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Thankful for Our Terrific Staff

November 24th, 2016

The Todd Bennett orthodontic team constantly strives to give patients the best orthodontic care available. Our group of highly trained and skilled professionals consistently develop relationships with all the people who's smiles we help craft. The usual process of patient care allows for our patients to become familiar with only some of our staff. However, the final product we deliver to each of our patients is a result of teamwork throughout the office. We are very thankful for each of our caring team members.

Here is a fun chance for you to become familiar with all of our staff members!

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Name: Sharon

Hometown: Fairhope, AL

Position at TBO: Assistant

Favorite Quote: Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: The staff I work with.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island? Dr. Pepper, my husband, and sunscreen.

What’s the background image on your phone? A picture of my husband and I with our three dogs.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Channing Tatum.

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Name: Kate

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Position at TBO: Front desk (In-house marketing)

Favorite Quote: “Everything happens for a reason.”

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: Getting to know patients well enough to where I know who they are when they walk in. They become friends, not just patients

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island? Water, chips, and queso fundito from the bike shop.

What’s the background image on your phone? My family’s South Carolina lake house view.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Kirsten Dunst.

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Name: Sheila Slaton

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Position at TBO: Treatment Coordinator

Favorite Quote: “I yam what I yam.” -Popeye

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: Meeting new patients, spending time getting to know them and their orthodontic needs, and then seeing them through their transformation.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island?

-Backpack with flashlight, lighter, sunscreen, hammer, nails, duck tape, and sunglasses.

-My Family.

-Zac Brown Band.

What’s the background image on your phone? My kids.

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Name: Carrie Dunn

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Position at TBO: Chairside Assistant

Favorite Quote: “When at first you fail, try again.”

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: Experiencing someone’s TX from start to finish.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island? Potatoes, my husband and my child.

What’s the background image on your phone? The standard iPhone background.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Keira Knightly

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Name: Carmen Anderson

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Position at TBO: Orthodontist

Favorite Quote: “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember the way you made them feel.”

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: Seeing the confidence our patients gain with their new smiles.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island? Sunscreen, water, and chips and salsa.

What’s the background image on your phone? My husband and I.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Will Ferrell.

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Name: Jessica Dickson

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Position at TBO: Clinical Assistant

Favorite Quote: “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” - Aristotle

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: The relationship with my work family and the relationship with my patients.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island?

-My boyfriend, Jake.

-My son, Daniel.

-My cat, Oscar.

What’s the background image on your phone? My boyfriend and I.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Kit Harington (aka - Jon Snow)

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Name: Jessica Bunch

Hometown: Saraland, AL

Position at TBO: Financial Coordinator

Favorite Quote: “Keep your eyes on the prize.”

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: Transforming Smiles.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island? Matches, knife and fishing net.

What’s the background image on your phone? The ocean.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Adam Levine.

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Name: Jennifer Harden

Hometown: Semmes, AL

Position at TBO: Chairside Assistant

Favorite Quote: “The only way to love great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

Most Rewarding Aspect of the Job: The excitement of completion and before and after pictures.

What are the three things would you bring with you on a deserted island? Sunscreen, hammock, and my daughter.

What’s the background image on your phone? Black and white mandala.

What celebrity would you like to put braces on? Johnny Depp.

 

 

 

 

In the Game with Braces

October 3rd, 2016

Smiling girl with braces playing tennisA common misconception among youth and adults alike is that you can’t play sports with braces. But the truth is that you don’t have to sacrifice sports if you are a braces wearer. In fact, it’s pretty easy to get in the game as long as you take the proper safety precautions.

 

Mouth Guard
One of the top safety precautions to take as a brace wearer when playing sports is using a mouth guard. In fact, according to studies by the American Dental Association, mouth guards have been proven to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injuries.

