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One Loudoun Downtown Fest this Saturday!

May 6th, 2014

Check out the Downtown Fest this Saturday from 2-6pm One Loudoun. Kravitz Orthodontics is excited to sponsor. There will be live music and free food and drink samples. Stop by and check out our booth!

Mercer Middle's "High School Musical"

April 23rd, 2014

Mercer Drama Club will be presenting, "High School Musical," on Friday, 4/25, at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, 4/26, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets for the production of High School Musical (with the special guests, the Improvinators) will be on sale in the cafeteria Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, during all lunches. They pre-sale price is $3/ticket. Prices go up to $5/ticket at the door. Tickets are general admission and limited, so don't miss out!

Happy Spring

March 20th, 2014

Happy first day of Spring! Loving the sunshine, we hope everyone else is too!!!

Hutchinson Farm BINGO

March 6th, 2014

Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to sponsor Hutchinson Farm Elementary's BINGO Night this Friday!

Events this Weekend!

February 20th, 2014

Kravitz is proud to sponsor Little River Elementary's International Night & Aldie Elementary's Talent Show this weekend!

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14th, 2014

The team at Kravitz Orthodontics is wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day!

Arcola has Heart Week!

February 10th, 2014

Wishing Arcola Elementary a fabulous Arcola has Heart Week!

February Events!

February 8th, 2014

KO is proud to be sponsor Hutchinson Farm Elementary's Dance, Arcola & Little River Elementary's Around the World Night & Aldie Elementary's Talent Show this month!

Take your kids to work day here at KO!

January 24th, 2014

Family Fitness Night

January 16th, 2014

Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to sponsor Pinebrook Elementary's Family Fitness Night Friday the 24th!

Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year from the team at Kravitz Orthodontics, make it a great 2014!

Jingle Bell Dash this Saturday

December 18th, 2013

KO is proud to sponsor South Riding's Jingle Bell Dash this weekend!!

http://www.southriding.net/event/jingle-bell-dash

Events this Weekend

December 6th, 2013

KO is a proud sponsor of Liberty Elementary School's Jingle Bell Jog, Middleburg Elementary's Breakfast with Santa, & Hutchinson Farm's Winter Fest all tomorrow!

December 7th will be a busy day for Kravitz Orthodontics!

November 26th, 2013

Kravitz is proud to be a part of Liberty Elementary's Jingle Jog, Middleburg's Breakfast with Santa, Aldie Elementary School's Parade & Hutchinson Farm Elementary's Winter Fest all on Saturday December 7th!

Thanks to All who participated in our Candy Buy Back!

November 20th, 2013

KO wants to give a HUGE shout out to all the schools who participated in the CANDY BUY BACK last month, Mercer Middle SchoolHutchison Farm Elementary School Pinebrook Elementary School, Saint Timothy, Little River Elementary, Buffalo Trail Elementary School, John Champe High SchoolArcola Elementary SchoolLiberty Elementary SchoolJ. Michael Lunsford Middle School Official, & Freedom High School!

Buffalo Trail's Girls on The Run

November 18th, 2013

KO is proud to sponsor Buffalo Trail's  Girls on the Run, inspiring girls to be healthy & confident! Check out the website!

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KO is proud to sponsor Arcola Elementary Basket Bingo Night!

November 14th, 2013

Events this Weekend!

November 12th, 2013

KO is looking forward to sponsoring Arcola Elementary School's Bingo Night, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Official Family Fun Night and White Oaks Elementary Bingo Night this Friday Night!!

Register for the 2013 Loudoun County Run/Walk 4 the Homeless & Disadvantaged!

November 6th, 2013

Get some exercise and come out with some of Kravitz Orthodontics staff and support a great cause at the 5k Run/Walk for the Homeless in Ashburn!

http://prracing.racebx.com/events/register/512e54da-eb64-4d59-ba3f-2a56c0a86524

Tomorrow is the Last Day to get your Candy In!!!

November 4th, 2013

Get you extra candy to Kravitz Orthodontics! The last day for the candy buy back is tomorrow. If you attend  ArcolaAldieBuffalo TrailHutchinson FarmLibertyLittle River, MiddleburgMoorefield StationPinebrookLunsford or Mercer get your candy in! we will be here until 7pm today and from 9am-2pm tomorrow.  For every pound you donate earn $1 for your school.

Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to sponsor the Little River Book Club!

November 2nd, 2013

The main idea of this club is to foster a love of reading. So have fun with the stories and please consider
volunteering on meeting dates. Kravitz Orthodontics is partnering with Little River by
donating all of the books for the book club.

http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/cms/lib4/VA01000195/Centricity/domain/7764/book%20club/Little%20River%20After%20School%20Book%20Club%20Registration.pdf

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2013

Happy Halloween from Team KO!

Halloween Buy Back! Earn $$$ for your Candy!

October 29th, 2013

Dr. Kravitz and Team Kravitz Orthodontics are excited to host their 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back day for ArcolaAldieBuffalo TrailHutchinson FarmLibertyLittle River, MiddleburgMoorefield StationPinebrookLunsford and Mercer! Come into our office on Tuesday, November 5th from 9 am-2 pm with your leftover Halloween candy and earn money for your school's PTA. Each school will receive $1 per pound of candy, up to 5 pounds per child. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to earn the most money!

Pinebrook Elementary School is hosting a Fall Festival!

October 23rd, 2013

To get into the Fall spirit visit Pinebrook Elementary this Saturday October 26th 5pm-8pm. There will be tons of fun activities including outdoor movies, put a staff member in the jail, food & drinks, a moon bounce, and many more!!

It's a White-Out at Champe High School!!

October 11th, 2013

The John Champe Knights are anxious for tonight's football kickoff for their homecoming! Team KO is celebrating and wishing the Knights a great victory!!

Fall Festival Fun at Liberty Elementary School

October 10th, 2013

Team Kravitz had a great time seeing all of the students, parents and staff at Liberty Elementary School this weekend! Kids got prizes from our table and enjoyed playing games. Thank you to Liberty Elementary School for having us! We are proud to sponsor this event as a Big Eagle Sponsor each and every year. GO EAGLES!

Stone Ridge Celebrates 10 Yr Anniversary!

September 16th, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is happy to be a part of the Stone Ridge community! It was a pleasure to sponsor the 10 year anniversary celebration and see lots of familiar faces.

Hot off the Press-Brand New School Agendas!

September 13th, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics continually supports our community by sponsoring school and PTA events, iPads for classrooms, athletic teams and school agendas for students in Loudoun County. You may have seen Dr. Kravitz on the back of your agendas that were received on the first day of school. If not, flip it over, take a look! Dr. Kravitz has helped cover the costs of these agendas by purchasing them for students in 12 schools!!!

