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Summer Health Fair + Free Shave Ice

Dr. Luff and his staff will be participating in the 3rd annual Ptarmigan Pediatrics Summer Health Fair on Friday, July 14th, from 2:00 – 6:00 in the evening.  You can find us in our canopy just outside the parking lot for our Valley office location, at 3465 E. Meridian Park Loop, in Wasilla.  Look for the tents and listen for the music to find the fun.  Dr. Luff will be showcasing his Hawaiian Shave Ice-making skills and sharing free Hawaiian Shave Ice with everyone who stops by to say hello! Here’s a list of the flavor options we will have for you to choose from:Blue HawaiiGreen ParadiseHawaiian PunchStrawberry ColadaRed WatermelonBlue RaspberryDreamcicleMangoPina ColadaTiger’s BloodBring your whole family for this fun event… Enjoy free food, a bounce house, music by NewCity Entertainment, a demonstration by Excel Gymnastics, and a Dunk-the-Doc dunk tank. While you’re there, make sure to say hello to us at the Luff Orthodontics booth.  We love seeing our orthodontic patients and meeting new people we can help along their way to getting the smile they want.  We’d love to visit with you about how your summer is going, and talk to you about setting up a time to discuss your orthodontic needs.  If you can’t make it to the Summer Health Fair, but are still looking for an orthodontist in Alaska, go ahead and give us a call at 907-563-3015 to set up your free consultation.  With offices in Anchorage and now in the Valley, too, it’s never been more convenient to see Dr. Luff and his crew.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!  

Sharing your smile

Want to make a positive first impression? Share a smile!  Studies have proven smiles are the first thing most people notice about others, ranked higher in importance than your eyes, smell, clothes, or hair.  Your smile doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, and you can really brighten up someone’s day by sharing your smile with them.Smiles are universal, and kiddos from many lands smile to show their happiness. What makes you smile? Hearing your favorite song on the radio? Seeing a friend you haven’t seen for a while? Reading a note from someone you care about? Thinking about happy memories or plans for your future? When you come in to see us at Luff Orthodontics, we love to share our smiles with you.  You can start at the front desk where Jenny, Alyssa, and Laura will welcome you to our office.Your first visit will likely include a visit with Tia or Keith and their cheerful smiles. Once you are seated in the practice, you’ll be greeted by smiles from our amazing assistants, including Hayley, Sara, Taleena, and Breanna.  Dr. Luff and Dr. Cliff are always ready with a smile, as well.  Sometimes you can’t see the doctors’ smiles behind their cool facemasks, but you can usually see the smile in their eyes. So, like the old song says, “if you’re happy and you know it, your face will surely show it.”  You can help make the world a better place by sharing your smile wherever you go.  And, to really brighten things up, share your kindness along with your smile to help make someone else feel better, too! If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Alaska, we hope you’ll give us the chance to share our smiles with you at Luff Orthodontics.  We do our best to show kindness and caring to each patient we meet, and hope to have you smiling along with us during your time in our office.  You can find us at our Anchorage location  at 3708 Rhone Circle or our newest location in the Valley at 3465 E. Meridian Park Loop in Wasilla.  Give us a call at 907-563-3015 for your free consultation.  Looking forward to meeting you soon! 

Dr. Luff’s reminders for camping in Alaska

Like many Alaskans, Dr. Luff uses some of his time away from work to enjoy the great outdoors with his family and friends.  When you are out adventuring this summer, you might cross paths with him on a back-country trail, fishing a river,or setting up a campsite with his kiddos.As your orthodontist, Dr. Luff wants you to enjoy your summer camping trips at the same time as you take care of your teeth.  Where do your summer camping adventures take you?  Do you pack light and head up the trail at Crow Pass for an overnight?  Do you prefer heavy camping with all the comforts of home?Maybe you combine your campout with kayaking at Eklutna or biking Denali.Whether you’re packing light or going all out, Dr. Luff would remind you to consider your teeth when making your pack list.  A couple small things will help you take care of your braces while you’re off adventuring overnight. 
  • Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners
  • Travel toothbrush
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
  • Rubber bands if you have been given them to wear
  
