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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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Can Teenagers Get Invisalign?

February 19, 2019

Today, more and more teens are opting for Invisalign orthodontic treatment over traditional metal braces. When Invisalign...

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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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How to floss with braces
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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iTero element scanner
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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Periodontal disease
If I have periodontal disease, can I still get braces?

July 31, 2017

What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is a gum disease that infects the gums and the bone...

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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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