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Back to School Braces Guide

August 18th, 2015

Heading back to school almost always means changes — changing classes, changing friends, and for some students, getting braces. To help you survive school with your new accessory, check out these must-have school supplies for the student with braces. These will be sure to keep your teeth healthy and happy this school year.

 

1. Compact Toothbrush & Toothpaste
It’s important to take a few minutes to brush your teeth after lunch. This helps get out any food that may get stuck in your brackets and can also help prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Besides, there’s nothing more embarrassing than letting your friends know what you had for lunch by what’s stuck in your teeth.

2. Flossers/Floss Picks
Despite your constant brushing, sometimes you can’t quite get out leftover food with just a toothbrush. Add some extra floss picks to your backpack to keep your braces clean.

3. Musician's Lip Protector
If you are in band and play an instrument that requires the use of your mouth, slip this plastic guard over your wires and brackets to protect your mouth from getting irritated. This nifty little tool will keep your mouth and your music smooth.

4. Mouthguard for Sports Players
Most athletes should already wear a mouthguard when competing, but this is especially important for athletes with braces. A mouthguard can protect your teeth and gums from damage that could set back your treatment.

5. Lip Balm
Using chapstick or lip balm is an easy way to treat your chapped lips that occur as a result of your braces.

6. Dental Wax
boy playing with orthodontic waxProtect your sensitive skin with dental wax. The wires on your braces can be abrasive against the inside of your mouth, often leaving sore spots. Dental wax helps decrease this irritation and keeps you smiling bright.

7. Rubber Bands
Even if you don’t think so, the structure of the school day comes in handy. Use your class schedule as a reminder to change your rubber bands every few hours. As they stretch out, they become less effective. Try changing your bands every two hours for maximum jaw movement and to put yourself on the fast track to getting your braces removed.

8. Compact Mirror
Keep a handy mirror in your backpack to make sure you get all of those pesky food bits out of your teeth after lunch. This can also come in handy when applying dental wax.

 

Getting braces is the step to straightening your teeth and giving you a bright, beautiful smile for years to come. Make sure you don’t let your hectic school schedule set you back in your treatment plan.

If you have any questions about your new braces and need more advice on reducing the pain, feel free to contact us! If you do not already have braces and are considering orthodontic treatment, contact Dr. Bennett today to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you with your smile journey here at Bennett Orthodontics!

Invisalign Fact and Fiction

May 28th, 2015

a smile with one half braces and the other half InvisalignIf traditional braces are not your desired route to achieve a straighter smile, here’s why Invisalign may be your best option.

Benefits:

When you compare Invisalign to other teeth straightening methods, the advantages become apparent. Knowing the pro’s and con’s to choosing which teeth-straightening method is right for you will help you make a more confident decision.

 

Fact or fiction:

Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t hurt.

Fact: Anytime pressure is applied to teeth, they will feel sore.

 

Fiction: Invisalign will straighten my teeth faster than traditional braces.

Fact: Healthy teeth movement occurs at the same speed and it doesn’t matter if movement is caused by braces or aligners.

Fiction: Invisalign is Invisalign no matter who provides it.

Fact: Invisalign is just a tool orthodontists use to straighten teeth. Align Technology is the manufacturer and they have no part in the diagnosis or treatment plan. The success or the failure of each patient's case is dependent on the orthodontist's training.

 

Fiction: You can’t eat with Invisalign

Fact: Invisalign is removable, which means you have the freedom to enjoy the foods you love.

 

Cost: The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient. If you’re interested in choosing Invisalign for your smile journey, contact us today for a free consultation.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign

April 8th, 2015

Smiling woman putting in Invisalign alignerHave you been looking for alternative methods to straightening your teeth other than traditional braces? You may have heard about Invisalign, if you're curious about what it is, who it’s for and how it works, this blog is for you.

Invisalign is a modern approach to straightening teeth through the use of a series of custom-made aligner trays. The aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Choosing to improve your smile is a big decision that can affect your appearance and lifestyle. Whatever your reason for choosing to straighten your teeth, Invisalign can provide a simple solution to achieving your desired smile whether you’re an adult or teen. With Invisalign, you don’t have to put your life on hold to get straight teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, there are no brackets or metal wires, you simply change out aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment process is complete. Wearing the aligners will gradually shift your teeth into place according to your orthodontists treatment plan.

If Invisalign is an option you would like to consider, make an appointment to talk with Dr. Bennett today.

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

 

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.

 
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