MattWelcome to Schratz Orthodontics,where your smile and your satisfaction is our top priority.

We have been a longtime community member providing orthodontic care. Located in four convenient locations, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as clear ceramic braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.

We offer orthodontic services to patients of all ages. Our wide selection of treatment options defines our office as one of Pittsburgh’s leaders in the orthodontic field.

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you're an adult, adolescent or child, my staff is committed to helping you achieve the healthy smile you want and the beautiful smile you deserve.

Orthodontic treatment is used to correct a "bad bite." This condition, known as a malocclusion, involves teeth that are crowded or crooked. In some cases, the upper and lower jaws may not meet properly and although the teeth may appear straight, the individual may have an uneven bite.

Protruding, crowded or irregularly spaced teeth and jaw problems may be inherited. Thumb-sucking, losing teeth prematurely and accidents also can lead to these conditions. Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. That's because crooked and crowded teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.

Orthodontics is a specialty area of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The purpose of orthodontics is to treat malocclusion through braces, corrective procedures and other "appliances" to straighten teeth and correct jaw alignment. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

Orthodontists have the education, experience and expertise to recognize the difference between a simple case and a complex one. And when a case is challenging, orthodontists know what to do.

Orthodontists receive more formal education than dentists to specialize in straightening teeth. Like dentists, orthodontists graduate from dental school. Then, to be an orthodontist, it takes an additional two to three academic years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning jaws to create optimal function and form. Orthodontists only practice orthodontics.

They treat hundreds of patients a year, drawing on tried-and-true and new orthodontic appliance technologies to get patients to the best results. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliance "tools"—including braces, clear aligners and other orthodontic devices. They know what to use and when because they work with these tools every day. Orthodontists build on their knowledge of orthodontics through on-going continuing education in orthodontic technology and practice.

The value in seeing an orthodontist comes from being the beneficiary of the orthodontist's education, experience and expertise in orthodontic care. And in getting a healthy, beautiful smile that's good for life

Dr. Schratz went into private practice 20 years ago. He built a reputation of creating great smiles and building self-confidence while utilizing the most modern techniques and technology.

Dr. Schratz attended the University of Pittsburgh Dental School followed by the prestigious Case Western Reserve University Dental School for his orthodontic specialty residency.

Dr. Schratz has been highly trained in orthodontics as well as dentofacial orthopedics. He not only brings expertise in straightening teeth but also in growth and development.

On a personal note, Dr. Schratz in his spare time loves to jog, weight train, and is also a Navy Lieutenant for the US Navy Reserves. 

There are few orthodontic emergencies. Most can be resolved at home.

If you have a problem that you cannot resolve on your own, call our On-Call Service. Your orthodontic team will be able to give you advice on how to solve the problem yourself or schedule you the appropriate appointment.

Our On-Call Service: 724-288-1660

Out of town, use this orthodontist directory to find the nearest orthodontist.

Able to fix the problem at home, we ask that you follow up with a repair appointment.

Minor Problems include:

  • Sore Teeth: a non-aspirin pain reliever is suggested along with warm salt water rinses
  • Wire Irritation: try to move the wire away from the affected area. Using orthodontic wax on the end can also be helpful. If necessary, you can cut the wire with sterilized nail clippers
  • Loose Bracket: please call the office to schedule a repair appointment

 

South Hills, McMurray:   505 Valley Brook Rd., Suite 101, McMurray, PA 15317    724-941-4455     Map & Directions

North Hills, Cranberry:   20440 Rt. 19, Cranberry, PA 16066     724-941-4455     Map & Directions

Charleroi, PA:   One Twilight Hollow RD., Charleroi, PA 15022     724-941-4455     Map & Directions

St. Clairsville, Ohio:   Unit 100,  67800 Mall Ring Rd,  St. Clairsville, OH 43950     724-941-4455     Map & Directions