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The Importance of Wearing A Mouthguard

March 24th, 2015

Smiling girl wearing braces and playing soccerThere is a common misconception that you can’t play sports when you have braces. This could not be further from the truth. Braces do not affect your ability to play sports, but while you have braces you need to be more careful. One hard hit in a football game or rugby match could result in a broken bracket, damage to your teeth or to the inside of your mouth. This is why selecting a mouth guard is essential; it protects the players' teeth, mouth, and jaw. Here are few reasons why you should wear a mouth guard:

Protect your lips:

Braces are pretty sharp. If you’re not wearing a mouth guard, a direct hit to the mouth could cause serious lacerations to your lips. If you have braces, buying a mouth guard is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you will buy.

Jaw dropping protection:

 

Mouth guards can help prevent jaw fractures and dislocations because it absorbs the impact of blows. Every year, mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 dental injuries; before you take to the field make sure you’re wearing yours.

Keep your smile:

The most important job a mouth guard does is protecting your teeth. Contact sports can cause damage to your teeth if you do not wear a mouth guard. A mouthguard is your first line of defense against painful and sometimes permanent dental injuries.

Selecting the right mouthguard:

 

Shock Doctor is one type of mouthguard that uses 100 percent medical-grade silicone to allow for necessary movement. The brand even makes braces-specific type mouthguards.

However, many athletes with braces have opted for custom-fitting mouth guards, which are pieces made specifically for the player. If you’re interested in a custom-fit mouth guard, consult Dr. Bennett to discuss your options. No matter the player, the advantages of wearing mouth guards are endless.

Meet The Smiles Behind the Smiles

February 25th, 2015

At Bennett Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best care available. Our experienced team is devoted to insuring every patient has a stress-free and rewarding orthodontic experience at every visit. On behalf of all of us at Todd Bennett, we want to welcome you and your family to our practice, we look forward to making you smile!

Now let's meet the team!

Say hello to Jessica! She is a talented clinical assistant and has been a member of the Bennett Ortho team for more than 4 years. When asked what was the best part of her job,  Jessica gave this enthusiastic reply,  “My fabulous work family!” We are very proud to have Jessica on the Bennett Ortho team and enjoy all the smiles she brings.

 

Meet Sheila!  She is our treatment coordinator and has been with Bennett Ortho for over 5 years. Sheila does a magnificent job helping patients with their smile journey. We asked Sheila a few questions and decided to add all her answers together. It turns out she would be a green giraffe that loves nothing more than seeing her patients smile and working with the amazing Bennett team. Thank you Sheila for all of your hard work and dedication to making people smile.

 

If you haven’t met our dedicated patient coordinator Kate, you are in for a treat. Her cheerful personality is nothing short of contagious, as she warmly greets all patients with a smile. Kate has been an important part of the Bennett Ortho team for 4 years. We also asked Kate what was the best part of her job, she replied, seeing how happy patients are at the end of their smile journey.

 

 

Say hello to Cierra, Bennett Ortho's talented clinical assistant that has been with the Bennett team for 2 years. If she could do all her favorite things at the same time it would be something like, wearing her blue scrubs, while eating a bowl of fruity pebbles with her family, and dancing to classic rock. We are excited to have her on our team and know she would enjoy nothing more than, helping you achieve a beautiful smile you are proud to share.

We look forward to helping you with your smile journey here at Bennett Orthodontics!

 

Why You Should Wear a Retainer

February 1st, 2015

Today is the day you have been waiting for; your braces are finally coming off! Does this mean you can throw in the towel on caring for your smile? Not so fast, you’re smile journey is not over yet. In order to keep your perfect smile you are going to have to wear a retainer.

Why should you wear a retainer?
Wearing a retainer enables your teeth to stay in their new, proper position while your gums, ligaments and bones adapt. When you wear your retainer, you're protecting your investment, and beautiful new smile.

The result of not wearing your retainer:
Now before you say you don’t need to wear a retainer anymore, you should know that as you get older, your teeth will continue to shift. The slightest pressure from your tongue can cause your teeth to shift out of alignment.  Every year about 25% of patients have to repeat their orthodontic treatment because they failed to wear their retainers as required. You don't want to repeat your treatment, protect your smile by giving your teeth the support they need to stay in place and wear your retainer as directed.

More about our retainers
Just as you can choose between traditional braces or Invisalign, retainers are available in a variety of forms. Here are three types of retainers Bennett Orthodontics offers:

Essix Retainer
This is a clear or transparent retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth.  These retainers are specially made from impressions of your teeth to fit comfortably and discretely. An upper and lower Essix retainer will be given to each patient upon completion of orthodontic treatment.

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Hawley Retainer
This is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position.

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Bonded Lingual Retainer
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surfaces of your lower front teeth.  This is a great way to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is bonded into place. Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting. It is important to note that some patients may not be candidates for this type of retainer.

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While a retainer may seem like a pain, it will keep your new pearly whites looking their best.

11 Braces Myths You Need to Know

January 30th, 2015

Smiling girl wearing braces playing video game with laughing friendThere are several myths floating around about braces. Some people believe braces can give you the ability to pick up radio signals, while others believe braces interfere with romance and even metal detectors in airports.  Before you buy into the myths that are circulating out there, lets us set the record straight.

Myth #1: Once I get my braces off my teeth will be straight forever!

 

Fact: This is part true and false. When your braces are removed you will be given a retainer, if you wear it as instructed your teeth will stay straight. If you choose not to, it is possible that your teeth can shift out of alignment.

 

Myth #2: I’m too old for braces.

 

Fact: It is simply not true that you cannot get braces when you become an adult. A beautiful smile can happen at any age. The fact is 1 out of every 5 people treated by an orthodontist is an adult.

 

Myth #3: Braces are extremely painful.

 

Fact: This is sometimes said to scare people, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. This is not to say that braces aren’t uncomfortable at times, but after the adjustment period, you will get use to your braces and forget they are there.  Here is a great big list of braces-friendly foods for those sore mouth days.

 

Myth #4: Traditional braces are my only option.

 

Fact: This is false. You have options! Advances in orthodontic technology have improved braces and even rendered them unnoticeable. Ask Dr. Bennett about Invisalign and discuss which option fits your situation.

 

Myth #5: Braces pick up radio signal.

 

Fact: This is impossible.

 

Myth #6: Braces take two or more years for desired results.

 

Fact: Orthodontic treatment varies from person to person, some people may only have to wear braces for a few months.

 

Myth # 7: I can’t play sports with braces.

 

Fact: Yes you can, but it is important to remember to wear a mouth guard in contact sports. Mouth guards can ultimately protect your teeth and help prevent jaw fractures.

 

Myth # 8: I can’t play a musical instrument with braces.

 

Fact: Yes you can play an instrument with braces. Depending on the particular instrument, there may be difficulty and an adjustment period, but it is not impossible to play an instrument with braces.

 

Myth #9: Braces will set off metal detectors at airports.

Fact: Because braces are made of lightweight materials, they will not set off metal detectors.

 

Myth #10: Can I still sing with braces?

 

Fact: Yes you can still sing with braces. Watch an amazing example of someone doing just that. With everything new comes an adjustment period, hang in there, any difficulties you encounter will not last.

 

Myth #11: Can I kiss with braces. 

 

Fact: You've heard the age-old, “you'll get your braces tangled if you kiss.” This is not impossible, but the odds of it happening are very unlikely.

*Remember orthodontic treatment is suitable for patients of all ages. Treatment can be accomplished with minimal discomfort and in a reasonable time period that can have lasting results. Now that you know the truth about braces, feel comfortable to go and enjoy life.

 
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