We would like to thank these wonderful students for showing them off to their friends and family. We know you love to use your agendas and we are so happy to be part of your families. When you come in for your appointment, be sure to thank Dr. Kravitz-he loves seeing the different school designs!

A great big thank you to the school administrators of: Aldie Elementary School, Arcola Elementary School, Buffalo Trail Elementary School, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, John Champe High School, Liberty Elementary School, Little River Elementary School, Mercer Middle School, Middleburg Elementary School, Moorefield Station Elementary School, Pinebrook Elementary School and Rock Ridge High School

Welcome Back to School!

August 29th, 2013

Here at Kravitz Orthodontics we are SO excited to see the school buses on the road and teachers smiling in their new classrooms. We especially love to hear our patients tell us how much they love their new friends and what color rubber bands they chose over the summer for their braces. Word on the street is braces are COOL!

Today our team headed out to help volunteer at the open house for Pinebrook Elementary School. You will see our team in our spiffy blue shirts at all of the PTA events that we are sponsoring throughout the year. Come by and say hi!

We are happy to see teachers carrying around the awesome agendas that will be used during the school year!

We also visited the brand NEW school, Moorefield Station Elementary School in Ashburn today. What a beautiful school!

A great big shout out to Principal Karen Roche for displaying this awesome sign in the front lobby of the school! We are happy to be part of the Sharks family.

Ask Dr. Neal Kravitz: Why is flossing so important when I have braces?

August 9th, 2013

You've made an investment on spending money on getting braces, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment?  Dr. Neal Kravitz and our team at Kravitz Orthodontics will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular routine while you're wearing as you did before proceeding with treatment, in which you brush and floss on a regular basis.

Flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums when you're wearing braces. Because braces may hold food, sugars and liquids upon eating, it is very important to keep on top of your brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our office for regular adjustments.

While we know it's tough enough to get kids to floss daily without braces, that battle becomes even tougher when braces are involved.  Remember that by not flossing, you will become more prone to cavities—and gum disease—during your treatment.   Healthy gums play an important role in the health of your teeth and when Dr. Neal Kravitz is hard at work moving teeth, it is vital that you have healthy gums.

When flossing, remember to gently massage your gums in between the teeth.  You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to weave the floss through each bracket.  When flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you see blood, you are not flossing enough or properly.

Using an electric toothbrush is also a good idea to massage your gums before or after flossing as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. And don't forget to add a mouthwash to your routine to break up any bacteria that has formed.  A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape during your treatment.

If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment at Kravitz Orthodontics please don't hesitate to give us a call or during your next adjustment appointment!

 

Your Five-Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

August 2nd, 2013

If you’re wearing braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your teeth. However, those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed by Dr. Neal Kravitz, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here, we’ve listed the five best ways to ensure you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of once your braces are gone.

USE A SPECIAL TOOTHBRUSH

A regular toothbrush just doesn’t cut it when you are wearing braces. You also need to use an interdental toothbrush so that you can effectively clean behind the braces. According to HealthGuidance.org, this type of brush has bristles that are shaped like a Christmas tree that can remove food residue in the braces and on the teeth. We also recommend using a WaterPik, with its highly pressurized pulsating water, to help get all of those hard-to-reach places.

BRUSH AFTER EVERY MEAL

Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but trust us, when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

DON’T FORGET THE MOUTH RINSE

Even after properly brushing and flossing, there are probably some food particles in your braces. A fluoride mouth rinse is the best way to ensure that every bit of food is removed after meals. If you do not have a mouth rinse available, we suggest using water — it’s better than nothing.

AVOID SWEETS

Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to avoiding tooth decay. If you can nix decay-causing sugary foods from the outset, we promise you’ll spend less time trying to treat problems in the future.

GET REGULAR CHECKUPS

Visit your dentist regularly while you are wearing braces. Our office recommends a thorough cleaning every three to six months. Let our South Riding, VA office know if you have questions about your oral health while in braces - our entire team at Kravitz Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy!

Feeling Confident at your Orthodontic Consultation

July 26th, 2013

How You Can Start Preparing Now

When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. What will your orthodontic experience bring? Whether you have been advised by a dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from Dr. Neal Kravitz on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial consultation at Kravitz Orthodontics.

One of the best ways to prepare for an orthodontic consultation is to understand your options. With so many choices available today, orthodontic care is a lot more versatile than in the past. You can start preparing now by seeking out and understanding those options. With a few specific things in mind, you can be totally confident and prepared for your consultation.

Questions To Ask During the Consultation

As you consider orthodontic care, it is likely that a few questions may naturally arise. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. Our orthodontic team is here to help. Here are just a few examples of questions you may want to ask at your consultation.

  • Is there an estimated length of time that I will likely require braces?
  • How much should I expect to pay for my treatment? What are the payment options?
  • Does getting braces hurt? Is there anything I can do to prevent or minimize pain?
  • Is it likely that I will be wearing extra appliances in addition to braces to correct my overbite or other problems?
  • Are there specific foods I will need to avoid when I get braces?
  • 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?

Once your consultation is over, you don’t have to feel like your options are exhausted. If questions arise after the consultation, don’t be afraid to ask. Our orthodontic team will be here to help throughout the entire process.

Confidence throughout the Process

With answers to your questions, and an orthodontic team on your side, you can be confident about any necessary orthodontic treatments. From the initial consultation to the day your braces come off, your orthodontic treatment at Kravitz Orthodontics can be a smooth and simple process. The moment you see that beautiful smile, you’ll know it was all worth it.

We love bringing nothing but the most amazing smiles to our South Riding, VA patients!

Ask Dr. Neal Kravitz: "Why should I visit the dentist during my treatment?"

July 19th, 2013

So, you just got your braces on, and you're wondering why you should continue visiting your general dentist since you’re seeing Dr. Neal Kravitz every other month. Patients always ask us if they should continue to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment. In short, the answer is yes.

Today, we thought we would share a few reasons why it’s crucial to keep up with your regular visits with your dentist in addition to coming in for your regular adjustments at Kravitz Orthodontics.

One of the best reasons to visit your dentist while you undergo orthodontic treatment is to remove plaque and tartar. Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies in which food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities.  Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most—if not all—plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing Invisalign treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.

The next reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable—patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their regular dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.

The final reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without any delays, visiting your dentist every six months or as recommended can go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Making sure to visit your dentist will help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off. If you do not have a general dentist and would like a recommendation on finding one in the South Riding, VA area, please give us a call or let us know at your next adjustment appointment!

GAVIN ROCKS!

July 19th, 2013

When you think of the word brave, a few things may come to mind. You visualize a person who has courage, strength and determination. When we think of Gavin Rupp, the word brave just doesn't seem to be enough. We were saddened by the news of 13 year old Gavin's diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. Loudoun South Eagles are extremely lucky to have such a fantastic player on their team, #15!!

