Benedict Orthodontics

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

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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.

Don't brush after EVERY meal!

June 24th, 2016

This may come as a surprise, but brushing your teeth right after a meal can be one of the worst things you can do for your healthy teeth. A toothbrush can be considered an assault weapon against your smile if used immediately after eating certain foods.

Enamel is like the tooth’s shield. It is a hard mineral exterior on each of your teeth. In reality, enamel is the hardest part of the human body—even stronger than bone! I like to regard it as a “super-structure.” But every superhero has a weakness, and enamel’s kryptonite is acid.

A healthy tooth lives in a mouth that has a proper pH balance. When that balance tips from alkaline to acidic, a harmful process called demineralization begins. Demineralization occurs when acids attack and soften the tooth surface. Pores and fissures form and harmful bacteria move in.

With each bite of food or drink, our mouth pH fluctuates. Highly acidic foods tip the balance of your mouth from a healthy alkaline to a dangerous acid. Here are some examples of those sources of acid: citrus fruits, soda, and sugary foods. There are certainly many others, but these are the most common.

So how does brushing your teeth immediately after a meal make this process even worse?

After eating highly acidic foods, your teeth are susceptible to damage. When you brush your teeth in this weakened state you are actually damaging your enamel. The abrasive bristles of the brush wear away the protective surface of the teeth. You should avoid brushing for at least an hour, or take other, simple preventive measures immediately following a meal.

First, rinse with or drink clear water. Then chew some sugarless gum. Both of these practices will produce saliva, restore a healthy pH level in your mouth, and coat your teeth with nourishing minerals. Out of all the sugarless gums available, the best of the best are those that list xylitol as the first ingredient. Another option is to consume cheese, milk, or another non-acidic food or drink to conclude your meal.

After you have given your mouth time to return to a healthy pH, feel free to brush your teeth. Just keep in mind that any time you eat acidic foods, you weaken your teeth. Make sure not to worsen the problem by brushing immediately after dining and damaging your teeth even more. Questions? Call us at Benedict Orthodontics.

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.

Foods that Can Harm Enamel

June 17th, 2016

Many people who are careful about brushing and flossing their teeth wonder how they still end up with cavities or tooth decay. Several factors affect wear and tear on tooth enamel. Diet is a major factor, with certain foods increasing the likelihood that your enamel will become discolored or decayed. Pay close attention to the foods you eat to keep your pearly whites looking healthy and clean.

What causes enamel damage?

Tooth enamel refers to the hard, semi-translucent, whitish part of the tooth that shows above your gums. The enamel is primarily composed of minerals that are strong but susceptible to highly acidic foods. When acid reacts with the minerals in enamel, it results in tooth decay. Strongly pigmented foods can also damage enamel by discoloring the surface of the tooth.

Foods that harm enamel

Acidic foods are the greatest source of enamel damage. To determine whether a food is acidic, look up its pH. Scientists use pH, on a one-to-seven scale, to define the relative acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Foods with low pH levels, between a one and three, are high in acidity and may damage your enamel. Foods with high pH levels, such as a six or seven, are far less likely to cause enamel harm.

So which foods should you avoid? Many fruits are high in acidity, including lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and apples. The high sugar and acid content in soda makes it another huge contributor to enamel decay. Moderately acidic foods include pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, cottage cheese, maple syrup, yogurt, raisins, pickles, and honey. The foods that are least likely to cause enamel damage include milk, most cheeses, eggs, and water.

Beverages such as red wine and coffee also damage the enamel by discoloring it. Although stains do not necessarily undermine the integrity of your teeth, they can be unsightly.

What can I do to prevent enamel damage?

Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to prevent your enamel from discoloring or decaying. The easiest way to avoid decay is to steer clear of high-acidity foods. This may not always be possible, but eliminating sugary fruit juices and soda from your diet is a good start. Brushing your teeth after each meal and flossing frequently also preserves your enamel. Another good idea is to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after eating to wash away high-acidity particles.

Although enamel damage is common, it does not have to be an inevitable occurrence. Knowing the foods that harm your teeth gives you the tools to prevent discoloration and decay. With some easy preventive measures, your teeth will stay strong and white for years to come! Give us a call at Benedict Orthodontics to learn more!

Anxiety, Phobia, and Fear of the Dentist

May 27th, 2016

Not many people look forward to going to the dentist, especially if you already know that you need dental work done. A small amount of anxiety is one thing, but dental phobia, or odontophobia, is something else entirely. It is an irrational fear of going to the dentist. If you have it, you might be unable to force yourself to go to the dentist, even if you are suffering from bad tooth pain. The effects of dental phobia can be serious, but there are ways to overcome your fear of the dentist to help you achieve and maintain good oral health.

Causes of Dental Phobia

You can develop dental phobia for a variety of reasons, including the following.

  • Fear of pain, which you might acquire based on others’ horror stories of their trips to the dentist.
  • Fear of needles, such as those used to provide anesthesia.
  • A previous bad experience, when something went wrong and pain was intolerable.
  • Lack of control from not knowing what is happening or how uncomfortable a procedure might be.

