Benedict Orthodontics

Brian W. Benedict, D.D.S., M.S.D. 11780 Olio Road, Suite 300
Fishers, IN 46037
(317) 578-9500

About Our Office

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 1st, 2018

Benedict Orthodontics would like you to know that October is National Orthodontic Health month. The recommended age for a first orthodontic evaluation is the age of 7. By the time a child reaches the age of 7, they most likely have their first set of permanent molars in (6 year molars or 1st molars), which are almost always necessary to have when starting treatment. Not all 7 year old children are ready for orthodontic treatment, however some may require treatment early to help prevent additional problems or complications in the future. At Benedict Orthodontics, your child will not be treated for orthodontic treatment unless it is necessary. If your child is too young or does not appear to have problems that need to be addressed at an early age, Dr Brian Benedict will consider your child to be in “observation” status within his office. This means, that Dr Benedict will monitor the growth of the patient, either on a 6 month or a yearly basis, until the patient appears to be ready for treatment. In some cases, this may mean that the patient would not be ready for orthodontic treatment until their teenage years.

Consultation appointments at Benedict Orthodontics are at no cost to you. An initial exam appointment includes photographs of the patient and 2 orthodontic x-rays (panoramic and cephalometric). You will also meet Dr Benedict and our Treatment Coordinator, Lauren, for an initial exam appointment. Once Dr Benedict has evaluated the patient, our Treatment Coordinator will then discuss the treatment plan (if needed at this time) and the financial responsibility if the patient is ready for treatment. At Benedict Orthodontics, no payment is needed from you until you agree to start treatment with us.

We have an open door policy and encourage parents to be with their child for their appointments. We hope to provide you with excellent costumer service and the comfort to feel at ease in our office.

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Benedict Orthodontics
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Meet the Team: Lauren

August 22nd, 2017

Benedict Orthodontics Team:1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
My role at Benedict Orthodontics is Scheduling Coordinator. I also fill in as New Patient Coordinator.

2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. Benedict?
My favorite part about working for Dr. B is catching him when he is sneaking some candy.

3. Have you ever had braces?
Yes, I had braces when I was 22 years old.

4. What is the one thing that not many people know about you?
Most people do not know that I grew up in a house with 5 siblings, two parrots, a Great Dane and two Chihuahuas.

5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
I would love for Adam Levine to be a patient because I would love to see that handsome face.

6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
I have a dog and his is name Graham. He is the most brilliant Toy Aussie.

7. What job could you never do?
I could never be a CNA.

8. What was the last move you watched?
The last movie I watched was Crazy Stupid Love.

9.What celebrity has the best teeth?
I think Jessica Alba has a pretty smile.

10. What do you love about the Fishers area?
I love that there are so many Mexican restaurants to choose from.

Meet the Team: Karli

June 14th, 2017

Meet Karli:

1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
My role at Benedict Orthodontics is an Orthodontic Assistant and I have worked here for two years.

2. What is your favorite part of working for Dr. Benedict?
Dr. Benedict is very nice and easy to get along with.

3. Have you ever had braces?
Yes, I had braces when I was 14 and I am currently in treatment now.

4. What is one thing that not many people now about you?
Most people do not know that I lived in Hawaii for 6 months.

5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
I would like for Justin Bieber to be a patient because I think he is an amazing entertainer and I am a huge fan.

6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
Yes, I have a dog named Roxy.

7. What job could you never do?
I could never be a police officer because it seems too dangerous.

8. What is the last movie that you watched?
The last movie that I watched was Focus.

9. What celebrity do you think has the best teeth?
I think Jessica Alba has a beautiful smile.

10. What do you love about the Fishers area?
I like that Fishers is a lot bigger than other cities that I am use to.

Meet The Team: Kristen

March 28th, 2017

Meet The Team: Kristen

1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
My role at Benedict Orthodontics is an Orthodontic Assistant and have worked here for 5 years!

2. What is your favorite part of working for Dr. Benedict?
We are constantly learning and always having fun.

3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
Yes, I have had braces twice,  13-17 years of age and when I was 19 years old.

4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
My dream is to dance with Ellen Degeneres on her show.

5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would it be?
I would like for Zac Brown to be a patient because I like that he is very humble and an amazing musician.

6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
Yes, I have two cats and two dogs. The cats names are Milo and Cali. My dogs names are Chewee and Remi. All of them were rescued.

7. What job could you never do?
I could never be a Taxidermist, I love animals too much.

8. What was the last movie that you watched?
The last movie that I watched was Sing.

9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
I think Carrie Underwood has a beautiful smile.

10. What do you love about the Fishers Area?
I like the local small businesses.


Meet The Team:Crystal

November 22nd, 2016

Meet The Benedict Orthodontics Team: Crystal1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
My role at Benedict Orthodontics is an Orthodontic Assistant.

2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. Benedict?
My favorite part about working for Dr. Benedict is that he is very easy going and he can be very funny.

3. Have you ever had braces?
Yes, I had braces when I was 12 years old.

4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
Most people do not know that I was a National Champion Cheerleader.

5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
I would like for Betty White to be a patient because I think she is hilarious.

