Meet Your Apex Orthodontist
Dr. Rita McGrogan treasures the opportunity to get to know and care for people and to be a part of their life-changing transformation. She wants each of her patients to excel in everything they do and a healthy confident smile is a key to success.
Dr. McGrogan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She then continued on to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Finally, she completed her orthodontic residency and the master of Science in Oral Biology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Dr. McGrogan operated her own orthodontic practice near Pittsburgh for 17 years. She is proud to have such a long history of providing a full spectrum of orthodontic treatment for her patients. She stays on the cutting edge of orthodontic treatments and advancements and exceeds the state-mandated continuing education requirements. You can be confident that you’re getting the best current treatment options.
Dr. McGrogan is a member of the following professional organizations:
Why an Orthodontist in Apex? Orthodontist vs. Dentist
An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, even though not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist. Dr. Rita McGrogan like all orthodontists, have to continue their formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. McGrogan spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.
Why does it matter if you see your Apex Orthodontist?
Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treating young children who do not yet need to see an orthodontist. However, specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems.
- Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
- Having personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concern and anatomical characteristics.
- More efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office’s focus area of care.
- Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite discrepancies that need to be addressed.
- Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
While some may think individuals may think it’s easier to have their orthodontic work completed by their dentist, but convenience shouldn’t be a problem, because you will only be stopping by your Apex orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.