Consequences of Dental Phobia

Avoiding the dentist can have long-term consequences. When caught early, tooth decay is easily stopped with a minor filling. If you let the decay go, you can end up losing your tooth and have chronic pain. A dentist can also check for early signs of gum disease, which, if left untreated, could lead to losing one or more teeth.

Even if you do not have a particular problem, going to a dentist for regular cleanings is a good idea because the hygienist can point out where you need to brush better and remove the plaque from your teeth.

Getting Over Fear of the Dentist

Most patients with dental phobia can get over their condition. These are some approaches that Dr. Benedict and our team recommend:

  • Explain each step of the process
  • Let you know that you can stop the procedure at any time
  • Encourage you to come with a family member or friend
  • Help you with deep breathing techniques

My mouth is dry. What can I do?

May 13th, 2016

Nobody likes a dry mouth. It is an uncomfortable and sometimes oddly unexplainable sensation that most people like to avoid. It is not a condition that automatically sends you into a panic about your health, however, a dry mouth can be a bother and something you certainly want to change if possible. So, if you find yourself in the unpleasant position of having a dry mouth, here is what you can do.

Chew Sugar-free Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva in your mouth. The chewing motion of your jaw and teeth should take care of at least some of your dry mouth problem.

Suck on Sugar-free Candy: Similarly to chewing sugar free gum, if you suck on sugar free candy it should create more saliva in your mouth and moisturize it in the process.

Cut out the Caffeine:Caffeine can contribute to a dry mouth so by limiting, or eliminating your intake all together, you may find that your dry mouth is no more.

Stop Using Tobacco Products: Tobacco is another cause of dry mouth. Whether it is smokeless tobacco products or cigarettes, if you stop using them your dry mouth will likely improve. And not to forget, these products are exceedingly bad for your oral health to begin with, so you will be doing your mouth a favor even more so.

Drink Lots of Water: It may seem obvious, but drinking lots of water will likely improve your dry mouth. This is because dry mouth is usually a sign of dehydration, so plenty of fluids will surely help.

Dry mouth can be unpleasant, but it is often easily solved by either drinking more water, or trying one of the previously mentioned techniques. If the problem still persists you can always visit our Fishers, IN office to see Dr. Benedict. More often than not, doing one of the above will leave your mouth more moisturized than it was previously, and hopefully it will be long-lasting as well.

How can I protect my child's teeth during sports?

April 22nd, 2016

Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally worry about your child’s health and safety. Your job goes beyond providing a water bottle and making sure your child follows the rules of the game.

Although you may not think of your child’s teeth first when you think about sports, accidents can happen that affect your children’s teeth. A stray hockey stick, an errant basketball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are examples of ways a child could lose a tooth. In fact, studies show that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year.

Becoming a Better Athlete to Protect Teeth

Becoming a better athlete involves refining skills, learning the rules of the game, and being a good sport. These components are not just about winning. They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the blacktop, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is one way to protect teeth.

Proper Protective Equipment for Teeth

If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards fit your child’s mouth and consist of soft plastic. Dr. Benedict can custom fit a mouthguard if generic ones are uncomfortable. While children may resist wearing a mouthguard initially, your persistence in insisting that they wear it should be enough to convince them. A helmet or face mask provides additional protection.

While prevention is best, rapid treatment can improve the situation if your child does happen to lose a tooth during sports. Rapid implantation can work in about ten percent of cases. To learn about ways to save a lost tooth, contact our Fishers, IN office.

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

March 11th, 2016

Millions of people, around Fishers, IN and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt, sport a St. Patrick’s Day button, or wear a pair of emerald-hued shoes, if you’re an avid St. Patty’s Day enthusiast you may want to try something different this year. Dr. Benedict thought of a few ideas that will help you take your holiday spirit to the next level:

Visit Chicago’s Green River

If you happen to be near the Windy City during St. Patrick’s Day or you’re thinking of planning a trip, don’t miss out on going downtown to watch the large-scale celebration that kicks off when the city dyes the river bright green. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago has been celebrating the holiday with this tradition for more than 50 years, with tens of thousands of people gathering annually to witness the mysterious dying process and the stunning result.

Don Green Face Paint

Just like an avid sports fan on game day, you can use green face paints to showcase your enthusiasm for this holiday. Avoid breakouts or allergic reactions by only using paints that are specifically meant to be applied to the skin. A little bit of face paint can cover a large area, so feel free to get creative and decorate the whole family on St. Patrick’s Day.

Eat Green All Day

Not a fan of green eggs and ham? With the increasing popularity of green smoothies, there’s no better time to get in on this health craze. To create a green smoothie without the aid of food coloring, you can simply blend a generous amount of a leafy green vegetable, such as spinach or kale, with the ingredients that you would typically use to make a smoothie, like fruit, ice, milk, or juice. Keep the trend going throughout the day by using those same vegetables to create a green soup, egg salad, or a batch of bright green pastries. As an added bonus, you’ll get a healthy dose of vitamins without changing the taste of most of these foods.

If your old holiday routine has gotten stale, leave your green T-shirt in the drawer and try one or all of these tips. Don’t be surprised if you have so much fun that you decide to start a new, annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition! Have a happy St. Paddy’s day from Benedict Orthodontics!

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October 17th, 2012

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