6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names? If not, what pet would you like to have?
No, I do not have any pets. I would like to have a sloth because I think they are adorable.

7.What job could you never do?
I could never be a Doctor.

8. What is the last movie you watched?
The last movie that I watched was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
I think George Clooney has the best smile.

10. What do you love about Fishers?
I think Fishers is very pretty with all of the new architecture.

National Orthodontic Health Month

October 14th, 2016

National Orthodontic Health Month

Happy Fall, October is National Orthodontic Health Month.  The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children get an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.   Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as well. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Benedict Orthodontics takes pride in providing outstanding customer service for each patient. Our New Patient Consultation at Benedict Orthodontics will include full diagnostic records (digital photographs, panoramic and cephalometric images). This visit is complimentary and is at no cost to the patient. Call and schedule your appointment today!

Meet The Team: Teresa

August 17th, 2016

Meet Teresa

1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
My role at Benedict Orthodontics is Practice Administrator.

2. What is your favorite part about working with Dr. Benedict?
My favorite part about working at Benedict Orthodontics is the interaction between Dr. Benedict, the Patients and the Staff.

3.Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
Yes, I had braces when I was 32 years old.

4.What is one thing that not many people know about you?
I love to Organize.

5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics, who would you want it to be?
I would like to see Reggie Miller because I think other adults would see that braces are okay, even for a former NBA Star.

6. Do you have any pets?
No, but I would like to have a small dog someday when I am retired and have more time to enjoy a pet.

7. Which job could you never do?
I could never be a garbage collector!

8. What is the last movie you watched?
The last movie I watched was Ice Age.

9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
I think Jennifer Aniston has the best smile.

10. What do you love about the Fishers?
I really like some of the new Architecture.

Meet The Team:Danah

June 23rd, 2016

BO-Meet the Team Blog Headers_Meet Danah

  1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
    My role at Benedict Orthodontics is Clinical Coordinator.
  2. What is your favorite part about working with Dr. Benedict?
    My favorite part about working with Dr. Benedict is the fun interaction between the staff and patients.
  3. Have you ever had braces?
    Yes, I have had braces twice, 13 years old and as an adult with Dr. Benedict.
  4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    I know how to play the piano.
  5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    I would like to see Jimmy Fallen because I have always thought he is very funny.
  6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
    Yes, I have a German Shepard and her name is Kali.
  7. What job could you never do?
    I could never be a waste management employee.
  8. What is the last movie you watched?
    The last movie that I watched was Mocking Jay Part 1.
  9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
    I think Julia Roberts has the best smile.
  10. What do you love about the Fishers area?
    I think that Fishers is very pretty. The buildings and the landscaping throughout the city are maintained nicely.

Meet the Team: Jessica

May 9th, 2016

Meet the Team: Jessica

  1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
    My role at Benedict Orthodontics is Insurance Billing Coordinator
  2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. Benedict?
    I love working at Benedict Orthodontics because Dr. Benedict is great person.
  3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
    Yes, I was an adult, I was 27 years old when I got braces.
  4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    That I love to eat all the time. I love the french fries at Murphy's Pub in Fishers.
  5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    I would like to see Melissa McCarthy because she is hilarious.
  6. Do you have any pets?
    Yes, I have a Mini Pinscher named Daisy and a Sheltie named Buddy.
  7. What job could you never do?
    I could never be a veterinarian.
  8. What is the last movie you watched?
    The  last movie that I watched was The Peanuts Movie.
  9. What celebrity  has the best teeth?
    I think Jessica Alba has a beautiful smile.
  10. What do you love about the Fishers area?
    I love that Fishers is very clean and that there are so many great places to shop.


Do we have your current contact info?

April 15th, 2016

As you probably know, you can always connect with Dr. Benedict and our team by calling our Fishers, IN office, or going to our Facebook page. However, if you’ve recently moved or gotten a new phone number, we’ll need to update our records so we can easily connect with you!

If any of your contact information has changed, please let our team at Benedict Orthodontics know, just in case we need to reach you. While you’re at it, you can also schedule your next appointment! We look forward to hearing from you!

Meet the Team: Carley

March 17th, 2016

Meet the Team Carley

  1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
    I am an Orthodontic Assistant and have worked here for 4 years!
  2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. Benedict?
    Dr. Benedict is such a kind and easy going person, he's great to work for!
  3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were you?
    Yes! I got braces when I was 11 years old.
  4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    Most people probably don't know that I have NEVER broken a bone!
  5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    I think it would be a lot of fun to have Adam Sandler in the office!
  6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names? If not, what pet would you like to have?
    I do NOT have any pets, but if I did I would want to have a dog!
  7. What job could you never do?
    I could never be a nurse.
  8. What is the last movie you watched?
    San Andres was the last movie I watched.
  9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
    I think Carrie Underwood has an amazing smile!
  10. What do you love about the Fishers area?
    Fishers, IN is a beautiful town and I love it here!

What do you love about our practice?

