Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185
262.534.3010
Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road
Racine, Wisconsin 53406
262.634.6900

Lenz Orthodontics Blog

Here you'll find the latest in orthodontic information.


Read This Before Ordering Orthodontic Treatment Online

October 23rd 2018





These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie.  Order food delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to your front door. However, at Lenz Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for trained, experienced professionals when it comes to your dental health. 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Lenz Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changes to your facial profile, and other issues. An orthodontist like Dr. Mark & Dr. Mike have many tools in his or her arsenal to help create your beautiful smile - Invisalign, for example, is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully qualified and certified orthodontist involved when making any changes to your teeth.

The Top 10 Questions To Ask

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  5. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  6. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  7. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have?
  8. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.

Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Mark & Dr. Mike earned their dental degrees (DDS) at Marquette University and each went on to fulfil post-graduate residencies in Orthodontics. They have a commitment to regular continuing education and have years of experience providing high quality orthodontic treatment to their patients.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Lenz Orthodontics. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile. 

Lenz Orthodontics is offers flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation and be the first to have your smartphone help straighten your teen’s smile! 



Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road 
Racine, Wisconsin 53406

Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing 
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185


Thrilled to Join My Dad at Lenz Orthodontics

July 26th 2018


I’m thrilled to be joining my dad’s practice this summer to carry on the family tradition of dental and orthodontic care. One of the things I love most about my profession is the positive effect it has on our patients’ lives. Each day I am able to work together with our patients toward creating beautiful, healthy smiles. Most importantly, however, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know all of our patients and watching them grow throughout treatment!


I’ve always looked up to my dad, whose compassion for his patients inspired my own journey through orthodontic training. I wanted to be just like him, and still do! Like my dad, I was also very interested in art and science and learned that orthodontics is truly a way to combine both disciplines. The passion my dad has for the art in each smile he creates is truly what sets him apart, and I am excited to share in that enthusiasm.


For me, joining Lenz Orthodontics is a chance to uphold the reputation for excellence in orthodontic care that the Lenz family has built in the Racine community over three generations. My goal is to work at my Dad’s level of expertise while treating  patients with as much compassion as he does.


I look forward to meeting you soon!


Dr. Michael


Next Generation Joins Lenz Orthodontics

July 10th 2018

By Dr. Mark Lenz



I’m delighted and proud to announce that the next generation of my family will be joining Lenz Orthodontics. My son, Dr. Michael Lenz, will begin seeing patients this summer at our practice.  He continues the tradition of oral care in the Lenz family that started with my father, who was a dentist in the community, and extends to Michael’s wife and siblings, all of whom are dentists. You can imagine that I’m a very proud dad! And don’t you worry, I’m not going anywhere.

For those of you that know me well, family always comes first and I’m excited to work side-by-side with my son just as I did with my own father. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to have worked hard for 36 years and to know that my dedication to the community will continue on through my son’s work. At the same time I look forward to partnering with my son to offer patients the same caring service and state-of-the-art treatment that they have come to know from Lenz Orthodontics, all while taking the practice to the next level.

You can call him Dr. Mike.

Dr. Mike is a third generation dentist having graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry, where he also completed his orthodontic residency. When he’s not chairside, he enjoys outdoor activities including running, skiing and traveling with his wife, Mary. I look forward to introducing you to my son in the near future!


A Straight Smile Is the Best First Impression

June 27th 2018

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but the reality is: we all do. First impressions are really important and your smile says a lot about you. That’s why at Lenz Orthodontics, we care about not only helping our teens, but about helping adults as well. A straight smile is crucial to making that first impression count...and metal braces as an adult isn’t necessarily the most desired look. Because of this we offer Invisalign Adult! The clear alternative to metal braces.


In a recent study* by Invisalign, confirms that “people with straight teeth are perceived more likely to be happy, successful and second date worthy.” Speaking of dating, 55% of respondents said that a straight smile had a better likelihood of attracting potential partners on a dating site by their picture alone.


