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Why Are My Teeth Shifting After Having Braces?

September 21, 2020

Uh oh! It’s been a few years since you’ve completed orthodontic treatment and you’re wondering why your...

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Why It’s Safe to See a Virtual Orthodontist

September 17, 2020

Many people are weary about the idea of seeing a virtual orthodontist. Here at Cardinal Orthodontics, we...

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Braces Friendly Halloween Candy | Candies to Avoid

September 16, 2020

One of the biggest questions kids with braces have in October is, “Can I eat Halloween candy?”...

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How Braces and Invisalign Straighten Teeth | iTero Element Scanner

September 1, 2020

If you are interested in learning more about Braces or Invisalign, give our office a call at...

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What Is Snap on Smile and Is It the Best Option for Me?

August 31, 2020

“Snap on Smile” is a new craze in today’s society that will give people a temporary smile...

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Cardinal Orthodontics | Your Rock Hill Orthodontist for Kids

July 30, 2020

Cardinal Orthodontics is excited to be your new Rock Hill Orthodontist for kids! Although we treat people...

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5 Daily Habits that will Boost Dental Health

June 3, 2020

If you’re looking for ways to boost your dental health, look no further! Here are some daily...

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Why Getting Braces During The Summer Is a Great Option

May 26, 2020

Getting braces during the summer might not seem like the most fun option, but there really is...

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How to Properly Brush and Floss With Braces | Tutorial

May 11, 2020

We know that brushing and flossing with braces can be tricky – and more time consuming! We...

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Cardinal Orthodontics COVID-19 Update | July 2020

April 29, 2020

Cardinal Orthodontics Patient, At Cardinal, we are doing everything we can to keep our patients and team...

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Cardinal Orthodontics COVID-19 Update | April 14th, 2020

April 14, 2020

Cardinal Orthodontics Family, I trust that all of you are staying well during this public health crisis. All...

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Caring for Your Smile in Between Orthodontic Appointments

April 7, 2020

With our offices being closed due to the mandated COVID-19 stay-at-home order, more and more people are...

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Orthodontic Insurance | Does Your Plan Offer Coverage?

March 27, 2020

All insurances and insurance plans are different. Some offer orthodontic insurance coverage, while others do not. At...

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How Much Do Braces Cost at Cardinal Orthodontics?

March 24, 2020

One of the most asked questions we get during a patient’s new exam appointment with our office...

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Free Video Exams From the Comfort of Your Own Home

March 18, 2020

Did you know Cardinal Orthodontics offers complimentary video exams? That’s right! You can learn about your orthodontic...

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Your Family Favorite St. Louis Orthodontist | Cardinal Orthodontics

January 15, 2020

If you’re looking to improve your smile and are in need of a St. Louis Orthodontist, we’re...

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What Is an X-Ray and How Is It Used in Orthodontics?

January 2, 2020

An x-ray, also called a radiograph, is an imaging test regularly utilized in medical and dental fields....

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What Are Braces Made of and How Do They Work?

December 16, 2019

As Orthodontists, we are often asked, “what are braces made of?” and, “how do they work?” The...

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Overbite, Underbite, and Crossbite… What Do These Bite Disorders Mean?

November 27, 2019

Overbites, underbites and crossbites are all different types of malocclusion or bite disorders. Most of the time...

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Do I Need Braces? | Signs That Orthodontics Will Benefit Your Smile

November 12, 2019

“Do I NEED braces?” The best way to determine whether or not you and/or your child needs...

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Orthodontist in St. Louis

October 30, 2019

Knowing what questions to ask when choosing an orthodontist for you or child will make the process...

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month | Celebrate Your Smile

October 15, 2019

Since October is national dental hygiene month, we’d like to express extreme gratitude to all the hard...

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Building Self-Confidence at Cardinal Orthodontics

September 30, 2019

Building self-confidence at Cardinal Orthodontics is what we enjoy the most about coming to work everyday! We...

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What to Pack in School Lunch for Children With Braces

September 3, 2019

It’s no secret that back-to-school time can be a bit stressful for both kids and parents. However,...

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All About Your Wisdom Teeth | How They Affect Your Oral Health

August 28, 2019

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last of your teeth to erupt in your mouth....

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Risks of DIY Teeth Alignment| Direct to Consumer Orthodontics

August 14, 2019

“Braces from home!” “DIY Teeth Alignment”…you’ve seen these advertisements all over the internet and television; it’s the...

