Friday, April 21, 2017

Save The Sea Turtles

            One Wednesday April 21, 2017 in Vero Beach, FL locals gathered at the beach to watch the largest loggerhead sea turtle to ever be rehabilitated by Sea World, released back into the ocean. Nine months prior to Bertha’s release, this 350 pound turtle was found lethargic and covered in algae at the Tracking Station Park in Vero Beach last August.  When she arrived at Sea World’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Program the rescue team found a significant parasite problem in her blood work and many injuries to her front flippers. Bertha was treated with anti-biotics and anti-parasite medication to clear her system. Bertha spent 8 months being nursed back to health at the rehabilitation center and at a young 20 years of age, she will thankfully be able to live the rest of her long life in the ocean where she belongs! This incredible success story has filled our hearts with joy but has opened our eyes to the dangers our precious sea turtles face every day of their lives.


            Worldwide, 6 of 7 sea turtle species are classified as endangered due to human actions and lifestyles according to a non-profit organization SEE Turtles. Some of the largest threats these turtles face are oil spills, habitat loss due to human developments, entanglement in marine debris, and trash pollution floating around the ocean. Poor fishing practices are also a huge threat to sea turtles and one of these includes a daunting term called bycatch; when fishing gear captures sea turtles by accident. In 2010, a study by Duke University reported data on marine turtle bycatch for the past 18 years. The university found that approximately 85,000 sea turtles were reported as captured. This study however only took data from a mere 1% of the total fishing fleets around the world. Most likely, the numbers of sea turtles captured from over the 18 years are in the MILLIONS. This heart wrenching study only covers a small percentage of what these poor creatures face daily. Turtles also tend to mistake plastic trash for the food they eat. When ingested, the plastic can block the pathway to their stomachs and starve them, release poisonous toxins, and it can also puncture their intestinal systems all resulting in death. We could go on for days telling you everything these turtles endure but instead, it’s time to learn how we can help save these gentle animals.
            Sea turtles are important to the oceans ecosystem. They maintain marine habitats, help cycle nutrients and are part of a well- balanced food web and we as human beings, have the ability to change and improve their lives. Here is how YOU can HELP!

1.      Contribute to conservation organizations and rehabilitation centers.
a.      These programs need your financial support and depend on donors to fund their incredible cause.
2.      Make responsible consumer decisions.
a.      Know where your seafood was obtained and how it was caught.
b.      For more information check out

3.      Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
a.      Reduce your consumption (purchase products with less packaging).
b.      Reuse what you can and recycle what you can.
c.       A plastic water bottle is used for 5 minutes and stays on this Earth for another 500 years! One average, our oceans are littered with 47,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Please people drink from canteens and not plastic bottles!

4.      Be a responsible boater
a.      Avoid seagrass beds and be aware of your speed.
b.      Always looks for floating sea turtles (they cannot dive down to escape an oncoming boat).
c.       “Slow and steady wins the race!”

5.      Dispose of fishing line properly
a.      Pick up fishing line if you see it.
b.      Do NOT throw away fishing line in the garbage, place it in the recycling bin instead.

6.      Help stop unregulated coastal development and non-sustainable agricultural practices.
a.      Sign petitions and encourage legislators to pass and enforce appropriate laws and regulations.

Take action to help save the sea turtles! We have only one ocean and one planet…it’s about time to start taking care of it!
For more information check out these sites below.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Save the Bees

     Every year in April, Earth Day is celebrated globally to raise environmental awareness and inspire individuals to take action in defense of environmental protection. The Earth is our most precious asset and Legler Orthodontics believes it is imperative to take care of it! While there are thousands of different ways to help protect our planet, we hope to educate and motivate the people of our community on an issue we find concerning.
     For the first time in United States history, the bumble bee species has officially been declared ENDANGERED. Over the past two decades, the United States once thriving bee population has plunged nearly 90 %. Speaking of statistics, according to USA Today, 90 % of our food supply is based on nearly 100 different crop species out of which, 70% require bees for pollination. In simpler terms, bumblebees are considered one of the most important species because 1/3 of crops worldwide need pollination. To put this in perspective, Rebecca Riley of the Natural Resources Defense Council stated that “One of out of every 3 bites of food you eat has been helped along in some way by bees.” Although scientists don’t know the specific reason for the decline in the bee’s population, they suspect loss of habitat, diseases, parasites, pesticides and climate change pose most serious threats.
     However, don’t fret! It is not too late to help these incredible mini-workers and we can make a difference. Here are 10 ways to take action and save the bees!