February 19th, 2016

At Benedict Orthodontics, we have been creating beautiful smiles for years. Whether you or your family have visited Dr. Benedict and our team for a single visit or have been loyal patients throughout the years, we would love to hear your thoughts about your experience! In fact, we encourage you to leave a few words for us below or on our Facebook page!

We look forward to reading your feedback!

Meet the Team: Stephanie

February 9th, 2016

Meet the Team: Stephanie
  1. What is your role at Benedict Orthodontics?
    I have been the Marketing  Coordinator for a little over a year now and I enjoy it so much!
  2. What is your favorite part about working for Dr. Benedict?
    I enjoy the interaction with Dr. Benedict, my co-workers, and especially the patients! I also enjoy visiting the dental offices while marketing. I truly feel blessed to work at Benedict!
  3. Have you ever had braces? If so, how old were?
    Yes, I just got braces for the first time as an adult!!
  4. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
    I was an extra in a few movies and met several celebrities while living in Chicago.
  5. If you could have any celebrity be a patient of Benedict Orthodontics who would you want it to be?
    I would love to see Melissa McCarthy because I think she is hilarious!
  6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names? If not, what pet would you like to have?
    Yes, I have a toy poodle named Kona.
  7. What job could you never do?
    I could never be a Garbage Collector!
  8. What was the last movie you watched?
    The last movie I watched was The Judge.
  9. What celebrity has the best teeth?
    I think Cindy Crawford has the best smile!
  10. What do you love about Fishers area?
    I love that Fishers is one of the fastest growing cities in Indiana and still feels like a small town.

Going Beyond Braces

October 8th, 2015

At Benedict Orthodontics, we aren’t just concerned with straightening your teeth and giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are also committed improving the oral health and the well-being of all our patients. Dr. Benedict and our team strive to serve our patients by educating them about their treatments, as well as making them feel as comfortable as possible during their initial consultations up until the day they complete their treatments.

Making our patients more comfortable with taking care of their braces in between visits increases the likelihood that they will complete their treatments successfully. We want you to know that if you should ever have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, whether it’s during your adjustment appointment or after hours, we are always here for you and your family.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at our Fishers, IN office or ask us any questions you may have on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to hear from you!

What happens if I have an orthodontic emergency while I'm on vacation?

November 7th, 2013

At Benedict Orthodontics, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you're on vacation, so that a day with friends and family won’t be spent dealing with an orthodontic emergency. Firstly, we are here for you whether you are in town or out of town on vacation. Give us a call and we may be able to address the problem over the phone. Second, if we are unable to help you fix the problem over the phone, we will help you find an orthodontic practice in your vacation area that can help you.

If you experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get them out of pain or discomfort.

If you have braces, whether they are metal, ceramic, or lingual, Dr. Benedict and our team suggest steering clear of the following foods to avoid broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
  • Apples, pears and other whole fruits (cut fruit into thin wedges before consuming)
  • Bagels and hard rolls
  • Bubble gum
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Hard cookies
  • Pretzels
  • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you have clear aligners and you lose your tray, don’t worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation!

The Intriguing History of Halloween

October 31st, 2013

Halloween is fast approaching, and Dr. Benedict wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday. The Halloween that is familiar to most people today bears little resemblance to the original Halloween; back in the "old days" it wasn't even called Halloween!

Festival of the Dead

Halloween started out as a Celtic festival of the dead that honored departed loved ones and signified a change in the cycle of the seasons. The Celtic people viewed Halloween, then called "Samhain," as a very special day – almost like our New Years day in fact, as their new calendar year began on November 1st. Samhain was the last day of autumn, so it was the time to harvest the last of the season's crops, store food away for winter, and situate livestock comfortably for the upcoming cold weather. The Celts believed that during this day, the last day of winter, the veil between this world and the spirit world is the thinnest, and that the living could communicate with departed loved ones most effectively on Samhain due to this.

Modern Halloween

Halloween as we know it today started because Christian missionaries were working to convert the Celtic people to Christianity. The Celts believed in religious concepts that were not supported by the Christian church, and these practices, which stemmed from Druidism, were perceived by the Christian church as being "devil worship" and dangerous.

When Pope Gregory the First instructed his missionaries to work at converting the Pagan people, he told them to try to incorporate some of the Pagan practices into Christian practices in a limited way. This meant that November 1st became "All Saints Day," which allowed Pagan people to still celebrate a beloved holiday without violating Christian beliefs.

Today, Halloween has evolved into a day devoted purely to fun, candy, and kids. What a change from its origins! We encourage all of our patients to have fun during the holiday, but be safe with the treats. Consider giving apples or fruit roll-ups to the kids instead of candy that is potentially damaging to the teeth.

Remind kids to limit their candy and brush after eating it! Sweets can cause major tooth decay, so to avoid extra visits to our Fishers, IN office, make your Halloween a safe one!

The Evolution of Braces

October 24th, 2013

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? Benedict Orthodontics thinks of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

  • According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
  • The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
  • A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

18th Century: A French Development

  • The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
  • Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.

19th Century: Orthodontics Defined

  • Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
  • During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
  • Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
  • Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.

20th Century: New Materials Abound

  • Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
  • By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
  • Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular

Today

As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible. Call our office in Fishers, IN to schedule your first orthodontic consultation!

