Keep your orthodontics fright free this Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner and we get many patients worried that they’ll get more tricks than treats for their braces in their Halloween candy. Here are some easy tips when you’re making choices on which treats to snack on this Halloween:

  • Avoid anything sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy such as lollipops, chocolates with nuts, hard candies or caramels.
  • Choose soft candies or melt-in-your-mouth chocolates such as Hershey kisses or peanut butter cups.

Be sure to brush and floss when you get home to get sugar off your teeth and anything sticky off your brackets.

If you need additional information, Dr. Kara was interviewed by the Columbian last year about this very topic:

Halloween treats can be a horror for braces


Join us at the Halloween Family Dance!

We are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Halloween Family Dance! It promises to be a great night of family, costumes and dancing with Dance Machine!

Not only will it be fun, the dance benefits a great cause! A fund is being started to provide Title 1 students the opportunity to participate in after school activities, such a ballet, Lego club, swimming lessons and karate. Many of us take these opportunities to enrich our children’s lives outside of the classroom for granted, but for many of our neighbors, finances prohibit participation. This fund will help eliminate the financial obstacle, allowing more kids to participate in extra-curricular activities – which not only enriches their lives, but our whole community!

We look forward to seeing you on October 30th! For more information, see the flyer below or visit the event Facebook page.

2015 Halloween Dance

Straightline Orthodontics Now Open!

Now Open and Accepting Patients!

Dr. Kara Hobson announces the opening of Straightline Orthodontics

Dr. Kara Hobson opens Straightline Orthodontics, bringing over a decade of experience, care and efficiency to orthodontics in the Columbia Gorge.

Hood River, Oregon – October 12, 2015: After 10 years of living in Hood River while building her experience and reputation in the Portland area, Dr. Kara Hobson is proud to open Straightline Orthodontics, bringing her practice home to the Gorge.

“I take great personal satisfaction in seeing the positive impact that my work has on the lives of patients,” said Dr. Hobson. “Providing care that improves not only dental appearance but self-image and confidence is incredibly rewarding.”

Straightline Orthodontics is a full service orthodontics practice, treating both pediatric and adult patients. With a full spectrum of treatment options available, including traditional braces and Invisalign™, Dr. Hobson and her staff are able to craft a truly personalized treatment plan for each patient. Initial consultations are always complimentary and include an introduction to Dr. Hobson and her staff, an opportunity to discuss any preexisting questions or concerns and a thorough exam followed by discussion of treatment options. Dr. Hobson and her staff work hand-in-hand with each patient’s dentist to provide the very best in comprehensive care.

Straightline Orthodontics is located at 1700 12th Street, Suite D, sharing office space with North Oregon
Endodontics and Oregon Periodontics, PC. The office’s central location serves to treat all Columbia Gorge residents with both Oregon and Washington insurance plans accepted. Treatment rooms not only contain the latest in orthodontic technology but are designed for patient ease and comfort, complete with available movies and radio. While Straightline prides itself on being efficient and punctual, the waiting room hosts toys and tablets for all ages to relax prior to appointments.

After receiving a B.S. in Biology and graduating Cum Laude from Santa Clara University, Dr. Hobson entered the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. She attended a General Practice Residency at University of San Francisco and then returned home to pursue a Master of Science in Orthodontics at OHSU. Her professional career spans over a decade of experience and thousands of carefully crafted smiles. Continued education and involvement in the field of dentistry are an important part of Dr. Hobson’s commitment to her patients and her career. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, and Washington and Oregon State Dental Associations.

Dr. Hobson and her staff will be hosting a grand opening and open house the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd at 5pm to mark the occasion. Light refreshments and an opportunity to tour the facilities and meet the Straightline Orthodontics staff will be available.

Straightline Orthodontics is open Monday and Tuesday from 7:30am to 5pm, with phone service availability Wednesday through Friday during standard business hours. The office accepts Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks. For more information, visit or call (541) 716-5032 to schedule an appointment.

Grand Opening Special!

We are very excited to announce that our doors are officially open and we are accepting new patients! To celebrate the occasion we are offering a discount of $300 to the first 20 patients who begin a full course of treatment with us. We have two lucky patients, who we can’t wait to meet, scheduled for our opening day – that leaves 18 offers left and we would love for one of them to be YOU!

Give us a call today at 541.716.5032 to schedule your consultation (always complimentary!). Our team is looking forward to meeting you!

We love when our patients smile!

2015 Gorge Kids Triathlon


We were thrilled at the chance to be a sponsor of this year’s Gorge Kids Triathlon, which helps support health and physical education in our local schools – something we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of!

With less than a month until our grand opening, the Gorge Kids Tri was a great opportunity to meet new friends and to let our local community know we’re almost ready to go! If you didn’t get a chance to meet Dr. Kara or sign up for your free consult, feel free to email us at and we will get you scheduled for a courtesy exam.


A breezy day didn't stop the fun or smiles!
A breezy day didn’t stop the fun or smiles!


The bike section saw some blazing action!
The bike section saw some blazing action!


The swimming zone was a favorite on a warm fall day.
The swimming zone was a favorite on a warm fall day.