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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!

Invisalign Fact and Fiction

May 28th, 2015

a smile with one half braces and the other half InvisalignIf traditional braces are not your desired route to achieve a straighter smile, here’s why Invisalign may be your best option.

Benefits:

When you compare Invisalign to other teeth straightening methods, the advantages become apparent. Knowing the pro’s and con’s to choosing which teeth-straightening method is right for you will help you make a more confident decision.

 

Fact or fiction:

Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t hurt.

Fact: Anytime pressure is applied to teeth, they will feel sore.

 

Fiction: Invisalign will straighten my teeth faster than traditional braces.

Fact: Healthy teeth movement occurs at the same speed and it doesn’t matter if movement is caused by braces or aligners.

Fiction: Invisalign is Invisalign no matter who provides it.

Fact: Invisalign is just a tool orthodontists use to straighten teeth. Align Technology is the manufacturer and they have no part in the diagnosis or treatment plan. The success or the failure of each patient's case is dependent on the orthodontist's training.

 

Fiction: You can’t eat with Invisalign

Fact: Invisalign is removable, which means you have the freedom to enjoy the foods you love.

 

Cost: The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient. If you’re interested in choosing Invisalign for your smile journey, contact us today for a free consultation.

 

 
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