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What helps you relax at our office?

October 17th, 2013

Dr. Benedict and our team understand not everyone is always thrilled about visiting their orthodontist. But at Benedict Orthodontics, we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. Today, we’d like to know: What is it about our Fishers, IN office that makes you comfortable or puts you or your child at ease? Is it something about our pleasant environment? Our courteous staff? Is it something about Dr. Benedict?

Let us know by posting below or on our Facebook page! Or tell us at your next adjustment appointment!

Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

October 10th, 2013

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces from Benedict Orthodontics can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.


Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.

Digestion

Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

Dr. Benedict and staff will be happy to answer any of your questions about your orthodontic treatment. Visit us in Fishers, IN today!

What's on your fall reading list?

October 3rd, 2013

How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Dr. Benedict and our team at Benedict Orthodontics encourage you to warm up your mind this fall season with a few great books. Sure it may be easy to put off reading when balancing a hectic schedule, but reading is vital to brain development. Besides, reading is always a blast!

This week, we thought we’d ask what you or your child are reading this fall. Do you have any suggestions for must-read books this year? Out of ideas for great fall reads? Ask us for suggestions, and we would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian here in Fishers, IN for some ideas.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your fall picks or your all-time favorites below or on our Facebook page!

How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

September 26th, 2013

Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer provided by Benedict Orthodontics.

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, Dr. Benedict will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

Considerations

If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it! Remember to call our Fishers, IN office if you have any questions about your retainer!

Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is Right for You?

September 19th, 2013

When the time comes for Dr. Benedict to remove your braces, it is very exciting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat confusing, too, because you are faced with choosing between two kinds of retainers. Should you go with permanent, removable, or a combination of the two? It is always wise to follow Benedict Orthodontics recommendations, but knowing more about the two types of retainer beforehand can be helpful.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use: you will generally put a removable retainer in at night and take it out in the morning. Regardless of your retainer schedule, you'll be able to enjoy some time with no retainer. However, a removable retainer can easily be forgotten at times, and this means you won't be taking full advantage of teeth retention.

Another potential advantage of a removable retainer is that you can take it out and brush and floss your teeth with ease, which is more of a challenge with a permanent retainer. Although removable retainers can be very effective, they don't tend to be as effective as permanent retainers, especially if they are not used as directed.

Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers are the clear choice for patients who want to “get it and forget it.” Once your permanent retainer is placed in your mouth, you won’t need to worry about daily retainer schedules, since it is permanently affixed to your teeth.

Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a permanent retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. You can't forget to put it in — it's already there! Temporary retainers get lost or are forgotten on trips, and often fail to get used as often as they should be.

One drawback to permanent retainers is flossing. Some patients find it more difficult to floss with a permanent retainer, but we can show you effective ways to floss fairly quickly with your permanent retainer.

Some orthodontists may recommend a combination of the two; for example, a removable retainer for the top teeth and a permanent one for the lower ones because the lower teeth are smaller and tend to shift more.

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that wearing your retainer as directed is extremely important. As long as you follow our orthodontist’s advice, you will get the best results from your retainer, regardless of its type. If you’re still not sure whether the choice you’ve made is truly right for you, get in touch with us at our Fishers, IN location right away!

Keep that candy at bay during your treatment!

September 12th, 2013

Now that you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment, as Dr. Benedict will tell you. While we trust you will continue brushing and flossing on a regular basis throughout your treatment at Benedict Orthodontics, you also have to mindful of what you eat. While all those sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these treats can actually damage your teeth and braces!

Sour candies  can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them, resulting in tooth decay and cavities. If you do indulge in eating these candies at some point during your treatment, be sure to wash your mouth out with water, drink milk or eat a few slices of cheese. These foods will help neutralize the acid in your mouth.

Besides cavities and tooth decay, many people do not realize that good oral health and hygiene are important to your overall health, too; researchers have discovered the connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, such as heart disease. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine just as you did before your braces. This includes visiting your dentist here in Fishers, IN every six months, brushing and flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, as well as visiting Dr. Benedict for your regular adjustment appointments.

For more questions about foods you should avoid while wearing braces, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, we encourage you to give us a call, ask us at your next adjustment appointment or ask us on Facebook!

What was your favorite part of summer?

September 5th, 2013

It's the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Dr. Benedict and our team at Benedict Orthodontics are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving plans in no time. But wait! First, we want to know about your favorite parts of the summer! Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?

Share your favorite memories, stories, or photos with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Labor Day: Our Favorite Holiday to Rest!

August 29th, 2013

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday each September here in the United States, is a holiday devoted to the American working community. The purpose of the holiday is honoring the country's workers and their contributions to the strength of our country as a whole.

How Labor Day Started

There is actually some debate as to the origins of Labor Day. It is uncertain whether Peter McGuire, a co founder for the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire, who was the secretary of Central Labor Union of New York, had the great idea. However, the Central Labor Union's plans were what launched the first Labor Day in America.

