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Think You’re Too Old for Clear Aligners? Here’s Why You’re Not!

April 20, 2023

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Mature woman smiling while holding clear aligner

If you looked into straightening your teeth decades ago, you might have been told that metal brackets and wires were the only solution. Today, that’s far from the case. Clear aligners are custom-made for each patient, and they are as effective as they are discreet. There’s another perk: they are suitable for patients of all ages! With this in mind, keep reading to learn why you’re not too old for clear aligners.


Why Your Child Should Wear a Mouthguard

February 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 4:19 am
kids playing soccer in field

When it comes to keeping your child’s smile healthy, teaching them about the importance of brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet is key. Even with this knowledge, accidents can still happen. If they play contact sports or get a little too rowdy on the playground, they may end up getting popped in the mouth. Keep reading to learn about the importance of dental mouthguards and how they can protect your little one from trauma to their teeth and other oral structures.


How to Prevent & Manage Mouth Sores with Braces

January 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 5:09 am
a woman happily smiling with braces and no mouth sores

Traditional braces have been the most common—and successful– orthodontic treatment for many years to achieve a straighter, aligned smile! From minor gapping to severely rotated teeth, they can fix a range of dental issues. Although braces can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, it’s no secret that they also can cause mouth sores. Read on to learn tips on how to prevent and manage mouth sores caused by braces.


3 Tips for Eating Holiday Meals with Braces 

December 18, 2022

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There are a lot of things to keep up with during the holidays. From travel arrangements to preparing the guest bedrooms for loved ones, things can get hectic quickly. On top of that, there’s also the food. Cooking special holiday meals takes a lot of preparation, but the end result is worth it. Even so, eating during the holidays looks a little different if you have braces. Continue reading to learn three helpful tips that will make eating holiday meals with braces a breeze.


Stocking Stuffers for Kids with Braces

November 22, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 8:40 pm
Christmas stockings hung by the fire.

Stockings are iconic to the holiday season, but along with them come some treats that aren’t great for your child’s metal braces. The sweets that normally become stocking stuffers can potentially snap a wire or pop a bracket. If you want to protect your child’s teeth and engage in this tradition, here are some things that could take the place of sticky sweets this year.


Tips for Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

October 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 5:53 pm

Patient with orthodontic emergencyDid you know 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18? It’s never too late to invest in a healthy, straight smile with traditional braces. Following your orthodontist’s instructions, like brushing and flossing, will prevent any delays in your journey to a better smile; however, accidents can happen. Although you might not expect any orthodontic emergencies, it’s best to plan ahead just in case. Here’s what you need to know to prevent an orthodontic emergency from interrupting your day.


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.


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.


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.


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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