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5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Clear Aligners

October 31, 2021

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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.


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

August 21, 2021

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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!


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

July 23, 2021

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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.


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

June 22, 2021

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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.


The Real Dangers of DIY Braces & Mail-Order Aligners

April 23, 2021

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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.


Can You Play Sports with Orthodontics? Find Out Here!

March 19, 2021

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Young male who is taking out mouthguard after physical activity

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!


5 Must-Know Tips For Finding The Best Orthodontist For You

January 31, 2021

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Woman researching orthodontists on laptop in apartment

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!


Covid-19: Here’s How to Handle the Current Situation

March 24, 2020

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Closeup of boy smiling with bracesDuring 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.


The Surprising Importance of Orthodontics for Kids

February 19, 2020

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Girl in pink shirt smiling with braces

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.


Surviving Halloween With Braces

October 29, 2019

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sheet ghost longboardingIn 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…)

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