Glory Days in Stone Ridge hosted a fundraiser on Tuesday, July 16th for Gavin. 10% of all proceeds were donated to the Rupp family. We are happy to announce that our team here at Kravitz Orthodontics raised over $200 that night.

We had such a great time seeing all of our patients and their families and listening to the bands that volunteered their time to support Gavin. Shout out to our patient Hunter Blasberg for doing a fantastic job performing with his band, the "First Class Losers" as well as his dad's band, "Swiftkick". They were amazing!!

Invisalign® Q&A, from Kravitz Orthodontics

July 12th, 2013

The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where Dr. Neal Kravitz and our team at Kravitz Orthodontics can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment help make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces?

We are proud to offer a clear alternative option for straightening teeth called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Today, we thought we would answer some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign!

Q: How is Invisalign treatment different than traditional braces?

A: Not only does Invisalign effectively straighten teeth, Invisalign aligners are comfortable and durable, and provide patients the opportunity to enjoy their favorite activities such as sports and playing instruments, activities that can be challenging while wearing braces. Also, Invisalign's near-invisibility is a popular feature; treatment is very inconspicuous, making it easier to fit in rather than call attention to treatment. And because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can take remove them at meal times, as well as to properly brush and floss to maintain healthy hygiene during treatment. Finally, Invisalign treatment has fewer emergenies because there are no wires or brackets to break or stick the patients.

Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: Using a series nof clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, we use proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map the complete treatment—from start to finish. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause your teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process, ultimately giving you the smile you've always wanted.

Q: Is Invisalign as effective as regular braces?

A: Yes. Depending on the case Invisalign maybe more effective than braces but in certain cases braces may be the optimal appliance. We recommend that you get a consultation with Kravitz Orthodontics to see if your case will be best treated with Invisalign.

Q: How long does treatment take?

A: The length of treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by a visit to Kravitz Orthodontics during a consultation with Dr. Neal Kravitz.

We hope this helps! If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, please give us a call at our South Riding, VA office to schedule your initial consultation.

Five tips in caring for your braces during orthodontic treatment

July 5th, 2013

After getting your braces on, it is important to know how to take care of yourself in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment. Today, our team at Kravitz Orthodontics thought we would provide you with five tips you need to know to ensure you undergo successful treatment at our South Riding, VA office.

Flossing
Flossing twice a day or after every meal can help you clean areas between teeth and other places a toothbrush can miss. We also recommend using a floss threader, which can be used to help you navigate safely around your braces and brackets. It is vital to floss twice a day, preferably after lunch and before bedtime to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay.

Brushing
Teeth and appliances should be brushed after every meal and before bedtime using fluoride toothpaste and gentle, soft strokes. We recommend using an interdental toothbrush, which can help you clean the hard-to-reach areas under wires better than an ordinary toothbrush.

Using Elastics
This phase of orthodontic treatment requires cooperation and consistency on your part. If Dr. Neal Kravitz has prescribed elastics, make sure they are worn at all times, except when eating meals or brushing teeth. It’s important that you wear the correct size elastics and have extras in case our office is closed. By failing to wear your elastics for even one day, you run the risk your teeth moving back toward their original position.

Addressing Damage to Your Braces
In case your appliances are damaged, we ask that you call our team at Kravitz Orthodontics immediately to set up an appointment.

Eat Friendly Foods
When undergoing treatment, there are certain foods you must avoid. Foods that are hard, sticky, chewy or sour can add months to your treatment time. These includes gum, caramels, taco shells, nuts, ice, chips or hard candies. By cutting your pieces thin or cooking them when possible, you may still consume these foods without harming your braces.

We hope that helps! If you have any questions, please give us a call at our South Riding, VA office or ask us during your next adjustment appointment!

Happy Fourth of July from Kravitz Orthodontics

June 28th, 2013

Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends. For some people, July 4th is synonymous with baseball, while for others it is all about the beach of barbecues. However you celebrate, you can be sure that red, white, and blue is visible everywhere throughout the South Riding, VA area.

The Beginnings of Fourth of July Celebrations

Although it wasn't officially designated as a federal holiday until 1941, the actual tradition of celebrating Independence Day goes back to the time of the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). At the time of the American Revolution, representatives from the 13 colonies penned the resolution that ultimately declared their independence from Great Britain. The continental congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd of 1776. Two days later, Thomas Jefferson's famous document that is now known as the Declaration of Independence, was adopted by delegates representing the 13 colonies.

First States to Recognize the Fourth of July

In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state (or commonwealth) whose legislature resolved to designate July 4th as the date on which to celebrate the country's independence. Two years later, Boston became the first city to make an official designation to honor the country's birth with a holiday on July 4th. In that same year, North Carolina's governor, Alexander Martin, became the first governor to issue an official state order stipulating that July 4th was the day on which North Carolinians would celebrate the country's independence.

Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

  • The reason the stars on the original flag were arranged in a circle is because it was believed that would indicate that all of the colonies were equal.
  • Americans eat over 150 million hot dogs on July 4th.
  • Imports of fireworks each year totals over $211 million.
  • The first “official” Fourth of July party took place at the White House in 1801.
  • Benjamin Franklin didn't want the national bird to be the bald eagle. He believed that the turkey was better suited to the coveted distinction. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed with him, and he was outvoted, so the bald eagle became the official bird of the United States.

For many, the tradition is something entirely different. Along the coastal areas of the United States, people may haul out huge pots to have lobster or other types of seafood boils. Others may spend the day in the bleachers at a baseball game, or at a park, cooking a great traditional meal over an open fire. No matter how or where you celebrate, one thing is certain: all Americans celebrate July 4th as the birth and independence of our country.

The orthodontic office of Dr. Neal Kravitz wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July!

Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

June 21st, 2013

One exciting part about wearing braces from Kravitz Orthodontics is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. From Dr. Neal Kravitz, you have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

  • School spirit colors
  • Favorite sports team colors
  • Patriotic colors
  • Holiday themes

Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

  • Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
  • Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
  • Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
  • Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
  • Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
  • Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

How to Protect Your Braces During Sports Activities

June 14th, 2013

Proper mouth protection is recommended by Kravitz Orthodontics when you participate in any sports activities. If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to your mouth can not only damage your teeth, but your braces could break and cut open your lip.

Full Facial Guards

Full facial guards are often used in football and offer protection to your mouth from most injuries. Even with full facial protection, you may benefit from additional mouth protection. While your face is protected from outside impact, you could still suffer from cuts or damage to your braces from internal impact.

Mouth Guards

Mouthguards referred to as boil-and-bites can be purchased at many retail stores. As the name implies, these guards are boiled in water to heat and soften the material. While the guard is still warm, you place it in your mouth and bite down gently. This causes the guard to form to the shape of your mouth. Unfortunately, these guards do not necessarily offer the best protection or fit.

