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Occlusal Splint Therapy Basics

Occlusal splints for facial pain

What is an occlusal splint or night guard? Splints are removable, protective plastic devices that fit on your upper or lower teeth (and sometimes both) and are adjusted to create a new bite in a desired bite jaw position. For example, if you have an upper occlusal splint, it will be adjusted so that the […]

Virtual Orthodontic Visits: When They Make Sense

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Virtual Orthodontic Visits? How is that possible? “Virtual orthodontic appointment” refers to meeting with your orthodontist over the internet, using a variety of formats such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Facetime, and other proprietary dental formats such as #Invisalign Virtual Care. The advantages include convenience, because travel time is eliminated, and you can use just about […]

What’s the Best Clear Aligner? (Buyer Beware!)

A close-up of a person holding a clear aligner to their teeth

Want to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets? Clear aligners are an excellent choice. But: Not all clear aligners are the same. Each has its own set of policies that you should be aware of as a buyer. So read this blog to learn what you should ask and consider when seeking the […]

Our Just Cause (Why We Do What We Do – for YOU!)

A patient and orthodontic team member making a heart shape with their hands together

In the book, The Infinite Game… This text opens a new tab to learn about the book…, Simon Sinek introduces the concept of Just Cause; an overarching statement of an organization’s focus, motivation, and purpose. It guides decisions and actions, and it aims the organization toward the long term objective. The Just Cause transcends an […]

Coronavirus Updates – Here’s What You Need to Know

At Schur Orthodontics, Our number one priority has always been the safety and health of our patients, team members, and community. Orthodontic treatment requires us to breach coronavirus social distancing guidelines. Therefore, we are instituting new protocols to reduce infection risk when visiting our office. These new measures were created following guidance from the Center […]

Winemaker Discusses Invisalign And Lifestyle

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Why a testimonial about Invisalign from a winemaker? To be effective, Invisalign aligners should be worn 22 hours per day. As an orthodontist I often hear potential Invisalign patients voice concerns about the potential clash between Invisalign and lifestyle demands, given people’s need to converse with colleagues, entertain clients, and presenting at meetings. To this […]

Humane Society Pet Food Drive 2019

2019 Schur Orthodontics Pet Food Drive

Humane Society Pet Food Drive Announcement: It’s almost time for the 2019 edition of our annual Seattle Humane Society Pet Food & Supplies Drive! Please plan to bring in donations from October 7-December 19. At the end of the drive Dr. Schur will deliver all donated items to the Humane Society office in Bellevue. Our […]

Viva Las Vegas!??? Not What You Might Think.

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Why a post about Las Vegas on an orthodontic blog? For a couple of reasons. Most importantly, I don’t expect folks to want to read post after post about tooth movement, retainers, or self-promotion. Due to my passion for travel, I love hearing patients and colleagues share interesting tales about their vacation experiences, so I […]

What Is There to Do In Lake Chelan? (4 Reasons To Visit)

Things to do in Lake Chelan

Open new tab to Lake Chelan website Lake Chelan is one of Washington State’s true gems. We’d like to say “hidden gems” but the truth is, it’s becoming more and more popular. If you haven’t heard of Lake Chelan or keep hearing about people going there, you might be asking yourself, “What is there to […]