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!  

Shave Ice for the win

Dr. Luff and his crew participated in the 3rd annual Ptarmigan Pediatrics Summer Health Party a few weeks ago.  The event was packed with hundreds of our friends and neighbors and we had the best time! Dr. Luff loves authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice, and he wanted to share some of the deliciousness with our Valley friends.  With help from some of our staff and a bunch of the Luff crew kiddos, Dr. Luff made and gave away about 750 Hawaiian Shave Ices in 4 hours! That’s just over 3 each minute, and we rocked it.     At Luff Orthodontics we love working on projects together.  We find teamwork and cooperation opportunities in things such as making hundreds of shave ice cups, volunteering for the Make A Wish foundation, and especially in providing families with the the best orthodontic care around.  The same communication skills we used to keep those shave ices coming are the same communication skills we use when we put together orthodontic treatment for our patients.  We know our goals, we make our plans, and we work together to make it a fabulous experience for all involved. We are looking forward to giving away even more shave ice cups at next year’s summer health fair event.  It’s always fun to share in positive family events in our community.  We also look forward to meeting you and your family if you are looking for an orthodontist in Alaska.  With offices in both Anchorage and Wasilla, we are conveniently located and ready to support your orthodontics needs. Call us at 907-563-3015 (Anchorage) or 907-373-6411 (Wasilla) to set up a free consultation.

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 Hawaii Green Paradise Hawaiian Punch Strawberry Colada Red Watermelon Blue Raspberry Dreamcicle Mango Pina Colada Tiger’s Blood Bring 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!    

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.