Dr. Neal Kravitz can make custom mouthguards specifically for you. The custom fitting ensures you of better protection and a comfortable fit. Custom guards are also built in layers for durability. The American Dental Association recommends custom guards for orthodontic patients. Your mouthguard will be designed to provide proper protection for both your teeth and your braces.

No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouthguard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouthguard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

Kravitz Orthodontics will provide you with properly fitting mouth protection to ensure the safety of your braces and your teeth. We will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

Ask Dr. Neal Kravitz: "What should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?"

June 7th, 2013

If you have been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, the first step is scheduling an orthodontic consultation at Kravitz Orthodontics. During the consultation we will actively listen to your concerns and address all of your questions, as well as discuss a treatment options that would best suit you or your child's situation.

Here are your top five questions that most patients want answered during their initial orthodontic consultation.

• Can I benefit from orthodontic treatment, and if so, how long will it take?

• How frequently will my appointments be scheduled?

• Can I expect any pain when getting braces? (Ask Dr. Neal Kravitz about the ways we address pain management).

• Will I need to have teeth extracted, headgear, expansion appliance, etc. ?

• How much will it cost and what payment options do you offer?

Visit our website for more answers to your questions prior to your initial consulation.

Dr. Neal Kravitz and our team at Kravitz Orthodontics are happy to answer all your questions and concerns, and we are happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan, as well as the expected outcome. We believe your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you with the smile you've always wanted.

School is OUT! Let's Party!

June 7th, 2013

Dr. Kravitz is jokingly referred to as the mayor of South Riding because of his large participation in the community. To celebrate the end of the school year, we teamed up with South Riding Proprietary and threw not one, not two, but THREE pool parties! Pizza, music, sunglasses and lots of fun were provided! South Riding really knows how to party! Shout out to our patients who showed us how to do Gangham Style-you rock!

Arcola Elementary School Field Day!

June 3rd, 2013

Team KO had a BLAST at Arcola Elementary School's field day! Ariana and Angela set up the spoon relay and Brittne ran the Foursquare games. A great big thank you to Dr. Clark Bowers, Coach Bango and Arcola's PTA for organizing such a great event! Even on a 90 degree day, the smiles were wide on the students faces-we are so proud to be part of the Dragon family!

"Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces?"

May 31st, 2013

Most of our patients at Kravitz Orthodontics will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite.  If your teeth are not fitting together properly, Dr. Neal Kravitz will recommend that rubber bands be used. Dr. Neal Kravitz may also recommend you using rubber bands if to close or open spaces.

Rubber bands are a critical part of your treatment, and wearing them as Dr. Neal Kravitz and our team recommend will help move your teeth into the desired position. Dr. Neal Kravitz may ask you to wear your rubber bands full time, meaning that they should only be taken out when you brush your teeth three times a day, and they should be replaced at this time to keep fresh ones working. Other times, you may be asked to only wear them part time, such as only during the day or only during sleep.

If you still have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, we invite you to give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment appointment. Remember, wearing rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Neal Kravitz is an important step during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces on. If you lose your rubber bands or run out, stop by South Riding, VA office and pick up more!

Splish, Splash...It's Time for Summer!!

May 24th, 2013

Team KO attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of South Riding's new splash pool! This fun pool area is designed for younger kids with a pirate ship, water slide, water toys and of course, lounging areas for mom and dad. I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to cooling off by the pool on a hot summer day! Thank you to the South Riding Town Hall Association for inviting us to the event. Despite the weather, we had a blast!

Memorial Day

May 24th, 2013

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Marking the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, wreaths, or other tokens has been practiced throughout history, but it wasn't until the mark of the end of the Civil War that a special day was decided upon as the one to spend in remembrance. By 1890, every state in the country was observing Decoration Day, but it wasn't until 1967 when the name formally changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, in order to encompass all fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts, and in June of 1968, Congress moved the official date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May in order to create a three day weekend.

Today, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day, it has become more a day of spending time with family, friends, and other loved ones. This day is also heralded as the start of summer, with many schools finishing for the year around this time. Though Kravitz Orthodontics remembers it as a day to take solace and remembered those lost.

Traditional observances of Memorial Day are still held, and they often involve raising the American Flag then lowering it to a half-staff position until noon, and then raising it once again to its full height afterwards. The flag is lowered to remember those who've lost their lives while in service to their country, and then it is raised to signify our willingness to not let their sacrifice be in vain.

From community parades in the South Riding, VA area, backyard cook-outs, and fireworks to formal ceremonies, Memorial Day is commemorated in many different ways. No matter how you choose to spend this day, take a moment to remember those who've lost their lives in an effort to preserve our freedom.

*Tap, tap, tap...Is This Thing On?" CALLING ALL FREEDOM EAGLES!

May 21st, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to announce that we are the major sponsor for Freedom High School athletic program! Dr. Kravitz has generously sponsored the construction of the brand new press boxes on the baseball and softball fields at Freedom Field. Be sure to look for our banners throughout the complex and give a shout out to Dr. K! Team KO will be at the dedication ceremony and senior presentation on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7 pm to award a male and female senior student with athletic scholarships! Good luck to those who applied!

How Braces Can Work at Any Age

May 17th, 2013

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, Kravitz Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from Dr. Neal Kravitz.

Can Braces Work For Adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Metal braces
  • Damon System® brackets
  • Lingual brackets (braces behind the teeth)
  • Invisible braces
  • Rubber bands for bite correction
  • Headgear and other appliances

By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

  • What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
  • What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?

Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Neal Kravitz, we’ll need to take some X-rays and molds of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call our South Riding, VA location today!

It's Time for 5th Grade Promotions!!

May 13th, 2013

Wow, it's hard to believe that the 2012-2013 school year is almost at an end. It's even harder to believe that the 5th graders are going to be in the middle schools!! We love that the PTA's from Little River, Buffalo Trail, Liberty, Pinebrook, Aldie, Hutchison Farm, and Arcola have organized 5th grade promotion celebrations for these amazing students as they prepare to move on up to the middle schools. It's our pleasure to be a sponsor of the celebrations and be able to be a part of the day. Thank you for thinking of us!

Are Braces Right for Me?

May 10th, 2013

According to Preferred Consumer, it's estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately today, orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time.

So, with that being said, how do you know if braces are right for you? Typically Dr. Neal Kravitz will be able to point out any issues with your teeth at your regular six-month cleanings and recommend you to an orthodontist. But here are some other things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not braces could be in your future:

Crooked Teeth

As children grow, so do their teeth. And more often than not, certain teeth will grow in crooked. This isn't uncommon, as the majority of children will require some sort of teeth correction, whether that’s braces or retainers. Retainers are custom-made devices that either work to hold teeth in place or correct tooth alignment. They're often worn all day, aside from meals, at the start of the treatment period and then eventually are rolled back so they're just worn at night. Braces on the other hand are worn for at least a year and work to help straighten or position teeth.

