Orthodontics are here to help beat those summertime blues before they start! Did you know that there is fun to be had all summer long, right in our own backyard? 

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Just 10 minutes away from Towson…visiting the Hampton National Historic Site is a great way to spend the day. Guided tours of the eighteenth-century mansion are available Thursday through Sunday. The scenic grounds and gardens are open daily for visitors to enjoy at their own pace. Best part is…Hampton does not charge any entrance or visitor fees. 

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1 hour, 1 team, 1 chance to escape. If you haven't done an escape room yet, you have no idea how much fun you've been missing out on. Escape games are real life adventures where you and your teammates have an hour to break out of a room by finding clues and cracking codes. Located in Timonium and Columbia, Breakout Games is guaranteed summer fun for all! 

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The Carroll County Arts Council is located in the renovated Carroll Theatre in downtown Westminster. The art deco building houses a 263-seat theatre, the Tevis Gallery, and art classrooms. The Arts Center has regularly scheduled events from live concerts to free family movie nights, as well as children’s summer camps.

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OK…not really in our own back yard, but not that far away either. Diggerland USA is a construction themed adventure park where children and their families ride and operate actual heavy machinery. The park is comprised of over 25 attractions. Discount tickets to the park are available on 

Now go…go have all of that Summer Time Fun!
And don't forget to tag Spannhake Orthodontics in any summer fun photos you post online!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Father's Day Gift Baskets

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Doesn't it seem like Father's Day always takes a backseat to Mother's Day? Well...not this year. It's our mission to make sure Dad gets a gift that is as special as he is. 

So what do you get the man that has suffered through every single soccer the rain, no less? The man who taught you how to throw a ball and never got mad at how many times you hit the car? The man who willingly put his life into your hands when he taught you how to drive? Another tie or tool that he already has 5 of? Oh no...this year we are putting thought into our Father's Day present and Dad is getting an amazing gift basket. That's right everyone...Gift Baskets can be manly too. Don't believe us? Check out some of these super manly and super cool ideas for Dad. 

If you've got a Dad who's a car fanatic, this basket is perfect! A bucket and car wash supplies are all you need to make this Father's Day Gift Basket. To give it that personal touch...decorate the bucket with paint, markers and stickers. Car wash supplies like cleaner, sponges, microfiber towels and car air fresheners can be found almost anywhere...even the Dollar Store. So go crazy! Get a big bucket and fill it to the top!

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We're not saying that Dad doesn't do anything but sit around all day. What we're saying is that he does so much for us that he needs to take some time for himself and relax...and this Gift Basket lets him do just that. Fill it with things sure to allow Dad the time he needs to just veg out for a while. Give it to him and walk away. He'll love it!

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This Gift Basket is the cutest ever! One your "Pop" is sure to love. It's also great if you waited until the last minute (not that any of us did that at all). Simply go to the grocery store and get everything you need for this themed basket. Who doesn't love one stop shopping? Fill with everything from Otter Pops to Pop Tarts. But remember...all of these tasty treats are for Dad only.  

See...we told you Gift Baskets were manly.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Yellow Is Not The Best Color

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If you’ve just had your braces taken off, or you’re about to, congratulations!  We bet you can’t wait to show off that amazing smile. But wait…is something holding you back from flashing those pearly whites to the rest of the world? Are your teeth straight, but not so pearly white? 

Because brushing and flossing with braces is difficult, yellowing or stains are inevitable. In many cases, this means topping off your orthodontic treatment with teeth whitening. 

At Spannhake Orthodontics, we offer Opalescence whitening options. Opalescence whitening gels are the perfect way to treat yourself after your braces come off! Opalescence gels contain an active whitening ingredient that penetrates your enamel to get to discolored molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile. 

Opalescence offers a complete line of products that deliver professional results.

  • Opalescence PF: Opalescence take-home whitening gel offers professional results in a customized whitening treatment you can do in the comfort of your own home. 
  • Opalescence Go: Dispensed by Dr. Spannhake, Opalescence Go whitening comes in prefilled, disposable trays, so it's easy to take with you anywhere you go. 
  • Opalescence Boost: Opalescence Boost whitening offers brighter, whiter teeth in less than one hour in the dental chair. 

So…if you’ve just had your braces taken off, or you’re about to, ask the team at Spannhake Orthodontics about how you can get that bright, pearly white smile with our Opalescence whitening gels.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

We Heart String Art

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Maybe you've seen it before...maybe you haven't. But since Mother's Day is right around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about String Art.

We found this amazing Mother's day craft and thought...can you really make this yourself? Low and can. first glance something like this Mom Sign might look a little daunting, but our internet searches assured us that string art is not as hard or as time consuming as you might think.  