Already found your partner but still think straighter teeth would have a strong impact on your life? You’re right! 58% of respondents said that they perceive people with straight teeth to be more successful in business and their professional lives. That means a straight smile can be a big component of your interview kit, rocking your next presentation or winning that next sale.


So how does Invisalign Adult work?


During a consultation at Lenz Orthodontics, Dr. Lenz determines the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. Then the Lenz Orthodontics team has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replaces each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Lenz has prescribed.
Other than a great first impression once you’ve finished, Invisalign offers a great first impression while you’re working to achieve that great smile:
Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No hiding your smile in meetings, engagement photos or school pick-ups and no closed-lipped selfies here!
Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.
Removable: Don’t want your date to know you’re working on your smile? Take them off for the evening...just remember to put them back in before you go to sleep! It may not seem like it, but they’re constantly working while you go throughout your day.
Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You only need to visit us at Lenz Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.
Cost Effective: At Lenz Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment.

First Impressions are super important to us too - call us today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lenz to assess if you are a good candidate for Invisalign Adult.  We can’t wait to meet you!


Great Wolf Lodge Giveaway!

May 24th 2018







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April 17th 2018

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For Young Kids Orthodontics Isn’t Just About A Pretty Smile

February 27th 2018



Every parent wants their child to be able to smile with confidence but for many that's not the only reason to investigate orthodontics at an early age. While the average age for orthodontic treatment is around 12 years old, we at Lenz Orthodontics have a mission to focus on children 7 and up in order keep with the American Association of Orthodontics guidelines. Why 7 and up, you ask?

Early Orthodontic treatment has many benefits. An orthodontic consult at a young age can catch future issues and adjust for them before they become problems. Some of these issues include:
  • Airway Obstruction: well developed airways allow normal breathing through the nose when the mouth is closed. While this may sound trivial, nasal breathing is important because it’s now known to be vital to good health. Airway obstruction has been linked to developmental delays, sleep disorders, behavioral disturbances, and later can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart disease and even premature death. These sound scary but the treatment is easy if we are able to catch it early on! Plus we all can relate to our little ones that struggle with allergies! 
  • Crossbites: by age 7 most children’s permanent molars and incisors have come in. A trained eye, like Dr. Lenz’s, can see early on if crowding or crossbites will be an issue as the rest of your child’s permanent teeth come in. The earlier treatment begins, the easier it will be. This is because your child’s jaw is less developed at this early age and can be guided along the right path rather than working to reverse issues at a later age.
  • Overcrowding: Traditionally, orthodontists would say wait until age 11 or 12 to treat a crowding problem, but the problem won’t get any better by waiting. Early treatment has been proven to correct narrow arch and create space for adult teeth as well as for the tongue so it may function correctly when swallowing. Plus, early treatment can avoid the need for future tooth extraction or jaw surgery. BIG PLUS!
The benefits to Early Orthodontic treatment are clear:
  • Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct any habits that can cause bad bite later on, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment. Speaking of…
  • Two Phase Treatment. Phase 1 works with your young child to make space for their permanent teeth. Phase 2 begins once they’ve arrived. Often children who undergo Phase 1 treatment have a much shorter Phase 2. This makes life easier for both them and you as their schedules get busier and busier.
Not every 7 year old will need Phase One treatment, but if they do, and if it is caught early by a trained orthodontist, it could make a big difference in the outcome of treatment later. That’s because Dr. Lenz can take advantage of growth and possibly avoid extractions when working with a younger child.

Knowing the importance of early orthodontics is only part of the battle. Dr. Mark Lenz has 35 years of experience in orthodontic practice and thousands of beautiful smiles credited to his name. We call it the Lenz Smile!

Please click below to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation at one of our conveniently located offices (in Racine and Waterford). We are members of Delta Premier Dental and offer easy installment options. Click below to schedule your appointment today.




Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road
Racine, Wisconsin 53406


Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185


Signs That a Child is Suffering From Sleep Apnea

November 1st 2017


Does your child seem drowsy during the day? Does he or she snore or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? They could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - a chronic condition where breathing stops periodically during sleep because soft tissue is relaxing and obstructing the airway. These periodic stops can happen as many as 20-30 times in an hour and cause a lack of oxygen to the brain, waking up your child so that they restart proper breathing. All that waking up can leave one pretty sleepy the next day - even if they don’t remember waking up!
Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can affect school work and overall alertness as well as raise your child’s risk of serious health problems down the road. These include:
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Obesity
  • and even Depression


According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENTs) sleep disordered breathing affects approximately 12 percent of children.
Luckily, sleep apnea is easily treatable. It just needs to be diagnosed. That’s where you come in: if your child has any of the following symptoms, bring them to see us for a complimentary consultation at Lenz Orthodontics. The earlier the better! Symptoms can be caught and as early as age 3 or 4!  
Here’s what to look for:
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping (tossing and turning or night sweats)
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Chronic mouth breathing during sleep
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
  • Changes in mood, misbehaviour or decline in school performance
  • Hyperactivity or inattention (in some cases children who are diagnosed with ADHD are actually not hyperactive but rather are showing the clinical symptoms of OSA.
Orthodontists are leading specialists in spotting Sleep Apnea early because of our familiarity and expertise in working with the soft tissue in children’s mouths. Looking for these symptoms also falls neatly in line with the Phase 1 treatment philosophy of promoting proper jaw development for young kids so that braces, when they’ve hit their pre-teen years, are a simpler process.  As both an Orthodontist and parent, Dr. Lenz makes a point of asking all parents if they’ve noticed any of these symptoms when he first consults with new patients.
If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, bring them in for a complimentary consultation. If we see signs of sleep apnea we will get your child into the care of a sleep physician who can help with a treatment plan and make sure your kids are sleeping soundly!
While Sleep Apnea can have very serious side effects, it’s very treatable. The most important thing you can do is pay attention and have your child evaluated.
Making the decision about who should treat your child’s mouth is an important one. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Mark Lenz has 35 years of experience in orthodontic practice and thousands of beautiful smiles credited to his name. We call it the Lenz Smile!


Please call one of our conveniently located offices (in Racine and Waterford) to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation. We offer easy flexible financial installment options. Call us to schedule your appointment today.


Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road
Racine, Wisconsin 53406
262.634.6900


Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185
262.534.3010


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August 21st 2017

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5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®

August 7th 2017


Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But I’m often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen.
In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.
Here are the answers to the top five questions I’m asked about Invisalign Teen. I hope you find it helpful!
1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES.
When worn according to the customized plan I set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at  262.634.6900 (Racine) or 262.534.3010 (Waterford) to set up an appointment to find out for sure.
2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES.
With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.
3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE.
Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives.
4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY.
Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so I can track compliance.
5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT MY OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES.
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.


Making the decision about who should treat your child’s mouth is an important one. Dr. Mark Lenz is board certified, has 35 years of experience in orthodontic practice and thousands of beautiful smiles credited to his name. We call it the Lenz Smile!


Please call one of our conveniently located offices (in Racine and Waterford) to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation. We offer easy monthly installment options. Call us today to get your teen the smile they’ve always wanted!

Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road
Racine, Wisconsin 53406
262.634.6900


Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185

262.534.3010


Perfect Summer Recipe For Braces

June 23rd 2017
By avoiding sticky sweets and sugary beverages, Lenz Orthodontics will provide you with snack choices that are fit for orthodontic patients and promote overall wellness and health! All summer long, check here for healthy new summer snack recipes!


Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicles

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cup mango pieces (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 4 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions
  1. Puree strawberries (fresh or frozen) with half of the coconut water in a blender or food processor. Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness, if needed. Stir in 2 tsp of chia seeds. Set aside.
  2. Puree mango (fresh or frozen) with the other half of the coconut water in a blender or food processor. Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness, if needed. Stir in the remaining 2 tsp of chia seeds.
  3. Alternately pour each fruit mixture (for a marbled look) into popsicle molds and freeze until set.


Enter Your Dad NOW!

June 16th 2017


We want to hear all about your dad's this JUNE! This Sunday marks Father's Day, so Lenz Orthodontics is giving you the chance to win some rewards points you can cash in for a gift card! Head to our website right now to enter your dad as Father of the Year! All you have to do is tell us a story about why you love him and why he makes you smile!

Click here to enter now! Good Luck! DEADLINE IS JUNE 30th!


One Visit Can Be Life Changing

June 9th 2017

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you're an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctor and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve.

Did you know orthodontic treatment is not just for cosmetic purposes?

Having a good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak but will enhance your dental and overall health as well. Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy too. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

With locations in Racine and Waterford, Wisconsin, our practices’ top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as Damon System Braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.Give us a call at our convenient locations to schedule your FREE consultation today!


It's Never Too Early

June 2nd 2017

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As a father himself, Dr. Lenz understands children can be intimidated by dental environments and believes it's important to make them feel comfortable and safe. And that is why so many children end up loving their visits to Lenz Orthodontics

To help your child achieve a healthy, beautiful, straight smile for life, it is advised that they visit our practice at around the age of seven for an orthodontic assessment. By this age, many problems can be identified and dealt with. 

Malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those listed below usually benefit from early diagnosis. Please, check with Dr. Lenz if you notice any of the following in your child: 
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

Is your child a candidate for early orthodontic treatment? If you think so or aren't sure, contact us to schedule an examination at Lenz Orthodontics. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you will be giving your child the best opportunity for a beautiful, healthy smile. 

Lenz Orthodontics has two locations to serve you...Racine and Waterford, Wisconsin and we treat patients from Rochester, Yorkville, Mt Pleasant, Oak Creek, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, New Berlin, Pleasant Praire, Kenosha, Franklin, Salem and surrounding areas. We strive to help patients of all ages achieve beautiful, healthy, confident smiles! Call at 262-634-6900 or 262-534-3010.



Tips For Invisalign Patients

May 31st 2017

Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth. To ensure the best possible results we decided to compile a list of a few tips for our patients currently using Invisalign.
  • Wear your aligners for a minimum of 2 weeks, before moving into the next aligner. 
  • Sharp or rough edges can be smoothed with an emery board. 
  • Change into your next aligner before going to bed so they settle in overnight. 
  • Keep your aligners in their case while eating to avoid losing them. Keep the out of reach of any household pets, especially dogs! 
  • If you need to, you can soak your Invisalign aligners in a mix of 50/50 white vinegar and cold water to brighten them. 
  • Wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day. 
  • Always carry a toothbrush. 
  • Only drink water when you're wearing your aligners. 
  • Don't put your aligners in hot water. 
  • Don't use toothpaste to clean your aligners. 
If you have any further questions about Invisalign please don’t hesitate to call us at our convenient Racine or Waterford practice.




Spring Recipe | Fruit Sparklers

May 26th 2017
When it comes to Memorial weekend, we know many people take the time to gather with friends and family for a cookout. We've come to learn that people like SIMPLE, so we found a recipe that is just that...along with cute, easy, and fun to make!

Fruit Sparklers
Ingredients
  • 1 watermelon
  • 10 ounces fresh blueberries
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions
  1. Cut watermelon into 1 inch thick slices. Place a small star cookie cutter into the red flesh of the watermelon and lift the star fruit up. Repeat with remaining slices. 
  2. Thread a few blueberries onto your wooden skewers--about 6-8 on each. 
  3. Place the watermelon star on top and set on a serving tray. 
  4. Enjoy!


Do You Know How To Take A Selfie?

