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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.


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.


This Summer: Oral Health Care

July 14th, 2016

Charming girl wearing braces with a beautiful candid smileSummertime is synonymous with fun and sun. But did you know that summer activities could cause problems with your oral health care? Favorite summer activities like swimming and cookouts can lead to significant dental issues. But don’t fret: before you cancel your family barbecue, trip to the pool, or much-needed vacation, here are a few things to consider to protect your teeth while still partaking in all of your favorite festivities.


Pool Water Problems
Swimming is, of course, a healthy activity and great workout. But, prolonged exposure to pool water can lead to dental erosion, lesions, pits, and even white spots on teeth. The frequent exposure to pool water can also interfere with the braces sticking to your teeth. To protect yourself from these potential problems, make sure your pool water is pH neutral and saturated with hydroxyapatite components. Another way to deter these problems is by drinking fluoridated water regularly.


Watch Your Sweet Tooth
Summer activities offer countless opportunities to indulge in sweets: barbecue, ice cream, sweet tea, and all sorts of other sugary and acidic foods and beverages. Not only are these treats risky for those with braces, but also for anyone as the sugar and acid can cause cavities, plaque, and loss of enamel. Instead of snacking on sweets, opt for healthy snacks like fresh vegetables. Reach for a bottle of water instead of a sugary soft drink. If there is no avoiding a sweet treat, limit it to just one time of the day instead of spacing it out throughout the day and be sure to brush after indulging.


Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated isn’t important just for being out in the summer heat. Drinking plenty of water can improve oral health too. Good hydration helps the body produce saliva, which is essential in having fresh breath, eliminating food particles, and slowing acid production.
Keep a healthy smile all summer long. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bennett today to talk about other ways you can maintain proper oral health care any time of year.


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