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How to Respond If You Break Your Braces

August 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 7:33 am
A patient covering her broken braces

When you experience broken braces, your first instinct might be to panic. After all, aren’t these metal brackets and wires supposed to be really sturdy? The fact that they suddenly broke must mean something is seriously wrong with your treatment! However, this reaction is neither helpful nor called for. It’d be better if you took the necessary steps to fix your problem. Luckily, your McMurray dentist is here to help that happen. Read on to learn four things you should do if your braces malfunction.

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5 Tips for Removing Your Clear Aligners

May 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 5:06 pm
Woman removing her clear aligners.

When it comes to quickly and subtly improving your smile, few options are as impressive as clear aligners. Provided you do things correctly, they can effectively fix misaligned and crooked teeth and give you a straighter, healthier set of pearly whites. However, even though it’s crucial to wear your aligners for about 22 hours a day, there will still be times when you’ll need to take them out. But there’s nothing to worry about—this is easier than it sounds! Keep reading to learn about five tips that will help you safely and correctly remove your aligners without compromising your treatment.

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How to Respond If Your Child Has Knocked Out a Tooth

April 4, 2022

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When your child is gleeful about the new gap in their grin and excitedly awaiting a visit from the Tooth Fairy, it doesn’t get much cuter than that. But what if your child knocked out a tooth unexpectedly? While this can be scary for your youngster in the moment, it can be stressful for you too. Like anything that happens without being anticipated, it’s always better to have a plan. Keep reading to find out from an orthodontist in McMurray what you should do immediately after the tooth loss as well as learn how your child’s emergency dentist can restore their smile to a pain-free state.

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4 Ways to Care For Your Clear Aligners

February 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 1:45 pm
clear aligners in a person’s hand

Now that you have clear aligners, you are probably curious as to how you should take proper care of them. Because they’re a flexible orthodontic solution that allows you to remove them before eating and drinking, it’s essential that you understand what steps you should take to ensure the health and safety of these clear trays. In this article, we’ll look at four ways you can take better care of your smile and your aligners and avoid a possible delay in treatment.

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Can Your Old Retainer Realign Your Teeth?

January 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 8:15 pm
retainer in woman’s hand

After finishing your Invisalign treatment, you’ll be given a retainer to help preserve your hard-earned results. It’s incredibly important that you wear it as instructed by your orthodontist. Otherwise, your newly straightened teeth will start to gradually shift back to their original misaligned positions. If you weren’t diligent about wearing your retainer the first time around, you might be wondering if using it again will help realign your teeth. Read on to learn why you should consult with your dentist or orthodontist before you think about using your old retainer again.

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5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Clear Aligners

October 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 8:56 pm
Woman smiling while putting in clear braces

Thanks to advancements in the field of orthodontics, straightening your teeth no longer requires you to wear metal brackets and dark-colored wires. Now, you can use discreet, effective, comfortable clear braces to do the job! With that being said, it’s important to do your research when determining which teeth-straightening treatment is right for you. So, keep reading to learn five things you should know before getting clear braces.

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You Asked, We Answered: Does Dental Insurance Cover Orthodontic Treatments?

August 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 12:52 pm
Dental insurance paperwork lying next to glasses and X-ray

Do you know how many children undergo orthodontic treatment each year in the United States alone? 3.9 million! So, it’s safe to assume that your child will need braces at some point. Since teeth-straightening services, like traditional braces and Invisalign, can be quite an investment, many parents wonder, “Does dental insurance cover orthodontic treatments?” Keep reading to find out!

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4 Things to Know About Getting Braces as an Adult (Part 2)

July 23, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 6:55 pm
Adult woman smiling with braces

Having never gotten braces as a teenager, you’ve long resigned yourself to a life with uneven teeth. But recently, you’ve found out that orthodontic treatment for adults is a lot more common than you thought. In fact, every year over a million adults get braces to address any number of cosmetic or oral health concerns. So, are they right for you? Below are 4 key things you’ll need to keep in mind before you commit to braces as an adult.

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4 Things to Know About Getting Braces as an Adult (Part 1)

June 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 5:38 am
Woman with braces

Do you have teeth that are crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned? Fortunately, even adults can opt for orthodontic treatment to correct this. Getting adult braces in McMurray isn’t complicated or impossible like many people think. However, you likely want to know what to expect before you commit to them. Continue reading to learn more about orthodontic treatment as an adult. This way, you will be prepared for your treatment.

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The Real Dangers of DIY Braces & Mail-Order Aligners

April 23, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 2:14 pm
Scared woman covering her smile with her sweater

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.

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