May 17th 2017

Taking a selfie is an art form in itself. A great selfie is more than just a quick camera click, it actually takes a level of skill to capture and edit the perfect one. After some practice and a few hundred captured pictures (we're only joking) these simple techniques we just know will make you a selfie master in no time at all.

· Capture Your Best Angle. Instead of taking the picture head-on, turn your head a little to the right or left, or maybe hold your camera a little higher. Try different angles to show off your best features.

· Show Off Something New. If you decide to take a selfie to show off something new, like…oh we don’t know, maybe your braces, make sure that you frame the photo in a way that highlights the new accessory that has you so excited.

· Have Expression. You can never go wrong with smiling! Play around with different smiles and expressions and have fun! No matter what, a smile is the best expression you can wear.

· Focus on Lighting. A great light source is an essential part of taking any photograph. Natural light is best, so start taking those selfies near a window or outdoors.

· Don't Use a Mirror. Just stretch your arm out, point the camera toward your face and click.You can use your face forward camera to make it easier!

#Selfies have been popular for a few years now, and now with our help, you can take the perfect one. Upload those selfies to all of your feeds…Instagram, Facebook, anywhere and everywhere. Are you a patient of Lenz Orthodontics? Then tag us in your selfies, we'd love to see your smiling faces!


Celebrate Mom This May!

May 1st 2017

Do you want to win some rewards hub points? Email grins@lenzortho.com and tell us what your mom means to you! Be sure to include a picture of you with your mom. This is an easy contest, and the winner will be selected at random. Celebrate mom this may and enter now!


DON'T Do It Yourself

April 28th 2017

Lenz Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists have a prompt announcement for consumers about “DIY” orthodontic treatment. It is with great urgency that we emphasize to you all to be cautious about the trending “DIY” orthodontic treatment because straightening your teeth on your own can lead to lifelong dental problems.

Do-It-Yourself videos and websites are popular among today’s culture, and while so many great ideas come from several of these outlets, there are some things that you just shouldn’t do yourself! Straightening your teeth or attempting to move your teeth as a “DIY” project is definitely one of the things you should not be doing. Moving and straightening teeth is a medical procedure that needs to be supervised by an orthodontist. It’s important for you all to be wary of any videos or websites that advise you to use objects such as rubber bands, dental floss, or anything else in order to get straight teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, “Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems.”

If you have any further questions regarding “DIY” orthodontics or are curious about straightening your teeth, please contact Lenz Orthodontics at our Racine or Waterford location.


Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie Recipe

April 18th 2017

Making this Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie is super easy. All you need is some affordable ingredients and a blender. Blend it all together and you have a creamy, tasty smoothie to start your day! Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
DIRECTIONS:
  • Combine raspberries, milk and 1/2 cup ice in blender until smooth; set aside.
  • Combine mango, orange juice and 1/2 cup ice in blender until smooth; set aside.
  • Serve raspberry mixture immediately, topped with mango mixture.


Spring Is Here!

April 14th 2017


As the flower buds are peeking out and birds are starting to chirp, it's time to leave those thoughts of snowstorms behind. Spring can be a wonderful time to explore the outdoors or go for a walk around town. Get your family moving together and establish some healthy habits, away from the electronics indoors. We have 5 fun ideas to get you in the mood for the loveliest season of the year.

1. Dust off the sports gear. Find a kick a ball, throw a Frisbee, shoot hoops, whatever sports activity that you and your family enjoy doing.

2. Get dirty in the yard. Mow the grass. Pull weeds. Till flower beds. Replant. Cut back. Find the fun in getting sweaty, and teach your kids how to manage the landscaping while you do it.

3. Explore the outdoors. Hike a trail and check out the plants budding out of the ground.

4. Go to a baseball game. The beginning baseball season is one of the annual markers that warm weather is just around the corner. If you don't have it in your budget for pricey pro tickets, look into local league games, college, or even high school games to watch.