If you’re a brace wearer, a mouth guard should be worn at all times while playing any sport—not just contact sports. There are mouth guards specifically designed for use with braces. Braces mouth guards offer a little more room than conventional mouth guards, which allows a better fit for the braces, teeth, and gums. These special mouth guards provide the same level of protection as a “regular” mouth guard. For a more custom fit for your mouth, braces mouth guards can be custom-made through the orthodontics’ office. While this option is more expensive, it does offer the most comfort for the wearer.

 

Beyond Mouth Guards
Protecting your teeth and gums goes beyond just wearing a mouth guard. While brace wearers can participate in most any sport, there are a few exceptions, such as boxing and wrestling, they should not partake in since the risk of getting hit in the mouth is so high. A hard hit can cause damage not just to your teeth and gums, but also to the inside of your cheek and tongue. If you do experience a hard hit to the mouth and feel like something is wrong, it’s important to stop play immediately and call your orthodontist.

Another potential issue is that even while wearing a mouth guard during play, you can still break brackets on your braces. While this shouldn’t cause you to stop play, it is important to call your orthodontist soon thereafter to replace the broken bracket so that your progress isn’t hindered.

If you have specific questions about how to best care for your teeth and braces while playing sports, give us a call today. Dr. Bennett can help you find the best solution to fit your individual need.

 

How Much Do Braces Cost?

September 8th, 2016

Smiling girl with bracesThere are many variables that can affect the cost of braces such as severity of needs, type of braces, and treatment plans. It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will however cover the Exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We offer many financing options to accommodate your needs and do our best to make braces treatments affordable. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

Payment Plans

It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget!  We offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs including  interest-free, low-down payment plans, as well as accepting CareCredit.  Our office accepts payments by: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Debit cards, Cash, Check.

We also offer automatic bank drafts from your checking or savings account. If you have any questions about financing or payment, we encourage you to ask us!  We will thoroughly explain your choices and work hard to accommodate your needs.

Insurance

It is our goal to maximize your insurance benefits.  We accept assignment of benefits from most major insurance companies.  In addition, we are proud to be PPO preferred providers for BCBS of Ala, Delta Dental, MetLife, Cigna and United Concordia.  If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs.  Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit that is separate from regular dental insurance.  Remember that insurance policies vary, and we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action.

Once treatment has started, we will file your claims.  To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questions on our questionnaire. Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child.  If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.

When considering a treatment for your smile, it is important to remember - braces are temporary but a beautiful smile is forever. Call us to schedule your free examination and discuss your smile journey today.

 

Back to School with Braces

August 24th, 2016

Smiling girl with braces riding a bikeBack to school can be an exciting time for many students. Yet for some students going back to school with braces means serious anxiety. But getting back into the school day routine while managing braces doesn’t have to be daunting. Make your transition to the classroom seamless with these no-fail tips.

Carry a Kit with You

With braces, going to school each day prepared to take care of them is critical. Keep a kit in your backpack or locker with the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, wax, and extra rubber bands (if your braces require them). Make sure to have a compact mirror as well so you can easily check out your braces if something doesn’t seem right.

Remember to Brush

Your daytime routine is changing, but it’s still important to take time to brush and floss your teeth after lunch. Braces can easily trap bacteria and food decay, so it’s imperative to keep up proper oral hygiene.

 Watch What You Eat

Brace wearers have to take more care in what they eat. Lots of foods—especially those that are sticky or hard—can cause serious damage. Consider bringing your lunch to school instead of risking it with what’s being served in the lunchroom. Also, when it’s time for a snack, go for something like soft fruit, yogurt, or applesauce. That’s much better on braces than candy bars or crunchy foods.

Drink Water

If possible, keep a bottle of water with you. Frequently drinking water will rinse your mouth of food particles and neutralize acids in your mouth. 

Protect Yourself

If you play sports, always wear a mouth guard. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to his or her teeth when not wearing a mouth guard. Not only will a mouth guard protect your teeth and your braces, but it can also help make sure your braces don’t scrape your lips or mouth. And, there are mouth guard options available specifically for athletes with braces.

Still have questions about how to care for your braces at school? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bennett today to talk about how you can best manage your oral health and make the school year great.

 

 
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