The First Labor Day

The very first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5th, 1882. The Central Labor Union then held annual celebrations on September 5th for what they called a working man's holiday. By the year 1885, the Labor Day celebration had spread to many different industrial areas, and after that it began spreading to all industries in the United States.

Labor Day Today

Labor Day today is a huge United States holiday during which we honor the country's workers with a day of rest and relaxation or a day of picnics and parades. This holiday is truly one to honor the many people who work hard to contribute to the economic well-being of our great country!

Our team at Benedict Orthodontics hope all of our patients celebrate Labor Day, and every holiday, safely and happily. Whether you stay in the Fishers, IN area, or travel out of town, have fun, and don't forget to brush!

Tips to Avoid Common Problems Associated with Braces

August 22nd, 2013

While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. We urge those who experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems to call our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
  • Loose bands: These must be secured in place by your orthodontist. Try to save the band for repair.
  • Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
  • Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned and sometimes replaced.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods can also help or hurt you while you’re wearing braces. Remember to cut your food into small pieces that can be easily chewed. You will want to avoid hard and chewy foods that can break your hardware. Foods such as corn on the cob, nuts, carrots, apples, ice, and bubble gum should be avoided.

Braces, rubber bands, springs, and other mouth appliances associated with braces will normally attract food particles and plaque. Without the proper care, this could cause staining of your teeth.

Our staff at Benedict Orthodontics recommend brushing after every meal or snack and carefully removing any food that might be lodged in the braces. A fluoride mouthwash might be helpful as well as flossing. At your next appointment, Dr. Benedict can advise you how to floss with a brush specially designed for braces!

Making your life better with orthodontics

August 15th, 2013

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smiles so take the first step towards getting the smile you’ve always wanted and make your initial consultation at Benedict Orthodontics

A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental and overall health as well. Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

Let your smile express yourself! Give us a call at our convenient Fishers, IN office to schedule your consultation today!

When should my child be seen for an orthodontic evaluation?

August 8th, 2013

Thanks for asking! It really depends on the dental age of the patient rather than their chronological age. Usually a good time to have your child evaluated by an orthodontist is after the front permanent teeth have erupted into the mouth or if there appears to be extreme crowding of the teeth.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children between the ages of seven and nine should be evaluated by an orthodontist. There are times when an early developmental treatment is indicated to correct situations before they become major problems. In these circumstances the patient will most likely benefit from a second phase of orthodontics when all of their permanent teeth have erupted.

Most full orthodontic treatment begins between ages nine and 14, and lasts from one to three years, with two years being the average. It’s important, however, that children be screened at an early age for Dr. Benedict and our staff to assess if your child can benefit from orthodontic treatment and when treatment should begin.

We hope this helps, and invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment at Benedict Orthodontics.

It's time to go back to school!

August 1st, 2013

Now that many of the schools in Fishers, IN are back in session, Dr. Benedict would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit Benedict Orthodontics this fall. In order to accommodate all of our patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that we are able to provide you with a convenient appointment time.

As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. Benedict and our team. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment.

We’ll see you soon and hope summer is winding down nicely for you and your family!

How Braces Can Work at Any Age

July 25th, 2013

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, Benedict Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from Dr. Benedict.

Can Braces Work For Adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Metal braces
  • Self-ligating brackets
  • Lingual brackets (braces behind the teeth)
  • Invisible braces
  • Rubber bands for bite correction
  • Headgear and other appliances

By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

  • What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
  • What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?

Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Benedict, we’ll need to take some X-rays and molds of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call our Fishers, IN location today!

Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

July 18th, 2013

One exciting part about wearing braces from Benedict Orthodontics is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. From Dr. Benedict, you have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

  • School spirit colors
  • Favorite sports team colors
  • Patriotic colors
  • Holiday themes

Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

  • Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
  • Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
  • Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
  • Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
  • Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
  • Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

What is early intervention?

July 11th, 2013

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Dr. Benedict and our team at Benedict Orthodontics recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Early treatment, also known as interceptive treatment or Phase I treatment, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

If your child is showing these signs, it may be time to think about early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five or six, and will have all their permanent teeth in around age 12 to 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking his or her thumb
  • Speech impediment
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Teeth that don't come together in a normal manner or even at all

Early intervention will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case, and therefore reduce the length of treatment time and cost for a second phase of treatment when all of his or her permanent teeth have erupted. An evaluation at our Fishers, IN office will determine if your child’s dental and skeletal growth is proceeding properly or if interceptive treatment is needed. Many times, a more severe problem can be corrected using sophisticated removable appliances instead of traditional orthodontic treatment.

To schedule a consultation for your child to visit with Dr. Benedict, please give us a call! We will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child's smile.

Happy Fourth of July

July 4th, 2013

Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends. For some people, July 4th is synonymous with baseball, while for others it is all about the beach of barbecues. However you celebrate, you can be sure that red, white, and blue is visible everywhere throughout the Fishers, IN area.

The Beginnings of Fourth of July Celebrations

Although it wasn't officially designated as a federal holiday until 1941, the actual tradition of celebrating Independence Day goes back to the time of the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). At the time of the American Revolution, representatives from the 13 colonies penned the resolution that ultimately declared their independence from Great Britain. The continental congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd of 1776. Two days later, Thomas Jefferson's famous document that is now known as the Declaration of Independence, was adopted by delegates representing the 13 colonies.

