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The Elf on the Shelf Visits the Orthodontist - Part II

December 21st, 2015

Last year, our good pal and most favorite elf (we’re a little partial because he brings us homemade Christmas cookies), Braces Brad, started his magical smile journey with Bennett Orthodontics by getting braces! Ever since, we’ve seen his smile get brighter and brighter with every appointment he’s made. Let’s take a look at the adventure that took place at his last appointment with us:

’Twas the day of his appointment so he left his small house,
He arrived and checked in with a click of a mouse.
…And then he remembered there was an arcade and decided that was way more important than rhyming!

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Besides sitting on the shelf and making toys, playing Pac-Man in our arcade while he waits for his turn is one of Braces Brad’s most favorite hobbies! You better watch out — he’s pretty good at it! Those small, nimble hands and keen eyes (great for toy building) come in handy when playing video games.

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After beating a few thousand levels in the arcade, he went to our teeth-brushing station and brushed and flossed his teeth and made sure he got all the gingerbread he had for lunch out of his brackets. After all, he wanted our technicians and Dr. Bennett to see how great his teeth are looking and didn’t want any leftover food to get in the way of a proper adjustment!

After his teeth were squeaky clean, Braces Brad skipped joyfully into Dr. Bennett’s consult room for a quick consultation before his adjustment. He tells us that his braces journey is going great thus far, except he started to get a few canker sores here and there ever since his mom started making her famous Christmas tree sugar cookies for the holidays.

We reminded him that too much sugar can cause mouth sores and gave him a quick reminder demonstration on how to properly brush and floss his teeth with braces to make sure he’s getting all of the holiday treats out of his teeth and brackets!

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Next, Braces Brad went into the back to get a thorough check-up and examination. He always enjoys this part because he gets to sit back and relax, and he’s usually pretty tired after unleashing his inner gamer in the arcade.

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He also loves this part of his appointment because he gets to hang out with all of his favorite friends at Bennett Orthodontics and gets to document his smile journey to share with his fellow elves by posting pics to Instagram and tagging @bennettortho. Selfie time!

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Next, he got to pick out new colors for his rubber bands. He decided to go with his favorite combo of colors — red and green. He figured this would help his smile spread Christmas cheer! Plus, it matches his outfit.

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Feeling confident after his adjustment, Braces Brad then headed for the check-out desk. While he was walking out, something caught his eye — a wall full of kids (young and old) who had completed their smile journeys. He decided to make note of all these bright, smiling faces to make sure they were all on Santa’s good list for keeping up with their appointments and getting their braces off!

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Just as he was getting ready to schedule his next appointment, look who walked in! Another one of Santa’s many helpers (for those who want their gifts a little earlier).

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After such a great visit to Dr. Bennett’s office, Braces Brad could hardly wait for his next appointment! As soon as it was scheduled, he started to dream of Pac-Man, sugar plum fairies, and his perfect smile that was soon to become a reality.

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If you’d like to begin your smile journey to spread cheer like Braces Brad, please feel free to contact us to make an appointment for an orthodontic consultation! 

Sharon Wootan: "Little Bit" with a Big Heart

December 1st, 2015

Sharon-Wootan

Sharon is our newest employee at Bennett Orthodontics. We are loving having her cheerful and compassionate personality on our team!

Sharon is a Clinical Assistant at Bennett Orthodontics, and her favorite part of her job is interacting with the patients. She also makes everyone’s favorite thing - retainers!

Sharon’s nickname is "Little Bit", but her three most favorite things — her dogs — are not so little! Stella (a yellow lab/retriever), Magnum (a Great Dane), and Molly (a lab mix) keep Sharon on her toes when she’s not hard at work.

With her husband Sean, Sharon enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Here are a few more of her favorite things:

Movie: "The Little Mermaid"
Food: Taco Bell and pizza
Drink: Dr. Pepper
TV Show: "Bones"
Band: Modest Mouse

Next time you’re in the office, say hello to Sharon. She’s sure to make you smile

 

Trick or Treat? The Halloween Candy Guide for Braces

October 29th, 2015

pile of candyThis Halloween, avoid a creepy jack-o’-lantern smile by staying away from treats that can ruin your braces and damage your teeth. October is National Orthodontic Health Month, so don’t give your orthodontist a reason to “boo” you and cause you to keep your braces longer than planned.

When trick-or-treating, avoid hard, chewy, and sticky candy that can wiggle its way behind your wires and pop off brackets. Candies that are nightmarish for your braces include:

  • Suckers
  • Mints
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Sours
  • Taffy
  • Jelly beans
  • Licorice
  • Gum
  • Fruit chews
  • Caramel
  • Candy apples

While reaching into your Halloween candy stash, grab these softer candies that are less harmful to your braces instead:

  • Hershey’s chocolate bars or chocolate bars without nuts and caramel. Break bars into small pieces to avoid a scary situation!
  • Plain M&Ms
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Soft cookies
  • Melt-in-your mouth candy
  • If all else fails, indulge your Halloween sweet tooth with a bowl of ice cream, a smoothie, or Jello!

Is the thought of celebrating Halloween with braces giving you a fright? Don’t worry — the American Association of Orthodontists has compiled a list of Halloween recipes that are safe to eat with braces. Remember to follow these guidelines and always brush after any sweet treats. Have a happy and safe Halloween from all of us at Bennett Orthodontics!

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!

 
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