March 20th, 2014
Happy first day of Spring! Loving the sunshine, we hope everyone else is too!!!
December 18th, 2013
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 School, Hutchison Farm Elementary School Pinebrook Elementary School, Saint Timothy, Little River Elementary, Buffalo Trail Elementary School, John Champe High School, Arcola Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Official, & Freedom High School!
November 18th, 2013
November 14th, 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.
November 2nd, 2013
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!!
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!!
July 19th, 2013
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!!
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 26th, 2012
(image courtesy of recreation.gov)
Hi friends! We are very excited to announce that Arcola Elementary School chorus group has been asked to sing at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington DC, for the second year in a row. Congratulations Arcola! Kravitz Orthodontics is sponsoring this talented group of students by donating red scarves for them to wear while singing and to keep warm of course! The tree lighting ceremony will be on Thursday, December 6th. To watch a live broadcast of the ceremony and to hear Arcola sing, log onto www.thenationaltree.org
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
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.