First States to Recognize the Fourth of July

In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state (or commonwealth) whose legislature resolved to designate July 4th as the date on which to celebrate the country's independence. Two years later, Boston became the first city to make an official designation to honor the country's birth with a holiday on July 4th. In that same year, North Carolina's governor, Alexander Martin, became the first governor to issue an official state order stipulating that July 4th was the day on which North Carolinians would celebrate the country's independence.

Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

  • The reason the stars on the original flag were arranged in a circle is because it was believed that would indicate that all of the colonies were equal.
  • Americans eat over 150 million hot dogs on July 4th.
  • Imports of fireworks each year totals over $211 million.
  • The first “official” Fourth of July party took place at the White House in 1801.
  • Benjamin Franklin didn't want the national bird to be the bald eagle. He believed that the turkey was better suited to the coveted distinction. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed with him, and he was outvoted, so the bald eagle became the official bird of the United States.

For many, the tradition is something entirely different. Along the coastal areas of the United States, people may haul out huge pots to have lobster or other types of seafood boils. Others may spend the day in the bleachers at a baseball game, or at a park, cooking a great traditional meal over an open fire. No matter how or where you celebrate, one thing is certain: all Americans celebrate July 4th as the birth and independence of our country.

Dr. Benedict and our team at Benedict Orthodontics wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Why is flossing so important when I have braces?

June 27th, 2013

You've made an investment on spending money on getting braces, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment?  Dr. Benedict and our team at Benedict Orthodontics will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular hygiene routine while you're wearing braces as you did before proceeding with treatment.

Flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums when you're wearing braces. Because braces may hold food, sugars and liquids upon eating, it is very important to keep on top of your brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our office for regular adjustments.

While we know it's tough enough to get kids to floss daily without braces, that battle becomes even tougher when braces are involved. Remember that by not flossing, you will become more prone to cavities and gum disease during your treatment.

When flossing, remember to gently massage your gums in between the teeth. You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to weave the floss through each bracket. When flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you see blood, you are not flossing enough or properly.

Using an electric toothbrush is also a good idea to massage your gums before or after flossing as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. And don't forget to add a mouthwash to your routine to break up any bacteria that has formed. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape during your treatment.

If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment at Benedict Orthodontics please don't hesitate to give us a call or during your next adjustment appointment!

Foods that are Safe for Braces

June 20th, 2013

Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So, what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

Post-Tightening Foods

As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, our team at Benedict Orthodontics will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

  • Pudding
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soup
  • Ice cream
  • Cottage cheese
  • Peas
  • Pancakes
  • Pasta

Foods to Avoid

According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

  • Hard candies
  • Gum
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)

Considerations

Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration.

Have more questions about orthodontic treatment? The Benedict Orthodontics staff is always ready to answer all of your questions and help you get the most out of the treatment plan prescribed for you by Dr. Benedict!

Are Braces Right for Me?

June 13th, 2013

According to Preferred Consumer, it's estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately today, orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time.

So, with that being said, how do you know if braces are right for you? Typically your dentist will be able to point out any issues with your teeth at your regular six-month cleanings and recommend you to an orthodontist. But here are some other things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not braces could be in your future:

Crooked Teeth

As children grow, so do their teeth. And more often than not, certain teeth will grow in crooked. This isn't uncommon, as the majority of children will require some sort of teeth correction, whether that’s braces or retainers. Retainers are custom-made devices that either work to hold teeth in place or correct tooth alignment. They're often worn all day, aside from meals, at the start of the treatment period and then eventually are rolled back so they're just worn at night. Braces on the other hand are worn for at least a year and work to help straighten or position teeth.

Overbite or Underbite

The other main oral issue that orthodontics helps correct is uneven alignment, such as an underbite or an overbite. You might hear Dr. Benedict refer to this as a "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Braces can help rearrange your alignment so an overbite or underbite is less of a problem. Typically after the braces come off for this sort of treatment, patients need to wear a retainer from Benedict Orthodontics to finish the treatment.

While braces are typically associated with dental issues in children, more adults are wearing the devices as well. According to USA Today, about one in every five braces wearers are adults; a sign that it's never too late to correct any oral issues. Part of this is due to the technological advancements in orthodontics. For instance, new braces feel much better and come in a variety of styles — including clear — so they're far less obvious. Plus, the wires on braces are now made from advanced metals, which are stronger and lighter, so they get the job done much more efficiently. With so many people wearing braces these days (according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association, about four million people in the US wear braces at any given time and many more have worn them at some time in their lives), nicknames like "metal mouth" and "brace face" are almost a thing of the past. What's more, is that insurance plans are increasingly covering orthodontic treatment, making braces a much more feasible option for families on a budget.

When weighing whether or not braces are in your future, it's important to study all of your options about the styles of braces and what treatment option is best for you. Also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what is covered and what will have to be paid out of pocket. It might take a few years of treatment, but braces can give you that winning smile for the rest of your life. Call our Fishers, IN office with any questions you might have!

