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The Top 5 Reasons To Choose Our Office for Your Invisalign Treatment

You see ads for Invisalign providers all over social media and television. So why choose Pike Lake Dental Center for your Invisalign treatment? We’ve compiled the top 5 reasons why we believe we are your best choice for Invisalign treatment. Here are our top 5 reasons in no particular order:

Comfort and familiarity. Because we are Invisalign providers at Pike Lake Dental Center, you are able to find out if Invisalign is right for you in the comfort of an office environment you are already familiar with. You don’t have to meet anyone new or establish with an office you haven’t visited before. Our waiting room is bright and friendly. Our parking lot is close and convenient. You know what to expect when you walk through our doors and we hope you look forward to coming in to see us.

The consultation is free. That’s right – an Invisalign consultation at our office is free. You’re under no financial obligation to start treatment and you won’t be subjected to a high pressure sales pitch. At your consultation, we take some pictures and take digital impression of your teeth. Then we send your information off to Invisalign in a secure digital format. We have you come back to our office in a few days to go over the results we receive back from Invisalign and explain your entire case to you. Part of the presentation includes an animated display of each aligner and how your teeth will move during treatment. It doesn’t hurt to get information and, best of all, it doesn’t cost you anything either.

Experienced staff. Dr. Matt, Stacey, Lisa and Nancy will be there to guide you through the entire Invisalign process, along with the added support of our hygiene department and our front desk team. Not only are we experienced providing our patients with amazing Invisalign results, a couple of our staff members have gone through Invisalign treatment themselves. With that valuable inside knowledge, we have an even better understanding of what being an Invisalign patient is like and can help make the process as comfortable and easy as possible for you. From each member of our office team, you’ll have the support you need to help guide you through your entire Invisalign journey, including financing options.

It doesn’t matter what age you are. If you’re interested in straighter teeth, we will find out if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you desire. You don’t have to be in your teens or twenties to get Invisalign. In fact, a lot of our cases are patients who have already had orthodontia in their youth and have experienced drifting of their teeth in their thirties, forties or later. We’ve even had a few senior citizens interested in Invisalign. No matter what age you are, you’re never too old to improve your smile.


Fantastic results. Our Invisalign case results are historically awesome, although a lot of the credit needs to go to our patients. Because the Invisalign aligners are removable, you, as a patient in treatment, hold much of the power of keeping your case on track. We help your treatment results track on schedule with frequent check-ins, lots of positive encouragement and adjustments as needed. From the start of your case to your final Invisalign appointment, we are here to make your Invisalign investment a success!

To get started, call our office at (218) 729-7270 to set up your Invisalign consultation. It’s quick (only about 30 minutes or less), painless and free.


Written and submitted by Stephanie Jugovich, Staff Member at Pike Lake Dental Center

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Lisa’s Quip Toothbrush Subscription Review

Recently, while watching TV with my husband, I saw an ad for this cute little electric toothbrush with an equally cute little name – quip. As a dental professional and a strong advocate for electric toothbrushes, I quickly decided that I must try this quip brush!


Off to I went to find out more. After a few minutes of exploring the easy to navigate website, I learned the theory behind this brush. quip was developed to help simplify oral health care and solve the problems that are typically ignored when it comes to oral health.

quip’s premise is that the things have a larger impact on an individual’s oral health than using a fancy, often times more pricey, electric toothbrush:

  1. Brushing too hard. Often times, with a manual toothbrush we tend to “scrub” our teeth, which can lead to problems such as gum recession or tooth wear. quip uses a nice, mild sonic vibration that along with slow, short stokes of the brush head on all surfaces of the teeth provides an effective, gentle cleaning experience.
  2. Not brushing long enough. Two full minutes is the recommended length of brushing time. quip has a built in timer in its motor. The timer gives a noticeable pulse after each 30 seconds, indicating when to move to another quadrant in the mouth.
  3. Not replacing brush often enough. Tooth brushes or brush heads should be replaced every 3 months. Um, yeah…. I’m definitely guilty on that one. This is the thing that I may be most excited about with this brush. quip gives you an option to use a subscription service to have your brush head refills and a new replacement AAA battery (along with optional anti-cavity toothpaste for an additional fee) to be shipped to you every 3 months at an affordable cost. The subscriptions start at $5 per refill.
  4. Not brushing at least 2 times daily. Brushing should be done at least once in the morning and once before bedtime. Throw a little flossing in there too for good measure.
  5. Not visiting your dentist. A professional dental hygiene visit it recommended at least every 6 months – sometimes more frequently, depending on each person’s unique situation.

Now here’s what we all want to know – How much does it cost? In each starter set, you get a quip brush, a multi-use cover/storage mount, and an anti-cavity toothpaste. The adult starter set with a plastic handled brush that come in blue or green, is $25, and the adult starter set for the brush with a metal handle that is available in silver, copper, slate or gold, runs $40. Then comes the refill option, which is, indeed, optional. Like I had said before, $5 gets you a new, replacement AAA battery and a new brush head every 3 months. For an additional $5, you can add on the quip brand anti-cavity toothpaste as well. The refills also ship for free.

The pretty copper metal just called to me, so a few clicks later it was set to be shipped to my door and I had it about a week later! Check out my video to see my take on my new quip brush electric toothbrush!

Written and submitted by Lisa Mangan, Licensed Dental Assistant at Pike Lake Dental Center

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Merry Christmas from the Jugovich Family, 2018

Merry Christmas! Another incredible year is nearly at a close! As always, I’d like to slow the clock and have more time to enjoy the summer or lazy Saturdays at home with the kids. We do try to enjoy each moment, or day, or season as they pass and not wish this time away. After all, time is precious and these kids are only with us for so long.