Overbite or Underbite

The other main oral issue that orthodontics helps correct is uneven alignment, such as an underbite or an overbite. You might hear Dr. Neal Kravitz refer to this as a "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Braces can help rearrange your alignment so an overbite or underbite is less of a problem. Typically after the braces come off for this sort of treatment, patients need to wear a retainer from Kravitz Orthodontics to finish the treatment.

While braces are typically associated with dental issues in children, more adults are wearing the devices as well. According to USA Today, about one in every five braces wearers are adults; a sign that it's never too late to correct any oral issues. Part of this is due to the technological advancements in orthodontics. For instance, new braces feel much better and come in a variety of styles — including clear — so they're far less obvious. Plus, the wires on braces are now made from advanced metals, which are stronger and lighter, so they get the job done much more efficiently. With so many people wearing braces these days (according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association, about four million people in the US wear braces at any given time and many more have worn them at some time in their lives), nicknames like "metal mouth" and "brace face" are almost a thing of the past. What's more, is that insurance plans are increasingly covering orthodontic treatment, making braces a much more feasible option for families on a budget.

When weighing whether or not braces are in your future, it's important to study all of your options about the styles of braces and what treatment option is best for you. Also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what is covered and what will have to be paid out of pocket. It might take a few years of treatment, but braces can give you that winning smile for the rest of your life. Call our South Riding, VA office with any questions you might have!

Team Kravitz cheers on Little River Elementary School, "RUN GIRL RUN!"

May 10th, 2013

We are so happy to be the official sponsor for Little River Elementary School's Girls on the Run program! This incredible group of girls have proven to be an inspiration for others and it brings such a big smile to our faces! Thank you for letting us be a part of your team! RUN GIRL RUN!

Kravitz Orthodontics is Ready for the Soccer Season!!

May 8th, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is the official sponsor for the U11 Boys Avalanche, U9 United Boys and Loudoun U9 Girls White soccer teams!! We are so excited for this season and wish these teams the best of luck!

Shout out to our patients Andrew Heer, Greyson Stiles and Avery Kerns who are team members of these groups of superstars!!

Foods That Can Harm Enamel

May 3rd, 2013

Many people who are careful about brushing and flossing their teeth wonder how they still end up with cavities or tooth decay. Several factors affect wear and tear on tooth enamel. Diet is a major factor, with certain foods increasing the likelihood that your enamel will become discolored or decayed. Pay close attention to the foods you eat to keep your pearly whites looking healthy and clean.

What Causes Enamel Damage?

Tooth enamel refers to the hard, semi-translucent, whitish part of the tooth that shows above your gums. The enamel is primarily composed of minerals that are strong but susceptible to highly acidic foods. When acid reacts with the minerals in enamel, it results in tooth decay. Strongly pigmented foods can also damage enamel by discoloring the surface of the tooth.

Foods that Harm Enamel

Acidic foods are the greatest source of enamel damage. To determine whether a food is acidic, look up its pH. Scientists use pH, on a one-to-seven scale, to define the relative acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Foods with low pH levels, between a one and three, are high in acidity and may damage your enamel. Foods with high pH levels, such as a six or seven, are far less likely to cause enamel harm.

So which foods should you avoid? Many fruits are high in acidity, including lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and apples. The high sugar and acid content in soda makes it another huge contributor to enamel decay. Moderately acidic foods include pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, cottage cheese, maple syrup, yogurt, raisins, pickles, and honey. The foods that are least likely to cause enamel damage include milk, most cheeses, eggs, and water.

Beverages such as red wine and coffee also damage the enamel by discoloring it. Although stains do not necessarily undermine the integrity of your teeth, they can be unsightly.

What Can I Do to Prevent Enamel Damage?

Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to prevent your enamel from discoloring or decaying. The easiest way to avoid decay is to steer clear of high-acidity foods. This may not always be possible, but eliminating sugary fruit juices and soda from your diet is a good start. Brushing your teeth after each meal and flossing frequently also preserves your enamel. Another good idea is to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after eating to wash away high-acidity particles.

Although enamel damage is common, it does not have to be an inevitable occurrence. Knowing the foods that harm your teeth gives you the tools to prevent discoloration and decay. With some easy preventive measures, your teeth will stay strong and white for years to come! Give us a call at Kravitz Orthodontics for more information!

How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

April 23rd, 2013

Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer provided by Kravitz Orthodontics.

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, Dr. Neal Kravitz will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

Considerations

If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it! Remember to call our South Riding, VA office if you have any questions about your retainer!

Earth Day

April 18th, 2013

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, and a surprising 20 million people participated on that day. Ultimately, it became the largest organized celebration in US history.

Earth Day Over the Years

Over the years, the recognition of the day, and the number of people celebrating it all over the world, turned Earth Day into an international celebration. Because it is celebrated throughout the world, it is not only the largest international environmental observation, but it is also more widely celebrated than any other environmental event in the world. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 175 countries where over 500 million people participate in celebrations.

The Earth Day Movement

The Earth Day movement is credited with developing the idea that people should “think green”. It encouraged congress to enact laws, including one that resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. It also inspired the passage of the Endangered Species Act.

The Five R's and Their Importance

  • Reduce – Reduce by avoiding unnecessary purchases. Reduce your use of materials that wind up in landfills. Reduce the use of chemicals around your house. Reduce your use of disposable bags, plates, cups, eating utensils, and batteries.
  • Reuse – Instead of using plastic bags for your groceries or purchases, bring your own reusable bags. When you go to buy coffee at Starbucks, take a travel mug so you don't have to get your coffee in a disposable paper cup. Instead of storing food in disposable refrigerator containers, buy containers that can be washed and reused. Don't use regular batteries. Whenever possible, opt for rechargeable batteries that you can reuse.
  • Recycle – Most cities offer a recycling program to collect used bottles, cans, and newspapers. Recycling includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials such as fibers and manufacturing raw materials into new products.
  • Re-buy – Make an effort to purchase things that are made through recycling. When purchasing furniture, look for items that are made from reclaimed wood. When buying paper for kids school work, computer printer paper, holiday cards, or anything else, make a point of purchasing recycled paper products. Instead of buying clothing at full retail price, shop for second hand clothing. You will save a lot of money by doing so!
  • Rethink – Rethink the way you do things so that you do them in an eco-conscious way at all times. Instead of driving to work alone, consider taking the bus or going in a carpool. Walk or ride your bike when you're only going a short distance. Plan your shopping trips and errand runs so that you can do everything on one day, and do it in a way where you can save time and gas.