1.       Plant bee-friendly flowers and herbs in your garden or backyard.
a.       Always avoid chemically treating your flowers.
b.       Plant plenty of the same type of bloom, bees LOVE a high volume of plants to forage.
2.       Weeds are a GOOD thing!
a.       Wildflowers (many classify as weeds) are some of the most important food sources for bees.
3.       NEVER use chemicals or pesticides to treat your lawn or garden.
a.       This causes damage to the honeybee system and is one of the major causes of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder).
4.       Purchase LOCAL RAW honey
a.       Raw means NO chemicals.
b.       At the grocery store always read the labels and try to support local.
c.       A great place to purchase raw local honey is at your farmer’s market
5.       Bees get thirsty too!
a.       Put a small basin of water like a bird feeder outside of your home so our precious bees can quench their thirst.

6.       Buy LOCAL ORGANIC food from a farmer that you know.
a.       A huge challenge for bee keepers is to keep their bees in an area where there is no chemicals. Local organically grown food is chemical FREE.
7.       Learn to be an “at home” bee keeper with sustainable practices.
a.       Educate yourself on natural approaches in your community.
8.       Bees are NOT out there to sting you!
a.       Honeybees are vegetarians and are not interested in stinging humans.
b.       These little workers are only there to forage pollen and nectar from flowers up to 3 miles, to and from their hive.
c.       Keep out of their way!
9.       Share these solutions with others in your community!
10.   Let Congress know what you think.

#SavetheBees #BringBacktheBees #HelptheBees #SharetheBuzz #Bees #Pollinators

Throughout the Month of April, Legler Orthodontics will hand out Wildflower Seed baggies to our patients interested in helping save the bees. We encourage everyone to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter planting their seeds, the growth of the Wildflowers and the arrival of the bees. Happy Earth Day 2017! 
Here is a video at the Bee Ring in Vero Beach Florida. To find out more check out their site at

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Surf Bucks Mobile App

We often hear the term "millennials" from the older generations of people around us. There are common stereotypes associated with this word that presumes this group of young adults to be obsessed with technology and social media and therefore disconnected with the people that stand right in front of them. However, Legler Orthodontic's is here to prove the other generations wrong! 

In today's world, we are surrounded by technology that is continuously growing, improving, and changing society right before our eyes. The internet alone has significantly reduced the size of our planet and has allowed people to gain knowledge of all different walks of life from thousands of miles apart. So, while older generations tend to remain shocked and pessimistic about this rapidly changing world, we find that there are incredible opportunities offered by the modern day technology to flourish and alter a person's life for the better. Don't lag behind, join the movement with the millennials and jump on this bandwagon to make the most of what this life has to offer. 

Computers, cell phones, and social media are the ultimate contributors to the negative stereotypes of millennials but, most people forget they also contribute to the rapid growth in business and healthcare and continue to improve personal commerce, contacting and staying in touch with family and friends and providing an important public safety tool for emergency assistance. 

With that being said, Legler Orthodontics encourages not just the millennials but all of our patients to download our Surf Bucks Mobile App. Yes, we caved. Surf Bucks is now on the GO! After teaming up with Patients Rewards Hub, our mobile app includes all of the fun filled games, contests, and informative social media posts as well as, patient reminders and personal messages. Finally, last but certainly not least, you can earn and redeem Surf Bucks anywhere without being tied down to a computer... We know everyone loves some mula! 

Our Legler Orthodontics Team is taking the opportunity to follow the technology trend and show our patients the brighter side of this techy world we all live in and prove that the millennial generation is not disconnected, narcissistic, unreliable, and only obsessed with technology but, is logical, intelligent, and the master of digital communication. 

Download the Patient Rewards Hub App and earn 50 Surf Bucks and a raffle ticket to win an awesome prize! Get on the go!  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

National S.T.E.A.M Day 

November 8th is full S.T.E.A.M ahead, dedicating this very important day to educate and encourage the children of the United States to develop and pursue interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. 

NOV8 was specifically chosen to symbolize the word "innovate" by the world's largest toy company, MGA Entertainment. Inspired by the Project Mc2 brand, this franchise features four intelligent girls, a part of a secret spy organization called NOV8 (pronounced "innovate"). To further explore the creators of S.T.E.A.M and why it became a national calendar day, visit the original series Project Mc2 on Netflix. This TV series is where S.T.E.A.M concepts are brought to life, providing fun and engaging age appropriate episodes starring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

We know…. S.T.E.A.M tend to challenge and easily frighten away kids due to the difficulty in the subject matter. Remember sitting through Math or Science class ready to pull your hair out? However, if these subjects are highly encouraged and taught with enthusiasm, any child, boy or girl, can understand and reap the rewards provided from understanding these topics.

