Spring Break

April 15th, 2014

Wishing all Fairfax and Loudoun County Public School students an awesome spring break!

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!

Christmas in Middleburg this Weekend!

December 2nd, 2013

KO is excited to be a part of Christmas in Middleburg this weekend!


Halloween Buy Back for Arcola, Aldie, Buffalo Trail, Hutchinson Farm, Liberty, Little River, Middleburg, Moorefield Station, Pinebrook, Lunsford, and Mercer

October 17th, 2013

Dr. Kravitz and Team Kravitz Orthodontics are excited to host their 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back day! 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!

We've Got Mercer Middle School Spirit!

November 19th, 2012

Mercer Middle School has recently been designated as a "school to watch" by the National Forum Initiative. Congratulations Mercer! Principal Duellman, a big Ohio State Buckeyes fan, has really been a big part in encouraging students to get involved in school activities. He did a great job leading the Team Mercer at the staff "Hoops for Hope" basketball game. Our office has sponsored many of Mercer's PTA events and items on their wishlist. We recently learned that the PTA has been able to purchase a new poster maker for the school and new professional cameras for the yearbook club! It is our pleasure to be involved as a sponsor for Mercer Middle School and look forward to seeing lots of smiling faces throughout the school year! -Angela, Team Kravitz

Pinebrook Elementary Fall B-I-N-G-O!!

November 17th, 2012

We had such a blast Friday night at Pinebrook Elementary in Aldie! Team Kravitz was there to support the PTA to raise money for iPads in the classrooms. Principal Thiessen was at the event to call out the numbers as they were being drawn-what a great guy! It was great to see the large number of people who came out, the students loved the prizes that we donated. PTA events are very important in each school, it's the PTA who ensures that the students have fun activities and new classroom materials every school year. Kravitz Orthodontics works directly with the PTA's for sponsorships such as ice cream social, American Education Week, bullying awareness, after-school clubs, festivals, etc. It truly is our pleasure to continually support our community. -Angela, Noemi and Brittne, Team Kravitz

Freedom High School Theatre presents...The Crucible!

November 16th, 2012

Hi friends! Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of the Freedom High School Theatre group in South Riding, VA. These incredibly talented students are led by fine arts director, Mr. Rogers. It was a pleasure to see this production and several of our patients starred in the play! Our office provided playbill keychain lights for each attendee to view their program while the auditorium lights were dimmed. We wish all of the actors the best of luck...BREAK A LEG (just not a tooth!). -Angela, Team Kravitz

Ask the expert: Do Wisdom Teeth Really Cause Crowding?

November 14th, 2012

“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” -Mark Twain

Despite popular belief amongst patients and dentists, wisdom teeth do not contribute to lower incisor crowding in adulthood. Blasphemy!, Copernicus!, Leviticus 24:15!, you say? Amazingly, the belief that wisdom teeth contribute to lower incisor crowding is based on an antecdotal statement from a single research paper more than 50 years-old.

In 1961, orthodontist Leroy Vego, published an article, "A Longitudinal Study of Mandibular Arch Perimeter" which examined the role of wisdom teeth on lower incisor crowding. Vego evaluated plaster stone models of 65 individuals who have never had orthodontic treatment; 40 individuals with lower wisdom teeth present and 25 patients with lower wisdom teeth congenitally absent (never born with wisdom teeth), over six years from ages 13 to 19. He reported that there was a significantly greater degree of crowding in [those individuals] with wisdom teeth. Vego concluded: "that the erupting lower third molar can exert a force on approximating teeth."

From this statement, the theory formulated that lower wisdom teeth "push" the teeth in front of them as they come into the mouth, contributing to incisor crowding. As such, general dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons recommended the prophylactic extraction of wisdom teeth to prevent against the relapse of crowding after orthodontic treatment.

Ample research exists (References 1-8) which disprove Vego's theory that wisdom teeth exert enough pressure on teeth to move them forward. In fact, numerous elements play a role in crowding, irrespective of whether the individual has wisdom teeth. Most notably, lower incisors tend to drift forward through the bone in the direction of our main chewing muscles (masseter and temporalis). Additionally, bone is continually remodeling and bone in the lower anterior region happens to resorb throughout life. Other factors such as tooth-size, tooth-shape, and original tooth-position also play a significant role. Therefore, little rationale exists for the extraction of third molars solely to minimize present or future crowding.

Nonetheless, timely removal of wisdom teeth is still encouraged. Wisdom teeth may develop cavities, gum inflammation (pericoronitis), root resorption of the second-molar, cysts or tumors, impede orthodontic tooth movement, or interfere with proper occlusion, and therefore should be extracted in many patients. In our office, we encourage the extraction of wisdom teeth during late adolescence, prior to the child leaving for college. As the patient reaches greater skeletal maturity, jaw bones become increasingly more dense, which may result in higher post-operative pain following wisdom tooth removal. Typically, after the age of 25, asymptomatic wisdom teeth are not extracted and simply monitored with routine periodic x-rays.

I hope this has provided some helpful information on wisdom teeth. Please feel free to respond with any questions or comments or requests for additional information.

Dr. Kravitz
South Riding, Virginia

Little River Elementary-Girls on the Run!

November 14th, 2012

Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of Girls on the Run from Little River Elementary! Wishing this amazing group of girls the best of luck at their race on Sunday! YOU GO GIRLS! We can't wait to see Dr. Kravitz wear his "Run Like a Girl" shirt when he runs with the South Riding Running Club!

J. Michael Lunsford Middle School

November 13th, 2012

Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of Lunsford Middle School's book club! This fantastic group of students meet once a month to discuss the book they are currently reading. Dr. Kravitz has donated books selected by the students and staff, including Smile by Raina Telgemeier and Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Freedom and John Champe High School

November 12th, 2012

Kravitz Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of Freedom High School located in South Riding and John Champe High School located in Stone Ridge. Both schools are very lucky to have such talented administrative teams including their school principals. Kravitz Orthodontics has sponsored these schools to help support their athletic teams, drama clubs, marching bands, PTA events, you name it! Be sure to look for Dr. Kravitz, his wife Margaret and our team at the school events! We continually support our community.

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