  • If you have a retainer, remember to bring it with you and wear it as usual.  It will take an extra effort to keep it clean and safe.  Some people recommend putting your retainer in the case and leaving it on your pillow/sleeping bag when you’re not wearing it so you always know where to find it and it will be a good reminder to put it in at night before bed.
  Another important reminder: Eat all the delicious camping food. Then, remember to brush your teeth!  It’s a little extra hassle when you’re outside, but your good oral hygiene habits will keep your teeth and braces working together to produce that awesome smile.If you’re looking for an orthodontist to get started with in Alaska, please give us a call at 907-563-3015 (Anchorage office) or 907-373-6411 (Valley location).  We love getting to know new patients and seeing your great smiles when you come in for appointments! Here’s hoping your summer is going great and you remember to care for your teeth and braces while you’re out enjoying all the awesomeness Alaska has to share.

Summer Movie Treats

When I’m not working at Luff Orthodontics, I love heading to the movie theater to catch a summer blockbuster on a cool, rainy evening.  Our local movie theaters have really stepped it up in the past few years, bringing awesome sound systems and super comfortable stadium-style seating with huge screens. It almost doesn’t matter how tall the person in front of you is: You can see over the top of their head in your cool rocking chair. Growing up here in Alaska, we had fewer theaters to choose from back in the day, with smaller screens, and old-school seating.  Anyone out there remember the Fireweed Theater or the Mat-Su Cinemas?  I know there are even more “vintage” theaters in our local history; maybe you remember some of them?No matter whether watching a movie on the huge screens today or back in the old days, hot, buttery popcorn is a part of the theater for many people.  What to do when you have your awesome braces on and you are following the rules Dr. Luff gave you: No Popcorn?  Does this mean you have to miss all the treats at the movies with your friends and family?  Are you destined to be miserable for two years of summer movie watching?  Never fear! We have some suggestions for alternate treats you can enjoy at the movies. Soft pretzels:  Soft pretzels are hot, salty, and buttery – all the things you want out of a bucket of popcorn without the scratchy hulls. Bonus points if you get some cheese for dipping!Hot Dogs: You can’t go wrong with a soft bun and juicy hot dog, and most if not all of the toppings are safe bets, too. Pizza: Pizza is generally a good option, but beware of overly chewy or crunchy crusts that might tweak your brackets or irritate tender gums. Chocolate Candy: Remember the old tagline “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands”? Sticky treats like Skittles, caramel, Sour Patch Kids, gummy worms, and licorice aren’t a good idea, but chocolate candies including M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kats, Mounds bars, Sno-Caps, and Reeses Pieces definitely are. Ice Cream and Other Frozen Goodies: Many movie theaters now carry a variety of frozen desserts, and some even have milkshake, slushy, and smoothie machines. Everything from ice cream sandwiches to bonbons to sundaes is fine, but think twice about blended treats with hard candies mixed in. So, whether your idea of a fun movie night includes Lightning McQueen or Optimus Prime, you don’t have to miss out on the treats while you’re wearing your braces.Take good care of your teeth and follow the care rules from Dr. Luff, and soon enough you’ll be finished up with your treatment.  You’ll be glad you did your best to take care of your teeth and braces, and you’ll find it was worth the wait for the popcorn and other treats you’d been avoiding.If you’re looking for a great Alaskan Orthodontist with a fabulous support team, I hope you’ll call us at Luff Orthodontics.  You can reach us at 907-563-3015 to set up a free consultation.  We’d love to help get you on the path to your orthodontic treatment.  We will take good care of you while you’re wearing your braces, and we might just get to see you at the local movie theater on some cool, rainy evening! 

Choose your colors!