Other ways to "think green" include growing your own food, composting yard waste and food scraps, or by participating in local recycling programs. Join a group like Freecycle so you can share your unneeded and unwanted possessions with people who can use them. Likewise, you'll be able to get things you need or want for free.

Earth Day teaches people that the planet belongs to everyone, so everyone is equally responsible for protecting it. Although Earth Day is an environmental celebration, the orthodontic of Dr. Neal Kravitz wants to remind you that you don't have to wait until then to make changes that will allow you and your family to live a greener life.

Happy Earth Day from the team at Kravitz Orthodontics

Dr. Kravitz Achieves 300 Cases of Lingual Braces!

April 16th, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Kravitz for this award representing 300 cases of lingual braces! Did you know Dr. Kravitz is one of 10 orthodonists worldwide to serve on the clinical advisory board for Incognito? He also travels around the country to speak at lectures specifically on lingual braces.  Want to learn more about lingual braces? Visit our website to watch videos, see pictures and read articles with frequently asked questions. Schedule your free consultation with us today!

Lingual braces go behind your teeth and stay hidden!

The Evolution of Braces, from Dr. Neal Kravitz

April 12th, 2013

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? Kravitz Orthodontics thinks of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

  • According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
  • The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
  • A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

18th Century: A French Development

  • The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
  • Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.

19th Century: Orthodontics Defined

  • Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
  • During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
  • Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
  • Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.

20th Century: New Materials Abound

  • Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
  • By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
  • Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular

Today

As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible. Call our office in South Riding, VA to schedule your first orthodontic consultation!

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Kravitz Orthodontics Sponsors Buffalo Trail Elementary's Ice Cream Social and Dance!

April 10th, 2013

On Friday, April 12th, Buffalo Trail Elementary PTA will be hosting an ice cream social and dance for students and their families. Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to be a sponsor for this event each and every year! Students will receive a free ice cream sundae when they attend until 8 pm. We hope you have a fun time!

Kravitz Orthodontics Supports Freedom High School's Trip to Haiti

April 8th, 2013

Dear Friends,

As we go through our day, we sometimes forget just how fortunate we really are to have a healthy, beautiful smile (complements of Dr. Kravitz, of course!) and fresh water to brush our teeth with. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from Freedom High School's assistant principal, Mr. Fred LeMaster. He was thrilled to tell me about his upcoming mission trip to Haiti in which several students from Freedom High School helped to build a school and a feeding center while lifting the spirits of the children and families. Immediately I asked, "what can we do to help?". We all know how generous Dr. Kravitz is in the community, especially in our schools, but I believe it really takes a special person to be a humanitarian and not just a signature. We sent Mr. LeMaster and his students on their trip supplied with toothbrushes and toothpaste to deliver to the children of Port-Au-Prince.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. To us here at Kravitz Orthodontics, this picture is worth so much more than that. This is a reminder that in one little corner of the Earth, we filled the hearts of hundreds of children and made their smiles glow.

Mr. LeMaster-thank you for thinking of us, we will always be here to help. We are so proud of you for all that you have accomplished.

From Angela, Team Kravitz and Team KO

Dr. Neal Kravitz, reminding you to play it safe this spring

April 1st, 2013

It's springtime and it's again time to remind our patients at Kravitz Orthodontics to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.

If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper-fitting mouthguard. Mouthguards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions.

Having a mouthguard can make the difference between losing your teeth or not, and because many of our patients who play high school sports have jaws that are still growing, last year’s mouthguard may no longer fit as it should. Dr. Neal Kravitz and our team at Kravitz Orthodontics can fit you for a new guard.

To learn more about mouth guards or for general questions about your treatment at our South Riding, VA office, please give us a call!

Adults and Braces - Not Just for Kids Anymore

March 25th, 2013

Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high — that painful era when we wore unattractive glasses, endured unflattering haircuts, and carried a mouthful of braces to complete the awkward adolescent look. Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more adults are choosing to pursue orthodontics to correct their smiles.

Braces for Adults

Perhaps you never had braces as a kid and you are embarrassed by your crooked teeth. Or you went through a round of braces a decade ago and stopped wearing your retainer, which allowed your teeth to shift. Whatever your personal history, wearing braces in adulthood is an excellent way to create the straight, beautiful smile you deserve.

What Are My Options?

With recent advances in orthodontic medicine, there are numerous options for adults who need braces. The basic option is traditional metal braces. These are best for individuals who have severely crooked teeth or a significant bite problem, or require other major orthodontic changes. Metal braces are typically the least expensive option. The greatest drawback to wearing metal braces as an adult is aesthetics. Many people find them unattractive and distracting.

If you are a professional who is worried about your personal appearance, clear ceramic braces may be a better choice. Clear braces are capable of handling very crooked teeth or bite issues, but they cost more than metal braces. You also have to be careful about smoking or drinking red wine, soda, and other dark beverages while wearing clear braces. These items may stain the adhesive that binds the brackets to your teeth.

Another popular option for adults who need braces is a clear aligner treatment, such as Invisalign®. This system works in a different way from traditional braces by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners. The series is custom made for your teeth, which makes this option more expensive than either metal or ceramic braces. In general, the Invisalign process takes anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth.

Although you may be nervous about the prospect of getting braces as an adult, you should not let your fears stop you from talking with Dr. Neal Kravitz. A consultation with at our South Riding, VA office will address your concerns and provide information about the best course of treatment for you. No matter what your personal situation, adult braces can be a great way to boost your confidence and create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Kravitz Orthodontics Heads to J. Michael Lunsford Middle School for a Big Night Out!

March 21st, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to be a titanium sponsor for J. Michael Lunsford Middle School's Big Night Out hosted by their incredible PTA! Team KO was there to enjoy an Italian dinner and a show performed by students and staff. We LOVED the "Got Water?" synchronized swimming act by the faculty and the Lunsford Lion-they did a FANTASTIC job!

Shout outs to our patients who performed last night:

Hunter Blasberg and his band, First Class Losers (they rocked the house and got quite an ovation!)

Christina Roukis

Ashley Nguyen

Emmy Wood

Maya Weismiller

Carter Levin

A great big thank you to:

Principal Neil Slevin

PTA President Lesli McGrath

and the amazing PTA volunteers including Kat Reed, Edna Naim, and Sri Srinivasan

BRAVO!

Kravitz Orthodontics Supports Arcola Elementary School!

March 20th, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of Arcola Elementary School in Stone Ridge, VA! Arcola is raising money to build a new school track and the PTA is hosting a Walk-a-Thon for families and students to join in the fun! A great big thank you to:

Dr. Clark Bowers, school principal of Arcola

Mr. Andrew Stephens, new assistant principal of Arcola

Jeannette Thatcher, president of Arcola PTA

All the dedicated parents of the Arcola PTA, families and students

for not only designing these awesome t-shirts but for your incredible support of our office! We are so happy to be a part of the Arcola family. GO DRAGONS!!!

