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How do I Care for My Orthodontic Expander?

April 11, 2018

Young boy with bracesIf you are undergoing orthodontic treatment using a palatal expander, it’s essential to take care of these appliances to maintain your optimal level of oral health throughout your orthodontic treatment plan Proper care for a non-removable oral appliance like a traditional orthodontic expander can take some extra time, but as long as you stay on top of regularly cleaning your appliance, there should be no adverse effects on your oral health. Since many patients who receive a palatal expander are very young, it’s important for parents to be aware of these at-home oral health care needs as well. In this post, we’ll discuss, in detail, how to best care for your smile while receiving treatment with an orthodontic expander.

Need a Smile Makeover? Visit Your Orthodontist in McMurray!

March 10, 2018

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woman smiling with braces on teethWhen you were growing up, picture day at school was never one of your favorites. That’s because you’ve always been self-conscious of your bite problems (malocclusion). Now that you’re an adult, you’ve discovered that the issues go beyond just aesthetics. Your malocclusion could lead to jaw problems, affects the way you speak and the digestion of your food. You need a tried and true method to make corrections, which is why your orthodontist in McMurray says that braces are the best route to take. Continue reading to learn more about the process.


7 Tips to Prevent Staining of Your Braces of McMurray

February 12, 2018

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woman smiling wearing clear bracesFor years you’ve suffered from not having the smile that you’ve desired, but you now have a chance to straighten your misaligned teeth in a way that won’t leave you feeling like the whole world is staring at your mouth. With ceramic braces of McMurray, you’ll be able to gain the look that you’ve always desired in a discreet way, but your dentist warns that although they are clear, they can be stained if not properly cared for. So as you continue reading, learn what the 7 best practices to prevent discoloration.


What Should I do if I break or lose My Retainer?

January 23, 2018

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A woman holding two types of orthodontic retainers.As you are getting ready for bed, you notice that your retainer has gone missing. This is strange since you just wore it last night. Then you notice what seems to be a chewed up piece of it in the corner of your bathroom – looks like your puppy may have found a new chew toy. What do you do now? Is wearing your retainer really that important now that your braces are off? Your orthodontist in McMurray has answers.


See Your McMurray Orthodontist for Braces in the New Year!

November 8, 2017

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A woman with braces.Year after year, you look over previous yearbook photos, photos from the holidays, and now this most recent New Year’s Eve. You look at your wide, closed smile in each one and think “I want to show off my teeth this year.” With 2018 just around the corner, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your McMurray orthodontist.

With so many new options to choose from, you’ll quickly find the treatment that best suits your needs. Before your next orthodontist appointment, consider a few of the following treatments to discuss with your doctor.


Fix Your Broken Bracket with Your Orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh

October 25, 2017

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Young woman with bracesWhile on your journey to a straight smile, you expect it to be smooth and simple. However, there may come a time when you think that a bracket or wire may have broken or come loose. In some cases, the issue can be noticeable while other times you might feel as though something just is not right. When this occurs, your first instinct may be to panic because you do not want anything to interrupt the progress of your treatment. When the unexpected happens, the first thing you need to do is calm down and assess the situation. Then, contact your orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh for an appointment.

Your Local Orthodontist Says “Just Drink More Water!”

September 23, 2017

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woman smiling braces flossingBraces can change your life for the better. But the success of your treatment depends on how well you take care of your teeth. That goes for brushing your teeth regularly, flossing between each and every tooth, and visiting your dentist.

Many people may not realize that what you eat and drink affects your oral health. Your orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh is here to help you understand what to avoid to optimize your straightening treatment.


Orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh on Back to School

August 27, 2017

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young girl gets a dental examThe school bell has rung and it’s time for another new year — how is your little one adjusting to the new schedule? Your orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh, Dr. Gary Cartwright, knows August can be a tough transition time for little ones, and their dental health and hygiene may fall by the wayside during the adjustment phase. Our team has put together a checklist to help make sure they stay happy and healthy for another successful school year! Keep reading for our top 5 back-to-school smile tips.


Orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh Explains Insurance Coverage for Orthodontics

July 29, 2017

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Concerned about your insurance benefits for orthodontics? Your orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh explains how it works.You’re tired of living with crooked teeth! You’ve thought about straightening your teeth, but a few things hold you back such as wearing braces, and the cost. The good news is there are discreet options for adults, and many dental insurance plans often offer coverage for orthodontics! Your orthodontist in South Hills of Pittsburgh explains how coverage works and why it’s important to straighten your teeth.


Dentists Vs. Orthodontists for Metal Braces in Cannonsburg

June 21, 2017

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Cartwright Orthodontics specializes in braces in Cannonsburg. Your oral health should never be taken lightly. It doesn’t matter if you have minor or severe health concerns. That’s why it’s important to choose the right professional when considering getting braces in Cannonsburg. You may think it’s just fine to visit your local general dentist. In reality, you should really be searching for an orthodontist that can provide the services you need and back you with expert knowledge in the alignment of your smile. Let’s compare a general dentist’s specialties to an orthodontist’s and see which is right for you.


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