The future off the U.S. relies on the education and interest of these constantly growing fields of subject matter and our Legler Orthodontics team believes each and every child should have the opportunity to cultivate and chase after their dreams in S.T.E.A.M.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the fastest growing and most promising occupations of the future include nearly all careers relating to S.T.E.A.M. The perfect example is Dr. Legler! Starting college off with a degree in Business, he decided to change his major when he fell in love with Biology. Now, not only does Dr. Legler run a successful business, he gets to wake up every day and do what he loves!

We rarely know what we want to be when we grow up and maybe some of us never truly know but, motivating children to pursue an interest in S.T.E.A.M related-careers can hopefully lead to happiness and success and the prosperity of our country. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Home Remedies for the Healthiest Legler Smile

Tis the Season for sweets, sweets, and more sweets. We all deserve to take a break and divulge in our favorite guilty pleasures. Your taste buds may be smiling as you bite into that scrumptious piece of gooey, sugary, pie but, your teeth are thinking otherwise. Don’t fret… Legler Orthodontics is here to rescue your precious pearly whites from a decaying disaster. Store bought toothpaste and mouthwash can get pretty pricey so, why not make your own at home? It saves money (which we all love), gives a feeling of accomplishment, and allows you to leave out the harmful ingredients commercial products permit. Here are two simple recipes for DIY toothpaste and mouthwash concluding with some helpful tips to keep your smile bright, white, healthy and smelling fresh.

Homemade Toothpaste
Each batch yields the equivalent of one 5.3oz tube of toothpaste. Use a mason jar with a lid or a plastic container and place somewhere near your toothbrush. When it’s time to brush, simply wet your toothbrush, scoop out a healthy amount of paste and begin brushing. Remember as Dr. Legler recommends, circular motions!

  • 2/3 cup baking soda 
  • 1 tsp of fine sea salt (optional- minerals from sea salt are great for teeth however can be left out if too salty.
  • 2 tsp of peppermint extract or 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil (substitute with favorite flavor- spearmint, cinnamon, orange, lemon etc.)
  • Filtered water 

Making Paste in 3 Simple Steps
  1. Start with the ingredients 
  2. Mix together baking soda, optional sea salt (recommended), and peppermint. 
  3. Add water a little bit at a time, stirring consistently until paste is formed. 
  4. For future days, add a small amount of water if the paste begins to dry out.

**Cost Savings**
$3-$4 per tube!

Homemade Mouthwash  
Artificial sweeteners and chemical additives in conventional mouthwash are a No-No in Legler Orthodontic’s book. “Natural” DIY mouthwash is cost effective and prevents dangerous chemicals from entering your body. Store mouthwash in a mason jar with a lid or glass bottle (we recommend a used apple cider vinegar bottle).

  • 2 tsp of baking soda 
  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil 
  • 1 tsp Xylitol 
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil (or favorite flavor) 
  • 1/2 cup filtered water 
Making Wash
  1. Pour water into mason jar or glass bottle 
  2. Add tea tree essential oil, peppermint essential oil and Xylitol 
  3. Add baking soda and stir 
  4. Shake before use (baking soda settles at the bottom) 

 Helpful Tips for a Brighter, Whiter, Healthy & Fresh Smile J

  Oil Pulling

      This oral therapy may be a growing trend however, it has been a practiced tradition for centuries, first originating in India. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing the oils from plants in your mouth to produce a wealth of health benefits.
      Coconut oil is incredible for oil pulling and is one of the best ways to whiten teeth, remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums! Other popular oils used in pulling include, sunflower and sesame oil. Many practioners have found these alternative oils to be equally beneficial.  
      This remedy is believed to cure tooth decay, kill bad breath, heal bleeding gums, soothe throat dryness, prevent cavities, soften cracked lips and strengthen the jaw.

How- To:
1.      Purchase coconut oil from the local grocery or health foods store.
2.      Store coconut oil in temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent solidification. Chunky oil is not easy to swish around your mouth!
3.      Make sure to pull first thing in the morning before brushing teeth or drinking.
4.      Gently swish 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil for 10-20 minutes. We recommend doing this in the shower and while you get ready. We know it’s a lengthy process!
5.      Spit the oil out in the trash (not the sink, so it doesn’t clog plumbing) and immediately rinse with warm salty water.
6.      Finally brush your teeth as usual, using your homemade toothpaste!

