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.

Cheesecake Pops
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!