When you have braces, most of your appointments at Luff Orthodontics will include a decision: What color of bands do you want?  Some people call them elastics, rubber bands, ties, or even ligatures.  Whatever name you use for your bands, you know how fun it is to match your mood, your outfit, your school colors, or whatever you’d like.You probably recognize this box of elastics from your visits to our office.  Do you plan ahead of time what colors you’ll choose? Or do you just make your decision when Sara, Hayley, Breanna, or Taleena ask you what color you want? Either way, you’re in good hands with Dr. Luff, and your elastics will look fabulous with your beautiful smile!Here are some fun ideas to consider for your summer colors:“Watermelon” – Always a favorite summer treat, plus it is one of the many fruits you can enjoy with your braces on!  Of course, you have to cut up your watermelon, but you were going to do that anyway, right? Share the watermelon love by choosing a funky green and red mix.“Cool Water” – Whether you are fishing the Kenai, splashing in the sprinkler, or boating on Big Lake, you know water and summertime in Alaska just go hand in hand.  Wear a mix of shades of blue to bring the cool water with you everywhere you go. Our glacier-fed streams and rivers and lakes make for some of the most beautiful, clean water anywhere.  Get out and enjoy it!“Captain America” – Go patriotic and celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with these bright colors.  Perfect for your 4th of July barbeque, or anytime through the summer.  We can’t see the fireworks very well because of our amazing Midnight Sun, but we can still love the party with our friends and families! Team colors – Whether you root for the Packers or the Seahawks, we’ve got you covered.  When the sun is shining and you’re enjoying some time off of school, you can still show your school pride by choosing your school colors for your bands!Harry Potter houses – You don’t need a sorting hat to choose your house when it comes to braces colors.  This cool collage shows some ideas for all the Potterheads out there!So, whether you plan your colors ahead of time or pick them when you are in our office, we are happy to help you personalize your beautiful smile!  Call us to set up an appointment if you’re looking for an orthodontist in Alaska.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Summer Smiles in Alaska

Trees greening up, longer hours of sunshine, and the kids ready for a break from school? You know what that means… Summer waits just around the corner!  I’m sure you’ll agree: Summer in Alaska is one of the best things ever. The Luff Team loves to get out and enjoy the beauty of our home state when we are not in the office. Once a year we enjoy a bit of summer together on a Luff Orthodontics Staff summer adventure. As an orthodontist in Alaska, Dr. Luff works hard in the office and plays hard in Alaska’s great outdoors.We smiled through summer escapades together on a whitewater rafting trip near Hope, Alaska.  The Chugach Outdoor Center crew hosted us there in 2015. Last year, in July, we planned to take a zipline tour of the boreal forest in Talkeetna with Denali Zipline Tours.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and we were shut down due to high winds.  We made the best of it, though, and were able to jump on a K2 Aviation flight up to Denali. We are making plans for our summer experience for 2017. Any recommendations for where we should go? What do you like to do with your family and friends in the summer?We live in a beautiful place, with great experiences right out our backdoor.  Any time we get to spend in summer in Alaska remains a reason to smile!  Our Anchorage staff has been known to hike Flattop, bike the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and road trip to Seward on a long weekend.  The Valley (Wasilla office) staff finds time to hike Hatcher Pass by Palmer, fish one of our many lakes and streams, or have a backyard barbecue with the neighbors. Be sure to tell us about your recent adventures when you come in for your next orthodontic appointment.  We look forward to hearing your stories and seeing your great smiles!

Luff Orthodontics’ Wasilla Office Grand Opening and Open House!

Don’t miss the Grand Opening of our second location in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley! Come see what our beautiful new office looks like. There will be great door prizes, including a grand prize for LUKE BRYAN tickets. Delicious food will be catered by Sweetie Pie Fried Pies (see their Facebook page). We look forward to see all of you, April 13th from 5-7 pm. Invite any of your friends and family to come have a fantastic time with us!