5. Make Something. Whether you're experimenting with a new recipe or creating a new craft, making something new will give your kids a sense of satisfaction.

After being cooped up all winter, everyone's ready for some fresh Spring air. We hope you will step into the warm weather with suggestions of fun activities for the entire family.


More On Mouthguards

April 7th 2017

A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age when it comes to protecting your mouth

Contact and collision sports such as boxing and martial arts are higher-risk sports for the mouth. Any athlete can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.

Types of Mouthguards
Mouthguards can be custom made for your mouth by your dentist or orthodontist. However, if you can’t afford a custom-made mouthguard, you should still wear a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore.

Protecting Your Braces
A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks.

If you're an athlete and a patient at Lenz Orthodontics, talk to Dr. Lenz about selecting a mouthguard that will provide the right protection for you. Although some mouthguards only cover the upper teeth, Dr. Lenz may suggest that you use a mouthguard on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth.

Also, be sure to remember if you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports. For more information give us a call our Racine office at 262-634-6900 or 262-534-3010 for our Waterford office.


More On Damon Braces

March 30th 2017

Damon braces are a unique type of self-ligating braces that allow you to eliminate the rubber bands that cause so much trouble for traditional braces wearers. These braces use a steady pattern of pressure to correct your teeth, and they can shift your teeth more rapidly than traditional braces can.

The unique design of Damon braces helps to reduce the buildup of food particles and debris that can tend to get lodged in the brackets of traditional metal braces. Thus, eating with Damon braces can actually be easier because your cleaning job is simpler.

There are several different foods that you might want to focus on during your early days with Damon Smile braces. The most important thing to remember is that you need to focus on soft foods and non-chewy foods immediately after you get your Damon braces. Remember to chew carefully and evenly as you start to adjust to your new braces.

As you become comfortable with the braces, consider gradually re-introducing the crunchier and harder foods that you usually enjoy. Most Damon braces patients are able to eat virtually anything that they usually can, as long as caution is used. However, particularly chewy foods, for example taffy, are something that you might want to avoid in general.

Some Damon braces patients tell us that they are successful in eating all the same foods they did prior to braces! Overall, you can expect a very smooth transition into wearing Damon braces, and you will be able to enjoy remarkably fast smile correction at the same time.

If you are curious about Damon braces or if you have specific questions about how they can help you, please feel free to contact Lenz Orthodontics at our Racine or Waterford offices anytime!


New Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe

March 24th 2017

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 package (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Coarse salt, optional

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water and baking soda to a boil. Punch dough down; divide into 12 portions. Roll each into a log and then make into a regular pretzel shape. Add to boiling water, a few at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  4. Place on greased baking sheets. Lightly beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with the salt. Bake 425° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. 



Are You Ready For An Amazing Smile?

March 16th 2017

There are so many options for patients who want braces today. Orthodontic care is much more versatile than it was in the past. Start by visiting our website and familiarizing yourself with the options for treatment we offer at Lenz Orthodontics and how these options may work for you. Our website offers you a chance to get to know our doctors and our team members ahead of your visit so you will be assured you are at the best orthodontic office for your treatment.

Orthodontic treatment may be a new adventure for you with its own unique medical vocabulary. Be sure to ask Dr. Lenz any questions you have, knowing our team is here to help you. In fact, you can feel better about your experience knowing that most new patients have similar questions. 

Here is a list of questions many patients ask at their initial consultation:
  • Is there an estimated length of time that I will likely have to wear braces? 
  • How much should I expect to pay for my treatment? What are the payment options? 
  • Will braces prevent me from playing my favorite sport or musical instrument? 
  • How can I keep my teeth clean with braces? 
  • How often will I be expected to come in for checkups and other appointments? 
  • Are there specific foods I will need to avoid when I get braces? 
If any other questions arise during or after your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask. The Lenz Orthodontics team is here to help you achieve your most beautiful smiles from your first telephone call and throughout your treatment.