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!
April 15th, 2014
March 20th, 2014
Happy first day of Spring! Loving the sunshine, we hope everyone else is too!!!
March 6th, 2014
February 20th, 2014
February 14th, 2014
The team at Kravitz Orthodontics is wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day!
February 10th, 2014
Wishing Arcola Elementary a fabulous Arcola has Heart Week!
February 8th, 2014
January 24th, 2014
January 16th, 2014
January 2nd, 2014
Happy New Year from the team at Kravitz Orthodontics, make it a great 2014!
December 6th, 2013
December 2nd, 2013
KO is excited to be a part of Christmas in Middleburg this weekend!
November 26th, 2013
November 12th, 2013
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!
November 4th, 2013
Get you extra candy to Kravitz Orthodontics! The last day for the candy buy back is tomorrow. If you attend Arcola, Aldie, Buffalo Trail, Hutchinson Farm, Liberty, Little River, Middleburg, Moorefield Station, Pinebrook, Lunsford 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.
October 29th, 2013
Dr. Kravitz and Team Kravitz Orthodontics are excited to host their 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back day for Arcola, Aldie, Buffalo Trail, Hutchinson Farm, Liberty, Little River, Middleburg, Moorefield Station, Pinebrook, Lunsford 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!
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!)
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
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!
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!
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!
February 7th, 2013
January 30th, 2013
Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of Little River Elementary's book club! The book club is split into three groups: kindergarten and first grade, second and third grade, as well as fourth and fifth grades. The groups will read one book each month including some of our favorite titles: The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Dr. Kravitz has provided all materials and books for this wonderful group of staff and students. Our team truly believes in the importance of extra curricular activities and are so thrilled to be a part of the Little River family! Continually supporting our community!
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!
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
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
January 10th, 2013
On January 22nd, Mr. John Halligan will visit Lunsford Middle School to share the emotional and moving story about his son, Ryan, who took his own life due to relentless bullying several years ago. Mr. Halligan travels all over the country talking to middle and high school students in the hopes of helping them to understand the terrible impact that bullying can have on their fellow classmates. In addition to speaking with students, Mr. Halligan will be returning the evening of the 22nd at 7:00pm in the JML auditorium to do a presentation for parents. Families in our community have voiced great concerns with the effects of bullying and are grateful to the PTA and staff at Lunsford for this incredible presentation...and so are we. Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of this community-wide event and are thankful that we could be of help. Please visit Mr. Halligan's website to learn more about his programs: http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/
We are extremely proud of a patient of ours, who has created a video for her Girl Scout project, in the form of an anti-bullying campaign. Please help her out and vote for her video, entitled "The Cliques", here. The winner will have their video professionally produced-we believe that she truly deserves to win!
December 10th, 2012
With the holidays quickly approaching, it seems difficult to tackle that long shopping list for our family and friends. This weekend, the Wellness Connection hosted a holiday market in the Stone Ridge community for shopping and even pictures with Santa! Vendors, who all live in the local area, sold handmade gifts, jewerly, greenery, foods, etc. Team Kravitz handed out hot cocoa and toys for kids who attended the market-it was a hit!
The Wellness Connection also hosts a farmers market every Saturday, April through October so be sure to check their website in the Spring for more information!
November 30th, 2012
Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? We think 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.
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.
Sources: Angle.org, ArchWired
November 21st, 2012
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it’s a great time to ask ourselves what we’re thankful for. With our friends and family around us, we celebrate the blessings given to us in the past year. Our staff thought we’d ask: What are you thankful for this holiday season? Do you have any Thanksgiving wishes or recipes you would like to share?
Our entire team would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. It’s a big food holiday, so be careful what you eat with those braces! If you have any stories or photos to share with us, we’d encourage you to send them along or post them below or on our Facebook page!
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!