Dr. Luff’s Top Tips for finishing your braces on time

At Luff Orthodontics we love to have our patients come in, yet we know you’ll be hoping to get your braces off as quickly as possible.  Dr. Luff has three Top Tips for making your orthodontic treatment time zoom by.  (As a bonus, you’ll be racking up tons of Patient Reward Points when you follow these tips!) Dr. Luff’s Top Tips: Brush your teeth – Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you are in orthodontic treatment.  Brush your chompers after every meal and snack and even every drink, and you’ll be doing yourself and your teeth a favor.  Clean and healthy teeth and gums (don’t forget to floss!) make for quick treatment.  Dr. Luff loves visits with patients who have been caring for their teeth! Wear your bands – At some time in your treatment, you’ll probably be assigned rubber bands to wear.  Pay close attention to the details when Dr. Luff tells you how many hours you need to wear them each day and stick to that plan.  If you wear your bands as assigned, you’ll be surprised how soon the time passes and before you know it, you’ll be done. Protect your braces –  This is a biggie.  Braces can’t work if they are not on your teeth, and broken brackets set back your treatment timeline.  The best way to protect your braces is to pay attention to what you are eating… Don’t eat food that is super crunchy, hard, sticky, stringy, or chewy.  The major culprits seem to be popcorn, hard chips (Doritos and the like), nuts, candy, jerky, and whole fruits and veggies.  We don’t want braces to ruin your life by limiting your food, but you’ll be happier if you take care of your braces so they can take care of you. We know you look forward to finishing your orthodontic treatment so you can have that beautiful smile you’ve been working for.  And, so you can start munching on those delicious treats like caramel apples and corn on the cob that you’ve been avoiding while you had your braces on. If you want to see Dr. Luff and Dr. Cliff smile big at your next appointment, keep these Top Tips in mind.  Brush, wear your bands, and protect your braces.   Following the Top Tips will make your orthodontic treatment breeze by.  We will miss seeing you at your appointments, but we will be super excited to send you out with your gorgeous, healthy smile!  

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.

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!