In February, we traveled to Aruba and were able to enjoy a week of fun and sun as a family. That trip is always a favorite for me because our toughest decisions are what time to hit the beach or the pool and where to eat supper that evening. Each of us takes what they want from the trip: Katie and I read and lay in the sun, Matt catches up on his sleep and tv shows in the sunshine, Campbell and Jack keep in contact with their friends and sleep the days away.

Eagle Beach, Aruba.

We took a trip to Utah in April. We visited all of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks in a whirlwind 7 days and 2,000 miles. Although there is always a heated discussion as to our personal favorite of the five parks, we all agree there was something breathtaking and unique about each one. We also visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona and had an incredible tour there. If you are looking for a great family trip, we’d highly recommend both Utah and Antelope Canyon and would be happy to share our itinerary and tips with you.

The Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah, April, 2018.

We spent a lot of time this summer on or near water. We bought a cabin on Bass Lake, near where Matt grew up, in June and spent many relaxing days at the lake. The pontoon continues to be a favorite hangout spot, with the boat and jet ski coming in as close seconds. We were able to entertain family and friends often and can’t wait for next summer to roll around. As always, Lake of the Woods is another one of our favorite places to be. We camp, fish, relax and enjoy time with family and friends, both old and new. Our annual trips to Bayfield and Grand Marais weren’t in the cards for us this year. I always joke that we enjoy too many activities and there aren’t enough summer weekends to enjoy them all.

Our happy place on Bass Lake, south of Gilbert, MN.

Matt and I snuck away to Scottsdale in March and August for a couple long-weekend, continuing education classes. Jack came along with us in August to visit a friend. If I could peer into a glass ball, I believe we’d see Arizona in our retirement future. Between the sunshine, blue skies and beautiful scenery, Arizona is hard to beat.

Outside Sedona, Arizona.

Matt never seems to slow down unless he’s at the cabin or camping, and even then he is rarely idle. He used his summer weekends to pack in as much fun as possible. He caught a lot of walleyes this year. I enjoy watching him play on the boat or on the four wheelers like a teenager. There is always a new project simmering in his head, so it’s best for us to always be ready for anything. He is a patient teacher and encourages the kids and me to try new things, from driving heavy machinery to docking the boat. Although, if you lose a fish off your line, you’ll probably hear about it for the foreseeable future.

Matt and Steph with a Lake of the Woods walleye, May, 2018.

I continue to enjoy photography, reading and writing. I amped up my involvement at work some more this year and work almost equally in the office and from home. Books are still my favorite “splurge” items and I always seem to have at least a couple paper books and audiobooks going at once. My favorite books this year were Us Against You by Fredrik Backman and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I drive an average of 300-400 miles a week, playing taxi driver for the family. I went from the second tallest in our little family (when the kids were younger) to the shortest this year; Katie passed me up in height this summer. While I love to watch the kids play sports, I realized I enjoy just hanging out with them a lot more. I still adore, in no particular order, hot weather, sunshine, traveling (especially road trips), camping and beaches.

Campbell is ready to drive and is eager to take her road test when she turns 16 in January. To be honest, we are all excited for her to get her license! She is excelling academically her sophomore year at Marshall and always strives for excellence. She played both golf and volleyball for school. She managed the boys’ basketball team last season and is excited to manage again this year. While she still thinks she’ll go into dentistry, we can’t help but wonder if she will choose to venture into sports management as a profession. She loves spending time with her friends, listening to loud music, driving the four wheelers and boats anywhere and everywhere and attending sporting events, whether she is participating in them or not. She is a country girl at heart.

Jack is 14, a freshman, and growing like a weed. He has a hilarious personality and is fun to hang out with… when he isn’t sleeping. He reminds me a lot of my dad and brother – extremely laid back and easy going, almost to a fault. He is married equally to his XBox and phone. He keeps friends from both Hermantown and Marshall and hangs out with them often. He and Matt went to Canada fishing in June, and Kansas in September for a deer hunt. Jack also fished with us at Lake of the Woods this summer and enjoyed pheasant hunting this fall too. He plays basketball for school and is a contentedly lazy teenager.

Katie is practically 13 and continues to keep us on our toes. She is playing Junior Olympic volleyball again this year and also played volleyball for school this fall. Her heart is huge and she will champion anyone in need. She’s also the girl that will attack her brother or sister for looking at her wrong. She is very proud of her sleeping record: 17 straight hours at the cabin. She is a good student and plays both the flute and piano. She loves to hang out with her friends, read and drive the four wheelers and snowmobiles.

Jack, Katie and Campbell, November, 2018.

The dogs are annoying, oops! I mean sweet, as ever. They immediately take care of any food that hits the floor and remind me when their food and water dishes run low. They whine to go outside, then whine to come inside most of the day. It’s a fun game! Ollie is almost 3 and loves riding in the car, hunting, dock jumping, playing fetch and holding hands with his humans. Alvin is 5 and diligently protects our yard from squirrels, chipmunks and deer. His chihuahua/terrier blood keeps him barking and anxious, but he still loves snuggling with the kids.

Ollie and Alvin.

The office continues to be successful and we are thankful every day for all the wonderful people we work with and patients we see. This year, especially, we are reminded of what a true and dedicated team we are there. Even though I feel the business is like another member of the family, constantly needing love and attention, I can’t imagine life any other way. There is much to be thankful for!

Pike Lake Dental Center, 5651 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN.

A friend of mine always says, “Life is good!” and I cannot disagree. Life is good and we hope you feel the same. Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas and a healthy and happy 2019! Cheers!

Our love,

Matt, Stephanie, Campbell, Jack and Katie Jugovich

Happy Holidays from the Jugovich family!

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