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Get Back to Nature in These 4 State Parks Near Vancouver, WA

Note: We originally wrote this post in May of 2020, when 3 of the state parks near Vancouver, WA reopened ...
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Three Tips for a Braces Friendly Halloween from Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween! And although we recently wrote ...
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Ortho Themed Halloween Coloring Pages Free Download

Hey kids (and parents)!! In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, the American Association of Orthodontists has provided three ortho-themed ...
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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October gives us many things to smile about: Gorgeous fall foliage, the excitement of the approaching holiday season, and the ...
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Best Foods to Eat with Sore Mouth from New Braces or Adjustment

These are the best foods to eat the first week of new braces, after an adjustment or braces tightening, or ...
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Three Braces Friendly Recipes for Fall that are Filled with Apple Goodness

It's officially autumn, and to celebrate we're sharing three fall recipes that feature one of our favorite flavors---apple! These dishes ...
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Celebrities with Braces: Check Out These Famous Brace Faces

When we see celebrities flashing their million-dollar smiles, we may assume that they were born with perfect teeth. But the ...
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Braces friendly recipes for mashed winter squash, cranberry pear sauce and roasted mushrooms

Braces Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes 1

With Turkey (or Tofurkey?) Day right around the corner, we thought we'd share three braces-friendly side dish recipes that can ...
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Dry Mouth from Braces? Check out These 10 Simple Solutions

If you're experiencing dry mouth from your braces (or Invisalign® or retainer), try one of our 10 simple solutions for ...
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Braces Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes 2

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we thought we'd share some braces friendly recipes that will be delicious additions to your holiday ...
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6 Month Smiles® Before and After Photos

If you're looking for 6 Month Smiles® Before and After Photos, you've come to the right place! Not only are ...
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Winners of our back to school office contest

Back to School Office Contest Winners

And the winners are... Congratulations to Ezra and Meagan! These lucky winners of our back to school office contest received ...
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Happy Fourth of July in Vancouver Washington

Happy Fourth of July 2020 Vancouver Wa

Happy Independence Day everyone! As you're gearing up for the holiday weekend, you may be wondering what to do in ...
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4 Facts That Will Change Your Mind About Traditional Metal Braces

Get the facts on traditional metal braces and learn about the benefits of braces over other orthodontic treatment optons such ...
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Remember and Honor Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day 2020

May 25, 2020 "Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of ...
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Yes, We’re Open!

We hope this message finds you healthy during these challenging times we've all been facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Local ...
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Braces Care Package Ideas

Check out these braces care package, gift, and survival kit ideas. They'll help with the adjustment to braces and will ...
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The winner of our Father's Day contest

And the Winner of our Father’s Day Contest is…

We'd like to extend a hearty congratulations to our Father's Day office contest winners! Ashlyn and her dad won a ...
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr ...
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Get the Perfect Smile You’ve Always Wanted in as Little as Six Months!

Are you self-conscious about your smile, but don't relish the idea of having a mouth full of metal for a ...
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Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!

Yes, our patients are llamazing, and we llove them llots!! We wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day 2020 and ...
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How to Prevent White Spots from Forming on Teeth While Wearing Braces

The day your braces finally come off should be one of celebration. You should feel good about what you see ...
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Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year everyone! We wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020! And if receiving orthodontic treatment is ...
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Holiday Food Drive and Office Contest December 2018

Happy Holidays Everyone! 'Tis the season to give...and receive! For this month's office contest, we're inviting you to participate in ...
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Happy Thanksgiving 2019

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” – Hansa Proverb We hope you have lots to ...
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Veterans Day - Honoring All Who Served

Veterans Day 2019

Home of the free because of the brave. To all who have served, we are truly grateful ...
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Pick Your Favorite Pumpkin for a Chance to Win—2018 October Office Contest

Hey everybody! Our October office contest is in full swing! To participate, just stop by during the month of October ...
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April Office Contest Winner Announcement

Congrats to Our April 2018 Office Contest Winner!