Foods that Are Safe for Braces!

March 18th, 2013

Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So, what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

Post-Tightening Foods

As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, our South Riding, VA office will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

  • pudding
  • mashed potatoes
  • soup
  • ice cream
  • cottage cheese
  • peas
  • pancakes
  • pasta

Foods to Avoid

According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

  • hard candies
  • gum
  • nuts
  • popcorn
  • certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)

Considerations

Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration.

Have more questions about orthodontic treatment? The Kravitz Orthodontics staff is always ready to answer all of your questions and help you get the most out of the treatment plan prescribed for you by Dr. Neal Kravitz!

St. Patrick's Day: Celtic Pride, Green Shamrocks and Lucky Charms

March 14th, 2013

“St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.” Adrienne Cook

Lucky green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold: It must be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish, how do you go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy: You just put on one of those tall leprechauns hats, dress in green from head to toe, and wear one of those carefree pins that say “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, and that is the universal beauty of the holiday. Celtic pride does not discriminate.

Wondering what Kravitz Orthodontics is doing to celebrate March 17th? Well, we’ve thought about doing everything from handing out lucky gold coins (you know, the fake ones that are made of chocolate) to shamrock stickers. Maybe we’ll even give away green toothbrushes and floss! You’ll never know unless you come in to see Dr. Neal Kravitz !

All kidding aside, St. Patrick’s Day is an important cultural and religious holiday. There are lavish parades and church services across Ireland on March 17th. Over time, however, the holiday has developed into a day to observe Irish culture in general. In places like England and the United States, where there is a large Irish Diaspora, the holiday has greater significance than other countries. From the streets of Boston to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, it is a day of celebration, and many Americans of Irish descent will cook up a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage.

So, to all of you with Irish ancestry, and to all of you who have decided to be Irish for the day, our office wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck looking for a pot of leprechaun gold, which is said to exist at the end of the rainbow. However, keep away from those sugary Lucky Charms; sweet cereals might taste good, but your kids’ teeth might not be feeling too lucky if they eat it for breakfast every day. Have a great St. Paddy’s day and remember to call your favorite orthodontic soon to keep your oral health in check!

Kravitz Orthodontics is the Official Sponsor of Mercer Madness at Mercer Middle School!

March 14th, 2013

Team Kravitz is pumped up and ready to watch Mercer Middle School shoot some hoops in this 3 on 3 basketball tournament! Keep an eye out for TEAM KO as we welcome everyone into the gym with Dr. Kravitz and Margaret announcing the game! The game will be held at Mercer Middle School from 6-9 pm on Friday, March 15th. GO MOUNTAIN LIONS!

Dr. Neal Kravitz Gives Tips to Avoid Common Problems Associated with Braces

March 7th, 2013

While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. Dr. Neal Kravitz urges those who experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems to call our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
  • Loose bands: These must be secured in place by our dentist. Try to save the band for repair.
  • Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
  • Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned and sometimes replaced.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods can also help or hurt you while you’re wearing braces. Remember to cut your food into small pieces that can be easily chewed. You will want to avoid hard and chewy foods that can break your hardware. Foods such as corn on the cob, nuts, carrots, apples, ice, and bubble gum should be avoided.

Braces, rubber bands, springs, and other mouth appliances associated with braces will normally attract food particles and plaque. Without the proper care, this could cause staining of your teeth.

Our staff at Kravitz Orthodontics recommend brushing after every meal or snack and carefully removing any food that might be lodged in the braces. A fluoride mouthwash might be helpful as well as flossing. At your next appointment, Dr. Neal Kravitz can advise you how to floss with a brush specially designed for braces!

Tooth Discoloration: Common Causes and What You Can Do To Stop It

March 1st, 2013

Looking back at childhood photos, you may notice picture after picture of yourself with a mouthful of shiny white teeth. When you look in the mirror today, you wonder what happened to that beautiful smile. Many adults struggle with tooth discoloration and find it embarrassing to show off their teeth in a smile. Once you identify the cause of your tooth discoloration, there are treatment options at Kravitz Orthodontics that can restore your teeth and your confidence.

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

There are a host of factors that may cause your teeth to discolor. Some are directly under your control, and others may not be preventable. Here is a list of common reasons that teeth become discolored.

  • Genetics: Much of your dental health is determined by genetic factors beyond your control. Some people naturally have thinner enamel or discolored teeth.
  • Medications: Several medications lead to tooth discoloration as a side effect. If you received the common antibiotics doxycycline or tetracycline as a child, your teeth may have discolored as a consequence. Antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, and antipsychotic drugs can also discolor teeth. If you think a medication may be leading to tooth discoloration, talk to Dr. Neal Kravitz. Never discontinue the use of a medication without consulting your doctor, however.
  • Medical Conditions: Genetic conditions such as amelogenesis or dentinogenesis cause improper development of the enamel, and can lead to yellowed, discolored teeth.
  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Failing to brush your teeth at least twice a day or regularly floss may lead to tooth decay and discoloration.
  • Foods and Tobacco: Consumption of certain foods, including coffee, tea, wine, soda, apples, or potatoes, can cause tooth discoloration. Tobacco use also causes teeth to turn yellow or brown.

Treatments for Tooth Discoloration

There are a variety of treatments available to individuals with discolored teeth. One of the easiest ways to reduce tooth discoloration is through prevention. Avoid drinking red wine, soda, or coffee and stop using tobacco products. If you drink beverages that tend to leave stains, brush your teeth immediately or swish with water to reduce staining.

After determining the cause of tooth discoloration, Dr. Neal Kravitz can suggest other treatment options. Over-the-counter whitening agents might help, but in-office whitening treatments provided at our South Riding, VA office would be more effective. When whitening agents do not help, bondings or veneers are among the alternative solutions for tooth discoloration.

If you are worried about your teeth becoming yellow or brown, think carefully about your diet and medication use. Talk to Dr. Neal Kravitz to identify substances that may be causing the problem. After treatment for tooth discoloration, you will have a beautiful white smile you can be proud to show off.

Team KO Takes the Pledge to Knockout Bullying with Lunsford Middle School Students!

February 23rd, 2013

This awesome group of students from J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in South Riding, Virginia is here at our office today with a pledge for all to sign to stop bullying in our schools! I could not think of a more creative idea, and we LOVE the shirts they made! The slips of colorful paper signed by pledgers will be made into a link chain that represents the unity of our community. Stop by our office and take the pledge!! Team Kravitz is here to help!

What Role do Elastics (Rubber Bands) Play in Orthodontics?

