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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

 

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! 

 
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