Don't forget your retainer this summer!

June 6th, 2013

As we start our summer, our team at Benedict Orthodontics want to remind our patients who have completed treatment that it is very important to wear your retainer as prescribed even while away for vacations and summer camps.

If you are away from home and only wearing your retainer at night, here is a helpful tip: after removing and brushing your retainer in the morning, place it back in the case and then put it with your PJ’s or on your pillow. That way you have a reminder to put your retainer back in at night.

Remember, retainers should be worn every night, not just some nights.

We wish you safe travels and adventures this summer!

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

May 30th, 2013

Your smile is unique, so your orthodontic treatment time should also be unique and customized for your special needs. In the past the average orthodontic treatment took approximately two years, but with today’s new technology and our commitment to providing the best orthodontic care in the least amount of time, we have experienced a reduction in our patients' treatment time. With the use of lighter forces, customized braces, and clear aligners, our patients experience less discomfort and shorter treatment time while achieving a great smile.

Of course, treatment time will vary depending on your specific situation. Very minor tooth movement may only take a few months to correct, while serious malocclusion (poor bite) may need more than two years to correct. Only Dr. Benedict will be able to accurately estimate the time your treatment will take. But trust us—it’ll all be worth it in the end!

Has your child or teen visited Benedict Orthodontics for an orthodontic consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help him or her begin the journey to a gorgeous smile! Please feel free to contact our Fishers, IN orthodontic office, and let us know how we can help you. We look forward to working with you and your family, and giving you the right orthodontic care that makes you smile.

Memorial Day: Parades, Remembrance, and the Unofficial Start of Summer

May 23rd, 2013

“The purpose of all war is peace.” - Saint Augustine

Fire truck sirens, baton twirlers, marching bands covering patriotic tunes, colorful floats, costumes, and millions of red, white, and blue American flags being waved in the air on a beautiful day in late May, that is what Memorial Day is all about. It is a federal holiday celebrated with town parades, remembrance, and a sense of unity and community togetherness.

Our team at Benedict Orthodontics wants to take this time to wish you and your family a happy Memorial Day, as well as pause for a moment to reflect on what this holiday means and how it has changed over time. No, this is not a history lesson, but just a couple of thoughts and observances for you to take with you on your way to the next barbecue.

On the last Monday in May, America observes Memorial Day as a time to remember and celebrate the men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces. The holiday originated after the Civil War; at that time it was known as Decoration Day. While holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter remain the same from year to year, Memorial Day has changed over time, and in the 21st century we observe a far different holiday than what Americans did after the Civil War, or even the World Wars.

While many people place flags at cemeteries and visit national memorials in order to honor those who have passed away serving the country, Memorial Day is also a time for family barbecues, pool parties, trips to the beach, blockbuster movies, long weekend getaways, and fireworks. In America, Memorial Day has come to represent the unofficial start of the summer – a long, sunny, warm weekend devoted to family togetherness, outdoor events, and community.

It is time to load up the potato salad and the apple pie and head over to the neighbor’s house for their annual barbecue. And yes, contrary to popular belief, dentists do eat sweets, especially homemade apple pie! Everything in moderation, of course.

So whether you’re in the Fishers, IN area or beyond- Happy Memorial Day to you and yours from Dr. Benedict!

Why should I visit the dentist during my treatment?

May 16th, 2013

So, you just got your braces on, and you're wondering why you should continue visiting your general dentist since you’re seeing Dr. Benedict every other month. Patients always ask us if they should continue to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment. In short, the answer is yes.

Today, we thought we would share a few reasons why it’s crucial to keep up with your regular visits with your dentist in addition to coming in for your regular adjustments at Benedict Orthodontics.

One of the best reasons to visit your dentist while you undergo orthodontic treatment is to remove plaque and tartar. Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies in which food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most, if not all, plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing clear aligner treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.

The next reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable; patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.

The final reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without any delays, visiting your dentist every six months or as recommended can go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Making sure to visit your dentist will help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off. If you do not have a general dentist and would like a recommendation on finding one in the Fishers, IN area, please give us a call or let us know at your next adjustment appointment!

Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces?

May 9th, 2013

Most of our patients at Benedict Orthodontics will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth do not fit together properly, Dr. Benedict will recommend that rubber bands be used. Dr. Benedict may also recommend using rubber bands to close or open spaces.

Rubber bands are a critical part of your treatment, and wearing them as Dr. Benedict and our team recommend will help move your teeth into the desired position. Dr. Benedict may ask you to wear your rubber bands full time, meaning that they should only be taken out when you brush and floss your teeth three times a day. Other times, you may be asked to only wear them part-time, like only during the day or only during sleep.

If you still have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, we invite you to give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment appointment. Remember, wearing rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Benedict is an important step during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces. If you lose your rubber bands or run out, stop by our Fishers, IN office and pick up more!

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

May 2nd, 2013

At Benedict Orthodontics, we know image is everything, especially for today’s teenagers. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among teenagers.