February 22nd, 2013

Wearing orthodontic braces may be the best choice for correcting your teeth and improving your smile, and that's why you've come to see Dr. Neal Kravitz at Kravitz Orthodontics. Braces, which consist of brackets and wires, work by gently applying pressure to the teeth, and that pressure causes them to move into the correct position. In some cases elastics, or rubber bands, are used to apply additional pressure needed to move your teeth.

The Purpose of ElasticsCustomized for each patient, the rubber bands typically stretch over tiny loops on the top and bottom brackets. If worn consistently, and every day, these tiny elastics will apply the steady pressure needed to guide your teeth into the correct position.

These elastics are crafted from medical-grade latex, which is safe to be in contact with your mouth. It's common to remove the elastics during meals if opening your mouth wide enough to eat is difficult. Our staff will demonstrate how to affix the elastics so it will soon become second nature to replace them.

The Do’s and the Don'ts

DO - Get in the habit of carrying around extra rubber bands and replace them as soon as one breaks. By consistently wearing the elastics, you may shorten the overall time needed to wear braces.

DON'T - Double up on elastics as this will cause too much pressure on the tooth or teeth and can actually harm the root of the tooth.

DO - Always wash your hands before removing or replacing the rubber bands.

DON'T - Overstretch the rubber band or it will lose its strength and it will be ineffective.

DO - Call us if you run out of rubber bands.

DO - Have fun with your braces and elastics. There are many different colors available that can let you show off your soon-to-be perfect smile.

Rubber bands are a key part of your orthodontic treatment, and learning how to remove and replace them is an important part to maintaining your braces. Before we set you on your journey to a perfect smile, we'll make sure you understand all there is to know about how to take care of your braces. Of course, if you have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, or orthodontics in general, be sure to contact our South Riding, VA office, and our staff will be happy to assit you!

Team Kravitz is Heading to Pinebrook Elementary School's International Night!

February 22nd, 2013

Pinebrook Elementary School PTA in Aldie, VA is hosting an international night for students and families. Team Kravitz will be there to support the Pumas! Students and teachers will be doing cultural performances to showcase their ancestry customs and traditions. Families will also be doing food tastings from all around the world. Come join us tonight at Pinebrook from 6:30-8:30 pm, hope to see you there!

Team Kravitz is Walking for Arcola Elementary School!

February 21st, 2013

Arcola Elementary School is raising money for their brand new track! Team Kravitz is a proud sponsor of this event and looks forward to seeing the track when it's finished! The walk-a-thon will take place on Thursday, March 21st during recess. Students will walk 2-4 laps together, with their teachers. Anyone can participate in the event! To sign up, or to help the Dragons raise money, visit the PTA website for contact information.

Team Kravitz Supports Our Moms!

February 19th, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics continually supports our community! Our team loves connecting with the groups of moms that come into our office and chat while sipping on a cup of our delicious cappuccino. We are proud to sponsor Pink Polka Dot Productions and Macaroni Kid. If you haven't heard of these two groups, you're missing out!

Pink Polka Dot Productions is an organization of moms that have a mission to inspire, motivate and encourage each other as they go through the day-to-days of motherhood. The next conference is at the Gaylord National Resort on April 20, 2013, the keynote speaker is Deborah Phelps-mom of Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps!

Macaroni Kid is a nationwide blog written by publisher moms in local areas dedicated to write about family-friendly events happening in the community each week. We love to read about crafts to do with kids, recipes to cook with children in the kitchen and favorite places to go as a family on vacation.

Help us support these wonderful moms and follow their blogs!

We'd Like to Take a Moment to Thank YOU!

February 7th, 2013

Our office is incredibly honored to be such a big part of our community. Receiving handwritten cards from administrators of our local schools is something that we cherish. Thank YOU for including us as part of your families.

Aldie Elementary Warms Up With a Chili Cookoff!

February 1st, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of Aldie Elementary School's chili cookoff and talent show this Friday night! Stop by, taste the homemade chili recipes created by the students and their families and stay to see who wins! Team Kravitz is looking forward to hearing about the many talent show skits that the students are performing-good luck to all!

John Champe High School presents Casino Knights!

January 28th, 2013

Kravitz Orthodontics is proud to sponsor John Champe High School's "Casino Knight" event that supports the incredible athletic program that the school offers. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb 23rd at International Country Club in Fairfax, VA from 7-11 pm. Tickets are available online at www.champesports.com or at the athletic office. Show your support and enjoy a fun night out too!

Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud supporter of J. Michael Lunsford Middle School

January 22nd, 2013

A great big thank you goes to Principal Slevin, Lesli McGrath and Lunsford PTA committee for this incredible picture on Facebook! Our team really enjoys attending the events that the PTA hosts throughout the school year and look forward to being a sponsor for many more! We are so happy to be part of a wonderful school-GO LIONS! -Angela, Team Kravitz

Team Kravitz joins Kelly's Bootcamp Challenge in Chantilly!

January 18th, 2013

During the winter months, it's always a challenge to get the right amount of exercise. Our friend Kelly, who runs Kelly's Bootcamp in Chantilly, challenged Team Kravitz to an 8 week program competing against other teams in the bootcamp. We accept the challenge and look forward to taking over her bootcamp class each week!

If YOU would like to take on the challenge, or even come and do a class with us (and cheer us on!) go to Kelly's website and sign up! We look forward to seeing you there! -Angela, Team Kravitz

Lights...Camera...Mercer!

December 18th, 2012

Our team here at Kravitz Orthodontics really takes pride in being such a large part of the community. We enjoy going to sporting events, PTA events, school plays, concerts, farmers markets, you name it! Mercer Middle School does a great job with providing fun after school activities for their students (we love seeing Principal Duellman at the events!), including yearbook club in which students are the photographers and editors of the school yearbook! Dr. Kravitz recently donated two new cameras to the school for the yearbook club and school staff to use. We can't wait to see the pictures from this school year!

Welcome to our Blog!

October 29th, 2012

Welcome to Kravitz Orthodontics! When you visit our office, you will immediately see a unique atmosphere. Our friendly front office staff will welcome you with a warm smile and "hello!", you will meet our kind back office staff as you begin your appointment and even catch up with Dr. Kravitz as he sits down to work on your beautiful smile. We take pride in what we do here at our office, making sure that the care we provide to you is the highest of quality. If you live in Northern Virginia, it is quite possible that you have heard of the fantastic work that Dr. Kravitz does or even how involved our team is within the community. We have created this blog just for YOU-our patients, our friends. This blog will be your access to what exactly we do in the community that makes us so great! We ask that if you have children who attend any of the schools featured, or if you attend any of the events that we sponsor, that you share your fun experiences with us! We'd love to hear from you! Kravitz Orthodontics is continually supporting our community and our team looks forward to seeing you soon!

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