Why We're Different

We understand patients have several options when it comes to choosing an orthodontist. Here are just a few of reasons why we are different than other Erie, PA orthodontic offices.

All Treatment is Done by Dr. Cardot

Only Dr. Cardot does all the treatment - one patient at a time. From the placement of braces to their removal at the completion of care, he does it all. Dr. Cardot believes that patients receive the best results when personally treated by the orthodontist.

During orthodontic treatment, teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed. Therefore, it is important to have the treatment appropriately and properly completed by an orthodontist. An orthodontic specialist, such as Dr. Cardot, has the training, experience, and treatment options to make sure patients get their best smiles. An orthodontist is the only dental professional who has formal orthodontic training in a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association and has completed at least a 2-3 year ADA-accredited orthodontic residency – a total of 7 years of training.

Intraoral Scanner

No more gagging during an uncomfortable putty impression. Dr. Cardot has taken his practice to the next level in patient care and comfort by investing in a new, state-of-the-art intraoral scanner.

Titanium Orthos® Braces

Dr. Cardot exclusively uses titanium braces and wires. The Titanium Orthos® system provides our patients with:

  • A natural smile, not an “artificial” smile
  • Faster movement of the teeth resulting in shorter treatment time
  • Significantly less discomfort than stainless steel braces
  • Smaller, more esthetic braces that are more comfortable than stainless steel braces
  • Protection from damaging the roots of the teeth (root shortening)
  • No restrictive food list

Orthodontic Treatment When the Time is Right

As an advocate of evidence-based orthodontics and being a cost-conscious provider, Dr. Cardot does not recommend Phase 1/Phase 2 treatment.  Studies have shown that most patients do not significantly benefit from 2-phase treatment. Research shows that the best time to do orthodontic treatment is when a young person is about 12-13 years old. Nevertheless, some orthodontists routinely provide treatment when children are younger. Interestingly, this is more expensive and not university evidence-based. The gold standard for starting comprehensive orthodontic treatment (full braces) is when all the permanent teeth are fully erupted. 

When orthodontic treatment is necessary but not at the time of the first visit, Dr. Cardot will continue to monitor the patient’s growth and development. For an orthodontist, knowing when to do treatment is important, but even more important is knowing when not to do it.

Complimentary Consultation

We are happy to offer a complimentary consultation for patients considering orthodontic treatment. During the complimentary consultation, Dr. Cardot will thoroughly discuss the treatment options, length of treatment, and the cost of treatment so patients leave our office with a clear understanding of what to expect.

We Value Your Time

At Cardot Braces, our appointments are reserved for one patient at a time because Dr. Cardot treats one patient at a time. We respect our patients’ time and strive to make their treatment as convenient as possible.