Dr. Benedict and our team will tell you one of the great ways to improve your confidence is to improve your smile. And that begins with a consultation at Benedict Orthodontics. After all, what better time to avoid having crooked teeth in your adulthood than coming in for a consultation with Dr. Benedict?

We are happy to treat today’s image-conscious teens, and invite you to give us a call to schedule an initial consultation at our convenient Fishers, IN office!

Misconceptions About Orthodontics

April 25th, 2013

While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what Benedict Orthodontics does for our patients and how exactly Dr. Benedict can help them. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontics.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about the orthodontist is that we’re just like your family dentist. The truth is, we’re actually very different. While it’s true that both orthodontists and dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, we go about achieving this goal in different ways. For instance, if you need to have a cavity filled, you probably won’t make an appointment to see me. Dentists are the health professionals to see if you’re concerned about a cavity or need a filling. A dentist can also treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.

People see an orthodontist for very particular services. Most of the patients we see on a daily basis are here because they have braces, or they need to be fitted with braces or another form of tooth-straightening device. In other words, they consult an orthodontist when they are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. As a child grows up, his or her teeth may come in crooked. This can happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important for an orthodontist to take a look at a child’s teeth at about seven years of age. At that age, it’s possible to detect any problems that have not become too advanced to treat easily. Your family dentist may also refer your child to an orthodontist once the adult teeth have fully grown in.

Another common misconception about orthodontists is that we only treat children. It’s true that when you visit an orthodontic clinic you’re apt to see a lot of young kids, but you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults. Because crooked teeth can be caused by a number of different factors, it’s entirely possible for someone to require orthodontic treatment at any age.

If you want to know more about the practice of orthodontics or what your orthodontist can do for you, then simply ask Dr. Benedict. It’s best to get answers to your specific questions directly from the person who will be treating you. While you’re sure to find Internet resources helpful, there really is no substitute for the personal attention you’ll get during your appointment in Fishers, IN.

Earth Day

April 18th, 2013

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, and a surprising 20 million people participated on that day. Ultimately, it became the largest organized celebration in US history.

Earth Day Over the Years

Over the years, the recognition of the day, and the number of people celebrating it all over the world, turned Earth Day into an international celebration. Because it is celebrated throughout the world, it is not only the largest international environmental observation, but it is also more widely celebrated than any other environmental event in the world. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 175 countries where over 500 million people participate in celebrations.

The Earth Day Movement

The Earth Day movement is credited with developing the idea that people should “think green”. It encouraged congress to enact laws, including one that resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. It also inspired the passage of the Endangered Species Act.

The Five R's and Their Importance

  • Reduce – Reduce by avoiding unnecessary purchases. Reduce your use of materials that wind up in landfills. Reduce the use of chemicals around your house. Reduce your use of disposable bags, plates, cups, eating utensils, and batteries.
  • Reuse – Instead of using plastic bags for your groceries or purchases, bring your own reusable bags. When you go to buy coffee at Starbucks, take a travel mug so you don't have to get your coffee in a disposable paper cup. Instead of storing food in disposable refrigerator containers, buy containers that can be washed and reused. Don't use regular batteries. Whenever possible, opt for rechargeable batteries that you can reuse.
  • Recycle – Most cities offer a recycling program to collect used bottles, cans, and newspapers. Recycling includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials such as fibers and manufacturing raw materials into new products.
  • Re-buy – Make an effort to purchase things that are made through recycling. When purchasing furniture, look for items that are made from reclaimed wood. When buying paper for kids school work, computer printer paper, holiday cards, or anything else, make a point of purchasing recycled paper products. Instead of buying clothing at full retail price, shop for second hand clothing. You will save a lot of money by doing so!
  • Rethink – Rethink the way you do things so that you do them in an eco-conscious way at all times. Instead of driving to work alone, consider taking the bus or going in a carpool. Walk or ride your bike when you're only going a short distance. Plan your shopping trips and errand runs so that you can do everything on one day, and do it in a way where you can save time and gas.

Other ways to "think green" include growing your own food, composting yard waste and food scraps, or by participating in local recycling programs. Join a group like Freecycle so you can share your unneeded and unwanted possessions with people who can use them. Likewise, you'll be able to get things you need or want for free.

Earth Day teaches people that the planet belongs to everyone, so everyone is equally responsible for protecting it. Although Earth Day is an environmental celebration, our team at Benedict Orthodontics wants to remind you that you don't have to wait until then to make changes that will allow you and your family to live a greener life.

Happy Earth Day from the team at Benedict Orthodontics.

Play it Safe this Spring

April 16th, 2013

It's springtime and it's again time to remind our patients at Benedict Orthodontics to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.

If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper-fitting mouthguard. Mouthguards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions.

Having a mouthguard can make the difference between losing your teeth or not, and because many of our patients who play high school sports have jaws that are still growing, last year’s mouthguard may no longer fit as it should. Dr. Benedict and our team at Benedict Orthodontics can fit you for a new guard.

To learn more about mouthguards or for general questions about your treatment at our Fishers, IN office, please give us a call!

Welcome to Our Blog

October 17th, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice. Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctor and staff – we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

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