You can do string art on canvas or wood. you just cut out a design from a piece of paper and attach it to your surface...and pre-made stencils are readily available online. Making sure they are evenly spaced, hammer the pins or nails into your surface along the edge of your stencil design. Remove your stencil once you have all the nails in place, then weave colored string from one nail to the next. You can either wrap the string around the nails randomly or make your own pattern...and voila! You have the best Mother's Day gift in the history of Mother's day gifts. 

Now get to work! We can't see what you come up with. Be sure to post your Mother's Day String Art pieces on the Spannhake Orthodontics FaceBook Wall.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Rain Rain Go Away

Finding things to do inside the house can be a challenge on rainy days. As teens…our first instinct might be to turn on the video games and tune out the world. 

The team at Spannhake Orthodontics would like to challenge our teen patients to do something different and use these rainy days as an opportunity to learn something new! 

Being stuck inside isn't necessarily a bad thing…and we are here to prove it to you. When rain keeps you inside try having some indoor fun with these clever ideas. 

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Make a Movie 
Instead of watching a movie…make your own movie. Write a script, cast your family, and capture everything on your cell phone’s video camera. 

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Get Slimed 
Slime can be made from products you have around the house. The method for making glitter slime is easy…and you can make it whatever color you want!   

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Make Friends
Friendship bracelets are a great craft that will help pass the time while inside on those rainy days. 

So…if those spring time showers are keeping you cooped up, you may as well spend the time making something awesome!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Protect Your Goal

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Spring break has passed and once again our patients are ready to begin the spring sports season! 

April is National Facial Protection month and because many of our Towson and Westminster area patients are active athletes, the team at Spannhake Orthodontics wants to remind patients, coaches and athletes to play it safe when suiting up for recreational and organized sports.   

While we encourage everyone to play sports, we also want to encourage everyone to stay safe. Spannhake Orthodontics hopes that if you are playing sports this year, that you guard your goal of a healthy straight smile by wearing a mouth guard

Each year, more than 2.6 million children 19 years of age and younger are treated in hospital emergency departments for sports and recreation-related injuries. This fact alone should tell you just how important it is to protect your teeth and your orthodontic appliances with a mouth guard. 

Mouth guards are made of flexible material that is fitted to protect your upper and lower teeth. Mouth guards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue or jaw.   

We want all of our patient athletes to keep their smiles safe from injury by habitually wearing a mouth guard during sports. Please contact Spannhake Orthodontics if you have any further questions regarding protecting your smile or purchasing a mouth guard. 

Mouth guards are a smart investment for your health, so be sure to make the use of a mouth guard a routine.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Time For A Change

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Germs seem to be lurking everywhere! While it’s difficult to avoid catching the 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 toothbrush is essential since they are constantly being exposed to germs and bacteria. If you notice the bristles of your toothbrush have become worn, that is a clear sign that you need a new toothbrush. 

People who wear braces will likely need to replace their toothbrushes frequently, as braces break down and fracture bristles which makes the toothbrush lose its effectiveness. It's helpful to keep a pack of toothbrushes available in the house at all times for easy replacement. 

You may be thinking "My toothbrush is great, it's broken in just the way I like it”. While that may be true, did you know that your old toothbrush can actually be harming your mouth? 

3 Reasons to Change Out Your Old Toothbrush 
  1. Bacteria - Your toothbrush is a tool for removing bacteria from your teeth…but it doesn’t actually kill bacteria. Some of the bacteria from your teeth stay on your toothbrush after you are done brushing. Now, this isn’t a problem initially, but imagine three to four months of bacteria build up on your toothbrush. That old bacteria ridden toothbrush is in your mouth at least twice a day…yuck. 
  2. Bristles - Like any tool, a toothbrush wears down. Worn bristles are tough on your enamel and can wear it away over time. Not only that…an old, worn toothbrush can be up to 95 percent less effective at removing plaque. 
  3. Illness - Always change your toothbrush after you’ve been sick, even if it’s not “technically” time to switch out your toothbrush. 
If you feel like changing your toothbrush every three months is wasteful, we’ve got a solution! Put that old toothbrush to work doing odd jobs around the house. Old toothbrushes are great for cleaning around facet fixtures and tile grout. They can even be used to clean tools, computer keyboards, and tennis shoes! 

Make sure to mark your calendar as a reminder to replace your toothbrush at least every 3 to 4 months. If you need a few tips on keeping your smile in tip-top shape, make sure to ask our team at your next appointment with Spannhake Orthodontics.