Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gimme S'more!

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This popular campfire treat is loved by millions...of course it has it's own day of celebration. 

The recipe is one we all know by heart. Sandwich a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers and enjoy. 

Everybody has their own perfect combination when it comes to making S’mores. Some people insist on using only Hersey Chocolate Bars, while others are more particular when it comes to the brand of graham crackers used.  But…whether or not you should to catch the marshmallow on fire is a debate that will continue for generations to come. 

No matter how you make your S’mores, we are sure you’ll agree…you have never made your S’mores like this…

Below are a few twists on the classic S’mores recipe we all know and love. 

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S’mores Cookies are pretty easy to make. All it takes is some pre-made refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, milk chocolate and, graham cracker crumbs. Bam! You’ll have a dozen S’mores ready to eat in under 30 minutes. 

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Seriously…how cute are these? The best part is, they taste even better than they look. And think about it…the bigger the jar the bigger the S’more. Who needs portion control? Not us and certainly not when it comes to a S’mores Trifle. 

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These S’mores Bars have a thick layer of homemade marshmallow sandwiched between a graham cracker crust & salted dark chocolate. OMG…we love these bars so much! 

TIP: If you think you need to be camping to celebrate National S’mores Day you are mistaken. You don’t need a camp fire to create the perfect S’more…you can get your marshmallows nice a toasty by roasting them over the gas flame of your stove top. We know…it’s a genius idea!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Are You Ready for Some Cheesecake?!

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Monday, July 30th is National Cheesecake Day, a day to treat yourself with a slice (or two) of this delicious (braces friendly) dessert. We can't figure out who created this wonderful National Holiday but we sincerely thank them…from the bottom of our hearts to the top of our full bellys. 

Baked Chocolate Cheesecake

We don’t know about you, but for us, baking the perfect cheesecake can sometimes be a difficult task. So here are some Tips and Tricks to help you bake the Perfect Cheesecake every time. 

Banoffee Cheesecake

Tip 1: Room temperate ingredients are key for a smooth texture. 

Tip 2: Beat the cream cheese and sugar as much as you want, make it smooth, but once you add the eggs, do NOT overbeat, just mix on low until they are barely incorporated, beating after you add the eggs is what often leads to cracking.

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Tip 3: Make sure your oven is the correct temperature.

Tip 4: TRY not to open the oven door. Cook your cheesecake until it’s still a bit jiggly in the center, like a loose jello jiggler, but not liquid, in the center 2-3 inches.  It will keep cooking afterwards a bit, and it's better to be slightly under cooked than overcooked. 

Dense & Creamy Cheesecake

Tip 5: Turn off the oven and crack open the oven door to let it cool slowly, this will help it finish cooking but not cool TOO fast and crack. 

Tip 6: This tip is a hard one...Do NOT eat it right away, cheesecake sets and gets BETTER with time in the fridge, at LEAST 8 hours.

Mini Cookies & Cream Cheesecakes

Checkout these amazing recipes! One, if not all, will certainly get you in the cheesecake mood (as if you are ever not in the cheesecake mood). 

Happy National Cheesecake Day from all of your friends at Spannhake Orthodontics!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summertime Smiles

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Summer is here and that means it’s time to get out there and have some fun in the sun! At Spannhake Orthodontics, we believe in protecting your smile all year-round, however, summer is a time when playing outside is turned up a notch. 

Here are a few tips for enjoying your summer while protecting those amazing smiles.   

Stay Hydrated 
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Make sure you are drinking fluids that are good for you and your smile. Sports drinks that claim to help you with endurance usually are high in sugar and sugary drinks are not the best for you or your teeth. To stay hydrated, your best option is to drink plenty of water. 

Eat Healthy
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Summer is filled with sweet treats, but you need to remember that while in orthodontic treatment you should avoid certain foods. To protect your orthodontic appliances, stay away from sticky, hard and crunchy treats. Find healthier foods you can snack on that are tasty and good for you. 

Guard Your Grill 
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Summer is filled with physical activities for kids and families. While participating in physical activities you will need to protect your mouth with a mouth guard. Feel free to contact us if you would like information regarding custom mouth guards. 

Keep Your Appointments 
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Summer time equals free time. Now is the perfect time to get in a dental check-up to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Don't forget how important it is to keep all of your scheduled orthodontic appointments with Dr. Spannhake to ensure you stay on track with your treatment. 

Enjoy your summer and smile!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Invisible Braces...The Clear Choice

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If you're like most adults, you probably had braces when you were in High School, but as you have aged, your teeth have started to shift and your smile may not be as perfect as it once was. Maybe you look at yourself in the mirror and think...”Not the best smile, but I don't want to go through braces again. I’m not a teenager anymore.” 

Spannhake Orthodontics is here to tell you that you can have that perfect smile again and no one will know your wearing braces. 

If you're an adult and all you need is a little cosmetic improvement but you would prefer not to wear braces, the Invisalign aligner system may be the treatment for you. A quick evaluation by Dr. Spannhake will tell if you are a candidate for this convenient orthodontic option. 

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While every case is unique, treatment typically takes approximately 12 to 18 months. Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of clear aligners will be created specifically for you. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. 

We know that many adults are eager to achieve a beautiful smile without wearing braces and that's why Invisalign is so great! No matter what stage you're at in life, you'll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself. 

If you want straighter teeth but are concerned about how you'll look in to us about Invisalign!

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.