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2020 Fumpkin Pageant

October 5th, 2020

Every year we look forward to seeing the creativity of our local dental team’s fumpkin (foam pumpkin) entries! This year’s theme is “Happy Camper” and the entries are fantastic!  Everyone is invited to follow LeMert Orthodontics on Instagram and Facebook and be entered to win a free pie when you vote for your favorite work of art!  Our talented dental teams are competing for some fun prizes: a spa package, a team dinner, and a basket of gift cards.  Let’s give a big shout out to this year’s participating dental teams:

Roseburg Entries

Aviva Dental

Driver Dentistry

Dr. Hamm

Harvard Dental Group

Hucrest Family & Implant Dentistry

Murphy & Miller

Dr. Norman

Dr. Randol

Smiles Riddle

Smiles Roseburg

Coos Bay Entries

Above Dental

Bee Happy Dental

Dr. Dixon

Dr. Holt

Dr. LeMire

North Bend Advantage Dental

O’Bryan Dentistry

Pahls Family Dentistry


March 15th, 2019

Unsure Girl

Some people don’t know this, but not everyone who pays for braces or Invisalign or other smile aligners, gets the results they should. In fact, after going through months or years of subpar orthodontic treatment, their TEETH, ROOTS, GUMS, & TMJ may actually be worse off than when they began! :/

Dr LeMert explains it like this, “There is a very specific way teeth are supposed to fit together.” Managing and completing this process requires TRAINING, EXPERIENCE and INTEGRITY.

When you think about your smile, you want more than “as fast & cheap as possible.” You want “long-term health & beauty.”

Dr LeMert is an Orthodontic Specialist and has been treating the wonderful people of Southern Oregon for almost 12 years. These people will tell you that in addition to his experience & commitment to excellent results, Dr LeMert is enthusiastic about YOU! This is why he is willing to retreat those of you who have had poor results from previous orthodontic-type experiments & experiences, but this is also why he would rather save you the time & money & potentially other damages by doing it right the 1st time.

If you have been considering a DIY or other discounted smile options, come see Dr. LeMert and the LO Smile Team instead. We would love to see you smile!

Battle of the Bands

July 31st, 2018

It’s been said, “Happiness is the fruit of DEFERRED GRATIFICATION.” What does that mean? To “defer” is to put aside what feels good & easy right now for the goal of obtaining SOMETHING BETTER, or more "gratifying" in the future.
For example: Athletes choose to practice even when they are tired, because they believe a win LATER is better than a movie & popcorn NOW!
For example: Students choose to focus on their studies instead of social media because they have a GOAL that’s BIGGER than today!
For example: We choose to take the time to listen & understand other perspectives, because we realize that CONNECTED RELATIONSHIPS are more important than the immediate protection of our own individual ideas. 
For example: LO Patients choose to wear their rubber-BANDS full-time even when it’s inconvenient or their teeth are sore because they understand that COMMITTING & a smile that's FITTTING :) is so much better than SLACKING & a bite that’s LACKING :(
Deferred gratification involves:
  1. VISION: Knowing what you want. (A beautiful, healthy smile)
  2. WISDOM: Knowing what you must do to get what you want. (Wear rubber bands)
  3. DISCIPLINE: Doing what you planned to do even when you don’t feel like it.(New BANDS in after every meal)
Do you have all three.... vision, wisdom, discipline? Choose DEFERRED GRATIFICATION  & get ready for MORE HAPPINESS in all areas of your life!!! ....... Drum roll please!

Wise About Wisdom Teeth

February 27th, 2018

Wisdom teeth, AKA 3rd molars, normally make their appearance in the later teen years, between the ages of 17 and 21.  Many of our very astute LO patients ask if erupting wisdom teeth will disrupt their beautiful straight smiles. The answer to this fabulous question is no. Research carried out at the University of Iowa found that wisdom teeth don’t actually exert enough pressure on the teeth in front of them to cause them to shift. Sensors were placed between the teeth of all the test patients. The results showed that there was no noticeable difference between pressure on the teeth of patients with wisdom teeth and patients without wisdom teeth.

Although you do not need to worry about your wisdom teeth wrecking your new straight smile, there are other factors that you would be WISE to consider.

  • If the wisdom teeth only partially emerge, a flap of skin can form, which partially covers the wisdom teeth and traps food making it difficult to keep clean. This, in turn, can cause tooth decay or gum infections.
  • Sometimes the wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they get wedged and stuck, possibly causing painful cysts, which may lead to infection and decay to the surrounding tooth roots.
  • Wisdom teeth can come in at awkward angles; they may be uncomfortable to your cheeks or difficult to reach for proper brushing and flossing.

Dr. LeMert or your general dentist is often able to identify these problems even before the wisdom teeth erupt by evaluating a panoramic x-ray. If the recommendation is to extract them, there will also be a recommendation on when to extract them. The best time to remove wisdom teeth is after they have developed past their jelly stage and are firm enough to grab hold of but before their long roots develop fully.

Although extracting is almost always an option, it's not always necessary. If you are one of the lucky few who don’t have any problems with your wisdom teeth, the good news is, you can keep them! As for the rest of us, we may not be as lucky, but we can still be wise!

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