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.

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!