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Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign

April 8th, 2015

Smiling woman putting in Invisalign alignerHave you been looking for alternative methods to straightening your teeth other than traditional braces? You may have heard about Invisalign, if you're curious about what it is, who it’s for and how it works, this blog is for you.

Invisalign is a modern approach to straightening teeth through the use of a series of custom-made aligner trays. The aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Choosing to improve your smile is a big decision that can affect your appearance and lifestyle. Whatever your reason for choosing to straighten your teeth, Invisalign can provide a simple solution to achieving your desired smile whether you’re an adult or teen. With Invisalign, you don’t have to put your life on hold to get straight teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, there are no brackets or metal wires, you simply change out aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment process is complete. Wearing the aligners will gradually shift your teeth into place according to your orthodontists treatment plan.

If Invisalign is an option you would like to consider, make an appointment to talk with Dr. Bennett today.

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

 

The Importance of Wearing A Mouthguard

March 24th, 2015

Smiling girl wearing braces and playing soccerThere is a common misconception that you can’t play sports when you have braces. This could not be further from the truth. Braces do not affect your ability to play sports, but while you have braces you need to be more careful. One hard hit in a football game or rugby match could result in a broken bracket, damage to your teeth or to the inside of your mouth. This is why selecting a mouth guard is essential; it protects the players' teeth, mouth, and jaw. Here are few reasons why you should wear a mouth guard:

Protect your lips:

Braces are pretty sharp. If you’re not wearing a mouth guard, a direct hit to the mouth could cause serious lacerations to your lips. If you have braces, buying a mouth guard is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you will buy.

Jaw dropping protection:

 

Mouth guards can help prevent jaw fractures and dislocations because it absorbs the impact of blows. Every year, mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 dental injuries; before you take to the field make sure you’re wearing yours.

Keep your smile:

The most important job a mouth guard does is protecting your teeth. Contact sports can cause damage to your teeth if you do not wear a mouth guard. A mouthguard is your first line of defense against painful and sometimes permanent dental injuries.

Selecting the right mouthguard:

 

Shock Doctor is one type of mouthguard that uses 100 percent medical-grade silicone to allow for necessary movement. The brand even makes braces-specific type mouthguards.

However, many athletes with braces have opted for custom-fitting mouth guards, which are pieces made specifically for the player. If you’re interested in a custom-fit mouth guard, consult Dr. Bennett to discuss your options. No matter the player, the advantages of wearing mouth guards are endless.

Meet The Smiles Behind the Smiles

February 25th, 2015

At Bennett Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best care available. Our experienced team is devoted to insuring every patient has a stress-free and rewarding orthodontic experience at every visit. On behalf of all of us at Todd Bennett, we want to welcome you and your family to our practice, we look forward to making you smile!

Now let's meet the team!

Say hello to Jessica! She is a talented clinical assistant and has been a member of the Bennett Ortho team for more than 4 years. When asked what was the best part of her job,  Jessica gave this enthusiastic reply,  “My fabulous work family!” We are very proud to have Jessica on the Bennett Ortho team and enjoy all the smiles she brings.

 

Meet Sheila!  She is our treatment coordinator and has been with Bennett Ortho for over 5 years. Sheila does a magnificent job helping patients with their smile journey. We asked Sheila a few questions and decided to add all her answers together. It turns out she would be a green giraffe that loves nothing more than seeing her patients smile and working with the amazing Bennett team. Thank you Sheila for all of your hard work and dedication to making people smile.

 

If you haven’t met our dedicated patient coordinator Kate, you are in for a treat. Her cheerful personality is nothing short of contagious, as she warmly greets all patients with a smile. Kate has been an important part of the Bennett Ortho team for 4 years. We also asked Kate what was the best part of her job, she replied, seeing how happy patients are at the end of their smile journey.

 

 

Say hello to Cierra, Bennett Ortho's talented clinical assistant that has been with the Bennett team for 2 years. If she could do all her favorite things at the same time it would be something like, wearing her blue scrubs, while eating a bowl of fruity pebbles with her family, and dancing to classic rock. We are excited to have her on our team and know she would enjoy nothing more than, helping you achieve a beautiful smile you are proud to share.

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

 

Why You Should Wear a Retainer

February 1st, 2015

Today is the day you have been waiting for; your braces are finally coming off! Does this mean you can throw in the towel on caring for your smile? Not so fast, you’re smile journey is not over yet. In order to keep your perfect smile you are going to have to wear a retainer.

Why should you wear a retainer?
Wearing a retainer enables your teeth to stay in their new, proper position while your gums, ligaments and bones adapt. When you wear your retainer, you're protecting your investment, and beautiful new smile.

The result of not wearing your retainer:
Now before you say you don’t need to wear a retainer anymore, you should know that as you get older, your teeth will continue to shift. The slightest pressure from your tongue can cause your teeth to shift out of alignment.  Every year about 25% of patients have to repeat their orthodontic treatment because they failed to wear their retainers as required. You don't want to repeat your treatment, protect your smile by giving your teeth the support they need to stay in place and wear your retainer as directed.

More about our retainers
Just as you can choose between traditional braces or Invisalign, retainers are available in a variety of forms. Here are three types of retainers Bennett Orthodontics offers:

Essix Retainer
This is a clear or transparent retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth.  These retainers are specially made from impressions of your teeth to fit comfortably and discretely. An upper and lower Essix retainer will be given to each patient upon completion of orthodontic treatment.

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Hawley Retainer
This is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position.

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Bonded Lingual Retainer
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surfaces of your lower front teeth.  This is a great way to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is bonded into place. Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting. It is important to note that some patients may not be candidates for this type of retainer.

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While a retainer may seem like a pain, it will keep your new pearly whites looking their best.

 
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