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What You Need to Know About Wearing a Sports Mouth Guard with Braces

August 1, 2019

Mouth guards are used to protect the teeth from damage or injury in contact sports, especially for people...

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Braces-Friendly Foods to Enjoy This Summer

July 17, 2019

Summer is a great time of year! Relaxing, vacations, and enjoying fun barbecues with friends and family....

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The Benefits of Rinsing with Warm Salt Water

June 11, 2019

Many Orthodontists and Dentists suggest rinsing with warm salt water 2-3 times a day during the first...

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Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

June 6, 2019

We all know that brushing your teeth is very important in order to maintain good oral health,...

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What to Expect at Your Orthodontic Appointment

May 13, 2019

Cardinal Orthodontics has two convenient office locations in the St. Louis metro area. Our Orthodontist and team...

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Panoramic Dental X-rays in Orthodontics | Why They are Important

May 1, 2019

Panoramic dental x-rays are most commonly used by orthodontic specialists in the field of dentistry as a...

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What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Overall Health

April 24, 2019

We all know that our tongue helps us chew and swallow food properly, but did you know...

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Emergencies vs. Non-Emergencies in Orthodontics

April 18, 2019

Knowing what is considered an emergency and non-emergency with braces will potentially save you unnecessary trips to...

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Expose and Ligation Procedure on Impacted Teeth

April 3, 2019

Sometimes teeth do not form properly and can end up getting stuck or “impacted” below the gum...

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Dental Cleanings Before, During, and After Orthodontic Treatment

March 28, 2019

It is a common assumption while a person is undergoing orthodontic treatment that they do not need...

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Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment | Free Retainers For Life!

March 18, 2019

Why wearing a retainer is so important It’s not uncommon for people to go through orthodontic treatment...

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The Importance of Fluoride in Toothpaste & Mouthwash

February 27, 2019

What is Fluoride? At Cardinal Orthodontics, we recommend the use of any toothpaste or mouthwash that contains...

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The Purpose of Rubber Bands in Orthodontic Treatment

February 20, 2019

Has your orthodontist recommended the use of rubber bands (elastics) in orthodontic treatment but you aren’t sure...

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Invisalign for Teens | Why It’s Becoming More Popular

February 19, 2019

Did you know that Invisalign for teens is becoming more and more popular every day? Many people...

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Cardinal Orthodontics Best of Webster Groves Award

February 6, 2019

Cardinal Orthodontics Receives Best of Webster Groves Award Cardinal Orthodontics has been selected for the 2018 Best of...

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What to Expect When Getting Braces On

Many people are unsure what to expect when getting their braces on. It can be a very...

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The Difference Between Clear and Metal Braces

January 31, 2019

What is the difference between clear and metal braces? This is a common question among new patients...

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The Purpose of Spacers in Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontists use spacers during the beginning stages of treatment to help open up a couple millimeters of...

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Effects of Thumb Sucking Habits

January 29, 2019

My child is sucking their thumb. Is this normal? Sucking on thumbs or pacifiers is a natural,...

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Keeping Good Oral Hygiene While in Braces

Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces can be difficult, but not impossible. There are many different...

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Wearing a Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment

Did you just get your braces off? Don’t forget to wear your retainer! A retainer is a...

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What is Decalcification?

January 28, 2019

What is Decalcification? Decalcification, or “Decal” is the permanent weakening and erosion of the tooth’s enamel (the...

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What to Expect at your First Orthodontic Visit

January 23, 2019

First Orthodontic Visit Your first visit to Cardinal Orthodontics is an exciting time! It is a chance...

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When Is the Right Time to See an Orthodontist?

January 21, 2019

Parents often wonder when the right time is for their child to see an Orthodontist.  It can...

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Scheduling a Virtual Consultation at Cardinal Orthodontics

October 15, 2018

Virtual Consultations at Cardinal Orthodontics                         ...

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Braces or Invisalign?

September 24, 2018

Braces or Invisalign? Learn which Treatment Option is Best for You. Looking to straighten your smile, but...

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What is the iTero Element and How Does it Create 3D Impressions?

November 22, 2017

The iTero Element is a 3D computer-imaging technology used to digitally scan your teeth and provide a...

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Cardinal Orthodontics Free Retainers for Life Program

August 17, 2017

Free Retainers for Life! In honor of our partnership with Dr. Peter Crump, Cardinal Orthodontics is pleased...

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What is Peridontal Disease

July 31, 2017

Periodontal disease is a very common condition which affects the gums and periodontal structures in the mouth....

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What Age Do I Need to Get Braces?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get in our practice, and perhaps the...

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