Cartwright Orthodontics Blog
April 23, 2021
Did you know that braces are nearly 300 years old? Although the design looks archaic now, it was the jumping-off point for the metal brackets and wires that have helped countless patients enjoy a better bite, a more aesthetically pleasing smile, and improved oral health. Unfortunately, many social media trends and mail-order aligner companies are touting that you can enjoy the same benefits for a fraction of the cost with their “hack” or product. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are the real dangers of DIY orthodontics.(more…)
March 19, 2021
If you participate in sports or any other physical activity, you may feel like orthodontics simply aren’t a viable option. Can you still play sports with braces? Will your orthodontics affect how well you play? These are valid questions that deserve answers. That’s why your orthodontist has included some important information on sports and braces as well as what you can expect during your orthodontic treatment. Read on to learn more!(more…)
January 31, 2021
Today, if we have a question about anything from how to take care of a plant to how to make a healthy dinner, there is one place everyone turns: Google. So, when beginning the hunt for the right orthodontist to help you transform your smile, it’s natural to start by typing “orthodontist near me” into the search bar. However, after looking through pages and pages of search results, you may be wondering what exactly it is that you are looking for. To make the research process significantly less anxiety-inducing, here are a few tips to help!(more…)
March 24, 2020
During the Covid-19 outbreak, all dentists and orthodontists are closed for nonessential treatments. However, your orthodontist is still accepting emergency cases during this time to keep you healthy and safe. They have also included some important information about how to recognize the Coronavirus, how to minimize your risk, and what you should do if you’re having an orthodontic emergency. Keep reading to learn more about Covid-19 as well as how your orthodontist can still help you smile.
February 19, 2020
March is a time where snow begins to melt away and the sun starts shining. However, it also marks National Children’s Dental Health Month—an effort to spread awareness about the importance of oral healthcare for kids. In this spirit, your orthodontist in McMurray wants you to understand just how vital it is that your son or daughter gets braces when necessary. Keep reading to see how braces can give your child much more than an attractive smile.
October 29, 2019
In your teens, there are three main ways to satisfy your sweet tooth during Halloween: pick from the candy bowl at home while also passing it out, take your little siblings trick-or-treating and then snag a few of your favorites, or go trick-or-treating with friends. The only problem is, you don’t want to break a bracket or wire on your braces, because that will only set your treatment timeline back, and you’re really looking forward to getting them off. It’s best to avoid certain types of candy that could damage or harm your braces, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy any of the sweets or festivities. Read on to find out everything you need to know about taking care of your orthodontic appliance during the holidays. (more…)
September 20, 2019
If you have braces, you have to see your orthodontist often for checkups. At these appointments, your orthodontist will adjust the wire that goes around your arch to align your teeth. Sometimes this procedure can result in mild discomfort or pain. Don’t worry, this is completely normal. Let’s look at 6 helpful tips to ease the pain of getting your braces tightened.
August 8, 2019
At this time of the year, it’s likely that you’re busy running errands and making any last-minute purchases before school starts. In the midst of making the final preparations, your dentist in McMurray says don’t forget about your child’s oral health. If he or she is around the age of seven, then it’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic visit before the new school year starts. Therefore, if there are any bite issues that need to be corrected, your child’s orthodontic dentist can develop a plan of action before the new semester gets underway.
July 12, 2019
Everyone knows orthodontic treatments come with their own unique problems, but you never thought you’d say the words “I need help! I just swallowed part of my braces.” How do you even go about solving that obscure of a problem? Who do you go to for help? How does that even happen in the first place? An orthodontist in McMurray is setting out to answer all of your braces-swallowing questions. Read on to get the lowdown on what to do in case of an orthodontic emergency. (more…)
April 11, 2019
Most people aren’t aware that they need to wear a mouthguard while they’re in braces. But it’s actually even more important than usual to protect your teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment! After all, you don’t want to spend time and effort to straighten your smile, only to knock out a tooth or sustain another injury. At Cartwright Orthodontics, we’re so convinced of the value of a mouthguard that we provide one at no charge for every patient when they get braces in Bethel Park. Find out more below about how mouthguards prevent injuries and which type of mouthguard is the most effective!