       Spice Up Your Life
      Snack on some cloves, fennel, or anise after each particularly odorous snack or finish a meal with parsley, we find these to be invigorating breath enhancers!

      Sugarless Gum
      It is always a good idea to carry some mints or sugarless gum for that quick spruce up. You never know who you might meet around the corner!

      Watch Your Drinking Habits

      The worst options are coffee, wine, whiskey and beer. These beverages, that we tend to sip, contain acid causing the pH levels in the mouth to decrease and bacteria to fester. This leads to cavities and gum infections. We know…it’s hard to resist!

      Brush Frequently & Don’t Forget the Tongue

Carry a toothbrush and a small container of homemade toothpaste or mouthwash along with you when leaving home. Brushing after each meal may not be convenient, but it is refreshing! One of the main causes of bad breath is food and plaque residue on the surface of your tongue so, give it a nice gentle brush-over too! Most importantly, keeping your teeth clean prevents cavities and dental problems from emerging down the road.

Our team at Legler Orthodontics strives to find new healthy and natural methods to keep dental health exciting. Check out these links below to learn more about at home dental treatments. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

10,000 hour Rule? Try 20!

Did you ever hear that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to be really good at something? I first came across this concept when reading Malcom Gladwell’s book ”Outliers”. He quoted research and case studies showing that athletes become great; musicians become famous (like the four guys from Liverpool); and smart guys become Bill Gates- primarily because they spent 10,000 hours perfecting their skills. While listening to a Ted talk ( The first 20 hours—how to learn anything) one day, this guy named Josh Kaufman tells me that the 10,000 hours is only if you want to be exceptionally good- top of your field- great. If you only want to learn a new skill, hobby etc. it only takes 20 hours or 45min a day for about a month. Wait a minute, I just wasted 300 hours at calligraphy class?! As most of us have limited free time between work, carpooling kids and repairing the house, enjoyable things like new hobbies, sports and game skills or playing an instrument, get postponed or cancelled due to unrealistic expectations of time involvement. Josh Kaufman says there are 4 steps to this amazing 20 hour technique: 1) Deconstruct the skill – break it down to small pieces and practice the hardest parts the most 2) Learn enough to self-correct – use DVD’s, YouTube etc. 3) Remove practice barriers or just plan time to practice 4) Practice at least 20 hours. Josh demonstrated this theory by putting in 20 hours of time learning to play the ukulele . I assure you – after only 20 hours of ukulele practice, he is among my TOP 5 FAVORITE UKULELE PLAYERS EVER! So have at it you future accordion, bridge, pickle ball players, yoga, cross-fitters, chefs, wine connoisseurs, ballroom dancers, gardeners, fishermen, artists, writers, volunteers- you can do it with less time than you ever imagined! Good luck on your new endeavors and thanks, Josh!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dr. Legler’s top 10 Tips for Choosing a Career

Career Advice from Legler Orthodontics:
I am often asked by kids during dental health month or high school/ college students shadowing me in my office for suggestions on choosing a career.  Here we go:

10.  Take off the earphones and put down the ipod, cellphone, videogame or other distraction.
  9.  Get out of the house and observe – watch other professionals in various jobs or careers.
  8.  Ask questions about their job and even see if you can spend a few hours observing.  In my    experience from age 10 to 16, I thought I wanted to be a Veterinarian…until I spent a day in the office!

  7.  Ditto tip 10

  6. Once you identify a career that might be of interest – time to do your homework!  Now you should engage the internet and investigate education requirements and grades you must have, appropriate colleges and expenses.  Most importantly, the job market or openings in that field and where they may be located.

  5.  Repeat tip #7

  4.  Follow your passion:  but only if you can make a living doing it.  At age 17 I loved drumming and wanted to be in a rock band.  I was passionate about pole vaulting.   For me personally, my life would have been much different and less fulfilling had I pursued either one of these as a career choice.  I can still drum and be in a rock band… and have a really great day job!

  3.  It’s ok to change your mind.  My freshman year of college I was a business major.  After taking intro biology and having a phenomenal teacher (War Eagle!),  I realized that a career involving science was more interesting to me than the business courses I would be required to take.

