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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.

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Tips for Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies

October 23, 2022

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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.

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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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 8:48 pm

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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