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DIY Braces: Hurt More Than Help

May 22nd, 2016

Smiling girl with bracesAlthough “Do It Yourself” projects are popular, cost-effective, and rewarding, there is one trending project you do not want to tackle on your own — straightening your teeth. YouTube tutorials featuring teenagers demonstrating how to straighten their teeth with common items such as dental floss, paper clips, and rubber bands are surging in popularity. That’s right — DIY Braces are on the rise, and the results are dangerous and less than desirable. The American Association of Orthodontists has issued a consumer alert warning against DIY braces. Take a look at why this practice is extremely dangerous:

  • Change in Tooth Color - Moving teeth on your own can result in cutting off the blood supply, leading to teeth permanently fading to brown or gray in color.

 

  • Inflammation - Loss of blood supply will cause the gums to become painfully inflamed and infected. This can lead to permanent loss of bone and gum tissue.

 

  • Root Damage - Moving teeth incorrectly can cause roots of teeth to become damaged, leading to pain, infection, and loss.

 

  • Tooth Loss - In some cases, DIY braces have even resulted in tooth loss! Read more here about how one person paid $50,000 to replace two front teeth after failing with DIY braces.

 

  • More Expensive - In the long run, the cost of trying to repair damage caused by these DIY methods is often far more than the cost of seeing an orthodontist to straighten your teeth.

 

Orthodontists attend a total of 10-12 years of college, dental school, and residency to learn how to properly align teeth without damaging tooth structure, gums, and bone. This is one DIY you should leave to the pros. Kids, don’t try this at home! Parents, be on the lookout for the above symptoms, and if you’re concerned your child is attempting to straighten his or her teeth on their own, contact an orthodontist immediately!

Call (251)471-8008 today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bennett!  We would be happy to discuss your orthodontic needs and work out a payment plan if necessary.

5 Home Remedies for Your Braces Pain

April 15th, 2016

Frowning woman at the dentist with a toothacheThe first few days after getting braces for the first time can be quite painful. But before you decide to give up and rip them off, check out these easy ways to relieve your pain without sacrificing your new smile.

1. Eat soup and soft foods
The heat from a warm bowl of soup will actually increase blood circulation and reduce the pain in your mouth. Follow it up with a cold bowl of ice cream for some icy/hot action.

2. Enjoy some ice cream
Finally there’s a reasonable excuse to eat ice cream for dinner. Eating cold, soft foods like ice cream will help to reduce swelling and inflammation of your gums. Orthodontists say to enjoy this well-deserved treat 1 to 2 times a day to bring down the pain and to give you some relief.

3. Use a soft bristle toothbrush
Just like a new, soft blanket feels better than that rough blankie you’ve been holding onto for years, replacing your old toothbrush with a soft bristle toothbrush gives you comfort and will allow you to brush your teeth without hurting your sore gums.

4. Rinse with warm salt water
Add a pinch of salt to a warm glass of water and gargle. Doing this every day will help with the pain, and it makes a really cool noise.

5. Apply orthodontic wax to irritated areas
Applying wax to the metallic part of your braces helps to reduce the friction. This is especially great at night because it will help you get better sleep. The soft wax prevents the metal from scraping against your skin causing blisters and sores.

 

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!

 

4 Misconceptions About Orthodontists

March 9th, 2016

Smiling girl at dentist's officeWe all make excuses about why we don’t want braces: they take too long, they’re too painful, I’m too old, etc. But truthfully, orthodontic technology has changed so much over the past 15 years that many of these myths are no longer true. We’re here to debunk these 4 misconceptions about Orthodontists.

Orthodontist vs. Dentist

The roles of Dentists and Orthodontists are actually very different. After becoming a General Dentist, an Orthodontist will go back to school for 2 to 3 years to specialize in Orthodontics only. Most dentists never acquire these special skills. You would never go see an Orthodontist to get a cavity filled, just like you shouldn’t go see a Dentist to have your braces adjusted.

Contrary to popular belief, adults are great candidates for braces. Adult teeth still move, just like your children’s. Crooked teeth can be caused by any number of reasons, making orthodontic treatment pertinent at any age. There is an orthodontic option for every lifestyle: some are clear and fixed to the teeth, some go behind the teeth, and some are clear and removable, like Invisalign.

People seeking re-treatment will often say that their teeth have shifted over time, often as a result of not wearing a retainer. Others say that when their wisdom teeth came in, it caused their teeth to shift. In actuality, most wisdom teeth never make it into the mouth and remain buried under the gums, having no real effect on the rest of your teeth.

Depending on your case, orthodontic treatment may not take as long as you thought it would. Treatments can range from 6 months to 2 years. Technology has developed over the past 15 years to allow for more efficient tooth movement with virtually no discomfort.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Bennett today to discuss your options.

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

Kate Stringfellow: Meet Our Friendly Multi-Tasker

February 16th, 2016

Kate Stringfellow | Bennett Orthodontics

Walking into the lobby of Bennett Orthodontics, you will be greeted by our very own Kate Stringfellow. Kate is one of our loyal employees who has been helping our office run smoothly and happily for over five years.

Kate is a talented multi-tasker who can handle scheduling appointments, answering the phone, and welcoming patients all at the same time — and while wearing a smile! She is always lending a hand to everyone around the office. We here at Bennett Orthodontics are lucky to have such a caring employee.

Kate says, “I love being able to get to know patients and watch them grow up during the orthodontic treatment. I also love being able to learn every patient so I can greet them individually when they come into the office.”

To help you get to know Kate, here are some fun facts about her:

Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Favorite Movie: “Friends with Kids”
Favorite Food: Cupcakes
Pets: Molly (a border collie) and Angel (a chorkie)
Alma Mater: University of South Alabama

Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Kate! We are so happy to have you on our team

 

 
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