Congratulations to our April Office Contest Winner, Katerine Perez! Katerine's name was randomly drawn from those who found the hidden ...
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Find an egg in this month's office contest

April 2018 Office Contest: The Egg Hunt

April's Office Contest is our Hottest Yet!! Find one of the eggs hidden around our office during the month of ...
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Please vote for us for best orthodontist of Clark County!

Final Ballot for Best of Clark County 2018—Vote Now!

Great news everyone!! We made it through the first round of voting for Best of Clark County 2018! We would ...
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Please vote for us for best orthodontist of Clark County!

Please Help Us Win Best Orthodontist of Clark County!

Calling all patients, we need your help! The Columbian is accepting nominations for Best of Clark County 2018, and we'd ...
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New smile for the new year 2018

Welcome 2018 with a New Smile for the New Year!

If your New Year's resolution is to achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile in 2018---We can help! Our modern orthodontic ...
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December Office Contest

Guess and Win with our December 2017 Office Contest!

Hello everyone! 'Tis the season for another office contest!! Stop by our office during the month of December to guess ...
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Our Office is Collecting Toys for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Toy Drive

Seasons Greetings, everyone! Our office is collecting toys for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital on behalf of Macey Bodily. If you ...
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November Office Contest Winner of $50 Applebees Gift Card Announced

And The Winner of Our November 2017 Office Contest Is…

Hey everyone! Remember last month when we gave you a chance to win a $50 Applebees gift card just by ...
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Win a $50 Applebees Gift Card!

November 2017 Office Contest—Who are You Thankful For?

Want to Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Applebees? It's Easy! Here's How: Stop by our office during the month ...
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What is Interproximal Reduction (IPR)? [with Video]

Interproximal reduction (IPR) is a procedure in which a small amount of enamel is shaved off of the tooth. The ...
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Tips for a Braces Friendly Barbecue (with recipe)

For a braces friendly barbecue, follow these tips. Includes a delicious and braces friendly shrimp recipe to try at your ...
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Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Usage in Orthodontics (with video)

If you've been researching orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may have come across the term Temporary Anchorage ...
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braces friendly overnight oats

The Most Customizable Recipe in the World: Overnight Oats

If this is the first you're hearing of overnight oats...we're kind of surprised. But, no worries, we'll get you up ...
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Tips for Avoiding Delays in Your Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you're wearing traditional metal or clear braces, Invisalign® or another appliance, if you're undergoing orthodontic treatment you are probably ...
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Four Ways to Serve Braces Friendly Salmon (Recipes)

If you're looking for easy and delicious ways to incorporate salmon into your meal plan, then this is the post ...
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The perfect red velvet cake recipe for your braces-wearing valentine!

Braces Friendly Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

With Valentine's Day drawing near, it's the perfect time to add another sweet treat to our braces friendly recipe collection ...
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Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve 2016 in Vancouver, WA

If you're looking for ways to celebrate New Year's Eve with the whole family (and without the hangover), we've got ...
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Braces Friendly Recipes: Eat Your Veggies Edition!

It's been a while since we've posted a braces friendly recipe, so today we thought we'd share not one, but ...
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Family Fun This Weekend in Vancouver, WA

If you're in the local Vancouver, WA area and are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos this ...
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Kids Fight Plaque in Free Online Game by Colgate

If you're looking for a fun and challenging online game to play, Colgate® has you covered with "Attack of the ...
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Braces-Themed Connect the Dots Printout for Kids

Have some fun with this braces-themed connect the dots game, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save ...
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Ortho-themed Crossword Puzzle for Kids

Have fun with this ortho-themed crossword puzzle created by the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image below, ...
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Ortho-themed Word Scramble for Kids

Today we're sharing a fun ortho-themed word scramble created by the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image ...
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Ortho Word Search for Kids

Here's a fun ortho-themed word search for kids, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists®. Right-click and save the image ...
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Dentist or Orthodontist—What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

When it comes to selecting an oral health care provider, many are unaware of the differences between a general dentist ...
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Damon System Clear Braces for Kids, Teens, and Adults in Vancouver, WA

Here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC, we offer a variety of state-of-the-art treatment options to ensure our patients receive the ...
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Feb 5th is VDA’s First Friday Downtown

If you're looking for something fun to do this Friday, check out February 5th's edition of First Friday Downtown in ...
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You're never too old for a healthy, confident smile!