  2.  Repetir paso numero cinco!

and Dr. Legler's #1 Tip for Choosing a Career is...

1.  As long as you work hard, constantly strive to learn more and improve your knowledge, always seek to learn from others who know more than you and most importantly, get along well with others, you will succeed at whatever career you choose!

Monday, July 13, 2015



Our fabulous patient rewards program, SURFBUCKS is celebrating it's 2nd Birthday!

For the past two years, our lucky Legler Orthodontics patients have been earning points for everything from good brushing to referring their friends for braces. Our patients have redeemed their points for gift cards to cool places like Abercrombie & Fitch, Cheescake Factory, Aeropostale, Best Buy, Target, Bass Pro Shops  and Outback Steakhouse.

Dr. Lee Legler and his entire staff at Legler Orthodontics are committed to making sure their patients enjoy their orthodontic experience.  The Surf Bucks program has really encouraged better patient compliance and enthusiasm about their treatment. Patient involvement is such an important part of achieving that perfect bite and smile! 

Check out our Surf Bucks program on Facebook by going to our page and clicking on the Surf Bucks Patient Rewards icon. You can read what our own patients think about the program and our office. Just another reason to love it here at Legler Orthodontics and get that "Legler Smile"!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

At Legler Orthodontics, we love to hear about your summer adventures!  Post pictures of yourself in your Legler Orthodontics T-Shirt and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.  The picture that gets the most likes will win 1000 Surf Bucks!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 and teaches people that the planet belongs to everyone, so everyone is equally responsible for protecting it. Many events are demonstrated worldwide to raise awareness about how we can show support for environmental protection. It is a day to inspire appreciation for the Earth’s environment and learn the many issues that can threaten it.

Here at Legler Orthodontics, Earth Day is not only important to us on April 22 every year, it is extremely important to us every day! All three of our offices are located on the Treasure Coast of Florida: Vero Beach, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. The beautiful waterways of this area are what attracted Dr. Lee Legler to start practicing here in 1991.  His love of surfing is even carried through in the theme of all our offices!  So keeping our waterways on the Treasure Coast clean and safe for the generations of “Legler Smiles” to come is quite important to all of us here at Legler Orthodontics.

Please join us this Earth Day and every day to help protect our waterways of the Treasure Coast of Florida.  You and  your family can make a difference today!  Check out the links below and like them on Facebook to see how many other organizations and people from our community are contributing and what you can do to help!

Environmental Learning Center (

Environmental Studies Center (

Harbor Branch (

Ocean Research & Conservation Association (

Indian Riverkeeper (

Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation (

We would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment or let us know on Facebook by writing or posting a photo!

Happy Earth Day from the team at Legler Orthodontics! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Do I Need to Wear a Mouthguard?

Springtime is time to remind our patients at Legler Orthodontics to protect their teeth while out on the field playing sports. Whether you are playing football, hockey, boxing, lacrosse, or any other contact sport it’s very important to have a proper fitting mouthguard.  Mouthguards will help cushion your teeth from impact that might otherwise cause broken teeth. In addition to preventing broken teeth, mouthguards can prevent jaw fractures, cheek and lip injuries, mouth lacerations and reduce the severity of concussions. Additionally, orthodontic patients need to take extra precautions and wear a mouthguard that is specifically for braces.

According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.

If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper fitting mouthguard. We have even seen cheerleaders and gymnasts with injuries to their teeth from lack of mouthguards!  So everyone go outside, enjoy your sports, and WEAR A MOUTHGUARD!!

Dr. L 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

National Children’s Dental Health Month

     It’s that time of year again! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! At Legler Orthodontics we truly enjoy raising awareness about the importance of good oral health, especially at a young age. For the past 21 years Dr. Legler has been visiting elementary schools all along the treasure coast and teaching children the importance of developing healthy habits at an early age.

     Your smile is one of your most valuable assets; therefore an early start to developing good oral health habits and scheduling regular dental visits will give children a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We also want our patients to understand the importance of oral health while wearing braces. Poor oral hygiene can increase the length of time in braces and also significantly compromise the final results. Some of the risks involved when not keeping teeth and gums clean while in braces include, gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and permanent white spots known as decalcification. Even though brushing and flossing requires extra time and effort while in braces, your beautiful “Legler Smile” at the end of treatment will be well worth it!

     The team at Legler Orthodontics is more than happy to help explain why effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical aspects of your Orthodontic Treatment. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call! For a guide to brushing and flossing with braces, please visit our website at
Dr. L