Affordable and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment for Adults in Vancouver, WA

According to a survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment reached ...
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braces friendly sugar cookie recipe

Braces Friendly Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar cookies are a time-honored holiday tradition that are as fun to cut out and decorate as they are to ...
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Affordable Orthodontist in Vancouver, WA

At Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, we understand that budget is a concern for many families; that is why we aim to ...
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Google Reviews

Calling all former and current patients!! Would you be willing to take a moment or two to leave us a ...
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Braces Friendly Snacks

Braces friendly snacks aren't as rare as some might think. For a brief period following the initial installation of braces ...
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Avocado Three [Braces-Friendly] Ways

Being equally nutritious and delicious, avocados are a great addition to any braces-friendly menu. With that in mind, we are ...
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8 signs your child may need braces

8 Signs That Your Child May Need Braces

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have their first orthodontic check up by age 7, as early orthodontic ...
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8 questions to ask during your first orthodontic visit

8 Questions to Ask During Your Orthodontic Consultation

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, the first step on that journey will be the ...
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How to Floss with Braces (with video)

In addition to brushing and rinsing, flossing is an essential part of any good oral hygiene routine. And while it ...
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How to Brush Teeth with Braces using Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush (with video)

Sonic electric toothbrushes make the job of brushing teeth with braces much easier, as they remove several times more plaque ...
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Braces friendly recipe for ultimate potato soup.

Ultimate! Potato Soup

This braces-friendly potato soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite. You can get creative with toppings and add-ins, ...
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December Dental Hygiene Slip Winners!

Congratulations to our December Dental Hygiene slip winners! Our patient John will receive two free movie tickets to Regal Cinemas, ...
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New Year New Smile

New Year, New Smile

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015! We’d also like to ...
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Holiday Spirit

We're feeling the holiday spirit here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC! There is still time to come in for a ...
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New Dental Hygiene Reward Slip Program

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC is starting a "Dental Hygiene Reward Slip" program to reward patients for maintaining their beautiful smiles!!! ...
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5 Myths About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

5 Myths About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

Many people pass on orthodontic treatment that would greatly improve the confidence and oral health of themselves or their loved ...
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12 Reasons to Choose Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists PLLC as your Vancouver area Orthodontist

12 Reasons to Choose Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC as Your Vancouver Area Orthodontist

We know that selecting the right orthodontist for yourself or your child can feel like a daunting task, especially with ...
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Summer Smoothie

Here is our assistant Danielas' favorite recipe for sore teeth. It's like summer in a glass! Summer Smoothie Print Ingredients ...
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Rubber Band Wear

*Rubber bands are to be worn 24-hours per day except when brushing your teeth, unless stated otherwise by the Orthodontist.  ...
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Appointment Reminders

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC is pleased to announce that we now provide appointment reminders via email or text. If you prefer ...
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Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

This baked version of the Italian classic is sure to be a hit with your whole family, braces-wearers, or not ...
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Three Cheese Macaroni

Three-Cheese Macaroni Extravaganza

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese describes this creamy baked macaroni and cheese dish---er, 'extravaganza.' This is sure to please the ...
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Fudgy Cocoa Bites

Fudgy Cocoa Bites

These fudgy cocoa bites are safe enough to serve the braces-wearers in your family, and yummy enough that the rest ...
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Kids’ Casserole

Kids' casserole is a creamy, cheesy delight that is easy to make, easy to customize, and (most importantly) easy on ...
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Soft Pumpkin Cookies

If you're looking for a great dessert recipe for the holidays, try these soft pumpkin cookies. They're braces friendly and ...
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Care Credit

Easy Financing with Care Credit

Now you can finance your orthodontic treatment at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC with Care Credit! Care Credit offers a wide ...
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Packed School Lunch Ideas for Kids with Braces

Easy Braces-Friendly School Lunch Packing Ideas

If your child started orthodontic treatment over the summer and will be returning to school with a sparkling new set ...
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